As the build towards Rebellion continues, who picked up some much needed momentum on the April 14th episode of IMPACT Wrestling?
The show kicked off with a stunningly honest and heartfelt promo from W. Morrissey. The former WWE star recalled the last time that he was in the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, when he left in an ambulance. Morrissey described how the withdrawal-induced seizure he suffered that day was the catalyst for him to turn his life around and push towards getting sober and healthy once again.
However, with fans roaring their appreciation, Morrissey was interrupted by Brian Myers who was swiftly followed by Matt Cardona and Chelsea Green. The trio joining forces to slam Morrissey through a table.
Deonna Purrazzo def Willow Nightingale
Nightingale continued her recent fine run becoming the latest challenger to answer Deonna Purrazzo’s Cham Champ Challenge. Interestingly, the challenger decided to pursue the Ring of Honor Women’s Women’s Championship.
In a hard-fought clash, Nightingale pushed the champion all the way before eventually succumbing to the Venus de Milo submission as Purrazzo again reminded the world why she’s one of the premiere women’s wrestlers on the planet.
Jonathan Gresham def Rocky Romero
Gresham continued his march towards his clash at IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion against Eddie Edwards with victory over Rocky Romero. The Ring of Honor World Champion was given the occasional scare by Romero, but eventually dug out the win.
Jonathan Gresham will be back in action at AEW Battle of the Belts II when he defends the ROH World Title against Dalton Castle.
Alex Shelly def Steve Maclin
With Maclin’s mind elsewhere, Alex Shelly took full advantage to score a surprise win. In a highly-physical contest, Shelly emerged victorious after hitting the Shell Shocked.
This was followed by a verbal battle between Honor No More and the Bullet Club. Mike Bennett, PCO, Vincent, Kenny King, Eddie Edwards and Matt Tavern were out first with Maria Kanellis as they pledged their dominance over IMPACT Wrestling. Unsurprisingly, this didn’t sit well with Bullet Club who came out to confront the former ROH stars before a wild brawl ensued.
It was announced after the show that the two factions will meet in an eight-man tag team match on April 21st.
Jonah def PCO
The bout was as violent and hard-hitting as expected with the two combatants going hell for leather from the opening bell. In the end it was Jonah who got his hand raised after hitting the Tsunami, capitalising after his rival missed the Reanimator.
With his rivalry with PCO now consigned to history, Jonah can turn his attention to his huge clash at Rebellion with New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Tomohiro Ishii.