This past weekend IMPACT Wrestling hosted its first major PPV of the year - Hard To Kill. The PPV came less than a week after their Genesis event that aired on their IMPACT Plus App. Hard To Kill boasted immense brutality in the form of Eddie Edwards versus Sami Callihan. Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers. Deonna Purrazzo retaining her coveted IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Championship Title against Taya Valkyrie. The official return to action of DECAY. The debut of Matt Cardona going up against Ace Austin. And so much more…
One of the main highlights of Hard To Kill was the culmination of the Knockouts Tag Team Titles Tournament. The final match to determine which Ko's would secure the rebirth of the Tag Titles. The Killer Death Machines Jessicka Havok and Nevaeh Crist versus Fire & Flava Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz. I've made it known, that in my opinion, Hogan and Steelz are two rising stars in IMPACT Wrestling and represent the future of the company. An opinion apparently dually shared by IMPACT management as Fire & Flava were ultimately victorious at Hard To Kill.
The Killer Death Machines entered Hard To Kill as essentially an undefeated and longstanding team. A tag team with years of experience together spanning the Independents, Shimmer, and IMPACT Wrestling. As the more experienced team between the two, on paper, Havok and Crist were the team to beat. As the newer team, Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz were at a distinct disadvantage heading into the PPV regardless of being undefeated within the Tournament. After effectively beating all the other Knockouts from Alisha Edwards and Tenille Dashwood all the way up to Ragnarok both Killer Death Machines and Fire & Flava were primed and ready to fight at Hard To Kill.
Both teams from the beginning were focused on a singular goal. Of becoming the brand new IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Tag Team Champions. Champions grasping tight those miraculously good looking belts in victory. Live on PPV. There's nothing quite like that feeling. That almost sublime indescribable moment when your hard work comes together meeting the perfect opportunity and you hear that bell ring signaling your win. Your hands raised. The officials presenting you with your belts…
In the end there can only be one winner. One team to come out on top. And that was Fire & Flava. Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz enjoyed the distinct pleasure of not only winning the KOs Tag Team Tournament, but also bthe right to be presented those brand new titles. And as the bacon bits on top of that stellar success salad, was Fire & Flava being presented the titles by none other than former KO Tag Team Champions in their own rights, Gail Kim and Madison Rayne.
It's one thing to win, however, it's a whole new experience to be the first. Fire & Flava Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz will forever be synonymous with being the first to ever win these new Tag Team Titles. The overcame the immovable force of a team. In the end, what was insurmountable odds only became an even bigger accomplishment when they won. An act I might add, that they punctuated not with a period, but with an resounding exclamation point! As they called out AEW, Tony Khan, and their Tag Team Division. Also up on the roasting block of Fire & Flava was AEW's Women's Tag Tournament Winners, emphasizing that trophies aren't comparable to titles around their waists. A lack that paled in comparison to Hogan and Steelz actual Tag Team Titles. Fire & Flava minced no words as they made their feelings known. Their stance strong and their intentions clear. All other Knockouts and AEW Women consider yourselves warned. Period…
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