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WWE MYC 2018

Kaitlyn’s return to the WWE continues, but will it come to an end against the equally reinvented Mia Yim? Plus, more of Io Shirai, Genius of the Sky!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zeuxis VS Io Shirai; Shirai wins and advances.
  • Deonna Purrazzo VS Xia Li; Purrazzo wins and advances.
  • Tegan Nox VS Nicole Matthews; Nox wins and advances.
  • Kaitlyn VS Mia Yim; Yim wins and advances.

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We’re almost done with the Sweet Sixteen!

The first half of the Elite Eight are in, but now we will determine the second half. Who joins underdog Lacey Lane, returning Toni Storm and Rhea Ripley, and living legend Meiko Satomura in the quarterfinals of the second-ever WWE Mae Young Classic?

 

Zeuxis VS Io Shirai!

Mexico collides with Japan as the Aztec Goddess takes on the Genius of the Sky! Zeuxis used power and aggression to end Aerial Monroe’s run, while Shirai was simply too experienced and skilled for the young Xia Brookside. Who will fly higher than the heavens and ascend into the quarterfinals?

The wildest thing about this match up: both women were all over Japan, yet have never met in the ring. We get a first-time-ever match up right here on the WWE Network! The two shake hands out of respect, but also get up close to make it clear neither is going to go easy on the other. The bell rings and we begin!

Fans are on Shirai’s side but Zeuxis shrugs it off. She and Shirai tie up and Zeuxis powers Shirai to the ropes. They break and circle again. They tie up and Shirai whips and arm-drags Zeuxis. Things speed up and Shirai dropkicks Zeuxis right out of the ring! Fans love the speed of Shirai as she puts Zeuxis back in. Shirai slingshots but Zeuxis forearms her down, then dropkicks her all the way! Shirai clutches her shoulder but Zeuxis just shrugs. Zeuxis waits for Shirai to answer the ring count. Shirai is up and in at 5, but Zeuxis kicks that bad arm. Zeuxis puts it on the ropes to kick the arm, then she snapmares Shirai into a short arm scissor. Shirai endures as Zeuxis pulls. It becomes a cover, TWO, and Zeuxis keeps the hold.

Fans rally and Shirai powers her way up. Zeuxis lets go so she can kick Shirai to a corner, and then kick that shoulder! Zeuxis runs corner to corner for meteora in the corner! Cover, TWO! Zeuxis keeps her cool as she drags Shirai back up. Shirai hits back with her good arm, but Zeuxis kicks the bad arm. Zeuxis runs but Shirai follows to sweep the legs! Shirai hurries back up to slingshot dropkick Zeuxis to a corner. Shirai grinds both boots into Zeuxis, but stops at 4 to hit the swniging meteora! Then she goes corner to corner for a running meteora! Zeuxis holds ropes as Shirai tries to drag her out. Shirai has to let her go and Zeuxis bails out of the ring. Fans fire up and Shirai builds speed, to DIVE! The Suicide Dive takes Zeuxis out at the ramp!

Shirai fires up, even with that bad arm, and puts Zeuxis back in. Cover, TWO! Shirai grows frustrated, but she keeps on Zeuxis with a hold of her own. She puts on a crossface but Zeuxis powers up and out, to pumphandle and slam! Cover, TWO! Zeuxis drags Shirai over to a drop zone and climbs, moonsault flops as Shirai evades. Shirai dropkicks Zeuxis right in the head! Shirai climbs up but Zeuxis trips her up and sideways! Zeuxis climbs up, drags Shirai up and wants her Delzura. But Shirai fights back and uppercuts! Zeuxis sits, Shirai come around, SUPER STEINER! But Shirai isn’t done, she runs for meteora to the back! Then she positions Zeuxis in the drop zone, for her asai moonsault! Cover, Shirai wins!

Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall; advances to the quarterfinals

The Genius of the Sky continues to fly and is now one of the Elite Eight! And she will soon know her opponent, after this next match!

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Xia Li!

Styles collide as the Fujiwara Armbar Specialist takes on the swift striking superstar from the East. The Virtuosa made the gypsy princess, Priscilla Kelly, tap out while Xia literally kicked Karen Q out of the tournament, whose style will bring them their second victory in this second round?

Purrazzo and Li shake hands and even bow to show respect. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up as fans rally up. Purrazzo flips Li but Li lands on her feet to wristlock back. Purrazzo reverses and gets the headlock takeover. Li headscissors out but Purrazzo rolls to headstand and pop out. The Virtuosa bows and then gets Li in the drop toehold. Purrazzo gets La Mahistrol, TWO but she wants the armbar! Li rolls and kicks the leg. She bobs ‘n’ weaves to kick more, then runs to thrust kick Purrazzo down. Li even adds an ax kick leg drop and an elbow drop! Cover, TWO, but Li keeps on Purrazzo. Li whips but Purrazzo reverses. Purrazzo runs in but into Li’s thrust kick! Li hops up and leaps for a dynamic missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Li grits her teeth and runs, but into a hip toss. Purrazzo handsprings and dropkicks Li down, then covers, TWO! Purrazzo keeps her cool as she wrenches and tweaks Li’s arm between the boots. She wrenches and uppercuts the elbow to then lariat Li down. Cover, TWO! Purrazzo keeps focus as she brings Li up. Fans rally and Li fights back with palm strikes. Purrazzo mule kicks and runs to knee lift into the Russian leg sweep! Then she rolls, into the Fujiwara Armbar! Li moves around to roll it up, TWO! Purrazzo kicks and armbar DDT’s Li down. Cover, TWO! Purrazzo keeps on the arm with a grounded keylock. Li endures while fans rally up. Li sits up and arm-drags Purrazzo off. Purrazzo swings but runs into Li’s dropkick! Both women are down but fans applaud this even match-up.

Fans build to another rally as Purrazzo heads back over. She chops Li but Li chops back. We get a chop fight as they go back and forth. Purrazzo throws forearms, fires up, but Li gives her forearms back. Li eggs Purrazzo on but Purrazzo blocks the kick. Purrazzo flips Li but Li lands on her feet to roundhouse Purrazzo! Cover, TWO!! Li grows frustrated while Purrazzo gets tot he corner. Li shouts she’s the spicy one, but then misses her corner boot. She still mule kicks Purrazzo away, but then leaps into the Fujiwara!! Purrazzo shifts into a DOUBLE Fujiwara! Li taps out, Purrazzo wins!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission; advances to the quarterfinals

The Virtuosa moves on after making it through the spicy fire of Xia Li! But now, she’ll face the Genius of the Sky, Io Shirai, in the next round! Has Deonna’s return to the WWE already met its end? Or will she shock the world when she overcomes one of Stardom’s best ever?

 

Tegan Nox VS Nicole Matthews!

Wales collides with Canada as two alternates from the inaugural May Young Classic look to make the best of their second chance. Will Nicole find herself enrolling in the School of Hard Nox? Or will not even the Shiniest Wizard be enough to stop her from advancing?

Matthews shakes Nox’s hand, but perhaps she might be more sarcastic in her praise of her opponent. She does point out the bad leg of Nox’s, saying something about the leg brace. Nox checks it, but that leaves her open to Matthews clubbing her from behind! Fans boo but Matthews doesn’t care. She clubs Nox more, then spins for the discus, but Nox blocks that to fire off fast hands! Matthews bails out, so Nox shows how that leg feels by building speed. Nox DIVES, into a right hand from Matthews! Matthews puts Nox back in the ring, then drags her up into the ropes to kick away at the chest! Nox falls back and Matthews covers, TWO!

Nox gets to a corner but Matthews is on her with chops. Matthews whips Nox to send her back into the same corner, and then adds a dropkick! Nox falls, Matthews covers, TWO! Matthews grows frustrated but keeps on Nox. Fans rally up for “Tegan! Tegan!” but Matthews kicks her stiff on the back. Matthews mocks Nox but Nox just gets mad. Nox snapmares and kicks Matthews in return! She brings Matthews up but Matthews snapmares and kicks her again. Matthews drags Nox up to elbow away on the chest. Then she wraps Nox up in the straitjacket and pulls her back across the knee. Fans rally up and Nox powers her way up, only for Matthews to clothesline her down. Matthews Northern Lights suplex with the bridge, TWO!

Nox gets to ropes while Matthews cools off. Matthews goes after the legs but Nox kicks her away. Nox gets up an dfires forearms and European Uppercuts. Nox runs, but into a takedown! Matthews wants the Crab but Nox rolls her in a small cradle! TWO, Nox headbutts Matthews to a corner! Nox staggers but shakes the stars out to cannonball! Her leg feels weak but Nox still uses it for a SHINIEST WIZARD! Cover, Nox wins!!

Winner: Tegan Nox, by pinfall; advances to the quarterfinals

The underdog gets it done! The Shiniest Wizard is even stronger thanks to that knee brace, and Nox knocks Matthews out of the tournament! However, Nox is going up against the ruthless Rhea Ripley next round, will her and her bad leg survive?

 

Kaitlyn VS Mia Yim!

The final match of the Sweet Sixteen features the two big return stories of the entire tournament! Kaitlyn wants to get back to the WWE and show she’s still got it, but the rougher and tougher Blasian Baddie wants to show she deserves to be here now. Which comeback kid will crush the other’s dream in order to continue on towards WWE Evolution?

Mia’s hand is heavily taped, because it still isn’t 100% from chopping a post instead of Allysin Kay’s chest. The two shake hands, and Mia doesn’t want to hold it too long. The bell rings and they tie up. They go around and Mia puts Kaitlyn on the ropes. Fans duel as Mia lets Kaitlyn go. Mia chops Kaitlyn! It hurts them both, but Mia powers through to whip. Kaitlyn dodges and dropkicks the legs out. She keeps going and hits a sliding lariat, then a leg drop. She hits another leg drop, then another. Cover, ONE, and Mia gets to a corner. Kaitlyn fires up and hits the cannonball! She drags Mia to a cover, ONE! Kaitlyn keeps her focus as she puts Mia in body scissors. Mia backs up to make it a cover, ONE, and Kaitlyn keeps the squeeze on.

Kaitlyn rolls Mia to a cover, ONE. She goes again, ONE! She tries a third time, TWO! Kaitlyn is close, so she keeps on the squeeze. Mia grinds her elbow into the legs and gets free. Kaitlyn powers her away and Mia bails out. Kaitlyn runs but her baseball slide misses. Mia makes her pay for it by slamming the leg on the apron! Kaitlyn rolls away, clutching the knee. Mia goes after it with swift kicks and a leg DDT! Cover, ONE, but Mia grabs the leg for the inverted Figure Four. Mia pulls for a standing Figure Four Kneebar! Kaitlyn endures so Mia lets her go to rain down forearms! Mia rocks her with an even harder right! Kaitlyn eggs Mia on, so Mia punches, but misses and hits the mat! Now Kaitlyn grounds and pounds Mia in return, and goes after the bad hand!

Kaitlyn pulls back on the wrist and fingers, but Mia endures the torture. She throws the hand down but lets Mia go. She drags Mia up but Mia makes it a crossbody, TWO! Mia clutches her hand but still sits Kaitlyn up for a kick. Cover, TWO! Kaitlyn sits up and Mia runs, but into a big tackle! Both women are down but stirring as fans rally up. Kaitlyn aims at Mia, dodges and hits back with forears. She whips and elbows Mia down, but she’s not done. Kaitlyn scoop slams Mia, then scoop slams again. Mia wants mercy for her bad hand. She tries a sucker punch, but ends up in a scoop, for the Gunn Slinger side slam! Cover, TWO!!

Mia survives and gets herself to a corner, but Kaitlyn runs in. Mia dodges and Kaitlyn hits buckles. Kaitlyn staggers into Sole Food! Cover, TWO!! Kaitlyn survives and Mia can’t believe it! Mia shrieks while fans duel. Mia grits her teeth as she drags Kaitlyn up. Kaitlyn resists the German Suplex and then elbows the bad hand! Mia loses her grip, Kaitlyn runs, SPEAR! Cover, TWO!?! Mia survives the Spear?! Kaitlyn can’t believe it but Full Sail loves it! Kaitlyn stomps at the bad hand but ends up in a Kneebar!! She reaches for ropes as Mia pulls back. She can’t get anywhere, she taps and Mia wins!!

Winner: Mia Yim, by submission; advances to the quarterfinals

A bad hand wasn’t enough to stop the Blasian Baddie! Mia toughs it out and ends the comeback for Kaitlyn. However, Mia now faces a storm in the next round, as in Toni Storm. Which return story survives into the semifinals?

Fans show respect to Kaitlyn with a “Thank you, Kaitlyn!” chant. Mia also gives Kaitlyn a hug of respect, because she is also thankful for Kaitlyn’s part in the Women’s (R)Evolution. Will the third time be the charm for Kaitlyn? Or is this second time in the WWE not done just because she lost?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An incredible night for the Mae Young Classic! I did not expect Io Shirai to open the night, but it was really great to see her and Zeuxis in their apparent first-ever match up anywhere. Of course, I expected Io Shirai to win, it’s Io Shirai. Seeing Shirai VS Purrazzo next round is going to be great. Purrazzo VS Li here was a lot of fun, and Li came out of it looking really strong. I hope Li gets to do more on NXT in the coming days. Purrazzo herself has done great everywhere she’s been, and Purrazzo VS Shirai could’ve easily been a finals match itself. I’m still betting on Shirai to give WWE Evolution two big stars of Stardom on that historic PPV.

Nox VS Matthews was good, and the story was pretty clear with the more experienced Matthews not taking Nox as serious. That of course backfires and Nox wins. Now Nox and Rhea Ripley will have a really good match of younger stars, and it’ll really put Nox to the test given her bad leg and Ripley’s new mean streak. I have a feeling that with Lacey Lane facing Meiko Satomura and certainly losing, Nox might be able to get through as the last real underdog of this tournament. Of course, underdog stories might not matter come the semifinals so Ripley might go through. Then Mia VS Kaitlyn was a surprisingly amazing main event. Kaitlyn obviously looks strong, but it was really great that Mia won. Kaitlyn has enough legacy that she could retain to main now if she really wanted, the MYC’s meant for stars new to the WWE Universe.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 31 FINALS Day Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021

Kota Ibushi looks to 3-Peat, Kazuchika Okada looks to win his first G1 in 7 years! Who will win?

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Kota Ibushi looks to 3-Peat, Kazuchika Okada looks to win his first G1 in 7 years! Who will win?

So we get a fairly basic card. A few undercard tags, the semi-main contains Shingo and most of the main players not in the Finals. Jeff Cobb goes from a shot in the Finals to the opening match, that’s a big blow to the ego.

There’s a few interesting threads that can be pulled at, but the major draw is the G1 Climax 31 Finals. So let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Kanemaru wins via Boston Crab @8:40 – **
  • United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata: Yano wins via Roll-Up @8:29 – **
  • House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) w/Dick Togo vs Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @11:20 – * ½
  • KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens w/Jado vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Chase wins via Package Piledriver @10:41 – ** ½
  • 5 Minute UWF Rules Match::Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr: Time Limit Draw @5:00 – *****
  • TenCozy, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi: Shingo wins via Pumping Bomber @12:17 – *** ½
  • G1 Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Referee Stoppage @25:37 – *** ¼

 

Results:

Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Commentary doesn’t even really try to hide the fact that these Young Lions are very early in their careers and have no real chance. They are in this match to learn, build endurance and get experience.

Nothing special in this match, they give the Lions a few flash pinfall attempts but again, we all know better. More just moments of surprise cause the Suzuki-Gun duo were playing with their food. Still far too fresh in their training to show anything more than basics, and all I’ll say is, they didn’t embarrass themselves, so that’s a positive.

United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata

So one of the most successful teams and singles wrestlers this year, against a clown and a veteran. I mean Nagata is no slouch, but he’s not in a position to be upsetting two rising stars. Maybe Yano pulls off some thievery, but I’m not really intrigued.

Early on we see the usual Yano stuff of shenanigans and turnbuckle pads going missing. Nagata gets tagged in and we get some real wrestling. However, Cobb and Nagata square off outside when they aren’t the legal men, and Yano executes the miraculous shot to the Ding-Ding, and Rolls-Up O-Khan for the win!

This does continue the weird story between O-Khan and Yano, so at least there’s a thread of story, but it does definitely leave Cobb in a weird spot.

House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) w/Dick Togo vs Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii

Early on SHO starts with the mind games having a CHAOS towel in the ring and wiping his body with it, and being generally mocking. Things start quick, turnbuckle pads are taken off, people get wrapped into ropes and I suppose this is a more tolerable usage of EVIL. House of Torture can torture the 6 man division with bad wrestling and cliché paint by numbers heel work.

Togo uses the garrot on HASHI, but HASHI and Goto manage to hit GYR on EVIL, but Dick Togo of course gets involved to distract the referee. Chairs lay out the CHOAS members, Everything is EVIL on HASHI and yeah yeah, House wins and challenge for the six mans. Ugh.

KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens w/Jado vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Hiroshi Tanahashi

So wait, we get all Bullet Club members against the veteran Hontai Squad? I mean Tanahashi has looked extremely mortal lately, and he’s not really bringing a ton of back up. When Makabe is the second best one on your squad, and he’s barely wrestled this year…you gotta wonder.

Makabe starts things off and we can see his back and waist heavily taped. So it looks like Makabe’s part time schedule could have something to do with injuries. Injured or not, Makabe gets the most of Loa, brings in Honma, then Honma eats some offense from Tama, until Honma counters and lands a big suplex. Tiger Mask IV comes in and actually cleans house, it takes a little bit before Tama does the Double Leapfrog Haku Chop to start taking control.

Bullet Club smacks around Tiger Mask until KENTA eats a Tiger Driver (ironic, I’m aware) and then Tanahashi gets tagged in. Tanahashi works to get a measure of revenge on the Bullet Club, but  then we get some spam moments. G.o.D. tries to take out Makabe, but Makabe wipes out G.o.D. easily. Makabe brings in Honma, Honma takes it to Chase Owens, but no avail. A missed Kokeshi, a blocked Brainbuster attempt, and then C Trigger into Package Piledriver gives Chase the win.

Chase looks to be setting up a challenge, but KENTA blindsides Tanahashi with the belt. KENTA and Chase play tug of war a little, Chase tells KENTA he pinned him, KENTA says he doesn’t care, and Chase relents. He says KENTA can get the first shot, but he got next.

5 Minute UWF Rules Match: Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr

This…this is amazing. Shibata gets his first match in 4 years, and it’s against the most perfect wrestler for Shibata to have a technical and safe exhibition match.

Since its UWF this is usually done in a points system like the old IMPACT Grand Championship. But a 1 round exhibition doesn’t allow for anything beyond a Draw, but this is wonderful. It’s a technical marvel with counters, submissions, references to Inoki’s classic on the ground pose that we saw Great-O-Khan reference back to during the G1. This is just a great moment, and hard to do any real play by play, but it’s a technical marvel. Hell, Shibata looks better than he ever has.

WAIT – After the match Shibata says “Next time I’m in the ring, I will be in my ring gear”. He punctuates the line with a hard flat back bump and a kip up. …Shibata is back? SHIBATA IS BACK?!

TenCozy, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi

Taguchi and Hiromu start off with a good bit of comedy, before everyone not named Tenzan starts doing the Mongolian Chops, much to Tenzan’s chagrin. Wato has some nice spots early before LIJ do their wonderful Bum Rush. BUSHI comes in, uses the shirt and then LIJ starts dominating Wato. Wato manages to get a little space and get Kojima in and we get Machine Gun Chops on SANADA in the corner!

Hiromu tries to block it, gets shoved in the corner for his own chops, BUSHI tries to stop it, and gets put in the corner for the Triple Stacker of Chops. Shingo looks, and then drops off the apron and decides he’s just gonna let them play. Shingo does cut off Kojima before he does his signature Elbow, so Shingo didn’t ignore his team, just decided he wasn’t gonna fall into the dumb spot.

Signature spams, LIJ pain train, signature spam again, and then we get solid call backs. Shingo and Tenzan are the last two, Shingo uses Mongolian Chops, Tenzan responds in his own way. Some haymakers thrown, a Headbutt from Tenzan, the attempted Flying Headbutt, but Shingo cuts him off, Pumping Bomber, and Shingo wins!

G1 Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada

So they feel each other out early, and have the usual fast pace wild swings that get dodged and end in a small rest moment where they just smile and absorb the energy of the match. Before Ibushi can really get anything going, the arrogance of the Rainmaker returns. Very deliberate shots, perfectly rolling through his Slingshot Senton, and his single foot Dropkick. It’s really interesting to see Okada reverting back to his old self. The 2017 form is further exemplified by Shibata’s return since it helps to bring everyone back to “brighter days”.

Okada goes for his corner Hip Attack, but now Ibushi gets to start a comeback. Dropkick, Roundhouse Kicks, Standing Moonsault and Okada powders. After some fighting on the outside, Okada takes control again and hits a DDT on the ramp, which has Ibushi pretty much out. Okada waits in the ring until about 18, before he decides that’s not how he wants to win. Drags Ibushi in, tries the Money Clip, Ibushi won’t go in comfortably, Okada rocks him, whips him into the ropes, hits the Million Dollar Dropkick, and finally gets the Money Clip sunk in. Okada is in a different aggressive form that we haven’t seen since 2018 when his nearly 2 year title reign ended and he went balloon crazy.

Savage Elbow, Rainmaker Pose, Zoom Out…Wind up…Rainmaker misses and Ibushi returns with his own Lariat turning Okada inside out. Now they stand up for the strike exchange. Okada falls into an old Nakamura trap, where he starts winning the exchange, taunts the challenger and gets rocked. Ibushi grins, hits the Frankensteiner sending Okada to Powder. So now it’s Moonsault time for Ibushi, and lands perfectly on Okada.

Going back inside, Ibushi looks for Kamigoye, Okada blocks and then ducks the Round Kick, goes for a Backslide, but Ibushi rolls through and kicks Okada. Okada then eats a V Trigger and a Kamigoye…but it’s only 2! Okada flips Ibushi over when he attempts another Kamigoye, Double Legged Cradle, but ibushi kicks out. They lay each other out, Ibushi crawls to the top rope, Phoenix Splash and…Ibushi lands weird. He immediately grabs his arm, Red Shoes goes over to Ibushi, and after a few moments Red Shoes calls for the bell.

Okada wins the G1 off of Ibushi missing the Phoenix Splash and possibly dislocating his right arm.

Overall Score: 7.25/10

There’s a dark poetry in the ending to this year’s G1. Starting with Naito’s injury and ending with Ibushi’s injury, just makes this a fairly cursed year which plays into the cursed aspect of this World Heavyweight Championship. In a way, this works out for the best since if this tournament was supposed to make a newer wrestler and ended the same way, there would always be an asterisk. But it’s Okada, he’s a proven commodity and no one will really question his victory. I really appreciated the fact that he always loomed close while Ibushi was struggling with the doctor and through his injury. He held his hand many times, even seemed to tell him it’s fine, we’ll do it correctly 1 more time in the future.

Katsuyori Shibata returns, Kazuchika Okada returns to the a level of prominence by winning the G1 Climax 31 and this is a nice way to remind people of the names that many of the current crop of IWC fans know. New Japan grew quickly because of AJ Styles and Kenny Omega’s Bullet Clubs, but in the last few years we’ve seen many of the names we know fall to the back or go to different companies. This could be a return to form finally for New Japan.

Even if it ended off a failed Phoenix Splash, it could help New Japan rise from the ashes of community favor like a Phoenix.


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021

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Bound for Glory is on Saturday! How does IMPACT! hype us up for one of their crowning PPVs of the year?!

We get to see Mickie in an IMPACT ring for the first since 2015, Heath tries to get answers out of Rhino and we’ll probably see a lot of Josh Alexander and Christian Cage fleshing out the last little bits of the World Title match.

Aside from that, do we get anything of note to talk about, or is it just an appetizer for the real show on Saturday?

Ratings:

  • Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice: NO CONTEST/Double Pinfall – ***
  • Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve: Tenille wins via Spotlight Kick – ***
  • Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Mick DDT – *** ¼
  • Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel: Miguel wins via Meteora – ** ¾

 

Results:

The Insiders Stream on YouTube didn’t start until about 9:00pm, I’m not sure why IMPACT constantly has issues, but YouTube is not a hard platform to utilize. These delays are inane and embarrassing.

Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice

Bey and Leo try some trickery early, but Finlay keeps pace. When Leo gets back into the match he starts throwing Finlay around a bit, which opens up opportunity for Bey. Bey looks to get flashy, but Finlay manages to get Juice in and Juice comes in hot. He nearly flips Bey out of the ring, takes Leo off the apron and tags in Finlay for some tandem work.

Leo breaks up the pinfall and then throws out Juice. Finlay grabs Bey in a Backbreaker/STO combination but Bey’s feet bump the referee. Leo chokeslams Finlay, puts Bey on top, but it takes the new referee too long to show up and it’s only a two count. We see Hikuleo trying to finish things, while the new referee tries to wake up the original referee. Leo gets double teamed, Juice Rolls Up Leo and then Bey Rolls Up Finlay, both referees count a 3 count for the different pinfalls. So we get a little call back to Beer Money and Motor City Machine Guns if we’re staying within TNA Universe.

This will probably end up a triple threat, unlike the MCMG/Beer Money double pinfall which ended in overtime.

There’s a long segment with Josh Alexander giving us his story. It’s not a bad segment, but the only advantage to the show starting late means I got to rewind for the match and speed through most of this. Alexander is a great story, but I already mostly know it, and would really like to see him win at Bound for Glory. Get the title back on a wrestler on the actual IMPACT roster.

Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve:

This is a Digital Media Championship preliminary match. I find it interesting that there’s 3 men and 3 women. So instead of one or two for “inclusion” it’s actually an even spread. The way the teams are broken apart is interesting too where it’s Power vs Crazy vs Opportunistic.

The gimmicks actually paid off in the match. Jodynne massacred kids, but then things started to get a little messy. Fallah gets a handle on things, squishes the world, and then looks to BAHHnzai Drop on Tenille but Kaleb gets involved. A little more confusion, Steve hits King Kill 33 on Fallah, but Skyler pulls Steve out of the ring. Tenille hits the Spotlight Kick and the Opportunistic team win because well…there was an opportunity.

Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James

Mickie takes a moment to absorb the accolades from the crowd first, and then we see a quick strategy twist. Savannah looks for a few Haymakers and using her reach to her advantage, where Mickie just finds a few quick strikes and interesting angles to land some offense. Mickie looked to be building some momentum, and then Tasha got involved.

Savannah starts to dominate after the assist from her second. Big Bear Hug in the middle has Savannah just ragdolling Mickie until she can land a few choice Forearms. Mickie fights out, Sole Butts, a few nice attacks and Mickie hits the Avalanche Thesz Press, but only a 2 count. Deonna’s music plays as Savannah kicks out, Mickie is distracted and then we see Savannah lay in some big shots. The Full Nelson Bomb only gets Savannah a 2. Mick Kick rocks Mickie and then Mick DDT for the win. Hardcore Country wins the match.

Deonna walks down, mouths off…actually pushes Mickie…so I’m confused about the no contact clause…but then Rehwoldt shows up behind Mickie and wipes her out.

Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel

The Sauce against the other guy who can’t speak but likes to try to use food analogies and sucks at it, aka, Trey Miguel. He’s like a Young Will Ospreay with less ability to talk…so no upside at the moment cause Ospreay was pretty awful up until a year or two ago.

So this is just a lot of counters, blocks, Arm Wringers, not much direct offense, just a lot of choreographed spots. This feels like a much slower paced version of a Ricochet/Ospreay match from 2016. Zayne is a more fluid wrestler, and he just makes everything look good. Miguel does a weird Cradled Octopus but Zayne responds with a Handspring Frankensteiner, as an early highlight spot.

Miguel in Ospreay fashion hits the Cheeky Nandos, into the corner stuck Tiger Feint, Meteora and Trey wins.

Thankfully Maclin attacks Trey after the match so I feel generally better. Bullet Club comes out and take out both Maclin and Trey. El Phantasmo just baby faced himself in my house.

Show ends with the usual talking segment hyping the World Title match. Alexander gets a “You Deserve It” from the crowd and portrays himself as the everyman fighting for his boys. Christian’s music hits and Captain Charisma vacuum shows up to stir a pot that doesn’t need to be stirred.

Christian taking the experienced thrives under pressure condescending veteran angle is…annoying. Like I said a few weeks ago, the boxes they are trying to play in, I don’t love. Alexander does flip the script nicely talking about how people classified him as nothing more than a Tag Team guy, and “sounding familiar” strikes a chord with Christian. Small scuffle as Christian tries to snip back, but it’s fairly paint by numbers.

Overall Score: 5/10

Low key? This was a pretty lame episode for an Impact Go Home. The matches weren’t really anything special, with the most happening during Pick Your Poison, but it effectively being a non-issue. The YouTube delay of course hurt my enjoyment of the show, but even without the delay, I don’t really feel like this would’ve registered much higher on my scale.

I am looking forward to Bound for Glory because of who’s in the matches, but this episode didn’t help sell it. Thankfully it’s already sold out, and most people probably decided if they were purchasing it by now.

When it comes down to it, I’m expecting quite a few title changes, even though I’m figuring that Mickie’s involvement is more of a one off to give the rub to younger talent and cement her dominant reign. Alexander I would love to see win the belt and The IInspiration would do wonders and put an immediate spotlight on a division that has floundered behind a lack of real teams and no real direction.

So I’ll see all of you on Saturday for Bound for Glory!


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