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The Main Event Podcast #86 – IMPACT Wrestling Hard to Kill

The first IMPACT Wrestling event review in the history of The Main Event Podcast is on the air as Jez and Dan take a good look at IMPACT Hard to Kill from January 8th, 2022.

Madman Fulton vs. Jake Something

Hard to Kill got underway with two matches on the countdown show. First Madman Fulton took on Jake Something. The two long-haired, musclebound men put a good beating on each other but Fulton was the dominant competitor in the match, delivering two big chokeslams to Something while the crowd begged him for a third. Pandering to the crowd cost him though as while he contemplated the third chokeslam, Something surprised him with a Black Hole Slam and picked up the win.

Jez’s Pick: N/A
Dan’s Pick: N/A
Winner: Jake Something
Jez 0 – Dan 0

Four Way Match – Ace Austin vs. Laredo Kid vs. Chris Bey vs. Speedball Mike Bailey

The next match on the countdown was a Four Way Match – Ace Austin vs. Laredo Kid vs. Chris Bey vs. Speedball Mike Bailey. Bailey tried to shake the hands of his opponents before the match began but some of them weren’t into it. Laredo Kid and Bailey started the match with fast moves which began a frantic series in which all four men flew around the ring, taking each other out of the ring at different periods. Each man achieved at least one nearfall that was broken up by one of the other competitors but the end of the match came when Speedball Mike Bailey hit a Ace Austin in the back of the head with a Shooting Star into double knees manoeuvre to pick up the win.

Jez’s Pick: Ace Austin
Dan’s Pick: Laredo Kid
Winner: Speedball Mike Bailey
Jez 0 – Dan 0

Knockouts Ultimate X Match – Chelsea Green vs. Jordynne Grace vs. Lady Frost vs. Alisha Edwards vs. Rosemary vs. Tasha Steelz 

The opening contest was the Knockouts Ultimate X Match with Chelsea Green, Jordynne Grace, Lady Frost, Alisha Edwards, Rosemary and Tasha Steelz competing for a Knockout Women’s Championship Shot. Alisha Edwards was a late replacement for Rachel Ellering, who was unable to compete at the pay-per-view. The match broke into early pairs inside and outside the ring with no woman going straight for the X hanging above the ring. This did change in the strangest of ways when members of the competitors tag teams came to the ring to try and help their partners. Havoc came to the aid of Rosemary and tried to hoist her partner on her shoulders to get the X, but Chelsea Green put a stop to that with a missile dropkick from the top turnbuckle. Jordynne Grace was the first woman to try and reach the X by conventional means but she was blocked by Lady Frost who literally got on her back whilst in the air and by Tasha Steelz who pulled the pair down. The pair of Steelz and Grace would meet again later on the high ropes but they both came crashing down butt first to the ring. During a third meeting, they were joined by Chelsea Green. After Grace was sent crashing to the ring with a hard bump, Green and Steelz fought over the X. With it loose, it became a matter of who would drop to the mat with the X. With little regard for her landing, Tasha Steelz came down with a thud and took her place as the winner of the first ever Women’s Ultimate X match.

Jez’s Pick: Chelsea Green
Dan’s Pick: Rosemary
Winner: Tasha Steelz
Jez 0 – Dan 0

Impact X Division Championship – Trey Miguel (c) vs. Steve Maclin

The next match was for the Impact X Division Championship as Trey Miguel defended against Steve Maclin. As Trey Miguel made his way to the ring, Steve Maclin launched out of the ring with a suicide dive. The pair fought outside of the ring where Miguel evened the score before putting Maclin into the ring to begin the match. The contest was soon taken back outside again, though, as Maclin escaped and Trey launched over the top rope, taking out Maclin and almost taking out a woman in the front row. Back in the ring, Steve Maclin took full control, brutalising the X-Division Champion with clubbing forearms and powerful slams. Trey fought back and resisted the challenger with quick strikes and fast manoeuvres before going for broke and delivering a Meteora from the top rope to the outside of the ring. He repeated the move inside the ring but Maclin kicked out at two. After slapping Maclin silly, Miguel delivered a third Meteora and pinned his challenger to retain the IMPACT X-Division Championship.

Jez’s Pick: Steve Maclin
Dan’s Pick: Trey Miguel
Winner: Trey Miguel
Jez 0 – Dan 1

ROH World Championship – Jonathan Gresham (c) vs. Chris Sabin

For the first time ever, the Ring of Honor World Championship was defended in an IMPACT Wrestling ring when the champion, Jonathan Gresham took on the challenger, Chris Sabin, under ROH pure wrestling rules. After the Code of Honor handshake, the match began and was the technical contest we were expecting. As the match developed, Gresham took the match to the mat, locking in a series of submissions and targeting the arm of Sabin. This targeting continued whilst the match became more even and the pair exchanged rope breaks. Under Pure rules, only 3 per wrestler are permitted in the match. As Sabin went for his second Cradle Shock of the night, Gresham countered and the pair each bounced between roll-up pins and cradles until Gresham bridged over Sabin and pinned him to retain the ROH World Championship. 

Jez’s Pick: Jonathan Gresham
Dan’s Pick: Jonathan Gresham
Winner: Jonathan Gresham
Jez 1 – Dan 2

Josh Alexander vs. Jonah

It was Mass Destruction vs. The Walking Weapon next as the former, Jonah, took on the latter, Josh Alexander. Alexander started the match strong, letting his emotions boil over  and frantically attacking his much bigger opponent. After Jonah found himself caught up in the ropes, Alexander continued his attack outside the ring but, despite favouring his ankle, Jonah was able to turn this to his advantage and bounce Alexander off the ring to take control for a period. The match went back and forth from here as the two men delivered a massive beating to each other but the match came to an end when Jonah missed a moonsault, allowing Josh Alexander to deliver a German Suplex and a Powerbomb before locking in the anklelock and forcing Jonah to tap out.

Jez’s Pick: Jonah
Dan’s Pick: Josh Alexander
Winner: Josh Alexander
Jez 1 – Dan 3

10-man Hardcore War Match – Eddie Edwards, Rich Swann, Willie Mack, Heath and Rhino vs. The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) and Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner, and Joe Doering)

There were many personal rivalries to settle in the next contest as Eddie Edwards, Rich Swann, Willie Mack, Heath and Rhino took on The Good Brothers and Violent By Design in a 10 Man Hardcore War. The first two men to start the match were Deaner from Violet by Design, and Rich Swann. Alone for three minutes, the pair fought for an early advantage with a garbage can and a steel chair. The next participant was Machine Gun Karl Anderson who brought a golf club to the ring to attack Swann. It was Swann who got a hole in on (of Anderson’s testicles) though as he hit one half of the IMPACT World Tag Team Champions where the sun doesn’t shine. Swann lost the numbers game after this but was soon aided by the next entrant – his tag team partner Willie Mack. In one of the more random moves in recent wrestling history, Mack brought a door into the ring and the two promptly put Deener through it with a 3D. Doc Gallows entered next, followed by Eddie Edwards and Eric Young. The violent tendencies of Young’s team took over as Heath arrived. Heath threw powder in the face of his enemies and hit the ring with a pipe, turning momentum back in his team’s direction until Joe Doering arrived. With VBD and the Good Brothers at full strength, all seemed lost for the good guys until the last participant, Rhino, worked his way through everyone with a steel chain wrapped around his hand. With all ten men in the ring, the match was officially on and things got a little crazy. Eddie Edwards lit his kendo stick – Kenny – on fire and hit Doc Gallows across the back with it but Edwards met his own demise after Eric Young piledrivered him through a table. Doering and Swann joined the carnage next as Swann was slammed through a barbed wire board. The match came to an end when Rhino delivered a Gore outta nowhere to Karl Anderson and his partner Heath came in to get the pin. After the match, Matt Taven, Vincent, Mike Bennett and PCO from ROH stormed the ring and systematically destroyed the winning team before standing tall in the middle of the ring with Maria. 

Jez’s Pick: Edwards, et al
Dan’s Pick: Edwards, et al
Winner: Edwards, et al
Jez 2 – Dan 4

Impact World Championship – Moose (c) vs. Matt Cardona vs. W. Morrissey

After the chaos and carnage of Hardcore War, we returned to title action next as Moose defended the Impact World Championship against Matt Cardona and W. Morrissey. The match started quickly with Cardona tossed out of the ring and a big boot delivered to Moose by Morrissey. He went for the pin but Cardona returned to the ring to break it up. Cardona took over the match for a while, keeping both men down with repeated Reboot Kicks in the ring corners. Moose got back into the match and took Matt Cardona to the entrance way where, as he was about to seriously hurt one of his challengers, Chelsea Green came out and launched at Moose from the stage with a crossbody. Back in the ring, Moose and Cardona fought again but as Moose leaped to the top rope, Cardona pushed him off the top turnbuckle and crashing through the timekeeper’s table at ringside. This allowed W. Morrissey to get into the match as he attacked Cardona from behind with the prosthetic leg of one of the fans at ringside. Morrissey turned his attention to Moose and almost defeated him for the title but the official was down and unable to make the count. Moose took out Morrissey with a chair and Cardona re-entered. The pair fought with chairs and Chelsea Green intervened in a chair shot to her husband. As a result of this, Green found herself sandwiched between a second referee and the turnbuckle as Moose powerbombed Cardona into the turnbuckle. Moose set up for and delivered the spear and the original referee crawled into the ring and made a very slow three count to award Moose the win.

Jez’s Pick: Matt Cardona
Dan’s Pick: Matt Cardona
Winner: Moose
Jez 2 – Dan 4

Impact Knockouts Championship Texas Deathmatch – Mickie James (c) vs. Deonna Purrazzo

The Hard to Kill main event was for the Impact Knockouts Championship and was a Texas Deathmatch with champion Hardcore Country Mickie James defending against The Virtuosa Deonna Purrazzo. Under Texas Deathmatch rules, the winner of the match would make a pinfall followed by her opponent not being able to answer the count of 10. Mickie James put these rules to the test immediately, pinning Purrazzo with a rollup but the challenger was still fresh and was not counted down. James continued to use the rules to her advantage, tapping out quickly after being put in the Venus De Milo knowing that it would not end the match but that she would be released from the hold. James and Purrazzo filled the ring with chairs and took the fight to ringside and to the top of the entrance ramp. On the stage, Purrazzo rammed James with an equipment box, busting her open and getting a pinfall, but Mickie James broke the 10 count at 7. Back in the ring, things became more hardcore; after setting up a table in the corner, Mickie James found herself slammed into a pile of thumbtacks. James was locked in a submission again and, just as before, she tapped out quickly to give herself more time to recover and meet the 10 count. An incensed Purrazzo then began to target the knee of James with a steel chair but James escaped damage and pinned Purrazzo after a Thesz Press at ringside. The Virtuosa was virtually unconscious when her buddy, Matthew Rehwoldt, picked her up to meet the 10 count under shady circumstances. James wiped them both out with another Thesz Press from the top rope and took the match back into the ring. Purrazzo tried to retaliate with a low blow but this had little effect on James. Rehwoldt tried to intervene again and ate a guitar for his troubles. James hit the Mick-D-T on The Virtuosa and, after getting a three count, piled chairs and tables on Purrazzo to make sure that she couldn’t meet the ten count. Mickie James walked out of Hard to Kill, and will walk into the WWE Royal Rumble, still IMPACT Knockouts World Champion.

Jez’s Pick: Mickie James
Dan’s Pick: Mickie James
Winner: Mickie James
Jez 3 – Dan 5

Final Rating

Dan awards 4 Random Doors Out of 5
Jez also awards 3.5 Random Doors Out of 5

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