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Ja’ Von’s Impact Wrestling “Under Pressure” Live Report (5/31/18)

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  1. Quick Results:
  • Scott Steiner vs Eli Drake: Eli Drake via pinfall
  • Madison Rayne vs Tessa Blanchard: Madison Rayne via pinfall
  • Allie(c) vs Su Yung (Last Rites Match for Knockouts Championship): NEW KNOCKOUTS CHAMPION Su Yung via closing the coffin on Allie 
  • Dezmond Xavier vs Brain Cage (#1 Contender’s Match): Brain Cage via pinfall
  • Pentagon Jr.(c) vs Austin Aries (Impact World Championship): NEW IMPACT WORLD CHAMPION Austin Aries via pinfall

Play by Play:

Impact opens with Sonjay Dutt addressing the roster on the recent attacks that have been going on. The roster doesnt trust him but Petey comes to his defense saying that he has known Dutt for a long time and trust him and they should to. Impact then plays the cold opening for Under Pressure.

Eli Drake vs Scott Steiner:

This is the opening contest of the night. Eli Drake makes his way to the ring first for this match. Scott Steiner makes his way to the ring for the match. The bell rings and they jawjack each other while the crowd chants they both suck. Collar and elbow tie up and Stiener gets the better of the exchange forcing Eli in the corner. They jawjack each other again then Eli pushes Scott into the corner. Drake catches Stiener with thumb to the eye when the ref was distracted but Stiener counters an Irish whip with a powerslam.

Scott fights back and knocks Drake down to get a one count. Eli rolls to the outside of the ring but Stiener follows him to the outside. They both counter Irish whip attempts but Scott gets the advantage and sends Drake into the gruad rail and eats a big shot from Stiener. Scott leads Drake around the ring but Eli gets free and sends Scott into the post and then looks for a chair and tries to use it but Steiner counters and gets a shot on Drake. Back in the ring nearfalls are exchanged and down the stretch the referee was getting back in the ring and Eli hits Scott with a steel chair just like how they lost the tag titles to pick up the win.

Winner: Eli Drake via pinfall

Madison Rayne vs Tessa Blanchard:

Impact shows a video of how this match came to be tonight. Tessa Blanchard makes her way to the ring for this match. Madison Rayne makes her way to the ring for the match. The bell rings and the ladies jawjack each other then Tessa piefaces Madiosn. Madison takes it to Tessa then hits a tilt a whirl headscissors on Blanchard.

Madison is still in control as her agility is on display and heads to the ring apron. While on the apron she hits Tessa with a shoulderblock and slides under Tessa but Blanchard catches her and hits her with a scoopslam and gets a nearfall. Tessa is still in control as she gets hit with a forearm to the face followed up by a barrage of attacks including a running dropkick on a prone Madison on the ropes. Blanchard follows that up with a big move which leads to a nearfall. Rayne then looks to mount a comeback as she fights Tessa into the corner then Irish whips her into another corner followed by a running splash. Rayne then hits a northern lights for a nearfall. Tessa then gains control of the match and gets Madison into the corner and kicks Madison’s legs out from under her and hits her with a draping flatliner for a nearfall. Tessa then takes her eye of the ball as she is jawjacking with the referee and Madsion suckers in Tessa and rolls her up with a schoolgirl for the win.

Winner: Madison Rayne via pinfall

Back from break and we see LAX in their clubhouse playing cards and The King walks in with a briefcase and shows them what’s inside. He also brought to hot ladies for Santana and Ortiz. The King says that he isn’t done and got them a match against The Cult of Lee next week.

A video package is played hype up Slammiversy this summer in Canada.

Another video package is played but this time it’s about Brain Cage and his worldwide tour of destruction and questions if anyone one can stop weapon x.

Dezmond Xavier vs Brain Cage( #1 Contender’s Match):

Dezmond Xavier makes his way to the ring for the match. Brain Cage then makes his way to the ring for the match as we go to break. Back from break and the bell rings to start the match. Collar and elbow tie up and Cage gets the advantage and tosses Xavier across the ring which sends him out of the ring. Dezmond gets back in the ring and uses his speed to his advantage. Xavier begins hitting Cage with multiple running dropkicks which sends Cage to the outside of the ring. Dezmond doesnt stop there and hits Cage with another running dropkick. Cage then gains control of the match and slams Xavier on the ring apron then gets him back in the ring and remains in control. Cage hits Dezmond with multiple Biel throws but on the last one Xavier lands on his feet. Dezmond looked to leap and go for a spinning ddt but gets caught by Cage who hits him with a butterfly suplex.

Dezmond does regain control of the match and even hits the final flash but Cage kicks out at ONE.

Brain Cage then hits the drillclaw on Xavier for the win and becomes the new #1 contender for the X-Division Championship.

After the match Cage and Xavier shake hands.

Winner and #1 contender to the X-Division Championship: Brain Cage via pinfall

McKenzie Mitchell interviews Austin Aries about what does it mean to finally get his rematch for the World Championship. Aries says that he has been on a journey for the last 7 months collecting belts and getting people to work together and get along. He also says that Pentagon isn’t the face of Impact Wrestling until he beats him one on one. He says that Pentagon may have no fear but at the end of the night he will have no title.

Allie(c) vs Su Yung( Last Rites Match for the Knockouts Championship):

A video package is played showing the events that lead to this championship match tonight. Su Yung makes her way to the ring to try and win the Knockouts Championship for the first time in her career and she is accompanied by her undead bridesmaids who brought a coffin to the ring. Allie makes her way to the ring with her entrance music at first but then challenges Rosemary and her music is played.

The bell rings and Allie gets a big shot on Su. Allie stays on the attack with multiple clotheslines and a suplex in the corner. Allie looks to put Su in the coffin but to no avail. Su Yung then gains control of the match by countering Allie with a big shot. Yung then tries to put Allie in thecoffin but Allie stops it from happening. Su stays on the attack and tries again but to no avail. Yung then chokes Allie on the ropes while she stares at the coffin. Yung then bring Allie back to the middle of the ring and locks in a body scissors. Allie eventually fights through and hits Su with a sliding elbow in the corner. Allie then rolls to the apron but gets too close to the coffin and is pushed in by Su but Allie stands up and fights back sending Yung to the floor. Allie then hits Su witha running clothesline off the apron as we go to break. Back from break and Allie sends Su Ying face first into the corner but Su fights back and gains control of the match hitting Allie with a big running knee leavingher down and out in the ring. Su grabs a chair and brings it  back into the ring and kicks the chair out of Su’s hand then conncects with a side russian legsweep. Allie then grabs the chair and tosses it to Su then conncects with a codebreaker and tries to put Yung in the coffin but Su counters with a hitting Allie’s throat against the ropes. Allie tries again but to no avail then Su Yung gets Allie with themaniabal claw and puts her in the coffin and slams it shut for the win.

Winner and NEW KNOCKOUTS CHAMPION: Su Yung via closing the coffin on Allie

A video package is shown with Pentagon Jr. talking about having many obstacles in his life and career. He also says that the world title is very important to him and he will retain tonight.

The newest victim this week is Sonjay Dutt as Petey tries to get some help for him.

A video package is played showcasing everything that has gone down in this blood feud between Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan.

Eddie and Alisha is shown backstage and tells her that it’s all good and that everything is set. Eddie Edwards and Sami Callhian will meet in the woods no ring and no referee.

Pentagon Jr.(c) vs Austin Aries(Impact World Championship):

Impact Grand Champion Austin Aries makes his way to the ring to try and reclaim his OTHER world title. Impact World Champion Pentagon Jr. makes his way to the ring to defend his title but gets met with a suicide dive from Aries. They brawl all over the ring and as Pentagon goesfor a chop Aries side stepsand he hits his hand on the post.

Aries brings Pentagon into the ring then flips into the ring onto Pentagon and gets multiple nearfalls. Aries then puts Pentagon into the corner and tries his mask onto the ropes and begins to beat on Pentagon. Pentagon then gets freed and regains control of the match and looks to break the elbow of Aries who gets free and slides to the outside of the ring. Austin comes back in the ring and gets the upperhand on Pentagon and takes him down then follows up with a knee drop to the back of the head. Aries then while staying in control sets up for the diving elbow to the back of the neck which leads to a one count. As we go to break Pentagon is in control. Back from break Aries is in control and sends Pentagon face first into the turnbuckles. Pentagon then gains control of the match and sends Aries intothe opposite corner and begins to light up the chest with fast chops. This leads to Ariebeing sent to the outside of the ring. Pentagon follows and brings Aries in the ring via a suplex. Pentagon then hits two slingblade which leads to a nearfall. Aries then counters the Pentagon Driver then follows up with belly to back suplex. Aries then goesfor a high risk maneuver but is met with a kick from Pentagon. Pentagon then sets up for the fear factor but Aries counters it by boxing his ears which sends him to the mat. Aries then locks in the last chancery for the second time in this match but Pentagon breaks free. Pentagon eventually gains control of the match and finally hits the Pentagon Driver and goes for the cover but Aries gets his foot on the rope to break the count. The match spills to the apron where Aries gains control and sends Pentagon to the floor. Aries then locks in the last chancery again which leads to a double countout. Aries then gets Pentagon agree to restart the match. The bell rings and Pentagon rolls him up for a nearfall. The match again spills out to the apron but Aries gets the advantage and hits a death valley driver on the apron then Pentagon hits the fearfactor on the apron which leads to another double count out. Pentagon then gets the match restarted again but as the referee is calling for the bell Aries hits a low blow on Pentagon Jr. followed by a brainbuster for the win.

Winner and NEW IMPACT WORLD CHAMPION: Austin Aries via pinfall

My Opinion: Tonight’s episode of Under Pressure was STACKED. From bell to bell there was no bad match. The matches that recommend you watch are the Knockouts and World title matches. Even though this was a huge show tonight it went up against Game 1 of The Cavs vs The Warriors so I expect low viewership numbers again this week.

My score: 9/10


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 3/22/2019

Andrew checks in on IMPACT to see how Johnny validates his betrayal of The Machine called Cage!

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Andrew checks in on IMPACT to see how Johnny validates his betrayal of The Machine called Cage!

Even though I rated last week barely above average, we did get a bigger story arc that people seemed to be interested in according to YouTube numbers.

That’s got to account for something when it drew some attention, even on a show that was a little lackluster. However, now we’re on the Go Home to Against All Odds!

With the TV special looming, Sami Callihan tries to make an example out of Richie and take the X Division title. Let’s see how that turns out!

Ratings:

  • Moose vs Trey: Moose wins via Spear – * 1/2
  • Fallah Bahh & KM vs Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards: Eddie wins via Boston Knee Party – ** 1/4
  • Ace Austin vs Damian Hyde: Ace wins via The Fold – **
  • Ethan Page vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via Stunner – ** 1/4
  • X Division Championship Match: Sami Callihan vs Rich Swann (c): Swann retains via Cradle – *** 1/2

 

Analysis:

Moose has a bone to pick with the Rascalz since they were making jokes about him striking out with Melissa. As for the match, I don’t know what happened here. Moose looked great with deliberate power moves, but Trey had more missteps than Johnny has last names. He got tied up in the ropes at least once, he came out of a Tiger Feint reversal weird, completely wiffed a Code Breaker attempt…and those are just the notable things that stuck out. I like the way Moose wrestled this match, but yeah, Trey was made the match rough. MOOSE!

Solid tag match, Eli and Eddie have this odd couple chemistry which is perfect. Eddie grabbed Kenny the kendo stick and Don said ” That’s the most famous Kenny in wrestling at the moment”. That popped me more than I’d like to admit, but the wrinkle came when Eddie threw Kenny back outside to Eli so Eli could hit KM while the ref continued to admonish Eddie. So Eddie is okay with Eli using Kenny and they seem to keep building this team nicely. Fun match.

GWN Flashback Match: Brian Cage vs Fenix ReDefined August 30,2018.

Rolando Menendez gets shoved into a trash can.

Ace Austin in another enhancement match, but this time he dominates better and shows off his agility. Ace looked smooth as butter, so a much better showing for the new talent.

Madison Rayne maybe?

Johnny explains his heel turn and blames the smarks. Starting to be a tired excuse for reasons, but hey, it’s wrestling. Johnny plays the “I’ve defended this title more than anyone” reasoning. He makes an analogy that people only watch wrestling for the crashes like NASCAR. Taya says they control the belts so they have the power. It was kind of a flat promo, but solidifies them as shitty heels.

Rosemary and Jim Mitchell have a moment where Rosemary says she’ll go back to the undead realm and talk to HIM, if Jim won’t give her what she wants. So we know where this is going. But since Supernatural was announced to be coming to an end, do things not bode well for Rosemary?

Decent match where Willie and Ethan both showed their hybrid abilities. Ethan’s “All Ego” has been biting him in the ass often enough during his time in IMPACT. A Cross Arm Iconoclasm gave Page a near fall, but Willie puts together the right combination of offense and lands the Stunner for the win. Nothing super special, but decent TV match.

 

Rolando interviews Disco at the bar. Glenn says he doesn’t have to try since it’s a girl. It’s actually quite amusing.

Melissa catches Gail Kim coming out of management’s office about Tessa’s earlier demands, and then a brawl between LAX and Lucha Bros kicks up.

Really good match between Swann and Callihan. Signature moves kicked out of, nice back and forth…just a generally solid match with good flurries from both men. Rich with the surprise Cradle win allows for Sami to get upset and we get a new face to IMPACT! Sawyer Fulton shows up and reveals an oVe shirt. Seems like he’s going by Mad Man Fulton in IMPACT. This all makes sense after being a part of Sami’s Death Machines stable in MLW as well.

 

Overall Score: 6/10

Decent show, slightly above average. The show felt a little better than last week, but still fell a little flat as a ‘Go Home’ show. We got a few good filmed segments either for comedy or story progression. Eli and Eddie’s match lends to more build for them. The main event was really good wrestling wise and story wise. Nothing was pushed by leaps and bounds, but we got everything we could want in a weekly TV show. Story progression, solid wrestling and different elements of entertainment.

Twitch Views:

  • Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
  • Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500 
  • Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900  
  • Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
  • Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650
  • Uncaged: High – 9,000/ Low – 8,000
  • Week 6: High – 8,025/ Low – 5,300
  • Week 7: High – 14,400/Low – 9,800
  • Week 8: High – 7,200/Low – 4,500
  • Week 9: High – 9,700/Low – 4,000
  • Week 10: High – 4,900/Low – 4,150

Well now, first night of the NCAA Tournament could’ve played into a huge hit for the top end. The show comes in with it’s lowest viewership since being on Twitch. Yes, maybe the barely average show last week didn’t help, but whenever WWE has a lower audience during a large event, people love to use THAT as the reason. So see, I can do it too. You can’t stop me. No take backs.

All seriousness though, the show averaged like 4,600 viewers and after 3 fairly strong weeks, this has to be a disappointment. Next week is Against All Odds, so maybe people were taking the week off before the TV Special…but still, not great.


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Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 3/15/2019

Andrew keeps the IMPACT Wrestling coverage coming! Does Brian Cage gets his title shot?

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Andrew keeps the IMPACT Wrestling coverage coming! Does Brian Cage gets his title shot?

So this show has potential to make some big story waves coming off the Dark War, Eli and Eddie trying on being a team and Brian Cage’s rematch.

That gives us a lot of unresolved issues with a few weeks until Against All Odds.

Speaking of unresolved issues…Ohio Versus Everything…amirite?!

 

Ratings:

  • Sami Callihan & oVe vs Willie Mack, Rich Swann & Tommy Dreamer: Callihan wins via Piledriver – ** 1/2
  • Glenn Gilbertti vs Kikutaro: Glenn wins via Chart Buster – ** 1/4
  • KM & Fallah Bahh vs Reno Scum: Fallah wins via Belly to Belly Suplex – **
  • Number 1 Contender Match: Tessa Blanchard vs Jordynne Grace: Grace wins via Grace Driver – *** 1/4
  • Desi Hit Squad vs Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards: Eddie wins via Kendo Stick Strike – ** 1/2

 

 

Analysis:

Well okay…this match was very, slapstick. Dreamer played up a lot of comedy. He readjusted from the top all the way to the bottom turnbuckle before doing a Double Axehandle. Sami spat a big loogie on his face and he ate it, which caused Sami to have a gross out face. Swann and Mack helped Sami do a kip up, they egged him on to do a Frog Splash. Then the match ends with Sami slipping out of a Spicolli Driver, hitting a groin claw and then Piledriver. Just a lot of goofball indy spots that some people enjoy but I don’t really care for. But hey, when puking on someone’s dick goes viral…I guess there’s definitely a crowd for this.

Melissa is back on twitch video! So yup, I think they figured out their formula unless she has a conflicting booking.

Rascalz segment, just watch:

Alright, Disco was amusing. He asked for a clown, got Kikutaro and went to the announce table just to say ” Isn’t this guy like the champion of New Japan or something”. As for the match, it’s alright. Disco is still in great shape, plays up goofy jerk, hits his Disco move occasionally and even attempts the Village People’s Elbow. Which is the People’s Elbow but he does the YMCA dance first. Kikutaro did some Muta references during the match, so that was a little neat. Not bad for what it was, but two comedy matches to get the show rolling is a little rough.

Rolando Menendez investigative reporter segment with Taya. Taya says she’s concerned but I don’t buy any of this. Johnny CharismaVacuum needs to drop the belt.

Scum took out Fallah early, so it was a lot of KM fighting from underneath. Fallah eventually got back to the apron, wanted the hot tag and performed decently while favoring his leg. Short match, but not bad, just short and a little simple.

Konnan asks Pentagon and Fenix when the rematch is and they basically blow him off in cool Spanish Cero Miedo kind of ways.

LAX segment after the commercial break with a pissed off Konnan with Ortiz and Santana playing more comedy support. Scarecrows man.

Tessa dominated most of this match, and it was a solid match. But Tessa’s temper and the Gail Kim situation distracted her numerous times to yell at the referee or the crowd. After the loss Tessa freaks out and tries to kill the bell keeper kid in a pink shirt and pizza tie. Gail comes in for the save and clears Tessa out. Hopefully this leads to a match at Rebellion.

After the altercation in the ring:

GWN Flashback Match: Sting vs RVD at TNA Slammiversary 2010.

Broken Bunny back stage segment. Rosemary doesn’t know where the rest of the Bunny is, so it seems like we’re going to keep this angle going a little longer.

The tag match was actually really solid even though it was really short. But there was some nice story elements when Eli got frustrated, slides in, takes out the other two but Gama distracts the ref and Eli throws in Kenny and Eddie uses it, then throws it back out seamlessly for the pinfall. Eli and Eddie actually look like they have a moment of understanding. This could be the birth of a great tag team run.

Another GWN Flashback? Abyss vs Sabu at TNA Turning Point 2005. So…did someone hit the wrong button or did Melissa and Don get busy so this is in lieu of the Skype sessions? Ahh the barbed wire sandwich match, that’s right!

And Melissa accidentally interrupts the show feed after the Flashback. She always has some kind of technical difficulty. So glad she committed to the gimmick.

Well Killer Kross carries out Johnny’s body and a cinder block. It looks like he’s going to smash Johnny’s head, security tries to break it up, Kross kills them. Taya drags out Cage to help, Cage refuses until Taya gets involved. Cage slides in to protect Taya, and then she low blows him. Johnny kips up and the beat down of Cage begins. Taya and Johnny are now heels, Kross is laughing on the outside, and Cage is knocked out with the cinder block in the ring. Top 10 Anime Betrayals.

 

Overall Score: 5.5/10

Okay show from Impact Wrestling. Also, I’m very picky with my brand of comedy, and what Dreamer was doing and the whole Disco/Kikutaro segment was fine. But it felt a little odd especially when the oVe/Rich Swann story is so personal and gritty, then you have goofy spots. It’s just a tone shift I don’t appreciate. It’s like if Metallica did Children’s Songs (yes it’s a reference to the old Jim Breuer joke…but if you get that, then you know what I mean).

So yeah, if you ask me, this just felt like an entire filler episode. Aside from the heel turn from Taya and Johnny (that most saw coming after the disingenuous satellite interview last week), this was mostly skippable.

Twitch Views:

  • Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
  • Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500 
  • Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900  
  • Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
  • Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650
  • Uncaged: High – 9,000/ Low – 8,000
  • Week 6: High – 8,025/ Low – 5,300
  • Week 7: High – 14,400/Low – 9,800
  • Week 8: High – 7,200/Low – 4,500
  • Week 9: High – 9,700/Low – 4,000

This is another slow start week. Granted some of it could’ve been because of the ROH Anniversary show, but the high is actually the 3rd best historically. Also a point of note is that after the numbers shot up (took about 30 minutes), the viewers never dropped below 8,500. I’m surprised the number stayed as strong as it did for a show that was tied with the lowest score I’ve given so far this year.

Funnily enough,  the last 5.5 show came two weeks before UNCAGED, and we’re two weeks before Against All Odds. I wonder if that’s a coincidence or a trend that two weeks before a big show is the throw away show? Only one way to find out, right?


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