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Ja’ Von’s Impact Wrestling Live Report (6/21/18)

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Quick Results:

Z & E vs LAX(Impact Tag Team Championships): AND NEW Impact World Tag Team Champions LAX via pinfall 

KM vs Scott Steiner: Scott Steiner via submission 

Madison Rayne vs Taya Valykire: Madison Rayne via pinfall

oVe vs Pentagon Jr. &Fantasma: Pentagon Jr. & Fantasma via pinfall 

Play by Play:

Tonight’s episode is in memory of Leon White aka Big Van Vader.

Impact opens with a cold opening that recapped everything that happened last week.

Impact tonight kicks off with the Tag Team Championship Match.

Z & E vs LAX(Impact Tag Team Championships):

LAX make their way to the win to challenge for the tag team titles. Z & E make their way to the ring to defend their titles. Both teams meet on the ramp and begin throw hands with each other.

Santana is in control of Andrew Everett while Ortiz throws a chair in the face of DJZ. Santana continues to throw Everett face first on the guardrail while Ortiz continues to hit DJZ with a chair. Santana brings Everret back in the ring but Andrew regains control and sends Santana to the outside followed by a dive to the outside taking him out. DJZ looked to follow up but to no avail. Both teams finally get things situated and the legal men in thering are DJZ and Santana. DJZ begins to wear down Santana with a submission but Santana fights free and DJZ tags in Andrew. Everett goes on a small tear but eventually gets grounded by LAX. Santana tags in Ortiz and they hit a suplex backbreaker combo which gets Ortiz a two count. LAX continues the double team maneuvers on Everett which leads to Santana tagging in. Santana goes on a roll which leads to a nearfall. Ortiz is tagged in a hits a northern lights suplex for a nearfall. Everrett is able to fight back and tag in DJZ. DJZ brings the fight to LAX which leads to Everrett to get back in the ring and the duo begins hitting double team maneuvers. Andrew launches off of DJZ’s shoulders hitting a sunset flip powerbomb on Santana and DJZ gets a two count. Ortiz gets back in the ring and eats a pele kick from Andrew for his troubles. DJZ Irish whips Ortiz into Everrett who hits a facebuster and DJZ goes for the cover on Sanatana for a nearfall as we go to break. Back from break Z & E are in control until they side step Everrett and LAX take out both guys which lead to Santana getting a two count on DJZ. LAX looks to stay in control but Everrett get back on the apron and tags himself in with a blind tag. They both go on the attack and Everett and DJZ hit moonsaults on Ortiz. Everett goes to the top for a tope rope move but Santana pulls DJZ out of the ring which distracts Andrew as he misses the move and LAX hits the Street Sweeper for the pinfall victory.

Winners AND NEW Impact World Tag Team Champions: LAX via pinfall 

Jimmy Jacob’s and Kongo Kong are backstage and begin to explain their actions from last week. Jacobs says that Cage walks around thinks that he always gets what he wants. Jimmy says he’s a princess and gets what he wants. He says that Cage has a vulnerability.  Jimmy also says what he wants is to show the world that the machine is no match for the monster.

Back from break and we see a video package of how KM and Fallah Bahh got together and how they came to blows like week. KM comes to the ring and says that he took Fallah Bahh under his wing. He goes on to say that he is bigger than Impact Wrestling and they should rename the company “KMpact Wrestling.”

He says that Bahh is tough headed and doesn’t listen then calls out Fallah Bahh. Fallah Bahh makes his way to the ring. Fallah reaches in his tights and grabs a note and hands it to KM. KM reads the note and it states that he isn’t going to wrestle him but a wrestler who is on standby.

KM thinks its Standby Wrestler Richard Justice but it turns out to be Scott Steiner.

KM vs Scott Steiner:

Scott Steiner makes his way to the ring.

KM gets the jump on Scott Steiner but Stiener regains control and hits a overhead belly to belly on KM. The match spills to the outside and Stiener begins to lay in the punches tr hen Irish whips him into the steel stairs. Scott brings him back in the ring and KM begs for him to stop but Stiener doesn’t fall for it and kicks him in the midsection. Scott tosses him into the corner and continues to lay in the kicks. KM gets control of the match for all of a second then while in the corner Stiener drops KM face first then locks in the Stiener Recliner for the submission victory.

Winner: Scott Steiner via submission

Back from break and we are shown a recap of what happend at the recent press conference in Toronto where they announced Austin Aries will defend the world title against Moose at Salmmiversary. Moose says he has been waiting 15 years for this opportunity and will beat Aries and become the world champion. Aries announced the merger of the grand championship and world championship. He then goes to run down his resume and says that this isn’t his second career after he failed his first.

They then play a video package hyping Slammiversary.

Eddie Edwards recently went home to find himself. We see Eddie pull up to his house and tries to get in but is locked out of the house. Eddie calla his wife but she doesn’t answer the phone.

Eddie is going berserk and knocks down the door and grabs a beer to find that the house is empty. Eddie is going frantic calling out his wife’s name but no one is home. Eddie then looks in a mirror but only sees Sami Callihan. Everything that happend in the woods begins to play in his mind over and over driving Eddie crazy as he destroys the mirror and blames everything on Sami saying “You did this. You know you did this.”

Back from break and we have oVe and the oVe cam. Sami is tried of people stickingvtheir noise in their business. Callihan says they are going to make an example of Pentagon and Fantasma.

Madison Rayne vs Taya Valykire:

“Lucha Royalty” Taya Valykire makes her way to the ring.

Madison Rayne makes her way to the ring for the match. Collar and elbow tie up with Taya getting the advantage with the go behind and slams Madison down to the mat. Rayne gains control of rhe match as she side steps Taya who went for a splash in the corner. Rayne slises betwen the legs of Taya but then gets caught by Taya who regains control of the match and brings her back down to the mat. Taya follows it up with a powerslam which gets her a two count. Taya puts Madison into the corner and kicks the inner leg of Madison. Tya then puts her on the top rope and lays in the forearms. Rayne counters with a kick and lands a missle dropckick and both ladies are down. Both ladies get up but Madison is still in control and lays in the forarmans. Taya is tocked but looks for a clothesline and Rayne ducks and hits a ripcord cutter on Taya for a nearfall. Rayne looks for a tilt a whirl headscissors but Taya stops her and gets tossed in a conrer and hits Madison with her backside followed by a meteora. Madison then fifhts back and counters into a schoolgirl for a two count and looks to follow up with the northern lights but Taya stops her and stomps her head into the mat for a two count. Madiosn fights back and hits an enzguri followed by Cross Rayne for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Madison Rayne via pinfall

After the match Madison grabs a mic and says that its always exciting to come back home to the Impact Zone. She says she didnt intend to be an in-ring competitor when she returned. She says he has been making career moments by defeating Tessa Blanchard and Taya Valykire. Madison says that Impact Management promised her that if she can beat Taya tonight that she will challenge for the Knockouts Championship.

She is dedicating the match to ger daughter and fans. After the announcement Rayne is interrupted by some domonic laughter of Su Yung.

Back in ththe clubhouse LAX and King are celebrating their tirle victory. Konan returns and he says that he needs to talk with King.

Back from break Konan says things arent making sense and asks him what’s going on. King says that he has everyone looking into it. Konan ask about Homicide and King says that Homicide is answering to him right now.  Konan suspects everyone right now and threatens King if he found out he had anything to do with his attack.

The mystery attacker name is Killer Kross and he says fear is a funny thing and that most men feared fear. Kross says that everyone is asking why but he says why not. He also says there is no continuity in this place and he did what he had to do. He wants to tear the place down and says he is the new beginning.

A vignette is played for the Desi Hit Squad saying they are coming soon.

GWN Flashbsck Moment of the Week: 

Sonjay Dutt vs Low-Ki for the X-Division Championship

oVe vs Pentagon Jr. & Fantasma:

 

oVe make their way to the ring accompanied by Sami Callihan. Fantasma opens out and waits for his partner on the. Pentagon and Fantasma run to the ring and get the jump on oVe. They kick them into separate corners and send Jake Christ to the floor. Dave Christ is alone in the ring with Pentagon as Pentagon hits a chop on the chest of Dave. Jake Christ comes into the ting to save his brother but gets stop in his tracks. Jake is put in the corner and eats a chop for his troubles. Pentagon goes for an irish whip but Jake Christ couters and Fantasma taga himself in while Jake Christ is out on the floor. Fantasma then hits The Arrow from the depths of Hell on Jake Christ. Pentagon then goes on the attack on Dave Christ. Fantasma brings Jake back in the ring while Pentagon is dealing with Dave. The referee is also on the outside with Pentagon and Dave which allows for Callihan to hit Fantasma in the back of the knee with his baseball bat. oVe is in control as we go to break. Backfrom break and Jake Christ is in control of Fantasma. Jake drags him to his corner and Dave tags in. Dave stays in control ofthr match and takes out Pentagon then gets a one count on Fantasma followed by wearing him down with a chinlock.  Dave then tags in Jake and they both hit kicks on Fantasma. Fantasmathen fights back and hits a tilt a whirl backwards then a headscissors for a two count. Jake Christ then fights back and gains control of the match again then tags in his brother. Dave begins to weardowns Fantasma. Dave then tags in Jake again and he locks in a leg submission on Fantasma. Jake then drops the knee of Fantasma on the mat then knocks Pentagon off the apron. Jake Christ is able to lay in a forearm but Fantasma fights fre and tags in Pentagon as Jake tags in Dave. Pentagon then hits a slingbalde on each Christ Brother. Pentagon looks to take out both Dave and Jake Christ but Jake Christ fights back and lays a superkick and roundhouse. Jake follows up with a tombstone but Pentagon fights free. The Christ brothers do get Pentagon in the corner and land a suplex into a powerbomb but in tje final stretch of the match Pentagon fights back and takes out Dave Christ and hits the Pentagon Driver on Jake for the pinfall victory.

Winners: Pentagon Jr. & Fantasma via pinfall

After the match there is a post match brawl where Sami hits Pentagon on the side of the head with his baseball bat. They then look to rip the mask off of Pentagon but Fantasma makes the save with a steel chair. oVe stand tall on the ramp to close ththe show.

Next Week:

Ja’ Von’s Thoughts: I enjoyed the show a lot we got to see tons of progression. Another championship match was made for Slammiversary. Speaking of championship matches we saw new tag champions crowned tonight. Overall this was a really good show and expect the viewership to either be up or stay steady.

My Score: 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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