ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 328
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ROH celebrates the best of 2017!
Join Ian Riccaboni on a Ring of Honor retrospective of ROH and their partners in NJPW, CMLL and RevPro putting on some of the best wrestling in the world during the War of the Worlds UK event.
2017 Highlights include:
- 8/18/17: ROH World Television Championship Kushida VS Titán; Kushida wins and retains.
- 8/19/17: Jay Lethal VS Josh Bodom; Lethal wins.
- 8/18/17: 10 Man Tag, Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
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ROH World Television Championship: Kushida VS Titán!
NJPW and CMLL fight over ROH gold across the pond in London!
The fans are already hot as Kushida and Titán circle. The two tie up, Kushida gets the waistlock and takedown, float over to facelock. He holds on as Titán rolls, but Titan slips out for a cover. Kushida slips out, they go back and forth on the front facelock. Titán kip-ups to arm-drag, he and Kushida trade tripping takedowns and covers, the two handspring and staredown. The fans applaud how evenly matched these two men are, and cheer for “ROH! ROH!” that brought them together. Things speed up, Titán springboard arm-drags Kushida and sends the Time Splitter out. Titán speeds up but Kushida dodges so he has to cancel his flight. Instead, he hops down and hits Kushida with a running huricanrana!
The fans cheer for “Lucha! Lucha!” while Titán drags Kushida up and into the ring. Titán takes aim as Kushida stands up, and he hits a springboard crossbody! They speed up again, Titán handstand walks over Kushida. He then back handsprings but Kushida blocks the headscissors, and hands it off to the referee!
Referee Todd Sinclair wants nothing to do with this, but has no choice as Kushida kicks Titán’s arm out. Kushida is reprimanded while Titán rolls out of the ring. Kushida pursues and kicks him down, then borrows an empty seat from the fans. A shoulderbreaker sits Titán down, Kushida gets a big running start for a big dropkick!
The fans are thunderous for “Kushida! Kushida!” The champion drags Titán up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Kushida drags Titán up, and wrenches that arm back in a hammerlock. He stands on the hammerlock, fans rally for the stomp! Fans keep rallying, Titán gets to ropes. Kushida backs off before bringing him over for the face scrape and cartwheel dropkick! TWO, to Kushida’s surprise. He returns to going after Titán’s arm, fans rally for the luchador. He gets the ropebreak, Kushida lets go but then comes right back to that arm. Kushida shoulders, elbows and chops Titán down before whipping him to the ropes. Titán counters with a sunset flip, Kushida waves his arms to stay up, then swivels those hips before checking the time. Time for the Hoverboard! But Titán scrambles to ropes for the break. Fans applaud again as Kushida brings Titán back up. Titán chops Kushida sharply, Kushida kicks back just as sharp. Kushida runs, Titán goes Matrix to dodge, and retaliates with a rolling sobat kick. Titán runs at Kushida in the corner but is put on the apron. Kushida swings but Titán ducks to retaliate with a swing kick. Titán goes to springboard but Kushida uses a PELE to knock him down. Kushida runs, Titán slingshots to bodyscissor Kushida out of the ring! That’s not all, Titán mule kicks Kushida away to then springboard ASAI MOONSAULT onto him and barriers!
Both men go down from that insane landing, we go to break.
ROH returns, Titán blocks a kick to hit a dragon screw! And then wraps on a top-loaded Figure Four with an ankle lock!
Kushida endures this Titán Lock, avoids a cover but comes so close to giving up. He drags himself to ropes for the break! Titán lets go, then brings Kushida up. Fireman’s carry, Michinoku Driver! Titán then climbs up, fans rallying for him, but Kushida springs up to his feet! He runs and gives Titán a handspring heel kick. Kushida then climbs up, he and Titán fight up there. Hoverboard! Kushida uses that to sit Titán down, but then stands him up for a SUPER ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!
Titán endures and resists, then rolls to a ropebreak. Kushida lets go at 4, the fans cheer him on as he stands back up. He runs at Titán and dropkicks that bad arm. London declares “This is awesome!” Kushida runs, Titán strikes back with a back kick, but then Kushida hits back with a spinning forearm. Titán unleashes kicks then ducks the fast ball to mule kick. He whips but Kushida reverses, Titán handsprings into another armbar!
Titán resists, and rolls his way into La Mahistrol, TWO! They get up and speed up again, flying-headscissor takedown into ghost pin, TWO! The fans are applauding and hope these two “Fight Forever!” Kushida and Titán get up, Titán hoists Kushida up. He chops Kushida a couple times, but Kushida blocks the third to then yank Titán down by his mask! Titán kip-ups and PELE Kushida! He gets the fans rallying before running over, but Kushida catches him into the fisherman! However, Titán slips out and kicks Kushida again. SPRINGBOARD SUPER STEINER!
But wait! Kushida rolls through, rolls back to grab Titán into the Hoverboard!
Titán is stuck in the middle of the ring, but he won’t give up. He gets up, reaches for ropes, but Kushida rolls him away. Kushida tries to go Back to the Future, but Titán resists and slips out, to then hit a spinning roundhouse! Kushida staggers to the corner, Titán feeds off the fans’ energy, but runs into a buckle shot! Time to finish this, Kushida rolls Titán into Back to the Future!
Kushida wins and retains the ROH WTVC!
Jay Lethal VS Josh Bodom!
ROH’s Franchise Player gave a big spotlight to the up-and-coming RevPro star in Liverpool.
The two uphold the Code of Honor, and the bell rings. Fans cheer for “Lethal! Lethal!” as he and Bodom circle and tie up. Lethal gets the wristlock, Bodom spins and rolls to reverse the hold. Lethal reverses it back, Bodom uses ropes to acrobatically reverse it back. Bodom gets the waistlock and brings Lethal down for the facelock, but Lethal spins it around to put on a headlock. Bodom powers out but Lethals runs him over. Things speed up, Lethal blocks Bodom’s hip toss to hit a neckbreaker. Bodom rolls out of the ring, Lethal fires up the fans. He starts to run but Bodom hops up, so Lethal dropkicks his feet out to send him back down. Now Lethal builds speed, but Bodom again interrupts, so Lethal sends him out the other side, knocking him down with a triangle dropkick.
Lethal rallies the fans, but Bodom drags him to the outside with him. Bodom gets in the ring, he builds speed, but Lethal stops him. Bodom slips out of the back suplex, and even the standard suplex, then headscissors Lethal down. Lethal ducks the roundhouse but takes the enziguri, cover, TWO. Fans rally for Lethal, but Bodom isn’t deterred. He stands Lethal up and gives him a sharp chop and a sharp kick, cover, TWO. Bodom gets fans rallying before giving Lethal a snap suplex. Standing moonsault from Bodom, TWO. The young star isn’t deterred, he puts Lethal in a corner. Lethal blocks then reverses the whip corner to corner, but Bodom boots back. Bodom runs, Lethal counters with a hip-toss and dropkick! Lethal covers, TWO. Fans rally again, Lethal brings Bodom up and hits a scoop slam. Elbow drop on top, cover, TWO. Lethal keeps doing, stiff dropkick to the back of Bodom’s head, cover, TWO. Bodom chops back, Lethal gives him a European Uppercut and a sharp chop of his own. Liverpool wants that “One more time!” so Lethal obliges, chopping Bodom off his feet! The Franchise is in control as we go to break.
ROH returns, Lethal climbs up top. Bodom stands up, ducks under as Lethal jumps over. Bodom grabs Lethal in a waistlock but Lethal elbows him away. Lethal runs, Bodom is ready, pop-up press knee. Bodom runs now, Lethal boots him back. He whips Bodom into his enziguri, then calls for the Injection. Instead, he gets the Poison-Rana from Bodom!
Lethal rolls out and staggers about. Bodom takes aim, builds speed, and DIVES!
He then climbs up, for a springboard ASAI!
The fans are thunderous as Bodom puts Lethal back in the ring, then climbs up top. He takes aim at Lethal, DumDum stomps to the running Shooting Star! TWO! Bodom was close, and he knows it. The fans rally for their local boy as he hoists Lethal up to the top rope backwards. Bodom climbs up but Lethal elbows him down. Bodom falls but Lethal gets caught in a Tree of Woe. Seeing this, Bodom runs in to dropkick Lethal in the ribs. Lethal tumbles out of the Tree, fans rally again as Bodom takes aim. He swings, but ends up in the Lethal Combination! Lethal stands up and hurries to the top rope. He takes aim, and hits Hail to the King!
TWO, but Lethal holds on, for a Figure Four! Bodom endures the legendary lock, and as he gets the ropebreak, look he’s walking out to ringside.
The Last Real Man, Silas Young, appears to look at his Best in the World opponent, and talk trash to him, too. Lethal takes notice of Silas, and tells him to go away. Bodom pounces in that moment, waistlock and roll up, but Lethal rolls him up. TWO, but into the LETHAL INJECTION!
Lethal wins! But immediately has to fight off Silas!
They throw hands, but Silas throws the first kick. He then rains rights down on Lethal, until referees rush in and pull him off. The Last Real Man leaves, but this will continue in Edenborough, and of course at Best in the World. As for Lethal’s opponent in Liverpool, the Franchise shows his respect to the young RevPro star. Perhaps will see Josh Bodom in ROH again someday.
10 Man Tag, Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The Bullet Club!
The entirety of LIJ takes on the American Nightmare, the Hangman, the Villain & The Young Bucks in this epic showdown that bridges NJPW and ROH, with the one and only Daryl Takahashi the cat joining commentary.
The native Marty Scurll starts against Hiromu Takahashi. Scurll doesn’t take kindly to the Ticking Time Bomb’s attitude, so he shoves him. Hiromu doesn’t take kindly to that, so he takes Scurll’s umbrella! London boos, they’re not going to let their hometown villain be disrespected. Hiromu threatens to lick the umbrella, so Scurll knocks him down. Scurll flaps his wings, fans cheer “Woop woop woop”. Scurll whips but Hiromu reverses, Scurll uses the corner to change direction and slip under Hiromu. The Villain gets around behind Hiromu with a hammerlock, then leap-frogs to slip back under. Hiromu turns around, Scurll flaps his wings in Hiromu’s face.
“Too Sweet! Woop woop!” echoes out again, even as Hiromu kicks Scurll low. Hiromu whips but Scurll reverses. Things speed up and Hiromu hits Scurll with a running headscissors, to then mock the wing flapping!
Hiromu runs in and gives Scurll a corner clothesline then throws him out to the center of the ring. Scurll dodges the low dropkick but Hiromu dodges the clothesline, fireman’s carry but Scurll slips out. Hiromu denies the chicken wing, and the two find themselves in a stalemate as both go to swing haymakers. Villain and Time Bomb back off, to tag in Cody and Sanada respectively. London gets a preview of the upcoming ROH World Heavyweight Championship match between the American Nightmare and the Cold Skull. Cody grins as fans chant his name. He and Sanada circle, tie up, Cody gets the headlock. Sanada powers out but Cody runs him over, Sanada immediately kip-ups. Fans sing a song for “Cody Rhodes~! Cody, Cody Rhodes~!” which amuses the ROH WHC. He and Sanada circle again, tie up, Cody gets another headlock and Sanada powers out again. Things speed up, Sanada trips Cody up, cover, kick-out and Cody reverses the roles, double dropkick! No one is hit, so both men stand up, fans applaud this evenly matched match-up. Cody regroups with the Bullet Club while Sanada regroups with LIJ. Fans sing for Cody again as he and Sanada return to circling. They go for a test of strength, but Cody kicks low and drops down for the uppercut. Cody runs, Sanada jumps up and over a couple times to then drop Cody with a dropkick. Cody takes his frustration out by shoving Hiromu in the face! LIJ floods the ring, as does the Bullet Club!
The referee tries to keep peace between all ten men, fans want to “Let them fight!” However, it is the LIJ philosophy of “Tranquilo” that calms things down. Fans grow impatient, they sing “We want some Superkicks~! We want some Superkicks~!” The Young Bucks promise that’ll come later. For now, Cody tags in the Hangman, Adam Page. And he calls out the captain of LIJ! Sanada obliges, and tags in Naito! The Problem Solver will match-up with the Uncontrollable Charisma, after the break.
ROH returns, Naito dodges Hangman’s lunge and tells him to calm down. Fans chant “Tranquilo! Tranquilo!” then rally behind Naito as he fires himself up. He and Hangman lunge at each other, but Naito dodges to tag in Evil. The man formerly known as Watanabe also tells Hangman to calm down while he enters the ring. Hangman gets an idea, so he spits into his hand… He offers Evil that gross handshake, but instead pie-faces Naito with it! Hangman swings on Evil, but Evil dodges and grabs him by the hair. Evil brings Hangman over to Naito, Naito spits on Hangman!
Hangman swings wild, his kick is blocked and Evil hands it off to the referee. Todd Sinclair again has no choice but to be accomplice to something, as Evil mule kicks Hangman in the hip. London declares “This is awesome!” while Evil clotheslines Hangman out of the ring. Evil tags Naito back in, Naito fires up and builds speed, for True Tranquilo!
The Bullet Club is furious, but it’s The Villain who gets in and stomps Naito out! Hangman returns and continues stomping, then tags Scurll back in. “Woop woop!” echoes out as Scurll flaps his wings. He drags Naito up and throws hands and chops. Scurll runs, but into Naito’s back elbow, Evil comes in to add a back senton. Bushi comes in, and the rest of LIJ trips up the rest of Bullet Club while Naito stands on Scurll’s head and mocks the flapping wings.
While Naito enjoys himself in the ring, LIJ is picking apart the Bullet Club on the outside, even throwing The Young Bucks into barriers. Naito chokes Scurll at the ropes and even forces Scurll’s eye open. Scurll gets himself to a corner, Evil gives him a spank before Naito tags Hiromu back in. Hiromu chops Scurll once, twice, then whips corner to corner for a big clothesline to big low dropkick. Cover, TWO, tag to Bushi. The luchador of LIJ climbs up while Hiromu drags Scurll up, Bushi hits a missile dropkick. Bushi gives us the Bushi-roonie, then uses his own shirt to choke Scurll. The referee tells Bushi to stop that, but he’s distracted by LIJ starting an argument with the Bullet Club. Scurll powers his way out of the choke, to put it on Bushi, and then hit the backstabber. Fans rally as both men crawl for their corners. Scurll gets the hot tag to Matt Jackson but both Bucks come in to rally on LIJ. Double dropkicks for Evil, alley-oop dropkick for both Bushi and Hiromu! Sanada comes in, double hip-toss and dropkicks for Cold Skull. Nick runs at Bushi while Matt positions Hiromu, but is put on the apron. Matt runs in and they combine for a clothesline and kick. Fans cheer them on as Nick goes up and Matt prepares Bushi, double stomp dominator for Bushi, somersault into the draping backstabber on Hiromu!
Naito gets on the apron, but gets knocked off with the handspring dropkick! Scurll returns, he hops out to the apron to SUPERKICK Naito down. The Bullet Club then regroups in the middle of the ring and the fans start up the Terminator drums. The Young Bucks rise, build speed and DIVE!
It doesn’t end there, American Nightmare and Hangman get to the corners for a simultaneous Shooting Star and flying clothesline!
The fans are thunderous as Nick gets Bushi back in the ring. Scurll whips Bushi, and brings into the tilt-o-whirl, reverse crucifix driver! Matt is on the top rope, hits a big elbow drop! Nick adds on a frog splash!
Matt covers, Sanada breaks it. Nick comes back and pounces on Sanada to throw him out. Matt tags Hangman in, he drags Bushi up and puts him in a corner. Hangman chops away as we go to break.
ROH returns once more, Hangman is legal again as he brings Bushi up and hits a scoop slam. He climbs up top, goes for the moonsault but flops! Nick comes back in, stomps Bushi out, then claims he’ll hit it. He jumps up for a moonsault, but he flops as Bushi dodges again. Matt comes in and hammers Bushi down, he goes for the moonsault, but Bushi dodges again! Cody and Nick come back in and they both stomp Bushi out. The fans call for “Marty! Marty!” but he’s reluctant to try. The Bullet Club wants him to, the fans want him to, “YES! YES!”, so he has no choice. He says his prayers as he climbs up, fans assure him, “You Can Do This!” Scurll climbs up, and moonsaults!
But he misses all the same… Fans rally as Scurll and Bushi crawl for their corners, hot tags to Hangman and Sanada. The other members of Bullet Club intercept but Cody, Nick and Matt take dropkicks from Cold Skull. Hangman comes in now, but Sanada gets behind him to give him an Atomic Drop. Sanada trips Hangman up to then tie him in a knot! Hangman finds himself in the “Paradise Lock”, Sanada backs up and takes aim. Sanada runs in to dropkick Hangman out of Paradise!
Hangman writhes while Sanada tags in Naito. He and Evil come in to double whip Hangman corner to corner. Evil gives him a corner clothesline and then throws him down, the other members of LIJ give Hangman a quadruple dropkick!
Naito covers, the Bullet Club rushes in to break it up. LIJ throws them all back out, Naito brings Hangman up. Hangman elbows him away, runs back in but is put on the apron, he slingshots for the Buck Shot! Evil returns, lifts Hangman in the fireman’s carry, Darkness Fall! Cody comes in, and hits Evil with Cross Rhodes! Sanada comes in, he steals Cross Rhodes!
Scurll returns, he goes to borrow Cross Rhodes but Sanada reverses, Scurll denies the second attempt at theft to grab that hand! The Villain takes Cold Skull’s fingers and… SNAP! Hiromu comes in, Scurll runs at him, Hiromu throws him overhead into buckles! Nick comes in, SUPERKICK! Matt runs in, SUPERKICK for Bushi! Sanada returns, double SUPERKICKS! Evil and Naito return, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!
Wait, what’s Nick doing? He’s taking Daryl hostage!
The fans are torn, some want this and others don’t. Daryl is vulernable as The Bucks call for a “SUPERKICK PARTY~!” However, Evil and Sanada drag them out. But wait, The Villain gets back in the ring. He sees Daryl all alone, and gets a sinister idea. Fans are again torn, but Scurll still fires up, does his little spin and “Chicken Wing!” Hiromu returns to SUPERKICK Scurll and save Daryl! However, he celebrates with Daryl a little too long, the Bucks return to double SUPERKICK Hiromu! Daryl goes flying, Cody catches him! The Bucks are out for stuffed animal blood as Cody passes Daryl to Matt. Nick gets to the apron, Matt puts Daryl in position… Springboard Five Star Meltzer Driver!!
Daryl goes down! Is he even still alive?! Hiromu sees the fallen Daryl, fans boo the Bullet Club’s lack of compassion. Fans demand they “Say You’re Sorry!” When the Bullet Club refuses, the Ticking Time Bomb goes off and throws hands on all five of them! He hits Matt, Hangman, Nick, Scurll and Cody in that over several times, then fires up to run, into a QUINTUPLE SUPERKICK!!
Naito returns, Scurll grabs him, but Naito ducks so that Scurll takes the double SUPERKICKS! He then sends Nick’s kick into Matt, enziguris Nick down, then ducks the double clothesline to shove Hangman into Cody. Sanada distracts the referee, Hangman gets the Green Mist!
Naito gives Hangman an Atomic Drop, Evil runs Hangman over with a lariat, Naito rolls into the jackknife cover. TWO! The members of LIJ keep the Bullet Club anchored on the outside, Naito hits Hangman with Destino!
First off, I didn’t expect this episode of ROH to actually feature full matches. I thought it was going to be a full recap show with simply highlights and video packages. But, seeing as how it featured full matches, it was only fair to give them full play-by-play reporting like always. The War of the Worlds UK event was a great hit, so I’m glad we’re all getting to see even just the three matches chosen for this episode. Everything was PPV level quality, and it really showcases why wrestling fans should be fans of ROH, NJPW and their partners.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/18/21)
Will Raw be on fire tonight?
Will Alexa Bliss have a twisted surprise for the Raw Women’s Champion?
She gave Randy Orton a taste of his own medicine, but she might be hungry for something more! Will Alexa be ready for Asuka and earn herself a shot at the title?
- Charlotte Flair VS Peyton Royce; Charlotte wins.
- Xavier Woods VS Mace w/ Retribution; Mace wins.
- Mandy Rose w/ Dana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Baszler wins.
- Ricochet VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Styles wins, Ricochet is NOT in the Men’s Royal Rumble.
- Six Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS Matt Riddle & The Lucha House Party; win(s).
- Asuka VS Alexa Bliss; wins.
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“Now is the time.”
Martin Luther King Jr’s dream lives on, but only if we live it. Do not judge by the color of one’s skin, but by the content of their character. We will reach the promised land together. #LongLiveTheDream.
Randy Orton speaks.
“There is a saying that people who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes. Ashes of the one responsible for their affliction.” Orton wears a mask to cover his burned face. “The voices in my head have never been louder. Encapsulating my every thought, just like this mask encapsulates my face.” Orton held Alexa Bliss’ fate in his hands, yet showed a side of himself he didn’t know he had: compassion. Orton rewatches the footage for himself. The hatred he had for himself needed to be redirected, and he was ready to make Triple H “like a lamb to the slaughter, until she interrupted.”
It was only just last week that HHH was shockingly spirited away so that Alexa could throw a literal FIREBALL at Orton! “And now look at me. LOOK AT ME! This is the damnation I receive for showing compassion? I haven’t been able to sleep because every time I close my eyes, all I see is that ball of fire hurtling towards my face.” Orton seethes as he says “that inescapable feeling of the fire burning my flesh will never go away.” Whatever compassion was in him, it left with that inferno. Orton wears this mask to not only protect himself, but to shield everyone else from the horrors that he endured.
Orton watches himself from last week flail and writhe as he clutched his face in pain. “Despite the agony I felt that would mortify a lesser man, I consider myself… lucky.” Orton came away with just first degree burns and not much worse. He could’ve been disfigured forever! But Orton doesn’t blame Alexa. He blames THE FIEND! Orton already sent him straight to Hell. “There’s no doubt The Fiend is responsible for this. Alexa was merely the vehicle. And I know exactly what The Fiend wants. He wants to stop me from achieving the inevitable.” That is to say, winning the Royal Rumble again, going back to WrestleMania, and becoming a world champion.
Orton is sure everyone else in the locker room loved seeing his face burn, “knowing that their biggest threat may have just been eliminated from competing in the Royal Rumble match. But you could chop off all my limbs and it wouldn’t stop me from winning this year’s Royal Rumble match. Because despite my sickening affliction, I vow to remain in the Royal Rumble match. I can only compete as long as I can tolerate the pain, but the funny thing is… I enjoy the pain. It fuels my every move.” Orton has a match! Orton wants everyone to thank The Fiend when he burns their dreams to ashes and goes on to main event WrestleMania! He lights the match, watches it burn, then blows it out. Will this new, even darker Orton extinguish 29 other lights before going back to the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Ric Flair arrives at the ThunderDome, with Lacey Evans!
Lacey wants to hear some Four Horsemen stories but Charly Caruso comes over to ask about this “relationship” first. Lacey says that’s so nasty. This isn’t TMZ. This is beneath Charly! Charly is compelled to ask because Ric helped Lacey beat Charlotte Flair, his own daughter! Lacey says to show respect to the 16-time world champion, and a living legend. But to answer the question, there’s a reason Ric is the Dirtiest Player in the Game. He was just living up to that name. As far as the relationship goes, Lacey is simply learning from the greatest man to ever step in the ring. Now, they are going to go watch Peyton Royce knock the nasty Queen of her throne.
Charlotte Flair VS Peyton Royce!
But speaking of dirty, Peyton attacks Charlotte from behind at the ramp! They brawl, referees hurry to separate them but this match is going to happen, after the break!
Raw returns and the bell rings and Charlotte tackles Peyton to a corner! Then stomps away on her! The ref backs Charlotte off but she goes right back for more! She RAMS Peyton, RAMS her again, but Peyton sends Charlotte into buckles to fire stomps back! The ref counts, Peyton stops at 3 and brings Charlotte out to hammer away. Charlotte trips Peyton, gives some ground ‘n’ pound, then tackles her to ropes! They spill out of the ring and Charlotte CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Charlotte puts Peyton in but Peyton rolls out the far side. Charlotte pursues but Peyton kicks back, only for Charlotte to CLUB her, and bounce her off the desk!
Charlotte stalks Peyton around the way, they go back in the ring, then back out the ramp side. Another CHOP, CHOP and CHOP into the post! Peyton shoves Charlotte into the post, then into the ring! Cover, TWO! Charlotte is still in this but Peyton drags her around to drop elbows. Peyton puts on a thrashing chinlock but Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, arm-drags free, and CLOBBERS Peyton! Charlotte looms over Peyton, drags her up and bounces her off buckles. Charlotte bends Peyton against ropes, lets go at 3, and brings Peyton around for another buckle bump! Peyton dodges, Charlotte hits buckles, and Peyton throws Charlotte down by her hair! Cover, TWO!
Peyton is frustrated but she kicks Charlotte down and around. She pushes Charlotte to ropes, bumps her off buckles in return, then digs her boot into Charlotte’s face! The ref counts, Peyton lets off and bumps Charlotte off more buckles. Peyton whips corner to corner, Charlotte goes up and out to shoulder back in! Slingshot and roll up, TWO, but Charlotte ROCKS Peyton with a right! Charlotte blocks boots, has Peyton in the ropes, DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! But now Ric makes his entrance?! Ric swaggers on stage and Charlotte is annoyed, because here comes Lacey in one of Ric’s robes!
Charlotte is confused as ever, but Peyton catches her with the HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Peyton is furious that Charlotte survives and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Peyton goes to buckle bump but Charlotte blocks to CHOP! And O’Conner roll, TWO! Charlotte goes into buckles but she dodges to send Peyton back into buckles! Both women are down and Peyton crawls away. Charlotte gets up, checks her nose, and then goes after Peyton. Peyton jawbreakers, whips, but Charlotte holds ropes to KICK back! Peyton dodges to HEEL KICK back! Peyton runs but Charlotte puts her on the apron, but Peyton SCORPION KICKS! Peyton goes up, leaps, but Charlotte gets under! Peyton turns around into the backbreaker and BUCKLE SHOT! Cover, TWO!
Charlotte watches Peyton go to the apron, runs in and BOOTS her down! Charlotte dares Lacey to do something again, but no, Lacey stays in the back this time. Peyton drags herself up as the ring count is 8 and is in at 9, but gets stomped by Charlotte! Charlotte puts Peyton’s leg on the rope, then drops a knee, only to miss! Peyton mule kicks then hobbles away from her back hurting. She dodges Charlotte’s clothesline to elbow, kick and HEEL KICK, to then ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!
Peyton is furious and she drags Charlotte up to suplex. Charlotte slips out to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Knee breaker after knee breaker, Charlotte shows no mercy! Charlotte steps through, Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT! Peyton taps, Charlotte wins!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission
But she doesn’t let go! She wants Peyton to suffer on behalf of Lacey! Charlotte finally does let Peyton go, will Peyton even be able to team with Lacey now? Will anyone want to?
Matt Riddle crosses paths with The Hurt Business.
Riddle just wants to say hi but MVP doesn’t want to hear it. Does he wear this same lame outfit on the streets? Of course. Riddle lives his life free and untethered. And unkempt, it seems. Uncalled for, bro. But Riddle will take the high road. Of course he will. Riddle just wants to say he admires how nice they all dress. MVP is like Gordy Gecko, then there’s “Ceddy the Cheddy,” and Benjamin spending the Benjamins. And of course, who would ever call Lashley “Slobby Bobby.” Lashley handles this and the others head out.
Lashley tells Riddle that if it were him, he actually likes the flipflops. But he heard they’re bad for your feet. What? No they’re not. Lashley STOMPS one of Riddle’s feet, and says that proves his point. Riddle says Lashley will see this foot later, right up his ass! Will The Bro and his “brochachos” make the Hurt Business pay in their 3v3 later tonight?
Raw returns as Lucha House Party checks with Riddle.
Is he going to be okay for the match? Riddle says when he was in high school, his cousin ran his foot over with his truck, and Riddle was still able to go to prom. He’ll just tape it up. If he says so…
Xavier Woods VS Mace w/ Retribution!
Here he goes again on his own! Mustafa Ali says this is their time to strike. Kofi Kingston at home with a broken jaw isn’t enough, Ali wants to break his spirit, and that’s by breaking one of his most beloved friends! Ali prays Kofi can’t compete or even be in Elimination Chamber or WrestleMania. Then Kofi will feel what Ali did just one year ago! Will this revenge a long time coming be carried out by the menacing monster at Ali’s command?
Ali shouts at Woods about Kofi being a coward. Woods DECKS Ali for that and the ref has to keep Retribution back! Woods is ready for a fight but Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and the bell rings! Woods circles with Mace but is cornered! Mace keeps Woods from getting away but Woods CHOPS back, only for Mace to shrug it off. Woods and Mace go again, Woods CHOPS and fires off hands but Mace shoves him away. Woods kicks low, climbs up and throws more hands but Mace shoves him away again. Mace catches Woods with both hands and brings him out to center for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Woods survives but Mace choke grips Woods again and dead lifts him to shove him to a corner! Mace runs in to elbow Woods down! Ali mocks Woods’ pain as Mace whips Woods and KNEES him in the back! Mace looms over Woods, covers, TWO!
Mace sits Woods up, pries on fingers and then clamps on for a neck wrench! Woods endures, Mace fish hooks Woods’ mouth, and Ali says Kofi doesn’t need to worry. Woods will break his jaw and be right next to Kofi tomorrow. Woods bites Mace’s hand! Woods mule kicks, CHOPS away, then kicks low to CHOP and CHOP again! Mace ROCKS Woods with the uppercut! Mace whips, Woods dodges and ducks to dropkick a leg out! Woods keeps on Mace with haymakers and elbows! Mace shoves Woods away but Woods CLUBS him! Mace shoves Woods but runs into a boot! HONOR- NO! Choke grip! Woods fights the grip, gets free, and ENZIGURIS!
Mace flops out of the ring but Ali shouts at him to get back in. Mace goes up, but Woods baseball slides under Mace to hit Ali! Woods hits Mace off the apron again but Ali tells them they stop this. They’re going to shut Woods down! Mace gets in, the other members run distraction, Woods SUPERKICKS but runs into a BOOT! Mace drags Woods back up, fireman’s carries, and SWINGING AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, Mace wins!
Winner: Mace, by pinfall
Retribution wins again, and Ali stands over Woods. “Tell Kofi, Retribution says, ‘Get well soon.'” Ali and his cohorts are laughing now, but will Kofi make a comeback to shut them up?
Backstage interview with Asuka.
She’s been invited to Alexa’s Playground, what does she expect? Asuka honestly doesn’t know. But after seeing her set Orton on fire, Asuka hopes it isn’t Alexa’s dark side.
It’s the WrestleMania Report!
It’s Hank E. Panki, totally not Triple H, and Anita Reelman, totally not Stephanie McMahon. Don’t question it. But they’re sending it over to the weatherman, Sunny McCloud. Nope, it’s Roman Reigns, and there is no weatherman. Roman sits at the rightful place as Head of the Table. He’s not going to play along. But if they were, Paul Heyman is sure someone would say, “The extended forecast-” Paul, no. Just give it to them straight. Heyman says Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium will be the home of WrestleMania 37! Wow, big news! It’s going to be buck wild this April! And how great that they get to host WrestleMania again, for the first time.
But some real breaking news in sports, “Hailey Mary” and not Sasha Banks has the exclusive! But then an assistant makes sure she got the report about how WrestleMania is coming back to AT&T Stadium for 2022. Uh, y-yes, now she does! Now shoo. But you heard it here first! WrestleMania 38 will be right here in Texas! It doesn’t get much bigger than that! Dropping exclusives like it’s hot! And what a spectacle! Hank’s a spectacle. Rawr. But now, to Huge Kantseeme for entertainment news! Hugh? Hello? We can’t see him. It’s totally not John Cena! They love it when he does that. And you know what Huge loves? LA!
CUT! When Cena- er, uh, Hugh, says that, it sounds so fake. Um, Hugh, we’re live… Okay, he’ll try again. “Y’know what else I love? LA! That’s right, Hollywood!” Who doesn’t love drama? Cue zoom. Here’s some drama: WrestleMania is going Hollywood in 2023! PLOT TWIST! Thanks, Hugh, but you got a bit carried away. It will be in SoFi Stadium, or as Anita likes to call it, “So FINE Stadium.” Nothing like a good giggle. And that wraps things up for the WrestleMania Report. And we’re good. Phew! HHH and Stephanie take off the “costumes” and are pretty sure no one realized it was them all along. But yes, WrestleMania is all set for the next THREE YEARS! Who will make it to each of them? Will you be there?
Raw presents… Alexa’s Playground…!
Alexa goes to her swing and welcomes us back. She is so excited we’re all here, but before we get started, she wants to address The Viper in the room. “Randy, last week, I was just coming out here to talk to you. Y’know, clear the air. And then, things got a little… heated!” Alexa laughs at her own joke and says if Orton needs some sunblock, just let her know. But either way, good to see he’s feeling okay. Now to tonight’s very special guest! Alexa is so excited to invite her opponent, the Women’s Tag Team and Raw Women’s Champion, ASUKA! Asuka makes her entrance, and joins Alexa on the swings. Alexa says no, that’s not her seat. Oh, okay…
Is Asuka okay? Yes, yes! Asuka is okay. Sorry, Alexa wasn’t talking to her. Oh, okay. Asuka says she’ll just stand over here by the slide… They giggle, and Asuka more nervously than Alexa. Alexa knows they have a match tonight but for now, let’s have fun! Alexa has breaking news! It’s big news! Should she tell them or do you want to, invisible friend? Okay, she’ll say it. Alexa is entering the Women’s Rumble! Asuka wishes Alexa good luck. But wait. If Alexa wins the Rumble match and Asuka is still champion, then they might face off at WrestleMania! Asuka says that would be her honor! And Asuka is a big fan of Alexa’s! Really? Yes! Thank you, that’s so sweet! Well of course! YOWIE WOWIE~!
Alexa doesn’t like Asuka saying that. Asuka hopes Alexa still wants to have fun. Let’s dance! It’s Asuka’s theme, but Asuka still dances. Alexa doesn’t want that. Alexa says STOP IT! Asuka’s music stops and Asuka is a bit startled. Alexa’s friend says something and Alexa says they’re right. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. If Alexa had done something differently, he’d still be here… Asuka says it’ll be okay. Asuka tries to explain in Japanese, and then says The Fiend’s still here. “Do NOT say his name!” Alexa then gets a smile as she waves at the rocking horse. Asuka is spooked and leaves the ring. Alexa switches to the rocking horse, but will she flip the switch when the bell rings?
Backstage interview with The Miz and John Morrison.
Can they give us a hint at what they have in store for Goldberg tonight on The Dirt Sheet? Oh, she wants to know? Of course Sarah wants to know! “I WANT THE SCOOP~!” NO! No spoilers. Tune in like everyone else. But what Miz will say is that what is in store will definitely be controversial. Controversy creates cash, much like the Money in the Bank. CHACHING!
Raw hears from Jeff Jarrett!
Double J has a prediction for Drew McIntyre VS Goldberg for the WWE World Championship at the Royal Rumble PPV. Jarrett knows both men, but he quotes his old buddy, Toby Keith. The hook goes, “I ain’t as good as I once was, but I’m good once as I ever was.” That will be the story of the Rumble, because we’ll see Goldberg’s Spear, Jackhammer and win for a NEW WWE World Champion! Will McIntyre deny that prediction when the match actually happens?
Mandy Rose w/ Dana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
While the #SexyMuscleFriends go to the ring together, the Queen of Spades gives fair warning backstage. “Last week, I made Mandy Rose tap out, and then I threw Mandy Rose out of the ring like an empty can of White Claw.” She promises to do the same thing tonight, and then everyone the Women’s Rumble better watch out because she’ll do the same to them. It doesn’t matter if it’s Charlotte, Bayley, or even her own tag team partner. Nia is surprised by that, but it IS every woman for themselves. Nia says she’s been the one carrying the team, but will Shayna prove she can do bad all by herself after the break?
Raw returns and Nia joins commentary as the bell rings. Mandy and Shayna tie up, Mandy shoves Shayna then trips her up with a leg. Shayna gets up, Mandy waistlocks, rolls Shayna up, ONE! Shayna kicks Mandy’s legs out, KNEES her down then covers, TWO! Shayna drags Mandy around and clamps on with a neck wrench. Mandy endures and Dana coaches her up. Shayna drives an elbow into Mandy’s face! Shayna CLUBS Mandy, Mandy hits back but Shayna CLUBS and KICKS her around! Shayna throws forearms, drags Mandy up for knees, then snapmares to KICK her again! Cover, TWO!
Shayna is back on Mandy with the neck wrench. Mandy fires up, throws body shots but Shayna throws her down by her hair! Shayna clamps onto Mandy again, pulls on arm arm for a half straitjacket, then stands on the arm! It’s a new take on the ARM STOMP! Dana checks on Mandy but Shayna tells her to back off. Mandy rolls Shayna up, TWO!! Mandy runs Shayna over but shakes out the bad arm. Mandy ducks a kick and uses the good arm to lariat over and over! And hit a FLAPJACK! Mandy manages a kip up, runs in and powers Shayna to a corner! Mandy fires off forearms, the ref backs her off but Mandy comes back to throw more forearms and even stomps!
The ref counts, Mandy backs off but Shayna gets around to KICK the bad arm! Shayna wrenches that arm, but Mandy fires off forearms with the other! Mandy pulls Shayna’s hair but Shayna twists the arm! KEYLOCK TAKEDOWN! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Mandy taps, Shayna wins!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission
The Queen of Spades took care of this by herself, just as she said she would! Nia says Mandy almost had her, but Shayna argues it wasn’t even close. But Dana sneaks up and dropkicks Nia into Shayna, and they both hit post! The Flex Appeal gets away with Mandy, and they aren’t out of the running yet! Will one of these women win the Women’s Rumble to go after the Raw Women’s Championship?
Shayna and Nia argue backstage.
Shayna says that was Nia’s fault for getting involved but Charly Caruso comes by to ask about them not getting along. Well they’ve never really gotten along, even as champions. But meanwhile, the current champions, Charlotte has her daddy issues and Asuka is being creeped out by Alexa, are they really getting along? In fact, now is the perfect time to get that rematch for the titles! Nia says that’s actually a good idea. They go off to find management, will they regain the gold before getting into the Rumble?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
Before discussing the tag titles, how uncomfortable was it for her to see Lacey wearing one of Ric’s robes? Ever since stepping foot in the ring, people accuse her of living off her family name. Now there is literally a woman draping herself on Ric’s arm, begging for her 15 minutes of fame, and living off the name! Charlotte knows that Lacey is just using Ric to get to her. But Charlotte’s been learning from Ric her entire life. She just never went down that path. Maybe Charlotte needs to rethink things, because one person can only take so much trash. Lacey may have one of Ric’s robes, but she will never has Charlotte’s crown.
Adam Pearce talks with Ricochet.
We know that there are superstars who need to earn their way into the Rumble match. And this match is perfect timing. A win can go a long way towards opportunities. Ricochet is just glad to have this opportunity. Maybe this is the start to his road to WrestleMania. But then AJ Styles comes by and says it’s funny that Pearce is talking about opportunities. Who would take advice from Pearce, who just literally ran away from the Universal Championship? Yes, he would’ve lost, been embarrassed, but at least he’d have his dignity. Look at Ricochet. Ricochet is going to lose, but he’ll lose with dignity.
Ricochet says Styles has selective amnesia, like 50 First Dates. What’s he talking about? Well, Drew Barrymore’s character couldn’t remember a thing past a certain date because- Styles knows the movie! It’s in his top ten, right next to The Notebook. What’s he talking about here tonight? Ricochet’s point is that Styles has forgotten about TLC when he got embarrassed- Hey! That was The Miz’s fault! Well all Ricochet knows is that Styles will need more than a seven foot giant by his side to prove Ricochet doesn’t belong in the Rumble. The One and Only heads out to the ring, but will he be better than Phenomenal once again?
Ricochet VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!
Styles hangs back long enough to tell Pearce that he doesn’t like him anymore. And when he doesn’t like someone, Omos doesn’t like someone. Omos literally looks down on Scrap Daddy, but what will Pearce do about it, after the break?
Raw returns and Styles makes his entrance. The bell rings, Styles and Ricochet circle, tie up, and Styles powers Ricochet to a corner. The ref counts, Styles lets off and Ricochet circles with him again. They tie up, Styles headlocks, Ricochet tries to power out but Styles holds on tight. Styles grinds Ricochet down, Ricochet rolls to a cover, ONE and Styles holds on. They get up, Ricochet tries to power out again but Styles still holds on. Ricochet makes it a cover again, ONE! Ricochet throws body shots, powers out this time but blocks Styles’ kick to hit an arm-drag! Ricochet whips, Styles gets around to backslide, but Ricochet rolls through. Styles reels Ricochet in but Ricochet trips him up to jackknife bridge! TWO, and Styles tilt-o-whirls to a sunset flip, TWO!
Styles wants the Clash but Ricochet pops free to get around and roll him up, TWO! Ricochet dodges, runs, and headscissors! Styles pops up but into a RANA! Styles is back again, Ricochet rolls and handsprings to headscissor again! Styles is dizzy and flounders, into a dropkick! Ricochet talks some smack to Omos as Styles flounders out. Ricochet runs, slides, but Styles catches him, only for Ricochet to still headscissor him! Ricochet is getting fired up, but Omos glares at him from around the way. Ricochet puts Styles in and follows, but Styles runs in. Ricochet sends Styles out, slingshots, but Omos catches him!
The ref warns Omos to set Ricochet down, and Omos DROPS Ricochet! Ricochet is down but not out yet, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Styles drags Ricochet up to bump him off buckles. Styles scoops Ricochet for a RUNNING BACKBREAKER! Ricochet writhes but Styles paces around. Styles sits Ricochet up to dig a knee in and clamp on with the chinlock. Ricochet endures, fights his way up and throws body shots. Jawbreaker! Styles staggers, but he dodges to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Ricochet lands on his feet! Ricochet dodges Styles, runs and tilt-o-whirls for the DDT! Both men are down and Omos stares as fans clap on their screens. Ricochet gets to ropes and uses them to get up, and he counter punches Styles then fires off strikes! DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet is frustrated but Omos is relieved as Styles survives. Ricochet fireman’s carries but Styles fights out. Ricochet mule kicks a leg then back flips into the DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO! Ricochet grows further frustrated but he watches Styles stand. Ricochet runs out from the corner but Styles dodges. Styles runs in, Ricochet elbows back, QUEBRADA into a LARIAT! Styles gets Ricochet up, SNAP BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Styles fireman’s carries Ricochet for USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Omos says it’s alright but Styles is still surprised Ricochet survives!
Styles goes to a corner, goes to the apron, and takes aim. Styles springboards, but Ricochet hits the RECOIL!! Both men are down, Ricochet crawls to the cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Ricochet is beside himself! Ricochet goes to the corner, climbs up top, but Styles trips him up! Ricochet lands hard on his stomach and flops to the apron! Omos coaches Styles as Ricochet drags himself up. Styles goes to the corner, brings Styles up, but Ricochet hotshots! Ricochet aims, slingshots, but into Styles’ suplex, that rebounds off the ropes! Into the STYLES CLASH!!! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
Now that was a PHENOMENAL way to win a match! But once again, Styles denies another entry into the Rumble, will he continue to eliminate superstars before they ever get in?
Raw presents The Dirt Sheet!
The Miz and John Morrison are in the ring and Morrison welcomes us. When you want to enjoy a top tier steak dinner, you’ve gotta be ready to pay the bill. And Miz says tonight is the biggest edition of Dirt Sheet ever. It will be extra dirty because tonight’s guest is someone who everyone knows and loves, someone who was a childhood hero to many adults, and could be a hero to an entirely new generation if he defeats Drew McIntyre for the WWE World Championship at the Royal Rumble PPV! Welcome the biggest guest in Dirt Sheet history, one of the most intimidating men to ever step inside the wrestling ring, the legendary WWE Hall of Famer, it’s GOLD~ BERG!
Goldberg makes his entrance and both Miz ‘n’ Morrison are excited. Wait a minute, that’s GILLBERG! And he still gets hurt by those sparklers. Morrison and Miz can’t believe “Goldberg” is more massive than before. Now, the Rumble will be one of the most important matches in his career, it’ll be like Godzilla VS King Kong! How has he been preparing? Well first, he bashes his head into the wall because he’s so pumped up. The adrenaline is flowing, the veins are hyped and he’s foaming at the mouth! There’s smoke coming out of his nose and fire out of his ass! Okay just be careful not to hit a ring post. And careful with those chairs, they’re not cheap.
Wait, Drew McIntyre is here?! Miz and Morrison are surprised most of all! Wait, that’s not even close. That’s an impersonator with a wig! And he has a tiny toy sword! “That’s the ‘Clayless,'” says Samoa Joe. Miz and Morrison give Drew “Mockingtire” roll in, and the Dirt Sheet just keeps getting bigger! Mockingtire says he is here to meet his opponent face to face. Let’s not get into fisticuffs, Dirt Sheet is classy. Use your words. Does Mockingtire have anything to say to Gil- er, Goldberg? “I’m gonna kick yer ass back to 1998, and then I’m gonna go home and eat some haggis!”
Whoe, c’mon, the Scottish accent is more like this, mate. Are they going to cut and go again? NO IT’S LIVE! Morrison, where did you find this guy? New Jersey… No, the best actors are from New York, LA and Cleveland! Cleveland?! What? Because of Miz! But now this show is a train wreck! What are they even doing? Gillberg? Really? Miz, you’re making this awkward. Oh HE’s making this awkward?! This was MORRISON’S stupid idea! It’s a GREAT idea! It’s comedy gold! Pff, it’s not even comedy silver! Gillberg speaks up and does his crazy Goldberg face. Oh shut up! And let’s just do the thing.
“Hey, John~!” “Yeah?” “Is Goldberg going to lose at the Royal Rumble?” Of course! CORRECT! But is Drew McIntyre also going to lose at the Rumble? Duh. CORRECT! But how can that be? Because The Miz will cash in his MITB contract. COOOOOOOOOOOORRECT! “You are looking at the future WWE Champion, because I’m the Miz! And III’M! NEXT!” Miz is finally getting serious, but will he make the real Goldberg and McIntyre the butt of his joke?
Six Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS Matt Riddle & The Lucha House Party!
The WWE United States Champion put the hurt on The Bro both last week in their title match, but also earlier tonight just to bully him. But will the Golden Lynx and King of the Ropes help Riddle rebound while also getting themselves an opportunity at the Raw Tag Team Championships?
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Hard to Kill Results & Match Ratings: 1.16.21
Three title matches, the return of Decay, Barbed Wire Massacre and a main event with Kenny Omega. Impact Wrestling’s Hard to Kill definitely sounds like it’s got a little bit of everything. Check out how it went!
So the news that made many people cry a few days ago, was that Alex Shelley would be out of the main event. He went out of his way to film a response/promo/apology so fans knew it was something non-pandemic related, so that was an effort that wasn’t necessary, though appreciated.
Aside from losing it’s “Dream Match” luster, we get Moose as a replacement, which could really work for the cold calculated persona he’s taken on after his EC3 encounter. We also get to crown Knockouts Tag Team champions for the first time in seven and a half years. Let’s also not forget, this could end up being Taya’s swan song from Impact, so we should expect a good match but no Wera Loca victory.
Let’s see if we get any surprises!
- Decay (Rosemary & Crazzy Steve) vs Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb: Steve wins via King Kill 33 @8:55 – * ½
- Old School Rules Match: Violent by Design (Joe Doering, Eric Young & Deaner) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Cousin Jake: EY wins via Piledriver @9:55 – ** ½
- Knockouts Tag Team Title Finals: Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) vs Nevaeh & Havok: Kiera wins via Face the Music @8:40 – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!
- Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton vs Matt Cardona: Cardona wins via DQ @2:30 – N/A
- X Division Championship: Manik (c) vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey: Manik retains via Ole Cradle @13:50 – *** ½
- Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/Kimber Lee & Susan vs Taya Valkyrie w/ Decay: Deonna retains via Venus de Milo @11:40 – *** ¼
- Ethan Page vs The Karate Man: Karate Man WINS…Fatality – 200 Stars
- Barbed Wire Massacre: Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards: Eddie wins via Diehard Flowsion @18:50 – *** ¾
- Moose, Rich Swann &Chris Sabin vs Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows: Kenny Omega wins via One Winged Angel @20:30 – ****
During the last few moments of the Countdown, Madison Rayne officially retired from wrestling and from Impact Wrestling. Not sure how long she’ll stay a house wife, but good for her. She did great to actually prove to people she was a decent wrestler since her run during the WOH tournament, she was a fun commentator, so good for her.
Decay (Rosemary & Crazzy Steve) vs Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb
The weird thing about this match was the dynamic between who was involved and what went on. Crazzy Steve showed a very high work rate in this match, with his strikes and moves looking fantastic. But Rosemary got exposed a bit on still being less than 100% with the knee and generally sloppy on a lot of spots.
Kaleb and Tenille definitely tried to add comedy and their quirky personalities, but the fact that we saw a lot of sloppiness, Steve working his ass off and just comedy spots or gimmick spots too often; this was a giant mess of a match. It also didn’t help that D’lo and Striker are still getting used to each other, so the announcing was distractingly bad.
It can only get better from here!
Old School Rules Match: Violent by Design (Joe Doering, Eric Young & Deaner) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Cousin Jake
This starts the same way every Tommy Dreamer match starts, with a brawl and weapon use. This wasn’t a terrible match, but it’s really not anything worth going deeply in to. EY did the flair corner to top rope spot, which ended with Dreamer hitting him with a cookie sheet. We had a Tower spot in the corner, with Joe Powerbombing a Suplex, and it landed right into Dreamer’s face.
Doering got to look like a beast when the entire team took the chairs to him, and he still fought back, ending up in control. Dreamer introduced tacks, then we saw the Signature/Finisher spam which ends with EY breaking up the pinfall and hitting Cousin Jake with the Piledriver.
Again, decent enough, but nothing really special.
Knockouts Tag Team Title Finals: Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) vs Nevaeh & Havok
Oh, Brian Hebner is back for this match. Slightly surprising.
Kiera and Tasha try to start fast, but the bigger women over power the smaller team and throw them around a little bit. Havok beats up on both of them, Neavaeh comes in to keep up the momentum, but eventually Tasha and Kiera start making a comeback. We see Fire and Flava go for a lot of quick spots, fast tags and trying to spin around the larger women, but they just get taken for a ride more often than not.
It’s not until Kiera hits a High Round Kick, followed by Tasha with the Springboard Neckbreaker actually takes Havok off her feet. Nevaeh tries to make a save and get things back on track, but Tasha picks her leg, Havok gets wiped out after a great Super Kick from Kiera, Tasha and Kiera use some tandem attacks on Nevaeh, then Tasha slows down Havok as Kiera hits Face the Music and we have new Knockouts Tag Team Champions!
Ace Austin comes out to declare himself into the X Division Triple Threat to make it a 4 way! D’Amore comes out, says he can have a match, just not the title match. Matt Cardona comes out.
Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton vs Matt Cardona
Ace tries to go at Cardona before the ring jacket is off, but Cardona absorbs some offense and then fires back a bit. Fulton gets in the way quite often during this match, so the finish is a little telegraphed. But right as Cardona starts building momentum; Fulton slides in to cause the DQ.
Decent enough way to protect Ace and give Cardona quick win.
X Division Championship: Manik (c) vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey
Rohit went after Manik to try and prove his point that it’s TJP. Bey seemed dead set on finding a way to win, and as we expected in an X Division match; there were a lot of spots, but they all made sense. Rohit does manage to take off the mask, but TJP painted his face under the mask, so it still throws off Rohit. TJP strings together a few moves, goes for the Mamba Splash, but gets caught by Bey with a Cutter. Bey then hits a Double Art of Finesse, but his brief moment of not knowing who to pin, caused the pinfall breakup.
Rohit almost won the title back after his call back to hitting his Tiger Knee after a Mamba Splash but Bey kicked out. Haymakers get thrown, Rohit hits the Dragon Stomp on Bey, and looks to finish things, but TJP slides in for the style of Cradle he’s used a bit lately, and retains his title after a fun, hard fought match.
Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/Kimber Lee & Susan vs Taya Valkyrie w/ Decay
Early on all of the seconds get kicked out, with the beauty of the situation being that Susan pulls out her phone and says she’s filming the whole thing. So Susan, really may be a middle aged transformation of Su Yung. Susan might as well be named Karen.
EVERYBODY has been ejected from ringside.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 17, 2021
As we focus on the actual match, Deonna starts slowly picking apart Taya. Going after her left arm, then her left knee and just trying to apply submission and weaken different limbs. Taya was able to push back and have her own submission attempt moment. Taya went for an STF, but the submission game isn’t her wheelhouse.
Deonna was able to pick her apart, counter a pinfall attempt and keep Taya grounded long enough to work in some holds. The normal Fujiwara didn’t get her submit, so Venus de Milo followed up and Taya verbally submitted.
Ethan Page vs The Karate Man
Since this is cinematic or at least green screen, I won’t rate this as a real match. But it was amazingly entertaining. Dragon Ball Z references, Karate Kid, and Mortal Kombat references, it was just amazing.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 17, 2021
Barbed Wire Massacre: Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards
Interesting pacing to get across the familiarity, twisted respect and love for punishment between these two. We saw Barbed Wire Tables, Chairs, Baseball Bats, Kendo Sticks and even an…N64 Controller!
Sami took a ton of punishment, but the story was basically playing with Eddie’s emotions to bait him into bad dives, and openings for Sami to move out of the way, or sneak in a barbed wire shot. Eddie hit a Blue Thunder Bomb on a barbed wire chair, Sami hit an Avalanche Piledriver through a barbed wire table, but none of this was enough. If anything, the Piledriver just pissed Eddie off.
Going for the callback that started it all, Sami tries to hit a Barbed Wire Chair into Eddie’s face with a Barbed Wire Bat, but Eddie hits a low blow to get a moment. Sami tries to bring himself up with a chair, Eddie hits the Boston Knee Party, then the Diehard Flowsion for the win!
Eddie hasn’t hit that Flowsion in a long time. I did appreciate Sami paying homage to Cactus Jack and Striker acknowledging Jun Akiyama and Mitsuharu Misawa on commentary though.
Moose, Rich Swann &Chris Sabin vs Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
The early onset is interesting. Karl Anderson and Chris Sabin start off and there’s some solid technical counter wrestling, and it’s fast paced action. Moose and Gallows come in to do a big boy showdown which worked fairly well, where Swann and Omega had a brief lockup before the Brothers come in to start heeling it up.
We get a lot of Japanese tag stylings, from the triple team that Team Impact pulls off, to the way the Club breaks up any type of momentum with their own train attacks into the corner. Moose looked amazing in this match. He went toe to toe with everyone, pulled off great moves like a Standing Moonsault, leaped to the top rope for a Spanish Fly and was a really good teammate, regardless of his issues with Rich Swann. Hell Swann and Moose even hit a Doomsday Device variant together. Small aside, I did like seeing Chris Sabin pull off Cradle Shock, which just doesn’t happen often enough anymore.
Omega almost has the match one on Rich, but the only one able to break it up was Moose, and he did so. Omega went into V-Trigger spamming mode to wipe out Moose, rock Rich and then a One Winged Angel won the match for the Bullet Club former members.
Overall Score: 6.75/10
Well this started off pretty bad, but at least it built upwards. The main even had a lot of fun wrinkles which increased the storytelling, psychology and overall enjoyment of the show. Hell even when Callis nearly jumped into the ring to break up a pin on Kenny was a good little nugget.
As I said in the weekly coverage, this is probably Taya’s final match, or at least one of the last, especially since they logically moved Rosemary back to Decay with Crazzy Steve. Eddie and Sami had a hell of blood feud and it was nearly cathartic. Let’s also not overlook the fact that Tasha and Kiera actually won the Knockouts Tag titles. I almost thought they wouldn’t win just because they are so charismatic and attractive without the titles, where Havok and Nevaeh don’t exactly have electric personalities. But I’m ecstatic that Kiera finally has a title in Impact!
With the pretty awful start for the wrestling and the commentary, which put the show behind the eight ball; but it did recover fairly well. Not nearly as good as Genesis, but it managed to keep the stories rolling and end on an interesting note. A pretty good show after all was said and done.
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