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Ja’Von’s IMPACT Live Report (8/16/18)

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IMPACT Wrestling Results & Report

Official Results:

Fenix vs Sami Callihan: Fenix via pinfall

Jimmy Jacobs vs Johnny Impact: No Contest 

Eli Drake vs Joe Hendry: Eli Drake via pinfall

Allie vs Su Yung: Allie via DQ 

LAX vs The OGz( Street Fight): LAX

Play by Play:

Cold Opening:

IMPACT starts the show off dedicating the show to Jim “The Anvil” Niedhart.

Then followed by a video package of what happend last week.

Fenix vs Sami Callihan:

Sami Callihan accompanied by oVe makes his way to the ring for the match. Fenix makes his way to the ring for the match. The bell rings and Callihan runs and hits Fenix with a big boot to the face. He pushes Fenix in the corner but Fenix fights back and goes to the apron then come back in and hit Sami with a hurricanrana. Jake Crist tries to get involved but Fenix takes him out then followed up with a dive over the top rope taking out everyone. Back in the ring Fenix hits a dive from the top rope leading to a two count. Fenix stays in control hitting Sami with kicks and chops. Fenix is comming off the ropes but gets tripped a bit by Jake Crist. While Fenix is coming off the ropes again Sami catches him and drops him on his head. Callihan then begins to wear him down with a chinlock then drops him with a huge clothesline. Sami sends Fenix to the floor and props him on the guardrail. While Fenix on the guardrail he eats his own looge then hits him with a chop then sends Fenix back in the ring for a one count.

Sami distracts the referee which allows Jake to get a cheap shot on Fenix. Sami then tries to tear at the mask then attacks the back of Fenix’s neck then applies a rear choke on Fenix and brings him down to the mat. Fenix tries to fight back but Callihan mounts Fenix and lays in the rights and lefts and gains conteol of the back of Fenix. Fenix then fights back laying in the elbows then hits Sami with a superkick to the chest Sami then tosses Fenix and he lands on the ramp. Sami follows him to the ramp and tries to powerbomb him but Fenix escapes and hits him with a handspring cutter on the ramp.

Sami is back in the ring and Fenix bounces off the second rope back in the ring hitting a twisting cutter for a two count as we go to break. Back from break and both guys meet in the middle hitting each other with fits. Fenix gets the advantage and hits him with a kick to the face but Sami gains control and hits Denix with a powerbomb into a pin for a nearfall and holds on and floats over for a half boston crab then transitions into a crossface but Fenix makes it to the ropes to break the hold. Callihan then takes the tape off his wrist and toss it to the Crists then hits Fenix with a big kick. Sami drags him to the corner but Fenix escapes and hits Callihan with a hurricanrana then takes him down to the mat for a two count. Sami counters by putting a thumb to Fenix’s eye and spits on the referee. Callihan then hita Fenix with a pumpkick but Fenix counters and hits him with an enzurgri. Fenix goes for a move bit Sami counters and back in the corner the Crists get involved but Pentagon comes down to take them out. At the end of the match Fenix hits a spinning musclebuster for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Fenix via pinfall

We get a video package to hype tonight’s street fight between LAX and the OGz.

Back from break we get a backstage interview with Fenix and two weeks from now at the next IMPACT special ReDefined he will challenge Brian Cage for the IMPACT X-Division Championship. Fenix says he will feel the real animal of lucha libre and then Cage shows up and they go face to face.

Back from break we see Allie and Keira Hogan being interviewed backstage. Allie says that this match is more important than Tessa Blanchard, The Knockouts Championship, and the Undead bridesmaids. She says she made a promise to put a stop to Su Yung and she will do that tonight. She says this is for Madison, Rosemaryx and her soul.

Jimmy Jacobs vs Johnny Impact:

Jimmy Jacobs makes his way to the ring for his match tonight.

Jimmy grabs a mic and says that when people see him thatbhe is just a small man behind a monster. But he says they are futher from the truth and that Impact made a big mistake sucker punching him two weeks ago. Jacobs then tells Johnny to get out here and will make him pay. Johnny Impact then makes his way to the ring but on his way to the ring Kongo Kong attacks Impact from behind.

Kongo Kong then picks him up and drops him on the ramp. Kong then tosses Impact into the ring and the bell rings as the match is official. Jacobs goes for a cover but Johnny kicks out at two. Jimmy then jawjacks Impact and slaps him around for a bit. Impact looks to fight back but Kong comes in the ring and slams him down to the mat. Kong grabs the steel steps and looks to take out Impact again. Kong grabs Impact and sets him up for a powerbomb but Impact escapes. Johnny looks for a tornado DDT on the ramp but Kong fights him off and tosses him in the ring. Johnny then dives out and takes out Kong with a tornado DDT.

Jimmy hits Impact with a chair from behind but has no effect. Jimmy looks to run away but Impact kicks him off then takes him out with a running knee. Johnny then picks up the steel strps and hits Jimmy with them as he stands tall on the steps.

Winner: No Contest 

The Smoke Show:

Back from break we see KM and Fallah Bahh getting ready to go on a date. They bump into each other and find out their date is the same person. Then they run into Scarlett Bordeaux who welcomes them to the smoke show. KM and Fallah Bahh explain their issues but just end up arguing. Scarlett sahs that they tried them his way and now they should try things Fallah’s way. Scarlett then works her sex appeal and tells KM to try things her way and they both get back on track. Fallah tries to hit on Scarlet but she slaps him.

Austin Aries and Killer Kross Explain Themselves:

Austin Aries makes his way to the ring and grabs a mic and says today is a great day. He says the last time he was in the ring he defeated Eddie Edwards to retain his title. Aries says since that night people have been asking him way Killer Kross helped him retain the title and he says that Kross can speak for himself.

Aries the introduces Kross and he makes his way to the ring and grabs the mic from Aries. He says that he told the world several weeks ago that he is the new beginning. He says the only one that understands that is Austin Aries. Kross says thay both him and Aries will shove change down their throats. Aries then says that if you cross them you will pay the toll and get crossed out. He says that now he has Kross to watch his back he is unstoppable and unbeatable. He then says that Eddie should’ve been worried about his wife instead of his kendo stick and that his wife is sliding into his DMs.

As Aries and Kross were leaving Eddie Edwards comes out with his kendo stick. Back in the ring Kross proctects Aries and absorbs multiple kendo shots but Eddie finally takes him down with a cutter.

Eddie then focuses on Aries which allows Kross to latch on to his leg and for Aries to strike. Kross then locks in the Kross Jacket hold on Eddie as he passes out from the submission. Austin Aries and Killer Kross stand tall as we go to break.

During the break Eddie is seen talking to himself. His wife Alisha comes to check on him and says that he is still acting crazy.

Eli Drake vs Joe Hendry:

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

The bell rings and here we go. Collar and elbow tie up with Eli getting the advantage pushes Joe back to the corner. Eli jawjacks which allows Hendry to take control of the match. Eli then regains control quickly and takes down Joe. Hendry is able to fight back and attempt a backslide but Eli counters and takes down Joe. Eli is staying on the attack laying in the rights on Joe in the corner then Irish whips Joe into another corner. Eli then lays in the boots but Joe is able to fight back but Eli countsrs for a roll up for a one count. Joe is able to fight back is taken down by a clothesline and then a neckbreaker. Eli tries to fight back but Joe ducks and hits a DDT followed by a nip up. Thanks to all the distractions going on the outside cost Joe the match as Eli rolls him up for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Eli Drake via pinfall

After the match Katerina goes to check on Joe then lays into Grado for costing Joe the match.

Back from break we see Matt Sydal meditating and all he can think about is losing to Brian Cage at Slammiversary for the X-Division Championship. He then opens his third eye.

oVe Cam:

Sami Callihan says that he is in a bad mood and its all thanks to Pentagon Jr. He says that everything that has happened to them is Pentagon Jr fault. Sami then challenges Pentagon Jr to a Mexican Death Match next week.

Allie vs Su Yung:

The IMPACT Knockouts Champion Su Yung makes her way to the ring for the match accompanied by the undead bridesmaids. Allie makes her way to the ring for the match accompanied by Keira Hogan.

Back from break the bell rings and here we go. Allie turned her back for a second and Su took advantage. Allie is able to fight back and takes down Su with a crossbody for a two count.

Allie then sets up Su on the bottom rope then hits a running sliding forearm. Allie on the outside gets distracted by the undead brides which allows for Su to hit a diving rolling senton.

Su brings her back in the ring for a two count. Su then chokes out Allie multiple times but Allie fights back and hits a headbutt to the chest of Su followed by big chops. Allie looks to be coming off the ropes for a big move but gets met with a palmstrike.

Allie fights back and strings moves together and takes down Su ending with a big dropkick for a nearfall. The undead bridesmaids look to get involved but Keira Hogan takes them out.

Allie gets distracted by this which allows for Su to set up for the panicswitch but Allie escapes and hits a lungblower for a nearfall. Tessa Blanchard then hits the ring and attacks Allie. Su then locks in the mandible claw on Tessa which allows Allie to hit a superkick and then a codebreaker on Su as Allie stands tall.

Winner: Allie via DQ

LAX vs The OGz( Street Fight):

LAX and The OGz groups are in the streets looking for each other. King calls out for them looking for them calling them cowards. Theh finally meet and the bosses stand back and let them fight. The fight breaks out and The OGz look to be in control. LAX look to be fighting back so King sends one of his men in to help which is against the agreement so Konan sends one of his boys to even the odds. King tries to toss Homicide a weapon but it gets blocked and Ortiz grabs it and uses it against him. We see Hernandez choke out Ortiz with a rope and Santana is down so Hernandez looks to finish him but Ortiz makes the save. In the end LAX is standing tall and have their belts back.

LAX thinks it’s over but King says no way. King then stands face to face with Konan and says that he doesn’t have the balls to take him out. King then kneels in front of them screaming for him to do it followed by Konan taking him out to the end the show.

Winners: LAX 

My Score: 7/10


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Uncaged Ratings & Review

With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?

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With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?

The pseudo-PPV atmosphere is sure to bring in more consistent viewership, but they’re in an interesting spot. Taya and Tessa are really the only two credible Knockouts unless Gail comes out of retirement (since Rosemary, Su and Jordynne are in the same storyline), so we’ll probably see this get extended somehow. As for the other title match, The Machine has a lot of support and wrestling fans all know the money is in the chase. So I could see Cage getting “screwed” again, but I’d much rather see Cage with the title.

So let’s get hype for the show with a video package of the returning Reno Scum!

Ratings:

  • Knockout’s Championship Street Fight: Tessa Blanchard vs Taya Valkyrie (c) – Taya retains via Double Footstomp through Table – *** 3/4
  • ‘All Ego’ Ethan Page vs Willie Mack: Mack  wins via Stunner – ** 1/2
  • Elimination 4v4: Team Impact (Fallah Bahh, Sami Callihan, Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards) vs Team AAA (Puma King, Psycho Clown, Hijo del Vikingo & Aerostar): Team AAA 4-3 – *** 3/4
  • Fatal 4 Way Impact World Championship: Killer Kross vs Moose vs Johnny Impact (c) vs Brian Cage: Johnny retains via Starship Pain on Moose – *** 1/4

Review Notes:

Both women come out with throwback shirts. Tessa comes out with the old school Four Horsemen shirt and Taya comes out in her Perros de Mal shirt (old Triple A stable she was in with Perro Aguayo Jr). This match was a little awkward at times, and the first table they had ” La Wera Loca vs Diamond” painted on, didn’t break after two spear attempts. Really good hardcore style action, with chairs, insults, ring posts and another table. Definitely more of a brawl than wrestling, but after the table didn’t break the subsequent spots seemed to be a little off. Still a solid match, entertaining to watch, good way to start off the Uncaged show. Dios perdona, los perros no.

After a quick promo with Team Impact, Scarlett joins Melissa during the commercial break moment and she’s barely dressed and her and Melissa start doing squats. I mean they’re doubling down on sex sells, and I’m not even mad.

Mack and Page was a solid match. Good brawling, Willie’s agility outlasted Page’s strikes. One would assume the winner should be closer to an X Division title shot at least. So it should be interesting where this leads.

Killer Kross follows that with his typical chilling, slightly unhinged promo, and damn it was well done.

The interesting thing about the commercial break stuff tonight is Melissa doing live interviews with different people. It’s kinda neat, like extra content.

Team Triple A has a clap back promo after the commercial, which says the Cup is staying in Mexico. If memory serves, Team Triple A beat Team TNA in the first World X Cup, so I’m curious if they’ll pull from that for a storyline.

Sami Callihan calls out Swann one more time, Swann throws the shirt at Callihan, so a fight ensues. Swann gets the best of things momentarily, but an eye gauge allows Sami the opening to toss Rich around a little, Piledriver him on the stage and then Powerbomb him off the stage through a table. So I guess Sami will get the X Divison shot, but might have to go through Willie Mack first in the following weeks before Rebellion.

A lot of fun fast paced action, good dives, good strikes, nice story telling and only one slip so far from Aerostar. Eli Drake is the first one eliminated by Puma King because he tries to tell Eddie to not use the kendo stick, but tries to use it himself, Eddie catches him and takes his stick back, then pushing Eli. So one Gedo Clutch later, Eli is eliminated by pinfall. Fallah Bah eliminates Vikingo after a Twisted Running Powerslam. Aerostar eliminates Bahh after a Crucifix Pin when Bahh misses the Banzai Drop. Boston Knee Party from Eddie eliminates Aerostar. Piledriver from Sami eliminates Puma King. Two on one advantage with Sami and Eddie against Psycho Clown. Eddie hits a Boston Knee Party lays out Psycho Clown, but Sami pushes Eddie off and tries to steal the spotlight, only a two count, Psycho Rolls Up Sami for the pinfall elimination. Eddie has Psycho on the ropes, but Eli returns, takes Kenny the Kendo Stick and distracts Eddie. Then he hits Eddie to give Psycho a shot to hit a Backstabber, followed up the La Magistral for the victory. So Impact kinda played themselves, but it was a damn good match with a lot to unpack.

Melissa finally returns after a few commercial breaks off, with Sami Callihan and David Crist. This was ridiculous but great. Just erratic idiocy, they steal Melissa’s sandals at some point, David sings “Hey there Samuel” and Sami does a pitch like a dating service while Melissa is getting her sandals. So dumb, but great.

Small promotional video package for Reno Scum. Returning to Impact for the first time since the first wave of GFW “invasion” (nearly 2 years).

A quick little moment with Dark Allie, Su Yung and Rosemary, followed by a commercial with Melissa and KM & Fallah Bahh. Very funny, Melissa plays off the wrestlers well. She needs to stick around since she’s got a nice personality and seems to work well with most of the guys.

Scarlett with a weird video package, her in a bed, a little moan and showing cleavage is her formula. So if it ain’t broke, I’m not gonna fix it, shut up, stop judging me!

LAX joins Melissa before the main event and the Latina comes out in her. She’s more animated that usual, very fun and entertaining. She even busts their chops a little, but they take it in stride and seem to enjoy each other’s company.

Since the match starts with only about 12 minutes before time limit the match wasn’t going to be a technical masterpiece, but for what it was it was fun. It was more of a brawl, since there were 3 bigger guys. Kross had a bunch of moments looking like a beat, Cage looked like a million bucks hitting the Drill Claw on both Moose and Kross. But Johnny pulled the opportunistic thing, and while Kross and Cage were tied up, Johnny pulls Moose to the corner, barely hits Starship Pain and sneaks in a pinfall before Cage finishes the Drill Claw + pin on Kross.  So Johnny retains while looking like a punk, and the crowd wanted nothing to do with him. Terminator claps most of the match.

Overall Score: 7.5/10

Solid solid show from start to finish. Tessa and Taya got things kicked off well, Melissa doing backstage interviews as the Twitch commercial break stuff was great. World Cup match was fun and set up a few storylines for the Impact stars while Team Triple A got the home field advantage win. Main event was a little disappointing to be honest. Johnny has worn out his fan support both in Mexico and on Twitch chat. Granted yes, I’m hopeful this is building towards a big blow off at Rebellion, maybe with Cage going over and Austin Aries returning, but I guess we’ll have to see.

Also from the main event, we see some cracks in the Moose and Kross alliance, so that could definitely be an interesting match in the near future.

So yeah, we have a lot to chew on moving into TV tapings for the shows leading up to Rebellion, but from a completely playlist mentality view point, Cage got screwed. Brian Cage better be getting this damn title soon, or I want him to put Don Callis through the announce table.

Now the weekly Twitch viewers portion:

  • Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
  • Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500 
  • Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900  
  • Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
  • Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650
  • Uncaged: High – 9,000/ Low – 8,000

Well it looks like people just need a reason to tune in. Not only was this week mostly main event talent, but since the event had was named, I feel like people just expected better quality. So still no record breaking high, but solid numbers throughout the entire show.

 

 

 


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Review (2/8/2019)

Impact Wrestling, coming off the worst Twitch viewership, and worst rated show of the year…do we see a bounce back leading into Uncaged?

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Impact Wrestling, coming off the worst Twitch viewership, and worst rated show of the year…do we see a bounce back leading into Uncaged?

With my assumed direction for the main event to become a 4 way, Allie’s ongoing struggle with Demons and Zombies, Team Impact vs Team AAA and Sami’s history with Rich Swann, Uncaged has a lot to build towards.

Let’s not overlook that we’re getting an Impact Tag Team Championship rematch between LAX and the Lucha Bros. So it’s gonna take some impressive fail for this episode to fall short.

Time to find out.

Ratings:

  • Rich Swann & Willie Mack vs Dave & Jake Crist: Swann wins via 450 Splash – ***
  • Kiera Hogan vs Allie: Hogan wins via Face the Music – ** 1/4
  • Rohit Raju vs Trey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
  • Sami Callihan vs Puma King: Callihan wins via Piledriver – *** 1/4
  • Impact Tag Team Championship: LAX (c) vs Lucha Bros: Lucha Bros win via Spike Fear Factor – *** 3/4TITLE CHANGE!!

 

Review Notes:

Tag action starts us off. The Crists come out to continue the story with Swann and Sami Callihan. We get a solid match. Crowd was asleep, so that did make it come off a little flat, but lots of good action from both the Crists and Mack/Swann. So it’s a good start.

Lucha Bros promo, followed by the announcement that the Uncaged main event is now a 4 Way match. Johnny vs Cage vs Moose vs Kross. Obvious twist with how things have been going, but no complaints.

Flashback moment is the last few minutes of Pentagon’s World Championship victory against Austin Aries and Fenix at Redemption 2018.

We see the storyline move forward with all the Darkness, Su Yung gets wiped out and Allie has a fit thinking Su disappeared and Rosemary might show up. So because she freaks out and doesn’t just grab the bloody glove, Kiera takes the opening to hit her Cradle Neckbreaker finish. No appearance by Rosemary though.

They announce RVD & Sabu vs Lucha Bros for United We Stand.

Allie and Su are seen in the back, with Allie muttering “she’s here”. Screen flickers and a message is seen ” The witching is upon us. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.”

The contrast in styles between an old school heel and the new school “flippy” guy, worked fairly well. Old heel tactics kept Trey grounded for the most part, but he still pulled off a Triangle Enzuigiri as well as his Head Tucked in the Turnbuckle Tiger Feint ( think Will Ospreay’s Cheeky Nandos Kick, but tucking the head and then hitting a 619 instead). Trey winning with the Meteora off the top, punctuated the shenanigans more than looking cool.

Quick Scarlett bumper about her in-ring debut next week.

Sami and Puma King starts off with a lot of Sami brawling with some nice heel work. Puma King has a nice Headscissors out of a Tree of Woe, and then starts putting some offense together. After a huge miss on the dive to the outside, Puma King is on the back foot, but they do put together a nice sequence to pick things up a little. We get an odd Drop Toe Hold into La Magistral spot, but the finishing sequence is solid. All in all in the best match on the show so far, a damn solid episode already.

Video hype package for Taya versus Tessa.

Eli confronts Eddie Edwards about next week’s match, trying to convince him to drop the hardcore style.

Melissa Santos interviews Moose and Kross. Moose turns on a little more goofiness, trying to say it’s unfair to the others because they’re a team and have one another’s blind sides. Moose says “Just like Bill Belichick says, there’s no I in team” and Kross nods, ” That’s good. But I prefer the one with the Frog and the Scorpion”. Moose doesn’t get the reference, but it alludes to Kross using Moose to get to a goal. So we’ll see if it falls apart next week.

 

They had a lot to follow after their Homecoming match, but this wasn’t bad. It starts quick again, and this match had the same issue the last one did, where it felt too fast. Moves weren’t hitting flush, double clutching or waiting too long to take a spot hurt the match a little. Both tag teams kicked out of the respective finishers, so no one looks bad. Lucha Bros have to hit a second Spike Feat Factor, as Fenix lays out Ortiz with a tope. Konnan makes them shake hands, but there’s still a little heat.

 

 

Overall Score: 7.25/10

Nothing about this show was bad. Stories moved forward, big announcement for United We Stand with the RVD & Sabu vs Lucha Bros main event. Also coming off of the AEW news that Lucha Bros will show up there, winning the Impact Tag Championships could lead to some interesting cross over. Who knows.

But like I said, good show. Nice to see Impact bounce back a little from the lack luster show last week.

  • Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
  • Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500 
  • Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900  
  • Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
  • Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650

As you see, the overall numbers were a little better than last week when it comes to Twitch audience, and it held steady at 6,000 for most of the show. So the product was a little better, as the ‘Go Home’ to Uncaged. So maybe we’ll see a spike next week for the bigger show.


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