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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Rebellion 2019 Ratings & Analysis

Impact has a few big marquee matches on this card. Does Rebellion help Impact’s momentum or languish in, whatever Homecoming was?

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Impact has a few big marquee matches on this card. Does Rebellion help Impact’s momentum or languish in, whatever Homecoming was?

Here comes the boom! Tessa Blanchard and Gail Kim, Brian Cage and Johnny Impact, LAX and Lucha Bros – this card has some high profile potential.

I’m really hoping we get a solid and hard hitting show, instead of a TNA special with twists and bad finishes. Homecoming left a bad taste in my mouth, so let’s hope Rebellion fixes that.

Ratings:

  • 6 Pack Scramble: Petey Williams vs Jake Crist vs Ace Austin vs Aiden Prince vs Cousin Jake vs Eddie Edwards: Austin wins via Roll-Up @5:35 – ***
  • Rohit Raju w/Desi Hit Squad vs Scarlett Bordeaux w/Fallah Bahh: Scarlett wins via Pendulum Piledriver @5:00 – **
  • Moose & The North vs The Rascalz: Moose wins via Spear @9:30 – *** 1/2
  • Impact Knockouts Championship: Taya Valkyrie (c) vs Jordynne Grace: Taya retains via Road to Valhalla @9:10 – *** 1/4
  • X Division Championship oVe Rules: Sami Callihan vs Rich Swann (c): Swann retains via Barbwire Bat Crossface @16:10 – *** 3/4
  • Gail Kim vs Tessa Blanchard: Tessa wins via Cobra Clutch Crossface @13:10 – ****
  • Impact Heavyweight Championship: Brian Cage vs Johnny Impact (c): Cage wins via Drill Claw @13:20 – ** 3/4
  • Full Metal Mayhem Impact Tag Team Championships: LAX vs Lucha Bros (c): LAX wins via Super Powerbomb through Tack covered Tables @21:05 – **** 1/4

Analysis:

Impact likes to start off the PPVs with multiman X Division matches and this one does the trick. A lot of fun spots to get the crowd excited. Not a clinic, nothing overly mind boggling, but it was fun. Plus with Ace Austin pinning Petey it ties in to the little bit of tension they had after the previous 6 man scramble that was on IMPACT a few weeks ago. So I can appreciate the lead.

Don and Josh do their best Toru Yano impression and talk about pre-ordering and buying the Rebellion DVD.

Bumper plugging Impact Plus. Which sounds like GWN Network, so I’m curious if GWN is re-branding because of the whole Jeff Jarrett lawsuit, or if it’s going to be a completely different thing. Update: Impact responded on their Twitter that they will be communicating on how to switch the services over. So Impact Plus is replacing GWN, but it seems like it’s gonna take a few steps to carry over service.

Rohit and Scarlett’s match was spurred out of a Twitter beef and the already existing opinions the Desi Hit Squad has of women. The match was amusing, a few interesting spots, nothing painful or bad, just a whole lot of gimmick. So for what it was, it was fine and the crowd loves Scarlett.

This was a fun 6 man tag. The North dominated a good bit with Moose but The Rascalz speed and high risk moves helped make the match much closer. Dez launched himself off of Josh Alexander’s back from the ramp into the pile of people at ringside. It was very spot heavy, but it was entertaining. Plus we got to see the tandem Assisted Spinebuster from The North, feed into the Spear by Moose. So even if the Spear looked a little messy, it was a fun and cool match.

Taya played up her scared heel aspects, but also worked on Jordynne’s arms. Multiple strikes and submission attempts on the arm played a part through the match. Grace wasn’t able to execute a Michinoku Driver correctly and when she was trying to lay in the Vader Hammers, her right arm was her downfall. It gave Taya the perfect opportunity to execute her finish, and retain the title.

So Sami made this a hardcore match, Impact management banned oVe from ringside and we got a blood feud blow off. This match was insane. Chairshots, guardrails, wet floor signs, cookie sheets of doom, powder and even Legos. Rich was taken to a different level because of Sami and it was great. This whole thing was fantastic because even though I’m not a huge fan of hardcore wrestling, when it’s done well, with story line purpose, it’s great. This was damn good.

Well now, Gail and Tessa prove why they are regarded so highly. This match was a war. Tessa tossing Gail off the ramp was reminiscent of Misawa Tiger Suplexing Kobashi from the ramp to the floor.

Tessa tried to finish the match with the Slingshot Suplex, but Gail counters into Eat Defeat, but Tessa kicks out. Tessa hits Magnum, then when Gail kicks out, she transitions into a Cobra Clutch Crossface for the victory. Great match, great passing of the torch moment afterwards, just a really nice moment.

Well this match was a little overbooked, sloppy at times and Johnny still needs a new finisher. He’s been doing Starship Pain for like 12 years and only hit it clean about 12 times. Storm got bumped, Bravo showed he had ref stripes under his suit, but Cage kicked out. Storm comes back, Superkicks Bravo, Cage stops him from calling the DQ and hits an exhausted looking Drill Claw for the pinfall victory. Finally, Brian Cage wins the belt! And wait…Michael Elgin shows up? From New Japan to Impact, he back fists Cage and hits the Elgin Bomb, making a statement.

Aye dios mio. This was an insane spotfest, but with the tension, the fact they kept introducing more weapons and this being the blow off…I can’t be mad. Spike Fear Factor through chairs, the good ole sit down strike fest, Springboard Spanish Fly through tables. Jesus, there was just so damn much in this match. I do love the fact that Konnan had forks in his pocket that he handed to LAX at some point. There’s a Spanish joke about burritos and forks in there, but I’m not gonna look for it. While the finish was a little awkward, it was still good. Santana driving the fork into Pentagon’s head while on a ladder, with Ortiz in Powerbomb position. Maybe it was supposed to be a Street Sweeper through both tables with the tacks on it, but a Super Powerbomb is no joke either. Not sure if this is Lucha Bros swan song or if they just wanted to take the belts off of them before Double or Nothing. Guess we’ll see.

Overall Score: 7.75/10

Really good show! Now the Heavyweight Championship match being a mess along with a lot of spotfest moments did hurt this show to me, but that’s not saying it wasn’t still really solid all in all.

Also it was refreshing to see a lot of the logical finishes. Tessa going over made sense, Cage finally get crowned is overdue, but a great moment and LAX versus Lucha Bros in a crazy match was great. Hell even having Moose win made logical sense, because, The Rascalz made fun of him which started the feud and cheated to beat him in the last match. So even though it was three big guys against three little guys, the little guys stirred the shit and had to deal with the repercussions.

I’m also happy to see Impact Wrestling return to more of their 2018 style with superior in-ring action, and not whatever Homecoming was. So with Elgin’s debut, new champions and even Taylor Wilde being spotted in the closing moments when the locker room came out…we could have some fun stuff to build towards Slammiversary July 7th. To be clear, I have no clue if Taylor is back or just visiting, but that was a hell of a blast from the past.

 

 


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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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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Slammiversary 2019 Ratings & Analysis

Slammiversary is always one of Impact’s big two shows. Last year righted the ship. Do we get another great show? 

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Slammiversary is always one of Impact’s big two shows. Last year righted the ship. Do we get another great show?

We’ve got a whole lot going on for this show. Elgin tried to take out Cage when he debuted. The North winning the titles on Friday turned the Tag Title match into a Triple Threat.

Let’s also not forget the IWC buzzworthy angle with Sami and Tessa having their intergender war.

So it’s time to find out what kind of show we get!

 

Ratings:

  • Jake Crist vs TJP vs Trey vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via 6 Star Frog Splash @9:45 – *** 1/4
  • Impact Tag Team Championship: Dez & Wentz vs The North (c) vs LAX: The North retain via Gutwrench Powerbomb @7:30 – ** 3/4
  • First Blood: Killer Kross vs Eddie Edwards: Edwards wins via Broken Kendo Stick Shoved in the Mouth @11:45 – ***
  • Moose vs RVD: Moose wins via Spear @13:55 – ** 1/2
  • Knockout’s Championship Monster’s Ball: Havok vs Su Yung vs Rosemary vs Taya Valkyrie (c): Taya retains via Super Piledriver @11:55 – *** 1/2
  • X Division Championship: Johnny Impact vs Rich Swann (c): Swann retains via Phoenix Splash @15:10 – **** 1/2
  • IMPACT World Championship: Brian Cage (c) vs Michael Elgin: Cage retains via Double Legged Cradle @14:30 – **** 1/4
  • Sami Callihan vs Tessa Blanchard: Sami wins via Piledriver @15:00 – **** 

 

Analysis:

Impact has a tendency to start off with the fast paced X Division matches, but I didn’t notice this adjustment. I thought it was a TJP open challenge, but now I guess this is basically a ranking match for the X Division. Great quick action, a long tease on the Tower of Doom (thank god it didn’t happen), but TJP puts Trey in the Romero Special, Jake pins him since he’s technically on his back and then Willie Mack comes off the top rope with a stomp to break it all up. Just great action with no real hiccups except questionable camera work.

So the match was apparently a tornado tag match? Hey I’m fine with that, I just wish it was explained. Match was fast, The North were taken out early, but, once they got in the match, their power was definitely noticeable. Numerous pin attempt break ups thanks to Ethan Page’s power. A weird point in the match, Santana got pushed off the top rope and immediately said something about his leg. Refs and medical personnel come out, which causes a weird lull in the match. The match was good, but that odd stop hurt the flow of the match. Could it be a work? Could it be real? I think Santana was hurt a few weeks ago, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he tweaked something. Either way, The North retain and LAX are protected if this is part of a story to write them off TV.

Killer Kross comes out looking like a cross of Vampiro and Seven with the white face paint and black eyes. Given the whole set up, Edwards had to win this match. It was a brutal back and forth with a few weapons and power spots on the outside. After eating 3 Boston Knee Parties, Eddie realized he needed to step it up, so he snapped Kenny in half and shoved the broken side into Kross’ face. Once the ref pulled them apart, Kross’ face was pouring blood from the mouth and Eddie was victorious. Kinda what you’d expect of a gimmicky First Blood match.

RVD comes out to prove he’s still the Whole F’n Show, while Moose looks to start moving up the ladder for possible bigger matches. RVD played the greatest hits and Moose got caught a few times trying to one up RVD. A sloppy Frog Splash, introducing a chair (dumbass), and just generally getting ahead of himself. However, RVD played up his position after a drop toe hold into a chair, and spent too damn long pandering on the top rope. A missed 5 Star Frog Splash, lead to Moose hitting his Spear and grabbing the win over the legend.

Monster’s Ball had a bit of a twist this time around since James Mitchell was trying to get Su Yung to agree to making Havok champion. So it was effectively a team against 2 others. Lots of chairs, cookie trays, tables and of course tacks. We saw a big Side Effect through the table from Taya to Rosemary. Havok hits a Super Tombstone on Su Yung and looks to win the match, but Taya recovers and throws a chair to break up the pin, and then pins Su Yung to retain her title. Taya barely escapes, but not a bad match.

We saw a lot of character work between Johnny and Bravo, which definitely helped carry the slower spots. Swann took out Bravo towards the end when both we trading big cool moves. One move of note coming from Rich Swann, being a Cartwheel Standing Phoenix Splash. That just looked cool. Johnny attempted Starship Pain, and even though he supposedly hit it (you’d think after a decade he’d know how to position people), Rich kicked out. Rich hit a nice 7 strike blitz and 2 Lethal Injections, ole shock and awe tactic. Top Rope Phoenix Splash allowed Swann to retain the title. Damn good match.

Well now, big boy match with big boys doing big boy things. This was a great display of power moves and athletic moves, since neither guy is one dimensional. Elgin worked over Brian Cage’s back, and it played into the match a few times. Cage couldn’t land the Drill Claw, because his back went out. Right when everything was looking good for Elgin, he hits a Buckle Bomb, lifts Cage for the Elgin Bomb, but Cage rolls through, Sunsets Elgin and sits down into a Double Legged Cradle, ala how Okada beat Jericho (and got the first fall on Omega in the 2 out of the 3 falls match). So after all these power spots, the match ends with a basic wrestling move. Great stuff.

Sami and Tessa had most of the internet buzz coming into Slammiversary, so it makes sense this goes on last. Tessa came out hot knocking Sami out of the ring and then going for Triplicate Suicide Dives. Sami catches her on the third and swings her into the guardrail. At that point we get a lot of Sami laying Tessa out a few times and then turning his back on her for a count out or general disrespect. We get two referee bumps that allow for baseball bats and a low blow from Tessa. Tessa connects with Magnum, but Sami kicks out. Tessa defiantly does the oVe thumbs up, thumbs down in Sami’s face, and he snaps off a Piledriver for the win. A shock to many that Tessa didn’t go over, but Sami grabs his bat and hers, walks over to her trying to recollect herself in the corner, and instead of continuing the beating, he just hands her, her bat and walks off.

 

Overall Score: 8/10

A damn good show that paid off where it needed to and gave us some possible future stories. Rhyno returning to make the save for Callis and Gore Elgin is hopefully leading to more. Not sure if it was a one off since he never took the mask off, or if we could see Elgin lock horns with Rhyno. Personally, a run in Impact to re-establish that he isn’t a joke could be a good thing for Rhyno.

I also really liked that Sami went over in the main event. He was treating her equally the entire time, him winning a big feud could set him up for a World Title shot and Tessa comes out looking great too since he was a hell of a fight. X Division will be interesting since Willie Mack won the opening 4 way, and since Rich retained. Do we see a turn soon or will it just be two buddies wrestling for the title?

Either way, damn good show and it’s nice to see Impact continuing to deliver big matches and solid shows even if they are the butt of many jokes with low visibility.


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