IMPACT Wrestling has a huge event coming up this weekend with Hard To Kill. Over the course of 2020 and the early part of 2021, IMPACT Wrestling has improved their product in a way that not too many companies out there can say they have. 2020 might have been the most tumultuous year in Pro Wrestling in a long time, but IMPACT is making the most of it. With their newfound partnership (just don’t ask Don Callis if it’s one) with All Elite Wrestling, this Saturday, January 16th, the two companies are crossing lines like never before.
The main event of Hard To Kill speaks volumes to what that partnership is capable of. You’ve got the AEW Champion Kenny Omega teaming with the IMPACT Tag-Team champions, The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows) vs. IMPACT Champion Rich Swann and The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley). It might not be all out brand warfare, but it could devolve into that. Rich Swann and Kenny Omega are both standard bearers for their respective companies divisions, so that wrinkle is already fascinating. The Motor City Machine Guns and the Good Brothers have been great tag-teams for years now, and a match between the two of them is always going to be a classic.
So when you add all that together, you get the main event for a hell of an event. But what about the other matches on the card?
The Rest Of Hard To Kill’s Show
You’ve got three championship matches on the rest of the card and two likely barn-burners. Deonna Purrazzo takes on Taya Valkyrie for the IMPACT Knockout’s Championship. Purrazzo has put together a string of great matches for the title and Valkyrie is likely her toughest challenge yet.
The IMPACT X-Division Championship is on the line in a triple threat match between Manik (c), Chris Bey, and Rohit Raju. The X-Division was always what kept TNA/IMPACT afloat during rough times and this is no different, the X-Division is one to watch. This should be a thrilling bout.
Finally we’ve got the IMPACT Knockouts Tag-Team championship match between Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz vs. Havok and Nevaeh. This is the first time since 2013 that we’ve had a Knockouts Tag-Team championship match. It was brought back by popular demand, so this first match for the titles should be fantastic.
For the fans out there who remember wrestling’s past, the Old School Rules Six-Man Tag between Eric Young, Deaner, and Joe Doering vs. Cousin Jake, Rhyno, and Tommy Dreamer is right up your alley. It might not be a bloodbath, but it’ll be some classic style wrestling.
Rounding out the card is the bloodbath of a match. The Barbed Wire Massacre between Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan. This one might not be for the faint of heart out there. We all know how punishing Callihan can be. Finally, we have a singles match between The Karate Man and Ethan Page.
A Stacked Card For A Continued Run Of Great Wrestling For IMPACT
Saturday should be a landmark day for IMPACT Wrestling. You’ve got home-grown talent, outside talent, and even some invaders from a rival company showing up on their show. You can watch the show on FITE TV or traditional PPV providers.
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