Welcome to Fightful.com's live coverage for the 1/13/22 edition IMPACT Wrestling!
We're just days removed from the Hard To Kill pay-per-view and we have you covered on all of the fallout from the event!
— The show opens with a highlight package from this past weekend's Hard To Kill pay-per-view event.
— W. Morrissey comes through the back door of the arena and reams out production asking if they've seen Moose before making his way out to the ring. Morrissey says he and Moose both know that he had him beat at Hard To Kill. Morrissey says Moose needs to come down to the ring and face him one-on-one for the IMPACT World Championship. Moose appears on the big screen and says he never had Morrissey pegged as the complaining type but he's clearly wrong. Moose says he'll only give title shots to those who are truly deserving and he has a title match tonight...just not against him. Moose says Morrissey needs to head to the back of the line and watch 'the greatest world champion in all of professional wrestling...Moose'. Morrissey says he has a feeling that he won't make it to his world title match. Scott D'Amore meets Morrissey backstage and says Morrissey just needs to accept that Moose already has a title match tonight against somebody else. Morrissey asks how there's a title match without him in it.
— We cut back to the ring and ROH's Vincent, Mike Bennett, Matt Taven and PCO attack D'Lo Brown on commentary. Vincent and Bennett put D'Lo on the announce table as PCO nails him with a pair of diving splashes through the table as Taven heckles Tom Hannifan on the mic. IMPACT officials chase the heels off and then check on Brown as we head to a commercial break.
— Back from the break and Hannifan breaks down what just happened to his broadcast partner before the break and says that he'll be running commentary by himself for the remainder of the evening. Hannifan runs down tonight's card and we cut to a video package highlighting Rok-C's undefeated run in Ring of Honor ahead of her title vs. title match later on tonight against Deonna Purrazzo and we're about to get into our first matchup of the evening.
Chris Bey vs. Laredo Kid
— Before the match begins, X-Division Champion Trey Miguel joins Tom Hannifan on commentary for this matchup. Bey's on the attack right as the bell rings and tosses Laredo around from corner-to-corner. Laredo reverses momentum and lays into Bey with a pair of chops to the chest, goes up top and nails Bey with a cross-body. Bey tosses Laredo into the ropes but Laredo latches on and hits Bey with a hurricanrana, Bey slides out of the ring but Laredo follows him out with a dive through the ropes and lays out Bey, who kicks Laredo out of the ring, goes up top and drills Laredo with a cork-screw dive off the top rope as we head to a commercial break. Back from the break, Bey's in control and unloads with strikes on the outside. Laredo twists out of danger, goes up top and takes Bey out on the outside, Bey scurries out to the opposite side of the ring but Laredo stays on him and dives through the ropes and takes Bey out yet again. Back in the ring, Laredo takes Bey out with a running forearm, a spring-board moonsault off of the middle rope, goes for the cover but Bey kicks out at two. Bey fights back, they start unloading forearms on one another, Laredo tosses Bey over the top rope, Bey catches himself on the apron, flips back in the ring, hits a spine-buster then a brain-buster, goes for the cover but Laredo lifts the shoulders at two-and-a-half. Bey looks for a suplex, Laredo rolls him up, Bey kicks out, gets right back up and drills Laredo with a super-kick. Laredo kips up, tosses Bey into the corner, puts him on the top rope, follows him up, Bey knocks him to the mat, Laredo comes firing back with a jumping inziguri and hits a Spanish fly off the top rope and gets the 1-2-3 for the win!
Winner - Laredo Kid
— We then see Rich Swann, Willie Mack, Heath, Eddie Edwards and Rhino backstage. Swann says it's one thing to attack them at Hard To Kill [Vincent, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett and PCO] but jumping D'Lo Brown is just wrong. Heath says he doesn't know who they are but he's pissed that they took their big moment away from them after their win at Hard To Kill. Edwards says they should split up and guard all of the entrances so they can't attack them or anyone else. Rhino says screw that and they should be the one's looking for a fight. They all agree and yell as they grab weapons and head off to look for the ROH bunch and we head to a break.
— Back from the break and Brian Myers is backstage with Zicky Dice and VSK. Zicky says he's the one getting an IMPACT World Championship match against Moose then a pizza delivery man shows up. Myers says he shouldn't be eating pizza before such a big match, Zicky says it's a serious pizza for a serious match. Myers and VSK grab a slice and walk-off and Zicky's looking for someone to pay for the pizza as we head back to the ring for our next match, which Ace Austin and Madman Fulton will join Tom Hannifan on commentary for.
'Speedball' Mike Bailey vs. Jake Something
— Bailey goes on the attack early but Jake takes him out with a big clothesline but Bailey sends him out of the ring with a drop-kick. Jake grabs Bailey's legs, slides him out of the ring and drills Bailey with a power-bomb on the apron, tosses Bailey back in the ring, goes for the cover but Bailey lifts the shoulders at two. Jake continues the heavy offense, asks the crowd what his name is, the crowd chants 'Something', Jake drills Bailey with a suplex, goes for another cover but Bailey stays alive, kicking out at two. Bailey slides out of the ring, Jake dives through the ropes, Bailey slides back in the ring and nails Jake with a dive to the outside. Jake crawls back into the ring, Bailey goes to the top and looks for a hurricanrana but Jake catches him, Bailey fights out and nails Jake with a super-kick, goes for the cover but Jake kicks out at two. Bailey looks for another kick, Jake catches it and blasts Bailey with an inverted suplex, goes for the cover and 'Speedball' kicks out at two. Bailey blasts Jake with a kick to the face, goes up top and nails Jake with the knees to the back and gets the three-count for the win!
Winner - 'Speedball' Mike Bailey
— Backstage, we see Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Eric Young, Deaner and Joe Doering. Karl says they only teamed up so they could take out Heath's team at Hard To Kill. Young says Karl needs to watch himself because he's the one who got pinned at Hard To Kill, Young says he's only worried about the future and just imagine what this 'business arrangement' could be if they continued. IMPACT officials yell for help as Rhino and Heath have gotten taken out and we head to a break.
— Back from the break and Gia Miller's backstage with Matt Cardona and Chelsea Green. Gia asks them what wemt wrong at Hard To Kill. Cardona says all he can do is stay Alwayz Ready, make his own luck and create his own opportunities. Chelsea says in her opinion, Matt should've won and in everyone's opinion, he could've won. Chelsea says she was at the top of the Ultimate-X structure with Tasha [Steelz] and she was the one who unhooked the X but she let it slip through her fingers. Tasha and Savannah Evans show up and tell Gia to leave, which she does. Tasha says she took the win from Chelsea and that's what winners do. Tasha says it's good that she lost because it creates a balance in their household because she won't have to wake up next to a loser like Matt. Chelsea gets in Tasha's face and challenges her to a match, next week. Tasha declines, Chelsea shoves her down and tells her to sit and think about it as the segment ends.
Masha Slamovich vs. Vert Vixen
— Masha drills Vixen with a clothesline right as the bell rings then starts tossing her around the ring by her hair. Masha starts yelling at Vixen, tosses her into the corner, then another corner and goes for a running splash, Vixen evades and clubs Masha in the back with a forearm but Masha returns fire with a forearm of her own, then a clothesline and then a massive inverted suplex and a cover and Masha gets the 1-2-3 for the win!
Winner - Masha Slamovich
— After the match, Josh Alexander comes down to the ring, he and Masha stare each other down, Masha heads out and Josh heads to the ring. The Dallas, Texas crown reigns down 'Walking Weapon' chants, Josh says he hears them and he's been told a lot that he needs to keep his emotions in check and if he does so, he'd get his IMPACT Wrestling World Championship rematch. Josh says he fought Minoru Suzuki then JONAH, he's had his ribs broke, his jaw shattered and he's still never lost focus. Josh says what Moose did to him in front of his wife and kids will be burned into his brain forever but he got a taste of what it feels like to hold the IMPACT World Championship and as far as he's concerned, he's the uncrowned world champion until Moose beats him. Josh says Moose clearly doesn't have a problem handing out title shots to anyone who asks but he's really just avoiding the one true challenge in the company. Josh says if Moose intends on competing tonight and defending the title against Zicky Dice, he'll only do so once he faces him. Josh says if he doesn't get his world title rematch, he might have to seriously consider if IMPACT Wrestling is the right place for him. WWE tag team legend Charlie Haas interrupts and heads down to the ring! Haas says he'd like to introduce himself to the IMPACT crowd because this is the first ever time he's been inside of an IMPACT Wrestling ring. Haas says Josh is a great wrestler, they have the same pedigree and they've both done a lot of things the same. Haas says he was a D1 college wrestler and was part of one of the world's greatest tag teams, just like Josh was part of one of the best tag teams in IMPACT history. Haas says Josh's the pinnacle and he wants to prove that he has something left in the tank and proposes a match between the two. Josh says he knows who Haas is, so does everyone else. Josh says Haas is one of the best amateur and professional wrestlers of all-time and he looked up to Haas growing up and it would be an honor to share the ring with him but he needs his world championship match first and if he doesn't get his title shot, Haas would just be another obstacle in the way. Haas takes a cheap shot at Josh and they begin to brawl until IMPACT officials make their way down and separate the pair as the crowd urges on to 'let them fight'. Haas backs-off and makes his way out as the crowd pours in the 'Charlie, Charlie, Charlie!' chants. Josh grabs a mic and says if Haas wants this match, he's got it!
— Backstage, IMPACT Knockouts World Champion Mickie James comes into Rok-C's locker room and welcomes her to IMPACT Wrestling. Rok-C congratulates Mickie on her title win against Deonna Purrazzo and Hard To Kill. Mickie thanks her and says that Rok-C has a chance to make history tonight and become a dual-promotion Women's Champion but tells Rok-C to be careful because Deonna is as intense as they come but she wishes Rok-C luck. Rok-C thanks her and we head to a break.
Moose (C) vs. Zicky Dice (with Brian Myers & VSK) — IMPACT World Championship
— Moose is sporting a suit as he gets ready to defend his title. Zicky hits Moose with a superman punch but Moose catches him, nails him with a choke-slam, puts his foot on Zicky's chest and gets the three-count to retain his title.
— After the match, W. Morrissey comes storming out and he and Moose start slugging it out, Moose escapes to the outside and Morrissey take his frustrations out on Zicky. Moose forgot his title in the ring, Morrissey celebrates with it and VSK checks on Zicky. Moose wobbles his way back to the ring, grabs his title, scurries off and Morrissey plants VSK with a vicious choke-slam as he and Moose stare each other down from afar. Morrissey then starts chasing Moose through the backstage area but Moose is able to get into his car and drive off before Morrissey can catch him and we head to a commercial break.
— IMPACT Wrestling EVP Scott D'Amore joins Tom Hannifan on commentary and says that he called up Baltimore to speak with Ring of Honor officials and Jonathan Gresham and Rok-C are there to be ROH representatives but Vincent, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett, PCO and Maria Kanellis are renegade and they'll deal with them accordingly.
— Raj Singh makes his way down to the ring and says for Scott D'Amore to send someone down to the ring so he can add another name to his 'slap list'...and out comes JONAH.
JONAH vs. Raj Singh
— JONAH eats a forearm from Singh and an upper-cut, then a running clothesline then drills Singh with a clothesline of his own. JONAH tosses Singh to the corner, runs after him, eats a boot, Singh unloads a few strikes, JONAH powers out and tosses Singh across the ring with a press slam, then a running senton, the big man goes up top and delivers a flying tsunami from the top rope and gets the 1-2-3 for the win!
Winner - JONAH
— Backstage, we see Tenille Dashwood, Madison Rayne and Kaleb with a K, who say The IInspiration rip off everything they do and on January 27th, they should come up with something original if they want to keep their IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Titles. Rosemary and Havok interrupt and say since they're not busy until January 27th, why don't they prove themselves against them next week? IMPACT officials interrupt and yell for help as Eddie Edwards has been taken out backstage and we head to a break.
— Back from the break and Gia Miller is backstage with ROH World Champion Jonathan Greshamn. Gia asks Gresham about the random attacks from Vincent, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett, POC and Maria Kanellis. Gresham says he has nothing to do with those five and any real ROH athlete is pure. Steve Maclin interrupts and says he doesn't believe Gresham for one moment and where he comes from, you don't your back on your brothers. Gresham says he IS honor and next week, he wants Maclin and will contact ROH officials to give their blessing to make it an ROH World Championship match...but only in Pure Rules. Tom Hannifan runs down next week's card and it's time for our main event of the evening, which will have Ian Riccaboni on commentary alongside Hannifan and Purrazzo's backup, Matt Rehwoldt with Bobby Cruise will handle the ring announcing duties.
Deonna Purrazzo (C) (with Matt Rehwoldt) vs. Rok-C (C) — Winner-Takes-All Match, Reina de Reinas Championship & Ring of Honor Women's World Championship
— Both competitors lock-up to start, Rok-C gets the better of the exchange, Deonna trips her up, goes for the cover but Rok-C quickly kicks out. Rok-C looks for the 'Rok Lock' but Deonna slips out and rolls out of the ring to regather herself as we head to a commercial break. Back from the break and Deonna's in control but Rok-C rolls out and drags her to the mat with an arm-drag, follows it up with a standing moonsault, goes for the cover but Deonna kicks out after a count of two. Deonna gets back to her feet and dumps Rok-C over the top rope and onto the floor below. Back in the ring, Deonna works over Rok-C's arm and then snaps her arm and tosses her down to the mat. Deonna tosses Rok-C to the corner and wraps the bottom rope around her already worked over arm and continues to isolate the arm. Deonna stomps on the aforementioned arm of Rok-C, goes for the cover but Rok-C stays alive for the moment and kicks out at two. Rok-C unloads with some forearms to Deonna's face, tosses her into the corner, Deonna flips out, catches Rok-C, flips her over her head and snaps her arm over her shoulder, goes for the cover but Rok-C kicks out after a two-count. Deonna kicks a downed Rok-C to the face, locks-in a choke and transitions it to a head-and-arm choke, Rok-C flips Deonna over her head, goes for a running splash, misses, Deonna goes for one of her own but Rok-C slips out of the way and Deonna goes shoulder first into the ring post. Both champions struggle to their feet, Rok-C hits Deonna with an elbow, then a kick, goes up top and hits a flying Thesz press, lays into Deonna with a bevy of strikes, get to her feet and clubs Deonna with a forerm then a hurricanrana, goes for the cover but Deonna kicks out. Rok-C locks-in the 'Rok Lock' but she can't secure the hold due to the injured arm. Rok-C goes for a running knee, Deonna slips out and trips her up then locks in the Fujiwara arm-bar, Rok-C rolls her into pin attempt, Deonna kicks out, Rok-C catches Deonna and plants her with a Code Rok, goes for another cover but Deonna lifts the shoulders at two-and-a-half. Rok-C looks for another Code Rok, Deonna rolls her into another arm-bar, Rok-C rolls her into a cross-face, Deonna uses the ropes and flips into another Fujiwara arm-bar, Rok-C tells the referee not to stop it, Deonna punches at Rok-C's already injured arm and Rok-C has no choice but to tap. Deonna Purrazzo is now a dual promotion women's champion! What a match!
Winner - Deonna Purrazzo
— After the match, Maria Kanellis makes her way to the ring. She and Deonna argue, Deonna waves her off and Vincent, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett and PCO make their way to the ring and Matt Rehwoldt rushes the ring but he gets out-numbered and beat-down with relative ease. Willie Mack and Rich Swann run down but quickly get dispatched by the ROH crew, who celebrate in the ring as the show goes off-the-air.