As seen during Thursday night’s episode of Impact Wrestling, Violent by Design defeated FinJuice (Rhino & Joe Doering) to become the new Impact Tag-Team champions.
According to a report from Fightful, Juice Robinson and Dave Finlay were both not backstage at the Impact TV tapings that took place earlier this week as the company didn’t have any creative plans for them. Despite this, Impact still has a positive working relationship with NJPW.
Following Thursday’s edition of Impact, the company posted a video with FinJuice discussing their current status. Finlay said,
“What the hell is a Call Your Shot trophy? I’ve heard of a briefcase, didn’t know there was a trophy. We just put our heart and soul on the line to defend the tag team championships and then we lose them…like that.”
“That is what we wanted to do, that is what we wanted to do. We wanted to be the champions. We wanted to walk into every match against people who deserved it, and we wanted to defend them and win and continue and continue and continue. And now we can’t do that. And now we have to go back to Japan. Two steps forward, one step back. It’s not the first time that we’ve been knocked down. It’s not the first time that we’ve lost a match. It’s not the first time we’ve lost a title and it’s not the first time that we’ve held a title a lot shorter than we thought we should’ve. We’re going to Japan, we’re whooping ass, and we’re coming back here sooner rather than later and we’re picking up where we left off — well, besides before a couple of minutes ago but we’re picking up where we left off before we lost those damn belts.”
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 22, 2021