Impact Wrestling No Surrender 2022 Results: Winners, Grades and Highlights

Impact Wrestling No Surrender 2022 Results: Winners, Grades and Highlights
Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonTwitter LogoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2022

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    Credit: Impact Wrestling

    Impact Wrestling presented No Surrender Saturday, live from suburban New Orleans, featuring a stacked card of grudge matches and championship encounters.

    Moose put the Impact World Championship on the line against his former associate W. Morrissey, Honor No More continued its hostile invasion of the company and Bullet Club’s Guerillas of Destiny and “Switchblade” Jay White sought to earn victories in key showdowns.

    Were they successful? What outcomes affected the foreseeable future of the company?

    Find out now with this recap of the live event special. 

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    • Impact World Championship Match: W. Morrissey vs. Moose
    • Knockouts World Championship Match: Mickie James vs. Tasha Steelz (with Savannah Evans)
    • Honor No More (Matt Taven, Mike Bennett, Kenny King, PCO and Vincent with Maria Kanellis) vs. Team Impact (Eddie Edwards, Rhino, Chris Sabin, Rich Swann and Steve Maclin)
    • Impact World Tag Team Championship Match: The Good Brothers vs. The Guerillas of Destiny
    • Eric Young vs. “Switchblade” Jay White
    • Digital Media Championship Match: Matt Cardona vs. Jordynne Grace
    • Jonah vs. Black Taurus
    • Deonna Purrazzo’s Open Challenge for Either the AAA Reina de Reinas or Ring of Honor Women’s Championship
    • X-Division No. 1 Contender’s Match: Chris Bey vs. Ace Austin vs. Jake Something vs. “Speedball” Mike Bailey
    • Countdown to No Surrender: Trey Miguel vs. John Skyler
    • Countdown to No Surrender: Tenille Dashwood vs. Havok

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      Credit: Impact Wrestling

      X-Division champion Trey Miguel returned to the Impact Zone for the first time since the Hard to Kill pay-per-view, has mourned the passing of his mother and battled the underrated John Skyler in non-title competition.

      Recognizing the possibility for a title opportunity would be his with a victory, Skyler took the fight to his smaller opponent. He worked the core of his opponent, delivering a shot to the midsection, then applying a Boston Crab as he looked to drive the fight out of his tenacious and resilient opponent.

      Recovered and fired up, Miguel rocked Skyler with a big kick, then wiped him out on the arena floor. Skyler halted his momentum with a rolling senton off the ropes for a near-fall. Miguel shook it off, trapped Skyler in the corner and delivered a kick, then 619. The Meteora earned the champ the victory.

      Result

      Miguel defeated Skyler

      Grade

      C

      Analysis

      This was a good, solid wrestling match to kick off the night’s festivities. 

      Miguel and Skyler set the tone for the rest of the night’s show but by appearing here, the X-Division champion helped to hype the four-way No. 1 contender’s match that will kick off the evening’s broadcast.

      Skyler is an underrated wrestler, a veteran performer with the skill to hang with anyone on the roster. He is in a rut but he will almost certainly be ready when the opportunity arrives. This was all about Miguel, and rightfully so, as he re-asserts himself in the company he has proudly represented for years. 

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      Credit: Impact Wrestling

      The Influence’s Kaleb (with a K!) and Madison Rayne accompanied Tenille Dashwood to the squared circle for her match with Decay’s Havok, accompanied by tag team partner Rosemary.

      Havok dominated the opening moments of the match but a momentary distraction and an alert Dashwood rocked her with a knee to seize control. Dashwood sent Havok into the corner, then delivered consecutive crossbody blocks in the corner, but could only generate a two-count from the official. 

      Late in the match, Kaleb received a call from Knockouts tag team champions The IInspiration, distracting his charges. Havok recovered, delivered the tombstone piledriver and scored the come-from-behind victory.

      Result

      Havok defeated Dashwood

      Grade

      C

      Analysis

      This was a surprisingly one-sided match in Dashwood’s favor but the bigger takeaway was the phone call that led to the Aussie’s downfall.

      Kaleb has been otherwise distracted in recent weeks by Jessie McKay and Cassie Lee, fueling a rivalry between The IInspiration and The Influence over the Knockouts tag titles. This is all clearly leading to another showdown between those two teams but the question is whether it spells the end of Kaleb’s super underrated run with Dashwood.

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      Credit: Impact Wrestling

      Bullet Club’s Chris Bey, “The Inevitable” Ace Austin, Jake Something and “Speedball” Mike Bailey battled in the opening match of the pay-per-view broadcast, a shot at Trey Miguel’s X-Division Championship at stake in an action-packed Fatal 4-Way Match.

      Each competitor took turns soaring through the air, with Something and Bailey impressing with their aerial exploits.

      Back and forth, counters and reversals gave way to Bey delivering the Art of the Finesse to Bailey. Austin sent him to the floor and set up for The Fold, only for Something to catch him and deliver Into the Void for the pinfall victory.

      Result

      Something defeated Bey, Austin and Bailey

      Grade

      B

      Analysis

      Give four incredibly talented wrestlers time and limited constraints and the result will be a balls-to-the-wall match with unrivaled feats of athleticism. That is what we got here, in a high-energy opener that set the stage for a big X-Division title match pitting Something against Miguel.

      Something is a wrestler with untapped potential who finally has some momentum on his side. A show-stealing performance against Miguel for one of the most coveted titles in the company should help him finally attain the success and spotlight he should have had a long time ago. 

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      Credit: Impact Wrestling

      A battle of hosses promised a change in pace in the night’s second match as the monstrous Jonah battled the nightmarish Black Taurus, who was accompanied to the squared circle by his Decay teammate Crazzy Steve.

      Taurus proved it would not be a cakewalk for Jonah, wiping him out with a plancha early. The Aussie would turn the tide in his favor, controlling the pace of the match. Taurus fought back, delivering a reverse sling blade and a crucifix bomb.

      He rocked The Top Dog with a headbutt but Jonah flattened him seconds later. Taurus fought back, delivered a 619 and added a twisting senton for two. No longer content to absorb his opponent’s offensive arsenal, Jonah delivered a Thesz Press out of the corner, a powerbomb and put him away with the top-rope Tsunami for the win.

      Result

      Jonah defeated Taurus

      Grade

      B

      Analysis

      This was a hell of a hoss fight between two athletic big men.

      Taurus was as good as we have seen him since his arrival in Impact Wrestling while Jonah continued to showcase the skills that have made him one of the hottest free agents in the business.

      The Top Dog could easily enter the world title scene tomorrow and be a credible threat to Moose or W. Morrissey, a testament to how well Impact has built him, even following a clean loss to Josh Alexander back at Hard To Kill.

      Might he take The Walking Weapon’s place now that his spot in the company has opened up?

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      Credit: Impact Wrestling

      The war between Violent By Design and Bullet Club manifested itself in the form of a singles showdown between the factions’ leaders, Eric Young and “Switchblade” Jay White. 

      King Switch controlled the first-half of the bout, outwrestling Young and showing why he is one of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated wrestlers. Young delivered a Death Valley Driver to shift things in his favor, scoring a near-fall in the process. 

      Later, he shoved White off the top rope and delivered his trademark top-rope elbow drop for another close two as the Bullet Club leader proved doubly resilient. White recovered and delivered a Saito suplex that left Young in a heap on the apron.

      The fight spilled to the floor, where Young established an advantage and scored a near-fall upon returning to the ring. EY set up for the piledriver but White countered and stacked him up for two. White fought out one other piledriver attempt and finally landed the half-and-half suplex. The Blade Runner finished Young off as White earned a hard-fought victory.

      Result

      White defeated Young

      Grade

      B

      Analysis

      Young and White demonstrated strong in-ring chemistry in a match between two heels that could have led to a quieter crowd but, instead, had them hanging on every counter and reversal down the stretch.

      White winning makes sense given his stature in the industry right now. He has been all over New Japan Pro-Wrestling, AEW and Impact in recent weeks and months, leaving an impression on audiences across three major companies. 

      Young, though, is a grizzled vet and one of the really underrated professional wrestlers today. His promo abilities and Impact’s investment in VBD ensure he will recover, making the outcome of this one even more obviously correct.

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      Credit: Impact Wrestling

      Ring of Honor Women’s and AAA Reina de Reinas champion Deonna Purrazzo issued an open challenge for No Surrender and former ROH competitor Miranda Alize answered.

      The overzealous young Lucha Baddy found herself on the defensive quickly as The Virtuosa worked her over, reminding the entire wrestling world why she is the top in her field. The resilient challenger fought her way back into the match but her repeated attempt at her Miranda Rights finisher failed her.

      Still, she mounted a comeback late that had Purrazzo reeling. A missed Shining Wizard and an armbar by Purrazzo spelled the end for her opponent as The Virtuosa retained her titles.

      Result

      Purrazzo defeated Alize

      Grade

      B

      Analysis

      The crowd may not have known who Alize was, and failed to react the way you would hope for a match of this quality, but that did not deter the performers. Purrazzo and her challenger delivered a damn good wrestling match that served as further proof of the health of women’s wrestling in America.

      Alize is a talented competitor, something fans of Ring of Honor are very familiar with. She did not look out of place and would enhance a Knockouts division already brimming with talent. If this was a tryout of the highest degree, she passed.

      It is also time to give Purrazzo her flowers. She is as good a professional wrestler as there is right now, a performer who saves her best for the highest-profile situations. That was on display here as she did not skimp on effort despite a lack of creative direction since her feud with Mickie James wrapped up. A fantastic wrestler who fans unfamiliar with her work over the last two years absolutely must discover.

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      Credit: Impact Wrestling

      Matt Cardona’s shocking actions at the conclusion of his Digital Championship victory over Jordynne Grace a month ago resulted in a heel turn but it also set up a rematch against Thicc Mama Pump Saturday night.

      The game Grace took the fight to the Long Island Broski early but the veteran competitor utilized the referee as a distraction and delivered a cheap shot that allowed him to seize control of his opponent. He suplexed her into the corner and worked her over, even delivering two consecutive Broski Boots to no avail.

      Grace fought back and left Cardona reeling after booting a steel chair back into the champion’s face. As The Long Island Broski introduced the chair to the squared circle and a frustrated, fed-up and pissed-off Grace delivered a low blow that caused referee Brian Hebner to call for the bell. 

      The match lost via disqualification, Grace blasted the heel with a steel chair across the back, sending him scurrying to the sanctuary of the floor.

      Result

      Cardona defeated Grace via disqualification

      Grade

      B-

      Analysis

      Cardona is doing the best work of his career right now across several different promotions. Long presented as a babyface, he has found the key to success in the form of a heel turn that allows him to be the cowardly, sneaky, insufferable villain. He trash-talks fans, brags about taking shortcuts and when the time comes, sells his ass off for the fired-up babyface.

      That babyface here was Grace, who is a phenomenal professional wrestler and had no problem hanging in there with Cardona. She is a great performer and could easily fit right in on any major wrestling show. Her work with Cardona has been fantastic and given the finish of this one, it will continue.

      She may not get the title back when all is said and done but Grace’s star will burn brighter, thanks both to her red-hot opponent and her own stellar work.

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      Credit: Impact Wrestling

      At one time, The Good Brothers and Guerillas of Destiny stood side-by-side in Bullet Club. Since then, they have gone their separate ways, animosities apparent in social media posts. Saturday, the two teams battled for the first time ever with Impact World Tag Team Championships at stake.

      Tama Tonga started hot for the GOD, taking the fight to both Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson early. The latter raked his former friend’s eyes, though, and the champions wrestled control of the bout away from the New Japan Pro-Wrestling exports.

      Tonga finally tagged Tonga Loa into the match and he unloaded on the heels, sparking a babyface comeback.

      As the action broke down, Tonga caught Anderson with a hip toss neckbreaker but Gallows broke up the pin. A side suplex/neck breaker combo to Tonga had the challengers in need of a spark. Loa broke up a Magic Killer and action broke down once more, all four competitors left lying.

      Tonga delivered a rolling DVD and a big splash but could not keep Machine Gun down for three. Chris Bey appeared, providing an apparently inadvertent distraction that allowed Gallows to deliver a chokeslam to Loa on the floor and Jay White to sneak in and deliver the Blade Runner.

      The Good Brothers retained from there as the commentary team of Tom Hannifan and Matthew Rehwoldt asked what they just witnessed. White gave them their answer as he, Bey, Anderson and Gallows united for a Too Sweet over the fallen Tonga.

      Result

      The Good Brothers defeated Guerillas of Destiny

      Grade

      B

      Analysis

      Given the fact that Tama Tonga was a founding member of Bullet Club, his public dismissal from the faction here is big news that will have long-reaching effects on NJPW storytelling. White, who was criticized for not having his fingerprints on the faction made the decision by way of his Blade Runner, leaving no doubt as to who the leader is.

      The match itself was really good, arguably the best of The Good Brothers’ Impact run. They were clearly motivated and delivered the hard-hitting, physical match you hope for out of a grudge match like this. The GOD lived up to their reputations and the result was a hot match with an exclamation point of an angle to close it out.

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      Credit: Impact Wrestling

      Momentum on her side following a victory in the first-ever Knockouts Ultimate X match, Tasha Steelz challenged Mickie James for the Knockouts Championship in one of the marquee bouts of Saturday’s card.

      The uber-confident Steelz controlled the match, appearing to be well on her way to victory when some trash-talking directed at James’ family ignited a fire in her that led to a big neckbreaker on the floor. Steelz, like any great prospective champion, scouted her opponent’s offense and left her lying on the floor as momentum returned to her side.

      Refusing to allow frustration to set in, Steelz remained focused until James bit her, catching her off-guard. 

      The champion fired up, kicking Steelz low and taking her down with a seated senton for two. She added a Mick Kick to Savannah Evans, knocking Steelz’ second off the apron. Steelz delivered a cutter in time for Chelsea Green to make her presence felt as she eliminated Evans from the equation.

      Green’s presence was felt late as James sent Steelz into her, then rolled the Boricua Badass up for the pinfall victory.

      Result

      James defeated Steelz

      Grade

      B-

      Analysis

      A night of above-average professional wrestling continued with this one, a competitive match that proved Steelz belongs in the title picture as a singles competitor and that Green is absolutely going to cost James the title sooner, rather than later. 

      James continues to excel, doing some of the best work of her career in this latest run with Impact. It was too soon to take the title off of her but Steelz needed to be protected. The finish solved that problem and suggests a three-way dance may be on the horizon.

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