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Chris’ IMPACT Wrestling Results & Report! (9/13/18)

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Join Chris as he delivers live coverage of this week’s IMPACT Wrestling!!

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QUICK RESULTS:

  • The Lucha Bros. defeated The Cult Of Lee – pinfall, Pentagon pins Lee, Spiked Fear Factor
  • Alisha defeated Katarina – pin fall, roll up
  • LAX defeated The Fraternity – pin fall, blockbuster/ powerbomb combo, Ortiz pins Decker
  • Brian Cage defeated Kongo Kong pin fall, F-5
  • IMPACT World Title: Austin Aries(c) defeated Fallah Bahh – submission, Last Chancery

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IMPACT! WRESTLING – Sept. 13, 2018

 

Show opens with a recap of last week’s Knockouts action, with Allie and Keira saving Tessa from the coffin, The Lucha Bros. offer to Cage, the ceasefire between LAX and The OGz, and Moose’s reasons for backstabbing Edwards.

Austin Aries’ music hits, and out comes The Greatest Man Who’s Ever Lived with Killer Kross and Moose. Couches are set up in the ring for the champion and his crew.

Fans chant “douche” at Moose, Aries says “it’s very important to keep yourself clean, I agree with that.” Aries states they’re taking out everyone and no one will stop them.

Moose states they haven’t seen Edwards in a while, Aries says they should check on his wife, and out come KM and Fallah Bahh.

Aries offers them a banana, saying if Bahh ate more bananas, maybe he wouldn’t be so fat as he offers them seats in the ring.

KM said they have motivation from a pretty lady in the back to always to speak their mind. KM then calls Aries a liar and a rotten human being and a horrendous world champion. Aries says that’s okay, because when KM was champion… oh that’s right, he’s never been champion.

KM tells Moose best friends don’t stab each other in the back and starts the “douche” chant again.

Aries says they got off on the wrong foot and apologizes, saying as the champion things got chaotic, and he offers them a peace offering. Aries offers Bahh a World Title shot TONIGHT! Bahh shakes his hand in agreement, and the match is set for tonight!!

To the announce desk with Josh Matthews and Don Callis, as they run down what’s on the show tonight. Josh is thrilled for Bahh, Callis is worried.

Match One: The Lucha Bros. [Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix] vs The Cult Of Lee [Trevor Lee & Caleb Konley]

Pentagon starts against Lee. Chops to both Lee and Konley, Bros whip the two men into each other, then Fenix dropkick both to the outside, and the Bros pose in the ring.

**commercial break**

Back in as Lee controls Fenix in a corner, whips him across, Fenix goes outside, enziguri,  and a dropkick in. Off the ropes, The Cult drop Fenix in the top rope, Pentagon in, they both kick him and The Cult stands tall.

Konley in, Lee holds and he punches Fenix. Fenix fights back with chops, but a double thrust drops him into the corner.

Lee in, big boot, Pentagon breaks up the pin at 2. Konley back in with no tag, stomps, cover for nothing, then a choke. Back rake by Konley. Now chops in the corner and a knee stops Fenix.

Lee tags in and stomps Fenix in the corner. Konley chokes with his foot as the referee is distracted. Double team whip, misses the  clothesline’s, and a springboard elbow from Fenix takes them both out.

Fenix tags Pentagon, super kicks all around. Wheelbarrow cutter by Fenix on Lee, then a wheel barrow splash on Konley for two. Pentagon with a HUGH CHOP that echos in the arena on Konley! Tags in Fenix. Lee breaks up the Fear Factor, Konley backhands Pentagon, and a Doomsday Stomp on Fenix, Pentagon breaks up the pin at two. Konley and Lee with superkicks off the ropes.

Lee meets Fenix up top, Pentagon stops Konley from interfering, Fenix springboards into a dive on Konley outside, Pentagon hits a super lung blower on Lee for two.

Bros hit a spike Fear factor on Lee for the 1-2-3 as Fenix dives on Konley on the outside!!

Your winners: The Lucha Bros. (Pin fall)

3.5 out of 5

good back and forth action, made both teams look strong, which I didn’t expect with the recent Cult of Lee losing streak and Pentagon being World Champion. Felt a little like they were trying to fir more moves and spots in, which hurt a little of the story they were telling in the ring.

Video starts of oVe backstage saying they’re on the show so much because they sell tickets. Jake is mimicking Sami for the entire promo. Sami challenges Pentagon, Fenix and Cage to a  six-man tag team match at Bound For Glory, in an oVe Rules Match!!

Backstage, KM is celebrating Bahh’s opportunity, but Bahh looks worried. KM says they need advice from someone who’s been there, from former champions.

**commercial break**

KM and Fallah are now yelling for Eli, including into a dummy and an ATM

KM asks Eli to help make Bahh the face of IMPACT! and Eli says he’s only focused on going to Mexico next week and calling out all the “Tontos! Si! Tontos! Si!” Tells him he should get a cup… or in his case, a bowl.

Chris Jericho Cruise video

And now, the GWN Flashback Moment of the Week!

Backstage interview with Keira Hogan and Allie. Allie says she doesn’t like Tessa, but this isn’t about the Knockout’s Title, it’s about her promise to make sure nobody else goes into Su’s coffins.

**commercial break**

Bound For Glory and BFG television taping video package

Backstage interview with Tessa Blanchard. Says she doesn’t need Allie’s help and she seems right through her.

Match Two: Alisha vs Katarina

Katarina, of course, with no Grado or Joe Hendry after what happened last week.

Callis again asks what’s wrong with Joe for choosing Grado over Katarina.

Grado’s music hits and out he comes with Joe Hendry. Grado has trouble speaking to Katarina and Hendry blames her for his sad state. Hendry says he reacted too quickly last week, and he’s made a music video for Katarina. The song is called “Access Denied” and hits a “what did you do with your pirate brother” line.

Alisha then rolls her up for the 1-2-3

Your winner: Alisha (pin fall)

No Rating

There wasn’t a match here, just a segment and a roll up

Grado then says “Lol” and starts an “Access Denied” chant

Backstage we see KM and Bahh comes out with a glass bowl and a glass cup. KM explains Eli was making fun of him when the Smoke Show music hits, Scarlett says she’s proud of them and says a big strong man deserves gold for around his big strong waist. He then smashes the cup in his hand and he and KM rush off.

**commercial break**

Josh Matthews has a prerecorded interview with Johnny Impact. They recap last week, and the beating Impact took from Aries’ crew. Impact says Aries has his backup, but he will be back for Bound For Glory.

Matthews asks if he’s worried about Kross and Moose, Impact says it’s revealing that’s he’s surrounded himself with goons, and it shows he’s insecure.

Match Three: The Fraternity [Channing Decker & Trent Gibson] vs LAX [Santana & Ortiz](w/ Konnan)

Ortiz starts against the blonde frat bro (Decker), and starts whipping him with a chancla. Forearm from Decker,  he cartwheels and hits a dropkick for one. Tags in the brunette bro (Gibson), and the double team Ortiz. Slam and a leg drop, Santana starts slapping them, The gets caught in a springboard and gets turned inside out.

Cutter on the top rop, covers but Ortiz is on the bottom rope. Santana and Decker in, hits a DDT on Gibson off Deckers shoulders. misses a splash, and Decker hits a topei on Ortiz on the ramp. Gibson has Santana on his shoulders, Ortiz stops Decker, and Santana drops Gibson. LAX double team throw Gibson into a seated Decker in the corner, blockbuster powerbomb on Decker for the 1-2-3

Your winners: LAX – pin fall

3 out of 5

Lopsided win for LAX (duh) as this was mostly a warmup match for them. The Fraternity looks like a solid tag team with a good gimmick, I would like to see them back for real and maybe even a light shot at the Titles some day.

King and the OGz come out, saying there’s a cease fire,  but his boys are hungry. He challenges the LAX saying they won’t do anything. King says he doesn’t regret losing them as family or losing the fans support, he regrets that the kid they hit with the car is still breathing. He then challenges LAX to throw the first punch as we head back stage

Aries being interviewed, Alicia asks what his motivation was. He says he feels as jolly as Santa Claus, just handing out gifts. Says Bahh’s gift will end like everyone else’s shot, in defeat. Says the will be no one left in the locker room when he’s done.

**commercial break**

Bound For Glory package

Matthews recaps what just happened between LAX and the OGz

Another Bound For Glory package

KM giving Bahh a pep talk backstage when Rich Swann comes up and says tonight is his night!

Matt Sydal catches Swann after and says he can help him and show him the way. Swann says in Mexico, he wants to whoop Sydal’s ass

Promo for One Night Only: Night Of the Dummies, tomorrow on the GWN app

Next week we find out who will join the IMPACT! Hall of Fame

Match Four: Kongo Kong vs Brian Cage

*commercial break**

The meet in the middle and Kong knocks Cage off his feet. Forearm shots by Cage and he low bridges Kong onto the ramp. Goes for a slingshot, Kong hits a forearm to stop him, and slingshot crossbody back in for two. Powerslam and along goes up top. Cage meets him, Kong shoves him off and misses a stomp.

Cage charges, caught with a back elbow and his a powerslam. Springboard moonsault gets two. Kong goes for a chokeslam, Cage breaks it, drop toe hold on the top, Kong hits an elbow, rolling splash in the corner, covers for two.

Kong mounts the corner, Cage hits a sit out powerbomb out for two. Cage calls for the discus clothesline, Kong goozles him, throws him in the corner, does it again, goes for a chokeslam that Cage BACKFLIPS OUT OF!!! Cage hits the F-5 for the 1-2-3

Your winner: Brian Cage, pin fall

3.5 out of 5

A way better match then two men of this size should be having together. Kong continues to improve every time he’s in the ring and Brian Cage is just superhuman with some of the things he can do. Highlight of the night backflipping out of the chokeslam for sure!!

Cage has a mic, calls out Callihan and oVe. Says he will walk into BFG and decimate EVERY ONE!

Video package for IMPACT! in Mexico City

Announcers talk about Mexico, the main event and Bound For Glory.

KM and Bahh walking to the ring, and everyone in the locker room is cheering him on.

**commercial break**

Match Five, IMPACT World Championship: Fallah Bahh (w/ KM) vs Austin Aries(c) (w/ Killer Kross & Moose)

Moose and Kross are carrying chairs with them to the ring.

In-ring introductions make this match feel even bigger.

Aries talks smack to start, fakes the test of strength, headlock by Aries. Bahh lowers his head and Aries cartwheels off the ropes. Aries jokes with Moose.

Headlock by Bahh. Aries tries to shoot him off to no luck. Off the ropes a few times, Bahh gets exhausted, Aries chills on the top rope.

**commercial break**

During the commercial,  Aries did some gymnastic while Bahh sucked wind

Bahh hits a huge shoulder tackle, and then says No No NO!! Aries slaps Bahh, who delivers several receipts. Chops Aries down in the corner.

Whips Aries across burns misses the splash. Aries goes over, caught by Bahh but pokes the eyes, then a chop block brings him down. Stomps him and punches and kicks.

Aries begins stomping Bahh’s knee and then takes his back. Chop exchange. Aries tries a sunset flip, Bahh sits but Aries moved.

Aries calls for the Brainbuster, but cannot get him up. He boxes his ears. Bahh counters another Buster attempt into a suplex, chops down Aries. Whips him to the corner and hits a Samoan Drop for two. Aries grabs Bahh’s ankle as attempts to go up the turnbuckles. Aries looks for the Discus Clothesline but Bahh hits a belly to belly. Bahh rolls over Aries,  who counters into the Last Chancery. Bahh breaks on the ropes.

Aries goes for brainbuster, no luck. Discus clothesline, charges Bahh who gets the boot up, splashes him for two and 3/4!!!!

Aries climbs up with Bahh, sunset flip powerbomb into the Last Chansery and Bahh taps out!!

Your winner and STILL IMPACT World Champion: Austin Aries – submission

After the match, the beating begins for Bahh and KM.

They wrap the chair on KM’s head, and hit it with the chair, Aries’ crew stand tall as we go off the air!!

THAT’S ALL FOR TONIGHT!!

One Night Only: Night Of the Dummies is TOMORROW!!! Join me here as I will have all the results!

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Good night, and happy wrestling!!


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 7/12/2019

Slammiversary was a great PPV! What does Impact bring to the table after a successful event?

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Slammiversary was a great PPV! What does Impact bring to the table after a successful event?

With the news of some people being free agents along with all of the title defenses, we’ve got some work to do!

Wait…Don Callis and Josh Matthews are in front of a Slammiversary LED screen?

We’re getting a clip show? OH- a clip show with 1 new match and the full main event of a A Night You Can’t Mist.

Really? You follow up a hot PPV with a clip show.

Talk about not understanding momentum.

 

Ratings:

  • IMPACTplus Match: Michael Elgin & Johnny Impact vs The Great Muta & Tommy Dreamer: Muta wins via Shining Wizard – ***
  • Kiera Hogan vs Jordynne Grace vs Madison Rayne: Grace wins via Grace Driver – ***

 

Analysis:

Well I must’ve overlooked something, since this is mostly a clip show. Seems like they’re going over the Slammiversary matches with post match comments interspersed from wrestlers.

Surprisingly, Melissa is on the Skype host of Twitch chat duty tonight. She just got married and this is a clip show and she’s still around. Points for her.

Ugh – yup just clips of before and after promos for Killer Kross vs Eddie Edwards. I don’t really care. These feel like they should be extras for the Slammiversary DVD, not a standalone IMPACT episode.

Jimmy Jacobs weighs in on the Monster’s Ball information. Gotta love the Zombie Princess.

To give you an idea of what we’ve been dealing with:

Oh now we get to hear the thoughts of the Real Deal now. D’lo Brown discusses the tag team match.

The best thing to come from these post match comments was the promo Konnan cut on The North afterwards. Still definitely a waste of time episode, but Konnan is still fire on the stick.

Well thankfully they trimmed out the portion of the Night You Can’t Mist main event so we didn’t see the long stall because of the shitty fan. As for the match, it was a good house show style match. A few moments of awkward spots, physical comedy and Muta slides in with a broom, Kid Ref admonishes him and he decides to just sweep the ring a little like he had no ill intent. Solid match honestly, the fact that Muta goes over after some Misting shenanigans was just a nice moment.

Tommy joins Josh and Don talking about Tessa versus Sami Callihan. The interviews afterwards definitely drive home the fact that Sami has respect for Tessa. It was a well done video package, but this really shouldn’t be a stand alone episode.

Petey Williams joins the aftermath show to discuss Swann and Johnny. Nothing really of merit was said or shown, especially since most of us figure Johnny lost since his contract was up. So trying to frame it in a sports way, doesn’t really resonate with this generation of wrestling viewer. I mean that more by available information, not hands down “smart” remarks.

So we know where it’s going. They talk about Cage and Elgin with Scott D’Amore and it seems like this angle might persist. Since Cage won with a wrestling move and not his usual seek and destroy style, Elgin is taking that as a moral victory. Any matches with those two will be good stuff, but got this has been hard to sit through.

Well this women’s Triple Threat was kind of a mess early on. Mistimed spots, competitors or referees out of position, awkward transition and partially missed moves. Granted, they had a good amount of time and kept the intensity up, so it helped to save the match from an enjoyment and storyline perspective. Things culminate with Grace getting the win, but Rayne turns heel. So Hogan and Rayne gang up on Grace, and Hogan walks out exchanging glances with Rayne, but never quite cementing if they will be a team moving forward.

Overall Score: 3.5/10

A clip show with one new match and one match from a show last month. I mean, Jesus this was not a good idea. Yes the video packages were solid, sure they helped to flesh things out a little bit…but holy hell it was a boring show. Plus you have to wonder how people who paid for the PPV must feel when a good bit of the footage was given away during this clip show.

Of course Twitch viewers were the lowest they’ve ever been since people were not happy with a clip show.

Just a dumb choice coming off the heels of a great PPV.


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Slammiversary 2019 Ratings & Analysis

Slammiversary is always one of Impact’s big two shows. Last year righted the ship. Do we get another great show? 

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Slammiversary is always one of Impact’s big two shows. Last year righted the ship. Do we get another great show?

We’ve got a whole lot going on for this show. Elgin tried to take out Cage when he debuted. The North winning the titles on Friday turned the Tag Title match into a Triple Threat.

Let’s also not forget the IWC buzzworthy angle with Sami and Tessa having their intergender war.

So it’s time to find out what kind of show we get!

 

Ratings:

  • Jake Crist vs TJP vs Trey vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via 6 Star Frog Splash @9:45 – *** 1/4
  • Impact Tag Team Championship: Dez & Wentz vs The North (c) vs LAX: The North retain via Gutwrench Powerbomb @7:30 – ** 3/4
  • First Blood: Killer Kross vs Eddie Edwards: Edwards wins via Broken Kendo Stick Shoved in the Mouth @11:45 – ***
  • Moose vs RVD: Moose wins via Spear @13:55 – ** 1/2
  • Knockout’s Championship Monster’s Ball: Havok vs Su Yung vs Rosemary vs Taya Valkyrie (c): Taya retains via Super Piledriver @11:55 – *** 1/2
  • X Division Championship: Johnny Impact vs Rich Swann (c): Swann retains via Phoenix Splash @15:10 – **** 1/2
  • IMPACT World Championship: Brian Cage (c) vs Michael Elgin: Cage retains via Double Legged Cradle @14:30 – **** 1/4
  • Sami Callihan vs Tessa Blanchard: Sami wins via Piledriver @15:00 – **** 

 

Analysis:

Impact has a tendency to start off with the fast paced X Division matches, but I didn’t notice this adjustment. I thought it was a TJP open challenge, but now I guess this is basically a ranking match for the X Division. Great quick action, a long tease on the Tower of Doom (thank god it didn’t happen), but TJP puts Trey in the Romero Special, Jake pins him since he’s technically on his back and then Willie Mack comes off the top rope with a stomp to break it all up. Just great action with no real hiccups except questionable camera work.

So the match was apparently a tornado tag match? Hey I’m fine with that, I just wish it was explained. Match was fast, The North were taken out early, but, once they got in the match, their power was definitely noticeable. Numerous pin attempt break ups thanks to Ethan Page’s power. A weird point in the match, Santana got pushed off the top rope and immediately said something about his leg. Refs and medical personnel come out, which causes a weird lull in the match. The match was good, but that odd stop hurt the flow of the match. Could it be a work? Could it be real? I think Santana was hurt a few weeks ago, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he tweaked something. Either way, The North retain and LAX are protected if this is part of a story to write them off TV.

Killer Kross comes out looking like a cross of Vampiro and Seven with the white face paint and black eyes. Given the whole set up, Edwards had to win this match. It was a brutal back and forth with a few weapons and power spots on the outside. After eating 3 Boston Knee Parties, Eddie realized he needed to step it up, so he snapped Kenny in half and shoved the broken side into Kross’ face. Once the ref pulled them apart, Kross’ face was pouring blood from the mouth and Eddie was victorious. Kinda what you’d expect of a gimmicky First Blood match.

RVD comes out to prove he’s still the Whole F’n Show, while Moose looks to start moving up the ladder for possible bigger matches. RVD played the greatest hits and Moose got caught a few times trying to one up RVD. A sloppy Frog Splash, introducing a chair (dumbass), and just generally getting ahead of himself. However, RVD played up his position after a drop toe hold into a chair, and spent too damn long pandering on the top rope. A missed 5 Star Frog Splash, lead to Moose hitting his Spear and grabbing the win over the legend.

Monster’s Ball had a bit of a twist this time around since James Mitchell was trying to get Su Yung to agree to making Havok champion. So it was effectively a team against 2 others. Lots of chairs, cookie trays, tables and of course tacks. We saw a big Side Effect through the table from Taya to Rosemary. Havok hits a Super Tombstone on Su Yung and looks to win the match, but Taya recovers and throws a chair to break up the pin, and then pins Su Yung to retain her title. Taya barely escapes, but not a bad match.

We saw a lot of character work between Johnny and Bravo, which definitely helped carry the slower spots. Swann took out Bravo towards the end when both we trading big cool moves. One move of note coming from Rich Swann, being a Cartwheel Standing Phoenix Splash. That just looked cool. Johnny attempted Starship Pain, and even though he supposedly hit it (you’d think after a decade he’d know how to position people), Rich kicked out. Rich hit a nice 7 strike blitz and 2 Lethal Injections, ole shock and awe tactic. Top Rope Phoenix Splash allowed Swann to retain the title. Damn good match.

Well now, big boy match with big boys doing big boy things. This was a great display of power moves and athletic moves, since neither guy is one dimensional. Elgin worked over Brian Cage’s back, and it played into the match a few times. Cage couldn’t land the Drill Claw, because his back went out. Right when everything was looking good for Elgin, he hits a Buckle Bomb, lifts Cage for the Elgin Bomb, but Cage rolls through, Sunsets Elgin and sits down into a Double Legged Cradle, ala how Okada beat Jericho (and got the first fall on Omega in the 2 out of the 3 falls match). So after all these power spots, the match ends with a basic wrestling move. Great stuff.

Sami and Tessa had most of the internet buzz coming into Slammiversary, so it makes sense this goes on last. Tessa came out hot knocking Sami out of the ring and then going for Triplicate Suicide Dives. Sami catches her on the third and swings her into the guardrail. At that point we get a lot of Sami laying Tessa out a few times and then turning his back on her for a count out or general disrespect. We get two referee bumps that allow for baseball bats and a low blow from Tessa. Tessa connects with Magnum, but Sami kicks out. Tessa defiantly does the oVe thumbs up, thumbs down in Sami’s face, and he snaps off a Piledriver for the win. A shock to many that Tessa didn’t go over, but Sami grabs his bat and hers, walks over to her trying to recollect herself in the corner, and instead of continuing the beating, he just hands her, her bat and walks off.

 

Overall Score: 8/10

A damn good show that paid off where it needed to and gave us some possible future stories. Rhyno returning to make the save for Callis and Gore Elgin is hopefully leading to more. Not sure if it was a one off since he never took the mask off, or if we could see Elgin lock horns with Rhyno. Personally, a run in Impact to re-establish that he isn’t a joke could be a good thing for Rhyno.

I also really liked that Sami went over in the main event. He was treating her equally the entire time, him winning a big feud could set him up for a World Title shot and Tessa comes out looking great too since he was a hell of a fight. X Division will be interesting since Willie Mack won the opening 4 way, and since Rich retained. Do we see a turn soon or will it just be two buddies wrestling for the title?

Either way, damn good show and it’s nice to see Impact continuing to deliver big matches and solid shows even if they are the butt of many jokes with low visibility.


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