January 14th, 2020
Full recap - https://www.f4wonline.com/news/impact-w ... out-301731
Impact returns with the fallout of Hard To Kill, where Tessa Blanchard coronated herself as the new Impact World Champion, not only the first female to hold a men’s World Championship of a major US promotion with television access, but she also became the youngest wrestler to capture the Impact World Title.
Desi Hit Squad (Rohit Raju & Mahabali Shera) vs The Rascalz vs Reno Scum vs TJP and Daga - 7.5/10
Great opener. Shera and Rohit made up for a great team with the big muscle and fast small guy. Shera was mostly portrayed as the best of the match, even with Lester The Legend there. Desi Hit Squad captured the win with a High Knee and Sky High combination by Rohit and Shera.
The big takeaway for me here is the great potential the team of TJP and Daga have.
Moose Promo - Moose cut a promo saying that he made Rhino relevant and that he’ll once again prove he’s the best multi-sport athlete in tonight’s 4-way match against Ace Austin, Eddie Edwards, and Fallah Bahh.
Josh Matthews and Don Callis continued to recap Hard To Kill and ran down some of tonight’s happenings, including a sit down interview with Tessa Blanchard.
We got a recap of Ace Ausstin vs Trey Miguel, talking about Ace’s advances to Trey’s mother and him targeting Trey’s knee throughout the match. Recap did a great job at presenting Trey as a great underdog.
Ace was backstage talking to his manager about getting a sequel for his last porn movie. He said he’ll win tonight’s 4-way.
We got a recap of Rich Swann’s injury from Bash at the Brewery, right before Hard To Kill. This led to the recap of Willie Mack’s valiant challenge against The North at Hard to Kill where he came so close to winning the titles by himself.
We got footage from backstage, post match of the tag team championship bout. Mack told Swann that he lost and was a failure, but Swann tells him that he was amazing out there and was everything but a failure. Get yourself a tag team partner that talks to you like Swann does to Mack. I loved this.
Eddie Edwards Promo - Eddie Edwards cut a promo saying that Hard To Kill was a show that was made for him, and after a long hard fought battle, he regained his trophy. He said that tonight, he continues the winning streak when he wins the 4-way. We got a recap of Elgin vs Edwards from Hard To Kill.
Michael Elgin Promo - Afterwards, Callis and Matthews told us that Elgin has gone to Japan, and we got footage and an interview of Elgin from over in Japan, as he prepares to fight for Pro Wrestling NOAH. Elgin said that he loves wrestling in Japan, he talked about wrestling Nakajima at the Jan 4th show. He talked about defeating Eita in 8 seconds and putting his eyes on the GHC Championship, saying that Eddie won’t be the only gaijing to hold NOAH gold.
RVD Celebration Promo - We got a recap of RVD taking out Cage at Hard To Kill, and then later defeating Daga with the help of Forbes.
We then got footage of RVD celebrating his victory, saying this celebration is special because he put a stop to the Machine. Forbes came in with some champagne and very little clothing. They celebrated with some blurred out wardrobe malfunctions and kisses. Rob just kept putting himself over and brought in his girlfriend’s girlfriend and they got naked. Rob said that everyone lives vicariously through him since all wrestling is a tribute of RVD, bell to bell. Rob talked trash to the marks and said that you should still take him seriously even if he parties all the time. Then they had an implied threesome.
I love this new RVD’s promos, but I always watch these segments looking behind my back hoping that no one sneaks up on me.
Matthews and Callis talked about Shamrock’s return to Impact and his win over Madman Fulton. They recaped his various angles against oVe and the match at the pay-per-view.
Ken Shamrock Promo - We got an interview with Ken Shamrock after his match talking about how the match went like he wanted it to. He said he studied Fulton and used his size against him, he talked about it was his submission work that would work against someone like Fulton. Shamrock kinda put over Fulton saying that he could achieve greatness if he got away from Callihan. He said he had no plans beyond this match.
Impact Plus Flashback Moment of the Week was Kurt Angle vs Jeff Jarrett from Genesis 2009.
We got a promo by Johnny Swinger talking trash about wrestling only wanting to play video games, then he sexually harassed a lady telling her to play with his joystick. Swinger is an idiot.
Joey Ryan vs Johnny Swinger - 5/10
Only Joey Ryan can make Swinger seem like the serious competitor. Ok and fun match. Ryan wanted to get his dick touched, Swinger got heat for a while, but Ryan came back when Swinger forgot not to hit a headbutt to Ryan's penis and to never low blow Ryan. Joey won with his superkick.
We got a recap of the women’s 3-way match from Hard To Kill.
We now got the recap of Tessa vs Callihan’s World Championship match at Hard To Kill. This was really nicely recapped by Matthews, really emotional.
We got a commercial for Rebellion, the upcoming pay-per-view in April.
We also got the commercial for Impact’s return to Mexico City for the next set of tapings. Commercial had Puma King and Taurus, so hopefully they get booked.
In the Twitch stream, Melissa Santos announced that Lockdown is coming back for an Impact Plus special.
X-Division Champion Match
Ace Austin (C) vs Moose vs Eddie Edwards vs Fallah Bahh - 7/10
This match took place in the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA for House of Hardcore. Good match, it was a lot of someone stealing someone else's spot. Like we would see Moose and Eddie get into a chop fest, but then Ace would come in and take out the winner of the chop exchange. Stuff like that which led to the finish when Bahh got taken out with The Fold by Ace when Bahh was going for the Banzai Drop on Eddie for the win.
We got footage of the World Title aftermath from Hard to Kill, showing Tessa’s celebration with her family and the Impact roster and officials. We got footage from backstage, with Scott D’Amore saying nice things to Tessa.
Tessa Blanchard Sit Down Interview - Josh Matthews interviewed Tessa Blanchard in Nashville, TN. Matthews asked about if Tessa ever thought things would end like this and about oVe. Tessa said that she doesn’t think that she’ll be done with oVe, but her goal is now to set goals for females and wants to lead Impact as the face of the company. Tessa accepts being now the ‘hunted’ backstage.
Matthews asked about breaking the man/woman wrestler barrier, but suddenly, Sami Callihan interrupted by playing a video on a screen they had there. How he got access, we don’t know.
Callihan talked about how everyone talks about Tessa and Impact making history, but it’s him that has been making history all along, bringing Impact back to life and carrying it for over two years. He said that Tessa may be the champion Impact wants, but Callihan is the champion that EVERYONE needs.
Tessa started talking to the television, but Sami actually responded and revealed that he was in the production truck, and told her to come out looking for him. Tessa took the bait, but Sami wasn’t there at all, he was somewhere else and told Tessa that she’ll never see him coming. The End.
Arguably a weak show, it was a recap show with only three matches and a sit-down interview. As a recap of Hard To Kill, we got everything that we could hope for, updates on pretty much everyone involved.
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