Impact Wrestling: Hard To Kill Lineup & Preview

Impact Wrestling Hard to Kill
Impact Wrestling Hard to Kill

Impact Wrestling presents its first PPV of 2020 this Sunday from Texas. Hard to Kill features a main event of Sami Callihan defending his Impact Wrestling World Championship against Tessa Blanchard. Sami and Tessa have met twice before with Callihan picking up the win each time but the stakes are larger on Sunday. If Blanchard can defeat Sami for the title, she’ll have truly made history by becoming the first female wrestler to win the Impact World Championship.

There’s more than just Sami vs Tessa at Hard to Kill, however. The lineup for the show and match previews are below:

Hard To Kill
January 12th, 2019
The Bomb Factory
Dallas, Texas

  • Impact World Championship
    Sami Callihan (c) vs Tessa Blanchard
  • Knockouts Championship
    Taya Valkyrie (c) vs Jordynne Grace vs ODB
  • Impact Tag Team Championships
    the North (c) vs Willie Mack & Rich Swann
  • X-Division Championship
    Ace Austin (c) vs Trey Miguel
  • Brian Cage vs Rob Van Dam
  • Michael Elgin vs Eddie Edwards
  • Ken Shamrock vs Madman Fulton
  • Moose vs Rhino

Impact Wrestling World Championship
Sami Callihan vs Tessa Blanchard

Sami Callihan won the Impact Wrestling World Championship on the first episode of Impact to air on AXS TV. He defeated former champion, Brian Cage, inside a steel cage. Callihan had earned the right to challenge Cage for the belt after defeating Tessa Blanchard in a #1 contenders match at Unbreakable. Blanchard and Callihan had teamed together to win the Impact Mash-Up tournament last year. As a result of their victory, Callihan and Blanchard would face each other at Unbreakable with the winner earning a title shot. Callihan beat Blanchard and then went on to defeat Cage for the belt.

After dropping the second straight match to Callihan, Blanchard put her focus on winning the X-Division title. She was in the ladder match for the X-Division title at Bound for Glory and actually looked to have the match won at one point. Outside interference from Madman Fulton distracted her, however, which allowed Ace Austin to recover. Austin would eventually knock Blanchard off the ladder and take the title for himself. Blanchard would later win a multi-wrestler gauntlet match to earn the #1 contendership to Sami’s world title. She pinned Brian Cage for the final elimination.

A special feature aired on Impact Wrestling this week looking at the match between Callihan and Blanchard scheduled for Sunday.

Knockouts Championship
Taya Valkyrie (c) vs Jordynne Grace vs ODB

On January 6th, 2020 Taya Valkyrie became the first wrestler to hold the Knockouts title for a year. Valkyrie originally won the title on the January 6th, 2019 Homecoming PPV from Tessa Blanchard. Gail Kim was the special guest referee in the match and played a role in the outcome. One has to wonder how much jeopardy her lengthy title reign is in at Hard to Kill, however.

ODB was added to this match after pinning the champion during the Melrose Ballroom tapings. Impact ran “ODB Appreciation Nights” during the tapings to help her raise money to buy a food truck after her old one burned down. After pinning the champ, however, ODB was added to the title match on the PPV. On Impact this week, ODB stole the pin from Grace during a tag match. If that happens on the PPV, ODB will once again be “Knocked Up” champ.

Jordynne Grace has become a perennial contender in this division, challenging for the belt on multiple occasions now. She’s always seemed to come up just short, however. She’ll have a chance to finally win the title that has alluded her since arriving in Impact in this triple threat match.

Impact Tag Team Championships
the North (c) vs Willie Mack & Rich Swann

Since the departures of LAX and the Lucha Bros for AEW, Ethan Page and Josh Alexander have risen to the top of Impact’s tag team division. Willie Mack and Rich Swann are top contenders for the belts, however, and could end the North’s title reign on Sunday.

In the build-up to this match, the North has been trying to get Swann and Mack to turn on each other but have had little success to this end.

X-Division Championship
Ace Austin (c) vs Trey Miguel

Trey Miguel won a #1 contenders match for the X-Division title at the Windsor tapings this fall. In recent weeks, however, Ace Austin has taken a liking to Trey’s mother, which has not gone over well with Trey. Austin has clearly gotten under the Rascalz member’s skin which could potentially give him the advantage in their title match on Sunday.

Brian Cage vs Rob Van Dam

Rob Van Dam and Katie Forbes have not been winning over the fans of Impact Wrestling as of late. RVD is refusing to do many of his more popular moves during his matches, not wanting to give the fans what they want. In a backstage segment on Impact Wrestling, RVD noted that Cage steals his moves. RVD has made frequent complaints about this new generation of wrestlers stealing his moves.

Brian Cage has never hesitated to give the fans the flashy moves he’s become known for. The former World Champion could use a big win after losing the title to Callihan and failing to qualify for a rematch. A win over a legend like Rob Van Dam would be big for him but that’s a tall order.

Michael Elgin vs Eddie Edwards

Elgin recently defeated Edwards on the go-home episode of Impact before Hard to Kill this weekend. Impact has since confirmed that Eddie’s “Call Your Shot” trophy will be on the line in this match. Edwards won the trophy on the Bound for Glory PPV and it gives him the right to challenge for any title he chooses. Elgin will be quite motivated to beat Edwards for it on Sunday.

Ken Shamrock vs Madman Fulton

Ken Shamrock will be in action on Sunday at Hard to Kill. Shamrock will take on Madman Fulton after the two brawled on a recent episode of Impact Wrestling. At Bound for Glory, Shamrock dropped a match to Moose and will be looking to rebound in this match with Fulton. As for Fulton, wherever he goes the other members of OVE usually aren’t far behind.

Moose vs Rhino

Moose will face Rhino in single’s competition at Hard to Kill. This match came about after the two got involved in a backstage disagreement/brawl. Rhino got the better of Moose on the go-home show of Impact, delivering a Gore to him in the closing moments of the Brian Cage & Rhino vs Moose & Rob Van Dam main event. Cage would pick up the pin on Moose after a discus clothesline.

These two big heavyweights are looking for a fast pass up the rankings and a win at Hard to Kill would likely provide just that.

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