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Impact Rebellion Ends With Moose As TNA World Heavyweight Champion

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The unholy abomination that is 2020 just keeps on getting more and more strange, as the “Ultimate Moose” stood tall following the main event of Impact Wrestling’s two-part Rebellion special, holding the classic TNA World Heavyweight Championship above his head.

For the last two months, big man Moose has been on a tirade against “TNA Originals”, claiming to be better and more dominant than anyone who used to wrestle for Impact’s original branding, Total Nonstop Action. This has led to matches with the likes of Rhino, Chase Stevens, Kid Kash and more.

Now, for this to make any sort of sense, we have to back up a step.

Originally, the main event of Impact Rebellion was supposed to feature Tessa Blanchard defending the Impact World Championship in a triple threat match against Michael Elgin and Eddie Edwards, who have spent the bulk of 2020 beating the absolute blood and guts out of each other.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic throwing everything into complete and utter chaos, that title match was scrapped and Elgin ended up being the only one of the three names to appear at Impact’s recent set of television tapings.

Elgin showed up on tonight’s show expecting to be crowned the new champion – a title he claims he’s been chasing for his entire career. Instead he found himself in a totally different triple threat match, against Moose and another returning TNA star, big “Supermex” Shawn Hernandez.

Somehow, Moose got his hands on the classic TNA world title belt, and wore it to the ring while making his entrance in the match. Oh, and did we mention that he was dressed up as Ultimate Warrior, for some reason?

Throughout the match, commentary power couple Josh Matthews and Madison Rayne did note that the TNA World Heavyweight Championship was not an “officially recognized” title belt; however Madison did question whether Tessa Blanchard would be stepping up to face Moose for his newly won prize when she returns to television…

Tune in next week for… Honestly, who the hell knows at this point?

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IMPACT World Title Match, Ethan Page vs Karl Anderson Set For Final Resolution

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Two matches have been announced for next weekend’s IMPACT Wrestling Final Resolution special. IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann will defend his title against former X-Division Champion Chris Bey, while “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson battles “All Ego” Ethan Page in singles action.

Bey faced off against Swann’s good friend Willie Mack tonight on IMPACT television, but eventually fell to a powerbomb and a stunner from the big man. The leader of the “Finesse Division” got the last laugh when Moose came out to attack Willie Mack, leaving Swann open to a springboard cutter out of nowhere from Bey.

The Good Brothers took the IMPACT World Tag Team Championships from The North last month at Turning Point. In recent weeks, Doc Gallows suffered a minor injury and was taken off television due to a mysterious backstage attack. Ethan Page revealed himself as the man behind the attack, daring Karl Anderson to meet him in the ring at Final Resolution one-on-one.

Final Resolution will air exclusively on IMPACT Plus on Saturday, December 12.

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IMPACT Wrestling Results (12/1): X-Division Title Match, Chris Bey vs Willie Mack, A Legend Returns

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December 1, 2020

Rest in peace, Bob Ryder.

Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) vs. Team XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D)

Shelley is back from a minor injury and wastes no time in showing that he’s just as good as he’s ever been, taking both big men down with rapid strikes and kicking combinations, setting up Chris Sabin for a big dive through the ropes to take them out on the floor. Shelley continues to pelt Acey Baby with kicks and body shots. Sabin comes off the top rope but gets caught around the throat and hurled across the ring. Shelley saves his partner from a splash in the corner and the Guns double team Acey, until he powerbombs one on top of the other.

Larry D gets the tag and goes to work with big stomps and knee drops to the body and back of Shelley. He squashes his opponent in the corner and rolls him back to the center, delivering a mule kick to the side of the head. Two-count. Romero tags back in and XXXL crush Shelley in between them. Sabin doesn’t wait for the tag and just leaps off the ropes into a missile dropkick, sending Larry to the floor.

Tags made by Sabin and Larry D. The Machine Guns double team Larry again with kicking combinations, before taking him off his feet with a High Low combo. Romero makes the save and drops a huge leg on Sabin, blasting Shelley off the apron. XXXL sets up to squash Sabin again, but he rolls out of the way and they crash into each other like freight trains. Shelley returns but eats a back elbow. Sabin off the ropes with a bulldog to take the big man down. The Guns hoist up Ace for an impressive suplex, taking him out of the equation. Larry takes the Skull & Bones for the three.

Winners: Motor City Machine Guns

Sami Callihan and Ken Shamrock arrived at the building but security wouldn’t let them in. Scott D’Amore told Shamrock that he went too far last week putting his hands on an IMPACT official, suspending him without pay for 30 days. Callihan freaks out, and D’Amore tells him if he keeps it up it’ll be 60 days and they’ll both be suspended. Shamrock said he could drop the security guards and force his way into the building, but he’s not looking to make this a legal issue. When he comes back, he promises he’ll put his hands on whoever he wants.

John E. Bravo runs into XXXL backstage and freaks out on Larry D for trying to murder him. Fair point. Tommy Dreamer separated them and told Bravo to hit the bricks for his own safety. Dreamer, in a shirt that says “POLICE” for some reason, tells Larry D that he has to go “downtown” with him for questioning. Larry knocks him out cold with a backhand.

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James Storm Reveals How Much Money Beer Money Drew From Merchandise

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Beer Money was one of TNA’s greatest ever tag team, and James Storm recently revealed just how popular the duo was.

When discussing with The Angle Podcast about if the team could reunite in WWE, Storm admitted he is confident they’d be good merchandise sellers, as the duo once made TNA a million dollars in just one year.

“You know, I don’t know if we’d be a top team. We’d be one of the top merchandise sellers, I’ll tell you that… because we made TNA like a million dollars in one year just off Beer Money merchandise so, I could only imagine with the WWE machine behind it or whatever. But, that’s hearsay, so we never know until maybe it happens so…”

Storm has recently made a couple of one-off appearances for IMPACT, and he spoke about the relationship he has with Scott D’Amore which has allowed those to happen.

“It was just Scott D’Amore, you know, messaged me and was like, ‘Hey, we’re going to be in Nashville filming. Just wanted to see if you happen to be available. We’d like for you to come in and be in this Battle Royal, a surprise entry or whatever’ and I was like, ‘Yeah sure. Whatever you guys need or whatever’ and we talked about it and agreed on it and then, when I was up there, they wanted me to come back the next day but I had [a] prior engagement. I had do an autograph signing or whatever so — they said, ‘Well, Alex Shelley got hurt, so [would you] like to come back and be [in] a tag team with Chris Sabin?’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ Number one, it’d be fun and number two, I want to prove to everybody else that I can go out there and still go when I need to and so it was just one of those things. He’s like, ‘Alright, cool.’ So, I landed at 12 o’clock, drove right to the building, got dressed and performed, and did what was asked of me.”

James Storm also has a great working relationship with Billy Corgan and David Lagana, whom he worked with for NWA. He admitted that both men were actually trying to help give him the push to get to WWE when they brought him on board.

“I called David Lagana and Billy [Corgan] and talked to them, because I still had a rollover clause at the beginning of February in my contract, and they were like, ‘Look, as long as you can give us one date to drop the belts’ and I was gonna do that WrestleMania weekend when they do all the shows and I was like, ‘Yeah. I’ll do the right business. Whatever you guys need, just let me know…’ because they told me, ‘This was actually our goal to get you there [WWE]. You belong –’ not saying that NWA is not a big stage but, ‘You belong on the bigger stage. That’s where you belong’ and so I always thought that was really cool of Billy and Dave.” (H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.)

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