Impact Wrestling Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction, Highlights from January 13
On the heels of a blockbuster Hard To Kill pay-per-view, Impact Wrestling made history in Thursday night's main event as AAA Reina de Reinas champion Deonna Purrazzo and Ring of Honor women's champion Rok-C battled in a title-for-title main event.
The historic bout headlined a show that featured all of the fallout from the PPV, including the invasion of Impact by former Ring of Honor stars Matt Taven, PCO, Mike Bennett, Vincent and Maria Kanellis.
What went down on the explosive broadcast and what does it mean for the company moving forward?
Find out now with this recap of the January 13 show.
W. Morrissey Calls Out Moose
W. Morrissey kicked off Thursday's show, wasting little time in calling out Impact world champion Moose, just days after having him pinned at Hard To Kill.
Moose said there will be a world title match later Thursday night, but it would not involve Morrissey. The big man vowed that the former NFL star would not make it to the title defense.
Backstage, Morrissey ran into executive vice president Scott D'Amore, who reiterated what Moose said.
Back in the Impact Zone, Matt Taven, Vincent and Mike Bennett attacked color commentator D'Lo Brown and drove him through a table. The Ring of Honor invaders promised this would not be the last time they would be seen on the night.
In one segment, we found out the direction the Impact World Championship picture will take with Moose and Morrissey, while also highlighting the most newsworthy aspect of Sunday's Hard To Kill with the invading ROH stars.
It was an intriguing start to the show, and the announcement of the title match—without revealing the challenger—gives fans something to stay tuned for. As did the brutal attack of Brown and the promise of more chaos by Taven, Vincent and Bennett.
Laredo Kid vs. Chris Bey
X-Division champion Trey Miguel joined Tom Hannifan at the commentary table in the wake of Brown's beatdown, just in time for a showdown between Laredo Kid and Chris Bey.
Bey wiped out his masked opponent early, seizing control of the bout ahead of the commercial break.
The Ultimate Finesser dominated the action, working over his opponent in an attempt to keep him grounded. The resilient babyface fought back and launched himself through the ropes with a tope suicida that had him looking like he had been shot out of a cannon.
Back-and-forth action, including a counter out of a reverse GTS, culminated with Laredo Kid delivering a Spanish Fly from the top rope for the pinfall victory.
Kid defeated Bey
Two top X-Division stars squared off in an uber-competitive match that saw Kid score the win and put himself in a position to claim a championship opportunity in the near future.
The chemistry between him and Bey was off-the-charts, and one has to wonder what they would be capable of in a high-profile PPV setting.
Miguel was surprisingly great on commentary, never appearing nervous or fazed on the mic. He was thoughtful and insightful, and he helped out over the competition in the division. If he is out injured for a while, putting him at the table with Hannifan is not a bad option.
'Speedball' Mike Bailey vs. Jake Something
Fresh off a victory in the Countdown to Hard To Kill opener, "Speedball' Mike Bailey sought to continue his winning ways when he battled Jake Something Thursday night. Ace Austin, seconded by Madman Fulton, joined Hannifan on commentary.
Something overpowered Bailey to grab control of the match, but his gutsy rival fought back and finished his larger opponent off with Ultima Weapon, a shooting star double knee to the back.
"I don't know much about 'Speedball' Mike Bailey, but I'm learning," Austin said.
Bailey defeated Something
Bailey has been waiting to showcase his abilities on this stage for a long time and is finally getting that opportunity. So far, so good.
The dynamic, explosive competitor with one of the most beautiful finishing moves in the business has been nothing short of phenomenal to this point and is now 2-0.
Austin teased a rivalry with the newcomer while on commentary, a program that would do great things for Bailey as he looks to build credibility with the Impact audience.
Masha Slamovich vs. Vert Vixen
Masha Slamovich made her second appearance in the Impact Zone as a contracted competitor, battling Vert Vixen in singles action.
The Russian rocked her opponent with a big boot at the bell and proceeded to dominate en route to a one-sided win.
As Slamovich made her way back up the ramp, Josh Alexander entered the arena, slowly passing by the newcomer and showing her respect on his way to the ring.
Slamovich defeated Vixen
Slamovich is going to be an enormous star for Impact and the face of the Knockouts division for many years to come. She has the look, presence and dominant in-ring style to stand out from others.
The question is whether she can hang with the top stars in the division, but it doesn't look like that will be a problem.
Alexander acknowledging her did as much to put her over with the Impact fans as the win did, making that little moment incredibly important.
Josh Alexander Addresses the Impact Audience
Josh Alexander wasted little time addressing the events of Hard To Kill, then turned his attention to Impact world champion Moose and avenging the traumatic experience his wife and children endured at Bound For Glory in October.
Charlie Haas interrupted, with the former WWE and Ring of Honor star making his way to the ring and confronting The Walking Weapon.
Haas put over Alexander, his accomplishments and said he knows he still has plenty left in the tank. He said Alexander is the pinnacle and he wants a match with him. He ended the segment by delivering a cheap shot. As a brawl was about to break out, security hit the ring to separate the stars.
Alexander accepted the former amateur wrestling great's challenge for a match.
The arrival of Haas is so delightfully random but so incredibly welcome.
The former WWE tag team champion is in hellish shape and always had the ability to hang with the best wrestlers in the world. Alexander is certainly one of them, and the opportunity to see the two amateur greats collide in an Impact ring is unexpected but super-cool at the same time.
Their contest should be an intensely physical match that helps further elevate Alexander and gives Haas an opportunity to show if he can still hang.
Impact World Championship Match: Moose vs. Zicky Dice
Impact world champion Moose showed such little respect for Zicky Dice that he didn't even change out of his suit for the match. Instead, he wiped the challenger out and won within seconds.
After the match, a pissed-off W. Morrissey made his presence felt again, chasing the champion off but not without rocking Dice with a big boot to put an exclamation point on his humiliating evening.
Moose defeated Dice
Dice is a great character but he's hardly in contention for a major world title so his treatment here is kind of forgivable. Could he be better utilized across the company? Sure, but given his spot on the show right now, this was fine.
The real meat to the segment was the teased confrontation between Moose and Morrissey. The champion escaped unscathed, but there will come a time when he has to defend his title against his former associate. That will be a hell of a hoss fight.
Jonah vs. Raj Singh
Frustrated with his spot in Impact Wrestling, Raj Singh made the mistake of issuing an open challenge to anyone in the locker room.
The big Aussie put his submission loss to Josh Alexander at Hard To Kill behind him as he ran over his opponent en route to a victory via the devastating middle-rope splash.
Jonah defeated Singh
Jonah is still around and still a threat, and that is very bad news for everyone in the locker room.
That was the biggest takeaway from this one, which was a squash match through and through. Where that leaves Jonah moving forward in Impact remains to be seen, but the big man has a bright future ahead of him if he sticks around.
Winner Takes All Match: Rok-C vs. Deonna Purrazzo
Ring of Honor women's champion Rok-C put her title on the line against Deonna Purrazzo, whose AAA Reina de Reinas Championship was also at stake. Ian Riccaboni of ROH and ring announcer Bobby Cruise joined the broadcast, representing the company's interests.
The Virtuosa wore Rok-C down, outwrestling the less-experienced competitor at every turn. Rok-C fought back and dodged a blind charge into the corner, leaving Purrazzo to strike the ring post with her shoulder. Rok-C delivered a Thesz Press from the middle rope and then pounded away at her opponent.
The arm work established by Purrazzo earlier slowed her opponent's momentum and allowed the Reina de Reinas champion to apply the Fujiwara armbar. Rok-C escaped and earned a strong near-fall. She looked for the Code Rok but Purrazzo countered out. Rok-C escaped the armbar and turned it into a crossface.
Purrazzo countered into the armbar and hooked Rok-C's other arm in the Venus de Milo for the submission win and historic victory.
After the match, Maria Kanellis confronted the victor in the ring, only to be brushed off.
As Taven, Vincent, Bennett and PCO swarmed the ring, Matt Rehwoldt came to Purrazzo's aid. Willie Mack and Rich Swann joined him but still found themselves outnumbered and beaten down by the ROH heels. The invaders stood tall to close the show.
Purrazzo defeated Rok-C to win the ROH women's title
With that, Purrazzo recovered instantly from her loss Saturday night at Hard To Kill by etching her name in another history book—an honor befitting one of the best wrestlers in the world.
The Virtuosa and Rok-C tore the house down in a fantastic main event that continued Impact's dedication to women's wrestling.
Afterward, the ROH invaders made their presence felt as their storyline becomes one of the overarching in the company.
A superb match and a hot angle concluded a show that had a sense of urgency and created genuine excitement about the Impact product for the coming weeks and months.