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IMPACT Hard To Kill Preview & Predictions: 01.13.23


IMPACT Wrestling is holding its big event tonight on Friday, Jan. 13. Hard to Kill is going to be very important to one woman in particular as the legend Mickie James puts her career on the line against Jordynne Grace. The two will compete in a Career vs. Title match and it will take place in the main event.

We also have two other Knockouts matches, one of which will determine the next number-one contender. This will see four Knockouts battling it out to determine who faces either James or Grace down the line.

Let’s take a look at the card –

Death Dollz (Rosemary, Taya Valkyrie, & Jessicka) vs. Tasha Steelz, Gisele Shaw, & Savannah Evans – Pre-Show

Masha Slamovich vs. Taylor Wilde vs. Deonna Purrazzo vs. Killer Kelly – Number One Contenders

Jordynne Grace (c) vs. Mickie James – Career vs. Title

Let’s first talk about the preshow match. In this six Knockouts tag team bout, we have the tag champions the Death Dollz taking on three women that have been wanting to take the tag team gold from them. Jessicka & Valkyrie retained at OverDrive and since then Shaw teamed up for one time with Purrazzo and failed to capture the titles as well. Now, Shaw feels if they all work together they can get a victory over Death Dollz and eventually take the tag team gold from them.

Death Dollz (Rosemary, Taya Valkyrie, & Jessicka) vs. Tasha Steelz, Gisele Shaw, & Savannah Evans – Pre-Show


NICK: Despite this match obviously not being for the tag titles because it is a six-woman tag match, I can’t help but think how a tag division no longer really exists for the Knockouts. Looking at the full card for Hard to Kill and other than Alisha, all of the Knockouts are being utilized (which is a good thing). But at this time I feel Death Dollz just need to dominate and hold the gold until more teams or more Knockouts can be introduced.

WINNERS: Death Dollz

COLBY: First off, I’m very happy to see so many women on this card across three Knockouts matches. I’m in support of Death Dollz holding the tag titles Freedbirds style, and I’m enjoying this brief alliance amongst Steelz, Evans, and Shaw. With that being said, I don’t see the champs losing after as they’ve suffered enough losses. Hopefully, Shaw will focus on singles competition after they lose.

WINNERS: Death Dollz

Next up we have an exciting number-one contenders match. Four Knockouts will battle it out to determine who will face the champion next. In this match will be two former champions – Deonna Purrazzo and Taylor Wilde – along with two newer Knockouts who would love to get a chance at their first gold – Masha Slamovich and Killer Kelly. Slamovich has had a few shots at the current champion but Kelly has not gotten her feet wet just yet.

Masha Slamovich vs. Taylor Wilde vs. Deonna Purrazzo vs. Killer Kelly – Number One Contenders


NICK: With Masha having two recent title matches I don’t think she will win this, although if she does it wouldn’t surprise me as I see her as champion sooner than later. I think it will end up being Taylor Wilde. They have given her this shift in her character and I think it is setting up for her to go after the title.

WINNER: Taylor Wilde

COLBY: All four of these women are absolutely worthy of winning this, which could tilt the finish based on who emerges as champion. As much as I want Slamovich to be in the title picture, I’m going to rule her out first because of her recent opportunities. I can say the same about Purrazzo, but she’s had enough battles with both Grace and James for now. Wilde would be great up against either one, but I’d like to see Killer Kelly get the next title shot personally.

WINNER: Killer Kelly

Last we have the main event of the show which will be the Career vs. Title match. Mickie James has been on her Last Rodeo where she vowed to face multiple competitors in the efforts of reaching the Knockouts World Title. If at any time during the journey, she would have lost she would have to pack it up and go home. If she does not win this match against Jordynne Grace she will have to leave as well. This will also be James’ 200th match in IMPACT.


NICK: Mickie James holds rank still in my Top 3 women’s wrestlers of all time. With that being said, I don’t know if they are going to give her this win. I feel as though she either does want to take time off or wants to go back to WWE (despite the recent uncertainty there). Something tells me that Jordynne will retain here even though Mickie winning would be a big pop.

WINNER: Jordynne Grace

COLBY: Main event! Title vs. Career! I’m so, so glad I get to be at Center Stage to witness this in person. I’ve been so torn for weeks on what way this will go. I can see various outcomes here, including either one fully turning heel. Regardless, it feels like this is set to be a huge moment for Mickie. It’s her 200th IMPACT match, Tara and Raven will be in attendance… There’s no denying she can still go, so let’s see her go! I’m predicting a new champ.

WINNER: Mickie James

Check back in with Diva Dirt for the results of Hard to Kill. What are your predictions?