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THIS THURSDAY - a HUGE episode of IMPACT with The Funeral of The Demon Assassin, a tag title match, @TheEddieEdwards finally gets his hands on @TheSamiCallihan in a Street Fight, @Tess_Blanchard makes her in ring debut and a BLOCKBUSTER tag team main event! #IMPACTonPop pic.twitter.com/94vQcjt9Hz— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 14, 2018
- Special edition of Impact in two weeks, show will be called "Under Pressure."
Eli Drake and Scott Steiner (c) vs. Z&E (DJZ and Andrew Everett) (Impact World Tag Team Championship)
Drake gets double teamed early on, stereo low dropkicks as DJZ hits him with a reverse elbow off the second turnbuckle. Steiner hits a cheap knee to DJZ's back, Drake with a neckbreaker and in comes Steiner. Couple punches to the face, chop to the chest, belly-to-belly suplex, cover, two-count. Drake heads back in throws DJZ into the corner, but gets caught with a boot. DJZ tries for a crossbody, gets caught and is driven into the corner.
Steiner back in, puts DJZ up on the second rope and hits a fallaway samoan drop. "Who's the man?!" Steiner asks. DJZ finally gets Steiner down and tags out, so does Steiner. Drake gets kicked to the head, Everett with a springboard kick, Steiner dropped, pele kick on Drake. Stereo dropkicks put Steiner down yet again. Drake tries for the gravy train, but a codebreaker stops that, cover, two.
Steiner kicked out to the floor, Drake fights off DJZ and Everett. Steiner tries to bring in a chair, but a baseball slide stops that for a moment. Steiner is stunned and mistakenly hits Drake with a chair, Everett rolls up Drake and we have no tag champions.
- Post-match, Z&E can't believe they won and DJZ talks about how they both overcame injuries to get where they are. Petey Williams congratulates both wrestlers.
- In studio, Josh Mathews with Madison Rayne who will help with commentary for the Knockouts division. Rayne says she's done a lot in the ring, but is happy to step outside and help provide insight to the women's matches.
Tessa Blanchard vs. Kiera Hogan
Bell rings and Kiera waits for Tessa to turn around before taking her down. Tessa thrown into the corner, couple splashes and a low kick to the face. Kiera charges in and gets dropped over the top rope, Tessa fires away with a couple strikes.
Tessa continues with a string of attacks, dropkick to the back, cover, two. Tessa is taunting her opponent yelling at her to get mad. Tessa with a big slap, puts Tessa to the mat, big boot to the face, weak leg drop, cover, two. Tessa with a cutter, she's fired up, hammerlock DDT and that will do it.
Winner: Tessa Blanchard via Pinfall
- Post-match, Tessa attacks Kiera and throws her into the ring post. Rayne ends up leaving the announce booth and throws Tessa off Kiera. "Who the hell do you think you are?" Tessa yells, Rayne runs at her and Tessa leaves the ring and heads up the ramp.
- Mathews recaps of these backstage attacks that have been happening over the past couple weeks.
- Earlier today, Grado (with Katarina) accuses Jimmy Jacobs and Kongo Kong for attacking Joseph Park. Jacobs says he's not a bad guy, he's a good guy, and those accusations are unfounded. Katarina then says Grado isn't scared of them and will fight anytime, any place. Jacobs says consider it done and Grado doesn't seem so thrilled about this.
- Recap of the brutal rivalry between Sami Callihan and Eddie Edwards. We then see footage of Callihan attacking Don Callis. Edwards demanded that he not be fired, Impact Executives said whatever he wants to do, it can't happen with Impact. The two will meet at House of Hardcore in a Street Fight.
- Pentagon Jr. and Fantasma cut a quick promo about tagging together tonight against Austin Aries and Matt Sydal. They somehow throw something about chocolate into that promo.
Kongo Kong (with Jimmy Jacobs) vs. Grado (with Katarina)
Grado talks with Katarina about not wanting to fight Kongo. Grado is speed walking his way around the ring to avoid Kongo. Grado with a couple punches to the head, no luck, tries a few more, and Kongo chops him in the throat. Kongo swings away on the helpless Grado.
Grado gets crushed up against the ropes, overhead belly-to-belly suplex, cover, Grado actually kicks out. He tries for a couple shoulder blocks, but they look to be hurting him more than Kongo. Grado finally gets Kongo off his feet, Grado celebrates, but Kongo is right back up, body slam, heads up to the top rope and splashes down on Grado, pin, 1-2-3.
Winner: Kongo Kong via Pinfall
- Post-match Katarina decides to bail on her boyfriend. Kongo launches Grado into the steps. Jacobs tells him, "See? No you probably wish you hadn't of made those accusations." Kongo and Jacobs set the steps up in the rope (like what they did to Johnny Impact). Kongo goes to launch Grado and out comes Moose. He starts swinging away on Kongo, Jacobs distracts him long enough for Kongo to pop Moose and send him in the ring. Moose with a kick and clotheslines Kongo back out to the floor.
- Backstage, LAX still trying to figure out where their money and shipments are. Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley random show up and joke about Konnan not being around. Lee and Konley joke about LAX not having titles (...Lee/Konley don't have any either), Ortiz tells them to do something - they don't - and he walks through them. Lee continues to run his mouth.
- Earlier today, Tommy Dreamer tries to talk some sense into Edwards about his match tonight. He says once he beats Callihan it's over, Edwards doesn't agree and takes a kendo stick with him.
Eddie Edwards vs. Sami Callihan (Street Fight)
Edwards immediately goes after Callihan, Edwards cracks a bottle of water on Callihan . They've been out on the floor this whole time as Edwards chokes Callihan with a stage prop. Edwards with a chair, but Callihan drops him and tries to use a spike on him. Edwards jabs his opponent's eye to get him off. Callihan with a floor sign and smacks Edwards a couple times, then hits a death valley driver on the stage.
Callihan tries for a piledriver on the apron, but Edwards hits him with another drink and hits a DDT on the apron. In the ring, both with lead pipes and they swing away at each other, Callihan finally takes one to the midsection and then to the face. Callihan looks to be out of it, but Edwards heads out of the ring and pulls a kendo stick out.
He smacks Callihan's knees and he spits at Edward's face, Edwards goes for another swing and gets a lowblow. Callihan with a shoulder breaker, cover, two. He sets up two chairs in the middle of the ring, goes for a powerbomb, but gets a lowblow himself. Edwards tries for a suplex, but Callihan ends up reversing it and drops Edwards through the chairs, cover, two. Callihan gets a bat, but Edwards hits him with the boston knee party, cover, 1-2-3.
Winner: Eddie Edwards via Pinfall
- Post-match, Edwards chokes Callihan with the bat until security/referees finally get him out of there. Dreamer heads out and tries to talk with Edwards as we go to break.
Brian Cage vs. Facade
Now we're in Destiny Wrestling to see more of Cage's world tour. We're seeing more highlights of this match, but Cage with a powerbomb into the ring post out on the floor. Cage launches him into the steel barricade. Action back in the ring and Cage continues to dominate his opponent.
Facade tries for a springboard, rolls through, Cage with a full nelson slam, cover, two. Cage with another big slam, cover, two. Cage throws Facade into the ropes, lands weapon X, cover, 1-2-3.
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A devastating press slam into the corner followed by the Weapon X gives @MrGMSI_BCage another win. Nobody on the planet can stop The Machine. #IMPACTonPop pic.twitter.com/7Ma3qKmacs
Winner: Brian Cage via Pinfall
- Earlier today, KM and Fallah Bahh bump into each other, KM says Bahh has lost 50-60 lbs. He just needs a makeover now. KM washes his hair and puts some blush on him. We see them walking backstage - Bahh with sunglasses and a tie on - he flirts for a moment with Kiera Hogan, who smiles.
- Now we head to a cemetery for the funeral of Rosemary. A bunch of Su Yung's undead bridesmaids are carrying the coffin into a cemetery. Yung drops some dead roses on the coffin and tells the group to move the coffin. The group moves ahead and suddenly stops, dropping the coffin in the processes. Yung starts to freak out, gets some mist ready, and shoots fire from her mouth on the coffin, lighting it aflame! She laughs as she watches the coffin burn.
In a chilling scene, @realsuyung held a Funeral for The Demon Assassin @WeAreRosemary. Her physical remains may burn but the spirit of the Death Dealer will live on.— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 18, 2018
One thing is for sure, The Undead Bride rules IMPACT now. #IMPACTonPop pic.twitter.com/RMsmna9qPC
Matt Sydal and Austin Aries vs. Pentagon Jr. and El Hijo del Fantasma
Fantasma and Sydal get us started, bit of a feeling out process to the beginning of this match. Sydal gets some offense in, but is taken down with a hurricanrana. In comes Pentagon Jr. and Aries. Crowd rattles off a number of chants in support of Pentagon Jr. and Fantasma. Some taunting between both wrestlers, arm drag by Aries, gets out of a submission and instantly hits a low dropkick.
Pentagon looks to break Aries' arm, but he gets out of it and rolls to the outside as we go to break. Back in the ring, Aries tries for a brainbuster, no, heads out to the floor, Pentagon on the apron and punts Aries. Fantasma with an arrow from the depths of hell and catches his feet on the top rope, luckily the landing wasn't too bad. Pentagon continues to swing away on Aries. Action back in the ring, Pentagon up top and hits a missile dropkick to Aries' ass (think the Dudley Boyz move). Sydal in there now, codebreaker by Pentagon and another big kick to Aries' chest.
Sydal with a double move, dropping both of his opponents, cover, two. Running kick on Fantasma and tags Aries back in. Sydal with a monkey flip, but holds on, Aries punches Fantasma then springboard elbow drops down on him. Aries with a kick to the back, cover, two-count. Fantasma in the wrong side of town and is trying to fight is way out. Aries tagged in, goes up top, drops an elbow to the top of Fantasma's head. Sydal mistakenly knees Aries, tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on Sydal and in comes Pentagon.
Hits a slingblade on Aries, backstabber, cover, two-count. Fantasma is already tagged back in, Sydal in, double knees from the top. Pentagon with a kick to Sydal's head, Aries sends him out to the floor. Aries tries for a suicide dive and gets rejected by Pentagon. Fantasma with a pop-up cutter on Sydal and heads to the top, standing hurricanrana by Sydal and he heads up top. Sydal looks for the shooting star press and gets caught with a superkick by Pentagon Jr. Thrill of the kill on Sydal and that will do it.
Winners: Pentagon Jr. and Matt Sydal via Pinfall