The road to the upcoming IMPACT Hard To Kill 2022 special event continues this evening.
IMPACT On AXS TV returns this evening starting at 8/7c from the IMPACT Zone at Skyway Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, with the latest build-up to their first-pay-per-view event of the upcoming new year, IMPACT Hard To Kill 2022.
On tap for tonight’s show is Deonna Purrazzo & Matthew Rehwoldt vs. Mickie James & Chris Sabin, Eric Young vs. Rhino in a Street Fight, The IInspiration & The Influence vs. Decay, The Learning Tree vs. FinJuice, as well as Rohit Raju vs. Lawrence D.
Additionally, announced for the Before The IMPACT pre-show leading into tonight’s main card on AXS TV is a singles match with Kimber Lee going one-on-one against Lady Frost.
Featured below are complete IMPACT On AXS TV results from Thursday, December 9, 2021.
IMPACT ON AXS TV RESULTS (12/9/2021)
The regular “We own the night” trademark cold open gets us started with this week’s episode on AXS TV. From there, we shoot inside the IMPACT Zone where the commentary duo of Matt Striker and D’Lo Brown welcome us to the program.
Chris Sabin & Mickie James vs. Matthew Rehwoldt & Deonna Purrazzo
After that, we hear Chris Sabin’s theme song playing and out comes the longtime IMPACT veteran for our opening match of the evening. Out next is his partner for this mixed tag bout, the IMPACT Knockouts Champion Mickie James.
The two settle into the ring and then Mickie’s “Hardcore Country” jam wraps up. The theme for their opponents begins playing and out comes the duo of Matthew Rehwoldt and former IMPACT Knockouts title-holder Deonna Purrazzo.
“The Virtuosa” and “The Drama King” settle into the ring and their music dies down. Our opening match is now officially off-and-running. It looks like Mickie and Deonna are gonna kick things off, however Rehwoldt asks to start off with Mickie instead.
In comes Rehwoldt and he squares off with Mickie. Mickie goes behind and slaps on a side head lock. Rehwoldt picks her up but she gets back down to her feet. He shoves her into the ropes and then knocks her down with a shoulder block. He gloats and arrogantly bows afterwards.
He starts missing follow-up elbow drops and stomps and Mickie ends up getting to her corner to make the tag. After some more back-and-forth action, we see things build to a spot where everyone starts hitting dives from the ring to the floor. After Purrazzo hits a splash onto the floor from the ring, Mickie grabs her and heads back into the ring.
Off the top-rope., Mickie hits her double knees splash onto Deonna, but Deonna reverses the pin attempt and uses help from Rehwoldt and the ropes for unfair leverage behind the referees back to secure the three-count. Deonna and Matthew steal this one for the victory.
Winners: Matthew Rehwoldt & Deonna Purrazzo
Backstage With Matt Cardona & W. Morrissey
We join Gia Miller backstage who is with her special guest at this time, Matt Cardona. She asks him about being added to the World Championship match at Hard to Kill, which is now a triple-threat match pitting himself against W. Morrissey and reigning title-holder Moose.
He talks about it being the only thing he has wanted since coming to IMPACT is a world title opportunity. He says he was in the shortest one in company history but he’s ready for another one. Up walks W. Morrissey who calls him typical Mid-Cardona in taking something he didn’t earn.
He says that’s why he’s at the spot he’s always been in his career. He says he deserves a one-on-one match at Hard to Kill. He keeps talking and then Cardona has heard enough.
Cardona tells Morrissey that they can go to the ring and have a match, and if Morrissey wins, Cardona is out of the match. He says that won’t happen though because he’s gonna show Morrissey that he is, in fact, hard to kill as a man. We head to a commercial break on that note.
Eric Young & VBD Is Ready For Street Fight With Rhino
When we return from the break to a Violent By Design vignette. In it, Eric Young addresses Rhino and how things have built to their scheduled Street Fight later in the show. He says if he thinks his newfound friendships with Heath, Willie Mack and Rich Swann have helped him be one step ahead of VBD, than they have something planned for them.
Rohit Raju vs. Lawrence D.
We head back inside the IMPACT Zone where Rohit Raju makes his way out to the ring accompanied by Raj Singh. He settles into the ring for our next match of the evening here on IMPACT On AXS TV.
He awaits the entrance of his opponent, and the theme hits to bring out Lawrence D. Larry D. makes his way out and we’re about to get this one-on-one contest underway.
The bell sounds and we’re off-and-running. As soon they close in on each other, we see Larry D. put his finger to Raju’s face to “shush” him. They finally start going at it and after Raju establishes the early offensive lead, out of the blue, we are told by the commentators that something is unfolding backstage.
With that said, we see a camera shot of Josh Alexander walking towards the entrance way. He then emerges from the entrance tunnel and heads down to the ring in a hurry. He takes out Raj Singh at ringside and then hits the ring and takes out any-and-everyone in sight.
Winner: No Contest
Josh Alexander With A Live Call-Out Of Jonah
We head to a commercial break as he begins calling someone out. We return from the break and the commentators inform us that the Raju-Larry D. match has been thrown out.
Alexander, meanwhile, is still in the ring and he is still calling out Jonah. Jonah never comes out, however, Scott D’Amore does. He informs Alexander that Jonah isn’t in the building tonight because he told him not to come.
“The Walking Weapon” doesn’t like what he hears. D’Amore tells him that he’s gonna make it official now — it will be Josh Alexander vs. Jonah at Hard To Kill 2022. Alexander doesn’t think that’s good enough. He says he can’t deal with Moose and the World Championship until he gets his business with Jonah out of the way.
Alexander then tells D’Amore that he’s starting to piss him off, too. D’Amore tries to get through to Alexander, calling him family and saying he needs to get his emotions in check. Alexander heads out of the ring and he grabs Raj Singh and brings him in the ring. He drops him on his head with a Falcon Arrow and gets back on the mic and tells D’Amore that this is an example of him keeping his emotions in check. He walks off.
Chris Bey & Hikuleo Bully A Security Guard, Laredo Kid Intervenes
We shoot backstage and a member of security approaches Chris Bey and Hikuleo. Bey ends up getting annoyed with him wanting him to sign an autograph of a Turning Point poster, noting he didn’t win his tag-team titles back at that show.
He tells him to take off the belt he is wearing to hold his pants up, because no one is allowed to wear a belt except him tonight. Up walks Laredo Kid who tries to cool the situation down, yelling something at him in Spanish. He walks off and leaves Bey befuddled as we head back to another commercial break.
Steve Maclin, Decay Approach Scott D’Amore Backstage
As we settle back in from the break, we see Scott D’Amore walking backstage when he is confronted by Steve Maclin. He says D’Amore knows what he wants, which is a one-on-one showdown with X-Division Champion Trey Miguel. D’Amore says he’s right, he hasn’t been picked for a title opportunity but he hasn’t really beaten anyone either. He says he put his hands on security and others so the answer this time is no.
We see Maclin walk off and then D’Amore is approached by Decay. The two members laugh and try and talk to D’Amore, but he says for once he’s not the person they need to talk to. He walks off.
The Learning Tree vs. FinJuice
Now we shoot back inside the IMPACT Zone for our next match of the evening, which will be contested in the IMPACT tag-team division. Out first is the team of The Learning Tree.
The duo of Zicky Dice and VSK make their way down to the ring and they settle inside the squared circle as their music dies down. From there, their opponents are introduced.
Representing New Japan Pro Wrestling is the duo collectively known as FinJuice. On that note, David Finlay and Juice Robinson make their way out and settle into the ring as well.
The bell sounds and we’re off-and-running with this tag-team match. Early on we see Zicky get in some offense and then VSK blind tags himself in to take over.
The two actually continue to do well, controlling things in the early goings and utilizing some old-school style tag-team wrestling tactics, including frequent tags and cutting the ring in half.
Finlay ends up tagging in and from there, we see FinJuice begin to take over. He slams both VSK and Dice in opposing corners of the ring. He runs and splashes onto them both and then comes off the top with a high spot.
He tags in Robinson and the two hit a nice double-team spot for a close near fall, which Dice hits the ring to break up. They take him out and then turn their attention to VSK. VSK does a good job of fighting them off at first, but the two end up hitting their double-team finisher for the pin fall victory.
Moose Approaches W. Morrissey With An Offer
When we return from the break, we see W. Morrissey stretching and preparing backstage for his match against Matt Cardona. As he’s doing that, up walks Moose. Moose tells him it’s okay, he’s not mad at him for what he did in their most recent match.
He says he knows Morrissey doesn’t want their title match at Hard to Kill being a triple-threat match. He says they should work together one final time to take out Cardona out tonight. Morrissey says he doesn’t trust Moose and so he’ll just take Cardona out by himself. He says he’ll see him at Hard to Kill and walks off.
Eric Young vs. Rhino
From there, we see Eric Young backstage with the rest of the members of Violent by Design. He informs them that he wants to handle this one by himself tonight. He tells them to hang back and then heads over to the curtain backstage.
After that, we hear the familiar sounds of Eric Youing’s theme music and out comes the leader of VBD for this advertised Street Fight against “The Man-beast” Rhino.
The VBD leader settles in the ring and his music dies down. Then we hear the entrance music of Rhino and out comes “The War Machine” for this Street Fight showdown with his former friend turned rival.
Rhino grabs some trash can lids and other foreign objects and throws them in the ring before heading in. Every item he throws in, however, Young throws out before he enters the ring.
Finally, Rhino does enter the ring and this Street Fight is immediately off-and-running as these two start trading shots and exchanging blows as the bell sounds.
We see Young fare fairly well early on, however it isn’t long before Rhino is dominating the action. He decks Young with repeated shots and then sends him out to the floor. He slams him against the ring apron and then heads under the ring to pull out a ton of different weapons, which he tosses one-by-one into the ring.
Now we see Rhino head back over to Young, who has since recovered, and upon grabbing him, Young counters with a big shot. He follows up with a few more and then goes for a suplex on the floor, but Rhino reverses it and suplexes Young on the hard steel ring entrance ramp.
The fans chant “Rhino! Rhino!” as he picks Young up and brings the action back inside the ring. He grabs a steel cooking tray and dents it over the VBD leader’s dome. Young remains laid out for a while and then Rhino waits for him to get up before flattening him again, this time with a trash can.
Afterwards, he wedges the trash can between the top-and-middle ropes in the corner of the ring. He goes to charge at Young, but Young times him coming in and blasts him with a nearby weapon. He grabs another pan that was laying around and repeatedly bashes it over his head. He grabs a steel chair after that and slams it down longways onto the knee and leg of Rhino.
He sets a chair on the face of a laid out Rhino in the middle of the ring. He heads to the top rope as Striker praises him for having one of the best flying elbow smashes in recent memory. Unfortunately for him, he doesn’t get to hit it, as Rhino recovers and heads up with Young. He brings him down the hard way with a big superplex off the top.
Rhino goes on to follow-up and connect with some follow-up moves and shots to Young. He stalks him and looks for the gore, but when Young gets up and Rhino begins his sprint, he sees Doering from VBD making his way into the ring. He takes him out and then another member arrives, so Heath comes out to help. They take the VBD guys out and as Heath exits the ring, Rhino turns around into a big shot from a weapon from Young.
Young tries going for the pin fall victory to steal the win after the big shot, however Rhino somehow manages to kick out to keep this match alive. Rich Swann and Willie Mack hit the ring now and they take out Deaner as he tries to interfere. They feed Young to Rhino after that and as Rhino gets ready to finish this one off, he gets distracted when The Good Brothers hit the ring and take out Swann and Mack. This allows Young to hit Rhino with a low blow and a follow-up pile driver for the pin fall victory.
Winner: Eric Young
Gia Miller Backstage With The Influence & The IInspiration
We shoot backstage where Gia Miller is standing by with The Influence and The IInspiration. They talk about becoming fast friends and then address their eight-woman match against Decay coming up later in the show.
From there, the two sides briefly disagree on whether they should be collectively known as The IInspirational Influence or The Influential IInspiration.
They head off and Kaleb with a K jokes about whether or not a decision was made on the name so he knows what to include as a hash-tag on his next Twitter post. On that note, we head back to another commercial break.
The IInspiration & The Influence vs. Decay
We see The IInspiration and The Influence make their respective ring walks as we return from the break. The four settle down into the ring and get ready for the aforementioned eight-person tag-team match.
From there, the theme for Decay hits and they all clear the ring as their four opponents make their dark and ominous ring entrance. They are all settled into the ring now and this one is about to get underway.
The bell sounds to get this match off-and-running and then we see The Influence and The IInspiration want nothing to do with Black Taurus when he goes to start things off for Decay.
They all head out to the floor, but then we see a big four-person dive and splash spot from the ring to the floor. Afterwards, Striker and Brown send us to a mid-match commercial break as the action continues.
As we return from the break, we see order has been restored and we’ve got one member of each team in the ring now going at it. Things build to The IInspiration faring well, so much so that they stop to do their IInspiration pose, only for things to backfire on them.
This causes a shift in the offensive momentum and one of the members ends up in the wrong corner of the ring. All three members of Decay on the apron end up biting her at the same time as she freaks out.
Again we see Madison Rayne being the one who isn’t getting along with The IInspiration, and this causes problems for them throughout the contest. A big spear ends up giving Decay the win as many of the members of the other team were arguing outside the ring.
Lady Frost Becomes Newest Member Of IMPACT Knockouts Roster
We see highlights of Lady Frost winning her Before The IMPACT match earlier this evening and then we shoot backstage where Gia Miller is standing by with her. She congratulates her on becoming the newest addition to the IMPACT roster.
As she continues to talk, up walks Scott D’Amore who talks about this being one of the cool parts of his job. She tells him that no one is more qualified than she to be included in the first-ever Knockouts Ultimate-X match.
D’Amore says if she wants to be in that match she has to take it up with the newest member of the IMPACT executive staff. With that said, the camera shot moves over to show Gail Kim standing by.
Gail Kim Joins Executive Staff, Reveals Knockouts Ultimate-X Participants
Kim welcomes Frost and congratulates her because it will be she, Rachael Ellering, Jordynne Grace, Chelsea Green and Rosemary also in the match. She wishes her luck and walks off as we head to another commercial break.
Hard To Kill Title Shot On-The-Line For Cardona
W. Morrissey vs. Matt Cardona
When we return from the ad time out, we see the commentary duo run down the announced lineup, as it currently stands, for next week’s IMPACT On AXS TV show.
From there, we hear the familiar sounds of W. Morrissey’s theme song and he makes his way down to the ring as the commentators remind us of the high stakes in this match.
On that note, Morrissey settles in the ring and his theme music dies down. The entrance tune for Matt Cardona begins playing and out he comes looking to prove he is “hard to kill,” because if he doesn’t, he is out of the world title triple-threat match at Hard to Kill 2022.
As Cardona makes his way down to the ring, he is met half-way by Morrissey, who heads up after him to kick this match off with a bang. The two trade shots and brawl down to the ringside area and as D’Lo points out on the broadcast, the bell hasn’t even sounded to make this match official yet.
Morrissey slams Cardona head-first into the steel ring steps and then bounces his head off the ring apron. He continues to beat him down at ringside before he even has the chance to take his entrance vest off. Morrissey slams him face-first into the steel ring post and Cardona is down and out before this one gets going.
After all of that, Morrissey finally rolls Cardona in the ring. He steps over the top and backs into his corner. The bell sounds and Morrissey charges at Cardona, but Cardona catches him coming in and hits a big spot for a near fall. He takes his entrance vest off and engages again with Morrissey in the corner of the ring, blasting the big man with repeated punches.
The fired up Cardona’s offensive showing doesn’t last for long, however, as Morrissey turns things around with a big elbow that decks Cardona. He boasts to the crowd as Cardona tries to recover. He takes Cardona over to the ring ropes and chokes him throat-first across the middle rope. The camera shot switches to show IMPACT Champion Moose watching on at the action from the rafters high up in the IMPACT Zone.
Back in the ring, we see the live action still in progress, with Morrissey having his way with Cardona. He blasts him with a big boot that sends him flying over the top rope and crashing out on the floor at ringside. On that note, we head to a mid-match commercial break as our main event of the evening continues in the ring.
As the commercials wrap up and we return to the broadcast, we see that Morrissey is still very much in control of the offense. The action spills out to the ringside area again. Morrissey dumps Cardona on the mats and then runs him into the steel ring post for good measure. Upon getting up, we see Cardona is covered in blood on the floor. Morrissey goes out after him and rubs his bloody eye into the hook on the turnbuckle.
Once again, the camera shifts up to show Moose watching on at the action playing out on the floor at ringside. The commentators remark about how even Moose looks uncomfortable seeing the bloody display that is unfolding inside the IMPACT Zone in tonight’s high stakes main event. Morrissey, meanwhile, keeps working over Cardona and focusing his attack on the bloody eye of the fan-favorite.
Finally, we see Cardona is fired up and making a comeback on offense, with blood pouring down his grill the entire time. Regardless, Cardona is feeling the vibes right now and he is hitting Morrissey with everything he’s got. He blasts repeated right hands into the dome of the big man in the corner of the ring. Morrissey charges at Cardona in the corner but Cardona hops on the middle rope and blasts him coming in with the double knees.
Cardona follows that up with a big slam and then a running kick that lands behind the ears of the big man and drops him. Cardona goes for the cover but only gets two on the pin attempt. Cardona starts slapping himself in his own face to try and wake himself up enough to finish off this big man. He ends up getting caught by a shot from Morrissey that decks him. Morrissey is now on his feet with Cardona laid out in the ring once again.
From there, Morrissey hooks Cardona and looks to connect with a power bomb, but Cardona escapes on the way up and hits the ropes, connecting with a radio silence that puts Morrissey down. It takes a while for him to get over to Morrissey to make the cover, and when he does, enough time has passed that Morrissey is able to kick out before the count of three. The fans react with a loud “IMPACT Wrestling! IMPACT Wrestling!” chant.
Morrissey then stalks Cardona and waits for him to get up. When he does, he runs over and blasts him with a big boot to the face that sends him crashing back down to the mat. From there, Morrissey heads over and stomps away at Cardona in the corner. The ref warns him. Morrissey then backs off but then goes right back to him and kneels down, punching away at him until the ref tries peeling him off again.
This time, however, Morrissey loses his cool and throws his arm back at the ref, launching him across the ring. The ref then calls for the bell. Morrissey then blasts the ref with a big boot to the dome that knocks him out.
Winner via DQ: Matt Cardona
After The Match: Brawl Continues Between Hard To Kill Main Eventers
Striker points out on commentary that Morrissey is realizing that his opportunity is gone and that Cardona is going to end up as the announced winner in this one, and thus, will still be in the triple-threat match for the world title involving himself and current champion Moose at Hard To Kill.
D’Lo then points out that Cardona might not be able to make it to the match to even be able to physically compete, regardless of whether or not he’s legally a member of the bout. Chelsea Green runs down to the ring to check on Cardona. Moose also hits the ring. He tells Morrissey to hold Cardona up so they can deliver more punishment. Morrissey blasts Moose with a big shot that decks him. He yells something at Chelsea about moving and getting off of Cardona.
Green doesn’t move, so Morrissey grabs her and throws her to the side. This brings Cardona up and fills him with rage, which he unloads on Morrissey in the form of vicious punches and kicks. With Morrissey out and Moose retreating up the ramp, Cardona notices the IMPACT World Championship in the ring. He picks it up and poses with it as Green stands by his side and the two stare down Moose on the entrance ramp. The commentators put over the world title match at Hard to Kill as this week’s show goes off the air on that note. Thanks for joining us!
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