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The Main Event Podcast #92 – IMPACT No Surrender 2022

The Main Event Podcast hits the airwaves with another IMPACT Wrestling event as they present No Surrender on IMPACT Plus. Join Jez and Dan as they take you though a solidly good event that was heavy on stables and shock turns.

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Pre-Show: John Skyler vs. Trey Miguel

The No Surrender countdown show got underway with our commentators Tom Hannifan and Matthew Rehwoldt welcoming us to the show and running down the night of action that was to come. The first contest was a non-title contest with X-Division Champion Trey Miguel taking on John Skyler. Miguel had been missing from action since Hard to Kill due to the death of his mother, for whom he wore pink tights during this contest. As expected, this was a clash of styles with Miguel using his speed and quickness with Skyler relying on size and physicality. Despite being grounded by a Tope Con Gilo by Miguel, Skyler felt confident in victory after a big Rolling Senton but the X-Champ was able to kick out at two. Skyler’s surprise at not getting the pin cost him and Miguel struck with quick kicks before taking to the top rope and hitting Meteora, allowing him to pick up the 1-2-3.

Jez’s Pick: N/A
Dan’s Pick: N/A
Winner: Trey Miguel

Pre-Show: Tenille Dashwood vs. Havok

The second and final match on the Countdown to No Surrender saw Tenille Dashwood of The Influence take on Decay’s Havok in one-on-one competition. Dashwood centered herself with a deep breath before the match before she was quickly accosted by her much larger, stronger opponent. Distractions from Madison Rayne and Kaleb with K allowed Dashwood to get some offense in and almost took a win with a crossbody from the top rope. The distraction from Kaleb and Madison continued but, this time, Dashwood was the one distracted as Kaleb appeared to receive a call from one of The IInspiration. Havok capitalised and picked up the win following a Tombstone Piledriver.

Jez’s Pick: N/A
Dan’s Pick: N/A
Winner: Havok

The No Surrender pay-per-view kicked off with Chapel Hart performing the American national anthem and a video package introducing the show and competition upcoming.

X-Division Championship #1 Contendership Fatal Four Way – Chris Bey vs. Ace Austin vs. Jake Something vs. Speedball Mike Bailey

The opening contest was a Fatal Four Way match to determine the number one contender for the IMPACT X-Division Championship with Chris Bey, Ace Austin, Jake Something and Mike Bailey all vying for the honour. In the early going, Jake Something dominated his opponents using his superior strength and size but, showing that he belongs in the X-Division, he followed this up with a quick dive over the top rope, crushing the other three men in the match at ringside. As the match continued, Ace Austin was fairly effective at grounding Something and then the other opponents worked to get him on the mat. The high paced techniques of Bailey, Austin and Bey added a more frenetic pace to the match but Something once again stepped in and brought momentum to a screeching halt when Jake Something caught Ace Austin in Into The Void, a powerful Sidewalk Slam, allowing him to make the cover and walk out as the number one contender.

Jez’s Pick: Chris Bey
Dan’s Pick: Mike Bailey
Winner: Jake Something
Jez 0 – Dan 0

Jonah vs. Black Taurus

The next match was less about titles and more a clash of meat as Jonah went up against Decay’s Black Taurus. The pair locked up in the middle of the ring, pausing occasionally to pepper each other with intense right hands. Realising he wasn’t going to win the size battle, Taurus used his speed advantage to avoid Jonah for a time but, when the big Australian got hold of him, Taurus was bodypressed and launched across the ring, not once but twice. Despite fighting off the big man in bursts, Taurus once again found himself bodypress tossed across the ring but the third time was from high up on the ropes. Jonah followed this up with a Lou Thesz Press from the middle rope and a Powerbomb but it wasn’t enough to put the bull away. Jonah took to the top rope again and delivered Tsunami to pick up the victory.

Jez’s Pick: Jonah
Dan’s Pick: Jonah
Winner: Jonah
Jez 1 – Dan 1

Eric Young vs. Jay White

The next contest saw the leaders of two influential wrestling stables go head-to-head for the first time when Violent By Design’s Eric Young took on Bullet Club’s ‘Switchblade’ Jay White. As the match began, the two men felt each other out, fighting out of the corners with chops and strikes. After whipping White hard into the turnbuckle, Young took control for a moment but that momentum quickly swung back the Switchblade’s way after a surprise DDT but not for long as the upper hand passed backwards and forwards between the two men. With the live crowd fully behind King Switch, he hit a Urinagi and tried to end the match but only received a nearfall. After being dragged face first into the ring apron, Eric Young retaliated with a Piledriver to the same apron but he also only achieved a two count. The pair continued to exchange counters with each other but after White hit the Half and Half Suplex on Young, he followed up with the Blade Runner and picked up a hard fought win.

Jez’s Pick: Jay White
Dan’s Pick: Eric Young
Winner: Jay White
Jez 2 – Dan 1

The Virtuosa’s Champ Champ Open Challenge

Next at No Surrender, the AAA Reina de Reinas and ROH Women’s Champion Deonna Purrazzo held her Champ Champ open challenge. The challenge was accepted by Miranda Alize (Al-ee-zay) who elected to fight for the ROH Women’s Championship. The pair locked up as the bell rang and looked to be kicking off a technical, submission based match but when the champion escaped an early attempt at the Miranda Rights, Alize dived out of the ring at Purrazzo who was taking a pause at ringside. Back in the ring, The Virtuosa did go for the submission win, locking Alize in a Surfboard but the challenger escaped and tried to surprise the double champ with some quick pinfall attempts. Alize forced Purrazzo into the corner and delivered a string of attacks to the champion but still she could not put her away. She locked in the Miranda Rights but Purrazzo rolled over into a pin to break it up. The experienced double champion then put a stop to all messing and swiftly locked Alize in the Scissored Armbar forcing her to tap out. Deonna Purrazzo remains the Champ Champ.

Jez’s Pick: Deonna Purrazzo
Dan’s Pick: Deonna Purrazzo
Winner: Deonna Purrazzo
Jez 3 – Dan 2

IMPACT Digital Media Championship – Matt Cardona (c) vs. Jordynne Grace

In the next bout, “Alwayz Ready” Matt Cardona defended his newly won IMPACT Digital Media Championship against the former champion, Jordynne Grace. As the bell rang, Cardona disingenuously held out his hand to offer Grace a prematch handshake but Jordynne swiped it away and went on the offensive. She dominated the early portion of the contest until Cardona used the referee to form a barrier between the two of them and cheapshotted Grace in the corner. The trepidation that Cardona showed to fight a woman in their first contest was not present in this fight and Cardona seemed happy to slap and shove Grace and didn’t hesitate to deliver two Reboots. As Jordynne Grace got back into the match, Cardona escaped the ring and got a chair. Expecting a Suicide Dive from his challenger, Cardona held the chair up for Grace to go face first into but she called an audible and instead dropkicked the chair into the Digital Media Champion’s face. The chair followed the pair into the ring and Cardona was about to use it on Grace when she took down the champion with a swift kick below the belt, causing a disqualification.

Jez’s Pick: Matt Cardona
Dan’s Pick: Matt Cardona
Winner: Matt Cardona by DQ
Jez 4 – Dan 3

IMPACT World Tag Team Championship – The Good Brothers (c) vs. Guerrillas of Destiny

The next match was a battle of former vs. current members of the Bullet Club as The Good Brothers, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, defended their IMPACT World Tag Team Championships against Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa, the Guerrillas of Destiny. At the bell, Karl Anderson went straight after Tama behind his back but he was ready for it and took the fight to the Machine Gun. Tama Tonga made Anderson regret attempting the cheapshot as he dominated his opponent for the opening few minutes before tagging in Tanga Loa to continue the beating. This came to an abrupt halt when the “Big LG” Doc Gallows entered the match for the first time. Gallows switched momentum back to the side of the Tag Team Champions despite effective tags between the members of G.O.D.. As Anderson vowed to kill Bullet Club, the Good Brothers went for the Magic Killer but Tama Tonga found a way out of it and all four men fought in the ring, each trying to hit their finishers and put the match away. When things calmed, Tama Tonga hit a Big Splash from the top rope but only got a two count. At this moment, Chris Bey came running down the ramp and distracted the referee. Tanga Loa took exception to Bey being out there and got in his face only to be surprised by a huge chokeslam outside the ring from Gallows. Back inside the ring, Switchblade Jay White crept up on Tama Tonga and delivered a Blade Runner to his Bullet Club teammate. The Good Brothers followed it up with the Magic Killer and picked up the win. White, Bey, Gallows and Anderson shared a Too Sweet salute over Tonga’s body showing the world that G.O.D. were out and the Good Brothers were back in.

Jez’s Pick: Guerrillas of Destiny
Dan’s Pick: Good Brothers
Winner: Good Brothers
Jez 4 – Dan 4

IMPACT Knockouts World Championship – Mickie James (c) vs. Tasha Steelz

After winning the Ultimate X Match at Hard to Kill, Tasha Steelz took on Mickie James next for the IMPACT Knockouts World Championship. Mickie James came into the match cocky and confident but Steelz displayed her usual swagger, refusing to back down from the champion. The pair locked up, first in a collar and elbow tie up that moved outside of the ring, then in a test of strength that Steelz got the better of. Outside the ring, Steelz looked into the camera and spoke to James’ husband, asking him why he didn’t make her stay home but she received a Swinging Neckbreaker on the floor for her insolence. As the match moved back into the ring, James was jumped by Savannah Evans behind the referee’s back and was forced into the ringpost before being deposited back into the ring. Steelz beat down the champion and achieved some near falls but this just ticked off the champion. Mickie James first bit Steelz before kicking her between the legs, shifting the momentum back her way. James flew off the top rope with a Lou Thesz Press but only got a two count on her young challenger. Evans tried to get involved once again but James was wise to it. This distraction was enough for Steelz to hit a TKO on James but she wasn’t able to capitalise. Chelsea Green came to the ring to remove the Savannah Evans threat but Green would be the final difference in the match. Mickie James shoved Tasha Steelz into Green, their heads collided and James rolled up Steelz for the 1-2-3 to retain her IMPACT Knockouts World Championship.

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

IMPACT World Championship – Moose (c) vs. W Morrisey

The first in a double main event saw Moose defend the IMPACT World Championship against W Morrisey. The start of the match was a hard hitting collision of meat as the two bludgeoned each other with strikes and clotheslines. The pair fell back into opposite corners but Moose came out like a house of fire, Spearing Morrisey so hard he had to escape from the ring. When he recovered, Morrisey retaliated with a Big Boot and B.Q.E. Powerbomb but Moose also escaped the ring to save the match. As Morrisey tried to get Moose back in the ring, Moose was able to put him through the timekeeper’s table and bounce him skull first off the ringpost. Back in the ring, Moose and Morrisey tried to outdo each other with vicious chops in the corner but after a massive collision in the middle of the ring, Moose took control with another huge Spear and went for the win but Morrisey’s hand was under the ropes. Morrisey hit another B.Q.E. but, likewise, Moose’s foot under the rope prevented a pinfall. Moose set up for a third Spear and despite Morrisey avoiding the first attempt, he hit the ropes and hit it on the rebound. Moose made sure Morrisey was in the centre of the ring before making the pin and picking up a 1-2-3 to retain his IMPACT World Championship.

Jez’s Pick: Moose
Dan’s Pick: Moose
Winner: Moose
Jez 6 – Dan 6

Team IMPACT vs. Honor No More

The final match of the night was the war for brand supremacy as Team IMPACT faced Honor No More. Earlier in the night, Eddie Edwards was found unconscious backstage. He was replaced in the match by Willie Mack. Before the bell rang, chaos ensued and an open brawl took place. When Mike Bennett and Steve Maclin rolled into the ring, the referee took the opportunity to start the match officially. Maclin and Bennett exchanged chops before tagging out to Chris Sabin and Matt Taven, who turned the match into a move technical, fast paced affair. As the frequent tags continued from both teams, momentum switched back and forth with neither team able to maintain an advantage for too long. Things started to turn when Honor No More were able to trap Rich Swann on their side of the ring and deliver a quintuple team manoeuvre to him. Swann was isolated from Team IMPACT for a time but was able to escape when P.C.O. crashed and burned from the inside of the ring to the floor outside of it. Swann tagged Mack who brought high speed devastation to Honor No More. It wasn’t long before the match broke down again and, this time, referee Brian Hebner caught the wrong end of a clothesline and was taken out of the match. With devastation laying at ringside, Rhino set up for a Gore on Mike Bennett in the ring but Maria got in the way. From the back came Eddie Edwards with a Kendo Stick who took care of Bennett and encouraged Rhino to Gore Maria. As Rhino charged, Eddie turned and hit the Manbeast across the head with the stick. The other members of Team IMPACT also ate Kendo Stick at his hands and Kenny King pinned Rhino to take victory for Honor No More. Eddie Edwards tore the IMPACT patch from his jacket and celebrated with his new team as No Surrender rolled off the air.

Jez’s Pick: Honor No More
Dan’s Pick: Honor No More
Winner: Honor No More
Jez 7 – Dan 7

Final Rating

Dan awards 3.5 out of 5 IMPACT Jacket Patches
Jez also awards 3.5 out of 5 IMPACT Jacket Patches

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