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Ja’ Von’s Impact Wrestling Live Report (6/7/18)

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Quick Results:

Z & E(c) vs Drago and Aerostar(Impact Tag Team Championships): STILL Impact Tag Team Champions Z & E via pinfall

LAX vs The Cult of Lee: LAX via pinfall 

Rohit Raju vs Brain Cage: Brain Cage via pinfall

Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards(Unsanctioned Street Fight): No Contest or To Be Continued 

Play by Play:

Impact Wrestling opens with a recap of Under Pressure from last week.

Z & E(c) vs Drago and Aerostar(Impact Tag Team Championships):

Drago makes his way to the ring followed by his partner Aerostar. The Impact Tag Team Champions Z & E make their way to the ring to defend their titles. DJZ and Drago start the match off. Collar and elbow tie up with Deago getting the better of the exchange by taking down DJZ and wearing him down with a leg submission. DJZ breaks free and eventually locks in a wristlock on Drago. DJZ brings Drago down to the mat for a quick one count. Drago gains control of the match and tags in Aerostar. DJZ gets free then tags in Andrew Everett.

Aerostar walks the ropes then exits the ring. Everett follows him out but then gets caught with a kick from Aersostar on the way back in. Aersostar still in control of the match tags in Drago and they hit a couple of tag team maneuvers for a quick two count. Drago and Aerostar are still in the ring but Everett escapes by jumping over Drago to tag in DJZ. DJZ then goes on the attack and takes care of both men and sending Aersostar to the floor. Drago regains control of the match quickly and gets a nearfall on DJZ. Drago then wears down DJZ wear a chinlock. DJZ tries to fight free from Drago and as we go to break Drago hits a back body drop to DJZ sending him to the floor. Back from break and Drago has a leg submission on DJZ then tags in Aerostar which allows for DJZ to tag in his partner. Everett then uses his speed to his advantage taking out both guys then hitting a running moonsault on Aersostar. Drago comes back into the ring and catches Everett and hits a powerbomb. DJZ then catches Drago on the rop tope and hits him with a springboard sunset flip powerbomb. Z & E look to hit a double springboard moonsault on Drago but come up empty. Aersostar ther hits a double springboard dropkick on Z & E sending Everett to the floor. Drago hits a suicide dive on Everett then followed by DJZ diving off the top rope then followed by Aersostar. Down the stretch DJZ hit the ZDT on Drago then Everett hits either a 630 or 720 on Aerostar for Z & E to retain their tag team titles.

After the match Don Callis calls the move a 730 by Everett.

Winners and STILL Impact Tag Team Champions: Z & E via pinfall

The story of Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards is played to hype up the main event for tonight.

Back from break and Sonjay is accusing Petey Williams of attacking him last week and Petey says he’s going home.

Impact shows a recap of Su Yung defeating the Demon Bunny last week to win the Knockouts Championship.

LAX is shown in their clubhouse playing dominos and Diamante is now back and wondering where is K-dog and Homicide. King walks in and asks Diamante about her knee but it seems that Diamante doesn’t trust King.

LAX vs The Cult of Lee:

The Cult of Lee make their way to the ring. LAX make their way to the ring for the match.  LAX gets the jump on The Cult of Lee. They begin to stomp mudholes in bot Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley. Santana and Caleb are the legal men for the start of the match. Santana is lighting up Caleb’s chest with knife edge chops then tags in Ortiz. Ortiz then tags back in Santana who hits a driving stomp on Caleb who is draped over Ortiz’s knee.

Caleb breaks free and is able to tag in Trevor and they begin to take control of the match and send LAX to the floor. Trevor then tags back in Caleb who wears down Sanatana and gets a one count. The Cult of Lee begins to jawjack with LAX throwing them off their game as they gain control of the match. Santana finally gets control of the match by hitting Trevor with a rolling cutter and tags in Ortiz. Caleb tags in by gets caught in a pinning combination but reverses it and Ortiz kicks out. Santana then holds up Caleb looking for a double team maneuver but Trevor trips up Ortiz and Caleb takes out Santana. The Cult of Les is in control for a bit before LAX gain control of the match again. Down the stretch Santana hits a huge cutter on Caleb Konley for the win.

Winners: LAX via pinfall

The Fact of Life:

Eli Drake makes his way to the ring for the return of The Fact of Life to name the top 5 dummies of Impact Wrestling. Eli Drake says his show The Fact of Life is the most requested show. Eli then names the top 5 dummies of Impact. Number 5: The fans of Impact. Number 4: Austin Aries. Number 3: Impact Management. Number 2: The fans of Impact. Number 1: Moose.

Eli says that people are saying that Moose is on a roll but reminds the fans that he beat Moose when both of their cases were on the line. Eli says that he beat him next week he and Moose will face off to determine Aries’ challenger at Slammiversary. Moose makes his way to the ring to response to Eli calling him a dummy. Moose then reminds him that he lost his tag titles and world title match then calls him a dummy and a loser. A brawl breaks out and Eli is standing tall after hitting The Gravey Train and dumping the podium on Moose.

Rohit Raju vs Brain Cage:

Rohit makes his way to the ring. Brain Cage makes his way to the ring for the match. Rohit starts the match by mocking Cage and then shoves him in the face which angers Cage. Cage then throws him in the corner then hits Weapon X for the quick victory.

After the match the X-Division Champion Matt Sydal makes his way to the ring. Matt says that Cage may look strong and jacked but when he looks through his third eye he sees inter weakness. Sydal tries to get him to forfeit his title opportunity and join him so he can make the machine better. Cage responses by hitting him with an F5 that sends him out of the ring.

Cage then stands tall with the title over his head in the ring.

Winner: Brain Cage via pinfall 

Next Week: Matt Sydal(c) vs Brain Cage(X-Division Championship)

Moose vs Eli Drake(#1 Contender’s Match)

Eddie Edwards pulls up to the spot in the woods where he is going to meet Sami Callihan. He tells the cameraman to film everything no matter what happens.

Josh Mathews has a Skype call with the new Impact World Champion Austin Aries while he is on vacation. Josh ask Aries about who he would like to face at Slammiversary. Aries says that Eli is unable to beat him and Moose has a mediocre football career and has yet to achieve that in wrestling. Josh then ask Aries about how he used a lowblow to win the world title last week. Aries asks him how Ric Flair won his 16 world titles. He then goes onto say that he is the only one who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty to get the job done. Josh ask Aries again who he thinks will win the match next week and Aries says Eli because Drake isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty to get the job done but also says that he doesn’t take anything away from Moose calling him a big guy due to his stature. Josh then let’s Aries go back to enjoying his vacation and ends the call.

Impact shows a recap of the Slammiversary press conference from this past Monday.

A video is played showing how the rivalry between Tessa and Madison started and what happened last week.

McKenzie Mitchell interviews Tessa Blanchard backstage. Tessa says that sheis a winner and makes things happen. She also says that a loser is someone who relives their glory days. Keira Hogon interrupts the feudand reminds Tessa of her first post last week which sparks a fight between the two in which Tessa stands tall in the end. Following the brawl Tessa Blanchard and Keira Hogan will face off in a NO DQ Match next week.

Moose is shown backstage and is pissed about what went down on The Fact of Life earlier tonight. He says that he is going to destroy Drake next week and head to Slammiversary.

Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards(Unsanctioned Street Fight):

Eddie Edwards is in the woods looking and calling out Sami Callihan. Eddie runs into Jake Christ who is preached in a tree crying out “Everything.”

He walks a little more then sees Callihan with the oVe cam and begins to chase him but runs into Jake Christ again. Eddie and him get into a fight which Eddie quickly wins and he chokes out Jake.

Eddie makes his way to back to the cars and hears a car alarm go off. Dave Christ pops out of the truck and jumps Eddie but Eddie quickly takes care of him and slams a the trunk door on his head and leaves him there.

Eddie finally finds Sami and the brawl is on. They run at each other with a kendo stick and a bat with Eddie getting the better of the exchange they then begin to brawl all over the woods. Sami picks up an animal skull and tries to use it against Eddie but Eddie  moves out of the way. Eddie then tries to hit him with a kendo stick but Sami ducks. Eddie then drives a tree branch into his skull which busts him open.

Tommy Dreamer and his wife Alisha Edwards pull up in a car pleading for Eddie to stop. Eddie turns around to find that Callihan has disappeared which makes Eddie more mad and he hits Dreamer with the baseball and ask for his wife Alisha to come with him to look for Sami but she stays behind to check on Tommy as Eddie wanders off to look for Sami alone as the show goes off the air.

Winner: No Contest or To Be Continued 

My Take: The show itself was not the best one we have since from the post Redemption era of Impact. It was basically full of video packages and backstage segments with only four matches. The matches of the night were the Tag Team Championships Match and the fight between Sami Callihan and Eddie Edwards in the woods.

My Score: 6/10


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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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