By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.web Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Impression Wrestling TV
Taped in Nashville, Tennessee at Skyway Studios
Aired April 8, 2021 on AXS TV
[Hour One] A recap of final week’s present aired… Kenny Omega, Don Callis, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson have been proven strolling backstage… The published crew of Matt Striker and D-Lo Brown checked in in the course of the opening match introductions and hyped the Hardcore Justice present for this weekend on Impression Plus…
1. Alisha Edwards, Nevaeh, and Tenille Dashwood (w/Kaleb) vs. Havok, Jordynne Grace, and Rosemary (w/Crazzy Steve, Black Taurus). Grace carried out an early Jackhammer on Edwards and lined her for a two rely. A short while later, Grace carried out a suicide dive onto Kaleb.
Late within the match, Havoc and Nevaeh fought on the apron. Nevaeh bought the higher of it and carried out a Russian leg sweep from the apron and each girls crashed by means of a desk on the ground. Within the ring, Rosemary caught Edwards going for a dive, then hit her Crimson Wedding ceremony finisher and scored the pin…
Havok, Jordynne Grace, and Rosemary beat Alisha Edwards, Nevaeh, and Tenille Dashwood.
Powell’s POV: A strong six-woman tag. There wasn’t as a lot concentrate on Havoc and Nevaeh as I anticipated given their latest cut up. Grace was spotlighted early after which Rosemary shined in the long run. By the best way, I’m filling in for John Moore, who has the time off after masking the final two nights of NXT Takeover specials. His Impression critiques will return subsequent week.
The published crew hyped the Hardcore Justice present for Sunday at 2CT/3ET. They listed the 2 beforehand introduced matches and mentioned that Tommy Dreamer can be reserving extra matches throughout Impression. In addition they hyped the Impression primary occasion…
Gia Miller interviewed Matt Cardona, who mentioned he didn’t come to Impression to struggle Brian Myers, he got here to Impression for himself. Cardona mentioned he requested Scott D’Amore for a match. He mentioned D’Amore didn’t give him somebody, he gave him (Jake) One thing… [C]
A vignette aired with the rock membership theme. A lady was featuredin the video and she or he wrote “Let’s Get Wilde” on a mirror. A graphic listed no matter this as coming quickly and someday in April…
Powell’s POV: The return of Taylor Wilde?
Deonna Purrazzo checked on Susan and requested if she was okay. A health care provider arrived and mentioned her time has come. Graphics flashed to apparently present that she was having psychological points…
2. Matt Cardona vs. Jake One thing. After some backwards and forwards motion, Cardona hit a operating boot to the face of One thing and lined him for a two rely. One thing got here proper again with a powerbomb for a close to fall. Cardona fought again and went for his finisher, however One thing caught him in powerbomb place. Cardina countered right into a huracanrana that despatched each males to ringside. Brian Myers ran out and attacked each males to finish the match.
Matt Cardona fought Jake One thing to an obvious no-contest.
Myers’ beatdown included operating One thing’s eye into the nook of the ring steps. Myers took the mic and sat down subsequent to Cardona, who was promoting on the ramp. Myers mentioned he has reconsidered and now accepts Cardona’s problem to a match at Rise up. He mentioned Cardona can be one other sufferer of the Roster Minimize (his finisher)…
Powell’s POV: A backwards and forwards match between two babyfaces. It turned out to be a platform for Cardona to assault each males. I assumed he would go after Cardona, however I used to be stunned to see him go after the attention of One thing. The published crew made a fuss out of the attention spot within the second, nevertheless it appeared like they only moved on after that.
Staff XXL members Larry D and Acey Romero approached Trey Miguel backstage and gave him grief about teaming up with Sami Callihan to face them. Miguel mocked them for not watching tv as a result of he advised Callihan final week that he wouldn’t be his accomplice. Larry D advised Miguel that he appeared like he lacked ardour and has develop into a chump… [C]
A Violent By Design vignette aired. Eric Younger mentioned there are necessary battles in each nice conflict. He mentioned their motion will transfer ahead as a result of they consider in it an excessive amount of to fail. Younger acknowledged that he misplaced to James Storm final week, however he mentioned Deaner failed. Younger mentioned Deaner accepted the required penalties. Younger mentioned Deaner would go it alone and he is aware of that he received’t fail as a result of. He mentioned Deaner would show himself…
3. Sami Callihan and Trey Miguel vs. “Staff XXXL” Larry D and Acey Romero. Miguel ended up popping out when his music performed and teamed with Callihan. [C] Strike mentioned Miguel was reluctantly participating int he match. Miguel took a swing at Callihan at one level, however Callihan ducked it.
Miguel made an aggressive tag into the match. Romero slammed the heads of Miguel and Callihan collectively after they bickered with each other. Callihan and Miguel ended up performing stereo suicide dives. Miguel ended up placing Larry D in his submission finisher and bought the win.
Sami Callihan and Trey Miguel beat “Staff XXXL” Larry D and Acey Romero.
Afterward, Callihan tried to boost the hand of Miguel, who pulled his arm away and headed to the again. Callihan celebrated the win with out him contained in the ring…
James Storm, Chris Sabin, and Chris Harris have been at Swinger’s Palace. Storm and Swinger have been leaving. Harris bought as much as go along with them. Storm handed him his chips and advised him to win them some beer cash. Harris advised him not to try this. Storm laughed and mentioned responsible as charged, which Harris appreciated… [C]
Powell’s POV: I’m having fun with no matter is going on between Callihan and Miguel. They broke from the standard feud components and it’s good to look at one thing that feels unpredictable. In the meantime, how is Disco Inferno not a fixture at Swinger’s Palace?
4. Chris Sabin (w/James Storm) vs. Deaner. The Violent By Design faction didn’t accompany Deaner to the ring.
[Hour Two] There was a cool spot the place Deaner positioned Sabin’s neck in opposition to the center rope after which dropkicked him from behind, which led to a two rely. Later, Sabin rolled Deaner right into a pin, however the referee stopped the rely as a result of Sabin’s foot was beneath the underside rope. Deaner draped Sabin excessive rope after which hit him with double knees. Deaner was caught attempting to make use of the ropes for leverage when he went for a pin. Deaner barked on the referee after which turned again and was hoisted up for what turned out to be Sabin’s finisher, which resulted within the pin. Striker in contrast the transfer to Kenny Omega’s One Winged Angel.
Chris Sabin pinned Deaner.
Eric Younger appeared on the massive display screen and mentioned Deaner did the correct factor as a result of profitable and shedding was not necessary. He mentioned the lure was set and now the blood is on Storm’s arms. The digicam pulled again and confirmed Joe Doering choking out Chris Harris. Within the ring, Rhino tried to spear Sabin, however Storm pushed Sabin out of the best way and took the Gore himself. Deaner put Sabin down with a DDT whereas Brown mentioned it was a lure.
Powell’s POV: Deaner is doing a pleasant job in his new persona. He needed to shake up his transfer set from his outdated gimmick and he’s made the transition properly. I like the best way the heels carried out a logical plan and that Younger was positioned because the mastermind.
Backstage, Josh Alexander knowledgeable Ace Austin, who was with Madman Fulton, that he and TJP would face him for the X Division Title in a Triple Menace at Rise up. TJP confirmed up and boasted over beating each males in earlier matches. Austin needled them about not being on the identical web page the final time Alexander and TJP teamed up. Tommy Dreamer confirmed up and advised TJP and Alexander to search out companions for a three-way tag match in opposition to Austin and Fulton at Hardcore Justice… [C]
Eric Younger was strolling by means of the backstage space when Tommy Dreamer advised him that justice comes for everybody eventually. Younger assumed that Dreamer retired. Dreamer advised Younger that he’s stuffed with shit. Younger mentioned The Illness is actual and nobody has it greater than Dreamer. That they had a staredown. Dreamer advised Younger to carry his associates and he’d carry his personal for a match at Hardcore Justice. Younger advised Dreamer to keep in mind that he introduced this on himself…
A Jazz characteristic aired. She spoke about beginning her profession in 1996 (images have been proven). She mentioned she was approached a yr later by somebody who advised her that Junkyard Canine had opened a college in Louisiana. She mentioned she took a Greyhound and went to JYD’s faculty. She spoke about going to an ECW tryout. She assumed they weren’t in search of somebody who appeared like her, however she had a match with Jason Knight and that’s the place it began. She mentioned she went to WWE and it was totally different as a result of she wrestled males in ECW. Jazz spoke about teaming with Jordynne Grace and attempting to win the Knockouts Tag Titles. She mentioned they didn’t win these belts, however now she has her eyes on a much bigger prize within the Knockouts Championship. She famous that she needs it so unhealthy that she is placing her profession on the road. Jazz mentioned she’s going to develop into the Knockouts Champion…
Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo was interviewed by Gia Miller. She mentioned watching Jazz’s profession highlights reminded her of being a lady and watching girls set the stage. She mentioned there can be no her if it wasn’t for girls like ODB and Jazz. She mentioned that what Jazz constructed previously is crushed within the rubble of what she’s been capable of construct in Impression. Miller introduced up Kimber Lee and Susan serving to her. Purrazzo mentioned she would stroll into Hardcore Justice by herself and provides again by retiring Jazz… [C]
Powell’s POV: The Jazz section was too transient, however the two segments mixed supplied respectable hype for the title vs. profession match between Purrazzo and Jazz at Hardcore Justice.
Backstage, Tommy Dreamer stopped Brian Myers, who boasted that he’s the brand new Innovator of Violence. Dreamer mentioned no, however Myers is pissing individuals off. Dreamer booked Myers in opposition to Jake One thing within the first ever “blind video games match.” Dreamer mentioned it was a blindfold match. Myers threw a match and mentioned it was silly…
Powell’s POV: Myers isn’t mistaken. As unhealthy as blindfold matches are, I believe that the novelty does enchantment to informal viewers. However the construct to this blindfold match is ridiculously rushed. Jake One thing was solely proven promoting his eye damage for a number of seconds, after which they booked the match later in the identical present.
The published crew ran by means of the up to date Hardcore Justice lineup. Austin can truly choose a accomplice of his selecting, simply as TJP and Alexander can of their three-way tag match. They added Mahabli Shera vs. Hernandez in a “Chairly Authorized” match to the checklist of beforehand marketed matches…
Ring entrances for the principle occasion occurred. Don Callis got here out after 5 wrestlers have been within the ring. Callis gave an excessive introduction for AEW Champion Kenny Omega, who wore his title belt to the ring…
5. Kenny Omega and “The Good Brothers” Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson (w/Don Callis) vs. Wealthy Swann, Willie Mack, and Eddie Edwards. Striker mentioned he can’t say something adverse about Omega except for his relationship with Callis. Brown known as him an smug punk. Striker requested who is healthier. Brown mentioned we’d discover out if Wealthy Swann is healthier at Rise up. Gallows was working over Mack heading into the ultimate break. [C]
The heel trio remoted Mack. Swann took a scorching tag and bought the higher of all three opponents and picked up a close to fall on Omega. Edwards tagged in and the heels carried out a backdrop neckbreaker combo on him, which Striker mentioned was a callback from the Tokyo Dome. Omega carried out Blue Impression on Edwards for a close to fall.
Edwards averted a V-Set off after which carried out a snap German suplex on Omega. There was a sequence of fast fireplace huge strikes involving every wrestler that concluded with Omega placing Edwards down with a V-Set off. Omega put Gallows on his again after which Anderson piled on and so they all fell onto Edwards. Swann leapt from the highest rope onto the pile to interrupt up the pin. Striker mentioned it was one other Tokyo Dome callback spot.
Edwards tagged in Swann, who hit a few strikes on Omega, who ducked one other shot after which carried out a dragon suplex. Swann escaped a One Winged Angel try after which put Omega down. Swann carried out a 450 splash on Omega and had him pinned, however Callis pulled Swann off.
Anderson checked in and hit a distracted Swann with a boot to the pinnacle and bought a close to fall moments later. Anderson and Gallows arrange for the Magic Killer, however Edwards broke it up. Swann carried out a Deadly Injection on Anderson. Edwards adopted up with a Boston Knee Celebration on Anderson. Swann carried out a Phoenix Splash on Anderson after which scored the pin.
Wealthy Swann, Willie Mack, and Eddie Edwards beat Kenny Omega, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson.
Powell’s POV: primary occasion. It’s a bit of unusual that Omega didn’t win his first match on the Impression tv present. Somewhat, it was Swann’s evening to shine by escaping the One Winged Angel, practically pinning Omega, and occurring to win the match for his crew. Impression is doing a pleasant job of constructing to the Omega vs. Swann title vs. title match, and hopefully they’ll amp it up over the following couple of weeks. Total, a strong present with a notable primary occasion. My audio overview of this episode will likely be accessible later at this time.