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Ja’Von’s Impact Wrestling Live Report (5/10/18)

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Quick Results:

Z & E vs LAX: Z & E via pinfall
Grado vs Rohit Raju: Grado via pinfall
Drago vs Aerostar vs Taiji Ishimori vs Fantasma: Fantasma via pinfall
Moose vs Kongo Kong: Moose via DQ
Brian Cage vs Sugiura: Brian Cage via pinfall
Pentagon Jr.(c) vs Eli Drake(Impact World Championship): Pentagon Jr. retains via pinfall

Play by Play:

Impact kicked off with Josh Matthews talking about Sami Callhian attacking Impact Wrestling Executive Vice President Don Callis this past week in Toronto. There is a meeting currently being held with the senior officials to decide Callihan’s fate.

Z & E vs LAX:

Z & E make their way to the ring for the match. LAX then makes their way down to the ring for the match. The match starts with both DJZ and Santana in the ring and they go back and forth for a bit followed by both guys hitting the mat but they both get back up with kip ups. DJZ and Santana knock each other to the mat. DJZ and Santana both kip up at the same time. Santana enziguri DJZ. Ortiz tags in and hits a dead body splash on DJZ for a near fall. Everett tags in and hits a dropkick off the top on Ortiz. Arm drag off the second rope to Ortiz. Everett responds with a hurricanrana. Santana and Ortiz land a wheelbarrow cutter on Everett. Everett kicks out. Northern lights suplex by Ortiz. Everett kicks out again. Enziguri by Everett. Everett tags in DJZ.
DJZ hits a splashes on both members of LAX at the same time. DJZ tries to double DDT LAX. Santana and Ortiz counter and superkick DJZ. Everett hits a backflip kick to both members of LAX at the same time. Ortiz powerbombs Everett then hits a DDT. DJ Z DDTs Ortiz. Santana superkicks DJ Z. LAX tries a setup moonsault. Everett gets his knees up. DJZ kicks Ortiz. Everett hits a step up corkscrew press for a near fall. DJZ dives onto Ortiz. Ortiz hits a double under hook suplex on DJ Z. LAX goes for the Street sweeper. DJZ counters into a roll up for the win.

Winners: Z & E via pinfall

Backstage segment with Grado and Joseph Park. Park is getting Grado warmed up for his first match back and still doesn’t believe that he has a girlfriend. His girlfriend then walks in a he Grado introduces her to Joseph then she leads him to the ring for his match.

Austin Aries says that he did wish Eli Drake luck last week and that he will take his other world title from the winner of the match tonight.

Rohit Raju vs Grado:

Rohit makes his way to the ring for the match. Grado then makes his way to the ring with his new girlfriend Katarina. Rohit attacks Grado from behind and tossed himhim into the corner but Grado fights back and gains control of the match by Irish whipping him into the corner then a couple of jabs and a back body drop. Rohit then gains control of the match again and tries to hit a belly to belly on Grado but struggles to do so and sends him into the corner he then rushes him but Grado gets the boot up. Grand then gets minimal offense in but to no avail as Rohit kicks out Grado’s legs then hits a big knee and gets a nearfall. Rohit then hits a running knee on Grado who is trying to use the ropes in the corner to get up and gets another nearfall on Grado. Rohit then wears down Grado with a chinlock but Grado fights back and gets in some offense to earn a nearfall. Rohit then gets angry and begins to hit Grado with some jabs but it only makes Grado mad as the straps come down. Grado takes to long to follow up on the attack and Rohit hits a swinging neckbreaker for a nearfall. Grado then gains control of the match again and hits a cannonball on Rohit for the win. Post match Katarina comes in the ring and makes out with Grado to celebrate the win.

Winner: Grado via pinfall

Immediately after Grado’s match we are taken backstage because Jospeh Park has been attacked

A video package is shown showcasing the newest knockout Tessa Blanchard and goes into depth about her, her family, wrestling career, and why she came to Impact Wrestling and why she is the best in the world.

Impact announces their TV Tapings for June 1st and 2nd

McKenzie Mitchell interviews the tag champions Eli Drake and Scott Steiner about Eli cashing in his world title briefcase tonight. Eli says that the tag titles mean a lot to him but he is coming for the world title tonight. He also says that there is a new belt collector now. Steiner says that he wants to help Eli tonight but Eli says that he wants Steiner on the bench tonight. Tension was teased between the two a bit.

Drago vs Aerostar vs Taiji Ishimori vs Fantasma:

Drago makes his way to the ring for the match. Aerostar makes his way to the ring for the match. Taiji Ishimori makes his way to the ring. Finally Fantasma makes his way to the ring for the match. Drago goes for Fantasma but he does and Aerostar catches him with a hurricanrana. The ring then clears and Drago and Aerostar are alone in the ring and go at it. It’s very fast paced with both guys sweeping each other going for the cover which ends in a stalemate. Ishimori and Fantasma come in and clear the ring leaving them alone in the ring. They go at it with Fantasma getting the better of the exchange for a two count. Ishimori then goes to the apron and hits a shoulderblock through the ropes on Fantasma then followed up with a senton which sends him out of the ring. Ishimori follows up with the Golden Moonsault the outside. As we are going to break Drago and Aerostar get back in the match and Aerostar launches himself onto Drago and all four men are down. We are back from break and Aerostar and Ishimori are in the ring and he dodges Taiji who came running at him then takes down Ishimori and goes for the cover but Fantasma breaks it up. Fantasma then goes on the attack on Aerostar then hitting a big boot. As Fanstama was setting up something else Drago comes back in the ring and hits him with a big boot in the face. The match picks up some more Drago Ishimori and Fantasma are in the ring but Fantasma gets driven out of the ring and Taiji goes on the attack of Drago and hits a running knee on him Aerostar comes back in and gains control for a bit and takes out Taiji then goes on the attack of Drago and gets a nearfall on him. Fantasma then comes back in and gains control of the match and gets a nearfall. Ishimori then gains control and hits an inverted flapjack on Fantasma for the pin but it’s broken up. Fast forward some and all four men are down in the ring but Aerostar gets up and dropkicks Taiji out of the ring. Drago then flies over the ropes onto Ishimori. Fantasma then hits the arrow from the depths of hell into Drago then Aerostar flies onto Fantasma. Aerostar and Ishimori get back in the ring and Taiji gets the better of the exchange hitting a gutbuster on him for a nearfall. All men. Are now back in the ring and multiple covers have been broken up but Aersostar and. Fantasma wre eventually left alone in the ring and Fantasma gets the better of the exchange and hits the thrill of the kill for the win.

Winner: Fantasma via pinfall

As we go to break Eddie Edward’s barges in and interrupts the meeting between senior management to decide Callihan’s future in Impact.

Back from break Eddie tells the senior management to not fire Eddie even though they wanted to. They agree not to fire Sami but told Eddie to get his revenge on Sami anywhere but at the Impact Zone and they are done with this blood feud.

Moose vs Kongo Kong:

Collar and elbow tie up between the two with Kong getting the better of the tie up and pushing Moose into the corner. Moose then side steps and puts Kong in the corner and lays in the jabs and punches but Kong gains the control of the match again and the match spills to the outside. Moose rains control of the match and hits a big uppercut on Kong then slides back in the ring. Moose then comes back out breaking the count and hits a big boot on Kong. Kong then gains control of the match by countering an Irish whip and sends Moose into the guardrail and focuses his attack now on the lower back of Moose. Kong towers over Moose as he continues his attack on him. Kongo Kong then locks in a bear hug on Moose to wear him down a bit but Moose hits a big elbow to break it up. Coming off the ropes for a big move Moose gets caught with another bear hug. Moose breaks free and attempts a slam on Kong but to no avail and gets sent into the ring post. Moose then fights back and knocks Kong down to a knee which gets him some needed separation. Moose then gets back up and goes on the offensive and finally get Kong down for the first time in this match and follows up with a senton. Moose looks to finish the match but Jimmy Jacobs who was on the outside for this match his Moose with a steel chair which causes a disqualification in favor of Moose.

Post match attack that has Moose sending Kong to the outside and Jacob’s keeping Kong at bay with Moose standing tall as we go to break.

Winner: Moose via DQ

Back from break KM is hyping up Fallah Bahh to get him into shape and they show videos of KM training him while he is just sitting around eating.

Brian Cage vs Sugiura:

Sugiura attempts a suplex but Cage counters and hits a delayed vertical suplex then a standing moonsault for a nearfall. Sugiura hits him with strong forearms then they both go on to trade blows followed by a big dropkick. Sugiura goes to the ring apron and hits cage with a shoulderblock but it doesn’t really faze Cage as he grabs him and goes to the middle rope in the corner for a suplex from the apron to the ring for a nearfall. Back in the ring Cage is still in control but his Sugiura gains control with Cage in the corner and lays in with strong forearms. Cage fights back and they meet on the top rope but Cage knocks him down. They then meet again on the middle tope and Cage hits a hurricanrana on him. Sugiura goes for a running knee but it gets caught and Cage hits him with a buckle bomb then another move from his arsenal for a nearfall. Sugiura then begins to fight back and gets a nearfall. Both guys then go back and forth with big shots. Cage gets the better of the exchange and hits a discus clothesline for a nearfall. Cage finally hits the drillclaw for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Brian Cage via pinfall

Allie is shown backstage in the locker room looking in a mirror remembering what happened last week with Rosemary and Su Yung. She then gets a knock on the door and finds a doll waiting for her with a note attached.

Pentagon Jr.(c) vs Eli Drake(Impact World Championship):

Eli Drake makes his way to the ring for the match looking to reclaim the world title. Pentagon Jr. makes his way to the ring to defend his world title as we go to break. Back from break and both guys get in each other faces and trash talk. Pentagon comes off the ropes looking for an attack but Drake counters and stops him with a big bolt and gains control of the match early on. Pentagon then counters and gains control of the match and hits a slingblade for a nearfall. Pentagon looks to hit the same move that broke Aries’ arm but Drake fights free before that could happen. Drake then gains control of Pentagon and lays in the ground and pound with punches to the face. Drake gets Pentagon in the corner and stays on him for a bit but Pentagon gains control and Irish whips Eli into another corner but Eli gets the boot up as Pentagon charges him and then wears him down with a chinlock. Pentagon then fights back and catches Eli with a kick as he was coming off the springboard for a two count. Drake in the corner and Pentagon hits him with a chop then hits a backstabber on Eli as he ducks him going into the corner. Pentagon then hits a superplex for a nearfall. Eli then gains control of the match for a bit and attempts the gravey train but Pentagon counters and eventually hits the Pentagon driver for the win and retains his world title.

Winner and STILL Impact World Champion: Pentagon Jr. via pinfall

My Opinion: The show was pretty good at first with the main storyline focus of the show being about Sami Callhian’s attack on Don Callis. So overall it was a good show tonight but the end part felt very rushed to me.
7/10


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Uncaged Ratings & Review

With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?

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With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?

The pseudo-PPV atmosphere is sure to bring in more consistent viewership, but they’re in an interesting spot. Taya and Tessa are really the only two credible Knockouts unless Gail comes out of retirement (since Rosemary, Su and Jordynne are in the same storyline), so we’ll probably see this get extended somehow. As for the other title match, The Machine has a lot of support and wrestling fans all know the money is in the chase. So I could see Cage getting “screwed” again, but I’d much rather see Cage with the title.

So let’s get hype for the show with a video package of the returning Reno Scum!

Ratings:

  • Knockout’s Championship Street Fight: Tessa Blanchard vs Taya Valkyrie (c) – Taya retains via Double Footstomp through Table – *** 3/4
  • ‘All Ego’ Ethan Page vs Willie Mack: Mack  wins via Stunner – ** 1/2
  • Elimination 4v4: Team Impact (Fallah Bahh, Sami Callihan, Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards) vs Team AAA (Puma King, Psycho Clown, Hijo del Vikingo & Aerostar): Team AAA 4-3 – *** 3/4
  • Fatal 4 Way Impact World Championship: Killer Kross vs Moose vs Johnny Impact (c) vs Brian Cage: Johnny retains via Starship Pain on Moose – *** 1/4

Review Notes:

Both women come out with throwback shirts. Tessa comes out with the old school Four Horsemen shirt and Taya comes out in her Perros de Mal shirt (old Triple A stable she was in with Perro Aguayo Jr). This match was a little awkward at times, and the first table they had ” La Wera Loca vs Diamond” painted on, didn’t break after two spear attempts. Really good hardcore style action, with chairs, insults, ring posts and another table. Definitely more of a brawl than wrestling, but after the table didn’t break the subsequent spots seemed to be a little off. Still a solid match, entertaining to watch, good way to start off the Uncaged show. Dios perdona, los perros no.

After a quick promo with Team Impact, Scarlett joins Melissa during the commercial break moment and she’s barely dressed and her and Melissa start doing squats. I mean they’re doubling down on sex sells, and I’m not even mad.

Mack and Page was a solid match. Good brawling, Willie’s agility outlasted Page’s strikes. One would assume the winner should be closer to an X Division title shot at least. So it should be interesting where this leads.

Killer Kross follows that with his typical chilling, slightly unhinged promo, and damn it was well done.

The interesting thing about the commercial break stuff tonight is Melissa doing live interviews with different people. It’s kinda neat, like extra content.

Team Triple A has a clap back promo after the commercial, which says the Cup is staying in Mexico. If memory serves, Team Triple A beat Team TNA in the first World X Cup, so I’m curious if they’ll pull from that for a storyline.

Sami Callihan calls out Swann one more time, Swann throws the shirt at Callihan, so a fight ensues. Swann gets the best of things momentarily, but an eye gauge allows Sami the opening to toss Rich around a little, Piledriver him on the stage and then Powerbomb him off the stage through a table. So I guess Sami will get the X Divison shot, but might have to go through Willie Mack first in the following weeks before Rebellion.

A lot of fun fast paced action, good dives, good strikes, nice story telling and only one slip so far from Aerostar. Eli Drake is the first one eliminated by Puma King because he tries to tell Eddie to not use the kendo stick, but tries to use it himself, Eddie catches him and takes his stick back, then pushing Eli. So one Gedo Clutch later, Eli is eliminated by pinfall. Fallah Bah eliminates Vikingo after a Twisted Running Powerslam. Aerostar eliminates Bahh after a Crucifix Pin when Bahh misses the Banzai Drop. Boston Knee Party from Eddie eliminates Aerostar. Piledriver from Sami eliminates Puma King. Two on one advantage with Sami and Eddie against Psycho Clown. Eddie hits a Boston Knee Party lays out Psycho Clown, but Sami pushes Eddie off and tries to steal the spotlight, only a two count, Psycho Rolls Up Sami for the pinfall elimination. Eddie has Psycho on the ropes, but Eli returns, takes Kenny the Kendo Stick and distracts Eddie. Then he hits Eddie to give Psycho a shot to hit a Backstabber, followed up the La Magistral for the victory. So Impact kinda played themselves, but it was a damn good match with a lot to unpack.

Melissa finally returns after a few commercial breaks off, with Sami Callihan and David Crist. This was ridiculous but great. Just erratic idiocy, they steal Melissa’s sandals at some point, David sings “Hey there Samuel” and Sami does a pitch like a dating service while Melissa is getting her sandals. So dumb, but great.

Small promotional video package for Reno Scum. Returning to Impact for the first time since the first wave of GFW “invasion” (nearly 2 years).

A quick little moment with Dark Allie, Su Yung and Rosemary, followed by a commercial with Melissa and KM & Fallah Bahh. Very funny, Melissa plays off the wrestlers well. She needs to stick around since she’s got a nice personality and seems to work well with most of the guys.

Scarlett with a weird video package, her in a bed, a little moan and showing cleavage is her formula. So if it ain’t broke, I’m not gonna fix it, shut up, stop judging me!

LAX joins Melissa before the main event and the Latina comes out in her. She’s more animated that usual, very fun and entertaining. She even busts their chops a little, but they take it in stride and seem to enjoy each other’s company.

Since the match starts with only about 12 minutes before time limit the match wasn’t going to be a technical masterpiece, but for what it was it was fun. It was more of a brawl, since there were 3 bigger guys. Kross had a bunch of moments looking like a beat, Cage looked like a million bucks hitting the Drill Claw on both Moose and Kross. But Johnny pulled the opportunistic thing, and while Kross and Cage were tied up, Johnny pulls Moose to the corner, barely hits Starship Pain and sneaks in a pinfall before Cage finishes the Drill Claw + pin on Kross.  So Johnny retains while looking like a punk, and the crowd wanted nothing to do with him. Terminator claps most of the match.

Overall Score: 7.5/10

Solid solid show from start to finish. Tessa and Taya got things kicked off well, Melissa doing backstage interviews as the Twitch commercial break stuff was great. World Cup match was fun and set up a few storylines for the Impact stars while Team Triple A got the home field advantage win. Main event was a little disappointing to be honest. Johnny has worn out his fan support both in Mexico and on Twitch chat. Granted yes, I’m hopeful this is building towards a big blow off at Rebellion, maybe with Cage going over and Austin Aries returning, but I guess we’ll have to see.

Also from the main event, we see some cracks in the Moose and Kross alliance, so that could definitely be an interesting match in the near future.

So yeah, we have a lot to chew on moving into TV tapings for the shows leading up to Rebellion, but from a completely playlist mentality view point, Cage got screwed. Brian Cage better be getting this damn title soon, or I want him to put Don Callis through the announce table.

Now the weekly Twitch viewers portion:

  • 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

Well it looks like people just need a reason to tune in. Not only was this week mostly main event talent, but since the event had was named, I feel like people just expected better quality. So still no record breaking high, but solid numbers throughout the entire show.

 

 

 


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Review (2/8/2019)

Impact Wrestling, coming off the worst Twitch viewership, and worst rated show of the year…do we see a bounce back leading into Uncaged?

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Impact Wrestling, coming off the worst Twitch viewership, and worst rated show of the year…do we see a bounce back leading into Uncaged?

With my assumed direction for the main event to become a 4 way, Allie’s ongoing struggle with Demons and Zombies, Team Impact vs Team AAA and Sami’s history with Rich Swann, Uncaged has a lot to build towards.

Let’s not overlook that we’re getting an Impact Tag Team Championship rematch between LAX and the Lucha Bros. So it’s gonna take some impressive fail for this episode to fall short.

Time to find out.

Ratings:

  • Rich Swann & Willie Mack vs Dave & Jake Crist: Swann wins via 450 Splash – ***
  • Kiera Hogan vs Allie: Hogan wins via Face the Music – ** 1/4
  • Rohit Raju vs Trey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
  • Sami Callihan vs Puma King: Callihan wins via Piledriver – *** 1/4
  • Impact Tag Team Championship: LAX (c) vs Lucha Bros: Lucha Bros win via Spike Fear Factor – *** 3/4TITLE CHANGE!!

 

Review Notes:

Tag action starts us off. The Crists come out to continue the story with Swann and Sami Callihan. We get a solid match. Crowd was asleep, so that did make it come off a little flat, but lots of good action from both the Crists and Mack/Swann. So it’s a good start.

Lucha Bros promo, followed by the announcement that the Uncaged main event is now a 4 Way match. Johnny vs Cage vs Moose vs Kross. Obvious twist with how things have been going, but no complaints.

Flashback moment is the last few minutes of Pentagon’s World Championship victory against Austin Aries and Fenix at Redemption 2018.

We see the storyline move forward with all the Darkness, Su Yung gets wiped out and Allie has a fit thinking Su disappeared and Rosemary might show up. So because she freaks out and doesn’t just grab the bloody glove, Kiera takes the opening to hit her Cradle Neckbreaker finish. No appearance by Rosemary though.

They announce RVD & Sabu vs Lucha Bros for United We Stand.

Allie and Su are seen in the back, with Allie muttering “she’s here”. Screen flickers and a message is seen ” The witching is upon us. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.”

The contrast in styles between an old school heel and the new school “flippy” guy, worked fairly well. Old heel tactics kept Trey grounded for the most part, but he still pulled off a Triangle Enzuigiri as well as his Head Tucked in the Turnbuckle Tiger Feint ( think Will Ospreay’s Cheeky Nandos Kick, but tucking the head and then hitting a 619 instead). Trey winning with the Meteora off the top, punctuated the shenanigans more than looking cool.

Quick Scarlett bumper about her in-ring debut next week.

Sami and Puma King starts off with a lot of Sami brawling with some nice heel work. Puma King has a nice Headscissors out of a Tree of Woe, and then starts putting some offense together. After a huge miss on the dive to the outside, Puma King is on the back foot, but they do put together a nice sequence to pick things up a little. We get an odd Drop Toe Hold into La Magistral spot, but the finishing sequence is solid. All in all in the best match on the show so far, a damn solid episode already.

Video hype package for Taya versus Tessa.

Eli confronts Eddie Edwards about next week’s match, trying to convince him to drop the hardcore style.

Melissa Santos interviews Moose and Kross. Moose turns on a little more goofiness, trying to say it’s unfair to the others because they’re a team and have one another’s blind sides. Moose says “Just like Bill Belichick says, there’s no I in team” and Kross nods, ” That’s good. But I prefer the one with the Frog and the Scorpion”. Moose doesn’t get the reference, but it alludes to Kross using Moose to get to a goal. So we’ll see if it falls apart next week.

 

They had a lot to follow after their Homecoming match, but this wasn’t bad. It starts quick again, and this match had the same issue the last one did, where it felt too fast. Moves weren’t hitting flush, double clutching or waiting too long to take a spot hurt the match a little. Both tag teams kicked out of the respective finishers, so no one looks bad. Lucha Bros have to hit a second Spike Feat Factor, as Fenix lays out Ortiz with a tope. Konnan makes them shake hands, but there’s still a little heat.

 

 

Overall Score: 7.25/10

Nothing about this show was bad. Stories moved forward, big announcement for United We Stand with the RVD & Sabu vs Lucha Bros main event. Also coming off of the AEW news that Lucha Bros will show up there, winning the Impact Tag Championships could lead to some interesting cross over. Who knows.

But like I said, good show. Nice to see Impact bounce back a little from the lack luster show last week.

  • 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

As you see, the overall numbers were a little better than last week when it comes to Twitch audience, and it held steady at 6,000 for most of the show. So the product was a little better, as the ‘Go Home’ to Uncaged. So maybe we’ll see a spike next week for the bigger show.


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