Tonight on Impact: Deonna Purrazzo battles Mercedes Martinez; Jonah Rock hosses it up with Jake Something; Ultimate X participants collide as Jordynne Grace, Rachael Ellering, and Rosemary face Tasha Steelz, Lady Frost, and Cheslea Green; Karl Anderson and Heath Slater square off, with the winner giving his team the man up in Hardcore War (a 5-on-5 street fight with WarGames staggered entries) on Saturday; Masha Slamovich debuts; and Ace Austin and Madman Fulton face Johnny Swinger and Hernandez. Whew!
The NBA is back on TNT Thursdays! Your double-header tonight is Celtics/Knicks, followed by Clippers/Suns. ESPN’s Hockey Night is also on, with the game being Wild vs Bruins.
FS1 has a college basketball triple-header: Ohio State/Indiana, Iowa/Wisconsin, and USC/Cal. ESPN will follow Hockey Night with SMU/Cincinnati. ESPN2 gives us Maryland/Illinois and Washington State/Colorado. If you’re into small schools, ESPNU will show New Hampshire/Vermont, while CBS Sports has UAB/North Texas and Louisiana Tech/UTEP.
But this is a wrestling blog, so let’s see what wrestling there is:
- WORCESTER, MA — A reminder that Beyond has a new weekly series called Wrestling Open (Thursdays, 8PMET, IWTV). It’s a series of Mystery shows designed to see what new talent could step up.
- LONDON, ENG — EVE is ready to kick off the new year with Revolt, Resist, and Riot (Friday, 2030 GMT, On Demand)! Emersyn Jayne defends the big gold against Charli Evans in a “Riot and Bleed” match! And who will be the next in line — Charlie Morgan or Laura Di Matteo?
- WESTVILLE, NJ — Violence x Suffering teams with No Peace Underground to give us the violence in Already Dead (Friday, 8PMET, FITE)! Parrow defends the gold against JTG! John Wayne Murdoch and AJ Gray meet in a House of Horrors! Alex Zayne and Tye Hyll battle in a Seven Deadly Sins Match! MASADA and Jimmy Lloyd face off in a Shattered Dreams Match! (No, I have no idea what these match types are, other than “bloody”.)
- WESTVILLE, NJ — On Point Wrestling piggybacks in with Full Circle (Saturday, 8PMET, IWTV)! Kit Osbourne and John Wayne Murdoch battle for the big gold! Jason Kincaid returns to face Jay Wylde! Brian Johnson steps out of ROH to take on Steve Scott! Azrieal faces Marcus Mathers! Plus — Mike Law, AKIRA, Mr. Ooh La La, and more!
For your free match of the week, let’s leave America altogether — something I sure a LOT of you would rather do — and head to Australia, as Aussie Open battles it out with the Velocities in the company’s 2021 Match of the Year!
Bring the insanity! (Although this being January 6, maybe that’s the wrong thing to say…)