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Karl Anderson Tells Released Wrestlers To Stop Thanking WWE

Last year WWE released a number of talents due to coronavirus related budget cuts, and the cuts have continued over the last few months. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows were two of the stars who got released in 2020, but they’ve since landed on their feet. It’s become quite common...
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Powell’s Impact Wrestling Hit List: Moose and Sami Callihan vs. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, Josh Alexander and Petey Williams vs. TJP and Fallah Bahh, W Morrissey talks, Crazzy Steve and Black Taurus vs. Johnny Swinger and Hernandez

W Morrissey: A good sit-down promo. Morrissey wasn’t asked to do a lot of talking during his Big Cass days, so it’s been a nice to see that he has the gift of gab. His character is bitter with the business and that’s helping to lay the foundation of his persona, but I am looking forward to learning whether he can deliver the same strong mic work to set up his matches and feuds.

5/15 Impact Wrestling Under Siege results: Chris Sabin vs. Chris Bey vs. Sami Callihan vs. Matt Cardona vs. Trey Miguel vs. Moose in a six-way to become No. 1 contender to the Impact World Championship, Kenny Omega, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson vs. Eddie Edwards, Juice Robinson, and David Finlay

1. Brian Myers beat Black Taurus. 2. Taylor Wilde and Tenille Dashwood beat Kimber Lee and Susan. 3. Ace Austin & Madman Fulton defeated TJP & Petey Williams, Larry D & Acey Romero, and Rohit Raju & Mahabali Shera to become No. 1 contenders to the Impact Tag Titles. 4....

Powell’s Impact Wrestling Hit List: Kenny Omega, Rich Swann, and Moose, Eric Young vs. Eddie Edwards, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Crazzy Steve and Black Taurus, Tenille Dashwood vs. Susan, Jake Something vs. Shera, Jordynne Grace vs. Kiera Hogan

Kenny Omega, Rich Swann, and Moose: Swann showed good fire in calling out Omega, who responded with a good, arrogant heel promo with the usual strong support from Don Callis. The Moose appearance was a pleasant surprise that plays into my prediction that he will cost Swann the match against Omega on Sunday, but that’s just a shot in the dark.

Powell’s AEW Dynamite Hit List: Mike Tyson saves Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley and The Young Bucks vs. Kenny Omega, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson, Darby Allin vs. JD Drake for the TNT Championship, Tay Conti vs. The Bunny, Hangman Page vs. Max Caster

Darby Allin vs. JD Drake for the TNT Championship: The best match on the show. I went in wishing that Drake had been given some mic time to establish himself, but he was definitely able to do that with his ring work. It felt like a good win for Allin and it was clearly a memorable Dynamite debut for Drake. Here’s hoping that AEW follows up with Drake quickly.

Powell’s Impact Wrestling Hit List: Kenny Omega and Don Callis, Ace Austin vs. TJP for the X Division Championship, Eddie Edwards vs. Karl Anderson, Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo vs. Jazz in a non-title match, Trey Miguel vs. Acey Romero

Kenny Omega and Don Callis: This segment was a blast. Omega and Callis played off of one another nicely. I actually got a kick out of the segment going so long because it felt like a fitting display of self indulgence for the Omega character and his hero worshiping manager. I’d like to see occasional long promo segments like this on AEW Dynamite. We get them from the Inner Circle, but we could really use one from Omega and Callis. It’s interesting that Callis put over the One Winged Angel so aggressively, complete with the One Winged Angel highlight video. The focus on Omega’s finishing move left me wondering if they are pushing it simply to establish it in Impact or if they are establishing it so that it will really pack a punch if Rich Swann kicks out of the move. Speaking of Swann, he showed good fire in his brief rebuttal promo. I am already sold on the Omega vs. Swann title vs. title match and I am looking forward to seeing what else the company does to generate more interest in it over the next month.

Powell’s AEW Dynamite Hit List: Britt Baker vs. Thunder Rosa in an unsanctioned match, Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston vs. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, Cody Rhodes vs. Pentagon El Zero Miedo, The Pinnacle, Jade Cargill vs. Dani Jordyn

Britt Baker vs. Thunder Rosa in an unsanctioned match: Wait, AEW had this match in the can for nearly a week, knew how great it was, and didn’t come up with a better way to showcase it throughout the episode? Baker is a terrific promo and we really should have heard from both women at some point. But that’s the only negative. The match was outstanding and turned out to be one of the company’s most memorable television main events. Rosa took off in the NWA and has been turning heads ever since. And something has really clicked with Baker over the last couple of months. She started to shine on the mic, and has shown major improvement in the ring. Baker is brimming with confidence and has emerged as the most well rounded act in a women’s division that seems to get better by the week.

3/9 Impact Wrestling TV Results: Moore’s review of Ace Austin vs. Chris Bey, Rohit Raju and Mahabali Shera vs. Chris Sabin and James Storm, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Juice Robinson and David Finlay contract singing, the final push for Sacrifice

Highlights from last week’s Impact Wrestling show aired followed by the Impact intro theme…. Matt Striker and D’Lo Brown were on commentary…. 1. Tasha Steelz (w/Kiera Hogan) vs. Jazz (w/Jordynne Grace). Tasha and Kiera started the match off by giving Jazz a condescending applause. Jazz then took down Tasha with a armdrag. Tasha retreated to ringside and stalled a bit with Kiera. Tasha entered the ring and took down Jazz with a side headlock. Jazz escaped and trapped Tasha’s head with a leg scissors. Tasha escaped the move with a handstand.

Powell’s Impact Wrestling Hit List: Rich Swann and Tommy Dreamer contract signing, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. James Storm and Chris Sabin for the Impact Tag Titles, Trey Miguel, Willie Mack, Josh Alexander, and Suicide vs. Ace Austin, Chris Bey, Shawn Daivari, and Blake Christian

“The Good Brothers” Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. James Storm and Chris Sabin for the Impact Tag Titles: It was fun while it lasted. The DQ finish was underwhelming in the moment, but it was a logical way to add Storm and Sabin to the tag title match at No Surrender.

Barnett’s AEW Dynamite Hit List: Kenta debuts, Jon Moxley, Pac, and Rey Fenix vs. Kenny Omega, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson, Lance Archer vs. Eddie Kingston in a lumberjack match, Thunder Rosa vs. Britt Baker, Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford wedding

Tag Team Battle Royal: It was nice to see teams like Top Flight and The Acclaimed stick around deep into the match. There were also several stories told through the process, furthering the dissent between the members of Inner Circle, and the on again off again conflict between former Bullet Club Members The Young Bucks and Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson. The action was fast paced and lively, and I think Chris Jericho and MJF picking up the win secured what should be an interesting story told in the AEW Tag Title match at AEW Revolution. If there is anything to criticize in this match, it’s that they tried to fit too much into a short Battle Royal, and it reduced the impact of some of the story elements.

NXT TV, AEW Dynamite, and MLW Fusion coverage, Karl Anderson

-NXT will be broadcast from Orlando, Florida at the Capitol Wrestling Center (WWE Performance Center). The show features the continuation of the men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, and the first match in the women’s version of the tournament. Join John Moore for his weekly live review as the show airs on USA Network at 7CT/8ET. John’s audio review will be available for Dot Net Members on Thursday.

Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson Seize the Spotlight After WWE Release

SI.com’s Week in Wrestling is published every week and provides beneath-the-surface coverage of the business of pro wrestling. Karl Anderson: “I hate to admit this, but I think there was a point in WWE where we had a loss of confidence. But I can promise you that the confidence is back”