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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 6/21/2019

With Slammiversary two weeks away, Impact Wrestling looks to keep their build strong. A big Triple Threat could give the winner a lot of momentum for the PPV. 

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With Slammiversary two weeks away, Impact Wrestling looks to keep their build strong. A big Triple Threat could give the winner a lot of momentum for the PPV.

Moose is trying to build his confidence against RVD, so he has a match against Tommy Dreamer. Styles are nothing alike, but I guess since he’s a former ECW guy it’ll help. Sure…

Aside from that, the Heavyweight and Knockouts Championship scenes are in good positions. Plus we’ve got this intergender war that Tessa seems to be spear heading. So a lot of moving pieces tonight.

Let’s see where it all goes!

-But first-

Don’t pass on Impact, just join Konnan and the boys in Iran.

Ratings:

  • Jake Crist vs Tessa Blanchard: Tessa wins via Magnum – ***
  • Eddie Edwards vs Madman Fulton: Fulton wins via Lifting Reverse STO – **
  • Moose vs Tommy Dreamer: Moose wins via Spear – * 1/2
  • Knockouts Championship Match: Su Yung vs Taya Valkyrie (c): Taya retains via DQ – * 1/2
  • Ace Austin vs TJP: TJP wins via Detonation Kick – **
  • Rich Swann vs Johnny Impact vs Michael Elgin: Swann wins via 450 Splash – *** 1/2

 

Analysis:

Solid ring work, but the story was very easy to follow. Jake’s job was to make an example of Tessa and every time she kicked out, Jake got more concerned. Not about Tessa, but about what Sami would say/do after the match. So Jake really just tries to get Sami’s approval and failed at his mission to take out Tessa. As we know from her Wrestle Circus match with Brian Cage, Tessa hands well in intergender matches. So these should all be good matches against oVe.

Match started fast…sortuv. Edwards took it to Madman and they brawled for a few minutes on the outside, even though that was technically before the bell. After the match officially started Edwards’ speed gave him a bit of an edge, and then he went for Kenny 2.0. Killer Kross shows up on the Tron and is apparently waterboarding The Sandman in a janitors closet, which distracts Eddie. So distracted Eddie gets eaten up with Fulton’s End of Days, and then after selling a bit he goes to the back to try and find Kross and Sandman.

This has been a no nonsense start to IMPACT with third match in the first 45 minutes. As a match however, this leaves something to be desired. Moose just needed an ECW original to kinda send a message to RVD I guess. It was plodding, messy, the chair coming into play and the referee technically having full knowledge and letting the match continue is awkward. This was really just a filler match before the RVD match at Slammiversary, but this was pretty lame.

Well there was a good assumption that this was going to end in shenanigans, but the match itself was really boring. We see Taya dominate a good bit of the match, her personality and posing was on display. Su didn’t really do much, so Havok interfering felt forced and awkward. Rosemary shows up to stop Havok and Su from ganging up on Taya, but then James Mitchell announces the 4 Way Monsters Ball match at Slammiversary for the Knockouts Title.

Ace Austin comes out to issue an open challenge since he’s undefeated. So we know where this is headed. Cocky bragging turns into TJP’s big return match. It was fast paced, not a lot of time to catch your breath, but not bad. Too quick to be considered “good”, but this will probably build towards one of those ” I wasn’t ready” excuses for a rematch with more time. An alright re-debut for TJP, but the match was a building block match.

IMPACT Plus Flashback Moment: Pentagon vs Sami Callihan, Mask vs Hair at Slammiversary, July 22, 2018

After the Flashback moment, Eddie finds Kross, and attacks him. Alisha tries to stop him, Kross begs him to continue and well…Eddie bites Kross? His fact comes up bloody, then he goes for a stomp and it cuts to black. Did Eddie Mike Tyson Killer Kross, did he kill him…did he…eat him? I don’t know what I watched. You decide:

Impact main events have been really impressive last few weeks and this one fell a little short of that mark, but not by much. Many moves missed by just a hair or looked too cooperative to really get full marks, but it was a fun match. Swann getting the pin on Johnny was a spot. John E. Bravo comes out to help Johnny beat down Rich. Elgin doesn’t want Johnny to use the big red X, but doesn’t seem against destroying Swann. But Brian Cage’s music hits, and comes out with a plan. Gorilla Press tosses Johnny out of the ring, has a quick back and forth with Elgin and then does the full Kevin Nash putting the cigarette out flair, before hitting a Jack Knife Powerbomb on Elgin.

 

Overall Score: 6.5/10

Impact versus technology man. The Impact Plus Flashback Moment was labeled was Cage vs Sydal: X Division Title, Slammiversary, July 22, 2019. These tech guys need to go back to Vo Tech or wherever they are finding them at. Kindergartners with a See N Say, a 1998 Gateway Computer and a half a box of crayons could do more consistent work.

Tech issues aside, the show wasn’t bad. A lot of matches in a two hours, some may not have been great quality, but they all moved stories along. TJP and his re-debut. Brian Cage’s big surprise return. Definitely a good show around the two week marker until Slammiversary.

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
  • 5/24/2019 – LOW: 5,200/HIGH: 10,070
  • 5/31/2019 – LOW: 4,550/HIGH: 8,075
  • 6/7/2019 – LOW: 7,100/HIGH: 13,606
  • 6/14/2019 – LOW: 3,400/HIGH: 8,250
  • 6/21/2019 – LOW: 3,460/HIGH: 4,630

WOW, the views hit the tank this week. This was the worst week since being on Twitch for Impact. Not sure if it’s because of Summer, technical issues last few weeks may have annoyed people or whatever, but this is surprising. After a strong May, June is falling off the mountain faster than the dad in the new season of The Detour.

But hell, the shows have still been good, Slammiversary is getting pretty good build, so I’m still excited for what they’re building towards. The views don’t reflect the quality currently, but maybe if they get that new TV deal we can see some things change.


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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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