As we leave the Wrestle House and return to the Impact Zone, everyone has their eyes set on their opportnity at Hard to Kill. Last night, Scott D’Amore announced that the first Knockouts Ultimate X Match, taking place at Hard to Kill, would consist of six Knockouts. Digital Media Champion, Jordynne Grace along with her tag partner and former Knockouts Tag Team Champion, Rachael Ellering were the first to make their claim at the opportunity.
Tasha Steelz and Savannah Evans interrupted their meeting with D’Amore to announce that they were the only two competitors that are needed for the match. Steelz called them losers as Evans recently called out her win over Ellering on BTI. After the rematch was made official, Ellering defeated Evans later that night to gain even more momentum as the selections narrow down.
D’Amore made it very clear that the contenders for the first-ever Knockouts Ultimate X match will be announced next week and next week only. All through the night, it seemed that D’Amore’s announcement remained unheard. He was later met with the persuasion of Chelsea Green and demanding of Alisha Edwards. However, he reminded them yet again that the competitors would only be released next week, patience is key.
Back from traveling worldwide, Tenille Dashwood was welcomed back by the other members of The Influence, Madison Rayne and Kaleb, with a K. They filled her in about the arrival of the new Knockouts Tag Team Champions, The IInspiration. They convinced Dashwood to confront the newbies altogether and let their presence be known. After their sudden remembrance of one another, it was clear that Dashwood and The IInspiration had more catching up to do than Rayne was expecting. We will see if they can all get along as they team up to take on all Decay members next week.
The Virtuosa joined D’Lo Brown and Matt Striker as her close friend and Homecoming teammate, Matthew Rehwoldt, faced Chris Sabin. Before the match, he was respectfully given the floor in which she stated, “My main message is: I want my Knockouts Championship back, and I told everyone at Turning Point that was my mission moving forward. That’s my focus tonight.” She went on to say, “When you lose, something needs to change. Maybe I got a little too big for my britches, and the glitz and the glam didn’t do me any favors.”
She later took off the headset and distracted Sabin to give Rehwoldt the win. Unsuccessful as she was, James decided to make the odds even and came to the aid of Sabin to take care of Purrazzo herself. The two brawled as the match continued, and James chased Purrazzo to the back. Our Twitter page caught the aftermaths of the brawl, where each of the Knockouts had quite a few words for one another.
Next week, Homecoming King and Queen Matthew Rehwoldt and Deonna Purrazzo will face the current Knockouts Champion, Mickie James, and former IMPACT World Champion, Chris Sabin. As everyone looks to make their mark at Hard To Kill, there seems to be a score to settle, and no one is backing down.
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