Preview: IMPACT Wrestling (6/2/20)

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IMPACT Wrestling is back on Tuesday for another weekly dose of IMPACT! Wrestling on AXS TV each and every Tuesday night at 8pm EST. Weeks of grueling match-ups have finally got the quest to name a true #1 Contender to Tessa Blanchard‘s IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship, and on Tuesday we will finally crown the next challenger! Indie tag team partners Jessicka Havok and Neveah finally united in an IMPACT ring and the current reigning Guardians of RISE Tag Team Champions (as the Killer Death Machines) are now ready to unload in IMPACT. Let’s take a rundown of what to look for on this week’s episode!

Is Rosemary Trying to Seduce John E. Bravo?

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For weeks now, Taya Valkyrie has been absent from IMPACT Wrestling, leaving her new ally Rosemary sitting at the bar contemplating her life as a Demon Assassin and the world around her. Likewise, Valkryie’s man-servant, former IMPACT referee John E. Bravo, has been hanging at the bar going through some self-realization about the way that his boss treats him. Rosemary and Bravo have been chatting it up for a few episodes now and it appears that Rosemary is pushing Bravo to confront his concerns with Taya. Is Rosemary plotting to turn Bravo on Taya? Is Rosemary’s alliance with Taya crumbling? We’ll have to check into the IMPACT bar for furthering developments…

Madison Rayne’s Locker Room Talk with Special Guest, Chris Bey

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On this week’s edition of Madison Rayne‘s talk show segment, Locker Room Talk, with co-host Johnny Swinger, they’re welcomed by Swinger’s new “buddy”, Chris Bey. Chris Bey is in a heated rivalry with reigning IMPACT X-Division Champion Willie Mack, so look for that story to gain more traction and who knows what will happen – Locker Room Talk has had a few surprises happen on the segment, including the recent debut of SHIMMER Champion Kimber Lee in IMPACT Wrestling.

What’s Next For The Virtuosa?

Last week shocked many fans to see recent NXT departee Deonna Purrazzo, one of the top names returning to the indies, show up in a debut vignette to announce her arrival in IMPACT Wrestling. While “The Virtuosa” isn’t scheduled to fight on Tuesday, she may still make her presence known to give IMPACT fans a sense of direction for what her first plans may entail.

Crazzy Steve vs. Joseph P. Ryan

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Last October, “The King of Dong Style” Joey Ryan signed with IMPACT Wrestling, making a return to the company following a prior run from 2012 to 2013. Since his first departure, Ryan has become internationally renowned for using his powerful phallus as his finishing weapon. But in early 2020, Joey Ryan became Joseph P. Ryan, denouncing his sexually pervasive actions and creating Cancel Culture, a stable looking to better IMPACT Wrestling alongside Rob Van Dam and Katie Forbes. For the past several weeks, Ryan has worked on “canceling” the Deaners (Cody Deaner & Cousin Jake) and now he’s turned his attention to recent returnee Crazzy Steve and his outlandish lifestyle. Will Ryan change Steve’s ways or will the Crazzy One simply make Cancel Culture “decay, decay, decay”? And with Ryan inviting the lost brothers Jake & Dave Crist to find solace in Cancel Culture after the dissolution of oVe, will Cancel Culture find itself with new members?

Chase Stevens vs. Rohit Raju

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Rohit Raju has made enormous strides since departing Desi Hit Squad weeks ago. He showed IMPACT fans a little taste of his talents more commonly seen in the US indies (where he competes as Hakim Zane), from his Fatal Four Way match at IMPACT Rebellion and his first-round match against #1 Contenders finalist Trey Miguel a few weeks back. But now the “Desi Hitman” has become frustrated with the return of TNA mentions to IMPACT Wrestling, and in particular, with former TNA stars making returns to the company. Last week, he picked a fight with former 3x Tag Team Champion Chase Stevens (of The Naturals alongside Andy Douglas), who made his own IMPACT return this past March. While Raju is looking to start his own momentum against the former TNA Original, Stevens is looking for his own big win. Since his return, Stevens is 0-2, with losses to Moose and Hernandez.

Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz vs. Kylie Rae & Susie

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Kiera Hogan has become increasingly mean over the past year since her friendship with Rosemary and Jordynne Grace dissolved in early 2019. She found a feisty partnership in recent Knockouts division signee Tasha Steelz, who has been the perfect ally in Hogan’s overwhelming disinterest in another new Knockout, former AEW and indie star Kylie Rae, along with a frustrating dislike for Susie, the unpossessed alter ego of longtime Hogan foil Su Yung. After another encounter last week, the four are now set to settle their differences in the ring, but how much taunting can Susie endure before Su Yung returns to play?

IMPACT World Tag Team Championship, #1 Contenders Match: The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) vs. TJP & Fallah Bahh

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The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) will have been IMPACT World Tag Team Champions for 334-days on Tuesday, which is 74-days longer than the second-longest reign set by LAX’s Santana & Ortiz back in early 2019. But since the lockdown, The North has been hiding out in Canada due to travel issues and defending their titles against some of Canada’s “best” indie tag teams (including a huge defense at the Deaner’s Compound last week). But as the world prepares to begin reopening, the time has come to name new #1 contenders to the IMPACT World Tag Team titles and it’s come down to a match-up on Tuesday between The RascalzZachary Wentz & Dezmond Xavier and the tandem of TJP and Fallah Bahh. The Rascalz are long overdue a shot at the tag team titles, but TJP and Bahh have shown real chemistry since aligning at the end of 2019.

IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship, #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Trey Miguel vs. Ace Austin

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Looking at the field of eight when this tournament first started, including the likes of Sami Callihan, Rhino, and early favorite Michael Elgin, very few would have written down Trey Miguel and Ace Austin in the Finals of this tournament. But here we are. Two incredibly talented athletic performers, with the “Fresh Prince of Mid-Air” facing off against IMPACT’s resident magician. It will definitely be more aerial than most thought the finals would become, but it is a bold twist in a World title picture that most assumed was inherently Elgin’s over the past few months.

Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world.  We provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world. You can watch IMPACT every Tuesday on AXS-TV at 8pm EST and see past episodes of IMPACT Wrestling on IMPACT+.

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