Impact Wrestling’s No Surrender event delivered on all counts, but also in the shock factor department, as there were quite a few surprises as the show played out on Saturday.
There were a few things that stayed the same overall, but really, the wow factor was definitely achieved, establishing the fact even further that Impact Wrestling is firing on all cylinders right now, and has been for months. The lowdown quite simply is as follows:
It was during the countdown before the event began that Trey Miguel defeated John Skyler and Havok defeated Tenille Dashwood.
Jake Something won the match against Ace Austin, Mike Bailey and Chris Bey for the X-Division #1 contendership. So he will be facing Trey Miguel down the line quite obviously.
Jonah defeated Black Taurus. Jonah continues to show his power and athleticism, and dominance and against the likes of Black Taurus nonetheless.
Jay White defeated Eric Young, White showing the same in-ring savvy he showed on Rampage just this week. This man needed to be in AEW and Impact…it’s in the way he tells a story and in his matches that he shines predominantly…as his fans can see in NJPW of course. His rise has been something spectacular to behold for sure. The whole package, Jay White brings to the table. This wasn’t the only instance he appeared in the show however….
Deonna Purrazzo defeated Miranda Alize in the open challenge for the ROH title. Purrazzo as always was ready and took to the challenge like the true champion and professional she is. Alize held her own but of course came up short.
The Digital Media Championship ended in a DQ, as Jordynne Grace decided to bring a low blow into the mix after Cardona tried to use a chair, which was how Cardona took the belt from her in the first place. So Cardona retained.
And it was Jay White that ended things for G.O.D in their match against the Good Brothers for the Impact tag titles…White surprising one and all and hitting Tama Tonga with the Blade Runner, enabling the Good Brothers to win and retain!
It would now seem that a new version of the Bullet Club will be going forward and without G.O.D. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops further. This changes things for White not only in Impact, but quite obviously in NJPW as well.
The Good Brothers haven’t been seen on AEW TV for quite some time, but his aligning with them may tie in with his story in AEW (as he has been on AEW TV quite obviously for two weeks now). Perhaps he’s trying to ingratiate himself with The Elite in some way.
This is conjecture, but it’s interesting to see one man going through the motions of developing a storyline, but on two completely different brands.
Mickie James retained the Knockouts championship with a little help from Chelsea Green. Perhaps that will garner Green a shot at the title?
Moose defeated Morrissey and is still the Impact World champion.
And in the fight of Honor No More vs. Impact, Honor No More took the victory and all because Eddie Edwards turned on his team, taking his trusty kendo stick to them like a butcher with a cleaver! This perhaps was the most shocking event of the night, as Edwards has been come to be known as an ‘Impact All The Way’ sort of guy.
Well…as Ice-T once said in character on TV (an episode of Players on NBC) a few years (decades now) back: “You can’t trust sunrise.” Especially these days, I’d add.
Updates on Taya Valkyrie, John Morrison and Rachel Ellering
It seems as though Taya Valkyrie and John Morrison have moved on from their time in WWE and quite successfully, they both returning to AAA, their old stomping grounds, and a territory in which they have always done exceptionally well in.
Valkyrie returned in all her athletic power and glory to defeat Lady Shani, Keyra, Maravilla and Flammer in a five-way match and she is now the #1 contender for Deonna Purrazzo’s Reina de Reinas Championship.
Morrison is now going by the name John Superstar and he too returned alongside his wife, Valkyrie, to a familiar promotion, as stated. He went head-to–head with Hijo Del Viking, who retained the AAA Mega Championship.
And in a sad bit of news, it seems as though Rachael Ellering is done with Impact Wrestling. She has been conspicuous by her absence for weeks, but according to a report by Fightful Select, she is done with the promotion and is seeking booking elsewhere.
She of course is pro wrestling legend and manager Paul Ellering’s daughter. He is famous for being the manager for The Legion of Doom/The Road Warriors, and she is a great young talent and was trained by the legendary Lance Storm.
Hopefully we get to see her in AEW again, as she had a brief stint in that promotion in 2020, and dare I say it, another run in WWE would be pretty apropos as well—I see her fitting in with the current roster on NXT. She did spend 4 years in WWE between 2016 and 2020, but we’ll have to see where she ends up.