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1/12 IMPACT Wrestling Preview: Rich Swann vs Karl Anderson, Kimber Lee vs Taya, Final Stop Before Hard To Kill

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IMPACT Wrestling returns tonight with their final broadcast before this weekend’s highly anticipated Hard To Kill pay-per-view. The IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann will be in action, previewing this Saturday’s main event in a first-time-ever singles match against “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson.

Join us for live coverage of IMPACT Wrestling tonight at 8:00 PM ET.


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IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann vs. “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson | AEW World Champion Kenny Omega & Don Calls To Appear At The IMPACT Zone

As noted, this is the first time these two well-seasoned wrestlers have locked up one-on-one. In fact, as hard as this may be to believe, it’s actually the first time Swann and Anderson have ever shared a wrestling ring at all.

At Hard To Kill it will be Swann and the Motor City Machine Guns going into battle together against the reunited AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and the IMPACT World Tag Team Champions, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson. Given the crossover promotion with All Elite Wrestling over the past month or so, it’s hard to think of a more hotly anticipated IMPACT pay-per-view main event in recent memory.

Omega and his manager, IMPACT EVP Don Callis, have promised to make an appearance tonight “at the IMPACT Zone”, which is pretty specifically worded and sounds like they’ll once again be leaving the comfort of their tour bus. Chances are, this match between Swann and Anderson ends in an all-out brawl, and we’re here for it.

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Kimber Lee vs. Taya Valkyrie

Taya is just days away from an opportunity to recapture the Knockouts Championship, but she’ll have to go through the most dominant woman on the roster right now to do it.

It’ll be the reigning champion Deonna Purrazzo defending against the longest reigning champ in IMPACT history this Saturday at Hard To Kill, but tonight Taya gets a warm up facing Deonna’s bestie Kimber Lee.

Taya pinned Kimber Lee in their first ever encounter at Bar Wrestling in 2020, and more recently teamed with Rosemary to knock her and Deonna out of the Knockouts Tag Team Title Tournament. Kimber Lee is one of the best women wrestling right now though, so if this is given time it could be a hell of a match on the go-home show.

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Cody Deaner vs. Tommy Dreamer

Another Hard To Kill preview here.

Cody Deaner recently turned to the dark side, betraying Cousin Jake and joining forces with the completely unhinged Eric Young, who has been running unchecked through the IMPACT roster for months now.

It’s been awesome to see the longtime Canadian journeyman get his due on television and sink his teeth into some of the best work of his career, and it will hopefully given big Jake (Something) the chance to shine as a singles star as well.

Cousin Jake gets his chance at revenge this Saturday, teaming with a pair of hardcore legends in Tommy Dreamer and Rhino for a six-man Old School Rules match against Eric Young, Cody Deaner and Joe Doering. Tonight it will be Dreamer trying to get his team a bit of momentum going into that bout.

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Moose vs. Matthew Palmer

A few weeks ago, hired security had to hold back Moose during a pull-apart with Willie Mack, and in the chaos an indie wrestler named Matthew Palmer accidentally pissed off the big man.

This led to Moose claiming that Palmer couldn’t last three minutes in the ring with him. However, when the time actually came for that Three-Minute Challenge, a distraction from Mack caused Moose to let the clock run out, effectively giving Palmer the “victory”. Tonight Palmer’s job won’t be as easy – and we say “easy” knowing he damn near got knocked out cold last week just trying to stay alive for three minutes.

Moose faced Willie Mack in an “I Quit” match this past weekend at IMPACT Genesis. He actually knocked out his opponent to the point where he could no longer quit the match, but continued beating on him until IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann gave him a title opportunity just to stop.

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Chris Bey & Rohit Raju vs. Manik & Suicide

I absolutely love how ridiculous this scenario is. The idea of a potential Manik/Suicide tag team also makes me giddy as a diehard fan of some of TNA’s more absurd stuff over the years, and that definitely includes a video game character “coming to life” as a longtime staple of the X-Division.

If you’re new to the IMPACT product, the reason this is kind of neat is that Manik was a replacement for the Suicide character, and they’ve both been played by TJ Perkins.

Alright so hang in there with me for a second. Rohit Raju won the X-Division title in 2020 by basically weaseling himself in and out of every single challenge thrown against him. That’s not to say he didn’t produce in the ring and make for a great champion – he just did everything and anything to retain the belt in an impressive seven defenses.

One of those defenses was against TJP, with the stipulation that if TJP lost the match he could never again challenge for the title while Rohit was champion. So of course, the self-proclaimed “Desi Hitman” rubbed salt in the wound and continued prodding at him until Perkins found a way to get back at the belt. Allegedly.

Manik returned at Final Resolution to take the title from Rohit, and ever since then he’s been trying to prove that TJP is under the match. The idea being that if he unmasks the champion, he’ll have to give the belt back since, technically, TJP wasn’t allowed to be in that match.

So here we are. A battle of four former and current X-Division Champions. Two of them may or may not be the same person. It’s also a preview for Hard To Kill, where Manik will defend the title in a triple threat against both Chris Bey and Rohit Raju.

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Tenille Dashwood vs. Rosemary

This is kind of a minor, lowkey program but it will hopefully produce a decent match. That’s if Tenille actually gets in the ring and isn’t too concerned with taking selfies and that whole shtick to actually wrestle.

The story here is that she’s been looking for a tag team partner for months, but her self-centered B.S. basically makes the task impossible. Last week she tried to convince Rosemary that her friend Taya Valkyrie was moving on without her, starting with the Knockouts title match at Hard To Kill, resulting in this match being setup.

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Break It Down: Ranking Every Major Wrestling TV Show (Week #3)

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Break It Down

As we head towards one of the busiest periods of the calendar year for professional wrestling, the eyes have certainly been on the weekly shows and the quality that they are providing. The third week of the year certainly wasn’t a perfect one overall, but while some shows struggled, others really thrived.

There were some fantastic in-ring matches throughout the week, with a title bout and some good storyline development towards the major shows that are coming up in the future. But which show was the pick of the bunch? Join us as we Break It Down to find out!


6. WWE Raw

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For the third week in a row, WWE Raw takes the bottom spot, with the red brand really struggling to build an entertaining three hours. The show has fleeting moments of quality, such as the match between Charlotte Flair and Peyton Royce, which was hard-hitting and back and forth, as did Ricochet and AJ Styles, which is no surprise.

However, the show is just far too inconsistent, with not enough quality throughout the evening to really grip people, even heading into the Royal Rumble. Mace and Xavier Woods had quite a sloppy match, while the six-man tag team match had far too much in-fighting for The Hurt Business for the bout to get going.

Alexa’s Playground didn’t really work with Asuka, and their main event angle didn’t click either. However, the worst segment of the night was the Dirt Sheet, which was mocking Drew McIntyre and Goldberg. Seeing Gillberg was fun, but this didn’t build any interest in the upcoming WWE Championship match and made them both look ridiculous.

5. AEW Dynamite

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It was an off night for AEW this week, with this particular episode of AEW Dynamite not quite delivering or feeling particularly ‘must-see.’ There were good elements to this show, with Tazz cutting a great promo and Jon Moxley having arguably the match of the night.

However, there was a lot that just didn’t work. The opening tag team match was chaotic and quite sloppy, and that was a trend throughout the night. AEW often likes to have six-man tags, but a lack of rule-following is something that makes the matches tough to get connected with.

The main event was fun, seeing the Inner Circle’s attempts to prove who is the best being enjoyable, but it wasn’t a blockbuster match. Meanwhile, Cody’s bout with Peter Avalon was just far too long. The Shaq storyline continues to be teased and hasn’t really proven to be interesting to this point, with this show just lacking the normal buzz overall.

4. WWE SmackDown

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The blue brand was a much better show this week than last, with WWE SmackDown returning to its usual quality. Throughout the show, the work with Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman was tremendous, with the opening promo from the Universal Champion silencing any doubters about his microphone skills.

The women’s tag team match was very enjoyable, with The Riott Squad holding their own with the champions until Billie Kay accidentally cost them. Her work is continuing to be great, and hopefully, WWE can continue that, meanwhile the Obstacle course did actually prove to be entertaining.

This was the type of segment that could have been a disaster, but it did a really good job of putting over Bianca Belair, especially when she carried Otis. Plus, seeing Kevin Owens get the best of Roman Reigns for a change was fantastic to see, as that hasn’t really happened since the Tribal Chief returned to WWE.

3. WWE NXT U.K.

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WWE NXT U.K. was very enjoyable this week, with WWE’s newest brand continuing to deliver in high-quality in-ring action. Right from the start that standard was set as Rampage Brown and Dave Mastiff had a very hard-hitting bout. There was nothing pretty or technical about it, but instead, it was just a physical brawl, which was tons of fun to watch.

The show developed other storylines nicely as well. Kenny Williams pushing Amir Jordan into a tough match sets up certain possibilities, meanwhile seeing Ilja Dragunov return and showcase a much more physical and aggressive side of himself was tremendous, as he can build on this now.

The main event was given plenty of time and it really benefitted from that. Kay Lee Ray put her NXT U.K. Women’s Championship on the line against Jinny and they had a fantastic match together, going back and forth with Joseph Conners causing issues on the outside, ultimately leading to the finish.

2. WWE NXT

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The black and gold brand was very much focused on the in-ring product again this week, which is mainly because of the two tournaments taking place. Kushida and Leon Ruff had a solid match with The Way, while Lucha House Party and Imperium had a really exciting match as well.

Having Lucha House Party set up their match with Legado Del Fantasma was great work, continuing to push the main roster team. Plus, it was great to see the women’s tournament really get built up, and Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter going through was a great surprise.

But it was the main event that really stole the show here, with the Fight Pit returning. This match type is one of the best that WWE has created in years, and Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa certainly didn’t disappoint, with an incredibly physical clash.

1. IMPACT Wrestling

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When it comes to the best show of the week, there’s no doubt that IMPACT Wrestling takes the top prize. This show had everything from great in-ring work, surprises, and fantastic backstage segments to create a really entertaining evening of wrestling.

The big tag team segment was great, seeing James Storm return and then the surprise of Matt Hardy and Private Party, proving more doors are open between AEW and IMPACT. This played into the main event, which was a great bout, and with Tony Khan appearing as well, it was certainly noteworthy.

The way Taya Valkyrie finished up her run with IMPACT was fantastic, while the opening match between Eric Young and Rhino, plus the post-match beatdown was very well done as well. The show built the women’s tag team division and continued to push other mid-card talents too, which really provided an entertaining show.

Sixth place= 1 point
Fifth place= 2 points
Fourth place= 3 points
Third place= 4 points
Second place=5 points
First place= 6 points

2020 results (each week, the points tally will be added up below):

WWE Raw- 3
IMPACT Wrestling- 12
WWE NXT- 15
AEW Dynamite- 12
WWE NXT UK- 10
WWE SmackDown- 11

 

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STF Underground Episode 90 – Is Tomasso Ciampa Royal Rumble Bound? Hard To Kill Recap, Where Does AEW Go After A Lackluster Dynamite?

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Welcome once again to another episode of STF Underground!

In this episode we talk about:


  • AEW Dynamite’s Lackluster Episode
  • Is Tomasso Ciampa Main Roster Bound?
  • Hard To Kill Recap
  • Can MSK Succeed In The WWE?
  • “Wrestling Apologists”
  • Dusty Cup Surprises
  • AND MUCH MORE!

 

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Good Brothers vs. Private Party Announced For IMPACT No Surrender

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Impact Wrestling announced on Thursday that No Surrender will be the next Impact Plus special on Saturday, February 13.

It was also confirmed that The Good Brothers will defend the Impact Tag Team Championship against AEW’s Private Party at No Surrender.


Private Party and Matt Hardy made a surprise appearance on Tuesday’s Impact, where they beat Chris Sabin and James Storm to become the number one contenders for Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson.

As noted, The Good Brothers will work matches on AEW Dynamite over the next two weeks, including the main event of Beach Break.

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