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Tonight@TheEliDrake v @iPeteyWilliams@gailkimITSME Speaks@TheDaveCrist @TheJakeCrist @TheSamiCallihan v @SantanaLAX @Ortiz5150 Homicide@FALLAH1 v @therealec3@fightbobby @AmericanTopTeam@taiji_ishimori @calebkonley @TLee910 v. @DezmondXavier @sonjaydutterson @GarzaaJr pic.twitter.com/BIVtKjrla1— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) November 16, 2017
Taiji Ishimori, Caleb Konley, and Trevor Lee vs. Sonjay Dutt, Dezmond Xavier, and Garza Jr.
Quick back and forth work between Dutt and Ishimori with a stalemate for the crowd pop. Konley tags himself in to get a chance at Dutt, but gets dropkicked shortly after. Dutt tries to go up to the top, but gets his feet kicked out from under him. Lee and Konley stomp away as Lee goes to work on Dutt. Konley in now and continues to hammer away, big splash, pin, two. Dutt really needs to tag out and tries to fight off the entire team. Dutt throws Lee and Konley into each other and manages to tag in Garza Jr.
His shoulder is still taped up and he's basically wrestling with one arm, yet again. Garza does the usual pants spot, hits a hurricanrana and brings Xavier in who hits a nice flip over the top rope to the floor taking out Lee and Konley. Ishimori takes Xavier down, he heads to the top rope and looks to finish off his opponent, but Konley wants in and says he's got this. He ends up getting bounced into the ropes and Ishimori gets dropped on them. Konley looks for a dive, but Xavier catches him. Xavier up top, corkscrew senton and that will do it.
Winners: Garza Jr., Dezmond Xavier, and Sonjay Dutt via Pinfall
- Using a super shaky camera, Sami Callihan and oVe hype their upcoming 6-man tag match against LAX.
Fallah Bahh vs. EC3 (Grand Championship Match)
Bahh gets a "Bahh!" chant going as EC3 treats this like a sumo match. EC3 tries for a suplex, but gets bounced back and Bahh yells "No! No! No!" EC3 avoids getting stomped on and rolls all the way out to the floor. EC3 with a kick to the gut, goes for a body slam and instead gets body slammed himself. Bahh then literally rolls across EC3's body, followed by a bunch of shoulder tackles. Both on the floor and Bahh hits a body splash, tosses EC3 into the ring as round 1 ends.
Bahh up 1-0
Bahh charges in twice on EC3, landing the first, but slamming his shoulder into the ring post on the second attempt. EC3 start punching away on a grounded Bahh. Crowd is enjoying this one with a "Let's go Fallah! EC3!" chant. EC3 with some chops in the corner. EC3 with a jawbreaker and splash into the corner, Bahh crashes down to the mat.
Tied at 1-1
Bahh with a number of strikes to kick off the final round. EC3 with some clotheslines, but Bahh hits a Samoan drop, both men down on the mat. Both up, Bahh with a couple chops, big splash in the corner, belly-to-belly suplex, pin, two. Down to one minute, Bahh hits a crossbody block, and he heads up to drop down on EC3, nope! EC3 yanks him down and pins him with feet on the ropes to pick up the cheap win.
Winner: EC3 via Pinfall to retain the Impact Grand Championship
oVe and Sami Callihan vs. LAX (Santana, Ortiz, and Homicide)
Action all over the place with Callihan and Santana initially in the ring. Jake Crist quickly in, dropping Santana. Ortiz jumps in and hits a backbreaker as Callihan comes into the ring and takes care of Ortiz. Ortiz on the floor, Callihan with a suicide dive to the floor. Everyone is on the floor as Homicide his a cannonball like dive. Callihan and Homicide in the ring, Callihan pops him in the face, they gets tangled up near the ref and Homicide gets lowblowed. Santana and Ortiz complain to the ref as we head to break.
Homicide really getting worked over by his opponents and he just can't seem to get the tag. In comes Dave Crist, momentarily taking down both Ortiz and Santana on the apron. Jake in now, belly-to-back suplex. Callihan back in and trades shot with Homicide. He goes for a suplex, but flips out and tags out of the match. Ortiz and Dave in the match. Cutter by Dave as he's draped on the top rope. Santana jumps off Dave's back to clear out Jake. Callihan flips off Santana (which gets blurred out) Jake has Santana in piledriver position, Callihan kicks him in the head, Jake drops him down, pin, two. "This is awesome" chant from the crowd. All seeing eye gets broken up by a sloppy attack. Powerbomb/blockbuster combo by Santana and Ortiz, pin, 1-2-3. It sure felt like LAX played as faces in this match, we'll see if that continues going forward.
Winners: Ortiz, Santana, and Homicide via Pinfall
- Post-match, LAX throws some chairs at their opponents, one of them hits Callihan right in the mug!
- Dan Lambert to the ring - alone - to talk some more trash about Moose and pro wrestling. Out comes Moose, who decides to beat up on Lambert for his words. In runs Lashley and the rest of American Top Team to flatten Moose. In comes James Storm to help out and ends up smashing a beer bottle over one of the ATT members. Storm says wrestling has been around before Lambert and will be around long after Lambert is gone. Storm says people have tried to bring him down, but his Mom told him to work his ass off and make the haters beg you to come to their company.
Storm recaps his time with Impact, America's Most Wanted, Beer Money, and says that was professional wrestling. He says wrestlers live for the moment to come down the ramp and he takes pride in being a pro wrestler. He then says ATT knows nothing about that stuff, but they do know about respect. Continuing that he is James "Mother F'n" Storm and he is pro wrestling. Very passionate promo by "The Cowboy."
- Random throwback clip of Chris Rock saying NWA/TNA was the best wrestling in the world.
- Backstage, KM wants a chance at being in with American Top Team. Lashley says he needs to prove himself and KM agrees.
- Backstage, McKenzie Mitchell is with Eli Drake and Chris Adonis. Drake says he's trying to relax and "here comes this cross-eyed half wit" trying to challenge him. Drake says if Williams can last three minutes in a match then he will be a Canadian Hero, but he doesn't have enough to ever become champion.
- Petey Williams recaps his time with Impact and how it's always felt like home to him.
- Backstage, Allie stops Gail Kim and wanted to let her know how honored she was to be in a match with Kim. Kim thanks her and says she hopes Allie will like what she has to say tonight.
- We see a number of highlights from Gail Kim's career as we head to the ring with Jeremy Borash. Kim out to the ring with the title. Before she can say anything, out comes Allie. "Thank you Gail" chant from the crowd. "Almost 18 years ago, I was a young woman growing up in Canada, and I loved wrestling. I saw these women wrestling and that's what I wanted to do." Kim holding back tears and talks about how hard work and sacrifice that dreams can come true. "You deserve it" chant from the crowd. Kim thanks Trish Stratus, Lita, Molly Holly, Awesome Kong, and Taryn Terrell for helping her along the way. Kim says she's fully confident in decision, but she's relinquishing the title. She is fully confident in the women's division and is excited for her future. She thanks Impact Wrestling and the fans. Kim holds up the title and gives hugs to Borash and Allie.
- Catering, Grado is hanging with a group of guys and Joseph Park tries to sit with them, everyone (minus Grado) gets up and leaves. Park says he will never let Abyss back, and he gives Grado his visa so he can stay in the U.S. A Mountie shows up and says Grado has to leave the country, Park has no power in Canada, so off goes Grado.
Eli Drake (c) vs. Petey Williams (Impact Global Championship)
Drake goes to work on the challenger right from the start. Williams gets some momentum and Drake bails to the outside to slow things down and converse with Adonis. Williams drops Drake, crowd chants "Petey! Petey!" as we head to break. Facebuster on Williams, cover, only a two-count. Williams' neck over the bottom rope as Drake stands on him. Drake distracts the ref while Adonis chokes Williams on the bottom rope. Drake with a couple elbows, pin, two. Williams trying to get back in this one, but Drake drops him, goes for another pin, two. Adonis yet again gets in some cheap shots, Jacobs says Williams needs to be more away of where he is in the ring.
Drake goes for a knee drop, misses, Williams with multiple punches as Drake gives him a thumb to the eye. Williams recovers, drops Drake, yet another pin attempt, two. Williams calls for the Canadian destroyer, Drake counters a kick, tosses Williams up high and he lands flat on his back. Elbow to Williams sends him out of the ring. Back on the apron, springboards in with a codebreaker, release german suplex, goes for the Canadian destroyer, nope. Drake with a nice catch and slam on the challenger. Drake up to the second rope, misses. Drake goes for a shaky moonsault off the ropes, misses it. Drake flips out of a Canadian destroyer, but gets put right into a Sharpshooter. Drake trying to get the ropes, Williams holds back his arm, but Drake is able to make it.
The champ drives Williams into the corner, nice DDT by Williams, random suicide dive to Adonis. Williams on the apron, tries to jump over, but gets caught. Canadian destroyer hits! Drake kicks out! Josh Mathews says that was the first time on Impact that anyone has kicked out of that move. He goes for it again, Drake with a package piledriver. Gravy train is countered, Drake rolled up. Williams went for his finisher for a fifth or sixth time, but Drake is able to hit the gravy train for the win.
Winner: Eli Drake via Pinfall to retain the Impact Global Championship
- Post-match, Drake and Adonis celebrate a bit as they head to the back.