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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 4/12/2019

Andrew brings us Impact Wrestling coverage! Two weeks away from Rebellion, let’s see how it all plays out! IMPACT on Twitch!

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Andrew brings us Impact Wrestling coverage! Two weeks away from Rebellion, let’s see how it all plays out!

After a long WrestleMania weekend/week, I’m still extremely exhausted. I know we’ve got a mixed tag with Rebellion implications and Moose continuing his revenge on the Rascalz!

We also get the IMPACT debut of the Monster Mafia-wait, no?- okay they are now known as The North.

Before we get to the show, just for DeMarco:

Ratings:

  • Moose vs Wentz: Moose wins via Spear – *** 1/4
  • Rosemary vs Su Yung: No Contest – **
  • The North (Josh Alexander & Ethan Page) vs El Reverso & Sheldon Jean: The North wins via Tandem Torture Rack toss into a Spinebuster – ** 1/2
  • Tessa Blanchard vs Madison Rayne: Rayne wins via School Girl Roll-Up – *** 3/4
  • Brian Cage & Jordynne Grace vs Johnny Impact & Taya Valkyrie: Johnny wins via Shining Wizard – *** 1/2

 

Analysis:

So this is an odd story. Rascalz are pretty well liked being cheeky stoned pranksters, but when they made fun of Moose for striking out with Melissa Santos, he came to their club house for a pound of flesh. So, even though Moose is a cocky, douchey, arrogant schmuck…he’s technically in the right here. As he took out Trey a few weeks ago, he now set his sights on Wentz. Wentz put up a good fight, the crowd reacted pretty well and the match was fun.

Melissa Santos interviews Madison Rayne, Tessa crashes the interview and it turns into a declaration of having a match. So Tessa versus Madison will happen tonight.

Rosemary comes out to try and avenge Allie’s death. The match starts off in favor of Rosemary, then the Undead Bridesmaids distract Rosemary. Kiera Hogan runs out to try and help, Rosemary goes out and admonishes Firefly for interfering. The Undead Bridesmaids dog pile Rosemary and Kiera for what should be a DQ, but they kept saying No Contest. They feed them both to Su Yung in the ring so she can hit the Panic Switch and leave them laying. So Kiera is being positioned as Rosemary’s new unwanted partner. This isn’t a bad way to keep the story going since it seems to be one of the more popular ones that Impact has been running with.

GWN Flashback Match: TNA Turning Point X-Division Championship: RVD (c) vs Joey Ryan, Nov. 11, 2012

Out of the flashback, we have Killer Kross approach Willie Mack on the steps with a cryptic, yet insightful promo. Trying to sow the seeds of doubt between Mack and Swann. Killer Kross is a damn treasure.

Monster Mafia got rebranded as The North, and for a jobber match, this was actually kind of competitive. Alexander did a lot of the early work and looked scary impressive. Sadly Twitch chat focused more on the amateur wrestling head gear that Josh wears, and not the fact that he was throwing people around with ease. A Powerbomb Backbreaker, a few fun tandem moves and just generally a fun match. The North look like a force to be reckoned with.

Well now, this match was pretty damn good, told a great story since Gail was on commentary and Madison…looked…really good. By that I mean in the ring. This is the second week in a row Madison showed off much better in-ring skills. A few big Frakensteiners, nice transitional roll ups and generally nice movement. Tessa was dominant, but allowed her ego and Gail on the outside to distract her throughout the match. Really good everything.

Eli and Eddie ask Lucha Bros for a title match, LAX shows up and jumps Lucha Bros. Eli pulls Eddie away basically saying let them soften each other up.

Okay…Taya and Johnny have a great interview segment:

Fallah goes looking for Scarlett and finds her! She doesn’t seem to quite understand Bahh, but she offers to tag with him next week against the Desi Hit Squad.

Taya starts the match and then Johnny jumps off the apron to avoid the tag. He tries to get the crowd to chant for Taya, but Jordynne tags in Cage to force Johnny’s hand. This was a solid match that solidified an angle through this entire feud with Cage and Johnny. Johnny played chicken shit heel, and then John E. Bravo showed his true colors by Chop Blocking Cage in the midst of a Drill Claw. So the questionable Homecoming stuff on the outside, counting 3 for Kross even though Cage kicked out, and overlooking interference…it’s all cause he’s basically Nick Patrick (among others but I’m a WCW fanboy at heart). So Taya and Johnny have a referee in their pocket.

 

Overall Score: 7.5/10

Pretty good show. Quality matches, storyline movement, a debut, a solid reveal with Bravo. I may not personally like the heel referee crap, but it has a place. Hopefully we don’t get too much of it since Cage and Johnny have had an odd feud since January. I don’t really need this angle to go much longer.

Either way, good show, no real complaints and Don Callis was manning Twitch Chat this week…and seemed to be received pretty well. Ramping up to Rebellion, this is all a good hype episode.


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 7/19/2019

Impact Mash Up Tournament tonight! Winning team earns a 1v1 match with a title shot attached! WCW Lethal Lottery is back!

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Impact Mash Up Tournament tonight! Winning team earns a 1v1 match with a title shot attached! WCW Lethal Lottery is back!

WCW Lethal Lottery show!

Wait – I mean Mash Up Tournament…no wait, I was right the first time. I wonder if there’s a Battlebowl at the end.

From a clip show to a filler show, I’m not really sure how to feel. Tonight could be cool, but I doubt it will matter much in the grand scheme of things.

Damn you Impact and Dragonball for your non-canonical movies!

Ratings:

  • Moose & Eddie Edwards vs Rohit Raju & Cody Deaner: Edwards wins via Boston Knee Party – * 1/2
  • Rich Swann & Madman Fulton vs Jake Crist & Wentz: Jake wins via Fisherman Buster Hold – ** 1/4
  • Michael Elgin & Willie Mack vs Ace Austin & Stone Rockwell: Elgin wins via Elgin Bomb – **
  • Trey & Dave Crist vs Sami Callihan & Tessa Blanchard: Callihan wins via Piledriver – ***
  • Havok vs Madison Rayne vs Taya Valkyrie: Havok wins via Tombstone Piledriver – ** 1/2
  • Mash-Up Finals Elimination Match: Eddie Edwards & Moose vs Willie Mack & Michael Elgin vs Jake Crist & Wentz vs Sami Callihan & Tessa Blanchard: Tessa & Sami win – *** 1/4

 

Analysis:

So the inaugural match of this Mash Up Tournament and it’s decently established wrestlers against two jobber halves of a tag teams. This had no chance of being taken seriously. Things break down, Moose and Eddie win, Desi Hit Squad and Deaner brawl a little. This really got the night kicked off with a yawn and fart.

Zombie Princess is interviewing Ace Austin and Eddie Prince, Austin insults his mish mosh teammate and now he’s hung out to dry. Will he find a replacement?

Well this was a little odd since it was 3 Cruiserweight sized people and Madman Fulton. We got some decent Cruiser style wrestling until the inevitable turn from Fulton happened and he assisted Jake in beating Rich. So maybe Jake will be in line for an X Division shot.

Is it hard for me to care about some of this? That’s a resounding yes. Austin gets saddled with the comedy act of Stone Rockwell and we hate all of these things. Of course Elgin and Mack mostly dominate, this wasn’t close, Ace is a jerk, yadda yadda…Lethal Lottery nap time!

Well we finally had a somewhat competitive match. Dave and Sami planned a finger poke of Doom spot since we don’t already have enough WCW references tonight. Trey also decided to dress up exactly like Sami and channels his inner Sami. Tessa and Sami start dysfunctional but they put it together enough. Tessa hits Magnum on Trey but tweaks something so Sami picks up the pinfall with the Piledriver. Solid match with a lot of drama and character spots.

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Well the writing was on the wall with this match too. Havok is twice the size of the other women and Taya is a self preserving champion, so we had to figure that Madison was eating the pin here. The match wasn’t awful or anything, but a lack of suspension of disbelief just kinda has it linger and happen.

So the Mash Up Tournament was kinda like Battlebowl. The four winners, come together in a giant four way tag, and the winner of this four way gets a one on one match at Unbreakable for a World Title shot.

We got the finish that most of us probably wanted, and everyone actually looked solid. Moose and Eddie going out first is fine since they were the least cohesive unit. Elgin and Mack only lost because Elgin eventually turned on Mack and just walked out on the match. The we saw Jake Crist defy Sami’s wishes. Sami tried the finger poke, but Jake was playing possum and went for an Inside Cradle, but Sami kicked out. An interesting development was when Tessa faced off with Elgin, Sami shoved her out of the way, like he was protecting her. Then towards the end, her and Sami were in sync trading strikes with Jake and Wentz. So there is tension between the two, but they also came together when it mattered, regardless of the dysfunction. That was a neat wrinkle.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

The show was alright for being mostly filler. But the real highlight of the night was on Twitch, watch Melissa play Fortnite with Sami Callihan and Dave Crist. Between the comments, Melissa being awful at the game and just the general banter, it was all good stuff. Sami’s shoe fetish is a little odd though.

Either way, the show was fine, Twitch made it better when the first hour was pretty obvious and boring. Tessa, Sami and Jake are probably the biggest players to look out for coming out of this Lethal Lottery.


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 7/12/2019

Slammiversary was a great PPV! What does Impact bring to the table after a successful event?

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Slammiversary was a great PPV! What does Impact bring to the table after a successful event?

With the news of some people being free agents along with all of the title defenses, we’ve got some work to do!

Wait…Don Callis and Josh Matthews are in front of a Slammiversary LED screen?

We’re getting a clip show? OH- a clip show with 1 new match and the full main event of a A Night You Can’t Mist.

Really? You follow up a hot PPV with a clip show.

Talk about not understanding momentum.

 

Ratings:

  • IMPACTplus Match: Michael Elgin & Johnny Impact vs The Great Muta & Tommy Dreamer: Muta wins via Shining Wizard – ***
  • Kiera Hogan vs Jordynne Grace vs Madison Rayne: Grace wins via Grace Driver – ***

 

Analysis:

Well I must’ve overlooked something, since this is mostly a clip show. Seems like they’re going over the Slammiversary matches with post match comments interspersed from wrestlers.

Surprisingly, Melissa is on the Skype host of Twitch chat duty tonight. She just got married and this is a clip show and she’s still around. Points for her.

Ugh – yup just clips of before and after promos for Killer Kross vs Eddie Edwards. I don’t really care. These feel like they should be extras for the Slammiversary DVD, not a standalone IMPACT episode.

Jimmy Jacobs weighs in on the Monster’s Ball information. Gotta love the Zombie Princess.

To give you an idea of what we’ve been dealing with:

Oh now we get to hear the thoughts of the Real Deal now. D’lo Brown discusses the tag team match.

The best thing to come from these post match comments was the promo Konnan cut on The North afterwards. Still definitely a waste of time episode, but Konnan is still fire on the stick.

Well thankfully they trimmed out the portion of the Night You Can’t Mist main event so we didn’t see the long stall because of the shitty fan. As for the match, it was a good house show style match. A few moments of awkward spots, physical comedy and Muta slides in with a broom, Kid Ref admonishes him and he decides to just sweep the ring a little like he had no ill intent. Solid match honestly, the fact that Muta goes over after some Misting shenanigans was just a nice moment.

Tommy joins Josh and Don talking about Tessa versus Sami Callihan. The interviews afterwards definitely drive home the fact that Sami has respect for Tessa. It was a well done video package, but this really shouldn’t be a stand alone episode.

Petey Williams joins the aftermath show to discuss Swann and Johnny. Nothing really of merit was said or shown, especially since most of us figure Johnny lost since his contract was up. So trying to frame it in a sports way, doesn’t really resonate with this generation of wrestling viewer. I mean that more by available information, not hands down “smart” remarks.

So we know where it’s going. They talk about Cage and Elgin with Scott D’Amore and it seems like this angle might persist. Since Cage won with a wrestling move and not his usual seek and destroy style, Elgin is taking that as a moral victory. Any matches with those two will be good stuff, but got this has been hard to sit through.

Well this women’s Triple Threat was kind of a mess early on. Mistimed spots, competitors or referees out of position, awkward transition and partially missed moves. Granted, they had a good amount of time and kept the intensity up, so it helped to save the match from an enjoyment and storyline perspective. Things culminate with Grace getting the win, but Rayne turns heel. So Hogan and Rayne gang up on Grace, and Hogan walks out exchanging glances with Rayne, but never quite cementing if they will be a team moving forward.

Overall Score: 3.5/10

A clip show with one new match and one match from a show last month. I mean, Jesus this was not a good idea. Yes the video packages were solid, sure they helped to flesh things out a little bit…but holy hell it was a boring show. Plus you have to wonder how people who paid for the PPV must feel when a good bit of the footage was given away during this clip show.

Of course Twitch viewers were the lowest they’ve ever been since people were not happy with a clip show.

Just a dumb choice coming off the heels of a great PPV.


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