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Impact Against All Odds preview: Kenny Omega world title defense tonight

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Impact Wrestling is back with another special event tonight (June 12, 2021) at 8 pm ET on the Impact Plus app. The prime bouts for Against All Odds are Kenny Omega defending the Impact World Championship against Moose, NJPW’s Satoshi Kojima walking through the Forbidden Door to wrestle Joe Doering, and W. Morrissey taking on Impact’s biggest star in Rich Swann.

Let’s break down Against All Odds with previews and predictions for the full card.

Impact World Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Moose

Wrestling god versus god of professional wrestling. Moose earned the opportunity by winning a #1 contender contest. He vows that it is his time to finally win the Impact World Championship. To ensure no interference, Tony Khan offered his services to have the match at AEW’s Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL. Sami Callihan and the Good Brothers will be occupied with a fight of their own at the Impact Zone in Nashville, TN. In theory, that should make it a clean contest. However, this is professional wrestling and the laws of time and space do not always apply.

Prediction: Omega retains. This has Impact match of the year potential. Last time they shared a ring in trios action, Moose was amazing. He stepped his game up to compete with the Best Bout Machine. I expect Moose to do the same tonight. Unfortunately, Moose is just a cog in Omega’s belt collector story.

Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) vs. Rosemary

Rosemary pinned the champ in tag team action, so she was granted a title shot.

Prediction: Purrazzo retains. There is not enough story here for even a flash title change. Purrazzo has worked too hard for her run to end without meaning.

Impact Tag Team Championship: Violent by Design (Rhino & Deaner) (c) vs. Crazzy Steve & Black Taurus

Steve mocked Deaner as Eric Young’s chosen boy for Violent by Design. Young is confident he made the right choice, so he is using Freebird Rules for Deaner to substitute for Joe Doering.

Prediction: Rhino & Deaner retain. Deaner has been the weak link of Violent by Design thus far, but the team of Doering & Rhino has potential as a powerhouse pair. I want to see them wreck fools. To do that, Deaner must pull his weight and win this one. Let’s go, Deaner!

Knockouts Tag Team Championship: Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz (c) vs. Kimber Lee & Susan

Fire ‘n’ Flava needed opponents, so they were given Lee and Susan. The challengers did nothing to earn the shot.

Prediction: Fire ‘n’ Flava retain. I’m making this pick my lock of the week. Hogan and Steelz are one of the best duos in the business.

Street Fight: Good Brothers vs. Sami Callihan & Tommy Dreamer

The Good Brothers have been meddling in Callihan’s business to prevent him from rising to a world title shot against Kenny Omega. Callihan was given the championship main event anyway for Slammiversary on July 17. In the meantime, Don Callis wants to make sure Callihan won’t be able to show up. A street fight will do the trick allowing the Good Brothers to finally crush Callihan. Dreamer stepped up as Callihan’s partner, since nobody else wanted to support the sociopath. The common bond is fighting the Elite.

Prediction: Good Brothers win. Callihan will get his licks in, but Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows need to stand tall in the end. They can beat up Dreamer to do so. After being on the losing end of the tag title feud with FinJuice, they desperately need this victory to remain legitimate threats. Otherwise, their status will sink to glorified goons.

#1 Contender X-Division: Petey Williams vs. Trey Miguel vs. Ace Austin vs. Chris Bey vs. Rohit Raju

Josh Alexander wants to be a fighting champion, but he needs a new challenger. This bout was thrown together due to ego arguing. Each participant felt they deserved to be next in line. Now, they have to prove it.

Prediction: Trey Miguel wins. It has been awhile since Trey was involved in the X-Division Championship scene, so I think he’s due for a title shot.

Rich Swann vs. W. Morrissey

As most of Swann’s feuds tend to kick off, Morrissey beat up Willie Mack, so the hero made the save for his friend. They have exchanged back and forth sneak attacks. Swann had the last laugh on the go-home show by hitting Morrissey with a chair.

Prediction: W. Morrissey wins. This will be a classic speed versus power matchup. It is also a classic babyface versus heel contest. That is usually a recipe for a feel-good ending. However, the chip on Morrissey’s shoulder is too large. He has to defeat Swann to be taken seriously as a genuine force of destruction worthy of main event consideration.

Satoshi Kojima vs. Joe Doering

Kojima entered through the Forbidden Door from NJPW. He called out an old adversary in Doering. This is going to be a slugfest.

Prediction: Kojima wins. My mind’s telling me no, but my body’s telling yes. Doering is a beast of a man that could cripple Kojima, however, Kojima has the fighting spirit to triumph. Kojima also has a super-duper lariat in his arsenal as an equalizer.

Jordynne Grace vs. Tenille Dashwood

Dashwood tried to poach Rachael Ellering as a tag partner. She did so right in front of Grace. That was viewed as disrespect. Thus, a challenge was made.

Prediction: Dashwood wins. It would be a weird step in Grace’s story as a non-factor if she was victorious. That’s why I think Dashwood finds a way to win. She might even resort to outside assistance from Kaleb Konley. Whatever the method, Grace’s losing streak will continue.

Get in the mood with Impact’s countdown of the greatest Against All Odds main events.

5. Brian Cage vs. Killer Kross (Mar. 29, 2019)
4. Robert Roode vs. Bully Ray vs. James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy (Feb. 12, 2012)
3. Kurt Angle vs. Christian Cage (Feb. 10, 2008)
2. Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Hardy (Feb. 13, 2011)
1. Jeff Jarrett vs. Christian Cage (Feb. 12, 2006)

Share your predictions for Against All Odds in the comments below. Which match do you think will steal the show?