Once again Impact Wrestling and its talent-filled roster delivered in a major way with yesterday’s Under Siege event. Hot off the heels of Rebellion, this pay-per-view didn’t disappoint at all. Today we’ll be looking at what transpired, the winners and what fans can expect for Impact Wrestling’s premiere event, Slammiversary.
The show opened up with a countdown to the PPV…first up, a match pitting Raj Singh and the mighty Shera vs. Heath & Rhino. The match was entertaining on every level, of course with the veterans, Heath and Rhino in one corner, and the younger impressive Shera and Raj, the match was expected to be a good one from the first bell.
Heath and Rhino came out on top in the end.
Also in the pre-show and next up, the X-Division was in action and as always, Impact’s X-Division would deliver on all fronts, especially with the likes of Mike “Speedball” Bailey in the ring. The match featured Laredo Kid vs. Mike Bailey vs. Rich Swann, and Rich Swann came out the victor by match’s end.
The first match of the official PPV pitted one half of the Knockouts World Tag Team Champions, Madison Rayne against Gisele Shaw, and it was Gisele Shaw who came out on top.
Next up was Steve Maclin vs. Chris Sabin. The feud between Maclin and Sabin continues and in this match, Sabin showed just what an Impact Wrestling veteran can do in defeating Steve Maclin.
And hot off the heels of her AEW debut, Deonna Purrazzo was in action once again…in a rematch against Taya Valkyrie. She had a rematch for the AAA crown that she lost at Rebellion, but she lost the match to Valkyrie last night at Under Siege as well.
After the bell, a shocking return to Impact Wrestling was at hand…and it was none other than the astounding and talented, Mia Yim.
Purrazzo attacked Valkyrie after the match was over and done with, going for the classic heel move of course, and Yim made her triumphant return after quite a few years away, and a stint in NXT of course, and she tried to hit Purrazzo with the Package Piledriver, but the wily Purrazzo escaped.
And in yet another gift, the X-Division was at the forefront in all its glory in a match that pitted the newly crowned X-Division champ, Ace Austin (at Rebellion this occurred), against Trey Miguel, who before the match swore up and down that he would be getting his title back.
In the end, Ace Austin, a three-time X-Division champ, retained.
Also so important…the return of “The Death Machine,” Sami Callihan after injury. He confronted Moose in the ring….
The Bullet Club was in action yet again. The faction is taking the industry by storm…even in WWE, two former members and leaders, Finn Bálor and AJ Styles called to mind their time in the faction by putting up the bunny ears salute on Raw just this past week…thus essentially almost breaking the internet for how excited everybody got.
The match in question pitted Honor No More featuring Eddie Edwards, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett, Kenny King and Vincent with Maria Kanellis against the aforementioned Bullet Club featuring Jay White, Chris Bey, El Phantasmo and The Good Brothers.
In the end though, the Bullet Club lost, Honor No More winning the match, establishing quite a level of dominance in the company. What’s to come for this epic group of misfits?
In the next match, Tasha Steelz retained her Knockouts championship against Havok.
And next up, The Briscoes, Mark and Jay Briscoe, defeated the IMPACT World Tag Team Champions, Violent By Design featuring Eric Young and Deaner with Joe Doering, which is of course shocking but at the same time so appreciated, the crowning of a new champion is always reason to celebrate…something that WWE has obviously forgotten as of late, on the upper level at least.
And in the main event, Josh Alexander continued to dominate as he beat the legendary Japanese wrestler, Tomohiro Ishii, retaining the Impact World championship.
So in the end, Impact Wrestling proved that they can deliver a fresh PPV and just a few short weeks since their last PPV, which delivered in every way as well. The product is a fresh one despite their small live audiences.
Slammiversary should be special indeed and we can’t wait for it. It airs on Sunday June 19th.