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Chris’ IMPACT! Wrestling Results & Report (9/20/18)

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IMPACT Wrestling Results & Report

For the first tim ever, IMPACT! Wrestling comes to us from Mexico!!!

QUICK RESULTS

  • oVe d. Aerostar, El Hijo Del Vikingo & Laredo Kid – pinfall, oVe pinned Vikingo, Doomsday Cutter
  • Eli Drake d. Trevor Lee – pin fall, Gravy Train
  • King d. Chronus – pin fall, spinning back fist
  • Faby Apache d. Alisha – pin fall, sit out powerbomb
  • The Lucha Bros. d. Matt Sydal & Rich Swann – pin fall, Fenix pins Sydal, muscle buster power bomb
  • IMPACT! Title: Austin Aries(c) d. El Texano Jr. – pinfall, brainbuster

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IMPACT! Wrestling from Mexico

Video package recapping last week starts us off.

Match One: Aerostar, El Hijo Del Vikingo & Laredo Kid vs oVe [Jake Crist, Dave Crist & Sami Calihan]

Nice touch here as the ring announcement for the Mexican trio was in Spanish and announced them as the “Technicos”

Brisk pace to start between Sami and Laredo, everyone in, kicks all around leave Laredo standing. “Mexico” chant for the Technicos. Dave and Laredo in, Laredo flying everywhere, hits a front kick sending Dave to the floor. Jake cuts him off, superkick to the back of the head, then chin, and a crescent kick takes him down. Aerostar in with a headscissor interrupted by Sami with a powerbomb.

Vikingo in and walks across the ring on HIS HANDS!!! Front kick by Sami takes him down. Misses in the corner, Vikingo with a hurricanrana. Hits a tope con hilo, but oVe catches him and hits a powerbomb in the apron. Laredo and Aerostar on the top buckle, Aero goes off Laredo’s shoulders and dives on oVe on the floor. Laredo follows with a delayed moonsault!!! Vikingo follows with a shooting star press!!!

Brawling begins all around he ring. Laredo tosses in Sami, who hits a huge clothesline. Mounted punches and tries to rip the mask. Tags in Jake.

Jake takes out Aero and Vikingo and a savate kick to Laredo off a toss. Sami and Jake toss Laredo out of the corner.

Vikingo tags in against Jake. Jake tosses Vikingo into the buckles, sets him in them and kicks his back. Double kick to a held Vikingo, Laredo breaks up the pin at 2. Dave tags in.

They toss Vikingo who hits a senton on Jake. Aero In, hits a springboard off Dave into a double cutter, then a springboard code breaker on Dave. Vikingo hits a splash, Laredo hits a 450, all men cover, broken up by Sami and Jake.

oVe all pick up an opponent and tombstone, all get two on their man. Dave puts a Vikingo on his shoulders. Jake with a doomsday cutter off Sami’s shoulders for the 1-2-3

Your winners: oVe (pin fall)

Rich Swann is back stage and runs into Matt Sydal. Says they’ve had misunderstanding but he wants Swann to succeed. Susan says he received a divine transmition that they’re supposed to be a tag team, and they’ll face The Lucha Brothers, TONIGHT!!

**commercial break**

Backstage we see Sexy Starr getting ready when Tessa Blanchard walks in. Tells Starr she can’t put her stuff where the champion sits and if she wants to make it she better start moving. Faby Apache then approaches asking what Tessa’s problem is, and telling her around here, they treat each other with respect. Tessa says she thinks she has a better locker room anyway and walks away.

To the announce table for Josh Matthews and Don Callis, and they talk about Tessa’s disrespect and run down the card.

Next up, Eli Drake has an open challenge! Eli starts by saying he came to Mexico looking for a real challenge, but all he found was “tontos! Si!” And challenges anyone to come out.

Match Two: Eli Drake vs Trevor Lee

Trevor Lee answers the challenge with a referee in arm, and Eli jumps him. Trevor gets Eli in the corner and stomps away and celebrates. Kick and uppercut, Trevor then gets whipped across and Eli hits the uppercut. Forearm send Eli to the floor who then trips Trevor on the apron.

Back in, Eli chokes him on the middle rope, then hits a leg drop across the back of his neck. Trevor then drops Eli on the top rope, hits a back breaker for two. More corner work, as they’ve move from one to the next. Eli then charges out with a clothesline, scoop slam, and Eli drops him, goes for the Faby train and Lee reverses into a pin with the tights for two. Eli picks him back up, hits The Gravy Train for the 1-2-3

Your winner: Eli Drake (pin fall)

Earlier today, we see the OGz saying they need to get out of this trash town, and they’re going to get the LAX to break the cease fire.

**commercial break**

Match three: King (w/ Homicide & Hernandez) vs Chronus

Chronus looks like a masked Spartan warrior.

Handshake to start and the OGz jump Chronus. Cutter by Homicide. Now the bell rings, match starts.

Spinning back fist by King for the 1-2-3

Your winner: King (pin fall)

King gets a mic, calls out Konnan, tells him to ignore the cease fire. Calls them nothing but cowards.

**commercial break**

Bound For Glory video package.

LAX back stage and Santana is sick of the OGz. He asks Konnan where his heart went? Konnan tells them not to tell him how to run his business. Says he won’t break the cease fire, because if they do, The Comission will make sure they disappear. Says their match at BFG will be a Concrete Jungle Match.

Match four: Alisha vs Faby Apache

Apache had her head shaved at TripleMania this year.

Collar and elbow to start, Apache takes her down into an ankle lock, Alisha reverses, but reversed back. Arm drags and leg trips by Faby and a stand-off. Kick exchange, then chops, snspamare  dropkick by Faby.

Scoop slam and a leg drop by Faby for two. Drop toe hold onto a surfboard by Faby, into a face buster!!! Back elbow from Alisha stops a charge and then she hits a slow hurricanrana. Forearm strikes, into a wheelbarrow roll up for  one. Alisha charges a corner, Faby hits a superkick for two.

Alisha off the ropes kicks in an headscissor octopus but Faby walks to the ropes. Alisha hits a clothesline to take her down, both women up, Alisha hits a flatliner for two. Alisha goes up top, hits a cross body, then Faby hits a running boot and a sit out powerbomb for the 1-2-3

Your winner: Faby Apache (pin fall)

Josh Matthews interviews Faby with a translator, who says she represents women’s wrestling and she wants to face Tessa NEXT WEEK!!

El Texano Jr. getting interviewed backstage, he welcomes Austin Aries to Mexico. Says he will win the title and ride off into the sunset as champion!

**commercial break**

Scarlett Bordeaux back stage, she’s got a huge announcement next week

Match five: Rich Swann & Matt Sydal vs The Lucha Bros. [Pentagón Jr. & Fenix]

Fenix is wearing his AAA Mega Championship to the ring tonight (nice touch)

Penta shoves Swann as he enters the ring.

Swann and Fenix start. Collar and elbow, go behind by Swann,  reversed, throws Fenix into the ropes, springboard after springboard, trip, Fenix misses a moonsault and they flip away and a stand off.

Pentagón  and Sydal tag in. Taunts to start. Kick from Pentagón, and another when Sydal tries to roll. Fenix tags in and they both kick Sydal. Fenix hits an assisted cutter on Matt and they kick away at Swann. Fenix hits a double stomp for one. Superkick from Fenix to Matt, body scissor splash for two.

Sydal hits a kick for one. Snapmare and he tags in Swann who hits a rolling hilo over the top rope. Swann gets Penta in a corner and snapmares him out. Double team on Penta, he kicks them both, and tags in Fenix.

Springboard double cutter by Fenix, then a tornado con hilo on both men on the floor. Fenix hits a superkick on Sydal on the floor, as he tries to enter he gets an enziguri from Swann, who then hits a twisting con hilo from the top to the floor

**commercial break**

Fenix with a springboard crossbody to Sydal, who hits a spinebuster. Misses a charge, Fenix gets a knee after a roll through. Double team on Fenix, Penta interrupts, Swann sets him up for an enziguri, both Swann and Sydal hits top rope frankensteiners, Swann gets a two on Fenix. Both men up top and interrupted by Penta and Fenix. Fenix hits a double stomp on Swanns neck, then Penta hits a package oiledriver teal on the apron.

Fenix then hits a Muscle Buster powerbomb on Sydal for the 1-2-3

Your winners: The Lucha Bros. (pin fall)

oVe hits the ring and taunts the Brothers from outside the ring. Cage comes out and evens the odds and oVe retreats.

Backstage interview with Aries and his crew. Aries says tonight, he takes on Texano because there’s no one left to challenge him.  Says the title will stay right where it is, on his shoulder. Moose then takes a selfie with the interviewer.

**commercial break**

Backstage the Desi Hit Squad are getting massages, saying next week they have a non-title match against LAX. Gama interrupts  saying it’s not time to relax and they need to get their heads right. They proceed to beat each other.

Joe Hendry’s new music video debuts next talking about his “Best Friend” and how he won’t abandon Grado for Katarina.

GWN Flashback Moment of the Week is an Ultimate X Match: Petey Williams vs Chris Sabin vs Matt Bentley

Video package covering Allie’s promise that no one will go in Su Yung’s coffin

**commercial break**

Announcers hype the main event, saying KM is still recovering at home as well.

They hype next week as well.

They then announce their 2018 IMPACT! Hall of Fame inductee – ABYSS!!!!

Match six, IMPACT! World Championship: El Texano Jr vs Austin Aries(c) (w/Killer Kross & Moose)

Arm ringer by Aries, reversed by Texano and back by AA. Aries gets out of a head scissor take down, and chills on the top rope.

Texano takes down AA and hits a con hilo and chills on the corner himself. AA snaps Texano off the top rope, goes for a con hilo himself but Texano moves. They brawl on the floor as we head to commercial.

**commercial break**

Aries knees Texano in the corner, works him over against the ropes, and in the corner again. Back take to Texano and then he takes him to another corner.

Texano reverses a whip, AA floats over. Texano gets a back rake of his own and a second. Goes for a third against the ropes and AA hits his knees. Texano hits a back breaker and chops in the corner. Texano then hits a leg lariat for two.

AA rolls out and wants to leave. AS he goes back in, he grabs the bull rope, which is taken by the ref. AA grabs the title, referee sees him, Texano hits a superkick, whips him with he rope, covers and AA gets his foot on the rope at 2

Texano goes for a powerbomb, AA reverses for a brainbuster and the 1-2-3

Your winner, and STILL champion: Austin Aries (pin fall)

Johnny Impact appears on the video screen, says they put him on the shelf, and he may not be medically cleared by BFG, but he promises, he will be seeing him a little sooner than he thinks. AA says he’s not stupid, Impact has to be there somewhere.

Impact comes down the ramp, jumps AA in the ring. Superkick to Kross, knocks Moose off the apron. The heels regroup, when all of the suddenness a kendo stick starts hitting them, and Eddie Edwards is jumping them from behind!!!

Impact and Edwards stand tall as when go off the air!!!

 

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GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY!!!


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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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