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- 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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!!
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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Review 1/18/2019
Coming off their sexy debut on Pursuit and Twitch, how does Impact Wrestling follow that? Andrew let’s us know how it all went down.
With nothing as edgy as a Scarlett Bordeaux strip show advertised for this week, I guess we should find out exactly how much sex sold last week and who stuck around for Impact.
We should see developments with Johnny/Cage/Kross/Moose, Tessa/Gail and Allie/Rosemary. So with a bunch of budding stories, this should be a fun episode.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 19, 2019
Interesting note: Sami Callihan, Don Callis and Jordynne Grace are active in the Twitch chat tonight, along with a few other wrestlers. The interactive aspect is kind of cool.
- KM w/Fallah Bah vs Caleb Conley – NO CONTEST Brian Cage lays everyone out
- ‘All Ego’ Ethan Page vs Eddie Edwards – Page wins via DQ – ** 1/2
- Dark Allie w/Su Yung vs Jodynne Grace w/ Kiera Hogan – Jordynne wins via Wristclutch Fisherman Driver – *
- Brian Cage vs Moose – Cage wins via Drill Claw – ***
- Trey vs Rich Swann -Swann wins via 450 Splash – ***
- LAX vs oVe – LAX wins via Tandem Inverted Suplex – *** 1/2
- The show starts off with what we expect to be a match, but then it cuts to the back with Brian Cage going crazy. He storms out, interrupts the match, lays out the world and calls out Johnny Impact. Impact comes out, Moose and Kross beat down Johnny. Cage eventually struts up the ramp, drags Johnny back to the ring to lay in some damage himself, but Moose spears Cage and Kross hits Johnny with the Doomsday Saito Suplex. Wonder if we get a thrown together tag or if the free for all feel continues.
- Twitch unique commercial break has Josh Mathew’s Skype in and chat with the viewers. It’s an interesting take on doing the show through Twitch.
- Quick backstage moment with Cage making a match for tonight with Moose, since Moose hit him with the spear.
- Eli Drake comes out to join commentary
- Decent match by Page and Edwards here. Drake sets up the promo he cuts on Edwards after the match throughout his commentary. Some nice bickering between commentary and solid enough match before Eddie decides to use the Kendo Stick. Edwards calls the Kendo Stick Kenny, and when Page landed a big Pump Kick, Drake couldn’t miss the South Park reference. But after the DQ it sounds like Drake wants Eddie to return to his old version, not this twisted hardcore person. Maybe we’ll see Davey Richards come back. LAX against the American Wolves would be a great match.
- Flashback moment is a steel cage match with Raven’s Gathering versus Abyss’ Red Shirts. Always nice to see the overbooked nostalgia of old school TNA with AJ Styles, Sting and CM Punk at the time.
- Rascalz with the That 70s Show stoner vignette, even drop a Step Brothers reference. Pretty funny if you like that.
- Allie puts up a little bit of a fight, but Jordynne dominates for the most part. After the match Rosemary shuts the lights off and switches places with Su Yung in the ring to try and get Allie back. But Allie bails and runs off in fear.
- Scarlett announces her winner, and it’s herself. She says that she’s already the most over Knockout and she hasn’t wrestled yet, so now she’ll get in a ring and prove herself there.
- Cage vs Moose is a hard hitting big boy style match. Moose got to showcase a bit of the cocky persona when he thought he outsmarted Brian Cage, but then Cage ducks the chop and Moose hits the post like a geek. The match was slow, but some nice outside of the ring work, as well as, fun spots. Moose did a Kip Up, Brian Cage fired up, flurry of strikes, Moose lands a Go to Hell, but Cage kicks out. Moose tries to introduce a chair, it backfires and Cage kills Moose. Cage has a much clearer path to a rematch against Johnny.
- Taya interview says she’ll be back in time for the Mexico shows, and we’ll get some La Wera Loca action.
- Interesting note, Allie joined the Twitch chat, with Rosemary in it as well…and they continue to talk in character and further to story a bit. It’s really cool. Feels like an old AOL RP chat room…shut up, I’m old, don’t talk.
- Tessa gets an interview in the back, nearly attacks McKenzie, attacks a PA, Gail shows up to pull her off and they scuffle. So again, I’m figuring Gail comes out of retirement to face Tessa. Fun Eli Drake sighting in the background during the brawl though. Scott D’amore did just suspend Tessa, but we all know those never stick.
- Swann and Trey was quick and fun. A few hiccups in the match, but not bad. Locomotion Double Leg Cradles make Baby Ref dizzy and Trey nearly gets the best of it. Swann kicks out, knocks Trey back on his ass and then puts things away with a second rope 450 Splash. oVe comes out to try and recruit Swann again, but before a decision is made, LAX come out for the match. So again we’re left without knowing how Swann feels.
- The commercial break comes back a little late, but we get a good portion of the match. Spotty but a fun match. Saw a lot of quick tandem work between both teams, and it’s also the first time we’ve really seen Dave Crist in an actual match in a while. oVe hits a Superplex/Jumping Powerbomb combo, but only for a 2. Then LAX dispatches of Dave, hits a bunch of smooth moves, Rolling Cutter, Code Breaker, Superkick, Tandem Inverted Suplex, and the pinfall. Fast paced and fun, perfectly fine TV main event. After the match the Lucha Bros congratulate them, but Ortiz gets a little prematurely mouthy as Konnan voices his dismay when the show cuts off.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 19, 2019
Overall Score: 6.5/10
Fun and solid show. Even though the actual wrestling was back-loaded this week, we saw plenty of story line progression and all of the little segments and promos are building to something. Plus Impact showed their new concept with wrestlers in the chat to kind of talk with and Josh’s Skype presence. It would be cool if they mixed up the Skype person though. McKenzie Mitchell, Eli Drake, Bruan Cage (with Melissa maybe) or Alicia Atout popping in at 3 minute intervals during commercials would probably be better. But it was still a very cool concept.
Still, between the interactivity on Twitch and the actual content of the show, this was an easy watch and pretty enjoyable. It should be mentioned though that Twitch viewers did drop by a bit. The show capped off right around 8,000 viewers and by the time the main event hit, it was down to 6,500. So this shows about a 20% drop in viewership, but a strip show also wasn’t marketed…so who knows if that played into the bigger number last week. All I know is, it’s early in the year, but Impact has put on a more solid TV product than even SmackDown Live. I’m hopeful this trend continues, so I’ll keep watching.
Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling 1/11/2019 Ratings & Notes
Andrew covers the first Pursuit/Twitch Impact. Will it rebound from Homecoming?
Well if you read my Homecoming review notes, or listened to POD is War…that PPV didn’t really ring my bell. With Don Callis promising Edgier and Sexier, does the inaugural Pursuit/Twitch show pay off?
Firstly, Impact’s Twitch TV link: https://www.twitch.tv/impactwrestling
So now let’s get to the reason why most people prolly clicked this.
- Wentz & Dez vs Pentagon Jr & Fenix – Pentagon & Fenix wins via Tandem Gory Bomb/Fear Factor/Cutter combination – *** 3/4
- FLASHBACK MATCH 8/20/2003 X Division Ultimate X Match: Michael Shane vs Chris Sabin vs Frankie Kazarian: Shane wins for those who forgot – *** 3/4
- Willie Mack vs Sami Callihan – Mack wins via Cradle – ***
- Tessa Blanchard vs Cali Collins – Tessa wins via Eat DeFeat – N/A Job Match
- No DQ Match: Johnny Impact vs Killer Kross – Kross wins via CrossJacket Sleeper – ***
- Kicks off with Johnny complaining about Killer Kross Powerbombing Taya off the stage. Brian Cage shows up to state that Johnny isn’t done with him since he had him pinned for a 10 count, but a bunch of extra crap saved the championship for Johnny. Kross then shows up, says once Taya is back he’ll put her back in the hospital. Johnny Superkicks Cage, dives on Kross, Kross rolls in the ring, Cage wipes out Johnny with a Discus Clothesline, Kross tries to lay out Cage, but Cage pops up and Kross looks shocked but leaves the ring before anything crazy happens.
- Well now, if anyone had questions about The Rascalz, this stopped those questions. Match was basically run like a Lucha Rules match since I don’t remember a clean tag the whole time, but there were quick, crisp and great moves. Dez started off mirroring Pentagon for amusement, and the Rascalz continued their stoner/playful gimmick, while looking impressive as hell. As Dez and Wentz were trying to set up for Hot Fire Flame, Fenix shows up to turn the tides, Pentagon has Dez in a Gory Special, picks up Wentz for the Fear Factor, and drops down, while Fenix hits a cutter on Dez. Could easily have been a PPV match, all four were tremendous.
- GWN Flashback to the first ever X Division Ultimate X Match – Apparently they’re doing a full Flashback match now. Well…that’s kinda cool. I miss Frankie Kazarian’s hair.
- Broken Hardys interlude, not sure if just a Twitch thing for when commercials are on, but nice to see some of those clips again.
- Killer Kross is a great promo. He plays unhinged and sadistic so beautifully.
- Rich Swann promo is solid, turns into Sami Callihan offering him a spot in oVe, Willie Mack then comes out before the answer and they start scuffling before their official match.
- 2002 Hidden Gem Match, Hot Shots vs The Briscoes (yes the ROH Briscoes).
- Callihan and Mack have a nice match that looks more like a brawl. Lots of heavy hands and solid strikes. False finish with Callihan hitting the Piledriver on the stage, but Mack makes it back to the ring right before the 10 count. Mack never hits the Stunner, but they end the match after locomotion cradle attempts and then Mack sits down on the Sunset attempt, grabs a leg and gets the Cradle victory.
- Scarlett Bordeaux Strip Show, she gives a countdown after saying she’ll declare the winner of her talent search next week. Desi Hit Squad plays Mike Knox and interrupts, a few amusing lines, but then Scott Steiner shows up. Lays out the Desi Hit Squad, says Scarlett will continue and sets up a chair for a front row seat. And well, she reveals this lacy little red and black number under the robe. Looks similar to her wrestling gear in Mexico, but yeah…I’m not complaining. I hope Steve Cook is watching.
- Tessa is pissed and this job match adds to her calling out Gail. Using Gail’s finisher to end the match is a cute wrinkle. I guess Gail is coming out of retirement soon.
- Backstage segment with Eddie Edwards and Eli Drake hints very heavily that if Eddie wants to maintain this more hardcore persona, Drake may be in his future.
- Quick backstage piece with Dark Allie and Su Yung. Ahh…Dark Allie…<3
- One more Hidden Gem before the Main Event, and it’s Elix Skipper vs Shinsuke Nakamura from 2008. Subconscious is still the best wrestling theme ever.
- Well this was a hell of a fight. Impact started off aggressively, Kross then got in some offense with chairs, then we get a fun spot. Johnny knocks down Kross, asks the crowd for chairs so they feed up about a dozen. Johnny does a Moonsault onto the pile of chairs with Kross under. He then starts moving the steal steps and throws one or two chairs in the ring as Kross pops up looking like a monster, grinning from ear to ear. Kross then tosses a chair into the ring, and they have this understood armistice of “Yeah, chairs in the ring sounds cool”. They keep eye contact going into the ring, and then have a chair duel like a bunch of 12 year olds (in an amusing way). Right when it looks like Johnny has a chance to win, Moose comes out, pushes Johnny into a previously propped up table and Kross chokes out Johnny.
Overall Score: 8/10
The first episode after a disappointing Homecoming had to deliver in my book, and boy did it. Moose and Kross joining back up is a nice to pull on a fairly recent affiliation. Since Johnny promised Cage a shot after he dealt with Kross, I feel we’re going to get Johnny Cage vs Killer Moose in some combination over the next few weeks. Eli and Eddie most likely colliding is nice since they are both former World Champions and you’d have to figure the winner of that feud should be positioned back towards the top. oVe’s story with Mack and Swann is solid, as well as the Dark Allie/Rosemary stuff.
Impact definitely felt more like Attitude Era WWF/Old TNA, not sure if that was purposely done cause they’re taping from the Asylum or if it’s their new model. But this was damn good and I think the Twitch stream maxed out around 10,350 viewers and held steady between 8,500 – 9,000 for most of the show.