We kick things off with exclusive X-Division action Before the IMPACT!
X-Division Champion Ace Austin vs Aiden Prince
Just days removed from a successful X-Division Title defense over Trey Miguel, Ace Austin steps into the ring with a determined Aiden Prince! Prince hits a Hurricanrana, then dives through the ropes to collide with Austin on the outside. Austin gains control with a leg drop to the back. Austin slows down the pace as he begins to wear Prince down. Prince breaks free and rolls him up for a very close near fall. Prince hits a slingshot Flatliner to start building momentum but Austin shuts him down with a modified backbreaker. Austin avoids the 450 Splash, then capitalizes with The Fold to win!
X-Division Champion Ace Austin def Aiden Prince
The road to Slammiversary heats up on an all-new IMPACT! on AXS TV.
Tom Hannifan and Matthew Rehwoldt are in the ring to welcome us to tonight’s show. Hannifan and Rehwoldt speak on the return of the Gauntlet for the Gold, which will determine Josh Alexander’s challenger for the IMPACT World Title at Slammiversary. Honor No More interrupts and it’s time for action!
Kenny King vs Chris Bey – Ultimate X Qualifying Match
The winner of this match will move on to Slammiversary where Ace Austin will defend his X-Division Championship in the return of Ultimate X! Maria Kanellis joins Tom Hannifan and Matthew Rehwoldt on commentary, while the other members of both Honor No More and Bullet Club have been banned from ringside. Bey sends him to the outside with a dropkick, then soars over the top rope to the floor. King picks him off the second rope and follows up with running double knees in the corner. King misses a springboard leg drop, allowing Bey to hit a twisting neckbreaker for two. King comes back with the Tiger Driver for a near fall of his own. King gets caught using the ropes for leverage on a pin attempt. Kanellis provides a distraction from ringside as King capitalizes with the Royal Flush to advance!
Kenny King def Chris Bey – Ultimate X Qualifying Match
Knockouts World Tag Team Champions The Influence (Madison Rayne & Tenille Dashwood) vs Gisele Shaw & Alisha – Knockouts World Tag Team Championship
Following Gisele Shaw’s victory over Madison Rayne at Under Siege, she teams with an unlikely ally in Alisha to challenge The Influence for the Knockouts World Tag Team Titles! Shaw and Alisha are in the driver’s seat as they pummel their opponents with a series of strikes. Shaw grabs Alisha’s leg from the outside, allowing Dashwood to turn the tide with a neckbreaker. Rayne distracts the referee as Dashwood adds insult to injury from the apron. Alisha dropkicks Rayne to create separation and make the tag to Shaw. The pace quickens as Shaw hits Rayne with a draping DDT. Moments later, Rayne sends Alisha crashing into her own partner. The Influence follow up with The Collab to retain the Knockouts World Tag Team Titles!
Knockouts World Tag Team Champions The Influence (Madison Rayne & Tenille Dashwood) def Gisele Shaw & Alisha – Knockouts World Tag Team Championship
Violent By Design vows to regain the power and control next week when they get their rematch with The Briscoes for the IMPACT World Tag Team Championship. Eric Young claims victory in tonight’s Gauntlet for the Gold.
IMPACT Hall of Famer Gail Kim announces the first-ever Queen of the Mountain match for the Knockouts World Title at Slammiversary! Tasha Steelz will defend against Chelsea Green, Jordynne Grace, Deonna Purrazzo and – before she can announce the final competitor, Knockouts World Champion Tasha Steelz interrupts. Steelz accuses Kim of doing everything in her power to get her to lose the Knockouts World Title. Steelz announces that Savannah Evans will be in the match but Kim turns her down. Kim says that all of her challengers will be former Knockouts World Champions and the final competitor is Mia Yim! Steelz and Evans start to approach Kim when Mia Yim makes the save. Moments later, Yim is blindsided by Deonna Purrazzo but AAA Reina de Reinas Champion Tasha Steelz and Jordynne Grace even the odds!
In an interview with Gia Miller, Rich Swann says he is willing to fight all night long in order to win Gauntlet for the Gold tonight.
IMPACT World Champion Josh Alexander & Tomohiro Ishii vs Bullet Club (Jay White & El Phantasmo)
Champion and challenger for the IMPACT World Title this past Saturday at Under Siege, Josh Alexander and Tomohiro Ishii, must now join forces to battle Jay White and El Phantasmo! Ishii flattens both members of the Bullet Club with running shoulder tackles. White spikes Ishii with a DDT as Phantasmo blindsides Alexander and takes him off the apron. White joins Phantasmo as they rake the back of Ishii. White delivers a chop in the corner but Ishii breaks free and hits a powerslam. Ishii makes the tag to Alexander who goes on the attack. Alexander hits two German suplexes on Phantasmo, then locks in the Ankle Lock. Alexander hits the C4 Spike on White but gets caught with a springboard Moonsault from Phantasmo. Ishii goes for the basement lariat but White trips him from the outside. Turnabout is fair play as Alexander does the same to Phantasmo on the other side of the ring. Ishii hits the basement lariat on Phantasmo, followed by the Brainbuster for three!
IMPACT World Champion Josh Alexander & Tomohiro Ishii def Bullet Club (Jay White & El Phantasmo)
New IMPACT World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes learn that Violent By Design is sending Joe Doering to compete in their IMPACT World Tag Team Title rematch next week but they’re not scared of anyone!
The road to Slammiversary continues on an all-new IMPACT! next Thursday at 8/7c on AXS TV and 8:30pm ET on YouTube for IMPACT Insiders! The Briscoes defend the IMPACT World Tag Team Titles against Violent By Design. Laredo Kid battles Mike Bailey in an Ultimate X Qualifying match. Knockouts World Champion Tasha Steelz teams with Savannah Evans and Deonna Purrazzo as they collide with AAA Reina de Reinas Champion Taya Valkyrie, Jordynne Grace and Mia Yim. Plus, Mike Bennett and Matt Taven take on The Good Brothers.
Gauntlet for the Gold – Winner Challenges Josh Alexander for the IMPACT World Title at Slammiversary
Two men begin the match. A new competitor enters after two minutes. After that, a new competitor enters every 90 seconds. Eliminations occur when a man is thrown over the top rope and both feet hit the floor. When it’s down to the final two participants, the winner is decided by pinfall or submission. Fellow Motor City Machine Guns, Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley, face off to begin the match. The leader of Honor No More, Eddie Edwards, is the third entrant. Vincent is the fourth entrant to even the odds for Honor No More. Steve Maclin is the fifth entrant. Maclin momentarily works together with Honor No More as the Guns are Caught in the Crosshairs, followed by Red Rum from Vincent. Shark Boy is the sixth entrant as he makes his third Gauntlet for the Gold appearance. Shark Boy hits a double Stunner on Edwards and Vincent. During the commercial break, Edwards eliminates Shark Boy. When we come back, Trey Miguel and Raj Singh enter the match in the seven and eight spots respectively. Bhupinder Gujjar is the ninth entrant. Gujjar eliminates Singh with a dropkick. Shera is the tenth entrant as he squares off with Gujjar. W. Morrissey is the eleventh entrant as he quickly eliminates Shera and Vincent. Eric Young is the twelfth entrant. Young hits Morrissey over the head with his mask, then spikes him with a Piledriver. Young eliminates Gujjar. Johnny Swinger is the thirteenth entrant but quickly gets eliminates by Young. During the commercial, Heath and Black Taurus enter the match in the fourteen and fifteen spots. Shelley and Miguel are also eliminated during the break. Rhino is the sixteenth entrant and he immediately Gores Edwards, allowing Sabin to eliminate him. Moose is the seventeenth entrant and eliminates Taurus, Rhino and Heath. Rich Swann is the eighteenth entrant. Matt Cardona’s music hits for the nineteenth entrant but Matthew Rehwoldt leaves commentary and enters the match in his place, eliminating Swann from behind. PCO is the twentieth and final entrant. PCO eliminates Rehwoldt, then faces off with Morrissey. Maclin sneaks up behind and eliminates both PCO and Morrissey. The lights go out and Sami Callihan confronts Moose in the middle of the ring. Callihan attacks him with a baseball bat, leading to the elimination from Sabin. Young and Maclin join forces as they turn their attention towards Sabin. Sabin uses his quickness to eliminate Maclin. The final two competitors are Chris Sabin and Eric Young, the winner will now be determined by pinfall or submission. Sabin hits a tornado DDT for a very close near fall. Young rakes the eyes, then hits the Piledriver to win Gauntlet for the Gold!
Eric Young Wins Gauntlet for the Gold – Winner Challenges Josh Alexander for the IMPACT World Title at Slammiversary
Eric Young is headed to Slammiversary where he will challenge Josh Alexander for the IMPACT World Title! Young celebrates with Joe Doering and Deaner as IMPACT! goes off the air.