Before we head to Hard For Kill, will there be any big bumps in the road?
As we kick off the show, Michael Elgin and Eddie Edwards were in a huge brawl at ringside. Edwards rolled in the ring, grabbed a mic and said he didn’t want to wait for Hard to Kill, wanting to break his ass New York City-style.
Michael Elgin defeated Eddie Edwards via pinfall
Don Callis talked about each man being successful in Japan with Elgin winning the IWGP IC Title from Kenny Omega while Edwards was the GHC Champion in NOAH.
These went back and forth again, hitting hard strikes and big moves. Elgin wanted a powerplex, but Edwards sunset bombed him. Elgin tried to absorb it, but couldn’t, so Edwards forearmed him only to eat a pair of lariats. Elgin got half-crabbed, but turned it into a crossface before getting cradled for a near fall. Elgin then hit a buckle bomb into the Elgin bomb for the pin and win. This is one to check out.
We get a video package of The North’s dominant 2019 alongside how Rich Swann and Willie Mack earned their title shot.
Desi Hit Squad defeated TJP, Fallah Bahh and Daga via pinfall
What an odd collection of faces in this match. The finish cane when TJP sunsetflipped Shera for a near fall before TJP got hit with a sky high for the win.
Mack and Swann talked about their tag title match Sunday, saying Mack said he doesn’t want to hold Swann back. Swann said that last year the only person he could count on was Willie Mack and he relied on Mack to be the man he needed to be here and in life. Swann knows Mack is hurt, but needs him for Sunday in the best condition he can be in and they have to live up to the show’s name and be hard to kill to get the titles. This was a good promo.
We then see a promo from oVe about how hard it is to kill them and how Sunday isn’t about Tessa Blanchard, it’s about Sami Callihan. Fulton says that he’ll take the World’s Most Dangerous Man and break everything.
We then see Johnny Swinger spiking Joey Ryan’s drink with somas before Tommy Dreamer entered. He told him to grow up and wanted him to take a drink of his “delayed-release medication”.
We then see a hype package for Ace Austin vs. Trey, based around Austin hitting on his mother and Trey threatening to break his neck.
We then get a big recap video for the Callihan vs Blanchard world title match. We get a recap of the Callihan vs. Brian Cage steel cage match, alongside Callihan vs. Blanchard from Slammiversary. Callihan blames Blanchard for taking his moment away from him and Blanchard talked about growing up in North Carolina and how her mother says she is as stubborn as her father. Her sister talked about how her kids love Blanchard. Tessa said she only saw one of Tully’s matches live before Magnum TA talked the famous I Quit match with Tully Blanchard.
Callihan said that he did everything he could as a kid to eventually get to pro wrestling. His family loved wrestling and his brothers grew out of it, but he didn’t. Both of his parents died when he was in his 20s and his family is now pro wrestling. He was on a tour of Germany when his mother died and his father said that he should stay there because she wouldn’t want him to miss out on his dream. His father died when he was in WWE developmental, but his father said before that to stay there and not deal with him.
We get a recap of their street brawl on the streets of New York is and she said that she knows what his goons are capable of, but they can’t stop her at Hard to Kill. Callihan said that everyone’s a sinner, but he’s a saint and the savior of Impact Wrestling. Blanchard said that she’ll make history not due to her gender, but because she ended the reign of the most vile champion in company history. Sami closes the segment by saying that he will bash her skull in.
Backstage, Jim Mitchell led Havok to the ring and told Susie to stay in the back.
Havok (w/Jim Mitchell) defeated Rosemary via pinfall
Susie came down to ringside and Callis gave her a headset. Mitchell took her away from the announce table leading to Callis getting mad at him for spilling his drink. Havok tombstoned Rosemary to win. This was more of an angle than a match.
ODB, Tenille Dashwood and Jordynne Grace defeated Kiera Hogan, Madison Rayne and Taya Valkyrie via pinfall
Callis made up a ton of facts about Rayne including that she was a 73-time champion and she was the best there was, is, and ever will be. Why is that so entertaining? Genuinely amuses me.
ODB tagged in as did Taya leading to ODB plowing her down with tackles while using the flask to charge up. We got a bronco buster to Rayne and Taya in the corner. ODB hit the Bam on Taya before Grace tagged in for a splash off the second rope and went for a pin but ODB threw Grace to the outside and stole the pin to the annoyance of Grace.
Backstage, RVD was making out with Katie Forbes when Moose told him they have had issues before at Slammiversary but RVD has no memory of that and doesn’t even know what day of the week it is.
Swinger is passed out on the couch behind them. Petey Williams and Joey Ryan walked up and Joey wanted a sharpie so he can draw on his face.
Rhino and Brian Cage defeated RVD and Moose via pinfall
This was an okay match. Towards the end, Cage hit an F5 on RVD but Moose tagged in and clubbed Cage down. Moose and Rhino fought it out before Cage hit Moose with a tornado DDT. RVD hit a flying kick to Cage, then Rhino gored RVD. Moose sidestepped a corner gore and missed the five star frog splash. Rhino hit a gore on Moose and Cage hit a discus lariat for the victory.