Preview: IMPACT/Smash Wrestling ‘Brace For Impact’ (2/2/19)

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IMPACT Wrestling and Toronto’s Smash Wrestling team up for the first time ever to produce the live Twitch special Brace For IMPACT this Saturday, airing live from London, Ontario  With only four matches announced so far, this event is already shaping up to be a “can’t miss” show.

Cody Deaner vs. Mike Rollins

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Cody Deaner previously wrestled for IMPACT in 2009 (plus a few appearances in 2018) and is one of the busiest talents on the Ontario independent scene.  He is also the current Border City Wrestling (BCW) Heavyweight champion, which is run by none other than Scott D’Amore, VP for IMPACT Wrestling.  “Psycho” Mike Rollins is another very busy Ontario talent.  His match with Deaner marks the debut for him on an IMPACT event.  He is one-half of the former Smash Tag Team champions with Pepper Parks (formerly Braxton Sutter) in the Well Oiled Machines.

Demon Bunny (Rosemary & Allie) vs. Balespin (KC Spinelli & Xandra Bale)

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Rosemary and Allie are currently locked in a rivalry on IMPACT wrestling every week.  Their rivalry in Smash Wrestling is still very much talked about and spawned a best selling DVD that has had to be resupplied numerous times to fill the demand.  A former member of Decay, Rosemary has just recently returned from injury and started appearing on TV again.  Allie has recently aligned with Su Yung much to the dismay of Rosemary.  It will be interesting to see if they can co-exist as a team on Saturday.  KC “2 Scoops” Spinelli is a popular talent from the Greater Toronto Area, as well as an IMPACT Knockout.  She was on the losing end to Allie four times with IMPACT last year.  Xandra Bale makes her IMPACT debut with this match.  Fans will recognize her from appearances in Smash and SHIMMER.  In a Smash ring, she has yet to beat Rosemary or Allie in competition.  Spinelli and Bale join forces in an attempt to finally get in the win column against their opponents.

The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz) vs oVe (Jake & Dave Crist)

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In an all IMPACT clash, we see two tag teams looking to get into, or in oVe’s case, back into the IMPACT Tag Title picture.  A win in this contest will surely help their respective cases.  The Rascalz are the newer of the two teams but that doesn’t mean they are any less experienced.  Both Trey Miguel and Zachary Wentz have been absolute workhorses the last few years with each passing the century mark for matches worked in 2018 and 2017.  Jake and Dave Crist, also known as Ohio Versus Everything, are workhorses in their own right.  They’ve spent the better part of fifteen years traveling the independent scene appearing for companies such as Ring Of Honor and Combat Zone Wrestling, and plying their trade.  The former IMPACT Tag Team Champions look to pick up a win and move closer to regaining the titles.

Johnny Impact vs Sami Callihan

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Johnny Impact and Sami Callihan have appeared previously in Lucha Underground.  Johnny Impact is the current IMPACT Wrestling Heavyweight Champion and locked in a feud with Brian Cage and Killer Kross.  He will need to somehow set that feud aside as he takes on a not to be taken lightly Sami Callihan.  Callihan is the 2018 IMPACT Wrestler of The Year and will make sure you don’t forget it.  One gathers that a win here against Impact in a non-title match would have to put him into the discussions for a title shot.

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Only four matches have been officially announced for the event as of writing.  However, Smash Wrestling has announced that both the Smash Championship (currently held by Tarik) and the Smash Tag Team Championship (currently held by The Pillars, Tyson Dux & Brent Banks) will be defended at Brace For Impact.  Brace for Impact takes place this Saturday in London, Ontario at the London Music Hall.  Doors are at 6 pm with the event starting at 7 pm.  The show will also be broadcast on Impact’s Twitch Channel.