Impact Wrestling is kicking off the new year with AEW’s Kenny Omega taking center stage for the Hard to Kill PPV. He will be teaming with the Good Brothers of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows against Rich Swann, Chris Sabin, and Moose. In addition, there are three championship bouts and a Barbed Wire Massacre match scheduled for the evening. Hard to Kill is available on PPV and Fite TV beginning at 8 pm ET.
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Pre-show note: Kenny Omega and the Good Brothers were not pleased about Moose as Alex Shelley’s replacement. Don Callis hatched a plan. Moose still has two years left on his Impact contract. Callis can make those two years pleasant or rough. The Invisible Hand left to speak with Moose.
Brian Myers defeated Josh Alexander. Myers pulled down Alexander’s headgear to escape an ankle lock. Myers blasted Alexander with a big clothesline to win on the pre-show.
Pre-show note: Madison Rayne announced her official retirement from professional wrestling.
Rosemary & Crazzy Steve defeated Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb Konley. Steve spit green mist into Tenille’s face, and Rosemary did the same to Kaleb. Steve pinned Kaleb on a tornado DDT.
Old School Rules: Eric Young, Joe Doering, & Cody Deaner defeated Tommy Dreamer, Rhino, & Cousin Jake. Jake nailed Cody with a Black Hole slam. Young made the save with his hockey mask then finished Jake with a piledriver.
Moose entered the locker room of Rich Swann and Chris Sabin. Moose convinced them that he only cares about winning. They agreed to kick ass all night long.
Knockouts tag title tournament final: Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz defeated Havok & Nevaeh. Kiera hit a fisherman’s neckbreaker on Nevaeh, while Steelz kept Havok out of the ring. Gail Kim and Madison Rayne presented the new belts to the new champs.
Taya accepted help from Rosemary and Crazzy Steve to handle any outside interference in the Knockouts Championship match. Acey Romero snuck into the Knockouts locker room looking for clues to free Larry D from jail.
Matt Cardona defeated Ace Austin. Ace wanted a PPV match, so Cardona was his surprise opponent. Cardona was in control when Madman Fulton entered to smash him. DQ win to Cardona. Cardona came back to flatten Fulton with his jumping leg lariat.
X-Division Championship: Manik retained against Rohit Raju and Chris Bey in a three-way. Rohit ripped off Manik’s mask, but he was wearing face paint. That meant Rohot couldn’t prove it was actually TJP. For the finish, Rohit had Bey down after a chain of knee strikes. Manik ran in to roll-up Rohit.
Eddie Edwards made Alisha Edwards promise not to get involved in the Barbed Wire Massacre match.
Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo retained against Taya Valkyrie. Rosemary, Crazzy Steve, Kimber Lee, and Susan were all ejected early. Purrazzo was eventually able to hook in an armbar. Taya rolled it over for a pin, but Purrazzo rolled it back to transition into the Venus de Milo double armbar.
Acey Romero chatted with John E. Bravo about who shot him. Acey found the magic cologne that turns Larry D into Laurence D. The cliffhanger left us not knowing whose bag it came from.
Kumite: Karate Man defeated Ethan Page. The cinematic silliness involved an ever-changing green screen. Karate Man ripped out Page’s heart for victory.
Don Callis’ attempt to influence Moose failed. Moose plays to win. After Moose takes the Impact title from Swann to become undisputed champ, he may show up in AEW to challenge Omega.
Barbed Wire Massacre: Eddie Edwards defeated Sami Callihan. The match was as painful as expected. Edwards won after Boston Knee Party with a barbed wire chair then Emerald Flowsion on top of the same chair.
Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson, & Luke Gallows defeated Rich Swann, Chris Sabin, & Moose. Great main event match. Omega cleaned up in the end with two V-Triggers to Moose then a V-Trigger and One Winged Angel to pin Swann.