TNA iMPACT! #1026 Results & Review (March 21st, 2024)

TNA iMPACT! Results
March 21st, 2024
St. Clair College
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

We’re back with another week of TNA iMPACT! and we’re counting down to the next TNA PLE, TNA Rebellion in April. I know I have been rather negative toward TNA lately, only because I have expected so much more since the re brand, but I am going to go into this episode with a bit more of an open mind and I just need to understand they don’t have the budget they need, they’re not on a very popular TV network, it must be hard to do what you want to do when you are so restricted. There’s 2 Championship matches on this edition of TNA iMPACT!, so let’s hop to it!

Mustafa Ali opens the show coming out to the ring and joins Matt and Tom on Commentary, and shakes Matt’s hand, and pretended to forget Tom Hannifans name.

TNA X-Division Title #1 Contendership Six Way Match
Jake Something vs. Alan Angels vs. Jason Hotch vs. Kevin Knight
vs. Chris Bey vs. Leon Slater

The Match:

Hilariously, Mustafa Ali panicked when Jake Something made his entrance, being unable to understand why there isn’t a weight limit for the X-Division. There’s a lot of flip, flop and fly to start off with, as is tradition. At least they continue to stay true to what the X-Division is, the only problem I have with these type of multi man matches is the fact that people sell on the outside on the floor for too long waiting for their next spot. It’s good to see Chris Bey in this match, which makes it look like The ABC are finally out of the Tag Team Division that they dominated for so long! Surely, Jake Something was going to be slated to win this. Angels hit Angels Wings on Something with the help of Knight and Slater. Leon Slater dove over the top of a slumped Jake Something who was on the top rope and landed on Angels and Bey outside the ring! Jake Something won with Into The Void on Hotch. I have to say, Mustafa Ali’s facial expressions and reactions were popping me the whole match. I have never really been sold on him, but he might have finally won be over after all of these years.

Winner: NEW #1 Contender, TNA X-Division Title – Jake Something via pinfall.

There’s a Dirty Dango vignette with Alpha Bravo and Oleg Prudius. Dango just uses some great deadpan comedy here, making fun of match ratings, making money in wrestling and buying a Range Rover, losing to Josh Alexander because apparently his shoes were untied. Alpha kept trying to stand up and Dango kept telling him to sit down, and Oleg won’t sit down. Oleg gets mad and storms off. These Dirty Dango vignettes are gold, honestly.

Gia Miller is seen looking for the scoop backstage and finds AJ Francis and Rich Swann and she wants to know why Rich sided with AJ and helped him beat Joe Hendry last week. We will found out why, next week. Gia Miller again, looked absolutely stunning.

Deaner makes his way to the ring looking upset, and takes ownership of his failures in the last few years. He gets passionate about how he fell in love with the wrestling business. I like that this came across impromptu. The Grizzled Young Vets interrupted. Zack Gibson tears Deaner down, and really lays it on thick, and Deaner nearly left the ring, but he got back in and confronted the lads. Deaner went after them but the numbers gain was too much, and the Time Splitters ran out to get their match under way. Interesting change coming Deaners way here, but it’s probably time for a babyface run!

Tag Team Match
Time Splitters (Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA) vs. Grizzled Young Vets (James Drake & Zack Gibson)

The Match:

If the rumors are true, and the Motor City Machine Guns are leaving TNA, I expect the Grizzled Young Vets to get the win here. I don’t foresee it taking too long before they become TNA World Tag Team Champs, after The System have their run. This was a technical match, which was quite slow and plodding in pace. There was a long heat on Alex Shelley, before he got the hot tag to KUSHIDA. They really gave this match a lot of time. Shelley hit the Shellshock, and KUSHIDA locked in a Hoverboard Lock and managed to get the submission win! Not sure if I agree with the result here, but perhaps this was recorded before Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin were potentially leaving TNA. Boys, it’s time to go to WWE.

Winner: Time Splitters (Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA) via submission.

Hammerstone gets interviewed backstage, about how he wrestled in TNA in 2018 but was told he wasn’t good enough. He then had a chip on his shoulder and travelled the world to be ready. He was excited to face Josh Alexander at Hard To Kill, and this is a great character piece, now I know what Hammerstone is all about. They talked about him losing at Hard to Kill, and then winning at Sacrifice, and how he’s stolen Josh’s headgear! I really enjoyed this, Hammerstone is over with me.

TNA Digital Media Title Match
Crazzy Steve (c) vs. PCO

The Match:
I fully expect this to get thrown out. There’s no way this will be over after this. The only thing that truly disappoints me, is how Kon was used to just lose to PCO and they didn’t try to do something with the big man. Perhaps they can bring Viktor in and unite the Ascension in TNA. Surely, if Santino Marella can have his name, they can too. This match was a wild brawl to begin as expected. Even on regular TV matches, PCO will hit that flipping senton on the ring apron, the crazy son of a gun. I must have spoke too soon earlier, as Kon came out and started throwing weapons in the ring! PCO would then NAIL Kon with a dive to the outside and started belting Kon with a Trash Can. PCO got his eyes gouged by Steve who got launched by Kon onto the pointed parts of 4 folded out chairs! That would have hurt so bad. PCO got rolled into the ring and Steve picked up the pinfall. I hope to god this leads to something where Big Kon gets a needed win to establish himself on his new found singles run.

Winner: STILL TNA Digital Media Champion, Crazzy Steve via pinfall.

Decay are backstage and cut a promo on Spitfire and how they still haven’t had their rematch, and MK Ultra show up coincidentally and they bicker about it and will settle it in the ring. I assume this will take place next week.

Eric Young comes out and it appears he has something to say. He talked about coming up short for the TNA Heavyweight Title match at Sacrifice. He turns his attention to Frankie Kazarian, Eric thinks Frankie has made a mistake, and challenges him to a Full Metal Mayhem match at Rebellion. That should be very good!

Singles Match
Seleziya Sparx vs. Ash By Elegance

The Match:
This looks like another squash match for Ash, as her opponent was already in the ring. I can tell you I’m already a fan of Sparx before anything had happened. Ash smacked Sparx in the head because she wouldn’t kiss her hand, and looked to close in. She hit the handspring elbow in the corner, followed by a suplex, and hit a Swanton and bro, she got some serious distance on it! That was a cool finish. After the match, Ash assaulted Sparx, and yep, the cutest ever, Xia Brookside interrupted, and Ash backed off from her. I would definitely bring Sparx back, I thought she was good and pretty easy on the eyes.

Winner: Ash By Elegance via pinfall.

Nic Nemeth makes his entrance next. I see more of an effort this week with the show, to be honest. I guess they just don’t have the budget to do any big angles. He’s facing Moose at TNA Rebellion for the TNA World Title. He mentions not wanting to skip the line, and wanting to earn the title shot. Nemeth got interrupted by The System. Moose talks real with Nic and says the only thing he could never beat, is The System. Mind games bro. That match should be fantastic at Rebellion.

TNA Knockouts World Title Match
Jordynne Grace (c) vs. Tasha Steelz

The Match:

It’s main event time, and this was based off a challenge Tasha issued last week as she never got pinned in the Triple Threat match at TNA Sacrifice. Jordynne Grace picked Tasha up for a suplex and walked around the outside of the ring with her but then she copped a neckbreaker on the outside. Grace ended up overpowering Tasha in most instances of the match, but Tasha was able to reverse a few things at different points. Tasha got spinebustered to hell at one stage. This match was constant reversals! Steelz hit sliced bread and Jordynne kicked out. More back and forth, and Jordynne finally hit the Juggernaut Driver to win and retain. I wish they ended the show with some sort of cliffhanger, perhaps Jordynne being confronted by whoever her next challenger is, but it is what it is.

Winner: STILL TNA Knockouts World Champion, Jordynne Grace via pinfall.

Final Thoughts:

I did see more effort go into this show than some others I have seen recently since the return of TNA, in fact, this would have to be the best episode of TNA iMPACT! since the re-re-branding. Performer of the show for me was Hammerstone with his promo, I think the best match was the X Division match that started off the show, and the best outfit of the proceedings goes to Alisha Edwards. Very classy. I look forward to TNA Rebellion!

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Karlifornia is a Freelance Journalist for RealProWrestling.Com and TheRockpit.Net and Host on the Insiders Edge Podcast through his YouTube channel, the WZWA Network. He has been a die hard Pro Wrestling fan since 1998, and his favorite time period in wrestling is the Attitude Era/Monday Night Wars.

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