Impact Wrestling Results (9/2): Ace Austin Vs. Tommy Dreamer, X-Division Open Challenge

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** Before tonight's show, Jake Something defeated John Skyler on Before The Impact. **

Impact opens tonight's show by paying homage to Shannon "Daffney" Spruill, who recently passed away. From all of us here at Wrestling Inc., we offer our condolences to Daffney's family, friends and fans at this time.

D'Lo Brown and Matt Striker welcome fans to Impact Wrestling! We kick things off with a six-person tag team match!

The Influence (Madison Rayne, Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb With a K) vs. Taylor Wilde, Jordynne Grace & Rachael Ellering

Rachael Ellering and Kaleb kick things off. Kaleb is still milking the neck injury with a nice bow tie cast. Ellering drops Kaleb flat on his face to the mat. They reset. Ellering applies a flip through takedown. Kaleb counters and drops Ellering to the mat. He stands tall for a moment, but Ellering shuts him down. Ellering makes to take to Jordynne Grace. Jordynne hits non-stop clubs to the front and back of Kaleb. Madison Rayne knocks down Jordynne's momentum by sneaking in a cheap shot. Rayne is tagged in. Rayne climbs on Jordynne's back. Jordynne gets her off by slamming her onto the mat.

Kaleb is back in for Rayne. Jordynne turns a fireman's carry into a sunset flip! Taylor Wilde is in for Jordynne. She hits a perfect hurricanrana, then knocks Tenille Dashwood and Rayne from off the apron. Wilde soars off the second rope with a tornado DDT. Wilde hooks the leg on Kaleb. Dashwood runs in to break the cover. Kaleb grabs Rayne's hands on the outside but rolls right into a Wilde Ride. Cover. 1-2-3. Taylor Wilde picks up a major win over The Influence!

Winners: Taylor Wilde, Jordynne Grace & Rachael Ellering

- We take a look at the historic match between the Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo and Melina at NWA EmPowerrr this past Saturday. Purrazzo successfully retained her title. The following night on NWA 73, Purrazzo attacked Mickie James after her match with Kylie Rae.

Backstage: Gia Miller is standing by with the Knockouts Champion and Matthew Rehwoldt. Miller asks Purrazzo if she overshadowed James' moment on Sunday. Purrazzo is getting sick and tired of being asked these questions. She warns James to never cross her or Rehwoldt again.

Backstage: Before his big match tonight, Tommy Dreamer gives his thoughts on what this win would mean to him. The Impact World Champion Christian Cage steps in the frame. Dreamer would like to become the face of Impact and carry the torch after Cage. Cage respects it. Cage mentions he'll be watching this match closely. If Dreamer wins, he will be added to Cage and Ace Austin's title match at Victory Road.

- D'Lo Brown and Matt Striker run through all the upcoming matches set for tonight.

Decay (Crazzy Steve & Black Taurus) (w/Knockouts Tag Champs Rosemary & Havok) vs. Fallah Bahh & No Way

Rosemary is the center of the ring, yelling at the referee. All of a sudden, someone out of No Way's conga line runs in and hits a lung blower on The Demon Assassin. It's Tasha Steelz! Steelz retreats out of the ring, and Havok goes running after her. Havok gets knocked down by Savannah Evans.

Fallah Bahh and Crazzy Steve start the bout. Crazzy Steve ducks under a potential charge in the corner. Crazzy Steve bites Bahh's hand. Bahh fires back with a vicious headbutt. It looks like the fans are starting to turn on Bahh. Bahh looks sad. He makes a tag to No Way, while Crazzy Steve brings in Black Taurus. Taurus plants a nice springboard slingblade. Black Taurus looks for a cover. No Way kicks out. Black Taurus looks for a sunset flip, but Bahh makes his way back in and hits a splash. Bahh makes a hot tag back to No Way. Bahh and No Way join forces with an assisted belly-to-belly suplex. Cover. Black Taurus kicks out.

Bahh smashes into Black Taurus in the corner and brings No Way in. No Way continues to cut the ring off from Black Taurus. No Way lands some crisp kicks, followed by a vertical slam. Bahh makes a tag back in. Bahh and No Way come together again with an assisted leg drop. But it isn't enough for them to win this match yet. Bahh tags No Way back in. No Way charges in with a flurry of jackhammer shots. Black Taurus creates some space so he can make a tag to Crazzy Steve. Fallah Bahh also comes in.

Bahh starts to teeter following a heavy clothesline from Crazzy Steve, but Bahh doesn't tumble down. Steve looks for a cover on Bahh. No Way comes in and makes the save. Steve hits a jumping DDT on Bahh, and that does it. Decay pick up the win this matchup.

Winners: Decay

- Up next, the Impact Plus Moment of the Week. It's Sting vs. Christian Cage vs. Abyss for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at Final Resolution, 2007. 

Backstage: Gia Miller speaks to W. Morrissey. Although he's upset that Sami Callihan stuck his nose in his and Eddie Edwards' business, he has a little bit of respect for them for admitting that they don't like each other. Moose walks in and interrupts Morrissey's interview. Moose says he isn't looking for a friend but someone he can align himself with to take care of Callihan and Edwards.

- Steve Maclin believes Petey Williams has no idea how far he can take their rivalry. He issues a challenge to a fight for next week. He promises it will end in mayhem.

Up next, we hear from Moose!

Moose's In-Ring Segment:

Moose is infuriated with wrestlers who want to be portrayed as heroes, especially guys like Eddie Edwards. He warns Edwards that as a "Wrestling God," he is dangerous. He wants Edwards to come down to the ring. Edwards' music hits.

Eddie Edwards comes out with Kenny, his kendo stick. While Edwards and Moose tangle, W. Morrissey makes his way out and joins Moose with the beatdown on Edwards. Morrissey and Moose join forces with an assisted powerbomb. Edwards is out cold. Morrissey and Moose stand tall over Edwards.

Backstage: Gia Miller finds Fallah Bahh and No Way. She wants to know if they knew anything about Tasha Steelz and Savannah Evans' plan to join the conga line and attack Rosemary and Havok. They both say they had no idea. TJP walks in. TJP would like for all three of them to go hang out at Swinger's Palace next week.

- Eric Young has Rhino cuffed. Young reminds him that he has failed Violent By Design way too many times now. Young says he's willing to cure Rhino of his sickness, but first, he must suffer.

Up next, we who will step up and face Josh Alexander in his Open Challenge?

X-Division Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs. Jake Crist

A few seconds after Josh Alexander's gets in the ring. The crowd goes silent. Some Johnny Cash-sounding music starts to play. It's Jake Crist! Crist will be Alexander's opponent tonight!

Josh Alexander and Jake Crist are both jocking for position in the beginning. Alexander shuts Crist down with a massive powerslam. Crist holds Alexander in the ropes before landing a heavy boot in the center of the ring. Crist looks for a cover. Alexander kicks out. Crist floats over and applies a front facelock. Alexander counters. Crist then counters with a chop block. Crist looks for a leg DDT, but Alexander blocks the attempt. Crist goes back to a front facelock. Alexander starts to fight free with a few shots towards Crist's ribs.

Back on their feet, Alexander hits a back body drop, followed by a running forearm. Alexander tries to get Crist in the C-4 Spike position. Crist blocks it. Alexander turns it into the Chaos Theory. He looks for a German Suplex, but Crist finds the ropes. Coming off the ropes, Alexander gets one more suplex in before officially hitting the C-4 Spike. Cover. 1-2-3. Josh Alexander retains his X-Division Championship.

Winner: Josh Alexander

Post-Match: Gia Miller speaks with Josh Alexander about his successful reign with the X-Division Championship. Alexander wants to face the best. Just when he says that, the former 8-time TNA X-Division Champion Chris Sabin approaches the ring.

Sabin starts by saying he's a big fan of Alexander. But if Alexander wants to continue saying he's the greatest X-Division champion of all time, he needs to prove it in a match against Sabin. Sabin issues a title match at Victory Road. Sabin sticks his hand out, and Alexander shakes it. It's official: these two powerhouses will collide for the X-Division Championship in two weeks!

- Sam Beale is looking for the next best professional wrestler. Who has what it takes to roll with Beale and Brian Myers?

Up next, some mixed tag team action!

Rohit Raju & Shera vs. Matt Cardona & Chelsea Green

The GCW World Champion Matt Cardona and Rohit Raju kick things off. Raju chickens out and makes a quick tag to Shera. Cardona drives Shera to the corner. Shera and Cardona crash in the center of the ring with a huge pounce from Shera! Raju steps in for Shera. Cardona slams Raju face-first into the mat. Cardona applies a tight wristlock on Raju before bringing Chelsea Green in. Green jumps off the top with a flying knee strike. Green makes a quick tag to Cardona. Cardona continues to wear Raju down and makes another tag out to Gree. Green takes Raju for a ride with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Raju falls to the mat. He gets back up, only to get slapped right across the face.

Green rolls Raju up for a pin. Raju pops out. Shera runs into the ring and talks a little smack to Green. Cardona runs in and hits Radio Silence on Shera. They spill to the outside. In the ring, Green looks to send Raju away with her Unprettier. Raju counters it into a jumping knee strike on Green. Green gets knocked out. 1-2-3, Raju picks up this victory.

Winners: Rohit Raju & Shera

- Kimber Lee and Su Yung have converted Brandi Lauren into their deadly cult.

The Good Brother's In-Ring Segment:

The Impact World Tag Team Champions Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows are gloating over the fact of how they took out Willie Mack last week (Rich Swann and Mack won a match last week against The Good Brothers, securing a future title shot). From what they've heard, Mack is sitting in a hospital bed, trying to recuperate. They think it's funny how Rich Swann is all alone now. Swann rushes out to the ring, and he's fired up! He even brought some weapons with him. Security and referees come out to break them up.

In the Back: Rich Swann is screaming at security. Executive Vice President Scott D'Amore offers Swann a match against Karl Anderson in a Bunkhouse Brawl for next week.

Next Week:

* Rich Swann vs. Karl Anderson in a Bunkhouse Brawl

* Steve Maclin vs. Petey Williams II

* Chris Bey vs. David Finlay II

* Knockouts Tag Champion Rosemary vs. Tasha Steelz

* Moose vs. Eddie Edwards

And now, the main event. Can Tommy Dreamer capture this victory tonight and add his name to the main event at Victory Road?

Ace Austin (w/Madman Fulton) vs. Tommy Dreamer

The fans up a "Tommy Dreamer" chant. Ace Austin starts the bout by working on Dreamer's arm. Dreamer and Austin lockup again. Dreamer puts Austin in a tight side headlock. Austin sends Dreamer towards the ropes to break it up. Dreamer comes back with his famous short jabs. Austin takes a tumble to the outside. Dreamer lands a nice clear chop on Austin's chest. Madman Fulton makes a save by blocking Austin from crashing into the barricade. With the referee's back turned, Fulton drops Dreamer right on top of the barricade.

Back in the ring, Austin inflicts more damage on Dreamer in the corner. It isn't enough for him to pick up the victory just yet. Austin puts Dreamer in a front facelock. Dreamer and Austin trade short Irish Whips. Dreamer catches Austin as he heads to the top rope. Dreamer sends Austin crashing to the mat with a perfect neckbreaker! Dreamer looks for a DDT. Austin breaks it up with a jumping knee strike. Dreamer baits Austin in with a step-up enziguri. Austin comes flying off the top with a springboard leg drop. Will this be enough? Cover. Dreamer kicks out!

Dreamer hits a cutter out of nowhere! He was seconds away from adding his name to the main event at Victory Road. Madman Fulton puts Austin's foot underneath the bottom rope. Dreamer takes care of Fulton on the outside with a DDT. Back in the ring, Dreamer gets caught with The Fold. Austin goes for the final pin in the match. 1-2-3. Austin will be the only man to face Christian Cage at Victory Road.

Winner: Ace Austin

That concludes this week's episode. Thanks for watching!