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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 5/3/2019

Rebellion was great! Impact Wrestling came with some fun wrestling and a solid PPV. How will IMPACT set up new stories?

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Rebellion was great! Impact Wrestling came with some fun wrestling and a solid PPV. How will IMPACT set up new stories?

Rebellion was about on par with Bound for Glory last year in terms of quality. Brian Cage is the new World Champ, LAX won the Tag titles and Tessa Blanchard took the torch from Gail Kim.

Up coming announcements should be fun!

Great Muta makes a surprise appearance at G1 Supercard, and apparently will be working with Impact Wrestling again!

Ratings:

  • Ace Austin vs Petey Williams: Austin wins via The Fold – ** 1/2
  • Rosemary vs Kiera Hogan: Rosemary wins via DQ – *
  • Eddie Edwards w/Kenny vs Fenix: Fenix wins via Fenix Driver – ***
  • #1 Contender Match: Johnny Impact vs Michael Elgin vs Pentagon Jr: Elgin wins via Elgin Bomb – *** 1/2

 

Analysis:

Impact opens like an episode of Raw. Elgin comes out and claims he broke the machine, Johnny comes out saying he did it and around here there’s a rematch clause. Then the surprise addition is Konnan comes out and says Pentagon is back in the World title picture. Elgin attempts to take out Konnan to send a message to Pentagon, but Penta comes out and a bit of a brawl happens. Elgin ends up tossing 6 or 7 security guys, so we’re most likely on the way to a 3 Way Dance. It was an okay segment, not fantastic since Johnny and Elgin aren’t great on the mic, but Konnan is still a master of the verbal gem.

#1 Contender Match confirmed as the main event tonight.

Solid match between these two, that got a decent amount of time. Classic Petey Williams spots, a Sharpshooter in Canada seemed correct. Austin fights out of the Sharpshooter and puts together some solid offense. Top Rope FameAsser, his outside in twisting head scissors to set up The Fold, and then The Fold was executed decently.

Well after attacking Kiera to get a point across that she doesn’t want her involved, Kiera wants a measure of revenge. The match was awkward and plodding at best. A couple okay spots, but not a good match. Bridesmaids and Su Yung attacking Rosemary ends the match. Kiera thinks about helping Rosemary but walks away instead.

Small backstage interview with Taya and Madison Rayne.

Impact Plus Flashback Match: Rhino vs RVD First Blood Match, Final Resolution December 5,2010.

After the Flashback match we get a little more of Taya bargaining with Management. Since she has 30 days to defend her title, their match next week is non-title.

Interesting match. We see Eddie’s goofy hardcore persona continue to unravel, but the match was solid even with Eddie’s comedic-esque mannerisms. Killer Kross shows up and grabs Kenny. Eddie sees this, and Kross motions to hand him Kenny. However, when Eddie does grab Kenny, Kross doesn’t let go. He just grins and shakes his head, while Fenix hits a Superkick, followed by the springboard Roundhouse Kick then the Fenix Driver. Kross takes Kenny and the story continues to build.

RVD comes out to a big pop, pokes fun at what old guys usually say about returning…and Ethan Page interrupts. It’s actually a good back and forth between the two. After poking the bear enough, Page catches a Van Daminator for his troubles and RVD shrugs and walks to the back.

Melissa is doing the Twitch coverage from the tapings at the ECW Arena and Disco Inferno, Taya and Matt Striker show up on the stream. I didn’t know Striker was working with Impact.

We get a video package summarizing Gail vs Tessa and even Tully’s thoughts after the match.

The triple threat was actually really solid, up to a point. It was trending towards being a 4 star match, until we get to the apron. Johnny fights off Pentagon, and then double clutches before going for what I’m assuming was supposed to be a Diving Frankensteiner from the top rope to the outside…but it was so bad they cut to the camera furthest away from the spot. Aside from the one Big Yikes level of Botch, Elgin dodged Starship Pain, hit a big Lariat, into Buckle Bomb into Elgin Bomb.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Aside from the rough open since 2 of the 3 participants aren’t strong talkers, we had a solid show to follow up a great PPV. Eddie Edwards has something building with Killer Kross, the main event scene is kind of cool even with Brian Cage being injured for now and Taya playing up the heel aspects of not giving out title matches is great.

Also I love how Josh Alexander called out Ethan Page in the segment after the RVD confrontation. Alexander yelled at Page for going into business for himself when they have a match with LAX next week and they wanted to be the best tag team. Moose shows up and eases Josh’s mind by saying something to the effect of ‘Let Page do his thing, I’ll tag with you’. I love the logical aspect of how there was a blatant contradiction in story and they fixed it immediately.

The oVe and Rosemary stuff will probably draw people’s attention as well. So it’s just a solid show. Good in-ring work and great story development.

Twitch Views:

5/4/2019 – LOW 4,000/HIGH 6,550

 

Well sadly the views didn’t jump after a really good PPV. These are around what they were averaging before Rebellion, if not a little on the low end. Interestingly the second hour spiked in views. First hour the average was around 5,200 and the second hour the show never dropped past 6,000. So maybe the combination of NBA Playoffs and NHL Playoffs had an effect.


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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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