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Impact recap & reactions: Sami Callihan piledrives the passion out of Trey Miguel

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Impact Wrestling (Mar. 16, 2021) featured FinJuice taking the Impact tag titles to Japan, Rich Swann having doubts about being able to defeat Kenny Omega, and Sami Callihan piledriving his point about Trey Miguel’s lack of passion.

Sami Callihan and Trey Miguel went all out in the main event to put on a PPV-level match. This feud is all about Callihan doubting Trey’s passion after he ran way from Impact. Callihan believes that Trey confuses anger for passion. When it comes down to it, Trey doesn’t have the passion to get the job done. Callihan plans to make an example out of him.

Trey came out for the lengthy main event with fire and aggression. Callihan tried to end it early with a piledriver on the stage, but Trey flipped out to safety. The action continued with Callihan targeting Trey’s leg to neutralize the speed and aerial advantages. Trey had offensive spurts, but his leg wouldn’t cooperate. Despite that, Trey hit moves that ended up hurting himself as well, such as a flying double stomp. Trey channeled his passion for emotional bursts, and Callihan would weather the storm to continue picking him apart.

The closing kicked off with Callihan connecting on a powerbomb then rolling into a high crab then STF submission. After enduring pain, Trey was able reach the ropes with his foot. Trey turned the tide with a slick springboard stunner on the floor.

Both men rose for fisticuffs in the center of the ring. Trey picked up momentum with a spinning slam. He climbed the corner, but Callihan faked an injury. That forced the referee to block Trey’s flight path. Callihan charged forward to knock Trey down. Callihan finished him off with a vicious package piledriver to win. Trey’s passion has left the building.

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

Matt Striker and D’Lo Brown were on commentary.

FinJuice defeated XXXL. David Finlay pinned Larry D on a tornado bulldog out of the corner.

The Good Brothers came to the ring looking for their rematch. They blamed their loss on a busy schedule. FinJuice are busy too, and they will be heading to Japan for a tour. When they return in April, the Good Brothers can have their rematch. That answer was unsatisfactory, so punches were thrown.

Backstage, the Good Brothers approached EVP Scott D’Amore to get their official rematch for the Rebellion PPV on April 24.

Also in that scene, an exacerbated D’Amore handed booking power to Tommy Dreamer for the Hardcore Justice event on April 10 for the Impact Plus app.

Rhino defeated Jake Something. Violent by Design, James Storm, and Chris Sabin were ringside. Extracurricular activity caused a distraction for Rhino to Gore Jake. Afterward, Rhino also speared Sabin and Storm. Violent by Design is stronger than ever.

Tenille Dashwood tried to name her squad Tenille Dashwood & the Followers for the 12-woman tag bout. Purrazzo wanted to be leader, but Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz thought they should be captains of a tag team. Everyone agreed to get along and not combust.

Rohit Raju defeated Mahabali Shera. Speed versus power. Rohit rallied with a variety of running knee attacks, but Shera ended up goozling him for a chokeslam backbreaker. Rohit recovered to win via roll-up with his feet on the ropes.

Willie Mack congratulated Rich Swann on unifying the Impact World Championship and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship by whooping Moose’s ass at Sacrifice. They will party, but Swann had to address business in the ring first.

Swann said his piece about making history. Don Callis came out to put over Swann as a once in a decade talent. Callis fought hard to make sure Swann had opportunities in Impact. However, Kenny Omega is a once in a millennium talent. That’s why Callis is backing Omega in their title versus title main event at Rebellion on April 24. Both the Impact World Championship and the AEW World Championship will be on the line when Swann wrestles Omega. Callis also planted seeds of doubt about being able to kick out of the One Winged Angel.

Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone returned with a paid commercial to promote Dynamite.

Brian Myers accidentally interrupted Eddie Edwards and Matt Cardona. Eddie had no bad blood since he won at Sacrifice. Myers didn’t appreciate Cardona sticking his nose in his business. All their past tag accolades were great, but Myers went to Impact to earn success on his own. He doesn’t want Cardona there. “Get lost!” Heavy sigh, sad face from Cardona.

Jordynne Grace, Jazz, ODB, Havok, Nevaeh, & Alisha Edwards defeated Deonna Purrazzo, Kimber Lee, Susan, Kiera Hogan, Tasha Steelz, & Tenille Dashwood. The match broke down into chaos for Jazz to submit Kimber via STF.

Ace Austin is the new X-Division Champion after dethroning TJP at Sacrifice. Challengers are lining up already. Chris Bey and Josh Alexander want to be at the front of the line, while TJP has a rematch for next week.

The main event between Callihan and Trey was very good. The intensity never let up from the get-go. It was a bit of a letdown for the referee to intervene, but that leaves the door open for a rematch. I could see this feud escalating with violence to main event Hardcore Justice on April 10.

It was interesting to see Jazz pick up the submission in the 12-woman tag. Jazz seems to be on path as Purrazzo’s next title challenger. They meet next week in singles competition, but I don’t expect a clean finish in that one.

This episode had some unique maneuvers. Callihan’s Boston crab in the ropes was very cool.

However, my favorite goes to Acey Romero for his low rolling chop block followed by a running crossbody. That is the type of offense that makes him stand out.

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