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Himanshu’s Impact Wrestling Review 1.26.23

January 26, 2023 | Posted by Himanshu Doi
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Himanshu’s Impact Wrestling Review 1.26.23  

Hey there, IMPACT fans! It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for another episode of IMPACT Wrestling. I’m Himanshu (you can follow me on @Himanshu_Doi) and you know how this works. Tonight, six former Champions collide in a first-ever Golden Six Shooter match, which features Moose vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Sami Callihan vs. Rich Swann vs. Rhino vs. Chris Sabin, X-Division Champion Trey Miguel defends against fan favorite Mike Jackson, The Death Dollz defend the Knockouts World Tag Team Titles against Gisele Shaw and a partner of new Director of Authority Santino Marella’s choosing, The Major Players take on The Bullet Club’s Ace Austin & Chris Bey, Jonathan Gresham goes one-on-one with Sheldon Jean and The Good Hands take on the team of Kushida & Kevin Knight. So let’s jump right in!

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IMPACT Wrestling

Date: January 26, 2023
Location: Center Stage, Atlanta, Georgia
Commentators: Tom Hannifan, Matthew Rehwoldt

Match 1: Trey Miguel vs Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson lock-up to start and Trey Miguel takes him down with an armdrag. They exchange quick pin attempts. Trey slaps Mike in the chest and Mike returns the favour. Trey Miguel snaps the fingers of Mike and hits a body slam. Mike is on the outside and goes for a crossbody but Mike gets out of the way. Mike throws Trey back in the ring and Mike goes Old-School with Trey Miguel and walks around the ring but Trey drops him down. Trey hits the Lightning Spiral for the three.

Result: Trey Miguel def. Mike Jackson
Rating: **½

After the match, Trey Miguel looks under the ring for his spray paint but he gets creeped out when he finds Crazzy Steve under there. Crazzy Steve takes a red spray paint and sprays the Trey Miguel logo onto his chest. Trey Miguel tries to leave through the entranceway but Black Taurus is there. Trey gets out through the crowd.

Backstage, Gia Miller asks Josh Alexander about the Six Shooter Match. Josh says he will still be the World Champion. Maclin comes in and says he has beaten all of them and he tells Josh to keep one eye out because his buddy Scott D’Amore isn’t here anymore.

Match 2: The Good Hands vs Kushida and Kevin Knight

Kevin Knight and John Skyler start off and Knight controls John’s arm. Kevin splashes Skyler and Hotch in the corner. Knight whips Hotch into the ropes and hits him with a dropkick. Kushida locked in a Kimura Lock on Hotch and Hotch taps.

Result: Kushida and Kevin Knight def. Jason Hotch and John Skyler
Rating: **¾

Gisele Shaw and Jai Vidal are backstage with Santino and ask him who Gisele’s partner is. Gisele brings her out and we don’t see her but Jai Vidal is excited.

Mickie James is backstage with Jordynne Grace and thanks Jordynne for being by her side. Jordynne says she was protecting her investment which is the Knockouts Title and she still has a rematch. Mickie says when she beats Masha, she will get her rematch. Jordynne corrects her to say “if” she beats Masha.

Match 3: The Major Players vs Ace and Bey

Bey and Cardona start off and Bey takes Cardona down with a clothesline and armdrag. Bey tags in Ace and Ace kicks Cardona in the corner. Myers goes to the middle rope and Cardona goes for a double team love but Bey pushes Cardona into Myers. Ace gets the pin on Cardona.

Result: Ace and Bey def. The Major Players
Rating: ***¼

Joe Hendry comes after the match and says he heard Matt Cardona wanted a shot at the Digital Media Championship and Joe accepts to defend it. He then plays a video of a song he made about Cardona playing with toys and being Edge’s bitch.

Match 4: Jonathan Gresham vs Sheldon Jean

Jonathan gets a calf killer on Sheldon but Sheldon gets to the ropes. Sheldon rakes Gresham’s nose. Gresham takes Jean down with the dropkick. Jonathan Gresham tries to take Sheldon down with the drop toe hold but Sheldon would fall down so Jonathan hyperextends the knee of Sheldon Jean and hits a forearm in the neck and pins him.

Result: Jonathan Gresham def. Sheldon Jean by pinfall.
Rating: **½

Match 5: Moose vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Sami Callihan vs. Rich Swann vs. Rhino vs. Chris Sabin

Sami takes down Sabin with a cutter. Rhino hits a tackle on Sami in the corner. Moose hits a spear on Rhino and Sami pins Rhino to eliminate him as we go to a commercial break.

Back from commercial and Sabin hits a tornado DDT on Moose for two. Sabin hits a tornado DDT on Eddie Edwards. Sami about to hit a DDT on Rich Swann but Rich gets out of it. Swann gets a Frog Splash for two. Rich Swann goes to the middle rope and Eddie is about to hit a backpack Stunner but Rich Swann gets out of it. Sabin runs in and Eddie drops him and powerbombs Rich onto him for two. Eddie hits a Tiger Driver on Sabin for two. PCO’s music hits and he comes out and Eddie is distracted before Sabin rolls him up and eliminates him. Moose goes for a uppercut on Sabin in the corner but Sabin gets out and hits an enzugiri and looks to hit the tornado DDT but Moose gets out of it and hits the Spear to eliminate Sabin before we go to commercial.

Back from commercial and Rich Swann hits a cutter on Sami. Moose hits a Dragon Screw on Swann. Moose gets a Calf Killer or Swann but Swann gets to the ropes. Moose looks to grab Swann but Swann rolls him up for the three and Moose is eliminated. We’re down to Swann and Callihan as The Design comes to ringside and Cody tells Callihan to take the last step. Callihan gets a Stretch Muffler but Rich Swann rolls him up for two. Swann kicks Callihan and hits a 450 Splash for the win.

Result: Rich Swann wins the Golden Six Shooter Match
Rating: ***¾

After the match, The Design attack Rich Swann and Callihan is about to hit the piledriver but Yuya Uemura comes out. Yuya is taken out before Josh Alexander and Kazarian come out and clear the ring.

The final score: review Good
The 411
A solid edition of IMPACT. Ace and Bey are being built up as major players in the tag team division a the expense of... The Major Players. Gresham is being built up every week as a master of technical offense. Gisele Shaw is being built up every week as a terrible tag team partner. And Rich Swann has been built up as the next challenger to Josh Alexander's World Championship at Hard To Kill in a match that I'm really looking forward to.

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