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Tessa Blanchard News & Impact Hard to Kill Results
This weekend did not start in an ideal way for Impact Wrestling. A day before Tessa Blanchard took on Sami Callahan for the Impact World Championship, multiple stories emerged on social media about Blanchard bullying other wrestlers, having them blackballed, and in one instance using a racial slur and spitting on a black woman. The stories came from a number of women’s wrestlers, including Chelsea Green, Allysin Kay, Priscilla Kelly, and more. Fightful has a great roundup of the responses here, and Blanchard denied the stories on Twitter.
Still, the show went on with Blanchard in the main event. Full results for Hard to Kill are below:
- Ken Shamrock def. Madman Fulton
- Ace Austin (c) def. Trey Miguel to retain the Impact X Division Championship
- Taya (c) def. Jordynne Grace and ODB to retain the Impact Knockouts Division Championship
- Brian Cage def. Rob Van Dam by disqualification
- Eddie Edwards def. Michael Elgin to keep the Call Your Shot Trophy
- Moose def. Rhino in a hardcore match
- The North (c) def. Willie Mack in a handicap match to retain the Impact Tag Team Championships. Rich Swann was pulled before the match due to injury.
- Tessa Blanchard (c) def. Sami Callahan to win the Impact World Championship
Tessa Blanchard is the IMPACT Wrestling World Champion pic.twitter.com/EUqHk4Pv7v
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) January 13, 2020
NXT UK TakeOver Blackpool II Results
The NXT brand from across the pond put on a heck of a show Sunday afternoon. All of the brand’s titles were on the line, plus two showcase matches involving British Strong Style. Results from Blackpool II are here:
- Eddie Dennis def. Trent Seven
- Kay Lee Ray (c) def. Piper Niven and Toni Storm to retain the NXT UK Women’s Championship
- Tyler Bate def. Jordan Devlin
- Gallus (c) def. Grizzled Young Veterans, Imperium, and Mark Andres & Flash Morgan Webster to retain the NXT UK Tag Team Championships in a ladder match
- WALTER (c) def. Joe Coffey to retain the NXT UK Championship
NXT UK even pulled a move from NXT’s playbook at the end of the show. As Imperium celebrated WALTER’s victory with closing credits stamp in the corner, Undisputed Era hit the ring and attacked. These two factions are headlining When Worlds Collide on January 25th, so this won’t be the last time they attack one another.
AAA’s La Parka Passes Away
Jesus Alfonso Escoboza Huerta, known as La Parka, has passed away at the age of 54 (h/t CagesideSeats). Huerta passed from complications following a spinal injury at a wrestling show in October. He suffered the injury in a match against Rush on a suicide dive where he hit his head on the guardrail.
Huerta is not the performer who was La Parka in WCW, as that wrestler now wrestles as LA Park.
AAA released a statement on the passing of La Parka. Condolences to his family, friends, co-workers and fans.
Con mucha tristeza lamentamos informar que nuestro amigo e ídolo de la lucha libre mexicana Jesús Alfonso Escoboza Huerta "LA PARKA" ha fallecido.
Externamos nuestro apoyo y condolencias a toda su familia y elevamos nuestras oraciones para su pronta resignación.
Descanse en paz pic.twitter.com/JNtTYKOlwG
— Lucha Libre AAA (@luchalibreaaa) January 12, 2020
ROH Updates: Marty Scurll Re-signs, New Champs
Some news coming out of Ring of Honor. The biggest news is the re-signing of “The Villain” Marty Scurll. Scurll was rumored to be going to AEW, and he may still be able to appear there. According to WrestlingInc, Scurll re-signed with ROH at “WWE main event level money to work 40 dates a year”. Scurll is also ROH’s new lead booker as well, so lots of faith being placed in him.
It wasn’t all roses for Scurll this weekend though. On Saturday night, Villain Enterprises lost the Ring of Honor Six-Man Tag Team Championships. They were defeated by Flamita, Bandido, & Rey Horus.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 12, 2020
Brian Cage Signs With AEW
Former Impact & Lucha Underground World Champion Brian Cage is reportedly All Elite. So-Cal Uncensored (the website, not the awesome trio) is reporting that Cage has signed with AEW (h/t Fightful). Cage has signed a multi-year contract, and it is unknown when he will debut with the company.
One for the Road:
Those wacky South Wales Subculture boys. What will they try next?