IMPACT Wrestling announced that AEW World Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega will team with the IMPACT Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows to take on The Motor City Machine Guns and IMPACT champion Rich Swann in the Main Event of Hard to Kill.
Hard to Kill will air live on FITE TV on January 16. Thus far this is the only match announced.
This came as a huge surprise as most of us were expecting an Omega vs Swann title vs title match. While I believe that match will happen one day, a Bullet Club reunion is a suitable substitute. Where the Swann vs Omega match happens is anyone’s guess. Would not be surprised is AEW secures that match for an episode of Dynamite. I still fully expect Omega to have a lengthy reign this year as IMPACT champion.
IMPACT PR sent me the following press release:
RICH SWANN & THE MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS
KENNY OMEGA & THE GOOD BROTHERS
HEADLINES HARD TO KILL™
HUGE MAIN EVENT CONFIRMED
FOR IMPACT WRESTLING’S JANUARY 16 PAY-PER-VIEW
NASHVILLE, TN – (December 15, 2020) – The main event of IMPACT Wrestling’s first Pay-Per-View of 2021, HARD TO KILL, was made official just moments ago, sending shock waves around the wrestling world.
On Saturday night, January 16, reigning IMPACT Wrestling World Champion Rich Swann will team with the Motor City Machine Guns – Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin – to collide with reigning All Elite Wrestling World Champion Kenny Omega and IMPACT Tag Team Champions, The Good Brothers – Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows.
HARD TO KILL WILL AIR LIVE IN THE UK ON PREMIER SPORT
Using his authority as IMPACT Executive Vice President, Don Callis made the match following a wild backstage brawl on IMPACT! on AXS.
After rendering Swann unconscious by assaulting the IMPACT World Champion with a sign, Omega added insult to injury. “This may be your house,” he told Swann, “but as long as you are a wrestler, you are living in my world.”
Flanked by The Good Brothers, Omega also referenced the Bullet Club, the name of the infamous faction they were all members of while competing in Japan.
Looking directly into the camera as if to address fans watching on AXS TV, Omega said: “You guys wanted it, we’re gonna give it to you!”
Omega, Callis and The Good Brothers had departed the arena when Swann and The Motor City Machine Guns recovered from the assault.
Speaking for all three of them, Swann said: “We are going to clean up The Good Brothers and ‘The Cleaner’, and sweep their asses out the door.”
Reached backstage just moments ago, IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore had the following reaction: “We promised a can’t-miss episode of IMPACT Wrestling tonight – can anybody argue that we didn’t deliver? Challenge issued, challenge accepted. It is on! It is official!
“At HARD TO KILL on January 16, two great champions – Rich Swann and Kenny Omega – will join two of the toughest tag teams in the world – the Machine Guns and the Good Brothers – and fight it out in an historic six-man tag match.”
Callis, meanwhile, had a briefer statement when reached by phone.
“Once again, you’ve witnessed Kenny Omega and I writing history,” the IMPACT executive said.
HARD TO KILL will be available on Premier Sport in the UK and also via FITE TV