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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 Results & Match Ratings: 1.19.2021

So Hard to Kill definitely put a few things to bed while setting up an insinuation that this AEW angle is far from over. Does Moose go right after Rich? Do more AEW stars invade? Who framed Roger Rabbit…erhm…Larry D?

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So Hard to Kill definitely put a few things to bed while setting up an insinuation that this AEW angle is far from over. Does Moose go right after Rich? Do more AEW stars invade? Who framed Roger Rabbit…erhm…Larry D?

Aside from those question, now we just get to sit back and see how Impact will start building the next few months of stories. Remember, we’ve got Rebellion in April; so that means we’ve go three months to fill!

Apparently the show gets kicked off with an answer to one of my questions! Moose and Rich are definitely not friends.

Ratings:

  • Eric Young w/Deaner & Joe Doering vs Rhino w/Cousin Jake: EY wins via Spinning Toe Hold – **
  • Kimber Lee &Susan w/Deonna Purrazzo vs Jordynne Grace & Jazz: Susan wins via Rollup – ** ½
  • Brian Myers vs Fallah Bahh: Myers wins via Charging Lariat – **
  • Private Party w/Big Money Matt Hardy vs Beer Guns (James Storm & Chris Sabin): Private Party win via Gin & Juice – *** ½

Results:

Eric Young w/Deaner & Joe Doering vs Rhino w/Cousin Jake

EY starts with a head of steam, but Rhino side steps and takes control of the match. As he whips EY in the corner, EY does the Flair up and over, runs to the other turnbuckle, gets on the top and Rhino catches him. EY goes after the eyes, then nearly bumps referee Brian Hebner, forcing him to cower in the corner, and EY hits the back kick low blow.

From there on, Rhino is picked apart, the cronies of Violent By Design interfere, grab a leg, add some punishment, and it’s all but over. Young slaps on the Spinning Toe Hold, and makes Rhino tap out.

The Good Brothers come out, mostly tooting their own horns about being the biggest draws and Biz Cliz references. A Magic Killer, a 1,2,3 and a just Too…oh thank Christ it’s Chris Sabin! Sabin points out that the Motor City Machine Guns should be number one contenders, Good Brothers say he has a point but he has no partner. Cue the James Storm music. Time to run back Beer Guns!

James Storm is about to hit the catch phrase…and wait, Big Money Matt Hardy’s music hits with Private Party? Ohh…we’re getting more AEW cross over. Hardy goes for a Hardy Math moment, and it’s mediocre.  He does make plenty of references to old Impact gimmicks, moments and it’s decent enough as the greedy heel manager.

Matt Cardona interview in typical older Zack Ryder style of just trying to prove himself. I’m anticipating a Myers v Cardona match soon since he made not so veiled shots at Myers’ new persona.

Kimber Lee &Susan w/Deonna Purrazzo vs Jordynne Grace & Jazz

Jordynne and Jazz really do beat down on Kimber and Susan for the better portion of the match. Susan showed a lot of personality being the Karen/Cornette whatever you want to call her. She makes Kimber hold the tag rope, she holds the rope and just gets smarmy and sarcastic in her mannerisms. Susan really shined getting over this character and Kimber was mostly there for the match.

The finish came with Susan begging, Jazz getting cocky and then Susan shoving her into Deonna with the Knockouts title while the referee was distracted. Susan gets the Rollup win!

This was a clever way to write off Taya with her setting up Larry D to kill Bravo, and the little reference Tommy makes were amusing, and the Rosemary moment was honestly a little touching. I’m just happy they didn’t kill another person.

Khan is still cringe to watch do whatever he thinks acting is, but my main takeaway is apparently it only costs 100 dollars for ad time during Impact? I SMELL an Opportunity!

Rich calls out Moose, for the inevitable “let’s do it now” talk. Moose tells him it’s on his time and not on Rich Swann’s time. Rich acts calm, and then snaps. We get a small scuffle, which ends with Moose missing the Spear into Rich hitting a Phoenix Splash to look good at the end of the segment.

Brian Myers vs Fallah Bahh

Myers had his issues getting anything going against Fallah, but Fallah stood his ground, built up momentum knocked Myers head off and went to go for his signature “No No No”. Since Myers Always Uses His Head, Myers moved into the finger and acted like he was poked in the eye. The referee was distracted, Myers shoved him off, Punt to the little Bahhs, Charging Lariat, and Myers gets the win.

Interview segment with Ace Austin and Fulton, they mock Josh Alexander and Matt Cardona. Ace reuses his tweet of Always Ready for Catering, and just play the cocky/jaded heel who deserved better. Josh Alexander gets sick of hearing it and trades words before Fulton and Ace attack him. Cardona makes the save and we look have set up Cardona & Alexander versus Fulton & Ace for next week, most likely.

Private Party w/Big Money Matt Hardy vs Beer Guns (James Storm & Chris Sabin)

Fast paced as expected, but early on we see Tony Khan and Jerry Lynn walk out to sit at ringside and watch the match. Storm didn’t slow down too much, which is surprising since aside from his brief stint back in Impact at the end of 2020, we saw him tagging with Eli Drake in much slower, less workrate dependent matches.

Private Party were their usual high flying, fun having, break dance inspired flourishes to some offense we’ve seen for years. Beer Guns had a cool tandem move with Sabin Sunset Flipping from outside in, Quen rolled right into the Backstabber from James Storm. Lots of signature spam, a few dives, highlighted by a nice Fosbury Flop from Quen.

Sabin looked to be setting up for the finish, when Jerry Lynn hops the familiar guardrail, grabs Sabin’s foot while Matt Hardy distracted the ref; and Private Party hit Gin & Juice for the heel tactic upset! Interestingly, Private Party still comes off as great babyface kids who are being swindled by scummy adults. So they aren’t playing heel, but everyone around them is doing it for them.

 

Overall Score: 7.5/10

For only having four matches, the highlights from Hard to Kill segued nicely into current segments, and the show felt very full and active. We managed to squeeze in most of the roster, a few AEW guest appearances, and writing off a character without murder or sci fi fantasy shenanigans for the first time since Austin Aries just walked off after a loss.

Susan is going to be a bigger joy to watch than Susie, I’m nearly positive. Matt Hardy and Jerry Lynn toying with their old Impact/TNA ties and coming in to purposely try and destroy Impact has something artistic about it. I still hate everything about Tony Khan, and yes I know the gimmick seems to be the smarmy smug rich kid who thinks he’s a nice guy but is just a toolbox. But I just don’t enjoy his portrayal, he’s trying far too hard and being too over the top, so it’s a cringe induced hatred not a character hatred.

Fire and Flava Fest next week should be great! Brian Myers starting an angle with Eddie Edwards will be quality wrestling. Oh and yes, if it involves Josh Alexander, I’m all for it; so the Ace Austin story should be great. I’m a sucker for good technical wrestling badasses *waves at Minoru Suzuki*.

All in all, damn good show with a little bit of everything. Great way to follow a PPV.


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Hard to Kill Results & Match Ratings: 1.16.21

Three title matches, the return of Decay, Barbed Wire Massacre and a main event with Kenny Omega. Impact Wrestling’s Hard to Kill definitely sounds like it’s got a little bit of everything. Check out how it went!

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So the news that made many people cry a few days ago, was that Alex Shelley would be out of the main event. He went out of his way to film a response/promo/apology so fans knew it was something non-pandemic related, so that was an effort that wasn’t necessary, though appreciated.

Aside from losing it’s “Dream Match” luster, we get Moose as a replacement, which could really work for the cold calculated persona he’s taken on after his EC3 encounter. We also get to crown Knockouts Tag Team champions for the first time in seven and a half years. Let’s also not forget, this could end up being Taya’s swan song from Impact, so we should expect a good match but no Wera Loca victory.

Let’s see if we get any surprises!

Ratings:

  • Decay (Rosemary & Crazzy Steve) vs Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb: Steve wins via King Kill 33 @8:55 – * ½
  • Old School Rules Match: Violent by Design (Joe Doering, Eric Young & Deaner) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Cousin Jake: EY wins via Piledriver @9:55 – ** ½
  • Knockouts Tag Team Title Finals: Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) vs Nevaeh & Havok: Kiera wins via Face the Music @8:40 – ***TITLE CHANGE!!
  • Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton vs Matt Cardona: Cardona wins via DQ @2:30 – N/A
  • X Division Championship: Manik (c) vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey: Manik retains via Ole Cradle @13:50 – *** ½
  • Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/Kimber Lee & Susan vs Taya Valkyrie w/ Decay: Deonna retains via Venus de Milo @11:40 – *** ¼
  • Ethan Page vs The Karate Man: Karate Man WINS…Fatality – 200 Stars
  • Barbed Wire Massacre: Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards: Eddie wins via Diehard Flowsion @18:50 – *** ¾
  • Moose, Rich Swann &Chris Sabin vs Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows: Kenny Omega wins via One Winged Angel @20:30 – ****

 

Results:

During the last few moments of the Countdown, Madison Rayne officially retired from wrestling and from Impact Wrestling. Not sure how long she’ll stay a house wife, but good for her. She did great to actually prove to people she was a decent wrestler since her run during the WOH tournament, she was a fun commentator, so good for her.

Decay (Rosemary & Crazzy Steve) vs Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb

The weird thing about this match was the dynamic between who was involved and what went on.  Crazzy Steve showed a very high work rate in this match, with his strikes and moves looking fantastic. But Rosemary got exposed a bit on still being less than 100% with the knee and generally sloppy on a lot of spots.

Kaleb and Tenille definitely tried to add comedy and their quirky personalities, but the fact that we saw a lot of sloppiness, Steve working his ass off and just comedy spots or gimmick spots too often; this was a giant mess of a match. It also didn’t help that D’lo and Striker are still getting used to each other, so the announcing was distractingly bad.

It can only get better from here!

Old School Rules Match: Violent by Design (Joe Doering, Eric Young & Deaner) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Cousin Jake

This starts the same way every Tommy Dreamer match starts, with a brawl and weapon use.  This wasn’t a terrible match, but it’s really not anything worth going deeply in to. EY did the flair corner to top rope spot, which ended with Dreamer hitting him with a cookie sheet. We had a Tower spot in the corner, with Joe Powerbombing a Suplex, and it landed right into Dreamer’s face.

Doering got to look like a beast when the entire team took the chairs to him, and he still fought back, ending up in control. Dreamer introduced tacks, then we saw the Signature/Finisher spam which ends with EY breaking up the pinfall and hitting Cousin Jake with the Piledriver.

Again, decent enough, but nothing really special.

Knockouts Tag Team Title Finals: Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) vs Nevaeh & Havok

Oh, Brian Hebner is back for this match. Slightly surprising.

Kiera and Tasha try to start fast, but the bigger women over power the smaller team and throw them around a little bit. Havok beats up on both of them, Neavaeh comes in to keep up the momentum, but eventually Tasha and Kiera start making a comeback. We see Fire and Flava go for a lot of quick spots, fast tags and trying to spin around the larger women, but they just get taken for a ride more often than not.

It’s not until Kiera hits a High Round Kick, followed by Tasha with the Springboard Neckbreaker actually takes Havok off her feet. Nevaeh tries to make a save and get things back on track, but Tasha picks her leg, Havok gets wiped out after a great Super Kick from Kiera, Tasha and Kiera use some tandem attacks on Nevaeh, then Tasha slows down Havok as Kiera hits Face the Music and we have new Knockouts Tag Team Champions!

Ace Austin comes out to declare himself into the X Division Triple Threat to make it a 4 way! D’Amore comes out, says he can have a match, just not the title match. Matt Cardona comes out.

Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton vs Matt Cardona

Ace tries to go at Cardona before the ring jacket is off, but Cardona absorbs some offense and then fires back a bit. Fulton gets in the way quite often during this match, so the finish is a little telegraphed. But right as Cardona starts building momentum; Fulton slides in to cause the DQ.

Decent enough way to protect Ace and give Cardona quick win.

X Division Championship: Manik (c) vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey

Rohit went after Manik to try and prove his point that it’s TJP. Bey seemed dead set on finding a way to win, and as we expected in an X Division match; there were a lot of spots, but they all made sense. Rohit does manage to take off the mask, but TJP painted his face under the mask, so it still throws off Rohit. TJP strings together a few moves, goes for the Mamba Splash, but gets caught by Bey with a Cutter. Bey then hits a Double Art of Finesse, but his brief moment of not knowing who to pin, caused the pinfall breakup.

Rohit almost won the title back after his call back to hitting his Tiger Knee after a Mamba Splash but Bey kicked out. Haymakers get thrown, Rohit hits the Dragon Stomp on Bey, and looks to finish things, but TJP slides in for the style of Cradle he’s used a bit lately, and retains his title after a fun, hard fought match.

Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/Kimber Lee & Susan vs Taya Valkyrie w/ Decay

Early on all of the seconds get kicked out, with the beauty of the situation being that Susan pulls out her phone and says she’s filming the whole thing. So Susan, really may be a middle aged transformation of Su Yung. Susan might as well be named Karen.

As we focus on the actual match, Deonna starts slowly picking apart Taya. Going after her left arm, then her left knee and just trying to apply submission and weaken different limbs. Taya was able to push back and have her own submission attempt moment. Taya went for an STF, but the submission game isn’t her wheelhouse.

Deonna was able to pick her apart, counter a pinfall attempt and keep Taya grounded long enough to work in some holds. The normal Fujiwara didn’t get her submit, so Venus de Milo followed up and Taya verbally submitted.

Ethan Page vs The Karate Man

Since this is cinematic or at least green screen, I won’t rate this as a real match. But it was amazingly entertaining. Dragon Ball Z references, Karate Kid, and Mortal Kombat references, it was just amazing.

Barbed Wire Massacre: Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards

Interesting pacing to get across the familiarity, twisted respect and love for punishment between these two. We saw Barbed Wire Tables, Chairs, Baseball Bats, Kendo Sticks and even an…N64 Controller!

Sami took a ton of punishment, but the story was basically playing with Eddie’s emotions to bait him into bad dives, and openings for Sami to move out of the way, or sneak in a barbed wire shot. Eddie hit a Blue Thunder Bomb on a barbed wire chair, Sami hit an Avalanche Piledriver through a barbed wire table, but none of this was enough. If anything, the Piledriver just pissed Eddie off.

Going for the callback that started it all, Sami tries to hit a Barbed Wire Chair into Eddie’s face with a Barbed Wire Bat, but Eddie hits a low blow to get a moment. Sami tries to bring himself up with a chair, Eddie hits the Boston Knee Party, then the Diehard Flowsion for the win!

Eddie hasn’t hit that Flowsion in a long time. I did appreciate Sami paying homage to Cactus Jack and Striker acknowledging Jun Akiyama and Mitsuharu Misawa on commentary though.

Moose, Rich Swann &Chris Sabin vs Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows

The early onset is interesting. Karl Anderson and Chris Sabin start off and there’s some solid technical counter wrestling, and it’s fast paced action. Moose and Gallows come in to do a big boy showdown which worked fairly well, where Swann and Omega had a brief lockup before the Brothers come in to start heeling it up.

We get a lot of Japanese tag stylings, from the triple team that Team Impact pulls off, to the way the Club breaks up any type of momentum with their own train attacks into the corner. Moose looked amazing in this match. He went toe to toe with everyone, pulled off great moves like a Standing Moonsault, leaped to the top rope for a Spanish Fly and was a really good teammate, regardless of his issues with Rich Swann. Hell Swann and Moose even hit a Doomsday Device variant together. Small aside, I did like seeing Chris Sabin pull off Cradle Shock, which just doesn’t happen often enough anymore.

Omega almost has the match one on Rich, but the only one able to break it up was Moose, and he did so. Omega went into V-Trigger spamming mode to wipe out Moose, rock Rich and then a One Winged Angel won the match for the Bullet Club former members.

 

Overall Score: 6.75/10

Well this started off pretty bad, but at least it built upwards. The main even had a lot of fun wrinkles which increased the storytelling, psychology and overall enjoyment of the show. Hell even when Callis nearly jumped into the ring to break up a pin on Kenny was a good little nugget.

As I said in the weekly coverage, this is probably Taya’s final match, or at least one of the last, especially since they logically moved Rosemary back to Decay with Crazzy Steve. Eddie and Sami had a hell of blood feud and it was nearly cathartic. Let’s also not overlook the fact that Tasha and Kiera actually won the Knockouts Tag titles. I almost thought they wouldn’t win just because they are so charismatic and attractive without the titles, where Havok and Nevaeh don’t exactly have electric personalities. But I’m ecstatic that Kiera finally has a title in Impact!

With the pretty awful start for the wrestling and the commentary, which put the show behind the eight ball; but it did recover fairly well. Not nearly as good as Genesis, but it managed to keep the stories rolling and end on an interesting note. A pretty good show after all was said and done.

 


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