TNA iMPACT #1027 Results & Review (March 28th, 2024)

TNA iMPACT! #1027 Results
March 28th, 2024
2300 Arena
Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia.

Impact Knockouts World Title #1 Contendership 8-4-1 Match
Alisha Edwards vs. Havok vs. Rosemary vs. Xia Brookside vs. Dani Luna vs. Steph De Lander vs. Jody Threat vs. Masha Slamovich

The Match:
The 8-4-1 match is a match that begins as an 8 person tag team match, with the winning team immediately facing off in a fatal four way match. The winner of that will become the #1 Contender for the Knockouts World Championship, held currently by Jordynne Grace. Jody Threat hits Xia Brookside with running double knees. Brookside takes Slamovich down with head scissors. The match begins to break down as everyone gets involved. Luna hits an assisted Blue Thunder Bomb on Luna. Slamovich reverses the Luna landing but Luna rolls her up to score the pinfall victory. Before the 4-way match gets underway, an infuriated Masha Slamovich attacks Dani Luna and tossed her into the steel ring post! De Lander redirected Rosemary’s spear into Brookside, causing Brookside to collide with Ash By Elegance, who was watching the match from ringside. Ash sends Brookside into the steel ring post, and the referee ejects her, and that was hilarious to me. Out of nowhere, Matt Cardona appears in the ring and takes out Rosemary with Radio Silence like an absolute douchebag. De Lander capitalizes, putting Rosemary away with her finisher, the TKO. Been saying Steph should have been back in TNA ages ago, I’m glad she is.

Winner: Steph De Lander via pinfall in 8:12.

The tension within Time Machine continues as Alex Shelley went on to accuse Chris Sabin of looking out for himself in his singles match against Steve Maclin tonight. Shelley thinks that maybe he should do the same thing. OooOoOOoh.

After Chris Bey failed to become #1 Contender for the X-Division Championship last week, Ace Austin tells him that they should be refocusing on claiming back the TNA World Tag Team Titles instead. Chris Bey vows to take care of Frankie Kazarian, which Austin was unable to do on his own.

The Grizzled Young Vets blame Cody Deaner for their loss to the Time Splitters last week, even though he had nothing to do with the finish of the match, which pops me. Deaner makes his way to the ring and reveals that Director of Authority Santino Marella has granted him a match against one of them. Deaner lets the fans decide, to which it’s clear they hate Deaner because they want him to fight both of them.

Two On One Handicap Match
Deaner vs. Grizzled Young Vets (James Drake & Zack Gibson)

The Match:
Deaner clotheslines James Drake over the top rope before being blindsided by Gibson. The Grizzled Young Vets double team Deaner in the corner. Deaner fights back with a series of strikes to Gibson. Deaner hits a bulldog out of the corner but Gibson counters the follow up Deaner DDT. Drake chokes Deaner with his scarf, allowing them to capitalize with Grit Your Teeth. Drake pins Deaner to win. That was alright, but I don’t know what it does for Deaner right now to keep getting whooped every week.

Winner: Grizzled Young Vets (James Drake & Zack Gibson) via pinfall in 2:24.

Nic Nemeth Interview with Gia Miller
Alex Shelley interrupts Nic Nemeth’s interview with Gia Miller, because that’s the easiest way to set up an angle these days, you just have somebody waltz into a camera shot of a combat sport company willy nilly, every week. Shelley tells him not to fall for The System’s mind games as he gears up to challenge Moose for the TNA World Title at Rebellion. Nemeth says that after he defeats Moose at Rebellion, he would be honored to give Shelley the first match. Shelley doesn’t want to wait and Nemeth accepts the challenge, so they’ll wrestle next week.

Josh Alexander comes out to the ring but as noted by the commentary team, he’s dressed to compete. Alexander says that he missed being in Philadelphia, because the 2300 Arena is where the most personal of scores are settled. Alexander reveals that Director of Authority Santino Marella has granted him an open contract for a match tonight. Speaking of that, Alexander calls out Hammerstone to settle their differences after Hammerstone cheated to defeat him at Sacrifice. Hammerstone did not answer. Instead, he’s confronted by former ROH Television Champion, “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams who calls himself one of the best wrestlers in the world. Alexander isn’t one to back down from a challenge and since Hammerstone isn’t here, they are going to do battle instead.

Singles Match
Josh Alexander vs. Tracy Williams

The Match:
Alexander attempts a vertical suplex but both men go crashing over the top rope to the floor. Alexander hits his signature running crossbody on the apron. Back in the ring, Alexander hit a Northern Lights suplex into a bridge for two. Williams fought off a C4 Spike attempt, then dumps him high on his neck with a suplex. Alexander hit a rolling senton out of the corner, followed by a knee strike to the back of Williams’ next. Williams rolls out of the Ankle Lock but Alexander caught him with a powerbomb backbreaker. Williams hit a unique DDT on the top turnbuckle. Williams locked in an STF submission but Alexander countered into a German suplex. Alexander connected with the C4 Spike to win. That was pretty good and it didn’t overstay it’s welcome.

Winner: Josh Alexander via pinfall in 10:26.

After the match, Josh Alexander and Tracy Williams raised each other’s hand in a show of respect when they’re blindsided by Hammerstone. Hammerstone straps Alexander’s headgear to Williams before locking in the Torture Rack.

Mustafa Ali tells the TNA Director of Authority Santino Marella that he doesn’t believe Jake Something is qualified to be in the X-Division due to his size. Marella says that the whole point of the X-Division is that there are no weight limits, which is so funny that Ali still doesn’t get that. Marella says that even Rhino could be in the X-Division. Ali begins to badmouth Rhino when coincidentally the big bastard walked up behind him. Rhino demanded a match with Ali. Ali turns him down because he already has a scheduled X-Division Title defense against Jake Something at Rebellion. Rhino doesn’t want a title match, he wants Old School Rules. Marella makes it official for next week. Mustafa Ali just continually getting himself into so much hot water.

Singles Match
Eddie Edwards (w/Alisha Edwards & Brian Myers) vs. Mike Bailey (w/Trent Seven)

The Match:
Bailey started off in control following a dive over the top rope, taking out Eddie on the floor. Myers provided a distraction at ringside, allowing Eddie to capitalize with a modified Blue Thunder Bomb on the apron. Bailey counters a Backpack Stunner, then created separation with a dropkick off the second rope. Bailey hit a running Shooting Star for two. Bailey hit a springboard Moonsault to the outside. Edwards prevented Ultimo Weapon, then successfully hits the Backpack Stunner for another near fall. Bailey hit a series of strikes before Eddie Edwards turned him inside out with a clothesline. Alisha “hubba hubba” Edwards distracted the referee whilst Brian Myers grabbed Bailey on the ring apron. Trent Seven neutralizes Myers before Eddie kicks him to the floor. Alisha grabbed the leg of Bailey, which gives Eddie time to avoid a second Ultimo Weapon. Eddie hits the Boston Knee Party to win.

Winner: Eddie Edwards via pinfall in 10:57.

We find out not only does PCO want to battle Kon in a Monsters Ball match, but the Full Blooded Italians are going to be in TNA next week!

As Frankie Kazarian looks ahead to his Full Metal Mayhem match against Eric Young at Rebellion, he’s confronted by Chris Bey who wants a match with him next week. Kazarian accepted his challenge.

Rich Swann and AJ Francis are in the ring to address Swann’s heel turn. Two weeks ago, Swann betrayed Joe Hendry to join forces with Francis. Francis refers to this new duo as First Class and says that Swann has seen the light. Swann admits that he has been in a slump as of late. Swann says that Francis was there for him and wanted to take him to new heights. Swann explains that Hendry stole a victory from him in tag team competition and stole his spotlight. Swann reminds us that he won the TNA World Championship in an empty building during the pandemic, which means that he’s never needed the support of the fans. Francis signs off with the phrase “If you’re not in First Class, you’re last”.

Tom Hannifan conducts a sit-down interview with Laredo Kid to learn more about his upbringing in professional wrestling and Luchador background. After beginning in 2003, Kid went on to compete in Lucha Libre AAA in Mexico. Kid speaks on the traumatizing experience of suffering a perforated intestine, which inspired him to motivate others to never give up. Kid was set to challenge Crazzy Steve for the Digital Media Championship at Sacrifice but was unable to compete due to travel issues. Kid will have another opportunity and sends a message to Steve that he’s coming for his title. Doubt highly Laredo is winning diddly squat.

Singles Match
Chris Sabin vs. Steve Maclin

The Match:
Sabin targeted the left arm of Maclin in the early going. Maclin dropped him gut-first over the top rope to gain control. Maclin wore Sabin down as he delivered a back suplex. Sabin bit Maclin on the top rope, then hit him with a missile drop kick. Sabin hit a neckbreaker, followed by a DDT for a two count. Sabin locked in a Crossface but Maclin rolls to the ropes in order to break the hold. Sabin crashes and burns on a slingshot crossbody, as Maclin capitalizes with a diving knee. Sabin avoided Caught in the Crosshairs but got turned inside out with a clothesline. Maclin hits Mayhem For All for another near fall. Both men exchanged strikes in the middle of the ring. Sabin spiked Maclin with the Satellite DDT but it wasn’t enough. Sabin got hit with Caught in the Crosshairs but the damage to the left arm prevented Maclin from hitting the follow-up KIA. Maclin fought through a bridge and successfully hits the KIA to win.

Winner: Steve Maclin via pinfall in 15:22.

Final Thoughts:
I see the concerted effort with creative this week, so things are improving from where I felt they were 3 months ago. I just wonder how the exit of the Motor City Machine Guns will be handled!

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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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