Impact Wrestling: Hard To Kill – Thoughts & Predictions…

Impact Wrestling Hard To Kill
Thoughts & Predictions
January 11, 2020
DougMaynard.com

Coming up tomorrow from Dallas, Texas, airing live on pay-per-view and FITE, is Impact Wrestling and their first-ever Hard To Kill event. It’s a fitting description for the former TNA Wrestling since they’ve been on the verge of dying almost since Day 1 when Jeff Jarrett created the company and it seems, every single moment since. Impact has managed though to exceed all expectations and has truly proven to be hard to kill.

And now, since it’s time for a pay-per-view, guess what else it’s time for? If you said “predictions”, you would be correct. So let’s break out the Sister Cleo outfit and do this. Are you ready? And away we go…

IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Sami Callihan (c) vs. Tessa Blanchard

Shades of Chyna and Double J as it’s a battle of the sexes with Impact Wrestling Champion Sami Callihan taking on the challenge of second-generation superstar Tessa Blanchard. I know that these two have had many encounters already and Tessa is beyond amazing, but really? Sami has the size, weight, experience, and championship advantage over Tessa and even with a suspension of belief, in a fight, Tessa should NOT be able to beat up Sami. She’s got the experience of her father and step-father in her genes and I have no doubts at all that these two will have an entertaining match, but the title will not, and I repeat, WILL NOT change hands. Callihan says that he respects Tessa, but that won’t stop him from doing whatever it takes to remain the champ.

Winner and STILL Impact World Champion: Sami Callihan

IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Taya Valkyrie (c) vs. Jordynne Grace vs. ODB

If a belt is to change hands, this is where it should happen. ODB, since coming back to Impact, has been the toast of the town and has the momentum on her side. Valkyrie has been the Champion for a while now and I think it’s time for some fresh meat at the top of the menu. And yes, I just referred to ODB as “fresh meat”, something that has never happened before in the history of pro wrestling. I love her to death, but that boob-slapping thing that she does, it’s annoying. Look for ODB to add one more time as the Knockouts Champion to her resume. She’s taking home the belt and taking that trip to the pay window.

Winner and NEW Knockout’s Champion: ODB

IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
Ace Austin (c) vs. Trey

I’m not as familiar with either of these two as I should be, but I have managed to watch a few of Austin’s matches on YouTube and the boy has some skills. Trey is good as well, but Austin really seems to be just getting into his groove as the X-Division Champion. I think he’ll retain here.

Winner and STILL Impact X-Division Champion: Ace Austin

IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
The North (c) vs. Willie Mack and Rich Swann

How is Rich Swann not a champion in Impact Wrestling? WWE made a big mistake when they released him last year and he should be wearing some title belts around his waist. The North is a damn good tag team and have done an excellent job as the champions, but I’m smelling title change here. Mack and Swann are bringing home the tag team titles.

Winners and NEW Impact World Tag Team Champions: Willie Mack & Rich Swann

Michael Elgin vs. Eddie Edwards
Edwards’ Call Your Shot Trophy is on the line.

These two have been fighting for what seems like forever and there appears to be no end in sight. It won’t be a match but instead, be a regular Pier Six brawl. Edwards will do anything to keep his trophy snuggled in his arms and I think that’s what gives him the edge. I’ll call shenanigans and some outside interference to cause chaos and craziness and when the dust has settled, Eddie Edwards will steal the win and retain his prize.

Winner: Eddie Edwards

Rob Van Dam vs. Brian Cage

Why is RVD still even wrestling? I respect this ECW Original for everything he’s done in wrestling, but I do not like watching him in the ring anymore. He’s just a shadow of what he once was and reminds me of Tim Conway’s “old man” character when he’s performing. Everything is so slow and spotty. Cage though, he’s a pure beast and why he’s not part of AEW or WWE, I have no idea. He’ll give RVD his spots to make the fans happy, but at the end of the match, Cage should be the one to get his arm raised as the victor.

Winner:  Brian Cage

Moose vs. Rhino

All I need to say about this is, “GORE GORE GORE!”.

Winner: Rhino

Madman Fulton vs. Ken Shamrock

The former UFC Champion and World’s Most Dangerous Man taking on a madman. Hasn’t he ever witnessed Shamrock when he goes into “the zone”? Shamrock belongs in the WWE Hall of Fame, Epstein didn’t kill himself and Fulton is going to tap out.

Winner: Ken Shamrock

And there you go. m I right with my predictions or wrong? Drop me a line and let me know. Also if you have any comments, thoughts or questions about anything, feel free to give me a shout. Until the next time, take care and stay safe. Always be hard to kill… lol. Have a great one, thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the matches.

Ubuntu!

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