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By Mike Johnson on 2019-04-28 20:15:00

Impact Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie vs. Jordynne Grace

Grace had control early on, including a powerbomb on the apron.  She kicked off Taya as she charged and nailed a back senton splash for a two count.  Grace whipped Taya into the corner and she nailed the ring post shoulder-first.

Taya came back with a kick but was grabbed by her hair.  Taya dropped off the apron, snapping Grace’s arm over the top rope.  She slammed Grace’s arm into the ring post several times and nailed a knee to the face.  Returning to the ring, she covered Grace, who kicked up at one, showing her power.

Taya continued the attack, choking Grace against the turnbuckles.  The crowd chanted for Grace.   Taya tried to lock her in a submission but Grace draped her foot over the bottom rope to escape.    Grace set her up to hang off the ropes and drilled her for a DDT.  Grace kept kicking up, infuriating Taya.

Taya locked on another arm submission.    Grace fought her way out and nailed a clothesline, but hurt her own arm in the process.   Taya kept attacking her but was nailed down. Grace kept showing her power.  She hit a scary looking sit-down Michinoku Driver for a two count.  Grace sent Taya into the buckles but was kicked off.  Grace pulled her off the ropes with a muscle buster but Taya kicked up.

They went back and forth with some nice near falls.  Taya nailed a knee to the face.  Grace went for the Grace Driver but Taya nailed a headbutt to break it.   Grace clobbered her with several clotheslines but the arm that Taya was working over gave way.  Taya grabbed the stunned Grace and nailed Valhalla for the pin.

Your winner and still Knockouts Champion, Taya!

Good match.

They plugged this weekend's TV tapings in Philadelphia, plugging Rob Van Dam and Tommy Dreamer will be appearing.

Backstage, Melissa Santos interviewed Gail Kim.  She said that stepping back into the ring was a difficult decision.  She said she loves her role as an agent.  She's coming out of retirement to teach Tessa Blanchard the biggest lesson that no one has been able to teach her - respect.

Impact Wrestling X-Division Champion Rich Swann vs. Sami Callihan – No DQ, OVE banned from ringside.

Callihan was superkicked at the onset.  He kept charging and kept getting kicked.  Callihan ate a series of strikes and a big kick that sent him to the floor.  Swann grabbed a staple gun and stapled Sami’s face, then his shoulder.  He continued assaulting Callihan.

Several weapons, including trash cans and chairs.  Swann was stapled in the mouth and then in the face.  Callihan nailed a series of kicks and drilled him with a Facewash in the corner.  Callihan smashed Swann with a cookie sheet on the floor.  Callihan kept beating the crap out of Swann and they teased Swann couldn’t continue.

Callihan went into the crowd and emerged with a piece of the barricade, which he laid against the ring entrance ramp.  Callihan dragged Swann around ringside and nailed Swann with a drink.  Swann was brought into the ring.  Callihan teased he was going to powerbomb Swann out of the ring onto the guard rail by the ramp but Swann escaped and grabbed a chair.  He nailed Sami with it. 

Sami was placed in a chair in a sitting position.  Swann rebounded off the ropes but was caught and hit with an exploder into the chair.  That looked like a nasty bump.  Callihan went for a powerbomb but Swann drilled him with a cookie sheet in mid-air.  He nailed Sami again.  Callihan spat at him.  Swann wiped it off his face and ate it.  ENOUGH WITH THAT.

Swann slammed Callihan on a trash can for a two count.  Callihan rolled out of the ring to the ramp.  Swann grabbed a plastic caution sign and blasted him across the back with it. He kept smashing Callihan with it, all the way up the ramp.  They battled all the way up.  Swann swung off some of the girders that were used for the entrance and hit a rana.  He then hit a handspring off the ropes into a cutter on the ramp.  The crowd popped for that.

Swann dove off the ropes but Callihan drilled him with a punch.  Swann was knocked off the apron but superkicked Callihan as he dove after him.  Callihan landed on the barricade.  Callihan cut off Swann and nailed a piledriver on the barricade.  Swann was brought back into the ring and covered for a two count.

Callihan brought out a giant Lego from under the ring and poured a bunch of little Legos.    Callihan was fought off and slammed into the Legos.  Swann went to the top but Callihan threw salt in his face and piledriver off the buckles for a two count. 

Callihan brought out a barbed wire baseball bat from under the ring.  He told Swann to quit.  Swann said he would never quit and grabbed a testicular claw.  Callihan dropped the bat.  Swann nailed him with the handle and locked on a crossface with the barbed wire bat ripping across Callihan’s face.  Callihan quit.

Your winner and still X-Division Champion, Rich Swann!

Good weapons-laden brawl.  The spit spots are horrible and have to go, however.

They officially announced the NYC tapings for June.

Tessa Blanchard was interviewed.  She said she's earned respect.  Her Grandfather is in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Her father is in two Hall of Fames.  She said she used to respect Gail Kim but all that respected the moment she put her hands on Tessa and cost her the Knockouts title.  Kim thinks she's going to come out of retirement to put a notch in her belt and teach Tessa ablout respect.  That's not going to happen.  She's going to teach a lesson in regret.  TULLY BLANCHARD showed up and said he's going to be at ringside.  He told Tessa she indeed came from a family of respect and tonight, she will teach Gail a lesson about respect.  That was a nice surprise!

Gail Kim vs. Tessa Blanchard

Kim’s husband, Food Network star Roger Irvine and Tully Blanchard are both at ringside.   Irvine didn't look happy to be on camera.

They went face to face at the bell.  Blanchard drilled Kim with a right and but Kim made a comeback and nailed a flying clothesline in the corner.  Kim nailed a legdrop off the ropes for a two count.  Kim nailed a series of forearms against the ropes.   Tessa ducked a clothesline and nailed a rana.

Tessa nailed a springboard dropkick off the ropes, knocking Kim off the apron.  Tessa nailed a tope suicida to the floor and yelled at Irvine.   Kim nailed a clothesline and used the ring posts to slide around and nail a kick.  Kim nailed a splash in the corner and drilled her with a Kawada kick as she was caught up in the ropes, hanging.

Kim went for the figure four at the ring post but Tessa escaped.  They battled to a corner.  Tessa kicked her off the ropes and drilled her with a DDT for a two count.  Kim was worked over.  Tessa went for a Saito suplex but Kim blocked it.  Kim caught her with a slam for a two count.   Tessa missed a driving elbow into the ropes.  Kim went for a head scissors but turned it into a submission.  Blanchard drilled her over the knee with a backbreaker, then snapped her over with a Saito suplex for a two count.

Tessa worked over Kim, who mounted a comeback but missed a splash into the ropes, sailing through to the floor.  They battled outside on the apron, pulling each other into the ring post.  They crashed down to the mat.  Tessa tried to return to the ring but was pulled into the figure four leglock at the ringpost.   

Kim returned to the ring and worked her over with a series of rights.  Blanchard and Kim fired back and forth at each other with authority.    Kim began to get the better of the exchange.  Kim nailed a flying bodypress off the ropes for a two count.  The crowd chanted for Kim.  Kim went for Eat Defeat but Tessa avoided it and knocked her outside to the ramp.  Blanchard followed and went for a suplex on the ramp.  Kim blocked it.  Tessa grabbed Kim and gave her the face plant on the stage but tossed her off the ramp to the floor.  Kim made it back to the ring at the last second, preventing a countout.

Tessa attacked her with a seires of strikes and went for the Buzzsaw kick.  Kim blocked it.  Tessa went for the slingshot suplex (her dad's finisher) but Kim drilled her with a knee, landed on her feet and nailed Eat Defeat.  Tessa kicked up at the last second.  Kim went to the top but was nailed with a Blanchard palm strike.  Kim tried to apply a Dragon Sleeper on the ropes but Tessa bit her on the arm.  Tessa pressed and slammed her into the ring.  She nailed the Magnum off the ropes and covered Kim for a two count, but turned it into a Crossface.  Kim tried to get to the ropes but was rolled into the center of the ring.  Trapped, Gail tapped out.

Your winner, Tessa Blanchard!

This was perfect from a booking standpoint to make Blanchard.  This had a certain intensity to it that nothing else on the show had and felt like a big-time rivalry.  This one really delivered and was the best thing on the show thus far.

Tessa embraced her dad at ringside.  He told her that she made him proud.  Blanchard was crying.  Blanchard returned to the ring and embraced Kim, who hugged her.    Tessa raised her arm, crying, then gave the ring to Kim.   Kim saluted the crowd, which gave her a nice ovation.    Kim bowed to the audience before leaving.

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