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Ken Shamrock has been suspended!
The news dropped on last night’s Impact Wrestling (Dec. 2, 2020). The show featured Jazz teaming with Jordynne Grace in the Knockouts tag title tournament, Su Yung being kidnapped, Rohit Raju retaining the X-Division Championship, and Chris Bey positioning himself into a world title shot.
First things first. Scott D’Amore informed Ken Shamrock that he will not be welcome for 30 days.
What was the crime? Punching D’Lo Brown last week after a questionable call in Shamrock’s title loss to Rich Swann. Technically, D’Amore has a point since Brown is a hired official, but I’m siding with Shamrock that D’Lo deserved it. It is funny though that D’Amore didn’t seem to care that Shamrock also rammed a referee’s gut with his fist.
Leave it to Sami Callihan to turn a dark situation into a bright spot. I’m all for seeing vignettes of Shamrock on vacation in Bermuda. Imagine cheesy photos of Hawaiian shirts, umbrella drinks, and Shamrock with a permanent scowl on his face.
In other news, the opening round of the Knockouts tag title tournament resumed with Jazz making a return to the ring as the mystery partner of Jordynne Grace. Renee Michelle and Killer Kelly put up a fight, but they couldn’t stand toe to toe with the two powerhouses.
Jazz sealed the deal with a facebuster.
Grace & Jazz will compete against Havok & Nevaeh in the semifinals. The final bout of the opening round will be next week as Taya & Rosemary duke it out with Deonna Purrazzo & Kimber Lee. The winner of that bout will advance to wrestle Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz.
Let’s roll through the rest of the Impact Wrestling episode. Josh Mathews and Madison Rayne were on commentary.
Motor City Machine Guns defeated XXXL. Speed vs power. A flurry of double team maneuvers culminated with a flying splash neckbreaker combo from Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley.
Backstage, John E. Bravo was angry at Larry D for trying to kill him. Larry reacted by strangling Bravo against the wall. Tommy Dreamer intervened to break it up. The issue was asked why Larry wasn’t in jail. He claimed it was a set up. Dreamer wanted to take Larry downtown to the authorities, so Larry took Dreamer downtown with a knockout punch to the jaw.
Ethan Page was upset about losing to Swoggle last week, but he has a plan to fix it all. Page admitted that he injured Luke Gallows, then he challenged Karl Anderson to a singles bout at Final Resolution on December 12. If Page wins, The North will earn their rematch against the Good Brothers for tag team gold.
Tenille Dashwood approached her new partner Alisha Edwards with fashion tips, but Alisha’s attention was elsewhere. She has hiding around the corner waiting for Sami Callihan to pass. Alisha attacked for what he did to her husband last week. (Callihan bloodied Eddie Edwards with a baseball bat.)
The world belongs to us. Eric Young and Joe Doering ruined a match between Johnny Swinger and Cody Deaner. Young and Doering dished out pain to both men. Young stated that this will continue until our eyes are open. Young babbled with more of his madman ravings about the world belonging to them.
Deonna Purrazzo and Kimber Lee inquired about James Mitchell’s progress in dealing with Su Yung. Since Mitchell hadn’t located her yet, Purrazzo had an idea to lure Su out.
Cody Deaner was angry about the attack from Young and Doering. It was personal for Cody. He has known Young since breaking into the business, and now Young treats him like a nobody. Cody wanted a fight with Young for next week.
Su Yung kidnapped. (Full details here.) Purrazzo was in the ring to taunt Su into her title rematch. Su came out. Mitchell followed with a gang of undead bridesmaids. Purrazzo countered red mist then hit a Gotch piledriver. The bridesmaids took Su’s body to the back.
Moose creeped on Chris Bey. If Bey wins the main event against Willie Mack, then that should put him in line for a title shot against Rich Swann. Moose issued a warning that he will take the world title from Bey if Bey happens to win it from Swann.
Karl Anderson accepted Page’s challenge as revenge for Gallows.
X-Division Championship: Rohit Raju retained against Crazzy Steve. Rohit was in trouble on a deep octopus stretch, but he managed to extend his leg to the ropes for a break. Steve ducked a running knee then hopped on Rohit’s back looking for a crucifix pin. Rohit maintained body control to sit down on top of Steve for the pin. The champ cheated by grabbing the ropes for leverage on the three count.
Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz were making plans to spend Fallah Bahh’s stolen cash when Bahh confronted them wanting it back. They hid the loot and convinced him to wait until next week. Swinger came on the scene offering a 2-for-1 Swingman special to the ladies. They were repulsed by the old man.
Brian Myers rubbed in Steve’s loss. TJP wanted Myers’ to back up his mouth in the ring.
Willie Mack defeated Chris Bey. Bey was in control talking smack, so Mack slapped him. Mack caught a kick to set up a pop-up forearm blast then a stunner to win.
After the match, Moose ran in to spear Mack. Swann hit the ring to unload quick kicks on Moose. Bey was last to strike with a springboard cutter on Swann. Bey closed the show standing tall with Swann’s title belt.
Impact often produces kooky segments, but they all kind of make sense with weird logic. That’s why it is so befuddling that Chris Bey lost clean to Willie Mack. On the surface, no big deal. Trying to build Bey as a world title contender is when it becomes head-scratching. Rich Swann versus Chris Bey appears to be the main event for Impact’s Final Resolution special.
At least Impact was smart enough to have Swann request the match. As a viewer, the issue is that Bey has no momentum after he just lost to Mack. I’m sure the match will be exciting, but I have zero feelings of anticipation for it.
XXXL was the stand out of the show for me. They competed at a high level with the Motor City Machine Guns. For the first time, Acey Romero and Larry D actually made me believe they could be future title holders. Their teamwork was on point and fitting for their burly style.
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