WOW World Champion Santana Garrett wants revenge while Tessa Blanchard wants that title. But Jungle Grrrl is also still in the mix, so who gets their shot?
- Amber O’Neal w/ Lana Star VS Eye Candy; O’Neal wins.
- Jessie Jones VS Stephy Slays; Jones wins.
- Holidead VS Azteca; Azteca wins.
- WOW World Championship Triple Threat: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl VS Tessa Blanchard; wins and
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Previously on WOW…
Tessa Blanchard talked trash on Santana Garrett as she aimed for the Women of Wrestling World Championship. Santana told her to “get to the back of the line, girlfriend!” But then Tessa made things personal going after Papa Keny G.
David McLane stands in the ring with Santana Garrett again, and Santana says it’s been three whole weeks. She wants Tessa in a match tonight! But instead of the Born Legend, she gets Jungle Grrrl! Tessa’s attack not only angered and humiliated Santana, but it cost Jungle Grrrl a real victory over the WOW World Champion. Jungle Grrrl’s back because while she understands the grudge against Tessa, Santana also has the greatest responsibility: defend the title. This won’t be about Keny G ringside, this won’t be about personal feelings, this will be about the gold around that waist! Santana needs to fairly defend that title against Jungle Grrrl, but Jungle Grrrl has never actually lost to Santana.
David agrees, Jungle Grrrl is still unpinned. But only now does Tessa appear! “Rules, rules, rules”! Tessa is sick and tired of this, but David tells her that if she starts any trouble again, she’ll be fined and suspended! Tessa wants David to listen: she always gets what she wants! The Born Legend has already secured a spot in a title match. Not according to David. Then Tessa will just have to change his mind. David asks the fans about Tessa having a match. They want to see it! David can’t deny the fans what they want, and Tessa says she gets what she wants, so everyone gets something great. Tessa’s gonna earn the title, but Jungle Grrrl also deserves another shot. Santana’s a fighting champion, so let’s have a TRIPLE THREAT!! All three women compete for the title, who comes out THE WOW World Champion!?
Amber O’Neal and Lana Star hang out backstage.
The Beverly Hills Babe and her Fabulous friend take selfies and talk about being trending worldwide. But Lana wants Amber to understand something. Lana’s the star and executive producer of WOW, while Amber’s spending too much time in #Amberland. This is #Lanaland. But here’s some direction: Amber’s been loving the lifestyle, from the Lakers tickets to VIP buffet, and traveling the world. But there are new girls coming to WOW, so Amber needs to remind them all who she is. Amber needs to focus. She will, she’s got this! But does she really?
Amber O’Neal w/ Lana Star VS Eye Candy!
Speaking of the new girls, the bubbly babe from the Big Apple is ready to take a bite out of the Women of Wrestling roster. But will her positive attitude and athletic skill be enough against the experienced veteran?
The bell rings and Amber does not take Candy seriously. They tie up and Amber wrenches the arm. She wristlocks but Candy rolls and slides under to trip Amber up! Candy jumps on to mess with her hair! Candy backs off and Amber is furious. Amber tells the referee to keep Candy back while she fixes her hair. Fans boo as Amber insists Candy cannot touch the hair or else that’s a disqualification. The ref says it’s not, and Amber argues it should be. But Candy rocks Amber with a forearm! Candy whips but Amber throws her down by her hair! Seems that hair rule is one way. Candy rolls Amber up, TWO! Candy keeps on Amber and gets a swinging neckbreaker! Then the senton! Cover, but Amber keeps a shoulder up.
Amber says her arm is hurt but Candy keeps on Amber. Amber jawbreakers back, and Candy staggers to the corner. The ref checks on Amber this time, so Lana goes after Candy in the corner! The referee sees Lana choking Candy, and reprimands her. Lana backs off but Amber is on Candy with a mudhole stomp. Amber drags Candy up and whips corner to corner, but Candy reverses. Candy runs in but into Amber’s headscissors, for the “Queen City Stretch!” Amber lets go of her hanging headscissor hold at 4, to then SLAP Candy! Amber kicks and chokes Candy more, but lets up at 4. The ref reprimands Amber, Candy gets a takedown! High stack cover, TWO! Amber thrashes and hammers Candy down and fans boo and jeer.
Lana and Amber talk strategy in the corner while Candy gets to her feet. Amber whips but Candy reverses to a Russian Leg Sweep! Lana is annoyed as Candy and Amber stand. Amber runs but Candy dodges to rally with ax handles! Candy hits a hip attack, then goes up top. Amber stands but Lana anchors a foot. The referee gets Lana to stop, and Candy still missile dropkicks Amber down! Cover, TWO! Candy drags Amber up to a fireman’s carry and hits a Death Valley Driver, aka the Sweet Treat! Cover, but Lana slides in! Candy lets off to stop her, then covers again, TWO! Lana’s distraction saves Amber, but Candy swings on Lana. Candy turns around, SUPERKICK! Backslide cover, with a bridge! Amber wins!
Winner: Amber O’Neal, by pinfall
Amber gets a win with a lot of help from her manager. But that doesn’t matter to either of them as Lana gets in the ring and grabs a mic. Lana says “We just won!” Give it up for the Beverly Hills Babe! Fans boo and jeer instead as Amber takes a bow. But Lana tells the locker room that Amber’s streak has begun. The WOW World Championship will be back under Lana’s control, via Amber. Clearly Candy can’t make it in Lana’s town. Lana goes on and on about everyone bowing to her, and then gloats how she saved Amber from mediocrity. Fans still boo as Lana rants on about the one top star in WOW is Lana Star. “Don’t ever underestimate me!” Who will heed Lana’s warning about getting in the Babe’s way? Who will decide to shut Lana up instead?
Introducing: Stephy Slays.
“Growing up in Texas, you get judged really quickly for being different.” Stephy’s only difference was not having a father around. She got bullied and it affected her deeply. Stephy felt like a loser with nothing to live for. It was a cruel world growing up like that, and Stephy hit rock bottom. But her mom was friends with Sophia Lopez, and Sophia helped Stephy find a new possibility. Stephy had a life changing experience becoming a Woman of Wrestling, and now has friends as strong as family! Stephy trained with Selina Majors, who was a big help in her improving her skills. Selina is like a big sister to Stephy and the others, and that’s why Stephy is so thankful. Stephy feels whole, and is ready to slay any challenge!
Backstage interview with Jessie Jones.
Jessie tells Brigiite Valdez the WOW fans already know who she is. And after what Jessie did to “Speedy Gonzales”, fans also know Jessie is ready to do that to anyone, including Stephy Slays. Um, her opponent last week was named “Azteca”. Yeah, that’s what Jessie said. But it don’t matter, Jessie’s ready to beat the brakes off of any woman standing in her way.
Jessie Jones VS Stephy Slays!
Ms. Southern Pride may want to #MakeWrasslinGreatAgain, but it’s her attitude that needs to be improved. However, Jessie’s own mentor in Selina Major taught Stephy everything she knows, too. Which student of the original Ms. Southern Pride will win and move on step closer to the title?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Jessie wrenches Stephy, but Stephy reverses to a fireman’s carry takedown! Stephy gets a headlock but Jessie powers out to a hammerlock. Stephy spins through and reverses but Jessie drives Stephy down to the mat. Jessie has the keylock cover, ONE as Stephy rolls up and around. Stephy reverses back to the hammerlock, but Jessie rolls to get control. Jessie sits down on Stephy but Stephy makes it a roll up, TWO! Stephy has a headlock but Jessie pries her way out. Jessie wrenches but Stephy wrenches back. Fans rally but Jessie pulls hair to whip Stephy. Stephy dodges and crucifix! TWO, but Stephy sweeps the legs! Cover, ONE, but fans are fired up as Stephy Oklahoma Rolls Jessie! TWO, and Jessie gets to a corner.
Stephy’s right on Jessie with a monkey flip! Jessie staggers into Stephy’s dropkick! Stephy whips Jessie corner to corner but Jessie slips out to hotshot the arm! Fans boo as Jessie storms over to drop a leg on the arm. Jessie pulls the arm back and mockingly claps with Stephy’s hand. Stephy rolls Jessie again, TWO! Jessie grimaces as she whips Stephy to a corner. Jessie runs in but Stephy goes up and huricanranas Jessie down! Stephy dropkicks but Jessie ducks under! Jessie covers, TWO! Fans rally up for Stephy but Jessie drags her up to pull hair. Jessie reels Stephy in for shoulder after shoulder, then whips to run her over! Cover, TWO! Stephy’s tough and Jessie grows frustrated.
Jessie drags Stephy back up and tells the fans to shut up. She whips but Stephy sunset flips! TWO and Jessie sits on Stephy, TWO! Stephy sunsets again, TWO, Jessie sits on her again, TWO! Another sunset, TWO, and the two separate. Fans love this close match-up as Jessie drags Stephy up. Jessie whips Stephy to a corner but runs into an elbow! Stephy hops up and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Stephy’s arm is hurting but Jessie’s on it. Jessie whips but Stephy hits a lariat! Stephy starts rallying and kicks low, but Jessie slips out to rock her with a right. Jessie chicken wings to the Gory Special! Stephy pops out to sunset flip powerbomb! TWO and Jessie boots Stephy down!
Jessie goes after the bad arm at the ropes, then drags Stephy into the mounted armbar! Jessie twists the wrist and elbow, Stephy taps, Jessie wins!
Winner: Jessie Jones, by submission
Fans may not like it, but Jessie’s still winning! Will Jessie truly Make Wrasslin’ Great Again? Will Stephy ever get that first win on WOW TV?
Jessie grabs a mic and cuts the music to talk. “Y’know what? I’m sick of the disrespectful wannabe women wrestlers here at WOW.” Jessie’s forgotten more about this business than any of these women will ever even know! She’s old school like that, and these girls will learn to respect her. Or else she’ll beat it into them. Who else will Jessie beat on the way to the title?
Stephy Slays recovers in the locker room.
And after a crushing defeat like that, she even cries. Abilene comes by to mock Stephy’s pain. Will she ever learn? She’s in the big leagues now. Stephy is frustrated, but will she be able to snap back and finally slay this challenge?
Holidead VS Azteca!
A denizen of the Dark Side battles with the Sun Goddess in a return to WOW TV! As Jessie Jones rubbed in earlier, Azteca lost her WOW debut, but will she be able to turn it around against this Twisted Sister?
The bell rings and Holidead slithers up to Azteca. Azteca doesn’t back down as she takes her warrior stance. Holidead and Azteca circle but Holidead backs off to take her time with her opponent. Both women try to psych the other out before approaching again. Holidead dodges Azteca to lick her fingers. They approach and Azteca still takes the tie up. They go for a test of strength, but Holidead kicks low. Holidead throws Azteca but Azteca lands on her feet, only for Holidead to knee low again. Holidead whips but Azteca arm-drags! Azteca spins and flips to arm-drag Holidead again! She kicks and whips but Holidead reverses, only for Azteca to go up! Azteca leaps for a flying huricanrana! Fans fire up with Azteca while Holidead backs off again.
Azteca CHOPS Holidead on the ropes then whips but Holidead holds the ropes. Azteca knees low and tries again, but Holidead reverses the whip. Holidead tilt-o-whirls Azteca to a backbreaker! Fans cheer as Holidead drags Azteca to a cover. ONE, but Holidead puts Azteca on the ropes. Holidead chokes and stomps Azteca and fans boo. She whips Azteca corner to corner hard! Holidead drags Azteca up and whips her again, then gets her with another backbreaker! Azteca writhes while Holidead laughs. Holidead covers, TWO! Holidead is upset but the referee tells her it was fair. She returns to Azteca for stomps and a whip. Azteca dodges and hits back with forearms! Holidead ducks the next shot to pick Azteca up and ram her into buckles! Holidead forearms Azteca in the back!
Azteca is stuck on the ropes as Holidead hits a corner splash! Cover, TWO! Holidead grins as she drags Azteca around. Fans rally but Holidead puts Azteca in a Queen Angelito stretch. Azteca endures and crawls for ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Holidead lets go at 4, and kicks a corner in frustration. Azteca gasps for air but manages to CHOP Holidead back! Holidead clubs Azteca then puts her in a corner. She whips corner to corner but Azteca elbows her away. Azteca leaps but Holidead catches her for another backbreaker! Holidead taunts the pain and covers, TWO! Holidead stomps Azteca but fans still rally for her. Azteca is down while Holidead climbs a corner. Azteca catches Holidead with a knee! Now Azteca joins Holidead, SUPER STEINER!
Both women are down but fans fire up! Azteca and Holidead stir as the ref starts a standing count. Azteca gets up first but Holidead follows. Holidead runs in but Azteca dodges to fire off strikes! Azteca buzzsaw kicks and covers! TWO!! Azteca grits her teeth because she can’t believe Holidead lives. But she fires herself back up as she drags Holidead to her feet. Holidead fights back with body shots and a shove. Fireman’s carry to a toss! Cover, TWO! Azteca lives and Holidead can’t believe it. Holidead wants to finish Azteca and gets chicken wings. Azteca resists and powers out to kick low, sunset flip powerbomb! Cover, Azteca wins!
Winner: Azteca, by pinfall
The Sun Goddess pulls out her Destroyer outta nowhere! And now she has her first win in WOW! But wait, the lights go out, and the Voodoo Doll, Siren, appears! Siren targets Holidead, but then roundhouses Azteca! Siren smiles at Holidead, then disappears! Is Azteca going to be Siren’s first sacrifice?
WOW World Championship Triple Threat: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl VS Tessa Blanchard!
The Wonder Woman of Wrestling won this very title in a Triple Threat involving former champion Jungle Grrrl, but because she pinned former friend Amber O’Neal. Now Santana finds herself on the other side of this scenario where she doesn’t need to be pinned to lose her title. Will Jungle Grrrl reclaim the title she was never pinned for? Or will the Born Legend get what she wants by beating two great competitors at once?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and streamers even fly! The bell rings and while Tessa and Santana stare down, Jungle Grrrl gets in between them. She wants them to understand this isn’t their grudge match, it’s all of their match. Tessa takes this as Jungle Grrrl having a problem with her, too, but then Santana gets both of their attention. Things speed up as Santana dodges both opponents, only for both of them to run her over. Tessa and JG tells the other to stay out of the way, but they both end up picking Santana up. Santana uses that to acrobatically arm-drag them both! Tessa ends up out of the ring so she and JG finally have some alone time.
Santana and JG tie up, and Santana gets a waistlock. JG reels out and whips but Santana goes up and over. Santana arm-drags JG around, then wrenches her to a modified stretch. JG fights out and whips again, but Tessa trips Santana up. Tessa drags Santana out to throw her into a post! JG is ready for Tessa and they go around. Tessa rolls JG but JG rolls through to tackle Tessa down! JG gets Tessa with a back suplex! Tessa scrambles to a corner but JG keeps Santana out first. JG whips Tessa corner to corner then runs in but misses. Tessa rocks JG with a hard right! Tessa puts JG on the top rope just to kick her legs out! JG is stuck, draping code breaker! Cover, TWO! JG lives but Tessa’s right on her with a wrench and hammerlock. JG slips out, scoops and slams Tessa!
Santana returns and rallies on both opponents! Santana Russian Leg Sweeps JG, then kicks Tessa’s feet out for a running boot! She whips Tessa at JG in the corner, then corner to corner handspring back elbows! Fans fire up as Santana hits double bulldogs! Santana then gets DOUBLE Last Chancery! Both opponents endure but they both crawl, too. They each get the ropebreak! Santana lets go and JG gets to an apron. Santana drags Tessa up but Tessa spins and hammerlocks, but Santana pushes away to SUPERKICK! Tessa bails out but JG climbs. Santana stops her with a SLAP! And then goes for a Super Steiner, but JG denies it! Tessa cutters Santana outta nowhere! But JG gets Tessa with a German Suplex! But Santana SUPERKICKS JG!
Santana goes after Tessa again but Tessa blocks Eat DaFeet to roll Santana up! TWO, and Santana reels Tessa in to make her Eat DaFeet! But JG climbs again as Santana hits the “Supernatural” handspring moonsault! JG hits her Jungle Splash! Double cover?! That’s a three-count, but for who?! Both Santana and JG think they won, but the ref is just as confused! The rest of the officials come in to discuss. JG and Santana want an answer as much as we do, but we’re running out of TV time! Will the referees and David McLane settle this controversy before the next episode?
A pretty good episode, but I’m just not sure about the choices for matches. Amber VS Candy was good, though Lana Star was getting way too involved without getting ejected. The story is clear, Lana is just using Amber and then takes all the credit, but her talking to the ref as often as she was even before going after Candy’s foot or getting in the ring was just weakening Amber. Amber needs to look stronger than this if she’s supposed to be the new champion Lana can live vicariously through. Lana should be less active than this to make that work. Jessie Jones fortunately toned down how political she was this week, but I’m disappointed they didn’t play to the link that is Selina Major between her and Stephy.
The development with Siren is interesting, but it also seemed very obvious in presentation. Of course Siren doesn’t attack Holidead, their gimmicks pretty much go together. And making the note that Sophia Lopez promises to bring more lucha libre to WOW, I have a feeling I know what this means. Kobra Moon of Lucha Underground, who is also Thunder Rosa, Holidead’s tag partner in Twisted Sisterz, has been spotted in the promotional material for WOW. Kobra coming to WOW to be a Face alongside Azteca makes some sense if Siren and Holidead work together from now on. Plus, this gives WOW more tag teams to give them reason to bring back their WOW World Tag Team Championships. It would be even better if the Twisted Sisterz formed up in WOW to be those inaugural champions.
My only problem is that including so much takes away from what should’ve been the biggest match of the night. The Triple Threat WOW World Championship match should’ve been half of this episode to really let all three women shine. The story they gave us in only 10 minutes was fine, but imagine these three going for even 15. I did like the choice of ending to keeps them all strong. A double cover keeps this match from really ending, and I hope we get a longer version of this match on a later episode. And should we get that rematch, I feel Tessa would be able to win, especially if The Beast attacks Jungle Grrrl. Beast VS Jungle Grrrl still needs to happen on the side given the tease from the season premiere, so it’d be natural if Beast interfered in a longer version of the Triple Threat.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/16/21)
SmackDown is up, and WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!!
The SmackDown After WrestleMania puts more gold on the line!
After WrESTleMania, we have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in Bianca Belair! But will we have new tag team champions to match? It’s The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits in 2v2 competition!
- Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Rey wins.
- Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Cesaro; wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits; win and
PLAY BY PLAY
Pat McAfee joins SmackDown commentary!
The Punter of the Decade joins Michael Cole and it is his honor to be here!
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Tribal Chief is STILL WWE Universal Champion, and he again has Jey Uso and Paul Heyman by his side as he holds that belt up high in the ThunderDome. Fans boo and give thumbs down but that just makes Heyman laugh. Heyman hands the mic to Roman, but fans chant, “You Suck!” Roman says it is no secret, “we put a lot of eyes on SmackDown.” So for the new viewers, let’s tell them about the men Roman beat in the main event of WrestleMania. Heyman says he would be honored.
First is Edge, an ELEVEN time world champion, married to a hall of famer and is a hall of famer in his own right. Then there’s Daniel Bryan, a FIVE time world champion, also married to a hall of famer, and will “YES! YES! YES!” his way into the hall of fame when he retires, which should be soon after Roman stacked them and pinned them together. Take all of their accomplishments combined and the enormity of both men’s legacies, who came up against Roman, it was practically a Handicap match in THE main event of WrestleMania. McAfee agrees on commentary.
Roman says he took a page from Heyman’s playbook and Babe Ruth’d it! He called his shot: He was gonna smash ’em, stack ’em, and pin ’em 1-2-3. Then, they would #AcknowledgeMe. Now to be honest, it’s embarrassing! If Roman was another man, he’d never want to be in that situation. WWE will probably never put him in a Triple Threat again after that. Nobody wants to face Roman! No one wants that to happen to them! These were hall of famers, and he smashed ’em, stacked ’em and pinned ’em. And if he’s doing that to guys like that, who will want it next? Nobody! “Don’t nobody want to step to me now!” Not worth it! No one measures up to Roman, no one is on his level.
So after fulfilling the obligations and opened Roman’s show, cut the check, fire up the jet, time to go home. Heyman takes the mics for Roman, but here comes CESARO! The Swiss Cyborg finally had and won his first singles match at WrestleMania, and is now getting in Roman’s face! He looks at the Universal Championship, then gets a mic. Roman still takes his leave, but Cesaro figured as much. Cesaro doesn’t get to say his piece, but will he make Roman acknowledge him?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk backstage.
Cesaro walks by, they congratulate him on his Mania win, but he asks if they saw what “that son of a bitch” Roman did. No one is going to step up? Cesaro will. Not even for the title! He just wants a match tonight. Sonya says she’ll talk to Roman and see if he’ll accept that. Cesaro is fine with that, but is Pearce?
Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!
While the King and Prince of Lucha didn’t get those SmackDown Tag Team Championships off Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, neither did the Alpha Academy. This battle has been brewing for months after Gable unleashed The Dozer on Rey’s ribs. Will Rey get his revenge and his redemption going 1v1 with the big man?
The bell rings, and Otis CLOBBERS Rey with his gut already! Otis gets Rey up, CLUBS him on the back, then looms over him as he writhes. Otis scoops Rey, pops him up to a military press, and then DROPS Rey! Gable cheers Otis on while Dom coaches Rey up. But Otis brings Rey up to SLIDE him out! Rey rolls through to come back and shoulder into Otis! Rey fires forearms, hotshots Otis away, then goes up a corner, only for Otis to trip him! Rey ends up in a Tree of Woe, Otis stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Otis off, but Otis comes back, only for Rey to sit up! Otis hits buckles, Rey turns around and leaps to SEATED SENTON! BASEMENT SEEATED SENTON! Cover, TOW!
Rey kicks but Otis blocks the whip. Otis whips Rey away, Rey ducks and springboards, into Otis’ arms! POWERSLAM! Gable tells Otis to keep on Rey and Otis drags him to a drop zone. Otis goes up the corner, leaps, but FLOPS as Rey rolls out of the way! Dom coaches Rey up, Gable shouts to Otis, and Rey dropkicks Otis onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Otis comes back! Rey trips Otis onto ropes, and hits the 619! Rey hurries up top again but Otis is back up! Rey leaps, for a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, Rey wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
That’s a huge win for Mysterio! The Dozer is furious but will he have to go back to the drawing board?
Kayla Braxton talks with Paul Heyman.
And from the look on Heyman’s face, he is both shocked and offended that SmackDown management wants Roman to compete tonight! It’ll be non-title, but will it even happen? We find out, after the break!
AJ’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Review 4/15/21
AJ fills in to cover his first Impact full show in a hot minute! How does he feel about the product? How is everything building towards Rebellion?
Oh… Were you guys expecting to see Andrew’s IMPACT? No no… Much like Matt and Jeff, Matt showed he can work but they just liked Jeff more.
I’m kidding but, yes as Andrew has said in the last IMPACT review, I am taking over IMPACT duties for the foreseeable future. Jazz’s retirement speech along with a lot of other interesting things to come like Omega and Swann with a Press Conference and good amount of matches to come.
What will I think of IMPACT now that they have another “Phenomenal AJ” with them?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 16, 2021
- TJP vs Josh Alexander – Josh Alexander wins via Butterfly Piledriver – *** ¼
- Crazzy Steve (w/ Decay) vs Karl Anderson (w/ Doc Gallows) – Karl Anderson wins via Spinebuster – ** ¾
- Pick Your Poison: Brian Myers vs Jake Something- Myers wins via Roster Cut – **
- Pick Your Poison: Matt Cardona vs Sami Callihan- Sami Callihan wins via Package Piledriver – ** ¾
TJP vs Josh Alexander
Both men showing more of the technical side of them instead of the X Division we are used to seeing throughout the years but the two are using a good amount of speed against each other, picking up in the later part of the match up. They go to different styles rapidly from technical, to agility, strength and striking too around the end.
Every time TJP goes for an Armbreaker or his signature Octopus, Josh scouts it and gets into an Ankle Lock. TJP also has the move caught and transitions into an STS. TJP goes for a Mamba Splash but it keeps getting countered into the Ankle Lock again. TJP yet again reverses it into an Arm Bar and Josh Alexander realizes that he has to win with something else and breaks the Armbreaker with a Powerbomb and hits a Double Underhook Piledriver to finish off TJP this matchup.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 16, 2021
A short promo airs for “Let’s Get Wilde”, showing that Taylor Wilde is returning fairly soon to IMPACT Wrestling.
Crazzy Steve vs Karl Anderson
Karl Anderson gets the advantage very early on, sneak attacking and beating down Steve, even during the break. With every single dirty trick, Crazzy Steve can’t seem to get any form of offense until Karl’s hubris gets in his way. Steve actually getting some fast paced offense going until Gallows interferes enough times for the win.
Was a good match, making sure that the Bullet Club reigns supreme on two shows. That and usually a Pair of Aces is a good way to win as well.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 16, 2021
We get to the Swing Plaza and some odds when it comes to the X Division Championship Match at Rebellion. Ace saying he’s the best more a less, TJP actually saying he’s got a good amount of wins against both of them and Josh… getting the math from his friend Little Petey Pump on his three-way chance at Rebellion.
Eddie cuts a promo against Violent By Design with Willie Mack in tow. After Eddie comes with a declaration of war, VBD comes down and tells Eddie that he just wants his beating and says he had nothing to do with beating up Tommy Dreamer at Hardcore Justice. Violent By Design comes to the ropes after Eddie says let’s fight as James Storm and Chris Sabin runs down to even up the odds and challenges them to an Eight Man Tag Team match up for Rebellion.
Before we get Jazz’s Retirement speech, Deanna Purazzo is walking to the ring with Su…san and catches Scott D’More. Scott tells her to not ruin her moment in the ring before cutting to commercial.
Jazz comes out for her retirement speech and says Deanna and Jordynn are the present and future of Women’s Wrestling. After Jazz gives her heart felt speech, Fire n Flava comes out to interrupt and tells them that they don’t care and good riddance until… per Scott D’More and since Jazz never said I’m retired… WE HAVE A TAG TEAM MATCH!
For it being Impromptu, it was still a great feel good moment. Jazz got to go out on top with a Falcon Arrow variant and now official retires after her match. Everyone comes out from the locker room to give their support and love for Jazz.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 16, 2021
After the break, Scott tells Fire n Flava that they have to face Jordynn and Jazz for the Tag Titles at Rebellion. They storm off upset but Jazz and Jordynn show up and Jazz says she appreciates it but, she is a woman of her word and will be retired but… she will get a substitute for Jordynn for the match.
Pick your Poison starts for Cardona and Myers as they pick each other’s opponent tonight. Myers is in the ring first and Cardona picks Jake Something.
Brian Myers vs Jake Something
Jake takes it to Myers really on, out powering and out muscling Myers before Myers powders out and runs away from Jake in order to bait him into a Roster Cut for the win.
After the match, Myers says that it’s hard to see with the eyepatch but it’s harder to see in the dark as Myers picks Sami Callihan to face Matt Cardona.
Matt Cardona vs Sami Callihan
Sami jumps Cardona early on before the bell and once we get started, Cardona hits a Rough Ry… Leg Lariat. He hit’s a leg lariat for the two count. Both men striking hard and beating each other down, in and outside of the ring, mistakes are what changes things from both men where Sami takes too much time and Cardona gets too angry and gets sloppy in his moves. No matter what, neither men can get an advantage until Cardona gets his adrenaline pumping, hitting Radio Silence to Sami but kicks out.
After some counters to take Matt Cardona’s cheap tactics by Sami Callihan to get the upper hand and the win, thumb in the eye of Cardona and into a Package Piledriver.
Aftermath: Sami tells Trey Miguel to come out and talk to him. Trey has a chip on his shoulder and tells Sami that he wants nothing to do with him. Sami tries to tell Trey that he is proud of Trey for taking the opportunity at Hardcore Justice because Sami was the one to take out Tommy Dreamer in the main event and that’s where Trey goes to attack Sami but you do not mess with a dangerous man, especially one that uses a chair to prove a point. Sami dismantles Trey with the chair but Trey keeps standing after the beatdown.
FinJuice has a promo against The Good Brothers saying that they are going to prove that they are the best and better than what the Good Brothers say they are.
The press conference begins and Kenny Omega is…. late it seems as the questions start for Rich Swann, if he can handle the challenge and answers the best way I could think. As they ask the questions about being Champion for both companies and their commitments that will happen and make sure there is a definitive winner, Kenny finally shows up and the questions for them begin. Don gets questioned about his loyalty to IMPACT and his devotion to Kenny Omega and if there will be a backlash for it and Callis gets sick of his only question as he praises Omega again so he can talk. Kenny Omega speaks on how he is used to this type of thing, big match, dress to impress and then starts to insult Rich Swann, saying he’s not on his level and he doesn’t belong on this platform.
He says this is the last time he will be cordial, that the next time he sees Rich is in the ring and goes to shake his hand… but paint brushes him instead as a fight closes out the show.
Now… I do love IMPACT. I really do and enjoyed a lot of the moments in the night, from Cardona and Myers trying to outwit each other, the VBD vs IMPACT Soldiers to get a match at Rebellion all the way to Callihan and Trey’s confrontation. All of this will play out perfectly as the set up for Rebellion’s card on the 25th. Bound to see some great matches and this is my first time giving my opinions and thoughts on IMPACT on this platform and we might even get more as they added Trey vs Sami in a Last Man Standing Match, Jordynn Grace and a Mystery Partner against Fire n Flava along with Violent By Design against the IMPACT faithful.
All of that being said however, am I the only one that really and truly… not giving even a modicum of care about the Title vs Title Match for Rebellion? It’s going to be Kenny. All fingers point to Kenny. They even said there is going to be an All Elite Wrestling Referee there to make sure it’s a definite match. They are making it seem like Rich is just so insignificant on his own show that he is representing as their Undisputed World Champion. I know I usually don’t get on my soap box during reviews but I can say without a shadow of a doubt… I really don’t care about this match and I know I’m going to cover it in two Sundays. Try to impress me. Make me give a damn about this match IMPACT. You have a week.
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