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Impact recap & reactions: Ken Shamrock suspended again

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Impact Wrestling (Feb. 2, 2021) featured another suspension for Ken Shamrock, ODB and Mahabali Shera returning to the Impact Zone, as well as Moose making a statement by pinning the Impact World Champion.

Life is rough for the world’s most dangerous man. Ken Shamrock has been suspended again from Impact. This time the suspension is indefinite. He recently returned from time off after punching Impact official D’Lo Brown. Shamrock’s run of rage didn’t last long. The new banning is due to losing his cool and attacking referees last week.

Scott D’Amore informed Shamrock’s handler, Sami Callihan, of the punishment. Callihan washed his hands of Shamrock and called it a good decision.

Shamrock didn’t take kindly to Callihan’s backstabbing.

Your guess is as good as mine as to where this story with Shamrock is heading. I haven’t the slightest clue. While eruptions of violence are an entertaining use of Shamrock, the continual suspensions don’t lend to building momentum. I guess it could become a running gag. Shamrock could show up every few months, attack, get suspended, rinse and repeat. That would extend Shamrock’s wrestling career another ten years.

Let’s run through the rest of the show from beginning to end.

Matt Striker and D’Lo Brown were on commentary.

Havok defeated Tasha Steelz. Kiera Hogan and Nevaeh were ringside. The bout was power versus speed. Havok’s power won in the end with a tombstone piledriver.

Rich Swann chatted with Tommy Dreamer. They will team together for the main event against Moose and Chris Bey. Swann requested that Dreamer take it easy, so he can compete at full strength for his title shot at No Surrender on February 13. Dreamer wasn’t too pleased at being treated like an old man.

The Good Brothers were eager to beat up Jon Moxley and screw with Private Party. They were interrupted by another pair of blowhards in James Storm and Chris Sabin. Storm and Sabin wanted respect and demanded a tag title shot. The Good Brothers declined, because they wanted to focus on their match for AEW Dynamite. The Good Brothers will settle up with them next week.

Josh Alexander defeated Madman Fulton. Ace Austin was ringside. The bout was technical skill versus power. Alexander exploded with a flurry of moves for the upset victory. It began with a powerbomb off the turnbuckles followed by a rolling elbow strike and a double underhook piledriver.

Brian Myers came to the ring wearing an eyepatch. He insulted Eddie Edwards’ development into a garbage backyard wrestler. Myers would love to wrestle Edwards at No Surrender, but he isn’t cleared due to injury. Edwards ran to the ring to fight. Hernandez came in to pummel Edwards. Myers declared that Edwards will fight Hernandez at No Surrender. Before a 2-on-1 beatdown could commence, Matt Cardona saved the day.

Business was booming at Johnny Swinger’s casino. John E. Bravo was working as the card dealer, since he didn’t have a job after Taya was put in jail for trying to murder him.

Cardona and Edwards agreed to approach Impact management to make a tag bout between them and Myers & Hernandez.

Larry D defeated Crazzy Steve. Acey Romero and Rosemary were ringside. Steve’s offense focused on biting Larry, but D had the last laugh. When Steve tried to slingshot into the ring, Larry punched his lights out.

Gia Miller interviewed Trey Miguel about his return. It sounded like a possible heel turn by vaguely referring to Dez and Wentz as crutches. Trey wants to prove he can stand on his own two feet. Sami Callihan interrupted to ridicule Trey. When the going got tough, Trey tucked his tail between his legs. As Trey became aggressive, Sami told him to go home and look in the mirror.

Larry D fears nobody. They are gentlemen and wouldn’t hit Rosemary. Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb Konley popped in to volunteer to do their dirty work on Rosemary. Larry liked the idea and proposed XXXL & Tenille against the Decay and a third team member.

Jordynne Grace defeated Susan. Jazz, Deonna Purrazzo, and Kimber Lee were ringside. The bad girls often tried to interfere to assist Susan, while Jazz did her best to keep them at bay. Grace pretty much dominated the action and won with a Grace Driver.

ODB returns! After the Grace’s victory, Purrazzo and Lee pounced. The babyfaces were outnumbered, so ODB ran out to even the odds.

Matt Hardy has a plan for Private Party to become double champs in AEW and Impact.

Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone returned with a paid commercial. Khan has been making emotional decisions recently thanks to using Impact as his own playground. The Tonys promoted the Beach Break episode of Dynamite.

Grace asked ODB if she has officially returned. ODB hemmed and hawed, then she appeared to acquiesce with a boob grab.

Rohit Raju defeated TJP. As the lengthy match reached its conclusion, Rohit blasted TJP with a knee to knock him out of the ring. TJP went underneath the apron, but Rohit had a master plan. Rohit distracted the referee, so Mahabali Shera could emerge to chokeslam TJP. Rohit pinned the X-Division champ on a running knee. This bout happened to be non-title, but a title rematch was made for No Surrender.

Eric Young is violent by design. He offered Cousin Jake an olive branch to join their family.

Jake will give an answer next week.

Moose & Chris Bey defeated Rich Swann & Tommy Dreamer. The good guys were in control when Moose tagged himself in unbeknownst to Dreamer. Dreamer put Bey down with a DDT. When Dreamer turned his back to tag Swann, Moose pushed the old man into the turnbuckles to collide with Swann. Dreamer dodged a spear from Moose, but Moose powered through into Swann instead. Bey prevented Dreamer from a breakup as Moose pinned Swann. After the match, Moose speared Dreamer. He stood tall holding both the Impact World Championship and the TNA Heavyweight Championship.


Pretty entertaining episode from Impact. The surprise appearances are keeping viewers on their toes. I was expecting ODB at some point soon, but that save caught me off guard in a good way. Mahabali Shera was the obvious guess for Rohit Raju’s accomplice, and it was still nice to see him. I missed most of Shera’s previous run in Impact, but he always stood out with his muscular physique. Matt Cardona teaming with Eddie Edwards was unexpected as well. It’s funny that this feels like a major build for the Major Brothers to feud, but Impact is doing it well enough to keep me interested.

The biggest surprise of the evening was Josh Alexander scoring a clean victory over Madman Fulton in impressive fashion. That completely blindsided me with the way Fulton has been built up as a monster. I really like the decision though. Alexander has serious skills in the ring. I want to see him build his singles career by ripping apart the X-Division. That should be a good test to determine if he is world title material.

Share your thoughts on Impact Wrestling. What was your favorite match? Who stole the show?