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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Taya Valkyrie vs. Kiera Hogan
Valkyrie is called Lucha Royalty as she comes out. Hogan comes out next. The match is being billed as Fire vs. Ice. Matthews talks how this is Hogan’s first PPV match and they discuss whether it’s going to play into the match.
Valkyrie pats Hogan on the head and shoves Hogan down. Hogan hits a rana from the corner, then knocks Valkyrie out of the ring.
Tessa Blanchard joins Matthews and Callis on commentary and says she will be seen on Thursdays. The match basically becomes an interview between Matthews, Callis, and Blanchard while Valkyrie takes control of Hogan.
Hogan hits Valkyrie, gets caught, and slams Hogan to the mat for a two count. Blanchard talks about her legacy in wrestling and criticizes Valkyrie for calling herself “Lucha Royalty.” Valkyrie nails Hogan with a kick but gets only a two. Hogan and Valkyrie trade shots but Valkyrie hits Hogan with a slam and sells an injury. Hogan gets a cover on Valkyrie but only a two.
Blanchard says she’s going after the Impact Knockouts Championship and says she’s earned it. Hogan gets another two count while Blanchard and Matthews argue. Valkyrie hits a side suplex but only a two. Valkyrie eventually hits Road to Valhalla and pins Hogan.
Winner: Taya Valkyrie
Callis suggests Blanchard was scouting Valkyrie/Hogan for the future.
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