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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 9/13/2019

Tessa Blanchard and Tommy Dreamer get the main event Street Fight against Sami Callihan and Jake Crist! Tenille makes her in-ring debut!

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Tessa Blanchard and Tommy Dreamer get the main event Street Fight against Sami Callihan and Jake Crist! Tenille makes her in-ring debut!

Kiera should be a good measuring stick for Tenille tonight since she’s really grown since her heel turn.

Plus, last week we found out Sami has to wait until Bound for Glory for his title shot. So Cage can get married and heal up a little bit more. That’s not really fair now is it?

Let’s see how Sami feels about it, then get to the show.

Ratings:

  • Kiera Hogan vs Tenille Dashwood: Tenille wins via The Spotlight – **
  • Michael Elgin vs Dinastia: Elgin wins via Emerald Flowsion – * 1/2
  • Texano Jr vs Dr. Wagner Jr: Wagner wins via Doctor Driver – ** 1/2
  • Ace Austin vs Eddie Edwards: Ace wins via DQ – ***
  • Big Mami & Nino Hamburguesa vs The Desi Hit Squad: Hamburguesa wins via Hamburger Splash – **
  • Street Fight: Sami Callihan & Jake Crist vs Tessa Blanchard & Tommy Dreamer: Callihan wins via Piledriver – **

 

Analysis:

Kiera Hogan vs Tenille Dashwood – Well we get a solidly competitive match. It’s Tenille’s in-ring debut, and Kiera controlled a good portion of the match. Kiera even mocked the old Emma dance when she had the advantage. Aside from that, some of the transitions between moves seemed slow, like slow rolls and an extra second between set up and execution. Not awful, just felt a little slow, but a decent enough opening match.

– Good promo from The North. I know Greg DeMarco already loves Ethan Page and Josh Alexander…so I guess he’s ahead of the curve?

Michael Elgin vs Dinastia – When Elgin said he wanted to make SHORT work of his competition, I don’t think he expected the AAA Mini Champion. A little too on the nose. Dinastia had a few moments of offense, but we knew what this was. Elgin punctuating the match with the Emerald Flowsion, is a big call out to Naomichi Marufuji. After listing off nicknames referencing to his previous matches between Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada, he calls out Marufuji for Bound for Glory. That could be a match of the year contender.

-Taya and Rosemary have a fantastic little segment. Taya gives Rosemary a cell phone so they can meet in better places than a dungeon. So they set up a date next week, mimosas and brunch. Rosemary is definitely getting back into that nice balance of macabre and camp. 

-Also surprisingly, when TJP seems somewhat proud of what he’s talking about, he cuts an alright promo. Could also be the fact he isn’t a walking MegaMan billboard anymore. But yeah…Fallah and TJP could be something to watch.

Impact Flashback Moment: oVe vs LAX, 5150 Street Fight Tag Team Championship Match, Bound for Glory November 5, 2017

Texano Jr vs Dr. Wagner Jr – Wagner gets on the microphone to hype the crowd early and Texano jumps on him. Wagner got beat down for while, then Texano tried to use his bull rope, but Kid Ref put a stop to that. This gave the Doctor an opening to put together some offense, and nearly got himself disqualified twice between chairs and trying to use the bull rope himself. Texano hit a Hanging DDT and nearly won the match there. Wagner cuts him off on the top rope, Superplex and then the Doctor Driver ended the match. Not a bad match, just felt a little disjointed.

Ace Austin vs Eddie Edwards – Eddie and Ace start off quickly. Eddie took things to the outside, and he mostly had control out there. When things get back into the ring, we get more ways of why Ace is just a slimy heel that people are supposed to dislike. Using the card and his baton behind the referee’s back, just generally goading Eddie into getting more and more unbalanced. Ace hits a Disaster Kick, but Eddie kicks out. Eddie fights back, hits a Tiger Driver, but Ace powders and tries to leave. Eddie dives to follow, Ace retreats to under the ring and gets a chair. Ace doesn’t get a chance to use it, and Eddie just chucks the chair at Ace while he’s mid move. So Eddie beat the hell out of Ace, so there’s a level of justice, but Ace still technically wins the match.

-Ken Shamrock using his return to get in a promotional video for his Valor Bare Knuckle Fighting show. Good on him. 

Big Mami & Nino Hamburguesa vs The Desi Hit Squad – Hit Squad comes out in overalls and basically just looking like the Deaners little joke team. This whole match was to make the Hit Squad look like idiots, and put over one of the biggest mixed tags in AAA. The work isn’t overly fantastic, but the character work is great. Plus Hamburger Boy hits a huge Cannonball Dive through the ropes, Big Mami jumps off the second turnbuckle to the outside, and the crowd just enjoyed every second with the mixed tag. After Nino and Mami get the win, the Deaner start to tease the Hit Squad, but we get a surprise. Mahabali Shera returns to Impact looking bigger and badder. Gama then comes out, and Shera and the Hit Squad pay their respects to Gama.

Street Fight: Sami Callihan & Jake Crist vs Tessa Blanchard & Tommy Dreamer – At this point, we know what to expect in a Tommy Dreamer match. This didn’t deviate a ton. Dreamer borrowed a lucha mask from the audience to hit a few headbutts before returning the mask. Tessa mainly wiped out Jake. Tommy utilized some staple gun fun to different spots on Sami Callihan. A bit of a schmoz towards the end, that ends in Tessa getting taken out with a chair, and the Piledriver being hit on Tommy Dreamer. The rest of oVe showed up to insure that Callihan won.

-After the match, oVe continues the beat down, Tessa tries to fight them all off, but she succumbs to the numbers. Before Callihan can hit the Piledriver on Tessa, Rhino and RVD come out for the save. 

 

Overall Score: 6/10

I say this a bit the last few weeks, but this was more story driven than good ring work driven. Not sure if the injury to Cage causes them to throw in a few more filler spots, but it’s not bad. Nothing on the show was a workrate classic that must be watched, but everything from backstage segments to the matches really help drive the stories.

It was definitely a good show, because of where we see all the dots connecting. Of course I loved the official Michael Elgin call out of Naomichi Marufuji. Does NOAH’s Genius respond before Bound for Glory, or does he just show up and handle business? Tessa getting the rest of ECW on her side means we’ve got an easy way to fill the last few weeks before Bound for Glory. Hell it could also get turned into a triple threat if Tessa manages to win during this feud with Sami.

So yup, I liked the show, the stories are building nicely and even though it’s a little bit of a cop out, giving us one more LAX match, against a highly skilled face team like Mack and Swann should be a quality match to end on. Fun show.


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