Best of 2020 Part 2 Recap
Tonight’s episode of IMPACT! is dedicated to the memory of Jon “Brodie Lee” Huber.
Josh Mathews and Scott D’Amore continue their look back at the year’s greatest matches and moments in Best of 2020 Part 2. Plus, the Year End Awards for Match of the Year and Moment of the Year will be revealed!
Moment of the Year: Slammiversary 2020
Our world changed at Slammiversary 2020 when free agents such as the current IMPACT Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers and Heath arrived and former IMPACT stars like the Motor City Machine Guns, Eric Young and EC3 returned.
Willie Mack Becomes X-Division Champion (Rebellion Night 1)
At Rebellion Night 1, the self-proclaimed leader of the “XXX-Division” Ace Austin put his title on the line against #1 contender Willie Mack. On this night, the master of mind games and manipulation fell victim to the overwhelming strength and athleticism of Willie Mack as Chocolate Thunder became X-Division Champion for the very first time.
Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo accepts Taya Valkyrie’s challenge for a Knockouts Title match at Hard To Kill. The Virtuosa is out to prove that she’s better than the longest-reigning Knockouts Champion of all time!
Rich Swann’s Roller Coaster Year
At Slammiversary, Eric Young almost ended the career of Rich Swann with a violent attack during the five-way World Title main event. But it was Swann’s incredible courage and determination that led him back to the ring on his road to recovery. Swann would make his triumphant in-ring return at Bound For Glory where he defeated Eric Young to become the new IMPACT World Champion.
The Motor City Machine Guns Reclaim Tag Team Championships (IMPACT! July 21, 2020)
Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley, otherwise known as the legendary Motor City Machine Guns reunited in IMPACT Wrestling when they defeated the Rascalz’ in their open challenge at Slammiversary. Just days after their big return, the Guns found themselves at the top of the tag team division once again as they were victorious over The North to become the new IMPACT Tag Team Champions.
AEW World Champion Kenny Omega Will Compete at IMPACT Wrestling’s Hard To Kill 2021
On Saturday night, January 16, reigning IMPACT Wrestling World Champion Rich Swann will team with the Motor City Machine Guns – Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin – to collide with reigning All Elite Wrestling World Champion Kenny Omega and IMPACT Tag Team Champions, The Good Brothers – Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows.
Acey Romero confronts Crazzy Steve to find out if he heard anything that may identify who sprayed Larry D with ring rust cologne to transform him into Lawrence D at John E Bravo’s wedding. After all, it was Lawrence D who shot John E Bravo at the altar. Steve admits that he heard something coming the groom’s side and suggests that Acey connects with his Wrestle House roommate, Johnny Swinger.
Welcome to Wrestle House
What happens when some of IMPACT Wrestling’s most colorful characters are forced to live in a house together? You get the most dramatic and bizarre reality show of all time, Wrestle House.
Manik Outsmarts Rohit Raju (Final Resolution)
X-Division Champion Rohit Raju had been dodging the challenge of TJP for months. After bending the rules to defeat the master of the Mamba Splash, Rohit relentlessly rubbed it in his face that he would never receive another X-Division Title opportunity as long as he was champion. But at Final Resolution, TJP outsmarted Rohit when his alter ego Manik answered the Defeat Rohit Challenge and went on to defeat the Desi Hitman to become the new X-Division Champion.
The Rock Inducts Ken Shamrock Into IMPACT Hall of Fame
On Bound For Glory weekend, The World’s Most Dangerous Man Ken Shamrock was inducted into the IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame by pro wrestling icon, The Rock. Legends from the professional wrestling and mixed martial arts industries delivered special messages to the Hall of Famer, including Bret Hart, Mick Foley, Ariel Helwani, Bas Rutten and Chael Sonnen.
Match of the Year: 5 Way World Title Match (Slammiversary 2020)
Slammiversary played host to a star-studded main event for the vacant IMPACT World Title featuring Ace Austin, Eddie Edwards, Trey Miguel, plus the returning Rich Swann and Eric Young. The IMPACT Wrestling fans have spoken – this was 2020’s Match of the Year. After a chaotic edge-of-your-seat brawl, Eddie Edwards scored the victory to become IMPACT World Champion for the second time.
Happy New Year from IMPACT Wrestling! We’ll see you next Tuesday on AXS TV for the first IMPACT! of 2021.