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Impact Wrestling live results: The return of Kenny Omega

Preview by Josh Nason

Tonight's Impact Wrestling will feature the return of AEW World Champion Kenny Omega, along with Don Callis, as they begin the march forward to April's Rebellion where Omega will face Impact World Champion Rich Swann in a title vs. title match.

Last week, Callis delivered a tremendous promo to Swann, putting doubt in the champion's head after he was pinned by Omega in a six-man tag team match at January's Hard To Kill.

Tonight's show will also feature X-Division Champion Ace Austin (w/ Madman Fulton) defending against TJP in the latter's contractually obligated rematch. Austin beat TJP for the title several weeks ago at Sacrifice.

Also set for Tuesday: Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo will face Jazz in a non-title match where if Jazz picks up a win, she gets a future title shot; a Matt Cardona sit-down interview building up a future match with former partner Brian Myers; and Karl Anderson vs. Eddie Edwards.

This week's Before The Impact match will see Tasha Steelz (one half of the Knockouts Tag Team Champions) taking on Alisha.

Our live coverage begins at 8 PM Eastern.

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On BTI, Tasha Steelz defeated Alisha.

The show opened with Kenny Omega and Don Callis arriving at the Impact Zone. The opening video featured the Good Brothers challenging FinJuice for the tag titles, only to be told that they’ll have to wait for April for FinJuice’s return. Also, they showed last week’s main event where Sami Callihan defeated Trey Miguel. And finally, they recapped Don Callis’ promo on Rich Swann last week.

Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo (w/ Susan) defeated Jazz (w/ Jordynne Grace) in a non-title match

Jazz and Purrazzo have been on opposite sides for months now. Whether going against Lee and Susan, or Purrazzo herself, these two have faced off over and over again. Jazz submitted Kimber Lee in last week’s 12-woman match, earning this match where if she won, she would get a title match.

This was somewhat different from most of Purrazzo's big matches. Instead of focusing on an arm, she worked over Jazz’s head. The match itself saw Jazz have some offense early until Purrazzo caught her with a toe-drop hold and into Susan’s hands. From there on, Purrazzo got some heat. Jazz made a comeback with a jawbreaker. 

At the end, Jazz got a near fall after hitting the X-factor, but Purrazzo was too close to the ropes. Outside the ring, Susan took out Grace and distracted Jazz, allowing Purrazzo to get a roll up after Susan hit Jazz with a shoe. This was not a good match as it felt like both women were holding back.

-- The Good Brothers are hanging out with some staff, making excuses why they lost the titles, saying that they were really hungover. Eddie Edwards confronted them and told them they were not part of the boys and didn’t belong in this dressing room. Decay were in the hallway and made fun of Anderson and Gallows losing the titles and now being kicked out of the locker room.

-- We got a weird commercial for Swinger’s Palace. This was bad as usual as the only redeeming thing is Swinger’s gimmick.

-- Backstage, Rohit Raju stumbled upon Fallah Bahh who apparently has been sleeping in the arena because he lost all his money. Raju told him he was embarrassed until Bahh challenged him to a match. 

TJP defeated X Division Champion Ace Austin (with Madman Fulton) by DQ

This is TJP’s rematch clause after losing the X-Division title to Austin at Sacrifice. 

This was a really good match for the time given. This also felt like a shorter version of their Sacrifice match with the constant mixing and transitioning between aerial moves and chain wrestling, depending on who was under control. TJP was way more vicious that he had been since winning the title.

The match was back and forth for the first third of the match, but when TJP went for a superplex, Austin reversed it into a super front suplex and with this, cut off TJP. Austin was in control for several minutes, but TJP kept getting small comebacks until they eventually piled up when TJP locked in an octopus stretch for a near fall. 

The last couple of minutes were a play on the Sacrifice match with Austin landing the same combo that he used to win. TJP managed to counter into a detonation kick and mamba splash, only for Fulton to break up the win and give TJP the win by DQ. This was such a good match that I wasn't even annoyed by the finish. 

After the match, Fulton attacked TJP, but Josh Alexander made the save and ran off Austin and Fulton.

Matt Cardona interview

Gia Miller interviewed Matt Cardona about being in Impact Wrestling. Cardona said that this was the best opportunity to be an actual wrestler with so much talent to face off with. Miller asked how he was working on staying on top of social media to which Cardona said that it’s a lot of work and it’s important to realize that we’re not always on top, but you have to keep on going. Miller asked him about Brian Myers. Cardona said that it was a coincidence that they’re both here, that he wasn’t following him, but rather, he's trying to make something by himself. He told Myers to either put up or shut up.

-- Backstage, Trey Miguel threw a fit when he was confronted by XXXL. Tommy Dreamer told them to screw off. Miguel wanted Romero tonight, but Dreamer was trying to calm him down and get him a match for Hardcore Justice instead. Dreamer cut his overdone promo about “I’ve been there” on Miguel.

Rohit Raju defeated Fallah Bahh

This was an ok match but quite short. It was speed vs. power and almost a squash match if not for a short offensive run that Bahh had toward the end before Rohit took him out with a jumping knee. He dodged the banzai drop and rolled Bahh up for the win. There was no sign of Shera, so that may had been it for him.

-- Miller tried to interview Omega and Callis, but they told her they were on their way to the ring and she can find out like the rest of us.

-- This week’s AEW paid commercial was awkward as Omega and Callis were there with Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone. They promoted Omega vs. Sydal to which Omega said there was no chance for Sydal to win tomorrow. Omega and Callis walked out, leaving Khan and Schiavone to run down the rest of the Dynamite card. 

-- Over at Omega’s locker room, Anderson and Gallows knocked, but since there was no answer, Gallows thought that maybe they were in there and not wanting to answer. This wouldn't have been a problem a minute later if they happened to pay attention to what was happening in the ring.

Kenny Omega and Don Callis promo

Omega initially threw a tirade about the Impact staff as Callis told him he could fire anyone he wanted.

Callis cut a promo, bringing back the idea that Impact World Champion Rich Swann is great, but he won’t be able to get the One Winged Angel out of his head, because, per them, no one has ever kicked out of the move. Omega straight up said he was bigger than Ibushi after Callis had listed a few names who Omega was better against. Callis said that he is willing to dry out every wrestler in the promotion to benefit Omega.

Callis showed a teaser of a One Winged Angel video compilation that he made for Omega. They ended their promo telling Swann that he’ll only be a footnote in the history of Omega, and told Impact that what was their biggest night in years was only Tuesday to him. Once he wins the Impact title, everyone in the promotion will know that they had no one good enough to challenge Omega. This was not their best work until Omega’s final words.

-- We got a promo from Violent By Design. Eric Young talked about how Rhino is not a monster he had to create, but only helped wake up to become the monster he was always meant to be. Rhino got baptized to officially enter the stable.

-- Miller interviewed Havok and Nevaeh about their win last week. They said they were extra motivated to go after the Knockouts Tag Team titles again, but at that moment, Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz interrupted them and actually offered them a match if they thought they had what it took. Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb also interrupted them and reminded them that they actually haven’t won by themselves as a team. Dashwood tried to recruit Nevaeh to team with her which made Havok quite jealous. 

Trey Miguel defeated Acey Romero (w/ Larry D) 

This was made after the earlier confrontation between XXXL and Miguel backstage. Miguel was still hot about the situation and used it against Romero. The match was a power vs. speed match as Miguel had the upper hand as long as he could hit and run. As soon as Romero got a hold of him, he dropped him and didn’t let him go for a while. 

After a couple of power moves, Miguel escaped Romero, dropping him with a neckbreaker. We got a great near fall after Miguel went for a springboard cutter, only to get pounced by Romero to the other side of the ring. Miguel won with a meteora after recovering from the pounce. This was an ok match and better than I expected. After the match, Larry D attacked Miguel, followed by Romero. Suddenly, Sami Callihan of all people saved Miguel and helped him take out XXXL.

-- Miller asked Swann about the Omega and Callis promo. He said that all their talk wasn’t going to get in his head that easy, nor would a video of the One Winged Angel. He said that both Omega and Callis were underestimating his fighting spirit. He accepted the move did put him down at Hard To Kill, but without the Good Brothers, Chris Sabin and Moose, he always had the upper hand on Omega and that he won’t be able to even hit it at Rebellion. This was an awesome promo.

-- Miller interviewed James Storm and Chris Sabin about Storm’s 1000th Impact match and how he’d celebrate. Storm said that he’d drink beer, but instead, he wanted to address Violent By Design, challenging EY to a match. D’Amore approached them and proposed that Storm vs. Eric Young be next week’s main event to celebrate Storm’s 1000th match.

-- Brown and Striker announced next week’s card: iStorm vs. EY, Knockouts Tag Team Champions Fire 'N Flava vs. Havok and Nevaeh, Ace Austin and Madman Fulton vs. TJP and Alexander, and once again, Omega will be at the Impact Zone.

Karl Anderson (w/ Doc Gallows) defeated Eddie Edwards

This match didn’t really have a build other than the confrontation we saw earlier.

The match started with some chain wrestling with Edwards having the upper hand, even hitting a dive early on, taking out both Anderson and Gallows. A couple of minutes later, Edwards went for a top rope dropkick, only to get cut off by Anderson when Gallows distracted him. Anderson gained control of the match. 

Anderson worked over Edwards’ head with constant headlocks. With five minutes left, Edwards made a comeback and got a near fall with the backpack stunner and a blue thunder bomb got another.

The finish saw Edward block a gunstun and go for the O’Connor roll, only to get kicked into the ropes where Gallows met Edwards with a chair, setting him up for a spinebuster by Anderson for the win. This was a good match, but I’m sure they could have a better one with more time and different pacing.

Afterwards, FinJuice cut a promo via a taped promo on the big screen, telling the Good Brothers they have been winning this last week and know the Good Brothers like having their bags carried around for them which should be easier now with 20 pounds less. This was a good promo, but not a lot of content.