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IMPACT WRESTLING TV REPORT
APRIL 21, 2022 (RECORDED)
PHILADELPHIA, PA AT 2300 ARENA
AIRED ON AXS TV
REPORT BY DARRIN LILLY, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
-Recap video of highlights from last week’s Impact TV.
-Opening intro video.
(1) VIOLENT BY DESIGN (Eric Young & Deaner w/Joe Doering vs. DECAY (Black Taurus & Crazzy Steve)
This was a non-title match. Deaner charged Taurus at the bell, but Taurus went on offense. Eric Young floored Taurus from the outside to turn the tide. Young missed a leg drop and Taurus made the tag. Steve ran wild on Deaner. Steve got a two count on Deaner, but Young broke it up with a flying elbow. All four wrestlers fought.
Doering slammed Taurus on the outside and threw him into the steps. Young hit Steve with the flagpole and Deaner DDT’d Steve to get the pin.
WINNERS: Violent by Design in 5:00.
(D.L.’s Take: By the numbers tag team match that made VBD look strong heading into the Impact Rebellion match.)
-Video package on the Josh Alexander vs. Moose feud. Promo clips were shown of both. [c]
-Footage was shown of Rosemary and Havok checking on Black Taurus. Tasha Steelz attacked Rosemary from behind with the belt.
-Hannifan and Rehwoldt were shown on camera. They plugged the lineup for Rebellion.
-Brian Myers, Matt Cardona, and Chelsea Green walked to the ring. Myers and Cardona wore matching gear. A clip was shown from last week of them attacking W. Morrissey. Fans booed the trio. Cardona declared “The Major Players are here.” He said he was the Death Match King. He talked about winning titles all over, but now he needed Impact Wrestling tag team gold and there was no better partner then Myers.
Myers said that he and Cardona now see eye to eye and he was the best he’s ever been. Cardona said he’s the best he’s ever been too, especially with his hot wife by his side. Chelsea talked next. She said together they are the strongest unit in wrestling. Cardona said the fans would never see Morrissey again. Myers said they were the best team ever and they were taking over.
Music played and interrupted them. Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke came out to an ovation from the ECW Arena crowd. Fans chanted “ECW”. Guido said his career started in this arena. He told the Players to have respect for those that came before them and to respect the arena. Guido said they were “Major Sissies” and the fans chanted it.
Cardona said they hadn’t been relevant since ECW died. Guido and Tony cleared the ring of the Players. Guido challenged Cardona to a title match for the Digital Title. A referee came to the ring. Guido stomped Cardona’s glasses. [c]
(2) MATT CARDONA (w/Brian Myers & Chelsea Green) (c) vs. GUIDO MARITATO (w/Tony Mamaluke) – Impact Wrestling Digital Media Title match
Cardona tried to avoid Guido. Cardona offered to shake hands, but Guido took him to the mat. Guido armdragged Cardona and took him to the mat again. The action spilled to the outside. Guido hit Cardona with an object from a fan. Cardona caught Guido low with the ropes. Cardona kicked Guido into the railing.
Back in the ring, Cardona choked Guido. Cardona backdropped Guido. Guido chopped Cardona and legdropped him. Cardona gave Guido a low blow while the referee was distracted and got the pin.
WINNER: Matt Cardona in 6:00.
Myers attacked Tony after the match. Fans chanted for Morrissey. Myers and Cardona pulled out a table and set it up in the corner. Morrissey walked to the ring and punched Myers and Cardona. Chelsea gave Morrissey a low blow. Jordynne Grace ran to the ring for the save. She knocked Myers and Chelsea out of the ring, then went after Cardona.
Morrissey got back up. Morrissey choke slammed Cardona through the table. Grace and Morrissey celebrated with Tony and Guido.
(D.L.’s Take: A fun and short match with legends that the fans haven’t seen in awhile. The Major Players make a great unit and they have a lot of potential to be a force in Impact Wrestling. It’s good to see Jordynne Grace involved in a storyline after being on the back burner for awhile.)
-Eddie Edwards cut a promo backstage in front of Honor No More. He said we would learn at Rebellion that there is honor no more. Taven said that they were two days away from finishing their mission. Bennett and King talked about Bullet Club. King said “how are you gonna shoot with no bullets in your gun?” [c]
-Jonah vignette. He talked about putting PCO away. He warned Ishii that he wouldn’t be responsible for what he does. He said it would be a dog fight at Rebellion.
(3) SHERA (w/Raj Singh) vs. GABRIEL RODRIQUEZ
Shera was much larger than Rodriguez. Shera tossed Rodriquez across the ring and gave him the Lion’s Attack for the win.
WINNER: Shera in 1:00.
(D.L.’s Take: Dominant win for Shera.)
-Gia Miller interviewed Bhupinder Gujjar. He said he didn’t have any regrets about not teaming with Singh. He said he is here to make his mark. He said he is happy for Shera and Singh as long as they stay out of his business. [c]
-Backstage, Moose asked Scott D’Amore why he had to go out and make a public apology. Scott said he wished Moose had refused so he could be stripped of the belt. Moose asked for assurance that he would be safe. Scott said he would personally be out there to watch.
(4) BULLET CLUB (Jay White & Chris Bey & Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) vs. HONOR NO MORE (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett & Kenny King & Vincent w/Maria Kanellis & Eddie Edwards)
Vincent started off against Anderson. Doc and Anderson double teamed Vincent. Bennett and Doc brawled. Fans cheered when Taven got in. Taven and White faced off. Taven dropkicked White to the mat. White chopped Taven. Bey and White faced off. Hannifan said that Bey was trained by King. They traded moves.
Bey dropkicked King. King gave Bey a spinning kick. Bennett suplexed Bey. Vincent punched Bey. Taven chopped Bey and gave him a neckbreaker. Anderson took Taven to the mat. Bennett tripped Anderson. Anderson faced off with Maria but got caught by a dive from Taven. [c]
Anderson gave Bennett a spinebuster. White chopped Vincent and gave him a DDT. White gave King a DDT. White gave Vincent a spinning suplex for a two count. White chopped Vincent. Vincent gave White a Russian Leg Sweep. Doc shoulder blocked Bennett. Taven broke up a Magic Killer on Bennett. Everyone took turns trading moves.
Bey dove over the top rope onto Vincent and Bennett. Anderson gave Bennett the Gun Stun. The Good Brothers gave Bennett the Magic Killer and Doc pinned Bennett for the win.
WINNERS: Bullet Club in 14:00.
(D.L.’s Take: A fast-paced match that was all-action.)
-Steve Maclin promo. Dramatic music played in the background. He talked about Jay White always needing help. He talked about jumping Chris Sabin. He said at Rebellion neither of them would have backup and he loved to fight alone. Good, intense promo. [c]
-The IInspiration signed autographs backstage. They said they have the ability to bring people into their world and take them out of their world. They said Kaleb was an example. They said at Rebellion they would show why they are the most iconic and inspirational tag team in the business.
-Taya Valkyrie talked about regaining the AAA Reina de Reinas title. She said she would be a four-time champion at Rebellion by beating Deonna Purrazzo.
(5) “SPEEDBALL” MIKE BAILEY & ACE AUSTIN vs. TREY MIGUEL & LAREDO KID
Ace and Trey started the match. Bailey and Kid faced off next. Kid landed a dive on Bailey to the outside. [c]
Bailey had the advantage after the break. Bailey and Ace tagged in and out to keep the advantage on Kid. Kid made a comeback. Trey made the hot tag and ran wild on Ace. All four wrestlers fought. Bailey and Ace did a double dive over the top rope on Trey and Kid. Fans chanted “Impact Wrestling”. Trey made a comeback on Ace and Bailey.
Trey suplexed Ace and got a two count. Bailey did a standing moonsault on Trey. Kid dropkicked Bailey out of the ring. Trey rolled up Ace for the pin.
WINNERS: Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid in 11:00.
After the match, Ace suplexed Trey and attacked him. Ace held Trey, but Bailey ended up kicking Ace, to the approval of the crowd.
(D.L.’s Take: A really good tag team match with a good ending to lead to the X Division title match at Rebellion.)
-Hannifan and Rehwoldt appeared on camera and ran down the matches for Rebellion. Trey vs. Ace vs. Bailey and the IInspiration vs. the Influence will be on the pre-show:
- Jonah vs. Ishii
- Jay White vs. Steve Maclin vs. Chris Sabin
- Tasha Steelz vs. Rosemary
- Violent By Design in an eight-team elimination challenge match
- Deonna Purrazzo vs. Taya Valkyrie
- Moose vs. Josh Alexander
-Honor No More was backstage and vowed revenge at Rebellion. Vincent said he had business to attend to. He walked outside. He got jumper cables out of a car. Music played in the background as he walked inside a building. He pulled a sheet back from a table and revealed PCO. He hooked up the cables and revived PCO. Lightning was shown in the sky. Vincent yelled “He’s not human!” and cheered. PCO sat up. [c]
-Moose walked to the ring. He said his attorney would read his public apology. It was Barrister R.D. Evans. Evans asked for respect from the fans, who chanted “you suck”. Evans addressed Josh Alexander and his family. He said after sensitivity training, Moose now knows he crossed boundaries. Scott D’Amore looked on at ringside.
Moose stopped Evans and said they needed to do this right. Moose said no family deserves to be put through what Alexander’s family went through. He said Josh deserves a sincere apology. Moose said he was sorry… for showing all the people how much of a loser Alexander is and for exposing him for not being a protector and role model for his family.
Moose said he wasn’t sorry for beating Alexander at Bound For Glory. He said Alexander calls himself the Walking Weapon but he can’t even protect his family. He said he would send Alexander home for longer than a month. He said Alexander would beg Moose to show his pitiful wife and child what a real man looks like.
Alexander’s music played and he walked to the stage. He fought through several security guys. Scott stood in his way then let Alexander through. Moose and Alexander fought in the ring. Moose threw Evans in the way to get the advantage. Alexander made a comeback. Moose choke slammed Alexander.
Moose took off his shirt and slammed Alexander again. Moose dragged a table to ringside. They fought on the apron. Alexander made a comeback. Alexander gave Moose a C-4 Spike through the table. Alexander grabbed the title and put it on top of Moose before walking away. Fans chanted “Walking Weapon”.
FINAL THOUGHTS: A really good Rebellion go-home edition of Impact. The wrestlers made their mission statements for Rebellion and made this seem like a big event. The in-ring action was either really good (Bullet Club vs. Honor No More, the main event) or didn’t overstay its welcome (VBD vs. Decay, Shera squash). Good move to have Moose and Alexander in the last segment of the show with a strong closing angle.
NOW CHECK OUT LAST WEEK’S IMPACT TV REPORT: 4/14 IMPACT WRESTLING TV REPORT: Jonah vs. PCO, Rebellion PPV hype, Purrazzo vs. Nightingale, more