Deonna Purazzo wins ROH Women’s Championship
Deonna Purazzo defeated Rok-C to become the Ring of Honor Women’s champion on the January 13 episode of IMPACT! ON AXS TV. Purazzo put her AAA Reina de Reinas title on the line in a winner take all match. This was the second time a ROH title was defended in IMPACT and the first time one has changed hands there.
The match, which was featured in the main event, was excellent. Rok-C tapped out to the Venus de Milo double arm submission, after nearly passing out to a Fujiwara arm-bar.
By winning the ROH title, Purazzo has immediately restored her credibility. She lost two straight title matches to Mickie James, and before last night, had no claim to a title re-match. James appears to be headed for a showdown with number one contender Tasha Steelz. Purazzo can defend her ROH and AAA titles in the interim and build up a third potential showdown against James, where all three titles are on the line.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 14, 2022
IMPACT! on AXS TV review
The first episode of IMPACT following Hard to Kill continued the companies momentum. A new era is dawning as the company has new stars, intriguing stories, and a much needed injection of energy. This was the funnest episode and most action packed episode in a long time. The ROH invasion dominated the story as Taven, Bennett, Vincent, and PCO took out commentator D’Lo Brown early on, creating a sense of danger that lingered throughout the show.
We also saw the debut of Charlie Haas who has not been seen on television in many years.
To top it all off, the episode gave us three high-quality matches, two squashes, great interviews, and left us with many reasons to tune in next week. Almost a perfect episode.
- ROH Invasion: We learned during the show that the Taven led group are rogue actors unaffiliated with ROH. Which makes perfect sense considering Jonathan Gresham and Rok-C are here playing different roles. So what do they want? We don’t quite know and that’s the fun part. The crew viciously attacked D’Lo, with PCO putting him through a table early in the episode, and closed the show by confronting Purazzo and beating down other members of the roster.
.@DeonnaPurrazzo is the NEW @ringofhonor Womens World Champion but @MattTaven @TheHorrorKingVM @RealMikeBennett @MariaLKanellis & @PCOisNotHuman had to ruin the night again! #IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/LFj1BDFHQv
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 14, 2022
- Deonna Purazzo vs. Rok-C: Historic main event that lived up to the hype. Excited to see what’s next for Purazzo.
- Masha Slamovich and JONAH squashes: Both matches were effective ways to build two different types of monsters. JONAH is already building himself back up after losing to Alexander.
- Speedball vs. Jake Something: Mike Bailey is impressive as hell. Really fun match. Jake has slid in to a gatekeeper role for the company, which is fine.
- Laredo Kid vs. Chris Bey: Really good match with a Laredo getting the surprise win. Hannifan and Miguel were making us believe we were headed to a Bey-Miguel series. Now that I think of it, I’m almost positive that we will see Miguel vs Bey vs Laredo Kid as the next X-division title match.
- W. Morrissey’s babyface turn: The people were wanting it and we finally got it. His promo was a but rough at first but he eventually got comfortable. Much more excited for a Moose vs Morrissey contest than I was for the Hard to Kill three-way.
- Josh Alexander-Charlie Haas segment: Very cool to see Haas back on television. Tons of passion from Alexander here, too. Keeping Alexander away from Moose was the only downside, because it’s becoming formulaic. Minoru Suzuki, JONAH, and now Haas challenging him out of nowhere.
- None: From top to bottom , this was a great show. Some segments were better, than others but I thought everything tied together excellently. I’m excited for the next episode.
- Bullet Club members Jay White and the Guerrillas of Destiny, Tama Tonga, and Tanga Loa are headed to the IMPACT tapings in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. January 21–22. White returns for the first time since last August. This will be the debut of G.O.D. The company appears to be pulling out all the stops for this upcoming tour.
- Ian Riccaboni is heading to Ft. Lauderdale, as well.
- Pat LaPrade is reporting that PCO has signed a deal here.
- Tommy Dreamer stated on Busted Open that he texted William Regal after he was released and let him know that a spot on commentary and/or as an on-air authority figure awaits him in IMPACT should he want it.
- There should be an announcement soon regarding AXS TV being added to the YouTube TV streaming platform. That would put AXS in to about four million more homes.
- Steve Maclin will challenge Jonathan Gresham for the ROH World Title next week on IMPACT. Chelsea Green will also take on Tasha Steelz, and Doc Gallows & Joe Doering will challenge Heath & Rhino.
The January 13 episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV averaged 111,000 viewers with a 0.03 demo. That is up from last weeks 103,000 and 0.02. The show ranked 147 in the Showbuzz Top 150. This is the 4th week in a row that saw viewership increases.
IMPACT Ratings 2022
|Jan-6||104,000||0.02||Hard to Kill “go-home”|
|Jan-13||111,000||0.03||Deonna Purazzo vs Rok-C|
Brace for IMPACT is now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts
Brace for IMPACT, hosted by JD Oliva and myself on the Fight Game Media Network, has been given its own feed on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and all other podcast apps. The show had been exclusive to Fight Game Media Network Plus on Patreon since March. Our weekly free show will recap IMPACT! The uncut, uncensored, ad-free version will continue on Patreon where we not only review the weekly show, but we will recap all the IMPACT Plus specials, pay-per-views, break down all the news and headlines surrounding IMPACT, Q-and-As with the listeners, classic match and event reviews, plus much more.