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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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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.

ImpactPlus Flashback Momenet: oVe vs Eddie Edwards, Moose & Tommy Dreamer House of Hardcore Match Redemption 4/22/2018

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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