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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.6 ~ 20TH OCTOBER 2018

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP

The Hooligans continued baiting Naomichi Marufuji and Akitoshi Saito (well, Marufuji in particular), and ran roughshod over them on the 13th October; at the end of the match when the ref counted three, Mitsuya Nagai got down and counted with him, hand slapping the mat and all, and they later stood over them with Maybach Taniguchi with his foot on Marufuji, and he and Cody Hall holding the belts.

On the 14th, the day of the title match, NOAH held the signing ceremony on the 14th for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Championship. For the match, Naomichi Marufuji refused the offer of any seconds, being confident that he and Saito could easily deal with The Hooligans, despite the tricks they got up to during the match.

The belts were successfully defended, with Saito getting the pinfall on Maybach Taniguchi. Afterwards, Mitsuya Nagai got on the microphone and said this ain’t over and left screaming that he and KAZMA were the other two Hooligans, and that he was going to whip them both during Global League.

Marufuji told him to come back when he grows hair to his shoulders.

Daisuke Harada and Kotaro Suzuki turned their conflict up a few notches.

On the 14th October, young Junta Miyawaki, who was teaming with Harada, was swiftly dealt with, leaving Harada alone in the ring with Suzuki and Ogawa. Suzuki took the belt, and hit Harada in the head with it causing him to bleed heavily, which Ogawa took advantage of by gouging the wound. The referee stopped the match due to the vicious combined attack of Suzuki and Ogawa. After the match, Suzuki stood over the fallen Harada, and held the blood splattered belt up high.

Junta Miyawaki later said he was angry with himself for not being able to protect Harada better.

Fortunately, Harada was not concussed, and he didn’t need anyone to help him on the 15th October, as he went absolutely insane, a melee fight broke out before the bell, which happened again after the bell, with Harada beating down Suzuki.

In an ultimate heel move, Kotaro Suzuki didn’t turn up to the GHC Junior Heavyweight signing ceremony which was held on the 18th in Yokohama on the final night, and a message arrived from him saying that he was too busy to attend.

Harada, humiliated, said that he was going to beat the hell out of Suzuki on the 30th October.

When they clashed that evening, Kotaro Suzuki was even more of a heel towards Harada (and the belt that Misawa made), by punching Harada, and then trampling the belt in order to hit him some more. A brawl broke out after the match, and then another one during the interview period afterwards.

Suzuki commented that Harada was a puppet, he didn’t even know who was working the strings, and he was playing right into his hands. All Korakuen Hall would be when he visited on the 30th, would be a holiday.

Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima started their feud towards Global League. Their last match ended in a draw, and Kenoh didn’t appreciate Nakajima smirking at him, and later said in his post match interview that it was “absurd” that Nakajima returned “his skills” (he means his kicks). On the 15th, Kenoh told Nakajima he was going to “beat you black and blue at Global League”, and a kick fight broke out.

Nakajima later laughed at Kenoh’s threat and said, “he is an obstinate man!”.

Despite the fact that Kenoh is being annoyed by Nakajima, Marufuji still remains his main obsession, and he said in a mini interview ahead of Global League that his plan is to beat Marufuji, win Global League, defeat Sugiura for the belt, and then force Marufuji to challenge him for it, and beat him up again. He said that, “the thought of it is making me shiver”.

Kaito Kiyomiya is still insisting that he will win Global League 2018, and Takashi Sugiura is still dismissing him, and he and Marufuji suggested that he return to Canada to find the lost momentum he bought with him when he first arrived home in January 2018.

Go Shiozaki has also started gunning for Sugiura, and stood and watched him silently as he made his way to the ring on the last night of Autumn Navigation 2018. He later addressed the crowd and thanked them for coming, he said he would win Global League, and urged everyone to come and see the show. Atsushi Kotoge has turned his sights to Go Shiozaki, and told him that he will headbutt him and “split your forehead” in their first match. Kotoge (who had YO-HEY hiding behind him making him do the “Revolutionary Fist Pose”) was warned by Shiozaki to, “watch it”.

Koji Kanemoto has challenged Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 for the GHC Junior Heavyweight tag belts, with an open invitation to any wrestler who wanted to partner with him, he recieved four offers,Hiroshi Yamato, Kouki Iwasaki, Seiya Morihashi and Nobutaka Moribe, but chose Yamato on the 19th October.

No date as yet been set for the challenge.

NOAH were so tired after four days, no one talked on the bus on the way back to Tokyo, and Mohammed Yone said he sat down and fell asleep almost immediately.

Autumn Navigation 2018 is now wrapped up, and the heavyweights gear towards Global League 2018, which will start on October 30th 2018.  Whoever wins, will need to go two or three times, through this man…

NEWS

“Wrestling All Star Battle”
Putting their grievances with each other aside (at least until the reality of the situation sets in), New Japan, All Japan, NOAH, Big Japan (Great Kojika says that if he lives long enough he will attend, whether he is invited or not), and W-1 will come together to commemorate 20 years since Giant Baba’s death, and the founding of Tokyo Sports. Commemorating the death of Baba was the wish of his late wife, Motoko Baba. Abdullah The Butcher, will also hold his retirement ceremony at the event.

It will be being held at Sumo Hall on the 19th February 2019.

Cards to be announced, but I would caution you not to expect to see New Japan and NOAH face off; its a very bitter bridge which water is yet to flow fully under.

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

The winner of Global League 2018 will earn the right to challenge Takashi Sugiura for the GHC Heavyweight title, if he himself wins, Sugiura says that he will nominate Masato Tanaka as his challenger.

Daisuke Harada will defend the GHC Junior Heavyweight title against Kotaro Suzuki on the 30th October at Korakuen Hall.

The GHC Heavyweight titles have not had a challenger as of yet, and probably won’t until after Global League wraps up.

The GHC Junior Tag Championship will probably be challenged for by Koji Kanemoto and Hiroshi Yamato. No date has been set as of yet.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • Atsushi Kotoge caught his cloak on the rail in Shimada (wasn’t broken this time, unlike Hamamatsu), and Hajime Ohara very neatly folded it for him. Speaking of Kotoge, he woke up on the morning of the 13th not able to move, was advised to go to hospital and rest, but was helped to move by the trainers.
  • Takeshi Morishima turned 40 on October 15th, Maybach Taniguchi turned 42 and Atsushi Kotoge 33 on the 18th.
  • Both Tadasuke, YO-HEY and Kaito Kiyomiya have debuted new moves, Tadasuke’s is the “Jidanda Lariat” which appears to have been inspired by the anime, Naruto, YO-HEY has something called “Yaw”, and Kaito Kiyomiya debuted a chicken wing crossface.
  • Mohammed Yone was hit by a bicycle while outside of a shop while on tour; he is fine though.
  • YO-HEY wore Atsushi Kotoge’s cape inside out, and as if he were dressing a small child, Kotoge had to rearrange it for him
  • At some point during “Autumn Navigation” Kenoh had both Takashi Sugiura and Kaito Kiyomiya in an ankle lock at the same time.
  • Minoru Tanaka got biffed in the nose by a streamer
  • LEONA was spotted at his father’s recent Dradition show; I am afraid there is no news on when he is going to return to the ring, if ever. Personally, it would not surprise me if he did not and concentrated on studying law instead.
  • Hajime Ohara, assisted by Yoshiki Inamura and Kimiya Okada, will be holding a gymnastic class on Saturday 10th October.

KING SHAMLESS’S CORNER
None this week, he’s managed to behave himself.

BROADCASTS
18th October 2018 will be broadcast on the 25th October at 10pm (Nicopro)
8th November 2018, live show at 6.30pm (Samurai TV)

EVENT RECAPS
The full guide to Autumn Navigation 2018

LINKS
Enjoy what I do? Want to help me do it full time? Please consider donating to me on Patreon
For those outside of Japan, IPW are now the official sellers of Noah merchandise
“Heir to The Ark” ~ Chapter One has now been translated fully into English
Opening night card of Global League 2018


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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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