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IMPACT Wrestling Results (1/12): Rich Swann vs Karl Anderson, Hard To Kill Go-Home Show

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Welcome to ProWrestling.com’s live coverage of IMPACT Wrestling on AXS TV. Rich Swann vs. “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson headlines the go-home episode before Hard To Kill, but there’s a lot more on deck [PREVIEW]. Give us a follow @prowrestlingcom on Twitter and Facebook if that’s your thing. 

IMPACT Wrestling Results
January 12, 2021


Looks like we’re starting the night with action, as we head to the ring immediately. Josh Matthew and Madison Rayne welcome us to the show and run down some of the matches for this Saturday’s Hard To Kill pay-per-view.

Taya (w/ Rosemary) vs. Kimber Lee (w/ Deonna Purrazzo)

Taya goes right after her opponent, backing her into the corner with elbow shots and right hands. Kimber Lee rolls to the outside to catch her breath, Taya looks for a suicide dive to take her out, but she gets cut short on the apron with a knee.

Lee slows things down with a headlock, driving knees into the back. Taya is ridiculously flexible adding some much needed life to that age old hold. Taya fights free and delivers some stiff elbow strikes, tries for a splash in the corner but is caught with a boot. Clothesline.

Lee goes up to the top rope looking for the Swanton Bomb, but Taya gets her knees up. Both ladies crawl to opposite corners and take t heir time getting up, before meeting in the middle, swinging wildly with rights and lefts. Kimber tries for a shoulder tackle but Taya runs through her instead and scoops her up from a body slam.

Taya sneaks through the ropes into a sunset flip. Kim misses wildly with a kick and gets caught in the Romero Special, but Taya cuts the move short to stomp her opponent’s head into the mat instead. Deonna does some trash talking and Taya goes after her, allowing Lee to sneak up and deliver a German suplex for two.

Taya tosses her into the second turnbuckle and gets a running start with the double knees. Cover, one, two… Deonna puts her friend’s foot on the ropes to make the save. Rosemary goes after Deonna and chases her up the ramp, until Susan – the new business suit incarnation of Su Yung – comes out and attacks Rosemary. In the ring, Taya realizes what is happening and gets caught with a small package for the three-count.

Winner: Kimber Lee

Kenny Omega, Don Callis and the Good Brothers are in their tour bus backstage. They hype up Karl Anderson and tell him to bring the old “Machine Gun” to the ring tonight and finish their Rich Swann problem. Callis confirms they will be in Jacksonville for Dynamite this Wednesday.

Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone appear in a “paid advertisement”. TK is wearing a really stupid looking pair of “2020” New Year’s glasses, which would make sense if it were not 2021. They run down all the great things IMPACT accomplished last year like the AEW World Champion being on their show, and AEW paying for their ads. Khan tells IMPACT to send whoever they want tomorrow night on a “real network”.

Chris Bey & Rohit Raju vs. Manik & Suicide

The referee has absolutely no control the start, standing there goes “one and one gues… one and one guys c’mon…” while all four guys brawl around the ring for several minutes. The masked stars get control and connect with stereo dropkicks, then follow with planchas over the ropes to the outside. Madison asks why no one is being counted out. Fair question. Let’s go to commercial.

Back from break as Manik and Suicide both do that thing where they stick in between the ropes. Bey doesn’t fall for it and decides to hit Manik with a dropkick to the gut while Rohit goes after Suicide and drags him into the heel corner. They start working him over with quick tags. Basic offense. Double ax handle. Back suplex. And then some not-so-basic offense like a moonsault dropkick from Bey. Dude makes it look totally effortless.

Manik gets tossed to the floor and Rohit dives off the apron to take him down again. Bey charges the corner but Suicide hits him with a shotgun dropkick. Modified body stretch locked in. Rohit tries to make the save but Manik slaps on the abdominel stretch. The heels lock hands to pull each other free.

Rohit starts in with Yes Kicks to Suicide. Bey with a Superman elbow. Rohit with a discuss elbow to Manik. Huge running knee strike. Instead of winning he goes after the mask, but Suicide kicks him in the face. Bey out of nowhere with a springboard cutter, the Art of Finesse, picking up the victory.

Winners: Chris Bey & Rohit Raju

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

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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

Roman Reigns

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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