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Impact Wrestling Digital Media Champion Brian Myers vs. Dirty Dango
The former Fandango in WWE has answered Myers’ open challenge. The crowd chanted for him. They locked up and Dango, sporting shorter blonde hair, broke clean in the corner. Myers grabbed a side headlock and was sent into the ropes. He shoulderblocked Dango down to the mat, then did so a second time, Dango went up and over during an exchange and nailed a dropkick. He worked over Brian’s arm.
Myers went for a sunset flip but Dango held on and drilled him with a left hand. He nailed a legdrop for a two count. Myers went to the floor and Dango followed. Myers cut him off as they returned to the ring and ran him into the ring post. Myers brought him back into the ring and nailed a snapmare, then cinched in a side chinlock. Dango fought back to his feet and nailed a pescado to the outside on Myers. He nailed an inverted atomic drop and began putting some offense together. He nailed a Russian Legsweep and a Falcon Arrow for a two count.
Myers caught him with an enziguri and hit an implant DDT for a two count. Dango cut him off with a kick and a tornado DDT for a two count. He nailed a charging uppercut in the corner and went to the top but Myers returned to his feet. Dango leapt into the ring but was hit with a spear and the Roster Cut for the pin.
Your winner, Brian Myers!
Solid match from bell to bell.
They aired a nice video package on Raven’s Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame induction with Sami Callihan, Eddie Edwards, Lou D’Angeli, Tommy Dreamer, Jim Mitchell, Scott D’Amore and Mickie James, among others, talking up Raven’s career.
Tommy Dreamer came out to induct Raven. He said three weeks ago, Scott D’Amore came to him and wanted to talk to him about the Hall of Fame and that they all voted and agreed on Dreamer. Dreamer said that his entire career flashed before his eyes and thought about how his family and mom could be there and got all emotional and then was told they voted Dreamer would induct Raven. Even when Raven isn’t wrestling, Dreamer is doing the job for him.
Dreamer talked about Raven and said without him there would be no Mickie James, Dreamer, The Dudley Boyz, Stevie Richards, The Blue Meanie, Nova, Francine and Kimona. He pointed out Raven gave opportunities for a young CM Punk. He said that as you get older, you look back and he said life is all about moments. He said that when he was down on the mat after a DDT wiping the blood from his eyes, he never realized he was in the middle of a moment and neither did Raven. He said it was his honor to induct Raven and would give anything to have a moment like that again.
Raven came out to accept and DDT’d Dreamer. Just kidding, but he should have! Raven said that he’s known for being narrisistic and being dick. He said that his qualities weren’t great in life but these were great qualities for a professional wrestler. He said he never felt he deserved the cheers but boos made him feel right back at home. He said that he was one of the last guys to go through the territory system and then work in the modern, national stage. He got to do great things and learned a lot from The Grappler Len Denton and couldn’t have done it without him. He drove Lenton and got to pick the brain of a true booking wizard. Denton was teaching him how to think serially and how to book that way so he learned how to think long-term about booking matches and stories. He joked the cheers were making him nervous and asked the crowd to boo him.
Raven said that he had to talk about Paul Heyman. His career had grown by leaps and bounds and Heyman let him do pretty much everything he wanted. He said his feuds with The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer stack up against everything else out there. He said he would have stayed there forever but lots of money was offered and went to WCW where his self-destructive ways led to his prematurely leaving. He got clean and sober and went to WWE which was a miserable experience but it allowed him to start to go to therapy and deal with his personal issues and he’s done the work to try and be a better person.
He felt when he left WWE, it was a poor end to his career but then TNA called and he got to have another great run and be used the way he felt he should have been used. He said he started in Memphis and closed out in TNA, so it was a full circle. He said he wanted to thank so many, including Lodi, Sandman and Saturn but there’s not enough time and his friends know what they mean to him. He thanked Tommy and said he has to single him out for being the yin to his yang, and for being his partner in a 28 year feud that finally ends tonight. Dreamer embraced him but Raven kicked and DDT’d him. The crowd booed and Raven said, “Thank you. Quote the Raven, nevermore.”
Well, that’s how that should have ended!
It was a really good speech from both Dreamer and Raven.
Tom Hanifan and Matthew Rehwoldt ran down the main events for the PPV.
Impact Wrestling Bound for Glory 2022
X-Division Champion Speedball Mike Bailey vs. Frankie Kazarian
Some nice, athletic wrestling early on. Kazarian worked him over on the floor and tossed the champ in the ring. He nailed a slingshot legdrop for a two count. Bailey tried to go for a kick but Kazarian snatched his leg and tied him up on the mat. Bailey nailed a series of kicks while on the mat, dazing Kazarian with shots to the neck and throat.
Bailey used a forward roll out of an Electric Chair for a two count, then nailed a single-leg dropkick. The crowd chanted for Bailey. Some nice back and forth action. Kazarian slapped Bailey but missed a springboard legdrop. Bailey began drilling him with a series of hard knees. Bailey nailed a running spinkick in the corner and scored a near fall. Kazarian cut him off with a slingshot cutter for a two count. Lots of really good near falls. Kazarian even kicked out of the Ultima Weapon.
They battled to the top, where Kazarian nailed The Flux Capacitor for another two count. They went back and forth. Bailey nailed a Poisonrana out of an Electric Chair. Bailey went to the top for a shooting star press but Kazarian nailed a cutter for a two count. Kazarian locked on the cross face chicken wing and Bailey tapped.
Your winner and new X-Division Champion Kazarian!
Very good match to open the show.
Gia Miller interviewed Mickie James backstage about her bout against Mia Yim. She said the stakes are high but Hardcore Country delivers. She asked for this match and this bout means the world to each of them. The Last Rodeo is knowing she can hang with the likes of Mia. She isnt passing the torch, she is the torch and they are burning Albany to the ground.
Mickie James vs. Mia Yim
Some nice back and forth action early where they mirrored the other. Mickie snatched a side headlock and brought her down to the mat. Yim shot her off into the ropes but was shoulderblocked down. They locked up and this time, Yim grabbed a head scissor and held her to the mat. James escaped and went back to the side headlock. James tried to go for a bulldog off the ropes but was shoved off and “tweaked” her knee and began limping a bit.
Yim caught James in the corner and snapped the leg. James went down as the referee checked on her. Yim kept working on the banged up knee but Mickie kept kicking out. They began slugging it out with Yim showing some aggression. Mickie nailed a Lou Thesz Press and nailed several clotheslines but her leg was hindering her offense. Yim nailed a powerbomb into the buckles for a two count.
They battled on the top where Mickie kissed her to stun Yim and shoved her off. She nailed another Thesz Press for a kick out. Mickie went for the Mick Kick but was caught in a Stretch Muffler. She drilled James with a kick to the head and a German suplex. She told James she was sorry and nailed Eat Defeat but James grabbed the ropes at the last second to break up the pinfall.
Yim went for another but James escaped and kicked her in the head. Mickie went for the DDT but was shoved into the buckles. Yim missed a cannonball in the corner. James nailed the DDT and scored the pin.
Your winner, Mickie James!
Good match that was competitive enough that you could buy into the story that James might lose and be forced to retire. Yim really worked hard here and this was a good performance from both.
James hugged Yim after. Yim was way too happy for someone who just lost a match.
They showed Josh Alexander preparing in his locker room.
Impact Wrestling Knockouts Tag Team Champions Deonna Purrazzo and Chelsea Green vs. Jessicka and Taya Valkyrie with Rosemary
The challengers controlled Green early but she ducked a big boot and tagged out to Deonna. Deonna and Taya jawed at each other so Taya tagged in. Taya caught her with a stomp for a two count. Deonna nailed Jessicka off the apron but was caught up in the ropes so Taya slid underneath her and nailed a German suplex. Taya chopped away at Deonna.
During commentary, they noted there would be new Impact Wrestling action figures coming soon.
Deonna and Green worked over Taya who finally reversed a double suplex and looked prime to make the hot tag but Green knocked Jessicka off the ropes. Jessicka nailed a kick to the head of Deonna and then nailed some Clubbering elbows to Green. She nailed a splash on Deonna for a two count. Deonna pulled her into the buckles, where she hit her head. Green nailed a curb stomp for a two count. The challengers gained control and Jessicka nailed the Sick Driver for the pin.
Your winners and new Impact Wrestling Knockouts Tag Team Champions, The Death Dolls, Taya and Jessicka!
Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions The Kingdom with Maria vs. The Motor City Machine Guns
As you might expect, some good action at the bell. Matt Taven drilled Alex Shelley with a dropkick immediately and controlled him early. Sabin and Bennett tagged in. Sabin was worked over but nailed a bodypress for a two count. Bennett caught him with a mule kick but was hit with a rana. The Kingdom double-teamed Sabin and worked him over. Shelly made the tag and The Guns began hitting their stereo offense and worked over Taven’s arm. Maria tried to intercede but it backfired.
Finally, Shelley was cut off and double-teamed by The Kingdom for a long time. Sabin made the hot tag and cleaned house, hitting a flying bodypress on the champs at the same time. He nailed a tornado DDT on Taven. Bennett tried to interfere but drilled his own partner. The Kingdom were sent to the floor, where Sabin hit a big dive.
Everyone battled in the ring. Taven and Bennett took out Sabin with charges in the buckles. Bennett nailed a DVDR. The Kingdom caught Sabin with the spike Fear Factor but Shelley dove in to break it up. The Guns unloaded with a series of kicks but Maria distracted them, allowing Bennett to smash Sabin. Shelley tied Taven to the Tree of Woe. Sabin and Bennett chopped each other. Shelley nailed the hesitation dropkick on Taven. Bennett went to superkick Sabin but hit Maria accidentally. Taven rolled up Shelley for the pin.
Your winners and still Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champion, The Kingdom!
Really damn well wrestled bout.
They aired highlights from Raven’s Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The Call Your Shot Gauntlet Battle Royal
The first two were Eric Young and Joe Hendry. Hendry’s theme song rules.
They battled. Third out was Maclin. Fourth was Rich Swann. Fifth was PCO.
Sixth out was Savannah Evans. She went nose to nose with PCO. Maclin attacked them both just as Evans grabbed PCO.
Seventh out was Johnny Swinger. Swinger coming out in the tiny Wrestlemania 3 cart cracks me up. He took forever to get in the ring and went right after Evans, slamming her. He then sold that he threw out his back.
Tasha Steelz was out next. She and Savannah worked over Swinger in the corner.
The ninth competitor was Killer Kelly. She went right after everyone with forearms. She locked a choke on Evans. Steelz shoved them over the top, sacrificing her ally Evans.
Number ten was Moose. He tossed Hendry. Lame to debut Hendry and have him tossed so early. Moose backdropped PCO over the top the floor. He faced off with Maclin but the next man out was Sami Callihan. He attacked Moose and ripped at his face. Everyone battled.
Number 11 was the returning Taylor Wilde. She and Steelz battled back and forth.
Number 12 was Gisele Shaw.
Moose and Callihan tried to toss Eric Young. One of Young’s cultists hopped the rail and a security guard grabbed him. Apparently they need Atlas Security because it took forever to get this one guy tossed. Young was able to pull Callihan over the ropes to the apron, where he went for a piledriver. Another cultist hopped the rail and was grabbed by security. This allowed a third to hit the ring and knock Callihan off to the floor, eliminating him. The third cultist was revealed to be Deaner.
Unlucky #13 was the returning former Impact Wrestling Champion Bully Ray. He unloaded on everyone and pressed and tossed Tasha to the floor, crashing down onto security and the cultists.
#14 was Tommy Dreamer. He and Ray worked together and embraced.
#15 was the returning birthday boy, Rhino. He faced off with Dreamer and Bully. The crowd chanted for ECW. They showed each other respect. Swinger tried to get in on it. Well, he WAS in ECW. They tossed him.
#16 was Bhupinder Gujjar. Dreamer was tossed. The crowd booed that. Gujjar nailed a Samoan Drop on Young.
#17 was Heath Miller. He nailed the Wakeup Call on Moose. Swann went for a Lethal Injection but Heath caught him with a legsweep. Maclin went to attack but was gored by Rhino, Rhino and Heath embraced.
#18 was Bobby Fish. Audible CM Punk chants.
#19 was Matt Cardona. He took a long time getting in the ring.
Moose tossed Rhino.
Moose and Maclin tossed Heath.
Maclin turned on Moose and tossed him.
Cardona entered and Bully went right after him an slammed him. Taylor Wilde did the Wazzup Headbutt with him. They embraced and she kissed him. Ray called for the tables. Gisele attacked Wilde. Cardona tossed them both. Cardona was tossed by Gujjar.
Young and Gujjar battled and went over the top. Young knocked Gujjar off the apron. Swann and Young battled. Swann superkicked him and knocked him off the apron.
It came down to Fish, Ray, Swann and Maclin. Everyone attacked Bully. Maclin took out Swann. Fish was tossed.
The final two were Bully and Maclin, who now face off and began slugging it out center-ring. Ray nailed a big Uranage but was grabbing at his knee. He finally nails the Bully Bomb and scored the pin.Your winner, Bully Ray!