IMPACT Hardcore Justice: Jazz loses match with career on the line

John Siino's review of IMPACT's Hardcore Justice where Deonna Purrazzo ended Jazz's career, plus a Hardcore War in the main event.

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IMPACT Wrestling Hardcore Justice 2021

By: John Siino

Exclusively on Impact+

April 10th, 2021

Skyway Studios in Nashville, Tennessee

Commentary: Matt Striker & D’Lo Brown

Ace Austin & Madman Fulton vs. TJP & Fallah Bahh vs. Josh Alexander & Petey Williams

Both TJP and Alexander’s partners were a mystery coming into the show with Petey Williams getting the big ‘pop’ from the virtual crowd. Alexander and Bahh start the match with Bahh testing Alexander to land headbutts and he does and knocks Alexander to the outside. Back inside, Bahh tries a belly to belly, but Alexander blocks it and tags in Petey who goes against TJP. Petey blocks TJP and hits a hurricanrana and sets him up in the 619 position for a dropkick. Austin comes in but ends up getting taken down by TJP who tags Bahh back in as they hit double team moves until Fulton interferes. Fulton comes in a little but quickly tags in Austin who Bahh is able to hold down. Bahh tries to go for the pin, but Fulton takes out TJP. Petey ends up getting tagged in and quickly goes for the pin on Austin. Alexander gets tagged in, but Austin is able to combat them both for a bit until Alexander hits a German suplex for a 2 count. Alexander tries to fight off Fulton and Austin, but Fulton hits a side slam for a 2 count, followed by Austin hitting a couple of flying leg drops for a 2 count. With Alexander in the corner, TJP tags in and hits a tornado DDT on Austin before fighting off the interfering Fulton. Bahh comes in and he and TJP are able to take out Fulton. TJP goes to the top rope and hits the Mamba Splash, but didn’t realize Alexander tagged in and goes for the pin on Austin for a 2 count. Petey comes in and he works with Alexander to take down Austin, he puts a sharpshooter on Austin, while Alexander puts Fulton on an ankle lock. TJP comes in and puts on a stretch on Petey while he’s got the sharpshooter lock, but Bahh comes in and breaks everything up. Petey is trying to go for the Canadian Destroyer on Austin, but Fulton breaks it up. All six men start fighting inside, with TJP landing boot washes on everybody in the corners, but hitting a splash along with Bahh onto Austin. Everybody gets their moves in, including Petey hitting a Canadian Destroyer on TJP and then attempting one on Bahh, but failing. Alexander comes in and helps Petey takedown Bahh and put on the ankle lock for the submission win.

Winners: Josh Alexander & Petey Williams by submission at 13:42

Chairly Legal: Shera vs. Hernandez

They start the match testing each other’s strength by trying to shoulder block each other, with Shera taking him down. Hernandez starts bringing the chairs into the ring, but Shera stops him and starts clobbering him in the corner, and hits a body slam for a 1 count. Hernandez goes outside and starts setting up chairs by the ramp, but gets big booted by Shera. Shera starts hitting Hernandez with the chairs as they take it back inside where Shera starts setting up chairs but Hernandez body slams him onto them. Hernandez sets up chairs on 3 of the corners, but he and Shera start brawling it out in the middle of the ring where Shera hits a big spine buster for a 2 count. They head outside where Shera starts smacking chairs around and tries to throw Hernandez against the pole, but escapes and throws Shera into it. Back inside, they head to the top rope and Shera hits a superplex on Hernandez on top of the chairs but only gets a two count. As Shera goes to set up another chair in the corner, Hernandez hits him with a chair of his own and throws him against two chairs on turnbuckles, as he turns around though he walks into a chair shot to the head from Rohit Raju. Shera reluctantly goes for the cover once he realizes Raju helped him, but does regardless and gets the win. After, Shera and Raju seem to be back on the same page.

Winner: Shera by pinfall at 9:03

We go to Swinger’s Palace where we see Chris Sabin & James Storm playing poker since they have the night off, XXXL comes in and asks if there’s room at the table and Storm says no. Storm invites them to a match, but Storm means a Drinking Game Match. Swinger likes the sound of that and gets it started until Matt Cardona walks in and starts making fun of Cardona’s ‘action dolls’, and Cardona says Swinger is only upset because he’s been wrestling for 150 years and doesn’t have any figures of his own. Tommy Dreamer pops out and announces ‘Match Time’ in what he calls the ‘Crate American Bash’.

Doc Gallows (w/ Karl Anderson) vs. Black Taurus (w/ Crazzy Steve)

They start it out quickly, with Gallows dodging Taurus doing a crossbody from the top and throws him to the outside where Anderson attacks him. Steve shows frustration on the outside, but Taurus comes back on the attack until Gallows hits a big suplex for a two-count. Gallows throws Taurus to the outside and throws him over the barricade. Back inside, Gallows hits a big elbow for a 2 count and then continues raining down elbows and a leg drop for another two-count. Gallows hits a splash and fights off Taurus who tries to make a comeback. Taurus hits a springboard cutter on Gallows and hits a 619 in the corner as well as a missile dropkick. Anderson tries to interfere, but gets stopped by Steve, this distraction causes Gallows to hit a big kick and a sit-out powerbomb for the pin.

Winner: Doc Gallows by pinfall at 8:59

Violent by Design with a video where they run down all their opponents for tonight’s Hardcore War.

Mystery Crate Match: Johnny Swinger (w/ the Swingerellas) vs. Matt Cardona

There are wooden crates on all four corners of the match. Swinger tricks Cardona and to go get a crate, but Cardona rolls him up for a near fall. Swinger takes down Cardona and starts strutting and flexing for the Swingerellas. Cardona takes down Swinger and does a strut of his own. With the referee distracted, hits a low blow on Cardona and gets a two count. Swinger goes to open the first crate and it’s a framed picture of Scott Hall. They fight on the apron and Swinger knocks Cardona off to hit the apron. Swinger goes to reach for the second crate, but Cardona stops him. Cardona goes to the second rope but gets taken down by Swinger who ends up opening the second crate and starts screaming in pain, and it’s revealed he got his hands caught in a mousetrap. Cardona mounts a comeback and hits a dropkick from the middle rope. They both go to open the last 2 crates where Cardona looks happy and Swinger grabs brass knuckles and tries to hit Cardona with them, who ducks and hits the Radio Silence for the pin. He takes the last mystery crate and heads to the back.

Winner: Matt Cardona by pinfall at 7:56

We get an update from the Swinger’s Palace and its Drinking Match and the alcohol is already hitting.

Sami Callihan vs. Sam Beale

Before the match, Callihan cuts a promo and says there’s a misconception that he’s the bad guy, but he’s not a bad guy and he’s helped out Trey Miguel because at the end of the day he’s right, and he can be helped under Callihan’s mentorship. And he wants to be on Hardcore Justice and issues an open challenge that Sam Beale agrees to. Callihan dodges Beale’s dropkick and knocks him down with a big clothesline. Callihan taunts Beale and hits him with a big boot and a rolling suplex off the ropes and starts choking him out and pulling on his fingers and then throws him to the outside. Beale tries a comeback, but Callihan hits a big suplex to the outside. Beale crawls slowly in, Callihan goes to finish it, but Beale comes back with a pair of small packages. Callihan puts thumbs up and hits a package piledriver for the win.

Winner: Sami Callihan by pinfall at 4:02

Hardcore Blindfold Match: Brian Myers vs. Jake Something

This is the usual blindfold match with the black sacks on their heads. They circle a bit until Myers grabs the referee thinking it’s Something. Myers ends up on the outside and grabs a trash can lid that he is able to hit Something in the head with followed with a stick he tries to choke him with. Back inside, Myers tries to pin Something but he is on his stomach. Myers struggles to get Something up, but Something ends up hitting a sit-out powerbomb for a 2 count. Something keeps hitting Myers with clotheslines, but Myers pulls the referee in, and as he’s down, he takes off his blindfold and goes to finish until Matt Cardona’s music hits. He throws in a wooden crate filled with action figures that Something hits Myers with and gets the pin.

Winner: Jake Something by pinfall at 5:17

Team Dreamer cut a backstage promo where Tommy Dreamer says these are his real friends and his dream team, and Rich Swann is hyped up about the match and is ready to go into this war tonight and says Violent by Design won’t keep them down.

IMPACT Knockouts Championship #1 Contender Weapons Match: Rosemary vs. Tenille Dashwood (w/ Kaleb with a K) vs. Jordynne Grace vs. Alisha vs. Havok vs. Su Yung

Susan’s music hits, but it quickly changes to Su Yung’s music, where we see Su Yung step to the stage and with the magic of editing, Su Yung takes out Susan before going to the ring and taking her spot in the match. Right as the bell starts, Tenille escapes to the outside, as Rosemary and Havok try an alliance with Yung but it falls apart quickly. Tenille tries to trip Grace, but on the outside Grace dodges Kaleb and gets tripped up on the steps. Back inside, Alisha starts using a staple gun on the butt of Tenille, all the women circle around Tenille but Kaleb runs to protect her and gets taken out by the women including Alisha using the staple gun to his jewels. Alisha, Havok, and Rosemary team up and take Kaleb to the outside who gets dived on by Yung. Havok tries a pinfall on Alisha, but Grace stops her. Alisha brings a trash can inside, but Grace takes it away and hits a sidewalk slam to her on it. Rosemary brings a rope in and tries to choke Yung with it, and they use it to clothesline Havok with it. Rosemary spills thumbtacks to the outside, but Alisha reverses and hits Rosemary with a reverse DDT on it, before getting a Kendo stick and taking her out with it. She goes to use it on Yung, but Yung sticks her fingers down Alisha’s throat and they head over to the back. Havok and Grace start brawling inside, but as Havok climbs the top Nevaeh runs in and throws salt into Havok’s eyes. Grace capitalizes and hits the Vader bomb, as she goes for the pin, Kaleb pulls her out, Tenille sneaks in and gets the pinfall instead.

Winner: Tenille Dashwood by pinfall at 9:35

We get an update from the Drinking Match in Swinger’s Palace where Acey Romero is extremely drunk and looks like he’s about to vomit but sits down instead as James Storm, Chris Sabin and Larry D are drunk as well. They go to play a game of Beer Pong and all miss, and then Sabin & Storm throw Larry through the poker table.

IMPACT Knockouts Championship – Title vs. Career Match: Deonna Purrazzo (c) vs. Jazz

Jazz starts by hammering Deonna in the corner, and Deonna clearly gets taken to the outside where she grabs Jazz and slingshots her onto the bottom rope. Back inside, Deonna targets Jazz’s arm. Jazz fights out until Deonna hits a flatliner for a 2. Deonna starts twisting Jazz up on the bottom rope and hits a dropkick to knock her out there again. Jazz comes in, and Deonna lays boots to her. Jazz comes back and holds the bottom rope and causes Deonna to spill over. They fight on the outside, and Jazz grabs a bunch of chairs and other objects and throws them inside the ring. Back inside, Jazz hits an X-Factor and gets a 2 count. Deonna hits a Russian leg sweep, into the Fujiwara armbar but Jazz grabs the rope to break it up. Deonna goes to hit Jazz with her title, but Jazz ducks and hits a Samoan Drop. Jazz starts hitting Deonna with a chair, followed by a DDT on the chair for a close two count. Deonna hits an exploder suplex followed by the Queen’s Gambit for the pin.

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo by pinfall, to retain at 12:46

Jordynne Grace runs to the ring to embrace Jazz, who must now retire due to the match stipulation.

Hardcore War: Violent by Design (Eric Young, Rhino, Joe Doering & Deaner) vs. Team Dreamer (Trey Miguel, Rich Swann, Eddie Edwards & Willie Mack)

The rules to the match are two men start alone for 5 minutes, every 2 minutes a new man enters from alternating teams. The match cannot end until the final man has entered, after all, 8 men have entered the match is won by pinfall or submission, and there are no disqualifications. Before the match, we head to the back where Tommy Dreamer has been taken out, Scott D’Amore tells them the doctor will care for it and tells Eddie Edwards to go out and wrestle as he’s the first person in the match. From Violent by Design, Deaner is the first guy who comes out with a giant lead pipe and they automatically go and battle to the outside. They battle a bit inside the ring but quickly go back to the outside where Deaner tries to hit Edwards with a chair off the top rope, Edwards hits a backpack stunner but the music plays and Rhino is the next man out and they go down trying to destroy Edwards with sticks and chairs until Willie Mack is the next man out with a chain. Mack hands Edwards a kendo stick and they go on the attack. Edwards grabs a toaster from under the ring, and Joe Doering is the next man out. At this point, all 5 men are fighting it out in the ring with multiple weapons including Deaner sticking Mack’s finger in the toaster. Rich Swann is the next man out and he’s out with a table and a parking sign and takes everybody out, including choking Rhino out with a chain. Edwards and Swann set up a table, as Eric Young is the last man out on his team and comes out and attacks everybody with a hockey stick. The countdown hits and Trey Miguel comes out as the final member on Team Dreamer replacing the injured Tommy. He and Doering fight it out, with Miguel taking out the rest of VBD on the outside with a dive. Doering brings a table inside, but Edwards takes out VBD with Kendo sticks. Everybody comes in and starts hitting moves on each other, including Rhino putting Swann through a table and getting a 2 count. Everybody gets on the top rope and hits a Tower of Doom on Young. Doering places Edwards on a table but ends up getting double flying knees from Miguel onto the table. VBD starts circling Mack, who ends up running into a trash can lid by Deaner, into a piledriver by Young who gets the pin and the win.

Winners: Violent by Design by pinfall at 20:28

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New York native and reporter at POST Wrestling. He is also Associate Producer and Social Media Director at upNXT, and the host of the 'Shot in the Dark' podcast.