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Ja’Von’s Impact Wrestling Live Report (7/12/18)

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Quick Results:

The OGz vs Local Talent: The OGz via pinfall 

Shotzi Blackheart vs Allie: Allie via pinfall 

Eli Drake vs Grado: Eli Drake via pinfall 

oVe vs Rich Swann, Fenix, and Pentagon Jr.(Six Man Tag Team Match with Lucha Rules): oVe via pinfall 

Play by Play:

Cold Open:

Impact Wrestling opens up with a recap of everything that has been going on with LAX since Konan was attacked at Redemption.

The OGz vs Local Talent:

The OGz(Homicide & Hernandez) with King make their way to the ring for their match. Thry get the jump on two local wrestlers they set one of the guys on the top rope then Hernandez hit a neckbreaker from the second rope

followed by Homicide hitting a Border Toss then Hernandez hits another Border Toss on the other guy for the quick victory.

Winners: The OGz via pinfall

After the match King gets on the mic and says that the old man Konan had to go and tells him to hit the road. King says he got tired of waiting and decided to take him out. He gives him credit for being a smart man. He says that he was two steps ahead and thats where Homicide and Hernandez come in. King reminds us that they are multi time tag champions. He says they don’t care about titles but they want to take out the young boys and Konan then announces at Slammiversary that he is challenging LAX to a 5150 street fight.

Allie’s opponent, Shotzi Blackheart was interviewed backstage and says she is ready for Allie and ask her who is her daddy.

Sami Callihan on the oVe Cam says they are the best trio on the planet. He also states that he is going to put Pentagon out of his misery and take his mask and embarrass him.

Shotzi Blackheart vs Allie:

Shotzi Blackheart makes her way to the ring for her Impact debut match against former knockouts champion Allie.

Allie makes her way to the ring.

The bell rings and there is a standoff ans Shotzi howls. Collar and elbow tie up and Shotzi is in control of Allie and takes her down with a shoulderblock but Allie fights back and knocka down Shotzi witha shoulderblock of her own. Shotzi finds her way back in control and takes Allie down with a backslide submission then goes for the pin and gets a two count. Allie fights back and lays into Shotzi then goes for a running dropkick in the corner but comes up empty. Shotzi then takes control and takes down Allie and goes for the pin and gets a nearfall. Shotzi then wears down Allie with a chinlock followed by a few big knees to the face then a big step up kick for a nearfall. Shotzi still in control hits a huge senton for a nearfall. Shotxi then hits a forearm and goes to the top rope but comes up empty. Allie fights back with a couple forearms and clotheslines followed up with a Russian Legsweep. Allie then hits a missile dropkick followed by a german suplex for a nearfall. Allie went for a big move with Shotzi on her shoulders but Shotzi counters and takes down Allie. She then goes to the top rope but comes up empty with a roll through and eats a codebreaker from Allie who picks up the win.

Winner: Allie via pinfall 

After the match Allie is blindsided by Tessa Blanchard. Tessa throws Allie in the ring and hits her with the Hammerlock DDT and stands tall over Allie.

Backstage Grado, Katerina, and Joe Hendry runs into Eli Drake. This leads to an argument cause Grado thinks Eli Drake is trying to steal his girlfriend. Grado then challenges him to a match tonight.

Back from break and Tessa explains why she attacked Allie. She said she came to Impact to win the knockouts championship but Madison Rayne got in her way. She said she was handling business last week when she was attacking Madison until Allie got in her way now her focus is on Allie.

Impact runs a video of how we got to Tommy Dreamer vs Eddie Edwards at Slammiversary.

Back from break and we see another vignette about a new Knockout debuting soon.

Austin Aries speaks the truth: 

We heard from Austin Aries and he says that Moose is in an offsight location training for his match at Slammiversary. He then says that another sashed up retired Football player DeAngelo Williams will give us an update on Moose’s condition. He says he can’t wait to hear the update on Moose.

GWN Flashback Moment of the Week: Gail Kim vs Taryn Terrell(Last Knockouts Standing): Taryn Terrell won this match. I recommend you watch this match.

DeAngelo Williams’ Update on Moose:

Josh Mathews is in the ring and hypes up Slammiversary and the main event of the PPV Austin Aries vs Moose for the Impact World Championship. Josh then introduces DeAngelo Williams to the ring. DeAngelo Williams makes his way to the ring.

Williams says the him and Moose have been in the batcave training for his match. Williams says that Moose has dropped a lot of weight and gained a lot of muscle. Williams then calls Aries trash. Josh then ask DeAngelo if Moose is ready for Slammiversary. Williams says he is ready to take down Austin Crybaries. This leads to Austin Aries coming out to the ring.

Aries grabs the mic from Josh who leaves the ring. Aries says that he is glad see Williams in his ring. He ask him why because training camp is going on right now. He then brings up how he wasn’t signed and had to retired. He then brings up the fact that they both didn’t win a superbowl. Aries then says he wants DeAngelo to deliver a message to Moose then begins to assault Williams.

Aries would then grab a steel chair but DeAngelo counters and drops Aries. Williams looked to hit Aries with the chair but Aries hits him with a lowblow then hits him with the steel chair amd stands tall on the ramp.

Back from break KM says that he proved himself to Fallah in his match against Killer Kross last week. They bump into the Desi Hit Squad and they say they are also looking to get tag team gold. KM then challenges them to a match.

Grado vs Eli Drake:

Eli Drake makes his way to the ring for the match. Grado makes his way to the ring accompanied by Katerina and Joe Hendry.

Eli Drake gets the jump on Grado amd begins to stomp a mudhole in him. Eli then hits Grado with a spinning neackbreaker followed by an irishwhip into a corner. Eli tries to follow up and Grado counters with a boot to the face. Followed by a hurricanrana

and he stays in control followed up with a splash in the corner. Eli fights back and hits the Gravey Train for the win.

Winner: Eli Drake via pinfall 

After the match Eli tries to flirt with Katerina which leads to Joe standing up for her.

Then Eli tries to tell Grado that Joe and Katerina have soming going on.

Back from break we heard from Killer Kross about Petey Williams interfering in his match last week. He says that when he finds him he will squeeze all the oxygen out of his skull. They face off next week.

Matt Sydal is interviewed backstage and talks about his championship title defense against Brian Cage at Slammiversary.

New match announced for Slammiversary:

We heard from Moose about Aries attacking DeAngelo Williams who says that he is pissed off and that he madethis personal and will be in the Impact Zone in Windsor next week.

Madison Rayne is supposed to be having a sit down interview but gets distrubed by Su Yung. She sees a weird message on a board then gets locked in a room.

oVe vs Rich Swann, Fenix, and Pentagon Jr.(Six Man Tag Team Match with Lucha Rules):

oVe makes their way to the ring.

Ruch Swann comes out and waits for his partners on the ramp. Fenix would then come out and do the same. Lastly Pentagon Jr. would come out and they all enter the ring.

The bell rings and both teams are in the ring at the same time. Sami Callihan and Pentagon Jr. stare each other down and Pentagon does his trademark Cedro Medro. Callihan then bites the fingers of Pentagon followed by Fenix superkicking Sami. Then Dave superkicks Fenix. Swann takes out Callihan followed by Fenix and Pentagon hitting double superkicks on Jake.

Dave Crist comes into the ring to make the save but gets taken out by the Lucha Brothers and Pentagon gets a nearfall. The Lucha Brothers are still in control as Fenix doubles over Sami then looks to run the ropes rhen hit a move on Callihan but Samcounters with a clothesline. Swann comes in the ring and takes out everyone on the outside which leaves Fenix in the ring alone. Jake Crist comes in the ring and hits Fenix with a couple of kicks. Fenix gets the better of the exchange and sends Jake Crist to the floor then hits a springboard spinning dive to everyone on the floor.

Dave Crist would then hit a superplex on Rich Swann to everyone on the outside taking everyone out as we go to break.

Back from the break Sami is in control of Fenix and spites in the face of Fenix. Everyone comes back in the ring and hits the tower of doom and Jake Crist catches Fenix on his way down into a powerbomb for a nearfall.

Jake stays on Fenix and they fight to the top rope and knocks Jake to the ground and hits a swanton bomb. Dave crist comes in and hits the square and compass. Rich Swann comes in and takes out Dave. Sami then comes in and hits Swann with piledriver and goes for the pin but Pentagon Jr. makes the save. Pentagon then hits the Pentagon Driver for a nearfall. Pentagon still in conteol until Dave Crist makes the save. Everyone begins to trade moves and taking people out. Swann would try to hit a top rope splash on a prone Sami Callihan but gets intercepted with a super cutter from Jake Crist.

The Lucha Brothers would then hit Sami with the fear factor assisted with a double stomp from Fenix only leads to a two count. Pentagon then hits Jake Crist with a fear facotr on the apron. Swann and Callihan are left alone in the ring and Swann hits him with multiple big kicks but Sami fights back and hits Rich with a powerbomb followed by the Get Outta Here kneebreaker for the pinfall victory.

Winners: oVe via pinfall

After the match we see Madison still locked in the room but makes her way outside and is being stalked by Su Yung. Madison is terrified and runs away but runs into the undead brides who say her time has come. This all turns out to be here hallucinating then we see Su Yung who lookesto have grabbed Madison to end the show.

My Score: 9/10


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 6/14/2019

The first episode from the Melrose Ballroom in New York! Let’s see how the first step to Impact Wrestling Slammiversary goes!

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The first episode from the Melrose Ballroom in New York! Let’s see how the first step to Impact Wrestling Slammiversary goes!

After some of the shenanigans from last week with Sandman bringing back Kenny, drunk Trey almost winning the tag titles for The Rascalz and Fulton and Sami Callihan trying to steal Melissa; this week has a lot of moving pieces.

Tessa also started a bit of an angle with oVe, which I’m curious about. It’s one thing to beat up on Disco, but a bunch of degenerates led by Sami Callihan could be dangerous.

If you’re still not sold on the Impact product, you need to learn respect like The Rascalz.

Ratings:

  • The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) vs RVD & Sabu w/Super Genie: The North win via Tandem Inverted Mat Slam – ** 1/2
  • Jessica Havok vs Nasha Slammovich: Havok wins via Tombstone Piledriver – *
  • Raj Singh vs Cody Deaner: Raj wins via Step Over Arm Wringer Driver – * 3/4
  • Jordynne Grace vs Madison Rayne: Rayne wins via CrossRayne – ***
  • Killer Kross vs The Sandman: Kross wins via Kross Jacket Choke – N/A
  • Michael Elgin vs Willie Mack: Elgin wins via Elgin Bomb – *** 1/4

 

Analysis:

Kid Ref allowed a lot in this match. He takes a very Japanese referee mentality when it comes to these matches, like he expects chairs so he just allows them. Sabu and RVD had a lot of classic offense, but Moose interfering on behalf of the North, was too much. Alexander caught Sabu, threw him around a little and then used a Tandem Inverted Mat Slam to finish him off. Apparently this sets up The North for a title shot at Bash at the Brewery.

Moose and The North are no longer buddies after The North allowed the ECW Originals to get a little revenge on Moose.

This was just a job match of destruction. Masha, Nasha, Asha…why give the girl such a dumb name when she’s just jobbing. Sheesh. I do hope that was a bad name Impact just threw on her and it’s not her working name. Havok just demolished the poor girl. Afterwards James Mitchell hops on the stick and says Havok is going to be the next Knockouts Champion after she dismantles Rosemary. He also called her the Kaiju Queen…which I like as a nickname.

Gimmicky match. Raj broke his nose at some point, Cody did some Redneck Hulk Up thing, heel interference, Gama faked a heart attack…kind of paint by numbers gimmick match to get to what I’m assuming is a tag match between the two in a couple weeks.

Rosemary with a good promo, and she looked quite good as well. Just all Aces for Rosemary.

Impact Plus Flashback: Dixie Goes Through a Table, IMPACT, August 7,2014

Solid match. Scary moment when Madison looked like she was supposed to float over the top rope and land on the apron, but she over shot and just fell into the barricade. Luckily it didn’t look to hurt too much and could be argued that Jordynne is so powerful it was meant to happen. Aside from that and a small slip in the corner, the match was pretty good. Kiera Hogan coming out with her new bad girl Blue Flame persona on commentary was great. She looked fantastic in her dress with her new personality.  A subtle distraction from Kiera costs Jordynne the match, but she didn’t physically interfere.

Sandman tried to jump Kross mid entrance, bit Kross was keen to the tactic. Sandman did get in a few shots with the fists and the cane, but Kross locks in the choke and as Josh Matthews said, ” Exit light”. Eddie Edwards makes the save when Kross won’t let go of the hold, so it’s continuing the build for their blow off.

A little Smoke Show backstage moment with Fallah, Scarlett, Taya and John E. Bravo. More comedy driven than Scarlett being sexy, and it’s actually really awesome. Scarlett comes off more adorable/endearing, but Taya’s bitchiness is a little forced. Watch this for Scarlett and Fallah.

Solid match for what felt like an 8 minute match. Willie and Big Mike put in great work, and Willie getting distracted since Mike attacked Rich Swann protects him a little. Also Johnny Impact eating a German Suplex from Big Mike at least makes it obvious he’s not allied with Johnny.

Overall Score: 6.75/10

This was a good show, but some of the finer points didn’t seem as good as previous weeks. The fact it took Impact 1 hour to figure out the sound for the Twitch interaction was amusing yet dumb. Don Callis and Melissa were supposed to do it together, but Melissa loses against technology most weeks and this was such a big loss she just stopped trying to call in through Skype.

We had a few decent matches, but most of them felt like matches to get to the next story point. So a few short worthless matches, a few gimmicked matches, and we have an entertaining, yet a little flat episode. I’m just really amused by Scarlett being more charming and funny…hell Laredo Kid robbing the Rascalz after the bar fight was great too.

Twitch Views:

  • 5/3/2019 – LOW: 4,000/HIGH 6,550
  • 5/10/2019 – LOW: 3,800/HIGH: 7,130
  • 5/17/2019 – LOW: 6,900/HIGH: 12,220
  • 5/24/2019 – LOW: 5,200/HIGH: 10,070
  • 5/31/2019 – LOW: 4,550/HIGH: 8,075
  • 6/7/2019 – LOW: 7,100/HIGH: 13,606
  • 6/14/2019 – LOW: 3,400/HIGH: 8,250

Okay so after so really solid weeks, this was one of those slow burn episodes. The show gradually built the viewership as the show went on, but didn’t really hold like most weeks. Most weeks I say ” It started off low but never dropped below 6,000 once it got there”. This week was just a slow increase and never had one of those obvious benchmarks. A little weird, but the numbers remain within that 6-8,000 consistent viewers.

 


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 6/7/2019

The last show from the 2300 Arena! How do the ECW originals impact the show tonight?

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The last show from the 2300 Arena! How do the ECW originals impact the show tonight?

Between Tessa Blanchard knocking out Disco Inferno and The Rascalz getting a tag match, we’ve got some interesting options tonight.

Do we get more ECW nostalgia like last week? Or do the newer generation take the spotlight?

Either way, reincarnate your interest in the Impact Wrestling product, just like Kenny! Or is it Kenny 2.0? Nah, it’s Kenny come back from the dead…right?

Ratings:

  • Ace Austin vs Cousin Jake: Austin wins via The Fold – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Su Yung vs Taya Valkyrie: Rosemary wins via DQ – * 1/2
  • Madman Fulton vs Two Jabronis: Fulton murders them – N/A
  • Jake & Dave Crist vs Fallah Bahh & Scarlett Bordeaux: Dave Cris wins via Loaded Fist – ** 3/4
  • Kiera Hogan vs Jordynne Grace: Grace wins via Grace Driver – ***
  • Tag Team Championship Match: LAX (c) vs Dez & Wentz: LAX retain via Dusty Finish – ****

 

 

Analysis:

Nice contrast of styles to start the show with. Big Jake is considerably larger than Ace, so he used his speed and technical ability to keep Jake’s head spinning. Eventually Jake caught him with a big lariat and started his comeback. But the Desi Hit Squad attacked Cody Deaner on the outside, distracting Jake and allowing Ace to pick up the win. Solid match, with a story wrinkle. Good start.

Backstage interview to hype Taya’s non-title match with Rosemary.

Well I guess the only real excuse for this, is that Rosemary is still working her way back after injury. Cause all of her more traditional matches since her return, have been hard to watch. Jessica Havok returns to Impact as James Mitchell’s new weapon. She wipes out Rosemary and Taya, they get Su Yung back and celebrate.

IMPACT Plus Flashback Moment: Raven vs Shane Douglas, Hair vs Hair, NWA-TNA PPV #62, September 17,2003

Fulton has a Squash match, nice. And by nice I mean…a waste of time. But it feeds into the Crists vs Scarlett and Fallah, so, it’s something.

This tag match wasn’t bad at all. Fallah tried to keep Scarlett out of the match as long as possible. He fired up and showed a good amount of aggression. When Scarlett got in, she did pretty well. Fallah and Scarlett even hit a Doomsday Device. However, the roll of quarters did in the fan favorite Beauty and The Bahh. The Crists then try to beat on Scarlett more, but Tessa Blanchard makes the save to a nice reaction.

Sami and Fulton steal Melissa’s sandals and try to take her to a party during the Twitch live exclusive stuff. Watching on Twitch is great.

Kiera and Jordynne have a much more competitive match than one would expect. Kiera had a counter for nearly everything Jordynne threw and used her speed to get around Jordynne’s power. Solid match that also does a lot to fully confirm Kiera’s heel turn.

Okay the main event was great. Yes it was a bit of a spot fest, but Trey’s enjoyment of Ortiz’s moonshine was established last week and played a part in the match this week. So a high work rate match that saw a bunch of near falls, came down to a Dusty Finish. Ortiz was mad Trey was drinking his moonshine, so he took a swing, got hit in the stomach and blinded the referee. Feeling overzealous, a drunk Trey does his diving Meteora finisher and pins Santana. Kid Ref comes in, counts the fall and The Rascalz win! But when the assigned referee can see, he admonishes Kid Ref and reverses the decision since Trey wasn’t a legal competitor. Fun match, fun wrinkle.

 

Overall Score: 7.75/10

Twitch really adds a layer to the enjoyment factor. The story progression and matches were all pretty solid. Even Rosemary’s less than average match had good story ramifications. I’m also curious if Trey’s drinking problem will play into the future story of The Rascalz.

Plus on Twitch we learned about how crazy Eddie Edwards really is (Kotoge is proud) and that Fulton has a baby room in the basement where he likes flowers and The Little Mermaid VHS tapes. I’m not kidding, Twitch is an experience some weeks!

Twitch Views:

  • 5/3/2019 – LOW: 4,000/HIGH 6,550
  • 5/10/2019 – LOW: 3,800/HIGH: 7,130
  • 5/17/2019 – LOW: 6,900/HIGH: 12,220
  • 5/24/2019 – LOW: 5,200/HIGH: 10,070
  • 5/31/2019 – LOW: 4,550/HIGH: 8,075
  • 6/7/2019 – LOW: 7,100/HIGH: 13,606

Well now, we set a new second highest Twitch viewership for Impact this year! Still hasn’t quite eclipsed the 14k set closer to the beginning of the move, but still damn good. Three out of the last four weeks have had over 10k viewers. Not sure what’s driving the interest, but it’s a good sign for Impact.


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