IMPACT Wrestling’s Hard To Kill pay per view is, in my mind, going to be the defining moment in the company’s up-and-down history.
Taking place in the oddly-titled Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas, the entire card has intriguing and possibly career defining matches, all headlined by a company-defining-changing match in Sami Callihan vs Tessa Blanchard for the World Championship.
But before we dissect the story behind that match, here are my predictions for Sunday’s show.
KEN SHAMROCK vs MADMAN FULTON
A 55-year-old killing machine vs a 29-year-old nutcase. What’s not to love about this match?
This is going to not going be just a match, it’ll be a serious fight, not. I’d like to see the younger of the pair prevail, because Impact does like to give the youth a chance, but something is telling me that Shamrock will pick up the win in this battle of the behemoths. Madman Fulton has had the better of Shamrock, especially when he launched Ken Shamrock to the outside in a nasty moment a few weeks ago.
Shamrock needs the win, to prove to the world that he still has it. While Fulton will still be seen as the unhinged madman, regardless of the outcome. It’s essentially a win-win for both guys.
Prediction: Ken Shamrock
MOOSE vs RHINO
I just don’t like Moose.
Never have, never will. I told him this on Twitter and he blocked me. So, with that in mind…COME ON RHINO. This match is being billed as “the winner will rule the Impact Wrestling Kingdom”. I’d rather have a Rhino protecting me that a Moose. Also, the gore is just better than any spear; it’s just science.
That’s it. That’s my prediction.
BRIAN CAGE vs ROB VAN DAM
Who isn’t enjoying RVD’s sojourn into the rock-star lifestyle? He’s now in a three-way relationship, doesn’t give a crap what fans think and can still out-perform most of the roster on any given day. I’d never thought I’d see the day a Rob Van promo post-1998 would be entertaining, but here we are. (the one at ECW One Night Stand excluded)
Meanwhile, Brian Cage could still kick your arse at a moments notice. He has found a firm footing in IMPACT, showing the potential he has had for years and years.
I’m predicting a Cage win, but it won’t be via pinfall. I’m guessing that RVD will actually not even get into the ring. He’ll refuse to perform, and walk out of the arena. Fans will boo, but that’s exactly what needs to happen to cement RVD as a heel.
Prediction: Brian Cage (via forfeit)
EDDIE EDWARDS vs MICHAEL ELGIN
Eddie Edwards won the ‘Call Your Shot’ trophy by beating the imaginatively titled ‘call your shot’ gauntlet at Bound For Glory, and has found himself in the crosshairs of one Michael Elgin..
Eddie has been creeping back up the ladder in the Impact world for a few years now, and I think that this match will be what truly allows him to shine. Elgin, in my mind, doesn’t need the win. Eddie does. Elgin has been made to look like an absolute beast in recent months and he got a huge marquee win over Marafuji at Bound For Glory. They’ve been playing up Elgin as a big game bottler so it’d fit in perfectly to have him fall once again, and Eddie to reclaim the trophy Elgin stole a few weeks ago.
Prediction: Eddie Edwards
IMPACT TAG TEAM TITLES: THE NORTH (C) vs RICH SWANN AND WILLIE MACK
Ethan Page is a gift and we must cherish him at all costs. The North are a gift and we must cherish them at all costs. They’ve been pushing this whole Willie Mack thinks he’s the ‘weak link’ thing for a weeks so it’d make sense for Mack to either give up on himself or maybe even turn on Swann so his singles push continues.
This match will be short, sweet and simple for The North and they must win at all costs.
I hope that’s clear.
Prediction: The North
IMPACT KNOCKOUTS TITLE: TAYA VALKYRIE (C) vs JORDYNNE GRACE vs ODB
Taya is the LONGEST reigning women’s champion in Impact history, and I can’t see that changing on Sunday. It would of if this stayed one-on-one against Jordynne Grace but now they’ve added ODB this reeks of Taya sneaking out a victory.
But it does beg the question, who will beat her once she’s beaten the entire women’s roster?
There’s not much to dissect about this match because I just can’t see the title changing hands.
And for my money, Taya has been one of the best female wrestlers in the world for the last two years, and is worthy of keeping that title for as long as she wants. It’s now a matter of building a worthy challenger.
IMPACT X-DIVISION TITLE: ACE AUSTIN (C) vs TREY MIGUEL
There’s something odd about this storyline. Ace Austin gave up trying to sleep with Eddie Edwards’ wife, and decided to turn his eye to Trey Miguel’s…mother.
Yeah, you read that right.
For all the good Impact is doing, this storyline ain’t one of them. Although, it’s great that they are giving The Rascalz a semi-serious storyline and we’ve really seen Trey Miguel’s range as the angry son.
However to keep it short and sweet, Ace will win.
Prediction: Ace Austin
IMPACT WORLD TITLE: SAMI CALLIHAN vs TESSA BLANCHARD
It’s going to happen and we’re all going to bask in its glory (sorry Keith Lee).
Tessa Blanchard is going to become the first-ever female World Heavyweight Champion of a major promotion (to be fair, CHIKARA did it first).
In addition, it couldn’t have been built up any better.
This isn’t a token gesture. Tessa has been booked like a legitimate bad arse for two years, and this is going to be the pay-off for her, and the rocket launcher the company needs to get itself back into the public eye.
This will make news all around the world, and so it should. But let’s give kudos to Callihan – because without him, none of this would have worked. He is the perfect foil for Tessa, and the wrestling world should show him the respect he has earned once this is all over. For my money, this will go down as one of IMPACT/TNA’s greatest ever feuds. PLEASE check out the vignette from this weeks show, it is superb.
Get ready for history to be made.
Prediction: Tessa Blanchard
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