Credit: Impact Wrestling
The Call Your Shot Gauntlet Match is fought under battle royal rules. The difference is that the final two wrestlers will compete in a singles match to determine the winner. If neither Heath no Rhino won, they would both be gone from Impact.
Rhino started the match off at No. 1 following his loss Tuesday on Impact. The returning Shawn Daivari entered at No. 2. Their fight spilled to the floor, through the ropes, where Daivari targeted the left arm of The Man-Beast.
XXXL’s Larry D arrived at No. 3 and Crazzy Steve entered at No. 4. Acey Romero entered at No. 5, ensuring XXXL would have the opportunity to pair up on the competition. They squashed Steve but failed to follow up, opting to tee off on opposite sides of the ring.
Tenille Dashwood, accompanied by Kaleb Conley, arrived at No. 6. Havok became the second woman to enter the match at No. 7. She took Romero down with an impressive headscissors, then flattened Conley with a powerbomb.
“The Most Professional Wrestler” Brian Myers hit the ring at No. 8 and blasted Steve with a kick. He eliminated the deranged clown of the Impact roster. Crazy Steve eliminated.
Swoggle entered at No. 9, joining real-life bestie Myers for a brief reunion, which was broken up by Daivari. The friends teamed up to eliminate Daivari before Myers tossed his buddy to the floor. Daivari and Swoggle eliminated.
Tommy Dreamer entered at No. 10 and donned Road Warrior Animal facepaint, t-shirt and hairstyle in tribute to the recently passed icon. Swoggle re-entered and joined Dreamer for a pint-sized Doomsday Device on Myers. Alisha Edwards entered at No. 11, only for Myers to eliminate both her and Dreamer in succession. Dreamer and Edwards eliminated.
Kiera Hogan, accompanied by Tasha Steelz, entered at No. 12. Meanwhile, Myers eliminated Tenille. Dashwood eliminated. Hogan stomped away at Havok in the corner as Taya Valkyrie entered at No. 13, accompanied by Rosemary and John E. Bravo. La Wera Loca uncorked some hard chops to the chests of XXXL.
Fallah Bahh and his enormous roll of cash entered at No. 14 just in time for Havok to send Hogan to the floor. Hogan eliminated. Valkyrie eliminated Havok. Havok eliminated.
“Cowboy” James Storm entered at No. 15 in the best surprise of the match thus far. Storm downed both Larry D and Romero, then dumped Larry. Larry D eliminated. Reno Scum’s Adam Thornstowe hit the ring at No. 16 immediately worked over Storm. Myers tried to eliminate Storm but the Cowboy put up a resistance. Luster The Legend of Reno Scum entered at No. 17. Heath entered at No. 18 and immediately eliminated Romero. Romero eliminated. He followed up by unceremoniously dumping Myers. Myers eliminated.
Former world champion Sami Callihan entered the match at No. 19 and sought to eliminate Storm. Hernandez entered at No. 20, per his victory on Tuesday’s show, and eliminated Bahh. Bahh eliminated. Hernandez eliminated himself, chasing after Bahh and his money. Hernandez left. Rhino dumped Thornstowe to bring the match to five men remaining. Thornstowe eliminated. Luster followed suit, sent packing with his partner. Luster the Legend eliminated.
Storm was the first of the final four to be eliminated, followed by Heath as his Cinderella story became a nightmare. Immediately, referees and the trainer checked on Heath, who was clearly hobbled by some sort of injury very early in his run. Storm and Heath eliminated.
The match became a one-on-one encounter between Rhino and Callihan. Sami attempted to use a chair but the official stopped him, allowing Rhino to deliver a Gore, pick up the win and retain his employment status.
The injury to Heath really hurt this one. You have to assume the outcome was originally meant to be something different before the lower-body injury forced a change. What a bummer, too, because Heath’s story had been such a major part of the road to this show.
With that said, if Heath could not win, at least Rhino had the opportunity to pick up a big win on a pay-per-view he was triumphant at some 15 years ago.
Myers was spotlighted nicely, and it was a welcome return for Storm, but the rest of this one was not exactly the best representation of Impact’s ability to highlight multitudes of different acts to great success.