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Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 3/15/2019

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So this show has potential to make some big story waves coming off the Dark War, Eli and Eddie trying on being a team and Brian Cage’s rematch.

That gives us a lot of unresolved issues with a few weeks until Against All Odds.

Speaking of unresolved issues…Ohio Versus Everything…amirite?!

 

Ratings:

  • Sami Callihan & oVe vs Willie Mack, Rich Swann & Tommy Dreamer: Callihan wins via Piledriver – ** 1/2
  • Glenn Gilbertti vs Kikutaro: Glenn wins via Chart Buster – ** 1/4
  • KM & Fallah Bahh vs Reno Scum: Fallah wins via Belly to Belly Suplex – **
  • Number 1 Contender Match: Tessa Blanchard vs Jordynne Grace: Grace wins via Grace Driver – *** 1/4
  • Desi Hit Squad vs Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards: Eddie wins via Kendo Stick Strike – ** 1/2

 

 

Analysis:

Well okay…this match was very, slapstick. Dreamer played up a lot of comedy. He readjusted from the top all the way to the bottom turnbuckle before doing a Double Axehandle. Sami spat a big loogie on his face and he ate it, which caused Sami to have a gross out face. Swann and Mack helped Sami do a kip up, they egged him on to do a Frog Splash. Then the match ends with Sami slipping out of a Spicolli Driver, hitting a groin claw and then Piledriver. Just a lot of goofball indy spots that some people enjoy but I don’t really care for. But hey, when puking on someone’s dick goes viral…I guess there’s definitely a crowd for this.

Melissa is back on twitch video! So yup, I think they figured out their formula unless she has a conflicting booking.

Rascalz segment, just watch:

Alright, Disco was amusing. He asked for a clown, got Kikutaro and went to the announce table just to say ” Isn’t this guy like the champion of New Japan or something”. As for the match, it’s alright. Disco is still in great shape, plays up goofy jerk, hits his Disco move occasionally and even attempts the Village People’s Elbow. Which is the People’s Elbow but he does the YMCA dance first. Kikutaro did some Muta references during the match, so that was a little neat. Not bad for what it was, but two comedy matches to get the show rolling is a little rough.

Rolando Menendez investigative reporter segment with Taya. Taya says she’s concerned but I don’t buy any of this. Johnny CharismaVacuum needs to drop the belt.

Scum took out Fallah early, so it was a lot of KM fighting from underneath. Fallah eventually got back to the apron, wanted the hot tag and performed decently while favoring his leg. Short match, but not bad, just short and a little simple.

Konnan asks Pentagon and Fenix when the rematch is and they basically blow him off in cool Spanish Cero Miedo kind of ways.

LAX segment after the commercial break with a pissed off Konnan with Ortiz and Santana playing more comedy support. Scarecrows man.

Tessa dominated most of this match, and it was a solid match. But Tessa’s temper and the Gail Kim situation distracted her numerous times to yell at the referee or the crowd. After the loss Tessa freaks out and tries to kill the bell keeper kid in a pink shirt and pizza tie. Gail comes in for the save and clears Tessa out. Hopefully this leads to a match at Rebellion.

After the altercation in the ring:

GWN Flashback Match: Sting vs RVD at TNA Slammiversary 2010.

Broken Bunny back stage segment. Rosemary doesn’t know where the rest of the Bunny is, so it seems like we’re going to keep this angle going a little longer.

The tag match was actually really solid even though it was really short. But there was some nice story elements when Eli got frustrated, slides in, takes out the other two but Gama distracts the ref and Eli throws in Kenny and Eddie uses it, then throws it back out seamlessly for the pinfall. Eli and Eddie actually look like they have a moment of understanding. This could be the birth of a great tag team run.

Another GWN Flashback? Abyss vs Sabu at TNA Turning Point 2005. So…did someone hit the wrong button or did Melissa and Don get busy so this is in lieu of the Skype sessions? Ahh the barbed wire sandwich match, that’s right!

And Melissa accidentally interrupts the show feed after the Flashback. She always has some kind of technical difficulty. So glad she committed to the gimmick.

Well Killer Kross carries out Johnny’s body and a cinder block. It looks like he’s going to smash Johnny’s head, security tries to break it up, Kross kills them. Taya drags out Cage to help, Cage refuses until Taya gets involved. Cage slides in to protect Taya, and then she low blows him. Johnny kips up and the beat down of Cage begins. Taya and Johnny are now heels, Kross is laughing on the outside, and Cage is knocked out with the cinder block in the ring. Top 10 Anime Betrayals.

 

Overall Score: 5.5/10

Okay show from Impact Wrestling. Also, I’m very picky with my brand of comedy, and what Dreamer was doing and the whole Disco/Kikutaro segment was fine. But it felt a little odd especially when the oVe/Rich Swann story is so personal and gritty, then you have goofy spots. It’s just a tone shift I don’t appreciate. It’s like if Metallica did Children’s Songs (yes it’s a reference to the old Jim Breuer joke…but if you get that, then you know what I mean).

So yeah, if you ask me, this just felt like an entire filler episode. Aside from the heel turn from Taya and Johnny (that most saw coming after the disingenuous satellite interview last week), this was mostly skippable.

Twitch Views:

  • Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
  • Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500 
  • Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900  
  • Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
  • Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650
  • Uncaged: High – 9,000/ Low – 8,000
  • Week 6: High – 8,025/ Low – 5,300
  • Week 7: High – 14,400/Low – 9,800
  • Week 8: High – 7,200/Low – 4,500
  • Week 9: High – 9,700/Low – 4,000

This is another slow start week. Granted some of it could’ve been because of the ROH Anniversary show, but the high is actually the 3rd best historically. Also a point of note is that after the numbers shot up (took about 30 minutes), the viewers never dropped below 8,500. I’m surprised the number stayed as strong as it did for a show that was tied with the lowest score I’ve given so far this year.

Funnily enough,  the last 5.5 show came two weeks before UNCAGED, and we’re two weeks before Against All Odds. I wonder if that’s a coincidence or a trend that two weeks before a big show is the throw away show? Only one way to find out, right?


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Andrew’s IMPACT Ratings & Analysis 5/17/2019

Coming off a great episode with a quality main event, IMPACT has a lot of momentum. Do we see a spike in viewers? Do we get more quality TV?

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Coming off a great episode with a quality main event, IMPACT has a lot of momentum. Do we see a spike in viewers? Do we get more quality TV?

Impact Wrestling has done a solid job dancing around any official announcements with Brian Cage, which is really smart. He’s got a lot of IWC support, and allowing the show to move forward while he heals is great.

Too often and too quickly do we see vacancies and title strips, I don’t mind a few weeks without The Machine!

I will admit though, it would be fun if they make his injury out to be worse than it is, just to further the fact that he’s not a normal person.

Either way, eat some chicken and prepare for this show!

Ratings:

  • Knockouts Battle Royal: Glenn Gilbertti wins – **
  • Demon Collar Match: Rosemary vs Su Yung: Rosemary wins via Red Wedding – *
  • Madman Fulton vs Randy Shawn: Fulton wins via Modified Lifting Reverse STO – N/A
  • Killer Kross vs Eddie Edwards: Kross wins via Doomsday Saito – ** 1/2
  • Michael Elgin vs Rich Swann: Swann wins via DQ – **** 1/4

 

Analysis:

So good ole Disco returns to run down the Knockouts. He gets in the ring, says it would be better if it was a Bra and Panties Battle Royal, then stops himself and says “on second thought, maybe it’s best you all keep your clothes on”. The Knockouts gang up on Disco and kick him out of the ring, so he joins commentary. Apparently he’s a legal competitor in the match, but the commentary between Glenn, Josh and Don is actually tremendous.

The final three are Kiera Hogan, Scarlett Bordeaux and Tess Blanchard. Kiera is being a little more aggressive and mouthy, so she’s getting into her new character. Kiera eliminates Scarlett, Tessa then eliminates Kiera and Glenn slides in from commentary to hit a Lariat on Tessa and throw her over the top rope. Don’t be disrespectful to Disco. Sheesh. Battle Royal was fine, a few hiccups and odd spots, but generally enjoyable.

Elgin gets back to back segments showing him attack Willie Mack in the parking lot, which sent him to the hospital. So Elgin is continuing to build his list of Emergency Room beds. Rich Swann steps up to fight for his buddy Willie.

Wow this collar match was…bad. It was slow, overly telegraphed at times, strikes looked weak and Su’s collar broke at some point so that made the finish weirder. Rosemary took Su Yung to the pack like a trophy hunter, so who knows what’s going on with this still. But sheesh, that was rough boys and girls.

Well Fulton eats this kid. Randy Shawn couldn’t decide on a first name, but he should make a new career choice.

RVD announces that he will face Tommy Dreamer next week at the 2300 Arena. So old school ECW throwback match. Yes, we get them a bit in Impact.

Wow…this is an awful “update with a fake doctor” video, I half expected the doctor to say ” I understand he isn’t normal, that he is a machine…”:

Kross and Eddie have a pretty solid match. Both men show they’re a little deranged by asking for punishment, but Kross catches Eddie trying to use Kenny, with the Doomsday Saito. Kross zip ties Eddie to the rope and makes it look like he’s going to beat Eddie with Kenny, but instead he stops and snaps it in half in front of Eddie. Eddie is heartbroken. Also extra note, Kross had F.T.W. on his wrist tape.

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IMPACT plus Flashback Moment: Kongo Kong vs Brian Cage, IMPACT July 5, 2018

The North and Moose are apparently plotting something for RVD.

So damn this main event went 2 commercial breaks, but it was really solid. Swann wouldn’t stay down and even had great hope spots. A Super Frankensteiner countering the Avalanche Powerbomb, Lethal Injection, 450, but Elgin kicked out. Swann tried a top rope Phoenix Splash, and missed. Elgin hits Splash Mountain, and Rich kicks out. Elgin rolls to the outside, catches Rich and repeatedly Powerbombs him into the post. Kid Ref tries to get the match back in the ring, Elgin pushes Kid Ref and Powerbombs Swann again for posterity. Kid Ref calls for the DQ and then runs for his life. This was a great match, the “non-finish” is rather annoying coming out of a roughly 25 minute match. But love him or hate him, Elgin can wrestle.

 

Overall Score: 6.5/10

The second half of the show was great. Eddie’s story with being helpless to watch his friend Kenny get killed in front of him, a really good Flashback match and the main event was damn good. Hell, Disco’s anti-women’s wrestling character is something he does fantastically. Yes the collar match awful, the doctor’s update was laughable, but it was still solid generally speaking.

Twitch Views:

  • 5/3/2019 – LOW: 4,000/HIGH 6,550
  • 5/10/2019 – LOW: 3,800/HIGH: 7,130
  • 5/17/2019 – LOW: 6,900/HIGH: 12,220

Well I don’t know what went on tonight. I guess the Bucks and Raptors aren’t compelling TV because something spiked viewership. The show opened with the Knockouts and that’s when the numbers were really spiking. So even if the Battle Royal was gimmicked and the Demon Collar match was a mess, the Knockouts seem to be the main draw at moment.

The Twitch stream usually averages 6,000 and tonight was 9,000. Also to be noted, tonight marked the highest viewership numbers since the 3/1/2019 simulcast is still the record at 14,400 viewers.


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Andrew’s IMPACT Ratings & Analysis 5/10/2019

A few non-title matches, RVD’s in-ring return and an update on Brian Cage! Impact has a lot of things to address! How does the show play out?

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A few non-title matches, RVD’s in-ring return and an update on Brian Cage! Impact has a lot of things to address! How does the show play out?

So Michael Elgin is sending people to the hospital, oVe wants to send people home in a body bag and LAX just wants to make a bag. So this episode is definitely a building block show, but with so many prospective decent matches, we’ve still got good stuff on paper.

Speaking of on paper, Lion King is looking different than I remember. Dude…this isn’t where I parked my car…

Ratings:

  • Josh Alexander & Moose vs LAX:  LAX wins via Tandem Reverse Slam – *** 
  • Madison Rayne vs Taya Valkyrie: Madison wins via Single Leg Boston Crab – **
  • Jordynne Grace vs Alexia Nicole: Jordynne wins via Grace Driver – N/A
  • Ethan Page vs RVD: RVD wins via 5 Star Frog Splash – ** 1/2
  • Desi Hit Squad vs The Deaners vs Brent Banks & Aiden Prince vs Dez & Wentz: Rohit wins via School Boy – ***
  • Rich Swann, Willie Mack, Fallah Bahh w/Scarlett Bordeaux & Tommy Dreamer vs oVe: Callihan wins via Piledriver – ****

 

 

Analysis:

We get a decently paced tag match to open the show. Last week Ethan Page challenged RVD, so that left Josh Alexander in need of a partner if he wanted to take a shot at the champions, Moose stepped up. Solid showing from all, if it weren’t for a miscommunication Pump Kick from Moose to Alexander, LAX was looking at a potential upset.

Tommy Dreamer gives a damn good heartfelt promo. Just watch:

Tessa Blanchard joins commentary for the Taya and Madison match. I guess we’ll get to see if Tessa’s moment with Gail was a face turn, or just a fleeting moment of respect.

Well this match was more what I expected when Madison came back. Awkward at times, long weird windups for strikes and a odd finish. As a match, it was more to get over Taya’s personality and to cement Tessa as a face on commentary. So the match was secondary to some Taya trash talk and getting respectful Tessa over. The finish makes sense with Taya’s manipulate and live to fight another day persona, but it was abrupt and fairly lame.

Impact Plus Flashback Match: Su Yung vs Tessa Blanchard vs Allie: Redefined 8/30/2018 for Knockouts Championship

Rosemary challenges Su Yung to a Demon Collar match. Okay…that’s a little different.

Jordynne gets a jobber match. Alexia attempts to get in offense but Grace counters and shrugs off everything. All while looking bored and scoffing at the jobbers attempts at offense.

Kiera Hogan talks about trying to be friends but no one reciprocating. Jordynne shows up to say they are friends, but Kiera gets a little nasty and ends the promo with “Rosemary can go die like Allie”.

Josh Alexander comes out with Ethan, and makes it very obvious that he’s going to try to get involved at different points. RVD had a few moments that looked a little off, but his Bodyscissors Pin was still flawless, Rolling Thunder looked good (unlike United We Stand) and he didn’t oversell the 5 Star like he used to, but not bad, especially since Page was about 2/3rds of the way across the ring.

Fun 4 Way tag match. Each team got to flourish a little and the Desi Hit Squad picks up the win in cheap heelish ways. So all good stuff.

This was a hell of a spectacle. A great hardcore style match with personality. All of the weapons made sense, hell even the usage of Legos was funny since Fallah wrestles in bare feet so he basically toughed it out fire walker style to run across the ring for a splash. Fallah also had a great counter. Madman Fulton jumps off the ladder and Fallah catches him for a big Samoan Drop. This was a spot fest of course, but it was fun. It was ECW style and not deathmatch style, so I enjoyed it a quite a bit. Just wow, lots of fun and oVe picking up the win is actually a good thing.

Overall Score: 7.5/10

This was a great episode. Solid promo/storyline work, good in-ring work as well, this was just generally an easy watch that made a lot of sense. They really got across Tessa’s new babyface persona, RVD had a solid return, oVe picked up a much needed win and Kiera Hogan seems to be on her path to a heel turn.

Of all those things, I’m only a little unhappy with the Kiera stuff. She’s such a good bubbly babyface, I’m not sure how convincingly she can pull off mean or menacing. But time will tell.

Twitch Views:

  • 5/3/2019 – LOW: 4,000/HIGH 6,550
  • 5/10/2019 – LOW: 3,800/HIGH: 7,130

Average views stay around the 6,000 mark. The show spiked once around the RVD match and then jumped about 500 views for the main event. So I’m not sure if the end of the Warriors game played into the spike at the end, or just general interest in the story. But either way, nice to see consistency…but growth is something that should be happening. In a hardcore fanbase that craves in-ring action, the fact that it’s been over a year a solid rebranding, to very little acceptance is interesting.

Lots of jaded fans perhaps, being cynical definitely has it’s merits for TNA/Impact, but even the bad shows have been arguably average. Which is better than I can say for certain other programs.


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