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Ja’Von’s IMPACT Wrestling Live Report (7/26/18)

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Official Results:

Petey Williams vs “The Bone Soldier” Taji Ishimori: “The Bone Soldier” Taji Ishimori via pinfall 

Rebel vs Tessa Blanchard: Tessa Blanchard via pinfall 

Johnny IMPACT vs Trevor Lee: Johnny IMPACT via pinfall 

Brian Cage(c) vs Matt Sydal( IMPACT X-Division Championship): And STILL X-Division Champion Brian Cage via pinfall 

Play by Play:

Cold Opening:

IMPACT opens with a cold opening recapping Slammiversary from this past Sunday.

Austin Aries’ Championship Address:

IMPACT World Champion Austin Aries kicks us off tonight with a championship address following his victory over Moose this past Sunday.

Aries gets a mixed reaction from the crowd and thanks them but days he knows his name. Aries goes on to say that everyone is saying that IMPACT put on one of the best ppvs ever. He then goes on to put over the rest of the roster and says that Moose and him put on a classic world championship match.

Aries says that holding the world championship means that there is no one in the industry better than him. He then takes shots at promotions doing scripted promos saying they aren’t the best.  Aries says that he goes from promotion to promotion winning titles which makes him the best. Aries then issues an open challenge to any wrestler from any promotion for a world championship match. Eddie Edwards sneaks up behind Austin Aries and assaults him with the same kendostick that Tommy Dreamer gave him at Slammiversary.

Eddie Edwards now seems obsessed with the IMPACT World Championship.

Petey Williams vs “The Bone Soldier” Taji Ishimori:

Petey Williams makes his way to the ring for the opening match of the night. Taji Ishimori makes his way to the ring for the match as we go to break.

Back from break and the bell rings and here we go. Collar and elbow tie up with Ishimori getting the advantage for only a second as Petey locks in a wristlock. Taji rolls through and sends Petey into a corner to create separation. Petey goes up and over leading into a tilt a whirl headscissors then hitting a drop toe hold into a dropkick that was counter into a roll up not even for a one count as Petey kicka out then goes to the apron to hit a slingshot codebreaker.

Williams sets Ishimori up in the corner then holds him down while singing the Canadian National Anthem. Ishimori then takes vontrol of the match by hitting a senton from the apron. Petey gains control with a little bit of offense with a couple of forearms. Taji fights back and brings Petey to the mat then locks in a chinlock to weat him down Petey fights back and makes his way to the bottom rope to break the hold. Taji still in control and doubles over Petey but he fights back with a back elbow and takes a reprieve in the corner. Taji rushes him but gets countered by a boot from Petey. Williams then hits a crucfix pinning combination for a two count. Petey then takes down Ishimori and looks to set up the Canadian Destroyer but Ishimori fights back and stuns Williams with a kick. Ishimori then sends Petey into the corner with a running dropkick. Ishimori looks to hit the 450 but Williams moves out of the way but Ishimori counters and hits a double knee drop to the chest. Ishimori would then hit a modified DDT on his knee for the victory.

Winner: “The Bone Soldier” Taji Ishimori: via pinfall 

After the match there was a show of respect

but that was soon broken up as The Desi Hit Squad assault both Petey Williams and Taji Ishimori.

Anthony Carelli formerly known as Santino Marella in WWE is interviewed backstage and introduces one of his students who is having a tryout at IMPACT today. Austin Aries interrupts the interview and challenges him to a match but Carelli isn’t medically cleared so Aries challenges his student instead.

Rebel vs Tessa Blanchard:

Rebel makes her way to the ring for the match.

Tessa makes her way to the ring for the match.

The bell rings and Tessa and Rebel jaw jack each other. Tessa goes for a clothesline but Rebel counters with a split followed by a rollup for a nearfall.

Tessa then catches Rebel in the corner and stomps on her then picks her up and hits her with a forearm. Tessa then has Rebel on the ropes and hits a running dropkick to the small of her back. Tessa then goes for the hammerlock DDT but Rebel counters and rolls up Tessa for a two count. Rebel stays on the attack and hits a front face suplex into a split for another nearfall. Rebel goes to the top but Tessa counters and hits a hangman’s DDT then followed by the hammerlock DDT for the victory.

Winner: Tessa Blanchard via pinfall 

Back from break and we see a video package promoting that Bound For Glory will take place this October in New York City.

Scarlett Bordeaux Ringside Interview:

The newest knockout Scarlett Bordeaux makes her way to the ramp for an interview. Alicia welcomes her to IMPACT. Scarlett says her name is “The Smokeshow” Scarlett Bordeaux. Scarlett says this is a perfect time to be a knockout. She says that there is a revolution in women’s wrestling. She says that she is an activist and revolutionary like Cardi B. She then takes the microphone from Alicia and tells her to sit down. Scarlett says she is here to make wrestling sexy again.

We see Matt Sydal talk about his match against Brian Cage last Sunday when he lost the X-Division Championship. He says that he is confident that he will become a two time X-Division champion tonight.

Back from break see a recap from the mask vs hair match this past Sunday. Pentagon Jr says that yhey both suffered but he has the ultimate prize and that’s Sami’s hair.

Johnny IMPACT vs Trevor Lee:

Trevor Lee accompanied by Caleb Konley makes his way to the ring for his match.

Johnny IMPACT makes his way to the ring for the match.

The bell rings and here we go. Collar and elbow tie up Johnny pushes lee into the corner but backs up and allows lee to escapes. Another collar and elbow tie up and Trevor pushes Johnny into the corner this time. IMPACT then gains control and hits takes down Lee and wears him down. Johnny then begins to pick up speed by hitting Lee with a chop then hits the ropes and hits Trevor with a dropkick. IMPACT goes for more offense but gets tripped up by Caleb which distracts IMPACT and allows Trevor to take down Johnny. Lee puts  IMPACT in the corner and lays in the punches and stomps. Johnny looked to break free and go on the offensive but gets caughtand put down for a two count. Lee then hits IMPACT with a backbreaker on his knee for another two count. Lee distracts the referee which allows for Calbe to get involved. Lee then taunts the crowd which allows for IMPACT to gain control of the match. Johnny goes to the apron and hita a springboard move which leads to both men laying on the mat. Both guys get back up and begin to trade blows. Johnny picks up speed and hits Lee with a superman forearm in the corner followed by a big kick. IMPACT goes to the top looking to hit Starship Pain but Lee grabs the referee which allows for Caleb to get involved again but Johnny kicks him away. Johnny looks to jump off the top but rolls through as Lee got back up. Trevor then hits the huge double stomp which leads to a nearfall.

Johnny then fights back and hits a running kick and goes for Starship Pain again but Caleb gets involved again. IMPACT then decides to take out both guys

then brings Trevor back in the ring and hits Starship Pain for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Johnny IMPACT via pinfall 

After the match Johnny grabs a mic and says that he can even explain how it feels to be back. He puts over the roster and says that his goal from day one is to become IMPACT world champion. IMPACT says that he has unfinished business first with Kongo Kong and Jimmy Jacobs. IMPACT says their time for talk is up and says that he will not rest until he takes Kongo Kong to Slamtown in the IMPACT Zone.

Back from break and we see a recap of the Knockouts Championship match from this past Sunday at Slammiversary.

Allie is interviewed backstage and is asked what is next for her after her lost at Slammiversary. Allie says that she allowed for Tessa to distract her. She says that she wishes that she sas there for Rosemary and Madison. Kiera Hogan shows up and says that she is going to help Allie take out Su Yung. Allie says her time has come.

GWN Flashback Moment of the Week:

We see Joe Hendry, Grado, and Katerina backstage. Hendry gives Grado a Joe Hendry shirt. Eli Drake shows up and gives Grado a gift as he tries to bury the hatchet between them. Grado opens the gift and it’s a picture of Joe and Katerina. Grado ask them is this love and the two of them get very defensive and says they are going to throw the picture in the bin.

We see KM and Fallah Bahh backstage and they talk about their lost last week to The Desi Hit Squad. KM says that he was born with a mean streak and that they need to find his mean streak. As their walking and talking KM is taking people’s stuff, knocking things out of their hands, and tossed a guy into a wall.

We see another video package about Killer Kross and he says his goal is to ruin as many lives as possible.

We see The OGz in their own clubhouse and King says that he expected more out of LAX and Konan. He say they may have won the battle but not the war. He says that he did what he was going to do and that was crucifix Konan. King says that the young boys let their titles slip by. King says that he hasn’t heard anything from Konan and LAX.

Back from the break we see the oVe cam and oVe is in the bathroom after the mask vs hair match from this past Sunday and Sami is pissed about how he looks with his head shaved. They then run into a guy in the bathroom and force him to say Sami is pretty they then shave the guy’s head.

Brian Cage(c) vs Matt Sydal( IMPACT X-Division Championship):

The challenger Matt Sydal makes his way to the ring to try and regain the X-Division Championship. The NEW IMPACT X-Division Champion Brian Cage makes his way to the ring to defend his new championship. The bell rings and here we go. Sydal jaw jacks Cage then tries to get the jump on Cage with a kick but Brian sidesteps it and tosses him into the corner. Sydal then tries to gonfor a crucifix but Cage counters and sends Matt to the floor. Cage then grabs him and tries to slam him on the apron but Sydal counters and lands on his feet followed up by a kick to the face of Cage. Sydal then goes for a meteora but gets caught and tossed right into the steel post by Cage as we go to break.

Back from break and Cage is in control as he sends Sydal hard into the corner. Sydal regains control and knocks Cage out onto the ramp followed by going to the top and hitting a flying meteora.

Back in the ring Sydal kicks Cage and brings him to the mat and locks in a submission but Brian Cage fights back but Sydal continues to fight and has Cage grounded. Matt hits a running kick for a nearfall. Cage fights back and hits a running hurricanrana followed by a pumphandle slam.

Cage picks up Sydal but Matt counters and plants Cage on the mat for a two count. Sydal would then go to the top and hit a big splash onto the back of Cage for a nearfall. Cage fights back a hits a flurry of offense including a 619. Cage would then go for ankther pumphandle but Sydal counters and hits him with a big kick. Cage fights back and gains control of the match and hits a F5 for a nearfall. Sydal fights back and hits another huge kick but Cage would comeback and hit the drillclaw for the pinfall victory.

Winner and STILL X-Division Champion Brian Cage via pinfall 

My Score: 6/10

 


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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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