Jan. 7th

IMPACT Wrestling
Melrose Ballroom, Queens, NY

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The show begins with Michael Elgin and Eddie Edwards already having fighting. They fight into the ring and apparently this is the first match.

Michael Elgin vs. Eddie Edwards

Elgin starts the match with the advantage. Both men trade suplexes. They trade chops. Elgin overpowers Edwards and hits a hanging double stomp. Elgin maintains the upperhand with a back elbow.

Edwards tries to fight back, but Elgin is simply too big and strong. Elgin gets a nearfall off a Falcon Arrow. Edwards starts chopping away at Elgin’s chest. Both men trade strikes in the corner. Edwards hits a big comeback and both men are down.

Back from commercial and Eddie Edwards hits Boston Knee Party. Edwards hits Tiger Driver for a nearfall. Elgin fights back and hits a huge lariat for a nearfall.

Edwards counters a series of German Suplexes. Edwards locks in a Half Crab but Elgin counters with a crossface. Edwards rolls him up for two. Elgin hits a Buckle Bomb. Elgin hits Elgin Bomb for the pinfall.

WINNER: Michael Elgin

A hype video shows The North’s title win and their feud with Willie Mack & Rich Swann. The two teams will face for the IMPACT World Tag Team Championship at Hard To Kill.

Josh Matthews & Don Callis announce that Eddie Edwards’s Call Your Shot Trophy will be on the line at Hard To Kill.

In the ring, Gama Singh introduces The Desi Hit Squad.

The Desi Hit Squad (Raj Singh, Rohit Raju & Mahabali Shera) vs. Daga, TJP & Fallah Bahh

Raj and Daga start the match. Daga uses his speed and athleticism, but Raj uses underhanded tactics to keep him at bay. Daga takes Raj to the outside. Gama tries to get involved but accidentally punches Raj.

Rohit tags in. TJP tags in. TJP and Fallah double team Rohit. TJP runs Fallah until Fallah passes out on Rohit for a nearfall. Daga tags in.

Rohit gets a nearfall and tags in Shera. All three men triple team Daga. Shera gets a nearfall. Raj tags in and hits a senton. Raj gets a series of nearfall.

Daga fights back against the triple team. TJP tags in and gets a flurry of offense on Raj. Fallah runs in for a Fireman’s Slam/Senton combo for a nearfall. Daga sends the Desi Hit Squad to the outside and hits a tope atomico. Fallah Bahh hits a Tope Suicida.

Daga gets Raj back in the ring. Daga hits a Satellite Backstabber. TJP covers for a nearfall. Shera tags in. Rohit takes Daga out of the ring. TJP tries to get the upperhand on Shera, but Shera hits a Sky High for the pinfall.

WINNERS: The Desi Hit Squad

Backstage, Willie Mack is less than optimistic about his and Rich Swann’s chances at being a tag team. Mack says he doesn’t want to hold Swann back. Swann tells Mack to not sell himself short. Swann gasses up Mack, and tells him he needs him on Sunday. “Willie, me an you togethers? There ain’t no stopping us.”

In an undisclosed location, The Crist Brothers have an absolutely nonsense rant about Tessa Blanchard, Hard To Kill, & the state of Ohio. Madman Fulton threatens to break Ken Shamrock’s face. Sami Callihan doesn’t say a word.

Backstage, Johnny Swinger drugs Joey Ryan’s water in a painfully bright green room. Tommy Dreamer catches Swinger and tells Swinger its time to “grow up.” Dreamer bluffs Swinger into drinking the drugged water. He threatens him with a kendo stick until Swinger rinks the water.

A hype video highlights Ace Austin & Trey Miguel’s feud over Ace’s title and Trey’s mom.

Back from commercial, and Sami Callihan’s feud with Tessa Blanchard is highlighted in a hype video.

Backstage, Fr. James Mitchell put Susie in a closet.

Havok (w/ Fr. James Mitchell) vs. Rosemary

Rosemary charges at Havok, to little avail. Havok dominates Rosemary, throwing her around the ring. Havok goes to the floor. Rosemary hits an Apron Hurricanrana. Mitchell tries to get involved and Havok runs over James Mitchell.

Havok blocks a tope suicida. Havok hits a running knee. Havok continues to run over Rosemary. Susie shows up on the entrance ramp. Susie wanders around ringside waving at fans. Susie sits down at the commentary table.

Mitchell gets involved and takes Susie away from commentary. Havok hits a rope-hung Flatliner. Havok hits a Tombstone for the pinfall.

WINNER: Havok.

Mitchell covers Susie’s eyes for some reason. I don’t know what the hell is happening in this storyline, and I’m not sure I really want to.

Kiera Hogan, Madison Rayne & Taya Valkyrie vs. ODB, Tenille Dashwood & Jordynne Grace

Rayne and Dashwood start the match. They trade holds. After some slow motion lucha, Grace tags in and gets a nearfall on Rayne.

Rayne an her team get the advantage. Taya tags in. Taya dominates Grace with stiff knee strikes. Kiera Hogan tags in. Kiera maintains dominance with some stiff kicks and a rollup.

My Sling TV app crashed and I missed the finish. ODB’s music was playing and they kept saying that if she “did that Sunday she’ll be Knockouts Champ,” so I assume she got the pinfall on Taya.

WINNERS:ODB, Tenille Dashwood & Jordynne Grace

Backstage, Moose interrupts RVD making out with Katie Forbes. Moose wants to make sure he can trust RVD. They head out for their tag match, to reveal a passed out Johnny Swinger. Joey Ryan and Pete Williams decide to draw a penis on him.

Moose & Rob Van Dam (w/ Katie Forbes) vs. Brian Cage & Rhino

RVD & Cage start for their teams, but RVD immediately tags Moose. Cage and Moose deliver elbows. Cage hits a Headscissors. Cage hits a Spinebuster.

Rhino tags in. Rhino spends more time fighting with the crow than with Moose. Rhino dominates Moose in the corner. Rhino clotheslines Moose out of the ring. We head to commercial.

Back from commercial, RVD hits Rhino with a slingshot leg drop an pauses to make out with Katie Forbes. Moose tags in and chokes Rhino. Van Dam tags in. Cage tags in. Cage hits an F-5. Wild brawl breaks out.

Rhino and Cage double team Moose and Cage gets the pinfall.

WINNERS: Brian Cage & Rhino