Hard To Kill 1/16/2021


Jon Burton, Madison Rayne, and Scott D'Amore are hosting the pre-show event.


Brian Myers defeated Josh Alexander

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After the dissension between The North, Josh Alexander has been trying to find himself. Myers has been rising in the ranks, but also can’t seem to get the opportunity he feels he has earned. A couple of weeks ago, Myers proposed that Alexander and him joined forces, but after Alexander rejected the idea, the two started a rivalry to show who is the better of the two. Myers has a win over Alexander, who is now trying to show that it was a fluke.


Myers is now 2-0 against Alexander, so at this point a tag team between the two seems less likely.


Impact has added fake crowd noise to the broadcast. It’s taking me off since it has been months, but I’m hoping I’ll be accustomed to it by the end of the show.


Ace Austin and Madman Fulton joined the analysis table. He talked about his rise to the top in the last two years, and that 2021 will be no different, being the Super X Cup winner only two weeks in on the year. Austin said that he should be in tonight’s card, but isn’t.


Madison Rayne announced her retirement from wrestling.


Matt Striker & D'lo Brown are debuting as the new commentary team.


Main Show


Decay (Rosemary & Crazzy Steve) defeated Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb with a K

Decay reunited on the last Impact episode before the pay per view, when Crazzy Steve came out to counter Kaleb while Rosemary and Dashwood wrestled. Dashwood and Kaleb had been messing with Rosemary about her being left behind now that Taya was focused on the title again.


**1/4

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D Lo sounds like a fake Samoa Joe and Matt sounds like a guy who smokes too much


Violent By Design (Eric Young, Joe Doering, & Deaner) defeated Tommy Dreamer, Rhino, & Cousin Jake in an Old School Rules Match...Oh Really?! Gee I would have never guessed


***

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This was every garbage match featuring over the hill ECW geeks


Violent By Design got matching gear


Chris Sabin & Rick Swann didn't trust Moose. Moose the heel pretty much said that didn't matter and he was fighting to defend Impact. He was such a babyface and his promo was awesome. You'd think this was a face turn, but it's just wacky Impact booking not knowing how to write for heels and babyfaces. But hey this gets a thumbs up


Speaking of which....


Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) defeated Havok & Nevaeh in the Knockouts Tag Team Championship Tournament Finals

**3/4

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Fire & Flare are so likeable but theyre the heels. Havok with a k and Heaven spelled backwards are ugly and mean and they're the babyface.


Aaaaayyyeee it's referee Brian Hebner


Matt Cardona defeated Ace Austin (with Madman Fulton) by DQ


Matt came out and was introduced like we are supposed to care. Matt Stryker said this was a mark out moment. I think he was lying.


DUD

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Any credibility that the commentary had is now lost after this match. They're full of shit.


Ace Austin & Fulton deserve so much better than to sell for this Jobber geek.


X Division Champion Manik defeated Chris Bey and Rohit Raju to retain the title

***3/4

This was awesome


At the end, all three men traded near falls, constantly stealing them from each other. They had callback spots to how Raju once stole the title from both men. It would be Manik that would get the win with a snap pin on Raju after he had done the work on Bey.


Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo (with Kimber Lee & Susan) defeated Taya Valkyrie (with Decay) to retain the title.

**3/4

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Karate Man defeated Ethan Page

Negative *****

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This was a ppv. Now granted I pirate Impact ppvs, but you are suposed to pay for this. Fuck you Impact.


The story behind this is that Page had a mental breakdown when he and Alexander couldn’t regain the tag team titles after losing them to the Good Brothers. Suddenly, we were introduced to Page’s alter ego, Karate Man, who he’ll now wrestle.

This was nothing, just Ethan Page doing a bunch of kicks and punches like 1992 Mortal Kombat, including Karate Man ripping Page's heart out. This was terrible, they broke up The North for this.

For anyone that has never been into cinematic matches or the Undead Realm, don’t watch this. This was Ethan Page figuring out how to use a green screen and double exposure. If anything else, this was the break that the Impact team needed to set up Barbed Wire Massacre.


- Don Callis met with Moose. Callis put Moose over and brought up his contract saying they have a big future together, but that it will be terrible if something happens with Omega tonight and they get sued and they can’t keep contractual obligations. Moose told Callis that no matter who he teams with, he plays to win. Once he is done with Omega, he’ll win Swann’s title, and maybe he’ll show up on AEW and take Omega’s title too. Total babyface!


Eddie Edwards defeated Sami Callihan in Barbed Wire Massacre IV

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Negative **

This was such a garbage match. Sami Calihan wouldn't last a day anywhere else.



AEW World Champion Kenny Omega & the Impact Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows) (with Don Callis) defeated Impact World Champion Rich Swann, Self-Proclaimed TNA World Champion Moose, and Chris Sabin

This was originally supposed to be Swann and the Motor City Machine Guns, but at the last minute, Shelley announced that he would not be able to travel to Nashville for the match, and thus Impact offices have replaced him with Moose, who is the no. 1 contender to Swann’s World title.


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