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TONIGHT at 8/7c on @AXSTV/@fightnet/@Twitch!— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 7, 2020
A special look at @Tess_Blanchard vs. @TheSamiCallihan @MrGMSI_BCage and @Rhyno313 vs. @TherealRVD and @TheMooseNation @FearHavok vs. @WeAreRosemary
Six KO Tag
Desi Hit Squad vs. @MegaTJP, @Daga_wrestler and @FALLAH1! pic.twitter.com/HG4REtCSmx
Tonight's episode will be the go-home edition before Hard To Kill, which will air live this Sunday at 8 PM EST on FITE TV and traditional pay-per-view. To view the card thus far, click here
Commentators Don Callis and Josh Mathews welcome fans to another episode of Impact Wrestling. Chaos has broken out, as Eddie Edwards and Michael Elgin are being held back by security. Edwards dives through the ropes and takes out Elgin before the intro credits roll in. Back from the intro, Edwards and Elgin continue their fight.
Eddie Edwards vs. Michael Elgin
On the outside, Edwards lands some strong chops, Elgins fires a few of his own. Back in the ring, the bell rings and Elgin swings his right elbow towards the side of Edward's face. Edwards counters back. Both men exchange chops. Edwards catches Elgin and Elgin makes a come back with a big back kick towards Edwards. Elgin sends Edwards into the ropes, Edwards puts his feet up. Elgin grabs hold of Edwards and slams him down onto the mat. Edwards with an arm drag, Elgin counters with a big pump kick. Edwards finally connects with a suplex. Edwards with a step-up enziguri and gets Elgin off the top rope with a hurricanrana. With Elgin down, Edwards goes for the Blue Thunder Bomb, cover, Elgin kicks out. Elgin with front and back strikes near Edward's neck. Edwards reverses by sending Elgin into the corner. He then lands multiple chops on Elgin. Elgin and Edwards exchange back-and-forth strikes before Edwards lands a Boston Knee Party. Their match will continue after the break.
Back from the break, Edwards lands another Boston Knee Party! Both men make it back up on their feet and exchange forearms. Elgin with a knockout punch. Edwards off the ropes with an inside-out lariat, followed by a Tiger Bomb, Edwards covers, Elgin kicks out. The fans in the audience chant "This is Impact." Edwards grabs Elgin and slams him down on the canvas with a powerbomb. Elgin with an inside-out lariat of his own, covers, Edwards kicks out. Both men roll in and out of submissions before Elgin ends the match with an Elgin Bomb. Elgin covers Edwards and wins the match.
Winner: Michael Elgin
After the first match, a vignette is shown of how The North won the Impact World Tag Team Championships and how their feud with Rich Swann and Willie Mack began. The North will be putting their titles on the line this Sunday against Swann and Mack at Hard To Kill.
The North have been an unstoppable force since debuting in IMPACT but will @Willie_Mack and @GottaGetSwann end their title reign Sunday at #HardToKill? #IMPACTonAXSTV @OfficialEGO @Walking_Weapon pic.twitter.com/fzmwhC7cs3— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 8, 2020
Up next, a six-man tag team match!
Desi Hit Squad vs. TJP, Fallah Bahh & Daga
Raj Singh and Daga begin the matchup. Daga sends Singh into the ropes. Singh comes back with a clothesline, followed by a kick. Singh sends Daga into the corner and chops him. Daga leaves the ring, almost attacks Gama Singh, Raj holds Daga and Gama misses and accidentally slaps his son in the face. Daga tags in Bahh. Bahh and TJP work together on Rohit Raju, cover, Raju kicks out. Daga is tagged in. Raju sends Daga face-first into the canvas. Shera is now the legal man. He drags Daga towards the center of the ring, cover, Daga kicks out. Daga creates some separation, but not for long. Shera tags in Singh. Raju steps in the ring and helps Singh in. Daga takes them both down before tagging in TJP. Daga chops Shera and takes down Shera and Raju with a double arm drag. Next, Daga flies over the top rope and takes out all of the Desi Hit Squad, who are on the outside. TJP separates the ropes for Bahh to fly through so he too can take out the Desi Hit Squad. Shera with a thunderous powerbomb takes TJP down, cover, the Desi Hit Squad win.
Winners: Desi Hit Squad
Post-Match: Mack is still not fully recovered from his attack a few weeks ago and is afraid he is going to hold Swann back from winning the tag team titles on Sunday. Swann tells Mack to not sell himself short. He knows they both will make an impact and will win the titles!
"I need you. I need you this Sunday. And we're going go in there this Sunday and be Hard To Kill and become World Tag Team Champions." @GottaGetSwann just gave @Willie_Mack one hell of a pep talk. #IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/NPPMFLGFjr— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 8, 2020
Backstage: oVe are back, but one thing just doesn't seem right. Sami Callihan isn't saying anything. The Crist Brothers take over the promo by saying that Hard To Kill isn't about Tessa Blanchard. They are sick and tired of hearing how Blanchard could make history this weekend. Then, they talk about Madman Fulton's match against Ken Shamrock. Fulton comments and says that he is going to "shatter him." Callihan just holds on to his title tight and remains quiet.
Backstage: Johnny Swinger is in the locker room and is attempting to put drugs in Joey Ryan's jacket. Right when he is about to do it, Tommy Dreamer confronts him. Dreamer tells Swinger to grow up.
After, the Impact Plus Moment of the Week is shown.
After the Impact Plus Moment, a vignette is shown of Ace Austin's flirtatious ways towards Trey's mom and how their feud has escalated. Trey will be challenging Austin for the X-Division Championship this Sunday.
Next, a personal vignette is shown of Callihan and Blanchard and how they're preparing for the biggest match of their careers.
.@Tess_Blanchard vs. @TheSamiCallihan at Hard To Kill is one of the biggest World Title matches in IMPACT history.— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 8, 2020
This AMAZING special feature will have you counting the seconds to Sunday. #IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/t74aJjD9QQ
Havok and Father James Mitchell are about to head to the ring and Suzie is following them. Mitchell tells Suzie that she has to stay back and he locks her (well thinks he does) in a closet. Havok will go one-on-one with Rosemary, next!
Havok (w/Father James Mitchell) vs. Rosemary
Rosemary comes firing in by climbing on top of Havok's back. Havok throws her over. Rosemary sends Havok to the outside and plants a hurricanrana on Havok. Both women are back in the ring. Havok throws Rosemary over her knee and strikes her down. Suzie left the closet and makes her way down the ramp. Havok with a Samoan backdrop. Suzie walks around the ring and waves at the fans. She makes her way over to the commentary table and Callis shows her how to talk into the headset. Rosemary with an upside-down. Mitchell takes Suzie away from the commentary table. Rosemary on the outside is trying to protect Suzie. Havok grabs hold of Rosemary's hair and lifts her back up into the ring. Havok ends the match with a tombstone piledriver. Rosemary is out cold. Havok goes for the cover and wins the match.
Some more Knockouts action is next!
Dashwood and Rayne begin the match up. Dashwood with an arm lockup and clothesline on Rayne. Dashwood with a neck drop, tags in Grace. Grace with a front face powerslam. Rayne rocks Grace with a step-up enziguri, cover, Grace kicks out. Valkyrie is tagged in. Valkyrie rubs her knee up near Grace's chin, goes over to her corner to tag in Hogan. Hogan with a quick tag to Rayne. Rayne spits on ODB. Grace takes Valkyrie down with a double knee stomp. Grace tags in ODB. ODB Bronco Busters Valkyrie and Rayne in the corner. Hogan steps into the ring and argues with Kid Ref. ODB pulls Grace off of pinning Valkyrie. ODB goes for the cover and wins the match for her team.
Winners: ODB, Jordynne Grace & Tenille Dashwood
Post-Match: Grace is furious! Dashwood steps in between her and ODB to break up what could have been an attempted fight.
Backstage: Rob Van Dam and Katie Forbes are making out. Moose interrupts their makeout session by telling RVD that their match is up next. After they leave, we see Swinger passed out on the couch. Ryan and Petey Williams have a good laugh and Ryan asks Williams if he has a sharpie so he can draw on Swinger.
Mathews runs through the card for Hard To Kill before the main event match.
.@realjoshmathews runs down the incredible card in store for #HardToKill this Sunday LIVE on PPV and @FiteTV!— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 8, 2020
Be there LIVE: https://t.co/NXo02ZitJF
Order on @FiteTV: https://t.co/fgbds8wobA pic.twitter.com/nsBaVVTZ3G
And now, the main event!
Moose and Rob Van Dam (w/Katie Forbes) vs. Brian Cage and Rhino
Cage and RVD start the match. RVD bounces around the ring and tags in Moose. Cage throws the first punch. Moose fires back with an uppercut. Cage with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors follows. After Moose gets up, Cage pulls off a spinebuster. Cage tags in Rhino. Rhino headbutts Moose. Rhino sends Moose into the corner and lands multiple strikes. Moose fights back with strikes of his own. Rhino with a big clothesline sends Moose out of the ring. Their match will continue after the commercial break.
Back from the break, Rhino is waiting for RVD to get back up on his feet to plant the Gore. Forbes grabs hold of Rhino's leg. RVD steps out of the ring and kisses Forbes. RVD tags in Moose. Moose starts biting Rhino's forehead, then he starts to choke him. Rhino gets underneath Moose and plants a powerslam. Rhino tags in Cage. Moose tags in RVD. Cage with an uppercut, followed by a German Suplex. Moose comes in and so does Rhino. Both men leave the ring and RVD positions himself in the rolling thunder but stops himself. Now, Moose and Rhino make their way back in the ring. Both exchange back-and-forth strikes. Cage back in the ring counters Moose with a tornado DDT. RVD off the top rope drops Cage. Rhino finally lands the Gore on RVD. Rhino waits for Moose to get up so he can plant a Gore on him, Moose steps out of the way. Moose off the top rope goes for the five-star frog splash, Rhino moves out of the way. Rhino with the Gore on Moose. Cage finishes the match with an inside-out lariat covers Moose and wins the match.
Winners: Brian Cage and Rhino
That concludes this week's episode. Thanks for watching! We hope you enjoy Hard To Kill this weekend! Here's a sneak peek for what's to come on Sunday!