Impact Wrestling (Jan. 4, 2020) aired Part 2 of their best of 2019 and awards show, as voted on by the fans. It featured several top bouts and winners for Tag Team of the Year, Wrestler of the Year, and Match of the Year.
I was unable to watch this episode, but I can piece together details through the magic of social media. Yeah for technology!
Impact aired four edited matches as the best of 2019:
- Tessa Blanchard winning the #1 contender match against Cage, Daga, Michael Elgin, Moose, and Rich Swann (highlight video one and two)
- The North defeating Eddie Edwards & Marufuji (highlight video)
- Tessa Blanchard defeating Gail Kim (highlight video)
- Sami Callihan defeating Tessa Blanchard (highlight video)
Three awards were handed out. The North won 2019 Tag Team of the Year.
Tessa Blanchard won 2019 Wrestler of the Year. She is the first women to earn the honor in Impact. Tessa is ready to make history again on January 12 when she will beat Sami Callihan at Hard to Kill to become the first woman to win the Impact World Championship.
"I've always said that I want to make history in my own way and this is just another way that I have." @Tess_Blanchard responds to being the first ever woman to win IMPACT Wrestler of the Year. #IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/y6YdYdy050— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 5, 2020
Sami Callihan versus Tess Blanchard won 2019 Match of the Year. This bout gave Sami his second straight Match of the Year after the 2018 honor against Pentagon. He also took credit for making Tessa famous on her quest for legacy and proving equality.
"So @Tess_Blanchard, from the bottom of my heart - you're welcome. Because #TheDraw made you famous." @TheSamiCallihan wasn't surprised he won Match of the Year for a second year running. #IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/AdJBa44W2c— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 5, 2020
Tessa was proud of the award. It was the first intergender main event on a PPV. It was also the hardest fought match of her life.
.@Tess_Blanchard vs. @TheSamiCallihan may have been the Match of the Year for 2019 - but Tessa plans to make history again when they face for the World Championship on January 12th at #HardToKill! #IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/YK6HdxRQ3G— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 5, 2020
Impact released the full top 10 list for best 2019 matches as voted by fans.
10. Elimination Challenge: Tessa Blanchard vs Cage vs Moose vs Rich Swann vs Daga vs Michael Elgin - Impact Wrestling
9. Cage vs Sami Callihan - Bound for Glory
8. Cage vs Michael Elgin - Slammiversary
7. Ladder Match: Ace Austin vs Jake Crist vs Tessa Blanchard vs Daga vs Acey Romero - Bound for Glory
6. Steel Cage: Cage vs Sami Callihan - Impact Wrestling
5. Street Fight: Taya vs Tessa Blanchard - Impact Uncaged
4. Monster’s Ball: Taya vs Jessicka Havok vs Rosemary vs Su Yung - Slammiversary
3. Full Metal Mayhem: LAX vs Lucha Bros - Rebellion
2. Tessa Blanchard vs Gail Kim - Rebellion
1. Sami Callihan vs Tessa Blanchard - Slammiversary
We’ll close with a cool flying maneuver from referee Cameron Adamson.
Do you agree with the winners for tag team, wrestler, and match for 2019? Which matches are missing from Impact’s top 10 list?