DATE: January 16, 2021
VENUE: Skyway Studios (Nashville, TN)
COMMENTATORS: Matt Striker & D-Lo Brown
Impact Wrestling is bringing big guns for its first proper PPV of the year, as AEW World Champion Kenny Omega teams with The Good Brothers to take on the makeshift team of Rich Swann, Chris Sabin, and Moose in the main event. Tune in to this here page for live coverage of the event plus some analysis/thoughts as the show airs. You won’t regret it. Much.
- IMPACT WORLD CHAMPION: Rich Swann
- IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPION: “The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo
- IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPION: Manik
- IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Good Brothers (“Big LG” Doc Gallows & “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson)
- IMPACT KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
- Rosemary & Crazzy Steve vs. Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb with a K (**1/2)
- OLD SCHOOL RULES: Tommy Dreamer, Rhino, & Cousin Jake vs. Eric Young, Joe Doering, & Deaner (*3/4)
- Havok & Nevaeh vs. Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz for the vacant IMPACT KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
- ??? vs. Ace Austin (NR)
- Manik [c] vs. Chris Bey vs. Rohit Raju for the IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)
- Deonna Purrazzo [c] vs. Taya Valkyrie for the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
- Ethan Page vs. The Karate Man (BOO)
- BARBED WIRE MASSACRE IV: Eddie Edwards vs. Sami Callihan (***1/2)
- Rich Swann, Chris Sabin, & Moose vs. Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers (****)
DECAY (Rosemary & Crazzy Steve) vs. Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb with a K
Kaleb shoves Steve, grabs a side headlock, Steve counters into a drop toehold and flips the man over with a knee off an Irish whip. Rosemary and Steve take turns coming off the buckles and…biting Kaleb’s arm. Awesome. Steve gets sent to the floor, Kaleb thinks about diving but decides against it and jumps right into an uppercut anyway. Dashwood gets the tag and walks RIGHT into a side slam. Kaleb helps out, pulling Rosemary down by the hair to give his team the advantage. Snapmare into the DASH-WOOGIE for a two-count. Striker & Brown haven’t watched a lot of the weekly TV so they don’t know the name. Kaleb and Dashwood try to WASSSSUP but Rosemary sends Dash into Kaleb and gets the tag to Steve. Clotheslines to Kaleb into a snapmare and neck crank. Kaleb rolls through a roll-up attempt but gets driven into the canvas with a mini-flatliner. Dashwood runs in to try and break the count but Steve catches her and chases her into the ring, Kaleb taking advantage with a dropkick for a two-count. Dashwood and Kaleb work Steve over, the latter connecting with a Side Russian legsweep but instead of going for the cover he wants to take a picture for the social media. They take too long though and Kaleb misses the moonsault, Rosemary and Dashwood tag in. Clotheslines and a sling blade from Rosemary followed by an Exploder-style suplex. Dashwood escapes Decay’s grasp, Kaleb runs in and gets driven to the mat with a double chokeslam, Steve covers for the 1…2…Dashwood breaks it up with a dropkick, Rosemary takes her out with a spear. Kaleb WRECKS Rosemary with a superkick right under the chin, GODDAMN, and clubs Steve. Dashwood tries to use hairspray but the ref prevents it, Steve blinds Dashwood with EVIL MIST, Kaleb takes him out with a backfist. Kaleb tries to drag Rosemary back in the ring, Rosemary spits mist in his eyes, Steve finishes him off with a flying DDT.
Decay defeated Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb with a K via pinfall (8:54)
- Entertaining opener. Dashwood and Kaleb were fun here, and Kaleb got to showcase that he is actually a wrestler instead of just a goofy social media sidekick to Dash. Cool to see Rosemary & Steve back together, and I’ll always pop for some MYSTERY MIST. (**1/2)
-EARLIER TODAY: Don Callis arrives with Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers, disrespecting the security guy. Rude.
OLD SCHOOL RULES
Tommy Dreamer, Rhino, & Cousin Jake vs. Violent By Design (Eric Young, Joe Doering, & Deaner)
“Old School Rules” means anything goes. Young and his group have been terrorizing Impact over the past few months, including attacking Rhino’s best friend Heath and turning Deaner from a fun-loving goof to deathly serious and crazy.
Bell rings and everyone starts brawling, Young intercepting Jake before he can get his hands on Deaner. Doering tosses Rhino to the floor, Deaner joins Young in attacking Jake, Jake clotheslines Young out to the floor, leaving him and his cousin alone in the ring. Deaner slaps Jake, Jake FINALLY attacks him, peppering him with forearms. Deaner rolls to the floor, Jake sends him into the apron, Rhino & Doering re-enter the ring to continue their fight, the former hitting the latter with a mini-Gore. Matt Striker’s voice sounds like it’s already starting to go, uh-oh. Deaner drops Dreamer crotch-first across the guardrail and connects with a right, Young beats on Jake on the other side. Deaner BITES Dreamer and rips at his eyes, Young sends Jake into the post. Dreamer pulls a baking sheet from under the ring, cracking Young in the face as he comes off the top rope. Dreamer introduces a chair, Doering entering the ring to protect his leader. Rhino and Jake grabs chairs and join Dreamer, circling the big man. Doering tries to fight them anyway but gets brought to one knee with a series of chair shots to the back. Doering fights back and flattens Dreamer with a running crossbody after punching a chair into Jake’s face. Violent By Design all go on the offensive at once, Young and Deaner sit Jake on the top buckle, Deaner puts Jake through two set-up chairs by the hair. DAMN. Young and Doering try to remove the padding on the floor, Jake takes them both out with a splash. Jake goes for a superplex on Deaner, Doering rolls in and powerbombs Jake, who accidentally superplexes Deaner into Dreamer. Doering drills Rhino with a chokeslam and BREAKS the kendo stick that the War Machine brought with him. No weapons for this mass of a man. Thumbtacks get introduced and Young goes into them as Dreamer counters a piledriver with a backdrop. Jake connects with a Black Hole Slam on Deaner for the 1…2…Young makes the save and connects with a Piledriver on Jake for the 1…2…3.
Violent By Design defeated Tommy Dreamer, Rhino, & Cousin Jake via pinfall (9:52)
- Kind of a limp hardc-sorry OLD SCHOOL RULES match. Jake & Deaner beating each other up was pretty good though, I think they could have a tremendous singles match together. Feels like they held back a bit because Barbed Wire Massacre IV is on the same show and that one is going to be ultraviolent. (*3/4)
–Rich Swann and Chris Sabin talk strategy, in comes Moose. Swann lays into Moose for everything he’s done over the past few weeks, saying he can’t trust him. Moose, VERY CALMLY, says he did what he had to do and says that he refuses to let a wrestler from outside the company disrespect Impact. Moose says Swann said it best last week: they’re going to kick their ass ALL NIGHT LONG. Swann and Sabin get their heads in the game and start preparing.
- Moose has gotten SO GOOD at promos. This was great here, his explaining that he doesn’t like them but he’s won football games with players he hated because when it matters he can let it go was a nice touch. Let’s see if that happens.
Havok & NEvaeh vs. Fire ‘n Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) for the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Hogan & Steelz attack right at the bell, Nevaeh clears the ring of Hogan and lays into Steelz with a host of strikes. Havok tags in, whips Nevaeh into Steelz in the corner then follows up with a splash of her own. Steelz crawls under Havok’s legs and tags in Hogan. Havok connects with a backbreaker, Nevaeh connects with a clothesline for an early two-count. Steelz connects with a neckbreaker and sends Nevaeh into Hogan for a kick but can’t get the pin. Havok tags in and drills Hogan with a knee, Steelz with a kick. Running knees in adjacent corners to Fire ‘n Flava. Hogan dodges a legdrop, she and Steelz connect with a double dropkick and Hogan covers for two. Steelz tags in and connects with a series of strikes followed by a superkick for the 1…2…not yet. Steelz trips Havok, Hogan tags in and connects with a sliding kick in the corner. Steelz applies a backpack sleeper, Havok squashes her in the corner. Steelz jumps back onto Havok, Havok squashes her again and catches a flying Hogan. Steelz tries a crossbody and Havok catches her as well, DOUBLE FALLAWAY SLAM. Hell yeah. Navaeh gets the hot tag and goes on an offensive tear, Fire ‘n Flava try for a double superplex, Havok PEELS THEM OFF and hits a double powerbomb! HELL YEAH AGAIN. Nevaeh connects with a twisting DDT, Steelz fights out when it’s tried on her. Havok tags in, Steelz fights out of her grasp and tags in Hogan. Hogan dodges a corner splash and connects with a kick, Steelz follows up with a springboard neckbreaker for the 1…2…Nevaeh breaks it up. Nevaeh sends Steelz to the floor and tags in proper, Steelz grabs her to prevent a double team, Hogan dazes Havok with a stunner and sends her to the floor with a superkick. Steelz brings Nevaeh to the mat with a headscissors, Hogan hits a Snapback into a fisherman cradle for the 1…2…3! THEY DID IT!
Fire ‘n Flava defeated Havok & Nevaeh via pinfall to win the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (8:41)
- I was pulling for Steelz & Hogan through the tournament but didn’t expect them to actually win. I’m ESTATIC. Good match, awesome feats of strength by Havok in the two coolest spots of the match. (**1/2)
Knockouts legends Gail Kim and the newly-retired Madison Rayne present Steelz & Hogan with the championship belts.
–Rosemary & Crazzy Steve offer to back Taya Valkyrie up for her Knockouts Title match later tonight. They run off, Acey Romero sneaks into the KO Locker Room, continuing his search to exonerate his XXL partner Larry D of attempted murder.
–Ace Austin and Madman Fulton make their way to the ring, the former holding his newly-won Super X Cup. Austin is offended that the best use Impact had for him was the pre-show and demands to be added to the X-Division Title match. Scott D’Amore comes out and agrees the PPV needs an Ace Austin match. It won’t be for the X-Division Title though and brings out the debuting MATT CARDONA (Zack Ryder). Okay then.
Matt Cardona vs. “The Inevitable” Ace Austin [w/ Madman Fulton]
Cardona takes control early, sending Austin to the floor and connecting with a neckbreaker. Fulton saves Austin from a dropkick through the ropes, Austin attacks a distracted Cardona and takes offensive control. Cardona fights back, Fulton distracts him again and Austin pulls him off the buckles and onto the canvas. Austin follows up with a flying Rocker Dropper for a two-count. Cardona dodges a splash and connects with a flapjack followed by a corner clothesline and the RE-Boot (Broski Boot). Cardona measures Austin for the finish but in comes Fulton for the attack and the DQ.
Matt Cardona defeated Ace Austin via DQ (2:30)
- I was waiting for Cardona to show up in Impact after Myers was signed. People are probably excited, but I was never really a Zack Ryder guy. I’m into seeing what he can do outside of WWE though. (NR)
Cardona overcomes the odds and clears the ring to stand tall.
Manik [c] vs. “The Desi Hit Man” Rohit Raju vs. “The Ultimate Finesser” Chris Bey for the IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
Manik surprises Bey with a dropkick, Raju attacks Manik and lays into him with forearms. Manik ducks a clothesline, connects with one of his own. Manik blocks a whip attempt, Bey connects with a forearm then dropkicks Rohit’s legs out from under him and USES HIS BACK AS A CATAPULT to launch into a dropkick on Manik. Raju and Bey trade strikes, Bey hops over a sweep attempt, Raju connects with a short-arm Flatliner for the 1…2…Bey kicks out. Rohit knocks Bey off the apron, Manik tries a tilt-a-whirl but gets countered into a sit-out faceslam for the 1…2…Manik kicks out. Manik stacks Bey up for the 1…2…they lock knuckles and Manik turns it into a Sharpshooter/double armbar combo. NICE. Manik bows the legs, Raju grabs an armbar on Manik. Manik escapes and connects with a slam, snapping down on Bey’s legs. Bey fights back, connecting with a middle-buckle elbowdrop as Manik hangs across the bottom rope. Bey tries to skin the cat, Raju turns it into an apron bomb. Raju stuns Manik with knee strikes and pulls the mask off, Manik hides his face under his hood. Raju removes the mask, Manik has on facepaint SO IT DOESN’T COUNT and connects with a tornado DDT. Manik takes flight, Bey runs in and connects with a cutter on the way down. DOUBLE ART OF THE FINESSE, Bey covers Manik for the 1…2…Raju breaks it up. Bey connects with a flying corner European uppercut and seats Raju on the top buckle. Raju knocks him into a tree of woe position, Manik comes in and takes Raju to the canvas with a hurricanrana. KICKBACK on Raju for the 1…2…Bey breaks it up. Manik and Bey jockey for Tombstone position, Manik mule kicks Raju away and connects with the move. Raju connects with a high knee and kick for the 1…2…Manik kicks out and rolls onto Bey for the 1…2…Bey kicks out!
Manik and Raju trade forearms, Raju ducks under Bey, Manik connects with a spike DDT and sends Bey into Raju to send him to the floor, Manik connects with a Thumbellina crucifix bomb on Bey for the 1…2…BEY KICKS OUT. Manik follows up with a Mamba Splash, Raju drills Manik with a knee and covers Bey for the 1…2…BEY KICKS OUT AGAIN. Manik hops up to meet Raju on the buckles, Raju throws him off and Bey stuns Raju with a kick. Bey gets caught in a tree of woe again, Raju connects with a double stomp then locks Manik in a Crossface! Raju uses the ropes to push off and bring Manik back to the center, Bey breaks it up. Raju surprises Bey with an inside cradle for the 1…2…Bey kicks out and eats a jumping knee, Raju charges with a sliding knee, Manik rolls Raju up and stacks him for the 1…2…3!
Manik [c] defeated Rohit Raju & Chris Bey via pinfall to retain the IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (13:50)
- Helluva match. Fast-paced, great spots, Rohit Raju has gotten so unbelievably good it’s insane. Desi Hit Squad being stopped is the best thing that’s ever happened to him. Manik & Bey had some great moments as well, and it was hard to keep up with at times in the best way. Only thing I didn’t like was the finish; felt too abrupt and this match deserved a much better exclamation point at the end. It furthers the Manik/Raju story though, I guess. (***3/4)
–Alisha Edwards wants to accompany Eddie Edwards to the ring, but Edwards tells her she can’t get involved. Eddie doesn’t know how or if he’ll return home, and makes her promise that she will not go out there. Alisha reluctantly agrees.
“The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo [c] [w/ Kimber Lee & susan] vs. Taya Valkyrie [w/ Rosemary & Crazzy Steve] for the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Purrazzo and Valkyrie attack each other right at the bell, the challenger getting the upper hand. Purrazzo blocks a whip, Valkyrie takes her to the mat and connects with a series of strikes. Purrazzo rolls to the floor, Kimber Lee attacks Valkyrie from behind while the ref is distracted (I assume?). Rosemary & Steve stare Lee down, Rosemary attacks Lee while Susan takes video? Striker rightfully doesn’t want all this nonsense and just wants the RASSLIN’. Steve hits the ref, who kicks EVERYONE out from ringside. Well at least they got it out of the way early.
Valkyrie lays into Purrazzo with chops, Purrazzo dodges a shoulder and connects with a knee strike then goes after the arm to weaken it for the Fujiwara. Valkyrie stuns Purrazzo with a knee and connects with a clothesline using her good arm for the 1…2…not yet. Purrazzo counters an Irish whip with a Side Russian Legsweep and rolls through into a half-crab with the arm interlocked. Purrazzo changes focus on Valkyrie’s knee, locking in a kneebar but Valkyrie gets to the ropes to force a break. Valkyrie ducks a clothesline and hits a series of chops and a spear for the 1…2…Purrazzo kicks out. Valkyrie connects with a belly-to-back suplex for the 1…2…champ is still in the game. Valkyrie ties Purrazzo up, curb stomps her into the canvas and applies a modified STF but the champ makes it to the ropes. Purrazzo and Valkyrie trade strikes and kicks, Purrazzo locks in a Fujiwara Armbar, Valkyrie turns it into a pin for the 1…2…Purrazzo readjusts and locks BOTH ARMS in a double Fujiwara, forcing Valkyrie to quit.
Deonna Purrazzo [c] defeated Taya Valkyrie via submission to retain the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP (11:36)
- Once all that nonsense with Decay, Kimber Lee, & Susan subsided we settled into one hell of a hard-hitting contest. Big win for Purrazzo over the longest-reigning KO Champ of all-time. She’s a MEGASTAR. (***)
–John E. Bravo confronts Acey Romero, saying he KNOWS Larry D is the one who shot him. Romero says Larry D was set up, Bravo asks for proof, Romero shows him the Ring Rust cologne from the Knockouts locker room. Bravo asks whose bag it was in, before Romero can respond we cut to an Ethan Page/Karate Man hype video.
ETHAN PAGE VS. THE KARATE MAN
Ethan Page meets The Karate Man in an undisclosed green screen location. Page asks if they’re going to do this, Karate Man calls him weak, stupid, and ugly. Page charges and connects with a shot, making Karate Man bleed. Karate Man kicks Page all around the world I guess, Page drops him with an uppercut. Karate Man says he has died a thousand deaths but will never parish. Karate Man connects with a bicycle kick and PULLS ETHAN PAGE’S HART OUT OF HIS BODY. “Not so Hard to Kill…” Karate Man brings Page’s heart “up the steps” of a monastery and that’s that.
- F*ck right off. Maybe funny as a YouTube thing but this is just embarrassing to put on a PPV people paid money for.
–Don Callis runs into Moose backstage, contract in hand. Callis insinuates he’s going to make Moose’s life a living hell for the remainder of his contract if he doesn’t play ball with him. Moose says he’s always played to win and will be doing the same tonight; after he wins tonight he’s going to go after the Impact World Championship. And once he does that, maybe Moose will show up in AEW and take Callis’ “kid”‘s title from him too. Moose walks off, Callis mutters “shit” as his master plan falls apart. Not much of a master plan.
-After a video hyping Barbed Wire Massacre, we get a shot of the ring: one side has a cage covered in barbed wire, other objects like baseball bats and boards covered in the stuff as well. Regular ropes, unfortunately.
BARBED WIRE MASSACRE IV
Eddie Edwards vs. “The Draw” Sami Callihan
Edwards and Callihan lock up and try to push each other into a corner barbed-wire piece of wood. The wood falls, Callihan is unfazed and sets it back up. How nice of him. The corner board falls down again, broken in half, but they get over it and clobber each other with forearms. Edwards sends Callihan into the barbed wire wrapped around the camera-side ropes. Edwards gets a spool of wire and wraps it around Callihan’s head, pulling back and busting him open. Edwards lays one of the corner boards on the canvas, Callihan pushes it out of the ring to avoid going into it. Edwards stomps him, laying in a series of jabs. Callihan sets up the board against the guardrail and goes for a superplex from the apron, Edwards blocks it and connects with a kick. Edwards tries to take flight, Callihan throws the barbed wire board in his way. Callihan lays a piece of the board on Edwards and drops a Cactus Elbow off the apron. Action moves back into the ring, Callihan counters a suplex and hangs Edwards out to dry across the wire-wrapped ropes. Callihan grabs the barbed-wire wrapped N64 controller (HEH?) and whips it across Edwards’ back, then carves into Edwards’ face as the blood flows. Edwards stuns Callihan with a jump kick and drills him with a backpack stunner.
Edwards cracks Callihan in the back with a wire-wrapped chair, then drops him on it once again with a Blue Thunder Bomb for the 1…2…Callihan kicks out. Edwards and Callihan ram each other’s heads into the wire cage, Edwards rips Callihan’s skull with the wire and Callihan stops it with a low-blow. Callihan and Edwards both wrap barbed wire around their fists and cut each other up, dropping one another with a punch. Edwards grabs the bat, Callihan grabs the kendo stick, then they RESPECTFULLY trade. Edwards wrecks Callihan with the kendo stick, Callihan DROPS EDWARDS ACROSS THE CHAIN AROUND THE RING HOLDING THE WEAPONS UP. THAT WAS A GROSS SOUND. NO THANK YOU. NO THANK YOU SIR. Callihan sets up a barbed-wire board across a pair of chairs to make a makeshift table and PUTS EDWARDS THROUGH IT WITH A SUPER PILEDRIVER for the 1…2…EDWARDS KICKS OUT. Jesus. Callihan lays the wire-wrapped chair across Edwards’ skull, Edwards stops a bat shot with a kick to the family jewels. Edwards measures Callihan, BOSTON KNEE PARTY INTO THE WIRE CHAIR INTO CALLIHAN FOR THE 1…CALLIHAN KICKS OUT QUICKLY. Edwards immediately connects with a cross-legged Emerald Frosion for the 1…2…3!
Eddie Edwards defeated Sami Callihan via pinfall (18:48)
- I always forget how much I love deathmatch wrestling until it happens. A vicious and bloody affair, I dug the sh*t out of it. (***1/2)
-Video plays announcing the next PPV: Rebellion, scheduled for April. 24th.
–Don Callis handles the introduction for Kenny Omega. Not as ridiculous as Justin Roberts’ AEW stuff but still pretty funny. Omega has a totally different theme for the Impact than he does for AEW, it sounds like.
Rich Swann, Chris Sabin, & Moose vs. Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers (“Big LG” Doc Gallows & “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson) [w/ Don Callis]
Anderson backs Sabin in the corner, Omega talks some trash but no cheap shot. Anderson controls the arm, Sabin kicks up the speed and sends him crashing with an armdrag. Sabin catches a kick but not the finger to the eye. Sabin and Anderson wrestle and counter, ending in a stalemate. Gallows and Moose tag in and run into each other, trying to knock one another down. Moose and Gallows trade shots, Moose connects with a discus forearm that frustrates the Big LG. Omega tags in, as does Swann. WORLD CHAMP VS WORLD CHAMP, LET’S F*CKING GOOOOO. Before they can lock up the Good Brothers attack Swann from behind, Omega knocking Swann and Moose off the apron. Omega grabs a front chancery, Anderson tags in, Swann flips over a monkey flip attempt and takes him to the mat. Swann with a front chancery of his own, Moose holds Anderson with a camel clutch and Swann & Sabin hit a double dropkick then MOOSE HITS A STANDING MOONSAULT OF HIS OWN for a two-count. Bullet-ish Club go back on the offensive, Omega connecting with a backbreaker on Sabin for an early two-count. Sabin fights out of the corner, he and Anderson take one another down with a clothesline.
Omega tags in as does Swann! LET’S GOOOO AGAIN. Swann connects with a jump up kick on Omega, jump-up rana to Omega onto Anderson. Moose pump kicks Gallows and tosses him to the floor, Sabin assists Swann with DDTs on both Omega and Anderson, Team Impact in control. Swann and Sabin fly off the apron, Swann with a cannonball on Omega and Sabin with one on Anderson. Swann rolls Omega in, Anderson gets the tag and sends Swann chest-first into the corner. Swann escapes Omega’s grasp and connects with forearms, Anderson boots him in the back and Omega connects with a leg lariat for the 1…2…Swann kicks out. TRIPLE SPLASH from Omega & the Bros, pin broken up by Sabin. Swann escapes Omega’s grasp and connects with a Pele kick, Moose tags in and POUNCES Omega. Urinage for Anderson, headbutt for Gallows. Running Euro to Gallows, leaping dropkick to Omega. Anderson catches Moose with a kick, Moose dropkicks him off the buckles. TRIPLE KICK IN THE CORNER, Moose hits a discus clothesline for the 1…2…Omega kicks out! Sabin gets the tag, whipping Swann and Moose into Omega. Omega dodges the Sabin attempt and connects with an elbow, Anderson with a kick, Gallows with a splash, TRIPLE NECKBREAKER and Omega covers for the 1…2…Moose makes the save.
Omega muscles Sabin up in a gutwrench, turning it into a sit-out powerbomb for the 1…2…Sabin kicks out! Moose cuts Omega off with a kick, Gallows kicks Moose, Sabin missile dropkicks Gallows, Swann blocks the Gun Stun and hits the step-over kick, Omega belts Swann with the V-Trigger. Omega heads to the top, MOOSE JUMPS TO THE TOP AND HITS A F*CKING SPANISH FLY, Sabin with the Cradle Shock for the 1…2…ANDERSON MAKES THE SAVE! Gallows gets the tag, big ol’ shin kick to Sabin, Anderson tags in for a flapjack/kick combo and the 1…2…Sabin kicks out as Swann dives in for the save. Sabin escapes the Magic Killer and connects with a DDT on Gallows, kicking Anderson on the way down. Omega gets the tag, as does Swann. The World Champs trade strikes, Omega with a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX into a butterfly piledriver for the 1…2…Moose and Sabin make the save. Jesus! Good Bros battle Moose & Sabin on the floor, Omega seats Swann on the top buckle. Swann blocks a superplex, dazing Omega with a headbutt. Omega tries the One-Winged Angel, Moose escapes and picks Omega up, DOOMSDAY DEVICE for the 1…2…OMEGA KICKS OUT. Swann counters the One-Winged Angel with a poison rana and a pair of kicks. Swann follows up with a 450 SPLASH for the 1…2…OMEGA KICKS OUT AGAIN.
Swann lands on his feet for a Phoenix Splash attempt, Good Brothers hit the Magic Killer. Omega covers for the 1…2…Moose makes the save. Omega hits a V-Trigger, Moose absorbs it but Omega hits a second one that knocks him out, Omega with a V-Trigger on Swann and the One-Winged Angelf or the 1…2…3!
Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers defeated Rich Swann, Chris Sabin, & Moose via pinfall (20:25)
- I was a little concerned going in between the last-minute participant change and the fact that I doubted AEW would let Kenny Omega really do much outside of their company, but hot damn was I wrong! This was a great main event and absolutely worth the price of admission. But it wasn’t Omega who stole the show, it was Moose. Moose absolutely KILLED it here, from the standing moonsault to a top rope Spanish Fly to even his “come at me f*cker” run-ins with Gallows, everything he did was great. Star-making performance through and through and if Impact doesn’t give him the actual World Title this year then they’re certifiably insane. I love Rich Swann to death, but Moose is it man. Moose has been it for three damn years (still made Aries beat him at Slammiversary back in 2018). Props to Omega as well for going in and taking a beating from everyone, including the previously mentioned Spanish Fly. AEW Champ pinning the Impact World Champ to end an Impact PPV. What a thing. Does Omega stick around long enough for a proper Swann/Omega match…or maybe even a Moose/Omega match? Man I hope so. (****)
Omega and The Good Brothers celebrate, Callis holding the AEW World Championship high in the air as the show concludes.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This is the biggest Impact PPV in recent memory and they really needed to knock it out of the park. For me personally I think they did it, every match delivered in one form or another with the main event and the X-Division Title match especially standing out. I personally HATED that Ethan Page/Karate Man thing but your mileage may vary on it so it’s either a plus or a minus in your column. I’m looking forward to seeing how Impact builds from here, be it more Omega/AEW stuff or getting Moose/Swann hopefully lined up for Rebellion (or sooner). What a night. Well-done, Impact Wrestling.
- MATCH OF THE NIGHT: Rich Swann, Chris Sabin, & Moose vs. Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers
- MOMENT OF THE NIGHT: Moose hits a top rope Spanish Fly on Kenny Omega and I damn near fall out of my chair.