It’s spooky season once again. You know what that means. It’s time to dive into another 31 deadly, bloody, horrifying deathmatches as we go into the 3rd annual deathmatch calendar. As always, this will be a day-by-day calendar of gore as we break into some of the greatest, nastiest and most infamous of deathmatches across the years culminating with my pick of the year so far at the number 31 spot. This is our first guest spot as SteelChair’s own French Nygma brings her own pick of a violent bout to the calendar.

Barbed Wire Massacre is the ultimate TNA/Impact Wrestling hardcore experience. A match type where the ropes have been replaced with barbed wire, the use of toys that have barbed wire attached to or wrapped around them are made available. Since 2005, there have been 4 such matches, Abyss vs Sabu, Abyss vs Judas Mesias, LAX vs oVe, and finally Eddie Edwards against Sami Callihan.

In 2021, at Hard to Kill, the feud between Callihan and Edwards reached a point it needed to end this way, in a bath of blood. Unlike the previous matches, the ring ropes simply had barbed wire wrapped around them. The ring itself was surrounded by barbed wire boards and weapons, including a section of steel cage erected on one side of the ring, adorned with barbed wire. That led me to think if it was not a real Barbed Wire Massacre. And I was wrong…

Callihan got sent into the ropes, Edwards then grabbed some barbed wire and wrapped it around Callihan’s head. Edwards continued to control the match. Callihan finally gave Edwards a big boot, then put a barbed wire board up against the barricade. Callihan tried to suplex Edwards out to the board, Callihan went out to the floor, Edwards looked to fly, but Callihan swang the board into Edwards, catching him in midair. Callihan was already busted open at this point.

Callihan put a piece of the board on Edwards’ back, then hit a Cactus elbow off the apron. Callihan launched the board at Edwards, who was also now busted open. Back in the ring, Edwards was sent crashing down on the ropes. Callihan brought out the barbed wire wrapped Nintendo 64© controller and smacked Edwards over the head with it. Edwards was able to fight back, got a barbed wire wrapped chair and cracked Callihan over the back with it, then landed a Blue Thunder Bomb on it.

The two now battled by the steel cage wall, jamming each other’s heads into it. Callihan hit a NutCracker, grabbed a piece of barbed wire, and wrapped his hand in it. He then clocked Edwards with it. Callihan got a kendo stick wrapped in barbed wire, Edwards had the same except it was a baseball bat. Edwards offered up a trade, Barbie vs Kenny, and Edwards got the first strike right in the midsection. Callihan went up to the second rope and took another shot. Edwards went up top, Callihan slipped under and shoved him into the chain that was strung on one side of the ring.

Callihan brought in a big board with barbed wire. He set it up near the corner with some chairs. He went up to the second rope and hit a Cactus Special on Edwards through the board. Callihan looked to crack Edwards with the bat, but Edwards hit a NutCracker. Edwards nailed a Boston knee party into a barbed wire chair, sending Callihan down. Edwards brought Callihan to the corner and hit the Emerald Flowsion on a pile of barbed wire items for the win. After the match, Alisha Edwards came out to check on Eddie. The two left the ring together as Callihan was slow to get up from that final move.

It was sensational. Three years long, Eddie and Sami have hated each other so much to reach that point, a bloody and vicious brawl. I voluntarily chose not to predict a winner because whatever happened, the fan would always be the winners of a Sami vs Eddie match. At this time, I was fearing it could be the end of their story, I wished not and I was right. Alchemy like this one is so unique and rare in this business…

All pics and videos courtesy of Impact Wrestling, Fight Network, Fite TV and Basil Mahmud

By Steph Franchomme

News, Reviews, Social Media Editor Impact Wrestling Reviewer Interviewer And French...

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