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Slammiversary 2021: New Champs & Familiar Faces

Welcome back to Sports Obsessive! Slammiversary has come and gone once again and goodness gracious was this event stacked to the brim or what! Impact Wrestling always pulls out all the stops but Slammiversary 2021 took their efforts to a whole new level. If you haven’t watched Slammiversary as of yet, that’s fine, you can sit back and relax because I’m here with Sports Obsessive to run down the whole show.

Eddie Edwards vs. W Morrisey

Right. I think we all had an idea of how this match was going to go. Eddie Edwards is the heartbeat of Impact Wrestling; he is your typical ‘good guy’ who loves nothing more than going above and beyond to please the company that he has dedicated his life to and entertaining his masses of fans. He’s also got my favourite entrance music of anybody on the roster, but that’s neither here nor there. As great as Eddie Edwards is, let me give you a quick rundown of his opponent. Basically, W Morrisey, FKA Big Cass in WWE, is an all-out heel. Morrisey doesn’t care about anybody or anything other than himself. Morrisey isn’t afraid to get physical and he’ll stoop to the lowest possible level if its means that he will rise up the ranks.

This match was a really great opener. Edwards has as much, fire, passion, and determination as you would expect from a man who was jumped in a parking lot two weeks ago. The passion that Edwards had on display during this match certainly got him through things. On a number of occasions, we thought that Edwards may very well defeat that big, bad, brute that is W. Morrisey but unfortunately, Morrisey was too much of a powerful force and successfully defeated Eddie Edwards on what you could imagine is his path to the main event of Impact Wrestling.

Winner: W Morrisey

Fire & Flava (C) vs. Havok & Rosemary for the Knockouts Tag Team Championships

In our Slammiversary 2021 predictions, I mentioned that I wanted to see Havok & Rosemary take the gold. Guess what, it actually happened! I couldn’t be happier for them. This really was a great match that saw the now-former Champions, Fire & Flava, pushed to their limits. Championship changes are often exciting and I’m very hopeful for this particular Championship change.

Havok and Rosemary dug as deep as the depths of hell to clasp their hands around the Impact Wrestling Knockouts Tag Team Championships. I’m almost certain that we haven’t seen the end of Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz, which is good because I feel that this will revitalize the women’s tag team division in Impact Wrestling.

Winners: Havok & Rosemary

Chris Sabin vs. Moose

Honestly speaking, this was potentially my least favourite match of the night. This match was somewhat of a back and forth contest. We were led to believe that Moose was going to squash Chris Sabin and claim a dominant victory.

That was certainly the way that it was going. What we saw was Mosse brutalizing Sabin until, towards the end of the match, Chris Sabin rolled Moose into a pinfall attempt from literally out of nowhere to secure the victory.

This match was really a headscratcher to me.

Winner: Chris Sabin

Deonna Purrazzo vs. A Mystery Opponent For The Knockouts Championship

So this match was definitely one of the most highly anticipated matches of the entire PPV. Purrazzo has said in recent weeks that there is no longer any competition for her because she has beaten them all. The Virtuosa isn’t wrong. While I was still holding out for Rubo Soho, FKA Ruby Riott in WWE, to appear at Slammiversary, something even more unexpected happened. Thunder Rosa answered the challenge! Deonna Purrazzo was visually rethinking her life decisions that led up to this moment. It was great to see Thunder Rosa in an Impact Wrestling ring. Rosa brought the fight to Purrazzo and really tested the limits of The Virtuosa. We all know of the working relationship between Impact and All Elite Wrestling but what if this match was the beginning of a working relationship between Impact Wrestling and the NWA?

Wrestling promotions working together seems to be best for business. Rosa came close to putting down Purazzo but the Champion managed to slip out of the match with the victory, just about. Purrazzo truly looked as though she was fearful of losing her Knockouts Champion, perhaps for the first time. The live crowd was truly divided as they chanted both wrestler’s names in an echoing fashion. There were times when we may have thought that the Impact Wrestling Knockouts Championship would be going to the NWA, but thankfully for the Impact brand, Deonna Purrazzo did what she had to do and retained the gold.

After the match, Deonna grabbed a microphone to let everybody know that no matter who is opposite her in the ring, they don’t stand a chance. Cue the Impact Wrestling return of ‘Hardcore Country’, Mickie James! Mickie received a roaring ovation and very quickly, made it known that she was not here to challenge Purrazzo. Mickie was at Impact to invite Purrazzo to the upcoming all-female NWA PPV, Empowerrr. Purrazzo’s head was too big for her own good as she cockily turned down the offer. Purrazzo then decided to insult the wrestling legend by bringing up the whole trash-bag scenario.

Needless to say, Purrazzo was then a recipient of the Mick-Kick. It was great to see Mickie James back in an Impact Wrestling ring at Slammiversary 2021.

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo

Violent By Design vs. Rich Swann & Willie Mack vs. TJP & Fallah Bahh vs. The Good Brothers In a 4-Way Tag Team Match For The Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championships

Right: where to start? Matches like this are always a cluster. There are often too many teams in a match like this that leads to absolute carnage inside the squared circle. The big thing here was that TJP was taken out of this match due to an injury that led to Fallah Bahh having to go and find himself a new partner for the night. Would that be a difficult thing to do? No way, Jose! I’m sorry that you had to read what was the worst segue way in the history of segue ways.

As you may have gathered, former NXT/WWE star No Way Jose made his debut at Slammiversary to team up with Bahh, and the two put on one hell of a show! Violent By Design were out to inflict violence, by design, and Rich Swann and Willie Mack stole the show with their athletic ability. Then we had The Good Brothers, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows, who dominated the match and wound up winning the damn thing. Congratulations Anderson & Gallows!

Winners: The Good Brothers

Josh Alexander (C) vs. Petey Williams vs. Trey vs. Ace Austin vs. Chris Bey vs. Rohit Raju In The Return Of The Ultimate X Match For The X-Division Championship

This match was both entertaining and downright hilarious. I have to be honest with you, when I’m writing up weekly Impact Wrestling reviews here for Sports Obsessive, I internally groan when I see Rohit Raju on my screen. However, Rohit Raju has completely changed my perspective on him just by being himself during this match. He was so funny. Raju did things like grab a rope and throw it over the Ultimate X structure to climb up it like he was in gym class, simply because he’s a short man. This sounds so simple but I loved it.

Trey and Bey stood out during this match too because of the fact that they are so incredibly talented and do things that no human should be capable of. Amazing. Ace Austin and Petey William also went all out in this contest, going above and beyond in hopes of claiming the X-Divison Championship. Ultimately, Josh Alexander was the one to win and in doing so, retained his Championship. Alexander is certainly cementing himself as one of the most dominant singles competitors in the company.

Winner: Josh Alexander

Tenille Dashwood & Brian Myers vs. Matt Cardona & A Mystery Partner

This was my most anticipated match of the night, hands down. Rumours were running wild as to who Matt Cardona’s partner would be. In my mind there was no question. I even predicted this in our staff predictions last week. The Hot Mess! That’s right, Chelsa Green is back in Impact Wrestling and according to her Twitter, this seems to be permanent.

I really enjoyed this match and I was cheering so loud for Green and Cardona while wearing my MajorLand t-shirt while watching this match. The crowd went wild when Green finally got her hands on Dashwood and I certainly hope that this leads to a lengthy singly run. This was a great moment and reminded me why I love Impact Wrestling.

By the way, Chelsea Green picked up the victory because that’s what she does.

Winners: Matt Cardona & Chelsea Green

Kenny Omega vs. Sami Callihan for the Impact Wrestling World Championship In A No Disqualification Match

We all knew that this match was going to be dirty. In the opening moments of the match, Callihan jumped Omega from behind during his entrance and sliced his head open with a pizza cutter. This turned into a massive hardcore match just as quickly as it started. Callihan hit his Death Valley Driver but that wasn’t the end. Omega managed to retaliate with a moonsault to Callihan through a trash can! Callihan proceeded to piledrive Omega through a table on the outside of the ring. It was almost like these two men couldn’t feel pain—they just kept going and going! Later in the match, the Good Brothers came down to the ring to aid their fellow Bullet Club brethren.

Then Chris Sabin and Eddie Edwards came down to try to even the odds but all this did was lead to Kenny Omega filling his knee pads with thumbtacks to land a nasty V-Trigger, followed by a One-Winged Eagle to claim the victory and retain the Impact Wrestling World Championship. This wasn’t Sami Callihan’s night, which begs the question: who will be the one to take the Impact Wrestling World Championship away from the All Elite Wrestling Champion? Could we see a new challenger emerge on this week’s Impact Wrestling? Only time will tell.

Oh yeah, then Jay White appeared and the show went off the air. No biggie.

Final Thoughts

What a pay-per-view! Impact Wrestling really knocked this one out of the park and I feel that having fans back in attendance really played into this too. There were Championship changes, debuts and returns, everything that you need to revitalize your love of professional wrestling. I’m so excited to see the fallout of Slammiversary 2021 on this week’s edition of Impact Wrestling. We’ve already learned that Mickie James will be back on the show which is enough of a reason it itself to watch the show. We also learned during Slammiversary that ‘The Drama King’ will be debuting with the company, this being none other than Aiden English, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

So now that you know what I thought of Slammiversary 2021, I want to know what your thoughts are. Leave a comment in our section below this article feel free to tell us what you thought of Slammiversary 2021 on our social media @SportsObsessive on Twitter and Facebook.

Written by James Corcoran

James writes about Professional Wrestling. Be it a show from the mid to late 80s, current-day or anything in between. He is intrigued with all aspects of sports-entertainment.

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