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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 7/5/2019

The final IMPACT before Slammiversary! Do we see any big shake ups? Crazy developments? 

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The final IMPACT before Slammiversary! Do we see any big shake ups? Crazy developments?

Well Impact Wrestling did something different, they had an Impact+ special Bash at the Brewery finishing up as IMPACT started.

So the general fallout from these usually isn’t anything to worry about, but tonight was different.

The North, defeated LAX to win the Tag Team Championships! This makes the Slammiversary match a bit of a question mark. The North vs The Rascalz? Triple Threat? Guess we’ll find out.

But first, listen to Ethan Page.

 

Ratings:

  • Ace Austin vs TJP: TJP wins via Knee Bar – *** 1/4
  • Kiera Hogan vs Madison Rayne: Hogan wins via Face the Music – ** 3/4
  • Rohit Raju vs Laredo Kid: Rohit wins via Dragon Stomp – ** 1/2
  • Trey vs Dez vs Wentz: Dez & Wentz win via Hot Fire Flame – *** 1/2
  • Johnny Impact & John E. Bravo vs Rich Swann & Willie Mack: Swann wins via Phoenix Splash – ***

 

Analysis:

We got about 15 minutes for this match and it was a damn good back and forth. If their first meeting was a nice way to say TJP is back, this showcased his moveset well. Showed that he has high flying abilities mixed in with technical prowess. He still lacks charisma and would be better served behind a mask, but his matches are usually pretty solid.

Jordynne Grace is out on commentary to keep an eye on Kiera, and that continues their storyline with lots of tension, jawing and heel tactics from Kiera. Madison nearly does the same thing to Kiera that she did to Jordynne the previous week, but Kiera manages to counter the CrossRayne and hit her Fisherman Neckbreaker Hold. Match was fine, but the storyline movement helps it all along.

Deaners decide to prank Desi Hit Squad:

 

IMPACT+ Flashback Moment: Jeff Hardy vs Matt Hardy, Slammiversary, June 12, 2016

Laredo Kid has had a bit of exposure the last couple weeks between IMPACT and AEW. Shortly after the match started, the bottom rope broke and the match continued. It didn’t seem to make a big difference, it was just noticeably awkward. Gama and Raj climb onto the apron to cause multiple distractions, which caused Laredo to miss the Corkscrew Moonsault. Rohit takes advantage of that, softens up Laredo and hits a Diving Footstomp to Laredo’s back while he’s doubled over. Alright match, just the rope break and the interference took away a little.

Rascalz face off to find out which 2 are vying for the tag championships at Slammiversary. After a fast paced Junior Heavyweight style match, we get a finish. Match was fun, lots of interesting moves, but Dez and Wentz dodge Trey’s attempt to finish the match and hit a few tandem moves and then their tag team finish Hot Fire Flame.

Well John E. Bravo was obviously not to be taken seriously, but the match was still decent enough. Bravo ate the pin and Johnny actually looked really good. The fact that he was basically one versus two, he held his own and it wasn’t until Swann and Mack found an opening to keep him out of the ring, that they won.

The show ends with Jake Crist and Sami having a little party on the roof. Sami makes mention that Dave should be back by now since he just sent him to go chain up Fulton, but Dave comes flying across the table. Tessa appears with a baseball bat and quite angry. She’s about to break off a beer bottle in Sami’s ass, but Jake recovers and holds her back. Right before Sami hits Tessa with a bat of his own, she low blows Jake, grabs her bat, ducks Sami’s attempt and lays him out.

 

Overall Score: 6.5/10

We get a pretty decent go home. Granted there were a lot of video packages to fill the time, but the matches we did get were pretty good. With the early information about The North winning the tag titles makes for an interesting twist, but it also made the information being communicated during the show heavily incorrect.

Don’t get me wrong, these collaborative shows should occasionally have a title change. Same thing as WWE with house shows. If you prove that it’s not 100% predictable, it may increase general interest.

The show did come off a little flat with none of the bigger names having any inclusion until the end, but it was still enjoyable.

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
  • 6/28/2019 – LOW: 2,860/HIGH: 4,159
  • 7/5/2019 – LOW: 4,820/HIGH: 7,120

Jesus tap dancing Christ, it looks like things have finally returned to normal…kinda. The array is more what we’ve grown accustomed to, but for a change the first hour spiked the viewership and the second hour kept sliding down to the LOW number. So whereas IMPACT tends to gain Twitch viewers as the night goes on, tonight was more the WWE model.

I guess it’s nice to see the totals weren’t as abysmal as the last few weeks, but the second hour slide is awkward.


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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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