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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 Ratings & Analysis 4/19/2019

Impact Wrestling’s penultimate show leading toward Rebellion! Andrew goes through the show and lends his analysis! How was the show?

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Impact Wrestling’s penultimate show leading toward Rebellion! Andrew goes through the show and lends his analysis!

Scarlett and Fallah debut as a tag team today! Tessa and Gail’s story continues to bubble up and Eddie Edwards & Eli Drake get their shots at the Tag Team titles!

The whole oVe story and Rich Swann continues as Tommy Dreamer apparently is getting sacrificed to Madman Fulton. Are we about to watch a murder?

 

Ratings:

  • Scarlett Bordeaux & Fallah Bahh vs Desi Hit Squad: Scarlett wins via Tandem Banzai Drop – * 1/2
  • Moose vs Dez: Dez wins via Body Scissors Cradle – ** 1/4
  • Madman Fulton vs Tommy Dreamer: Fulton wins via Lifting Reverse STO – ** 1/2
  • Madison Rayne vs Taya Valkyrie: Rayne wins via Roll-Up – N/A
  • IMPACT Tag Team Titles: Eddie Edwards & Eli Drake vs Lucha Bros (c): Lucha Bros retain via Spike Fear Factor – ***

 

Analysis:

Okay let’s be serious for a minute. This wasn’t a great match, but it was entertaining. The crowd enjoyed singing along to Scarlett’s music, Fallah did most of the work since the Hit Squad didn’t want to interact with Scarlett at first. Amusing spot was after Raj got hit with a Stink Face from Scarlett, Rohit pulled him out and sat in the corner asking for the Scarlett Stink Face. They pulled the bait and switch since she told him to close his eyes. Scarlett jumps on Fallah’s back and Tandem Banzai drop with Scarlett pinning Raj was the finish. It was amusing, not a great match, but told a story and was entertaining.

A couple backstage segments with Lucha Bros and Eli & Eddie hyping the tag match. Eddie is still imbalanced singing “We are the three best friends” song, of course referencing Kenny the kendo stick as the third.

The final leg of Moose’s revenge against the Rascalz. Moose took the match lightly, and controlled the majority of the match. Lawn Darting Dez into the corner was cool. Hell Dez tried to do a Dragonrana on the outside, Moose caught him smooth as butter and then smashed his head into the steps, before throwing him into the other Rascalz. After rolling him back in, the other Rascalz get involved for the first time and allow Dez to roll through with a Body Scissors into a Cradle.

After the match we see Rosemary and Kiera Hogan arguing. Kiera says as long as there’s two of them, two of them will fight Su Yung. So Rosemary proceeds to beat the crap out of Kiera and choke her with the chain leash that held the Bunny before she was killed in the Undead Realm. Yes, I know what I just wrote.

GWN Flashback Match: Tag Team Title 5150 Street Fight: LAX vs OGz, Slammiversary 7/22/2018

After the flashback we get a decent length segment of Tessa going to one of Robert Irvine’s restaurants where she runs down Gail, says she’s most famous for screwing a famous chef. Then she proceeds to terrorize different people all while looking for Robert Irvine. She doesn’t find him, has some interesting lines, and she sells things well. Not everyone acts well in the segment, but it wasn’t completely awful. A few amusing moments.

Not really sure why Madman and Dreamer are in a non-Hardcore match. It’s an alright match. Dreamer gets most of his offense in when Fulton takes too long to go to his next move. After hitting the DDT, Dreamer goes out to get a kendo stick…in a normal match, misses and Fulton hits a Reverse Lifting STO (think Corbin’s End of Days). Not sure what Fulton is calling it, but that was the end. Then a brawl between oVe and the rest of Dreamer’s little rag tag team of Willie Mack and Rich Swann.

Taya ran down Canada, said she wasn’t gonna do the match, but Madison jumped her before she could leave. Then after surviving the initial flurry, Taya tries to powder out, but Jordynne Grace throws her back in. Taya is mad and distracted, School Girl Roll-Up. So nothing to rate, but I guess this is comeuppance for one half of the douchey championship couple.

Interesting match even though it felt to be less than 10 minutes long. Lucha Bros start fast and spotty, but eventually Eddie and Eli slow it down. LAX tries to cost Lucha Bros the match, but they fail. Eddie tries to throw Kenny to Eli, but Eli misses. Eddie gets wiped out and they pin Eli with the Spike Fear Factor. Afterwards Eli turns on Eddie and beats him with Kenny.

 

Overall Score: 6/10

Above average. Not a bad show, but it definitely felt like an episode to try and put more focus on the smaller stories. Lance Storm getting involved in the main event story does add a little more star power. Given that D’Amore insulted Cage before the confrontation, it makes me wonder where management’s feelings lie.

So again, the show wasn’t exactly a blow away, but there were plenty of entertaining moments. Ideally next week should finish the hype for Rebellion, and I’m really hoping Rebellion returns to the good wrestling form that Redemption and Slammiversary had last year.


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 4/12/2019

Andrew brings us Impact Wrestling coverage! Two weeks away from Rebellion, let’s see how it all plays out! IMPACT on Twitch!

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Andrew brings us Impact Wrestling coverage! Two weeks away from Rebellion, let’s see how it all plays out!

After a long WrestleMania weekend/week, I’m still extremely exhausted. I know we’ve got a mixed tag with Rebellion implications and Moose continuing his revenge on the Rascalz!

We also get the IMPACT debut of the Monster Mafia-wait, no?- okay they are now known as The North.

Before we get to the show, just for DeMarco:

Ratings:

  • Moose vs Wentz: Moose wins via Spear – *** 1/4
  • Rosemary vs Su Yung: No Contest – **
  • The North (Josh Alexander & Ethan Page) vs El Reverso & Sheldon Jean: The North wins via Tandem Torture Rack toss into a Spinebuster – ** 1/2
  • Tessa Blanchard vs Madison Rayne: Rayne wins via School Girl Roll-Up – *** 3/4
  • Brian Cage & Jordynne Grace vs Johnny Impact & Taya Valkyrie: Johnny wins via Shining Wizard – *** 1/2

 

Analysis:

So this is an odd story. Rascalz are pretty well liked being cheeky stoned pranksters, but when they made fun of Moose for striking out with Melissa Santos, he came to their club house for a pound of flesh. So, even though Moose is a cocky, douchey, arrogant schmuck…he’s technically in the right here. As he took out Trey a few weeks ago, he now set his sights on Wentz. Wentz put up a good fight, the crowd reacted pretty well and the match was fun.

Melissa Santos interviews Madison Rayne, Tessa crashes the interview and it turns into a declaration of having a match. So Tessa versus Madison will happen tonight.

Rosemary comes out to try and avenge Allie’s death. The match starts off in favor of Rosemary, then the Undead Bridesmaids distract Rosemary. Kiera Hogan runs out to try and help, Rosemary goes out and admonishes Firefly for interfering. The Undead Bridesmaids dog pile Rosemary and Kiera for what should be a DQ, but they kept saying No Contest. They feed them both to Su Yung in the ring so she can hit the Panic Switch and leave them laying. So Kiera is being positioned as Rosemary’s new unwanted partner. This isn’t a bad way to keep the story going since it seems to be one of the more popular ones that Impact has been running with.

GWN Flashback Match: TNA Turning Point X-Division Championship: RVD (c) vs Joey Ryan, Nov. 11, 2012

Out of the flashback, we have Killer Kross approach Willie Mack on the steps with a cryptic, yet insightful promo. Trying to sow the seeds of doubt between Mack and Swann. Killer Kross is a damn treasure.

Monster Mafia got rebranded as The North, and for a jobber match, this was actually kind of competitive. Alexander did a lot of the early work and looked scary impressive. Sadly Twitch chat focused more on the amateur wrestling head gear that Josh wears, and not the fact that he was throwing people around with ease. A Powerbomb Backbreaker, a few fun tandem moves and just generally a fun match. The North look like a force to be reckoned with.

Well now, this match was pretty damn good, told a great story since Gail was on commentary and Madison…looked…really good. By that I mean in the ring. This is the second week in a row Madison showed off much better in-ring skills. A few big Frakensteiners, nice transitional roll ups and generally nice movement. Tessa was dominant, but allowed her ego and Gail on the outside to distract her throughout the match. Really good everything.

Eli and Eddie ask Lucha Bros for a title match, LAX shows up and jumps Lucha Bros. Eli pulls Eddie away basically saying let them soften each other up.

Okay…Taya and Johnny have a great interview segment:

Fallah goes looking for Scarlett and finds her! She doesn’t seem to quite understand Bahh, but she offers to tag with him next week against the Desi Hit Squad.

Taya starts the match and then Johnny jumps off the apron to avoid the tag. He tries to get the crowd to chant for Taya, but Jordynne tags in Cage to force Johnny’s hand. This was a solid match that solidified an angle through this entire feud with Cage and Johnny. Johnny played chicken shit heel, and then John E. Bravo showed his true colors by Chop Blocking Cage in the midst of a Drill Claw. So the questionable Homecoming stuff on the outside, counting 3 for Kross even though Cage kicked out, and overlooking interference…it’s all cause he’s basically Nick Patrick (among others but I’m a WCW fanboy at heart). So Taya and Johnny have a referee in their pocket.

 

Overall Score: 7.5/10

Pretty good show. Quality matches, storyline movement, a debut, a solid reveal with Bravo. I may not personally like the heel referee crap, but it has a place. Hopefully we don’t get too much of it since Cage and Johnny have had an odd feud since January. I don’t really need this angle to go much longer.

Either way, good show, no real complaints and Don Callis was manning Twitch Chat this week…and seemed to be received pretty well. Ramping up to Rebellion, this is all a good hype episode.


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