Taya Valkyrie vs Kiera Hogan
Taya spears Hogan right off the bell and hammers her with right hands, then tosses her across the ring by the hair. Hogan dodges a corner charge, but Taya turns her inside out with a hard clothesline. She stands over Hogan asking her what she’s got while slamming the back of her head into the mat over and over. Hogan dodges a double stomp and hits a series of clotheslines and a superkick. Hogan curb stomps Taya’s face into the ring steps, but the match is interrupted by the entrance of Tessa Blanchard, who comes down to ringside and starts a fight with Hogan. Tessa sidesteps a charge and Hogan runs herself into the post, then Tessa picks her up and gives her another shot into the post and one into the ring steps. Tessa rolls her into the ring so hard that Hogan bashes into the apron and falls back out. Tessa rolls her in a second time and hits a hammerlock DDT and then plays to the crowd.
Winner: No Contest
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Taya Valkyrie vs. Alisha Edwards
Both Knockouts lock up with Taya overpowering her. Alisha goes for some running forearms but is answered with a nasty shoulder block from Taya. Taya catches Alisha in a wheelbarrow and sends her flying to the outside of the ring. Taya hits running knees to Alisha in the corner and goes for a pin but breaks it up herself to do some more damage. Alisha tries coming back with some offense but Taya comes back with a sitout hair pull mat slam. Alisha almost surprises Taya with a schoolgirl for a close three count, but Taya kicks out. Taya tries going for Road to Valhalla but Alisha escapes. Taya then nails Alisha with an implant DDT off the top rope then follows up with the Road to Valhalla for the pin and win.
Winner: Taya Valkyrie
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Knockouts Title Match: Allie vs Taya Valkyrie
Taya nearly plows through Allie with a spear before the bell, then tosses her across the ring by the hair a few times. Taya hits a double legdrop onto Allie, then dishes out some chops in the corner. Taya is just brutalizing Allie at this point, but Allie suddenly hits a flatliner into the corner and tries to follow up with a dropkick, but Taya sidesteps and lays Allie out again. Allie yanks Taya down by the hair and hits a series of clotheslines, then a Russian legsweep gets 2. Taya hits a saito suplex for 2, then goes for the Road to Valhalla, but Allie slips out and hits a Codebreaker for the win.
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This past Sunday night at Redemption, Taya Valkyrie did just enough to defeat Kiera Hogan. As a result of the victory, Taya has earned a match against Allie for the Knockouts Championship. Allie was able to get the best of Su Yung on Sunday.
The collision between Allie and Taya will be epic. Will Thursday be the night Taya Valkyrie captures Knockouts gold?
While Taya and Kiera were involved in a great match on Sunday, the attention of our announcers and viewing audience was on the newest Knockout to sign with IMPACT Wrestling, Tessa Blanchard. Tessa joined the announce desk during the match to announce that she is the newest Knockout on IMPACT Wrestling and will be making her in-ring debut sooner rather than later.
What does this mean for the future of the Knockouts Division? It means that the competition has gotten that much better and that much more intense. Tessa Blanchard is someone who comes to IMPACT with a lot of buzz. After Thursday night we will see if the target remains on Allie or if Taya Valkyrie becomes Knockouts Champion on an all new and always unpredictable IMPACT Wrestling.
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