IMPACT Wrestling presents “Hard to Kill” this weekend and it is primed to be the biggest PPV of the Anthem era. The main event features AEW champion Kenny Omega teaming with the Good Brothers as “The Elite” taking on IMPACT champion Rich Swann and the Motor City Machine Guns. UPDATE: Literally while writing this, IMPACT announced Moose will be replacing Alex Shelley. This PPV has the most buzz for an IMPACT PPV in recent memory, and many are tuning in just to see Kenny Omega. But I’m here to give you 5 more reasons you should order the PPV on FITE TV tomorrow night:
5. Potential Surprises
At this years Slammiversary we saw the returns of Eric Young and the Motor City Machine Guns as well as the debuts of Heath and the Good Brothers (yes, Gallows actually is returning). Bound for Glory saw the return of James Storm. Could we see some surprises? Scott D’Amore teased a surprise for the KO tag title match and there are many free agents available. Plus, could Moxley debut to get revenge on the Elite? What about the Young Bucks?
4. Knockouts in Prominent Roles
Fans of Women’s wrestling are rejoicing now that the Knockouts Tag Team titles have returned. Havoc and Navaeh will take on Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz in a sleeper of a match.
Taya will challenge KO champ Deonna Purazzo. Taya is the longest reigning KO champ ever and since her debut, Purazzo has had one good match after another, earning her IMPACT wrestler of the year honors. This match is slotted in the semi-main position.
Tenille Dashwood teams with Kaleb to take on Rosemary and Crazzy Steve. Im not expecting it to set the world on fire and will likely be short but it should be fun and thats two more women on the card.
3. There Will Be Blood
Sami Callihan and Eddie Edwards face off in just the 4th Barbed Wire Massacre match in company history. You don’t see blood too often on IMPACT but this should be different. These two have been engaged in an on again off again blood feud for 3 years and this should be the culmination. Also, Ive never seen either Eddie or Sami fail to deliver in a big spot, so this should be great.
2. IMPACT Looking to Turn Heads
This will be the first time the crew has gotten together since creating buzz with the AEW synergy. They know they will have their biggest PPV audience in years and will be looking to prove a point. They have been saddled with TNA stink for years and many have been unwilling to give them a chance despite putting on great shows. I’d expect a new energy and a new look. IMPACT announced a new announce team earlier this week in Matt Stryker and D-Lo Brown. I’d expect talent up and down the card to bring their A games more so than usual. Look out for the X-Division Title match between Chris Bey, Manik, and Rohit Raju to steal the show here, especially Chris Bey, who is looking to be one of the top young faces of the company for the next couple years.
1. The Evolution of the IMPACT-AEW Relationship
The ending of this match will be the most interesting in years. Will Kenny Omega get pinned? Will Omega pin Swann? If so what happens next? How do we get to an eventual Omega-Swann title for title match? There are so many questions heading in to the march and there will be so many after its over. Now you add Moose in to the equation and it gets even more interesting. Hard to Kill looks to be a fun and newsworthy show, but IMPACT on AXS 3 days later may be even bigger. Hope the company capitalizes on this attention and does what they can to retain their new audience.