Following their respective wins at Homecoming, Johnny Impact and Taya Valkyrie are now the first husband/wife champions in Impact history.
This past Sunday marked the first PPV of the year for Impact Wrestling, Homecoming. The event featured a number of marquee matches including two big title matches back to back at the end of the show. The first pitted Taya Valkyrie against Tessa Blanchard for the Knockouts Championship, and the second saw Johnny Impact defending the Impact World Title against Brian Cage.
If Valkyrie could overcome Blanchard, it would mark her very first reign as Knockouts Champion. Well, she managed exactly that with a little help from special guest referee, Gail Kim. As Blanchard became increasingly frustrated with not being able to put her opponent away, she started to take it out on Kim. Eventually, Kim snapped and performed her finished on the now-former champ. Valkyrie then pinned her for the win.
Right after that match, Valkyrie's husband Impact went about defending his own World Title. Even though at that point, the married couple had already become the first to both hold titles in Impact at the same time, the World Champ wanted that record to last longer than half an hour or so. He did that by beating Cage and then celebrating in the ring with Valkyrie after the match.
However, the couple's celebrations were cut short. Killer Kross interrupted the celebrations by attacking Impact. When Valkyrie attempted to help out, Kross picked her up and powerbombed her into a crowd of people. With that shocking ending to Homecoming, it would appear that Impact's rivalry with Cage is over and now it's Kross's turn to get a shot at the Impact World Title.
Despite the disappointing end to the night for Impact and Valkyrie, the pair are still champions and still made history nonetheless. They are also both very deserving champions and great figureheads for their respective divisions. Impact Wrestling got its in-ring product back on track in 2018, and the promotion will be looking to build on that success in other ways during 2019.