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The Main Event Podcast #96 – WWE WrestleMania Night 1

Delayed a week thanks to that pesky coronavirus, The Main Event Podcast finally gets stuck in to the show of shows, the granddaddy of them all, Night One of WrestleMania 38. It’s also the beginning of the end of our first quarter prediction competition. Can Dan hold on to his lead and win back the Main Event Championship? Will Jez go on a run and take the Ten Pounds of Gold? Well, it’s actually around 6lbs… but who’s counting? All this and more on a busy episode of The Main Event Podcast!

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WrestleMania SmackDown: Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

SmackDown kicked off with the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Very quickly, a frantic brawl took place and the 24/7 Title crew were the first to be targeted. Akira Tozawa was first eliminated followed closely by Reggie and R-Truth. The Viking Raiders maintained their team dynamic, pairing to eliminate Jinder Mahal, as did The Hurt Business who together took out T-Bar but the team of Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez got the better of them, eliminating them. Azeez would lose his partner at the hands of the Viking Raiders but he would instead team with Shanky to eliminate both Norsemen. They would become distracted by each other and eliminated by the horde, though. Elsewhere, after being mocked by the commentary team, Drew Gulak was eliminated by Madcap Moss and Finn Balor eliminated his rival, Damien Priest. The Dirty Dawgs eliminated their NXT rival Tommaso Ciampa and turned their attention to the United States Champion but this would cost them as they were snuck up on my Madcap Moss and eliminated. Balor survived for a moment but was soon dispatched by Moss, who was declared the winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy.

Jez’s Pick: Commander Azeez
Dan’s Pick: Damien Priest
Winner: Madcap Moss
Jez 0 – Dan 0

WrestleMania SmackDown: Intercontinental Championship – Ricochet (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Angel Garza

The next match on WrestleMania SmackDown saw Los Lotharios, Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo challenge Ricochet for the Intercontinental Championship. Los Lotharios started the match jumping the champion and double teaming him mercilessly. Ricochet fought back the best he could but the numbers game was against him for the majority of the match. The team started to break down a little after Humberto went for the pin on Ricochet. The champion took advantage of this infighting and made his way back into the match, able to take his challengers one at a time. After hitting the 630 on Garza, Ricochet hit the Recoil on Carrillo and pinned him to remain Intercontinental Champion.

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

Night one got underway with Bradley Gilbert singing America the Beautiful and Mark Wahlberg presenting the opening sequence. Inside AT&T Stadium we were treated to a performance from the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs

The opening contest was for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship when Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs (sponsored by Mike’s Half and Half) took on the champions, The Ones, The Usos. Shinsuke started the match strong against Jimmy Uso but quickly fell victim to the superior teamwork of The Usos. When Rick Boogs was finally able to make the tag, he went to work demonstrating his strength on the biggest stage. However, when Boogs tried to pick up both Usos on his shoulders, he’s knee buckled and he was forced to leave the match and his partner isolated. The champions did what they needed to do in what became a Handicap Match and defeated the lone Nakamura with the 1D.

Jez’s Pick: Nak & Boogs
Dan’s Pick: The Usos
Winner: The Usos
Jez 1 – Dan 2

Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin (with Madcap Moss)

Up next on WrestleMania Saturday was the long awaited grudge match between Drew McIntyre and the undefeated (since being happy) Happy Corbin. The match started off strongly with big right hands and chops from both men before the action spilled to ringside. Corbin bounced Drew off the ringpost and started to wear down the Scottish Warrior. Momentum shifted back McIntyre’s way when Madcap Moss distracted Corbin by jumping on to the apron to celebrate. Corbin hit End of Days but Drew kicked out. McIntyre retaliated with the Futureshock DDT and followed it up with the Claymore to finally put the Happy Folks in his rear view and pick up another win at WrestleMania. After the match, Madcap Moss tried to approach the winner but Drew held him off with his sword and cut the top and middle rope with Angela.

Jez’s Pick: Drew McIntyre
Dan’s Pick: Drew McIntyre
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Jez 2 – Dan 3

Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio vs. The Miz and Logan Paul

The next match was the tag team match between Rey/Dominik Mysterio and The Miz/Logan Paul. The match began with quick tags on both sides. Dominick tried to capitalise quickly with a Springboard move to the outside of the ring but this would allow Miz and Paul to isolate the younger Mysterio. Paul showed off the repertoire of moves that he’d learned since last year including a Three Amigos to Rey – spitting the face of the legacy of Eddie Guererro. He hit a Frogsplash but Dominick broke up the pinfall attempt. The Mysterios chased Miz away and hit a double 619 on Paul but the A-Lister snuck back in and delivered Skull Crushing Finale to Rey and pick up a shock win. After the match, Miz betrayed his partner, Logan Paul, and hit him with a Skull Crushing Finale while they celebrated their victory.

Jez’s Pick: The Miz and Logan Paul
Dan’s Pick: The Mysterios
Winner: The Miz and Logan Paul
Jez 3 – Dan 3

Before the next match, Stephanie McMahon came out to the stage to introduce Gable Steveson, for some reason.

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

With grand entrances for each woman, the next contest saw the RAW Women’s Champion “Big Time” Becky Lynch defend against Bianca Belair. Lynch tried to repeat her fortune from her SummerSlam return, quickly hitting the Manhandle Slam and going for the pin but Belair kicked out at two. Lynch urgently tried to pin her challenger repeatedly but Bianca would not stay down for 3. After launching Belair into the ringsteps, Becks went on the offensive with a succession of Bexploder Suplexes. The champ continued to wear down her challenger but eventually Belair fought back into it. Tangled on the top rope, Belair dropped Lynch face first on the top turnbuckle and delivered a 450 Splash but was only able to get a two count on Lynch. Outside the ring, Lynch hit a Manhandle Slam on the ring steps and Belair was nearly counted out but Bianca made her way back into the ring at the last second, surprised Lynch was a K.O.D. and pinned her to become the NEW RAW Women’s Champion.

Jez’s Pick: Bianca Belair
Dan’s Pick: Becky Lynch
Winner: Bianca Belair
Jez 4 – Dan 3

Seth “Freakin” Rollins vs. An Opponent of Mr. McMahon’s Choosing

Next up at WrestleMania was perhaps the most anticipated match of the whole weekend as we would discover once and for all who Seth Rollins’ mystery opponent was. As Seth waited in the ring, the opponent was finally revealed… Cody Rhodes. The two men felt each other out in the early going until Rhodes took Rollins down with an arm drag before delivering a Stardust style cartwheel and gesture. As the fight progressed, the two came crashing hard to the floor outside the ring. Rollins began to target the ribs of the returning Rhodes but the American Nightmare retaliated with a dive to the outside that sent Rollins flying over the announce table. Rhodes went for the Disaster Kick from the ring steps but Seth caught him and powerbombed him into the ring barricade. Back in the ring, Rollins got a nearfall with a Falcon Arrow. Seth went for the Stomp but Cody avoided it and hit Cross Rhodes for a nearfall of his own. The pair could not get the best of each other no matter what they pulled and Cody got another nearfall after a huge Cody Cutter. Rollins followed this with a Pedigree but couldn’t get three either. Rhodes hot two Cross Rhodes, paused for Daddy’s Bionic Elbow, and hit a third Cross Rhodes to pick up a huge victory in his WWE return.

Jez’s Prediction: The Fiend
Dan’s Prediction: Cody Rhodes
Jez’s Pick: Mystery Opponent
Dan’s Pick: Mystery Opponent
Winner: Mystery Opponent – Cody Rhodes
Jez 5 – Dan 5

SmackDown Women’s Championship – Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

After a decent break to come down from the last match, the SmackDown Women’s Championship was on line line next as the champion, Charlotte Flair, defended against Ronda Rousey. The match started fast with each woman exchanging holds and going for their submission finishes.  The match remained a closely fought mat based affair for the majority until Charlotte went to the top rope and delivered a bizzare non-Moonsault and went for a pin having not hit Rousey with anything at all. Rousey, her chest now a beaten red, started to take control and went for an Armbar after Piper’s Pit but the champion escaped. Ronda locked in the Anklelock but Charlotte rolled through into one of her own. Rousey locked it in again but Charlotte kicked her way out. Charlotte retaliated with the Figure 8 Leg Lock but the challenger dragged herself out of the ring to escape. After a brawl at ringside, Rousey hit Piper’s Pit again and would have picked up the win were it not for Charlotte’s foot on the rope. She would also be cost victory by the referee being down when Charlotte tapped to the Armbar and Charlotte hit a big boot to pull off the surprise win.

Jez’s Pick: Ronda Rousey
Dan’s Pick: Ronda Rousey
Winner: Charlotte Flair
Jez 5 – Dan 5

KO Show

In the main event slot of WrestleMania Saturday, Kevin Owens hosted The Kevin Owens Show with advertised guest Stone Cold Steve Austin. Owens stalled for as long as possible before Austin’s music hit and he came to the ring whether KO was ready or not. Stone Cold circled the ring on an ATV before hitting the ropes to take in the cheers of the crowd. Owens cut him short and had him sit down and begin the interview. KO talked down the state of Texas and Stone Cold before challenging the Rattlesnake to a No Holds Barred match. Austin asked the crowd for approval and after a “Hell Yeah” the match was made official. After the two faced off, Austin opened up a mudhole and walked it dry. Austin bounced Owens off the barricade but KO retaliated, bouncing Stone Cold’s head off the ringpost. Owens tried to follow this by throwing Austin through a table but the tables were turned and Owens crashed through instead. The fight spilled into the crowd where Owens Suplexed Austin onto the concrete floor. After they brawled back to ringside, Austin surprised KO, dragging him off the top of the barricade and slamming him on the announce table. Back in the ring, KO tried to beg off and attempted to escape WrestleMania on Austin’s ATV. Stone Cold somewhat gave him his wish and drove the two of them to them to the top of the ramp. On the stage, Austin delivered repeated Suplexes to Owens before dragging him down the ramp and back into the ring. As Austin took a beer break, KO surprised him with the Stunner but Austin kicked out at two. Owens tried to attack Stone Cold with a chair but Owens hit the ropes and the chair bounced back into his own face. Austin nailed a Stone Cold Stunner and pinned Owens to add another victory to his storied WWE career. Austin celebrated with some Broken Skull Lagers before delivering another Stunner to KO and taking to the mic to deliver the bottom line, cos Stone Cold said so. 

Jez’s Pick: Stone Cold
Dan’s Pick: Stone Cold
Winner: Stone Cold
Jez 6 – Dan 6

Final Rating

Dan awards 4 out of 5 Broken Skull Lagers
Jez awards 4.25 out of 5 Broken Skull Lagers

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The Main Event Podcast #95 – WWE WrestleMania 38 Preview

That wonderful time of year has rolled around once again and we’re finally ready for WrestleMania! Sit back, relax and enjoy as Jez and Dan get you ready for the Granddaddy of them all and predict their way through the entire weekend.

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The Main Event Podcast #94 – AEW Revolution 2022

All Elite Wrestling return to pay-per-view for the first time in 2022 with the hotly anticipated Revolution event. In the main event, it’s the Battle of the Adams as Page and Cole vie for the AEW World Championship. Elsewhere on the card, it’s CM Punk vs. MJF and the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match. Join Jez and Dan to go through it all on The Main Event Podcast.

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Pre-Show: “Legit” Leyla Hirsch vs. Kris Statlander

The opening contest on the Revolution Buy-In saw “Legit” Leyla Hirsch take on Kris Statlander. Early in the match, Statlander made the mistake of trying to fight a mat based match with Hirsch and, after being bounced off the steps outside the ring, found her limbs targeted by the submission specialist. Statlander fought back into the match where she could and almost picked up the win after a huge drop from the top rope. Frustrated by the nearfall, Statlander took her eye off the ball and found herself struck in the head with a spare turnbuckle mounting. Hirsch hit a Springboard Moonsault and pinned Statlander to pick up the win.

Jez’s Pick: Kris Statlander
Dan’s Pick: “Legit” Leyla Hirsch
Winner: “Legit” Leyla Hirsch
Jez 0 – Dan 1

Next up on the Buy-In, we were expecting to hear from a returning Kenny Omega but instead we were treated with his business advisor, Don Callis. Callis blamed the AEW fans for driving Omega to receive multiple injuries and have to wrestle through them. He shared his confidence that the Young Bucks would become World Tag Team Champions after tonight and that, without Kenny Omega around, Adam Cole would become a fantastic transitional champion for Omega when he walks back through the doors at AEW.

Pre-Show: Hook vs. QT Marshall

The next pre-show contest saw the leader of The Factory QT Marshall went one-on-one with Hook. Hook dominated the early part of the contest with the technical brawling style we’ve come to love from the ‘Handsome Devil’ and so Marshall tried to lure Hook out of the ring. Hook didn’t bite at first but, when he did, it backfired on QT as he fell victim to an Exploder Suplex on the floor. While QT Marshall did take control of the match for a brief period, he was surprised by Hook after he locked him in the Tazmission, forcing Marshall to tap out.

Jez’s Pick: Hook
Dan’s Pick: Hook
Winner: Hook
Jez 1 – Dan 2

Pre-Show: The House of Black vs. Pac, Penta Oscuro and Erick Redbeard

In the main event of the Revolution Buy-In, the team of Pac, Penta Oscuro and Erick Redbeard took on The House of Black – Malakai Black, Brody King and Buddy Matthews. Pac and Black started the match but the pair quickly tagged out to Penta and Matthews, respectively. The pair fought frantically before tagging in the big men, Redbeard and King, who engaged in a battle of shoulder blocks. Meat collided with meat but neither man was able to take the other down. As you might have expected, the match did not remain a traditional six-man tag for very long and the action broke down all over the ringside area. Later in the match, after Penta Oscuro dropped Malakai Black on the apron with a Piledriver, he assumed that Black was the legal man. However, Buddy Matthews was legal and, after hitting a Kerb Stomp on Penta, got a nearfall. Redbeard came to the rescue and the House of Black attempted to triple team the big man. Redbeard was about to chokeslam the trio in succession but as he lifted up Black, he spewed the Black Mist into Erick’s face. Brody King followed this up with a Sitting Piledriver and Matthews picked up the pin and victory for the House of Black.

Jez’s Pick: House of Black
Dan’s Pick: Penta, Pac and Redbeard
Winner: House of Black
Jez 2 – Dan 2

Chris Jericho vs. Eddie Kingston

The Revolution pay-per-view kicked off with the brawl between Chris Jericho and Eddie Kingston. The pair wasted no time getting into it and Kingston immediately nailed Jericho with the Half and Half Suplex, immediately sending the Demo God giddy. There was an element of Jericho playing possum here though and, once back in the ring, he went on the offensive, targeting the head of Kingston with precision right hands to the forehead. As the match progressed, the evil brilliance of Jericho was on display as he used manoeuvres that repeatedly dropped Kingston on his neck and shoulder. He locked in the Walls of Jericho but Kingston dragged himself to the bottom rope to break the hold. Jericho didn’t show any intelligence here, though, as he got into it with referee Aubrey Edwards rather than go for the kill. This allowed Kingston to get back into the match and pick up a nearfall after a series of Side Suplexes and a Spinning Back Fist. Jericho hit a pair of Codebreakers but still Jericho procrastinated and in going for the Judas Effect, he waited to long. Kingston hit another pair of Back Fists on Jericho and locked in the Stretch Plum, forcing Jericho to submit. After the match, Kingston tried to have Jericho make good on his promise to shake his hand if he beats him but Jericho walked away instead.

Jez’s Pick: Eddie Kingston
Dan’s Pick: Chris Jericho
Winner: Eddie Kingston
Jez 3 – Dan 2

AEW World Tag Team Championship – Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus) (c) vs. reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)

In the first championship match of the night, Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus defended their AEW World Tag Team Championship against reDRagon and The Young Bucks. Jungle Boy and Kyle O’Reilly started the match before Kyle tagged in his partner, Bobby Fish. ReDRagon worked with The Young Bucks to keep Luchasaurus out of the match for as long as possible which was a successful tactic for a while but even when the big man did break into the match, it was still a 4-on-2 disadvantage for the champions. The partnership between the Bucks and ReDRagon was tested when each team went for pinfall attempts which allowed Luchasaurus back into the match to take down all four of his opponents with chokeslams and flying dinosaur manoeuvres. Jurassic Express hit Doomsday Device but only picked up a two count. After The Young Bucks and ReDRagon came to blows, the match became a little more evenly fought. Matt Jackson tried to bring a title belt into the ring but Kyle O’Reilly stole it and, after hitting Jungle Boy between the eyes with it, got a nearfall. Jungle Boy fought back against all of his opponents and, with an assist from Luchasaurus, the pair hit the Jurassic Express on Jackson to collect a hard fought 1-2-3.

Jez’s Pick: Jurassic Express
Dan’s Pick: ReDragon
Winner: Jurassic Express
Jez 4 – Dan 2

Face of the Revolution Ladder Match – Keith Lee vs. Orange Cassidy vs. Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Ricky Starks vs. Wardlow vs. Christian Cage

The next action packed contest at Revolution was the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match with Keith Lee, Orange Cassidy, Powerhouse Hobbs, Ricky Starks, Wardlow and Christian Cage all vying to earn themselves a future TNT Championship opportunity. As a Sonic the Hedgehog style ring hung high above the competitors, the highlights of the early portion of the match included a meeting of the three big men – Lee, Hobbs and Wardlow – and Orange Cassidy getting his trademark lazy stuff in whilst trying to climb a ladder with his hands in his pockets. Cassidy also had a good moment where he used the ladder to helicopter blade down his opponents but when Wardlow and Keith Lee intervened, Cassidy was forced to skin the cat to the top of the horizontal ladder to try and escape. This backfired on him when the pair shook the ladder and crotched Cassidy between the rungs of the ladder. With all six men in the ring, two ladders became packed with humanity but one by one they all fell, leaving Wardlow and Powerhouse Hobbs reaching for the ring. The pair fought and came crashing down but recovered quickly to square off once again with Keith Lee, who was fresh off yeeting Orange Cassidy out of the ring. The three big men fought up the ramp and up to the commentary position. As Lee and Hobbs struggled against each other, Wardlow took a running start and launched the two men off the stage and through a table. Wardlow made his way back to the ring where he thwarted the climb of Ricky Starks with a powerbomb onto a ladder before reaching up and claiming the brass ring to become the NEW Face of the Revolution.

Jez’s Pick: Wardlow
Dan’s Pick: Keith Lee
Winner: Wardlow
Jez 5 – Dan 2

Before the next match, Tony Schiavone took to the ramp to introduce a new signing to AEW. After flashing a contract to the camera that very clearly said SWERVE on it in big letters, he introduced Shane “Swerve” Strickland. Swerve said he was looking forward to the competition in AEW and asked the audience whose house it was.

AEW TBS Championship – Jade Cargill (c) vs. Tay Conti

Another championship contest came next when Tay Conti challenged the undefeated TBS Champion, Jade Cargill, for her gold. Played to the ring by Cristone “Kingfish” Ingram and dressed as Jade from Mortal Kombat, Jade Cargill kissed Conti to start the match. Perhaps a kiss of death foreshadowing what was to come, Cargill made light work of her opponent despite Conti becoming enraged by the TBS Champion’s mocking of her martial arts background. Cargill also took out Anna Jay with a big pump kick at ringside and kicked out of a rollup despite Jay getting revenge with a steel chair behind the official’s back. Conti gave Cargill her best effort and picked up a few nearfalls of her own but once Cargill had plucked her from the top rope and delivered Jaded, it was all over for the challenger. Jade Cargill pinned the Brazilian to remain undefeated and the TBS Champion.

Jez’s Pick: Jade Cargill
Dan’s Pick: Jade Cargill
Winner: Jade Cargill
Jez 6 – Dan 3

Dog Collar Match – CM Punk vs. MJF

The next match was perhaps the most anticipated of the pay-per-view when MJF took on CM Punk in a Dog Collar Match. Punk came to the ring dressed in classic attire and to his old Ring of Honor entrance music before he was shackled to Friedman and the match began. Punk dragged MJF towards him with the chain, catching him against the ring ropes on multiple occasions, choking him. MJF got himself back into the match by reopening the laceration he created on the forehead of CM Punk last week on Dynamite. MJF took to the mic to encourage Punk to quit but Punk suggested he eat s**t instead. Max climbed the ropes and shouted at the crowd on the mic but Punk yanked on the chain and brought him crashing to the mat, destroying the momentum he had created. Punk, now bleeding profusely, went for the kill, crushing the fingers of Friedman in the chain and going for Go to Sleep. MJF broke out of the move by jamming a finger in the open wound of Punk and looked to pass him out with a Sleeper Hold. Punk survived and soon locked in a submission of his own, the Anaconda Vice, but MJF rolled it into a pinfall attempt that forced Punk to break the hold. Punk maintained control of the match for a time and went for his Diving Elbow from the top rope. MJF moved aside and went under the ring for a bag of thumbtacks. Max hit Punk’s own knee on CM Punk and was going for his Bulldog into the tacks when Punk bit the hand of MJF and broke free. Punk wouldn’t avoid the tacks for long, though, as MJF would Superplex the Second City Saint into them. MJF called for Wardlow to come from the back and the big man searched his pockets for the Dynamite Diamond Ring but could not find it. CM Punk surprised Friedman with a GTS and Max fell into the tacks. Wardlow then miraculously found Max’s ring, place it on the ring apron near Punk, and walked away. Punk put the ring on, flipped MJF the bird and nailed MJF square between the eyes before making the cover and picking up a bloody, brutal victory.

Jez’s Pick: CM Punk
Dan’s Pick: CM Punk
Winner: CM Punk
Jez 7 – Dan 4

AEW Women’s World Championship – Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (c) vs. Thunder Rosa

With a brand new AEW Women’s World Championship belt in tow, Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. defended her title against Thunder Rosa. The match began on the mat with the two women exchanging holds and counter-holds. As the match progressed, we saw Jamie Hayter get involved from ringside, as is often the case in Baker championship defences, but Thunder Rosa kept fighting. Baker was handed her single black glove, suggesting that she was ready to deliver Lockjaw, but Rosa struck fast and delivered a Superplex to bring down the champion. Rosa fought to keep the champion down but she was countered regularly and almost locked into Lockjaw twice. Rosa hit a Tombstone Piledriver and went for the win but Rebel (not Reba) distracted the referee, preventing the count. With the ref still distracted, Baker hit a Kerb Stomp onto her championship belt but only managed a two count. Rosa locked in a Straight Jacket submission but once again Rebel took the official’s attention. Rosa had had enough and took Rebel out with a Spear through the ropes but when she returned to the ring, Baker hit another surprise Kerb Stomp and picked up the 1-2-3.

Jez’s Pick: Britt Baker
Dan’s Pick: Britt Baker
Winner: Britt Baker
Jez 8 – Dan 5

Jon Moxley vs. Bryan Danielson

The next match was another match that looked to steal the show as Jon Moxley took on Bryan Danielson. As the crowd chanted “We Want Violence”, the two men felt each other out. Mox was gracious enough to give Bryan a free right hand to the face but responded with two harder hits of his own. The strikes only got harder between the two men as the match continued. As the match spilled outside of the ring, the pair opened up with Headbutts. Both men were busted open by this barrage but Moxley found his wound was a gusher and his face became a crimson mask. Danielson exploited this with right hands and stiff knees and eventually went for the win with the Labell Lock but Mox reached the ropes. Bryan grabbed the arms of Moxley to deliver his stomps to the face but Mox rolled over and the pair had to exchange kicks to the chest instead. Moxley got the best of this and locked in the Bulldog Choke but Bryan escaped and hit the Psycho Knee for a two count. Bryan locked in a Triangle Choke and was close to submitting Mox but he rolled over and Bryan found himself in a pinning position. The referee counted three and handed Jon Moxley the victory in some extremely dubious circumstances. Bryan got in the referee’s face before the fight continued. As the pair brawled, William Regal came down the ramp and broke up the two men. He slapped some sense into both men and encouraged them to shake hands which, reluctantly, they did.

Jez’s Pick: Jon Moxley
Dan’s Pick: Jon Moxley
Winner: Jon Moxley
Jez 9 – Dan 6

A.H.F.O. (Andrade El Ídolo, Isiah Kassidy and Matt Hardy) vs. Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara and Sting

The next contest was a tornado trios match with Andrade El Ídolo, Isiah Kassidy and Matt Hardy taking on Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara, and Sting. After a long entrance video package, Allin’s team wasted no time in starting the match and the brawl was on around the outside of the ring. With no disqualifications in the match, the weapons were swinging early. The first two men to make it into the ring were Matt Hardy and Sting. Kassidy soon joined Hardy and so Sting took care of both men with a trash can. This battle eventually spilled into the crowd where the Butcher and the Blade were laying in wait to take out Sting and Darby Allin. Hardy dragged Sting up into the bleachers and tried to throw The Icon off and through some stacked tables but when Allin placed Andrade on top of the tables, Sting dived off and drove El Ídolo through the stack to the ground. Meanwhile, on the stage, Marq Quen joined Isiah Kassidy to try and take out Sammy Guevara but the TNT Champion took Kassidy and drove him through tables with a Spanish Fly from on top of the tunnels. Back in the ring, Allin and Hardy fought using a chair. After Allin hit a Scorpion Death Drop while the chair was wrapped around Hardy, he followed up with a Coffin Drop and picked up the win for his team.

Jez’s Pick: Allin/Guevara/Sting
Dan’s Pick: Allin/Guevara/Sting
Winner: Allin/Guevara/Sting
Jez 10 – Dan 7

AEW World Championship – “Hangman” Adam Page (c) vs. Adam Cole

In his fourth defence of the AEW World Championship, “Hangman” Adam Page defended against Adam Cole (Bay Bay) in the main event. As the match began, the pair seemed content to fight at ringside. This worked in favour of the champion at first but it wasn’t long before he was on the receiving end of two tosses into the ring steps at the hands of his challenger. Back in the ring, Cole continued to wear down Page, also arguing with the referee about the length of a rope break. Cole got a little too cocky and rather than go for the kill and the championship, Cole opted to shout into the face of Page and inform him that he would never beat him. Page answered this with a big slap to the face and started to shift control of the match his way. Momentum shifted back and forth as the crowd chanted “This is Adam” and “Fight Forever”, and both men secured several close nearfalls. On the top rope, Cole went for an Avalanche Panama Sunrise but after Page countered it, ReDRagon made their way to ringside to provide a distraction. Cole hit Panama Sunrise on the floor outside the ring and put the AEW Champ back in the ring for another nearfall. Cole followed up with another Sunrise and a knee to the back of the head but Hangman kicked out again. O’Reilly and Fish set up a table at ringside but it was Cole that found himself put through it with a Deadeye from the ring apron. This also brought the Dark Order to ringside and a brawl took ReDRagon away from the ring. With the distractions neutralised, Page hit the Buckshot Lariat but Cole touched the ropes to break the count. Hangman delivered a Cole-esque knee to the back of the head and nailed another Buckshot to pick up the 1-2-3.

Jez’s Pick: Adam Page
Dan’s Pick: Adam Page
Winner: Adam Page
Jez 11 – Dan 8

Final Rating

Dan awards 3.5 out of 5 Massive William Regal Slaps
Jez also awards 3.5 out of 5 Massive William Regal Slaps

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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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