IMPACT Wrestling presents Hard to Kill 2023 live from Atlanta Georgia on Friday, January 13th. Josh Alexander will defend the IMPACT World Championship in the main event against Bully Ray in the main event. Every title will be on the line, and several key matchups will take place. The pre-show starts at 7:30 pm eastern with the main card starting at 8 pm eastern. The pre-show will be available on YouTube and the main card will be on pay-per-view and FITE. Let’s run down the card for this event.
IMPACT Wrestling Hard to Kill 2023 Card and Predictions
- IMPACT World Championship Match: Full Metal Mayhem: Josh Alexander (c) vs. Bully Ray
- IMPACT Knockouts Championship Match: Title vs. Career: Jordynne Grace (c) vs. Mickie James
- IMPACT World Tag Team Championship: 4-Way Elimination Match: Motor City Machine Guns (c) vs. Major Players vs. Heath and Rhino vs. Ace Austin and Chris Bey
- IMPACT X-Division Championship Match: Trey Miguel (c) vs. Black Taurus
- IMPACT Digital Media Championship Match: Joe Hendry (c) vs. Moose
- IMPACT Knockouts Title Number 1 Contenders Match: Masha Slamovich vs. Deonna Purrazzo vs. Taylor Wilde vs. Killer Kelly
- Falls Count Anywhere: Steve Maclin vs. Rich Swann
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Eddie Edwards
- Death Dollz vs. Tasha Steelz and Savannah Evans (pre-show)
- X-Division Scramble Match: Angels vs. Yuya Uemura vs. Mike Jackson vs. Bhupinder Gujjar vs. Mike Bailey vs. KUSHIDA (pre-show)
IMPACT Wrestling Hard to Kill 2023 Predictions
Knockouts Number One Contenders Match
While all eyes will be on the title versus career match, the winner of that match will not have to wait long to see who their challenger will be. Masha Slamovich, Deonna Purrazzo, Taylor Wilde, and Killer Kelly will duke it out with a future shot at the winner of Jordynne Grace and Mickie James on the line. Slamovich would love nothing more than another shot at the title after two unsuccessful attempts at Jordynne Grace. Purrazzo is always a threat in the Knockouts division and Wilde has shown a darker aggressive side of her personality that should have all three other competitors concerned. Killer Kelly will also be in action for the first time since November, making her a bit of a wild card in the match.
All four Knockouts are more than capable of winning this match and becoming champion. The competitors have plenty of footage to watch on Masha and Deonna but this new attitude from Taylor Wilde has not been in IMPACT very long. Kelly has also been out of an IMPACT ring for a couple of months now making recent footage of her hard to get. Masha is always lethal but has had trouble in big matches as of late. Anyone of these four could have their hand raised at the end of the match. Find out who does at Hard to Kill 2023.
Prediction – Killer Kelly wins
Title Versus Career
The “Last Rodeo” continues for Mickie James. Since the back half of last year James has made every match a must-win. She has promised that the next match she loses will be her last match. James has put together an impressive winning streak, cementing her place as the number one contender. She faces an incredible challenge in Jordynne Grace.
Grace has held the belt since Slammiversary 2022 and has successfully defended it against Tasha Steelz, Deonna Purrazzo, Rachael Ellering, and Masha Slamovich among others. Grace will bring her strength and agility to the ring to take on the veteran ability of James. The stakes could not be higher for both Knockouts at Hard to Kill. It is the career of James against the Knockouts Championship of Grace. Only one hand will be raised at the end of the match at Hard to Kill 2023.
Prediction – James wins
A Personal Main Event
At Bound for Glory, Josh Alexander retained his IMPACT World Championship against Eddie Edwards. After the match, he was surrounded by Honor No More in what looked like a bad spot for Alexander. Bully Ray who had won the Call Your Shot Gauntlet earlier made his way to the ring. Bully had spent weeks trying to convince Alexander that he could trust him. For a moment it looked like Ray was going to make true to that promise. However, Bully attacked Alexander and his wife in front of their child. Bully promised to cash in his trophy at Hard to Kill and take the title from Alexander.
Things got even more personal after Bully attacked long-time friend Tommy Dreamer with chairs and ladders. After that attack, Alexander demanded Scott D’amore make the match a Full Metal Mayhem match. These two will use anything that is not nailed down to attack each other. Josh Alexander has had a historic reign as IMPACT World Champion. He will have to dig down deep to walk out of Atlanta as the IMPACT World Champion.
Prediction – Alexander retains
IMPACT Wrestling Hard to Kill 2023 Predictions and More from Last Word on Sports
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