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Two Minute Warning #75 – NFL Pre-Agency and Spring League Prep

Two Minute Warning returns from our brief offseason hiatus with a packed episode of news and previews from around the American Football world. In this episode, we take a look back at the Super Bowl, discuss Russell Wilson’s big trade and the franchise tags, touch on the USFL draft and look ahead at the opening weekend of action in the Indoor Football League. It’s fast paced, it’s on the pulse and it’s in your earholes for free!

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The Main Event Podcast #93 – IMPACT Sacrifice 2022

It feels like it was only last week we were discussing IMPACT Wrestling… Oh wait, it was! With an insanely quick turnaround, IMPACT Wrestling presents it’s second IMPACT Plus event in a fortnight, Sacrifice. Featuring a main event of Moose vs. Heath and a number of shocking changes, was Sacrifice worth doing an event so soon after the last? Tune in as Jez and Dan break it all down on The Main Event Podcast.

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Pre-Show: Gisele Shaw vs. Lady Frost

The in-ring action began on the Countdown to Sacrifice pre-show when the Quintessential Diva Gisele Shaw took on Lady Frost. As the match began, Shaw delivered a Snapmare to Frost and patronisingly rubbed her on the head. This, understandably, riled up Frost and the match immediately became a physical, personal affair. After hitting her version of the Cannonball – the Snowball, Frost went for the win from the top rope but Shaw escaped doom and got a nearfall of her own with a Draping DDT. This setup was repeated as Shaw once again tried to prevent Frost coming off the top rope but Lady Frost pushed Shaw off the top rope and hit Frostbite to pick up the 1-2-3 and hand Shaw her first loss in IMPACT Wrestling.

Jez’s Pick: N/A
Dan’s Pick: N/A
Winner: Lady Frost

Pre-Show: Honor No More (Mike Bennett and Matt Taven) vs. Rich Swann and Willie Mack

In the next preshow match, Willie Mack and Rich Swann teamed to face two members of Honor No More – Mike Bennett and Matt Taven. Swann started the match against Bennett and the pair got off to a fast start. When Willie Mack, the match’s biggest man, tagged into the match, the match, if anything, got a little faster and soon spilled to the outside. This extracurricular action allowed the team of Honor No More to weaken Mack and isolate him once back inside the ring. Swann eventually got the hot tag but Bennett and Taven were able to switch their isolation tactics to him instead. Rich Swann was able to pull of the surprise victory, though, dropping in a Sunset Flip out of nowhere and collecting a pinfall.

Jez’s Pick: Honor No More
Dan’s Pick: Honor No More
Winner: Swann/Mack

IMPACT X-Division Championship – Trey Miguel (c) vs. Jake Something

The opening contest on the main Sacrifice event was for the IMPACT X-Division Championship with the challenger, Jake Something, taking on the champion, Trey Miguel. Something emphasised his size and dominance in the early going, pushing the champion down but Miguel hit Jake with a stiff elbow to the nose before taking to the ropes to try and ground the big man. This was successful to a point but Something retaliated on several occasions, most notably with a massive Sitout Powerbomb that almost drove Miguel through the ring. Something went for the kill and got a nearfall after Spearing Miguel through the turnbuckles but the champion refused to die and grounded his challenger, at least for a moment, with a Neckbreaker. After Something hit his second Powerbomb of the match, he got a nearfall and frustratedly went for a third. Miguel was wise to this and countered it into a Meteora. He didn’t get all of it, though, and Jake Something kicked out. This led to a battle atop the top turnbuckle and Miguel fought his way into hitting another Meteora as Something dangled from the middle turnbuckle and this time was able to pick up the victory.

Jez’s Pick: Trey Miguel
Dan’s Pick: Trey Miguel
Winner: Trey Miguel
Jez 1 – Dan 1

Eddie Edwards vs. Rhino

In the next bout, the traitor of IMPACT Wrestling, Eddie Edwards, went one-on-one with Rhino. Each man was accompanied by their teammates, creating the potential for chaos in the contest to come. This was not a hugely technical affair and the two men began by taking lumps out of each other with stiff chops across the chest. Maria then attempted to hand Edwards a Kendo Stick but she was caught by referee Brian Hebner and promptly ejected from ringside. This didn’t end the interference of Honor No More, though, as with the back of Hebner turned, Taven tripped Rhino as he hit the ropes. Eventually, inevitably, this broke into a fight between the two factions at ringside. With the referee distracted by the fracas, Steve Maclin came to from the back and delivered a DDT to Edwards. He then picked up the Kendo Stick and reared back to hit Eddie with it but instead struck Rhino across the back, allowing the new leader of Honor No More to pick up the win with the Boston Knee Party.

Jez’s Pick: Eddie Edwards
Dan’s Pick: Eddie Edwards
Winner: Eddie Edwards
Jez 2 – Dan 2

IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Championship – The IInspiration (c) vs. The Influence

In a match for the IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Championships, The IInspiration defended the gold against The Influence. The match start was catty but soon got more physical after Rayne and Dashwood bounced McKay and Lee off the ring apron and barricades. This allowed The Influence to double team Jessie McKay and make frequent tags. When Cassie Lee made it back to the apron, the hot tag was made and momentum swung back to the champions. Although banished from the match, Kaleb with a K came to ringside and was the difference in the match. Kaleb slid a championship belt to Tenille Dashwood who used it to great effect and made the cover to claim the IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Championships.

Jez’s Pick: The IInspiration
Dan’s Pick: The IInspiration
Winner: The Influence
Jez 2 – Dan 2

Before the next contest, Brian Myers once again took his place at ringside for commentary but he was quickly chased away by W. Morrissey, who put a security guard though a table… because why not?

Jonah vs. P.C.O.

Next up at Sacrifice was the battle of the big men with Jonah taking on Honor No More’s P.C.O. The match quickly spilled out of the ring where Jonah was sent head first into the ringpost and P.C.O. was Russian Leg Sweeped on the ramp. Still refusing to keep the match in the ring, P.C.O. dived out of the ring onto Jonah and followed it up with the Deanimator on the apron. When the match finally got back in the ring, Jonah took control but he could not put down P.C.O. as he refused to quit. Through frustration and desperation, Jonah took the match back to ringside and, after slamming P.C.O. head first into the steps, he delivered a stiff Tombstone Piledriver onto the steps, Powerbombed him onto the floor and tossed him back into the ring to deliver a Tsunami and pick up the hardest fought win of Jonah’s IMPACT career.

Jez’s Pick: Jonah
Dan’s Pick: Jonah
Winner: Jonah
Jez 3 – Dan 3

“Switchblade” Jay White vs. Alex Shelley

An old rivalry was renewed next as “Switchblade” Jay White took on his first opponent in New Japan Pro Wrestling, IMPACT Wrestling legend, Alex Shelley. As the early portion of the match developed, it seemed that Alex Shelley was very much in the head of his mentee and the Motor City Machine Gun exploited his knowledge of Jay White to avoid big moves. This may have all been a game, though, as after White got his knees up to avoid damage, he launched into a systematic assault of his former mentor, slamming him ribs and shoulder first into the ring apron. This frustrated Shelley who launched into several reckless, high paced attacks on White but the Switchblade had an answer each time and maintained his momentum. White attempted to go for a Urinagi but Shelley fought out with deep chops. The leader of Bullet Club eventually managed to hit his Urinagi but Shelley reached the ropes and survived a little longer. The pair exchanged near finishes as the arm of Jay White started to trouble him. As White escaped the ring to give his arm a chance to recover, White attempted a Springboard that was countered into a Blade Runner against the ring apron. The pair clambered back into the ring where White went for a second Blade Runner but Shelley turned it round into one of his own. Shelley tried to capitalise by going straight into the Border City Stretch but White escaped, hit a brutal Blade Runner and covered Alex Shelley to pick up a huge win. After the match, Shelley held out his hand for a handshake but White laughed it off and walked away.

Jez’s Pick: Jay White
Dan’s Pick: Jay White
Winner: Jay White
Jez 4 – Dan 4

Deonna Purrazzo’s Champ Champ Open Challenge

It was time for the Champ Champ Open Challenge next at Sacrifice with Chelsea Green challenging Deonna Purrazzo for the Ring of Honor Women’s Championship. The match started off in the catch-as-catch-can style within the ring but when Purrazzo took a breather at the bottom of the ramp, Chelsea Green launched herself through the ropes at the champion, almost overshooting her completely. Purrazzo took this misstep as an opportunity to chain together hard strikes and submissions and hold on to the wrist of her challenge to prevent her from escaping. However, Chelsea Green did escape and began to fire up for a time, pressing Purrazzo’s face into the bottom turnbuckle and stealing the champ’s Fujiwara Armbar. Green went for another submission but Purrazzo countered out of it and damaged Green’s wrist in the process. The referee held Purrazzo off for a moment but when Green shoved her away, The Virtuosa went for the kill and locked in her own Fujiwara Armbar. The match ended but Purrazzo did not relent and had to be chased away by Mickie James.

Jez’s Pick: N/A
Dan’s Pick: N/A
Winner: Deonna Purrazzo
Jez 4 – Dan 4

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

With Mickie James still tending to her fallen friend, Chelsea Green, Tasha Steelz marched to the ring to demand the start of her title match against the Knockouts World Champion. Steelz jumped James after the introductions and continued her attack as the bell rang. This was shortlived, though, as the champion channelled her rage at Deonna Purrazzo hurting her friend into beating down her challenger. As James went for the submission victory, Savannah Evans tried to attack Green but Mickie released her submission to intervene. Steelz took advantage and surprised the champion with a dive out of the ring and followed it up tossing James into the ring steps. Steelz slowed things down here and brought the fight to her opponent, locked in submissions and tested the official’s five count on several occasions. Mickie James did fight her way back into the match and, after hitting the Mick-D-T, she had the opportunity to pick up the win but Savannah Evans once again made her presence felt and diverted the champ’s attention. This distraction allowed Steelz to hit the Blackout but it did not keep James down for three. Mickie took to the top rope but she was held up by Evans once again. As James did eventually dive from the top rope, Steelz countered it into a Cutter and pinned Mickie to become the NEW IMPACT Knockouts World Champion.

Jez’s Pick: Tasha Steelz
Dan’s Pick: Mickie James
Winner: Tasha Steelz
Jez 5 – Dan 4

IMPACT World Tag Team Championship – The Good Brothers (c) vs. Violent By Design

In our next championship contest, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson defended their IMPACT World Tag Team Championships against Eric Young and Joe Doering, Violent By Design. Young and Anderson started out the physically charged contest before they tagged out to their big men, Gallows and Doering. Despite a big collision of meat, neither team could gain a prolonged advantage in the match for very long and men on both sides managed to gain very close nearfalls throughout the contest. As Gallows and Young fought their way up the ramp, Joe Doering showed his dominance in the ring, crushing Anderson with a huge clothesline. Eric Young returned to the ring to execute a double team Powerbomb/Neckbreaker combination and Doering pinned Anderson to crown his team the NEW IMPACT World Tag Team Champions.

Jez’s Pick: Good Brothers
Dan’s Pick: Good Brothers
Winner: Violent By Design
Jez 5 – Dan 4

IMPACT World Championship – Moose (c) vs. Heath

In the main event, the IMPACT World Championship was on the line as the champion, Moose, defended against Heath. As the bell rang, the two men came face to face in the centre of the ring. Moose tried to dominate Heath but the challenger stayed light on his feet and was able to avoid the champion for a time. However, it wasn’t long before Moose caught up with him and the beatdown from the self proclaimed ‘Wrestling God’ began. This beating continued outside the ring where Moose forced Heath into the ringpost and threw him against the ring steps. Heath was taken apart systematically for the majority of the contest until Moose was sent out of the ring with a surprise Back-Body Drop. It was here that Heath had a flurry of offense but it was shortlived and Moose soon picked up the win with a Urinagi followed by a Spear. After the match, the “sent home” Josh Alexander snuck up behind Moose and delivered a C4 Spike to the champion. On the mic, Alexander revealed that he had signed a multi year contract with IMPACT Wrestling but also had finally booked his World Title match against Moose at the next pay-per-view, Rebellion.

Jez’s Pick: Moose
Dan’s Pick: Moose
Winner: Moose
Jez 6 – Dan 5

Final Rating

Dan awards 2.5 out of 5 IMPACT Multi Year Contracts
Jez awards 3 out of 5 IMPACT Multi Year Contracts

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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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Don’t Get Me Started #80 – Don’t Get Me Cocktailed IV

Don’t Get Me Cocktailed returns as we reach another multiple of twenty on the podcast. Tonight’s theme is science. Sit back with a beverage and enjoy as Jez and Alex, both expert scientists in their own right, bring you some masterful mixology with a thorough, fact-checked, science underpinning. You may even learn something!

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The Main Event Podcast #91 – WWE Elimination Chamber 2022

As is often par for the course in WWE, their February premium live event, Elimination Chamber, split the opinion of fans around the world. There were some highly anticipated matches as well as the return of some WWE Hall of Fame Superstars to the ring. Who came out on top? Was the event an enjoyable one? Join Jez and Dan to take you through all the action.

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Kickoff Show – The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio

The evening’s action got underway on the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show when The Miz went one-on-one with Rey Mysterio. Miz started the match quickly, going on the offensive against Mysterio and stopping to celebrate along the way. This would cost Miz and he would almost fall victim to a 619 but in escaping from the ring he was distracted by Dominick and Rey was able to knock down Miz and deliver a splash, sliding from the ring and onto the prone Miz at ringside. Later in the match, Miz tried to escape again but Dominick sent him back into the ring behind the referee’s back. Dominick would get involved again, slapping Miz with the official’s back turned. As the match appeared to be reaching a conclusion, Miz was hit with the 619 and Rey headed to the top rope to finish him off with a splash. Miz, however, escaped from the ring and went to get a steel chair. Dominick cut Miz off and, after Miz channelled his best Eddie Guererro, he convinced the official that Dom had hit him with the chair. Dominick was ejected and Miz returned to the ring to be surprised by a rollup and pinned for the 1-2-3. After the match, the Mysterios channelled Eddie Guererro themselves and double teamed Miz with a pair of Frogsplashes. Later in the night, Miz claimed he would find a tag team partner to take on the Mysterios at WrestleMania.

Jez’s Pick: The Miz
Dan’s Pick: The Miz
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Jez 0 – Dan 0

Universal Championship – Roman Reigns (c) vs. Goldberg

The opening contest at Elimination Chamber was the match two years in the making. Originally scheduled for WrestleMania in 2020 and cancelled due to the pandemic, Roman Reigns defended his Universal Championship against Goldberg. After making his way to the ring, the Tribal Chief took a microphone and demanded that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia acknowledge him. This only grew the chants for the challenger amongst the live crowd and the WWE Hall of Famer, Goldberg made his way to the ring. When the bell rang, the pair locked up and Goldberg drove Reigns backwards. Unhappy with this, the champion opened up with right hands and headbutts before sending Goldberg out of the ring. The pair fought evenly against the announce table but when the fight returned to the ring, Goldberg surprised the Head of the Table with a spear. Goldberg looked to put it away with the Jackhammer but Reigns countered with a Urinagi and got a nearfall. Attempting to retain his momentum, Reigns delivered a Superman Punch but once again was taken off guard with another massive Spear from Goldberg. Another attempt at the Jackhammer was thwarted by Reigns who instead locked in the Guillotine on the Hall of Famer. Goldberg fought hard to escape the manoeuvre but after Reigns took him down to the mat, he faded and Roman Reigns was declared the winner by submission.

Jez’s Pick: Roman Reigns
Dan’s Pick: Roman Reigns
Winner: Roman Reigns
Jez 1 – Dan 1

RAW Women’s Championship #1 Contendership Elimination Chamber Match – Liv Morgan vs. Bianca Belair vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Nikki A.S.H. vs. Alexa Bliss

The next match was the first of the night’s Elimination Chamber matches with Liv Morgan, Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley, Nikki A.S.H. and Alexa Bliss vying for an opportunity at the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania. The match began with Liv Morgan and Nikki A.S.H. one-on-one in the ring. The brawl between the two soon spilled to the outside of the ring and Morgan found herself bounced off the chains and pinballed off the ringpost before Doudrop joined the match. Nikki tried to form a partnership with Doudrop but Doudrop headbutted her and reminded the almost superhero that there were no partners inside Elimination Chamber. Doudrop took care of all three of her opponents with dominance before running with a full head of steam into the ringpost. As Nikki celebrated getting out of the way, Rhea Ripley was released from her pod and so Nikki tried to scale the cage and escape. Ripley caught her, dragged her down and, inside the ring, hit Riptipe and eliminated her former friend and tag team partner. Alexa Bliss joined the match next and came up against Ripley and Morgan in quick succession. As the fight between Bliss and Ripley peeled away, Morgan faced Doudrop in the ring and was able to eliminate her much larger opponent after a huge Sunset Flip Powerbomb from the middle rope. With Morgan favouring her knee, the match’s final entrant, Bianca Belair, entered the fray. After bodypressing Liv Morgan with one arm, she came face to face with the woman whom she defeated in the gauntlet match on Monday Night before teaming up to take down Liv and Alexa with simultaneous vertical suplexes. The rivalry turned nasty as Ripley slapped Belair and a free-for-all ensued. Alexa Bliss caught Morgan off guard and eliminated her after Twisted Bliss. Bliss looked to stack another elimination by DDTing Ripley but was interrupted by Belair who delivered the K.O.D. and eliminated her herself. The final two women in the match, Bliss and Belair fought in and out of the ring. Belair looked to finish things with a 450 Splash from the top rope but Alexa avoided it and tried to get the win with a DDT. The pair countered each other back and forth and achieved some nearfalls but the end of the match came when Belair was able to hit another K.O.D. and pin Bliss to earn her way to a second WrestleMania main event in a row.

Jez’s Pick: Rhea Ripley
Dan’s Pick: Alexa Bliss
Winner: Bianca Belair
Jez 1 – Dan 1

Charlotte Flair and Sonya Deville vs. Naomi and Ronda Rousey

Our next battle was the tag team battle between the team of SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Sonya Deville and their opponents Naomi and Royal Rumble winner Ronda Rousey. Per the stipulation imposed by Sonya Deville, Rousey would have to fight this match with one arm behind her back. Before Deville started the match against Rousey, she revealed that her arm was fine and took off the sling that she wore to the ring. Deville was kicked in the head a few times before Rousey asked for Charlotte to be tagged in. Flair teased Rousey with entry but decided against it and so Naomi was tagged in to face her nemesis, Deville. The pair fought well and Naomi soon tagged back out but the momentum changed in the match when Charlotte jumped Rousey from behind. The SmackDown Women’s Champion really started to exploit the one-armed Rousey. Charlotte used many dirty tactics to grind down her opponent including hair pulling, arm twisting and preventing tags by dragging her by the rope tied around her arm and waist. A brief break following a hot tag to Naomi allowed the Baddest Woman on the Planet to regroup and she locked Sonya Deville in a one armed Armbar and ‘Cruella’ tapped out as Charlotte looked on.

Jez’s Pick: Rousey/Naomi
Dan’s Pick: Rousey/Naomi
Winner: Rousey/Naomi
Jez 2 – Dan 2

Falls Count Anywhere – Drew McIntyre vs. Madcap Moss

In the next bout, falls would count anywhere as Madcap Moss, accompanied by Happy Corbin, faced off against Drew McIntyre. Taking advantage of the lack of rules, both Madcap and Corbin jumped the Scottish Warrior as the bell rang but Drew soon fought them off and the fight spilled up the ramp. Every time it looked like McIntyre would get some offense in, Corbin got involved and swung momentum back to his jester, Madcap Moss. Back in the ring, McIntyre was able to take control and, after dumping Moss on his head with a reverse Alabama Slam, he tossed him over the announce table at ringside. The presence of Corbin continued to be a thorn in Drew’s side, though, as he hit him with a steel chair and drove him through the barricade at ringside. However, as McIntyre has done in the past, he put an end to the interference by wielding Angela, his sword, and after chasing Happy Corbin away he delivered a Claymore with sword in hand and pinned Moss to win the match.

Jez’s Pick: Drew McIntyre
Dan’s Pick: Drew McIntyre
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Jez 3 – Dan 3

RAW Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lita

The next contest was for the RAW Women’s Championship with the reigning champ, Big Time Becks, Becky Lynch defending against WWE Hall of Famer, Lita. As the match began, Lita took Becky off her game with an early shoulder barge and so Lynch retaliated with a slap. Despite this, Lita kept on the momentum and went for the Twist of Fate but Becky escaped it and began to take over the match, grounding Lita with aggressive strikes and boots. This continued for a while with the commentary team questioning whether Lita was outmatched by her opponent but just as that doubt began to settle in, Lita countered a Bexploder Suplex into a DDT and finally showed signs of life in the match. Later in the match, after paying homage to her frenemy Trish Stratus, Lita went for the moonsault but Becky once again avoided it and locked her in the Dis-arm-her. When this didn’t work, she hit the Manhandle Slam but Lita put her foot on the bottom rope. Once again, Lita climbed to the top rope for the Moonsault and this time she was successful but Lynch kicked out of the cover. As both women rose to their feet, Becky surprised Lita with another Manhandle Slam and was this time able to pick up the 1-2-3 and retain the RAW Women’s Championship.

Jez’s Pick: Becky Lynch
Dan’s Pick: Becky Lynch
Winner: Becky Lynch
Jez 4 – Dan 4

SmackDown Tag Team Championships – The Usos (c) vs. The Viking Raiders

In our next match, the War Viking Machine Raider Experience sought to win tag team gold when they faced The Usos for their SmackDown Tag Team Championships. As the Vikings made their way to the ring, they were jumped at the bottom of the ramp by Jimmy and Jey. The Usos took apart their challengers and as a result, the match never took place.

Jez’s Pick: Viking Raiders
Dan’s Pick: The Usos
Winner: No Contest
Jez 4 – Dan 4

WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match – Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Riddle vs. Seth “Freakin” Rollins vs. Austin Theory vs. AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar

The main event was the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match with Bobby Lashley defending against Riddle, Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Austin Theory, AJ Styles and, the former champion, Brock Lesnar. The two men to start the match were Rollins and Theory. Rollins took easy control of the young upstart, Theory, in the early going. As the time grew near for the next superstar to enter, Rollins powerbombed Theory through Bobby Lashley’s pod, taking down the champion and trapping him under the plexiglass. Riddle was next to enter and went to battle with Rollins. As medical officials removed Lashley from the Chamber, Rollins delivered a reverse suplex to Riddle. AJ Styles entered next and quickly got a nearfall on Rollins. With no eliminations, and Lashley eliminated with concussion, the four men in the match counted down to the release of the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar. Brock was less patient and broke his way out of the pod before the time and eliminated Rollins and Riddle with quick F5s. He turned his attention to Styles and soon eliminated him, leaving him alone with Austin Theory. Lesnar chased down the rookie and was in the process of systematically tearing him apart when Theory, out of desperation, nailed Lesnar with a low blow. Theory got Lesnar in the ring for a nearfall but he quickly realised the error he had made and tried to escape through the top of the Chamber. Caught on top of a pod, Theory was soon atop the shoulders of Lesnar and sent crashing down to ringside with an F5. With victory now inevitable, Brock took his time getting Austin Theory back into the ring and pinning him to become the NEW WWE Champion.

Jez’s Pick: Brock Lesnar
Dan’s Pick: Brock Lesnar
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Jez 5 – Dan 5

Final Rating

Dan awards 3.5 out of 5 Broken Chamber Pods
Jez also awards 3.5 out of 5 Broken Chamber Pods

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