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Ja’Von’s IMPACT Live Report (8/9/18)

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Official Results:

The Desi Hit Squad vs Taji Ishimori & Petey Williams: Taji Ishimori & Petey Williams via pinfall 

Alisha Edwards vs Tessa Blanchard: Tessa Blanchard via pinfall 

Matt Sydal vs Pentagon Jr: Pentagon Jr. via pinfall 

Austin Aries(c) vs Eddie Edwards( IMPACT World Championship): Austin Aries via pinfall

Play by Play:

IMPACT kicks off with the OGz and LAX brawling backstage.

The brawl goes all over the place and everything is being thrown at each other including hangers. Security finally shows up to stop Hernandez from dropping Santana over the stairwell railing but they get beaten up and the show finally starts.

The Desi Hit Squad vs Taji Ishimori & Petey Williams:

Gama Singh is in the ring and introduces The Desi Hit Squad as they come to the ring for the match. “The Bone Soldier” Taji Ishimori makes his way out to the ring and followed by his partner Petey Williams.

The bell rings and here we go. Gursinder gets the advantage on Taji by hitting him with a kick but Ishimori fights back and makes it yo the apron and takes down Gursinder. Williams tags in and hits a slingshot codebreaker on Gursinder. Rohit comes into the ring to save his partner but gets taken down by Petey. Williams then hits a low dropkick senton maneuver on both guys. Gursinder fights back and gains conteol of the match. Rohit tags in a they irish whip Williams and as he comes off the ropes Gursinder hits a low dropkick on his knee and Rohit stays on the attack. Rohit brings him to his corner and tags in Gursinder. Gursinder wears down Petey in the corner then tags back in Rohit. Rohit brings him to the center of the ring and hits a front face slam on Petey. Rohit then drags him back to his corner but Petey fights back out of the corner and takes out both guys allowing him to tag in Ishimori. Taiji hits a huge missile dropkick on both men. Taji stays on the attack but Rohit is able to fight back and regain control of the match abs sweeps the legs of Taji. Rohit then follows up with a double stomp to the chest. Petey comes in to help Taji and looks to hit the candian destroyer but to no avail. Gursinder would take out Petey and Rohit stays in control but down the stretch Petey is able to hit the Canadian Destroyer and Taji hits a modified DDT for the win.

Winners: Taji Ishimori & Petey Williams via pinfall 

We hear from Pentagon Jr eho says that Matt use to be a chsmpion but no he is not and questions everything including the universe. Pentagon says he is going to take Matt to his universe and the only thing that exist is pain.

Allie and Keira are interviewed backstage and they are talking about how Allie pinned Su Yung to win the tag match last week. The interviewer talks about how Tessa atfacked her after the match. Allie says that all she wants Su Yung she doesn’t care if its a non-title match. Allie promised to take out Su and Keria says that Su can bting all the bridesmaids and Tessa can join the party too. They say that Su’s time is up.

We see a video package showing the transformation of Eddie Edwards into who is today and how we got to this world title match tonight between him and Austin Aries.

Austin Aries is interviewed backstage abkut his world title match tonight against Eddie Edwards.

Austin Aries calls Eddie a carzy man carrying a kendo stick. He says that he has known Eddie for ten plus years. He wishes that he was wrestling the old Eddie tonight even though he is still better he says tonight’s match is going to be unpredictable and dangerous but he is still going to come out on top.

We see Grado, Joe Hendry, and Katerina backstage amd talk about what happened during their tag match last week. Grado asked if they were hugging and that’s why Joe couldn’t make the tag. Katerina says she was protecting Joe. Katerina then asked if he can’t beat Rli on his own cause Joe did. They then make up and leave together.

Alisha Edwards vs Tessa Blanchard:

Alisha Edwards makes her way tk the ring for the match. Tessa then makes her way tk the ring for the match.

The bell rings and here we go. Collar and elbow tie up and Tessa pushes her tk the corner. Alisha fights bsck and lays in the forearms but Tessa fights back and knocks her into the ropes. Tessa then hits Alisha with a gorilla press.

Tssaa stays on the attack but Alisha fights back and hits a couple of forearms and hits the ropes but hits checked by Tessa and hits her with a tilt a whirl backbreaker. Tesa then hits a suplex for a nearfall. Alisha fights bsck and gets a crucfix pin on Tessa for a two count. Tessa is done playing with Alisha and hits her with a couple of forearms to the back and takes her down for a two count. Alisha tries to get away but Tessa stays close to her and hits her with a knee to the gut. Alisha is able to escape and get Tessa’s arm caught on the ropes giving her some space. Alisha stays on the attack and hits a flatliner and both knockouts are down. They both eventually get back up but Alisha stays on the attack into a bulldog for a two count. Alisha still fighting and takes Tessa down for another nearfall. Tessa then fights back and grabs Alisha and hits a slingshot spinrbuster leading into the hammerlock DDT for thr win.

Winner: Tessa Blanchard via pinfall 

Aftet the match Tessa grabs a mic and says she just made an example of Alisha. She says that Allie may have everyone else fooled but not her. She says that the only thing Allie cares about is the knockouts championship. Tessa says if Allie is going after Su and the knockouts championship then she is coming for her.

Matt Sydal was interviewed backstage and ask him about his match tonight. Matt says that he may have lost the belt and the material piece but he still has the spirt of the X-Division Champion. He says he is going to use that to beat Pentagon Jr tonight. He says that he is going to get everyone tuned in and turned on and open our third eyes.

We see KM and Fallah Bahh backstage and they talk about what happend last week. While they were arguing they run into Scarlett Bordeaux who says their looking good. KM and Fallah Bahh are mesmerized by her.

Back from break and we see Scarlett Bordeaux meeting with IMPACT Mangement. She says the girls are mean to her and doesn’t feel safe getting in the ring with her. They give her own show call it the smoke show. They call her one of a kind.

Matt Sydal vs Pentagon Jr:

Matt Sydal makes his way to the ring for his match. Pentagon Jr makes his way to the ring for the match. The bell rings and here we go. They jaw jack for a while and Sydal tells Pentagon to open his third eye. Sydal then takes Pentagon down to the mat and begins to wear him down. Pentagon fights back and takes down Sydal with a huge kick to the chest. Pentagon then attacks the reconstructed knee of Sydal. Matt gets back up and props himself up in the corner but Pentagon stays on the attack attacking all the joints of Matt. Pentagon then kicks Sydal on the side of the head then rolls him up for a nearfall. Sydal then regains control of the match and attacks the leg of Pentagon. Sydal continues to tell him to open up his third eye and that he isn’t afraid of him. Pentagon fights back and hits two slingblades on Sydal.

Matt is able to escape and slide under the ring. Matt comes out on the other side and lures him to the floor and takes him out with a running knee. Sydal stays on the attack and focuses on the legs and knees of Pentagon. Pentagon is still on the ground and Sydal stays on the attsck and tells Pentagon that he is fearless. Pentagon fights back and hits a superkick on Sydal then eats a huge chop. Sydal fights back and hits a running knee on Pentagon off the apron with his reconstructed knee as we go to break.

Back from break Sydal is in control and goes to the top but gets caught by Pentagon. Sydal fights back and nails Pentagon with a spinning heel kick for a two count. Sydal sets Pentagon innthe corner and looks for the mount by Pentagon slides out and knocks him down and takes him out for a two count. Pentagon then looksto try and break Matt’s arm but Sydal escapes snd takes fown Pentagon for a two count. Sydal grabs and picks up Pentagon but he counters and hits a big chop and they trade and few chops before Sydal catches him with a knee then Pentagon regroups and hits the Pentagon Driver for a two count.

Sydal is in control and forces Pentagon into the corner snd hits a big splash to the back. Sydal then looks to hit the shooting star press but Pentagon gets the knees up and rolls him up for the nearfall. Pentagon then hits the fear factor for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Pentagon Jr. via pinfall

After the match on the titantron we see oVe and Sami is sicknof losing and says there will be some consequences. He says he looks like and idiot and people are talking about him online. Sami says one of them has to get their head shave. They both refuse but Sami choses Dave and makes Jake save his head. Sami says they are looking more like a family.

LAX Promo Segment:

Back from break and LAX and Konan make their way to the ring. Konan talks about how they beat the OGz at Slammiversary in a 5150 street fight a match they are undefeated in. The OGz appear and King says they don’t tell them watch to do. Konan calls him names but King says all they do is tell jokes while they have their titles. King admits that it was a setup. King wants this to be taken to the concerte jungle and ask if Konan is scared. Konan says that he made them who they are and says that their is only one group that runs the streets and that’s LAX.

We see Eddie Edwards backstage with his kendo stick and says it’s time to play.

Next Week:

Austin Aries(c) vs Eddie Edwards( IMPACT World Championship): 

Eddie Edwards makes his way to the ring to challenge for the world championship. Austin Aries makes his way to the ring to defend his world title against Eddie Edwards.

The bell rings and here we go. Collar and elbow tie up and A u.k stin Aries gets the advantage for a bit with a sideheadlock and Aries stands tall showboating. Back and forth with go and Aries gets caught with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Eddie then lays on the canvas making snow angles.

Eddie then chases him looking to shake his hand. As we go to break we see Aries trying to getback in the ring but Eddie walks up to him still trying to shake his hand. Back from break and Eddie Edwards is still holding the ring with Aries on the outside. They finally lock up again but Aries gains vontrol and boxs the ears of Rddie then looks to go for a suicide dive but gets caufht by a foream frkm Eddie. Eddie is in control and attacks Aries with multiple chops. Eddie rolls back in the ring to break the count. Aries begins to stumble away but Eddie follows him back in the ring. Aries looks for a brain buster but Eddie counters intona front face slam. Aries fights back and sends Eddie to the floor and finally hits the suicide dive. Aries brings Eddie back in the ring for a two count. Aries then floats over and takes down Eddie again for a two count. Aries then hits a huge chop on Eddie but Eddie enjoys it and ask for more. Aries looks to hit another chop but gets caught and Eddie hits him with a blue thunder bomb.

Back and forth we go and Eddie gets the advantage and hits Aries with a tiger driver for a two count. Aries fights back and locks in the last chancery but Eddie bites his fingers to escape the hold. Aries is mad now and looks to hit Eddie with the belt but the referee stops him which allows Eddie to hit a lowblow on Aries and roll him up for a two count. Things break down as Eddie accidentally hits the referee with a spin kick. Eddie then takes out Aries with a DDT and goes for the pin but the ref is still down. Eddie grabs the kendo stick and hits the referee. Aries then looks for the brain buster again but Eddie counters and hits him with the kendo stick. Eddie then begins to choke out Aries in the corner. Killer Kross comes out and hits doomsday on Eddie then Aries hits the brain buster on Eddie for the pinfall victory.

Killer Kross lays the calling card on Eddie. Aries and Killer Kross stand tall to close the show.

Winner and STILL IMPACT World Champion Austin Aries via pinfall 

My Score: 8/10


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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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