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Ja’ Von’s Impact Wrestling Live Report (5/24/18)

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Quick Results:

oVe vs Drago and Aerostar: oVe via DQ

The Cult of Lee vs LAX: The Cult of Lee via pinfall 

Matt(c) vs El Hijo Del Fantasma(X-Division Championship): STILL X-Division Champion Matt Sydal via pinfall 

Dezmond Xavier vs Petey Williams: Dezmond Xavier via pinfall 

Moose vs Kongo Kong: Moose via pinfall

Play by Play:

Impact opens with a recap video of what went down last week.

oVe w/Sami Callihan vs Drago and Aerostar:

oVe along with Sami Callihan make their way to the ring for their match. Both Drago and Aerostar make their way to the ring. Drago gets things started early by flying over the ropes taking out oVe and Sami.

Aerostar then hits La Bomita. Drago makes his way back in the ring but is met with a big boot from Jake Christ. The bell finally rings and Jake tags in Dave and he goes on the attack of Drago. He then tags back in Jake who puts Drago in a chinlock and wears him down then tags back in Dave. Dave puts Drago in his corner and goes on the attack. Drago finds himself on the outside and Sami gets a cheapshot in. Dave tags back in Jake but Aerostar finally gets back in the match for the save. Jake is able to tag back in Dave and they take it to both Drago and Aerostar. The luchadors eventually take control and get a nearfall on Dave Christ. During the match it is shown that Eddie and Alisha Edward’s have arrived at the Impact Zone. Alisha is pleading with Eddie to stop but Eddie comes out with a kendo stick and attacks the Christ Brothers causing the DQ. Eddie then turns his attention to Sami which leads to refs and security to hold him back from attacking Sami.

Eddie then snaps and attacks the refs and security guards with the kendo stick.

Winners: oVe via DQ

Alisha and Eddie are backstage and she wants to know why he is acting like this. Eddie says this is not over until he destroys Sami Callihan.

LAX vs The Cult of Lee:

Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley make their way to the ring for their match against LAX. LAX make their way to the ring still without Konnan. LAX has been on a losing streak since Konnan disappeared at the Redemption PPV.

Trevor Lee and Ortiz start the match. Lee jumps Santana on the apron and Caleb jumps Ortiz. Yhe match breaks down a bit with the cult of Lee getting the advantage on LAX. The match spills to the outside but this is where is LAX mount a comeback. Santana taking the fight to Trevor and Ortiz racking the back of Caleb. The match makes it’s way back into the ring and Trevor Lee gets a one count on Ortiz then tosses him into a corner and begins to stomp him as we go to break. We are back from break and Caleb is in control of Ortiz in the corner with the kicks and chops. Caleb jawjacks Santana which distracts the red and allows for Trevor to get a cheapshot on Ortiz. The Cult of Lee is firmly in control of this match and Caleb kicks Santana off the apron while Trevor punts the face of Ortiz who was recently thrown on the outside by Caleb. The ref is distracted by Santana but Caleb goes for a cover and gets a nearfall. Caleb then tags in Trevor but LAX seems to finally take control of this match. Trevor tags out but is still taken out by LAX and Santana hits a death valley driver on Caleb and get a nearfall as Trevor bulldozers in to break up the pin. In the closing moments of this match LAX takes out Trevor Lee and look for a wheelbarrow double team maneuver but Trevor trips up Ortiz and Caleb rolls up Santana for the win.

Winners: The Cult of Lee via pinfall 

McKenzie Mitchell interviews Jimmy Jacobs and Kongo Kong. Jimmy saysthat Impact is a funny place and says he is not a bad guy. He then speaks about Grado accusing them of the attacks so they had to teach him a lesson. He says he wants to see Kongo Kong break Moose into a million pieces for saving Grado from the post match attack. Jimmy says he’s a princess and always gets what he wants.

KM and Fallah Bahh are backstage and runs into Grado and Katerina. They want to know how he got a girl like her and she says that she is chubby chaser.

McKenzie Mitchell interviews Madison Rayne backstage about what happened last week. Rayne says she was happy to be back in Impact but she was suppose to be a commentator not an in ring competitor. Tessa interrupts the Madison’s interview and says that she is just a stay at home mom and needs to know her place and that the next time they meet will be in the ring.

McKenzie Mitchell interviewsthe new tag team champions and they DJZ said that they were underestimated but overcame the odds. The former champs interrupt the interview calling it a fluke and that they slipped on a banana peel. More tension is teased between Eli and Scott as they argue with each other and Scott blames Eli for them losing the titles. They storm off separately.

Matt Sydal(c) vs El Hijo Del Fantasma(X-Division Championship): 

Fantasma makes his way to the ring to attempt to dethrone the champion. Matt Sydal makes his way to the ring to defend his championship. They start the match with a handshakeand Sydal wanting Fantasma to open up his third eye but he is having none of it. Fantasma with the go behind gets the advantage of Matt but Sydal counters and shows off by sitting in the middle of the ring.

They jawjack watch other and Sydal is able to get a wristlock on Fantasma but Fantasma is able to escape then locks in a headlock on Sydal. Matt is able to escape and the match begins to pick up speed as Fantasma ends up on the apron. He then climbs up to the top and knocks down Sydal. He then hits a tilt a whril backbreaker on Sydal. Matt is able to gain control of the match and begins to wear down Fantasma. He then begins to focus on the left knee of Fantasma. Matt hits the ropes and comes off them and is caught by Fantasma who launches him in the air but lands on his feet and rocks Fantasma with a big kick. Fantasma is able to fight back and gain control of the match and drives Sydal out of the ring and looks to set up for the thrill of the hunt suicide dive but turns it into a baseball slide and stands tall as we go to break. Back from break Fantasma drops Matt Sydal face first on the steel steps. He then drives Sydal head first into the steel ringpost thenbrings him back in the ring. He heads to the top rope and goes for a high risk maneuver but comes up empty as Sydal rolls out ofthe way. Matt then goes to the topand looks for Air Bourne but misses and still lands on his feet. Fantasma fights back and is able to lock in a modified Indian death lock. Sydal is able to get to the bottom rope to break the hold. In the closing moments Matt is able to drive Fantasma into the mat justlike in all his other matches to pick up the win and retains his title.

Winner and STILL X-Division Champion: Matt Sydal via pinfall 

LAX is in the clubhouse mad and throwing stuff cause of their losing streak. Hernandez comes in and tells them that Konan was jumped but he is ok cause Homicide is with him. He also assures them that everything is ok.

A video package is shown about Pentagon Jr. winning the World Title. Aires is heared talking about the loss and hyping up the rematch for the world title next week at Under Pressure.

No one has been attacked this week and Don Callis has talked to the authorities and they have no leads on who the attackers are.

The winner of the Dezmond Xavier vs Petey Williams match will earn an opportunity to face Brain Cage next week. The winner of the match next week will face Matt Sydal for the X-Division Title.

Dezmond Xavier vs Petey Williams:

Dezemond makes his way to the ring for the match. Petey makes his way to the ring. They shake hands to show sportsmanship. Petey with the go behind but Dezmond hits him with a back elbow and they have a stand still for a bit.

They go back and fourth but Petey gets the advantage with a tilt a whirl headscissors. Dezmond then goes for a big kick but Petey moves out the way then looks for the Canadian Destroyer but Dezmond escapes and goes tothe outside for a breather. Dezmond gets back in the ring and the match picks up speed and Dezmondlands a dropkick for a nearfall. Petey is able to fight back and gains control of the match by hitting a dropkick of his own and is standing tall as we go to break. We’re back from break and Petey is in control of the match and is taking it to Dezmond laying inpunches Xavier. Petey locks in a side headlock and wears him down then knocks him down and goes for a cover and gets a nearfall. Peyey then get another nearfall on Dezmond. Petey puts Xavier in the corner and stands his time which is his downfall as Dezmond knocks him down then goeson the attack hitting adelyaed dropkick which sends Petey out of the ring then followedup by a tope con hilo. They bring it back in the ring and Petey isable to kickout of a pinattempt. In the closingmoments of the match Dezmond countersthe Canadian Destroyer and hits him with a handstand kick to theside of the head for the win.

Winner: Dezmond Xavier via pinfall 

A video package is played showing Allie reading the note she received weeks ago and looking at the voodoo doll. The video also keeps kicking back to the funeral of Rosemary. The end of the video shows Allie dressed as Rosemary. The Knockouts Championship between her and Su Yung is now a Last Rites Match.

Moose vs Kongo Kong:

Moose makes his way to the ring for the match.

Kongo Kong makes his way to the ring ALONE. While making his entrance he keeps looking back at the ramp to see if Jimmy will show as we go to break. Back from break the bell rings and we have a collar and elbow tie with Kong getting the better of it by shoving Moose back. They go again and Kong pushes Moose back again. Kong then goes on the attack and takes down Moose. Moose with kip up hits Kong with a dropkick then knocks Kong the outside but Kong lands on his feet. Moose then runs at Kong but he side steps and shoves him into thering steps. Kong then hits a cannonball on Moose. Jimmy is not outside to guide Kong so he goes backin the ring looking for a countout. Moose barely getsback in the ring tobreak the count. Kong stays on the attack by tossing Moose into the corner then hitting a running splash on him. Kong then wears him down with a shoulder grip but Moose fights back. Moose looks to take down Kong but Kong counters and takes down Moose for a two count. Kong stays on the attack on Moose by wearing him down and hitting big shots. Moose asks for more then hits a headbutt followed by a running dropkick in the corner. Kong fights back and gains control of the match by hitting a neckbreaker across the knee for a nearfall. Kong goes for the top rope splash but comes up empty. In the closing moments of the match Moose hits a powerslam on Kong then a big spear for the win.

Winner: Moose via pinfall 

After the match Jimmy Jacobs is shown to have been attacked.

My Take: The show was great and hyped up Under Pressure that is next week. Four profile matches were hyped and other storylines as progressed tonight. Overall tonight was a great show.

My Score: 8/10

 

 

 

 


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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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