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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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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 3.2.2021

Tonight we know we’re supposed to get an official number one contender for the X Division championship! Will it be Black Taurus, Ace Austin or Chris Bey?

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Tonight we know we’re supposed to get an official number one contender for the X Division championship! Will it be Black Taurus, Ace Austin or Chris Bey?

Beyond that, the rest of the matches seem like great building blocks. The eight man should stoke a fire between FinJuice and Good Brothers, Cardona as guest referee is gonna have some wrinkle and the Knockouts main event could be a title match anywhere with Jordynne and Deonna.

With a load of potential, let’s see what the show has in store. Speaking of potential, it seems like Deaner has to suffer through some punishment so he isn’t potentially corrupted.

Ratings:

  • Black Taurus vs Ace Austin vs Chris Bey:  Ace wins via The Fold – *** ½
  • Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb vs Havok: Tenille wins via Spotlight Kick – **
  • The Good Brother & FinJuice vs XXXL & Reno Scum: Good Brothers win via Magic Killer – N/A
  • Matt Cardona Guest Referee: Eddie Edwards vs Brian Myers: Eddie wins via DQ – ** ¼
  • Kiera Hogan w/Tasha Steelz vs Deonna Purrazzo w/Kimber & Susan vs Jordynne Grace w/Jazz: Deonna wins via Roll-Up – *** ¾

 

Results:

Black Taurus vs Ace Austin vs Chris Bey

This works very logically given the size discrepancy. Bey and Ace continue their team work from last week and work on the bigger opponent. Quick strikes, tandem dives and tandem attacks. It’s amusing to see how seamlessly Ace and Bey work together, they could be one hell of an X Division tag duo if they wanted to get them on a similar page.

As Taurus is wiped out, Bey and Ace finally focus on each other and we get some nice classic Junior style action. Taurus eventually slides in and starts manhandling both of the other men. Taurus hits the Pop-Up Samoan Drop, a stalling Brainbuster, that Ace assists with a Dropkick, and then we start seeing a clash of styles. Taurus’ power kept both Bey and Ace reeling, but they were able to take advantage of him leaving his feet, than Madman Fulton sweeps Bey’s feet off the ropes mid Art of Finesse, so Ace gets the shot to hit The Fold and official win number one contender!

Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb vs Havok

Even though Kaleb did interfere a few times, Tenille managed to land a few early Back Elbows which Havok sold like they rocked her for most of the match. Tenille dominated most of this match, Tarantula, Taste of Tenille; but Havok started to come back.

Havok comes out of the corner, uses her size and power to her advantage, but Kaleb makes his presence known again. This allows Tenille the chance to make some space, hit the Spotlight Kick and get the upset win!

Nevaeh comes out after and beats the hell out of Kaleb, hits her Twisting DDT and they send Kaleb and Tenille running away.

The Good Brother & FinJuice vs XXXL & Reno Scum

This was basically a funny squash match. FinJuice and the Good Brothers argued, tried to show one another up, and just generally disrespected the opponents. The Brothers had a moment where they purposefully tried to get in the ring so Finlay would get teamed up on, and Juice was irate.

When Finlay gets a chance to tag out, Gallows uses his size to his advantage and reaches out to pick on the fact that Thornstowe was in on the opponent’s side. So Gallows clears the ring, tags in Anderson, they toy with doing the Magic Killer to the point where Thornstowe almost wins with a Roll-Up. Anderson gets annoyed at the close call, Magic Killer and the dysfunctional quartet wins!

Very amusing, not much of a match but great entertainment.

Matt Cardona Guest Referee: Eddie Edwards vs Brian Myers

Myers starts with a few shortcuts, like a shielded thumb to the eye and general shady tactics. Eddie hits the Manhattan Drop/Release Belly to Belly to get some space, Cardona admonishes Myers for grabbing a chair, and Eddie leapfrogs referee Cardona and hits the Tope con Hilo on Myers as we go to commercial.

When we get back, Myers is back in charge, but Eddie is doing a good job fighting back. Misawa style Elbows, a Blue Thunder Bomb, all for a two count. Myers eats a Backpack Stunner, but he’s near the ropes, so Myers gets his foot on the ropes. Myers manages to hang Eddie in ropes, he comes in, pulls something out of his kneepad to load the arm, as he hits the charging clothesline Roster Cut.

But Cardona saw the load, and calls for the DQ. So Myers tried to do his best Lex Luger impression, but no dice. Cardona disqualifies Myers, so Eddie wins after what was building to be a decent match.

Kiera Hogan w/Tasha Steelz vs Deonna Purrazzo w/Kimber & Susan vs Jordynne Grace w/Jazz

An early commercial gave a little odd pacing, but it also kinda cut to all the great stuff. After the initial concept of gang up on the champ and make it a singles match was over, we saw one hell of a match. Gorgeous transitions from Jordynne and Deonna. Jordynne had a great Rolling Deadlift German Suplex, that Deonna countered by just grabbing Kiera and applying a submission. We saw Deonna slap on the Fujiwara from a few different angles, and even pulled out a nice Exploder Suplex.

Kiera is more of the stick and move striker, and even though she looked outclassed, she was never exposed. Kiera held her own given the fact that Deonna is one of the best technical wrestlers in wrestling and Jordynne is a wonderful powerhouse with an ever growing mat wrestling IQ.

Jordynne laid out Kiera, but Tasha was a great tag partner and pulled Kiera out of the ring so she couldn’t eat the pin. This gave Deonna the opportunity to roll up Jordynne and get a controversial 3 count. So the fact it was a hair’s breadth style 3 count, helps to protect Jordynne; coupled with the chaos of a triple threat.

As Deonna celebrates her ingenious ability to pull a win from nowhere, ODB hits the ring after the attack last week and beats the ever living heck out of Deonna, punctuating things with a BAM! So it looks like ODB will be getting a title shot!

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Now even though the Twitch channel was having technical difficulties for most of the show, it wasn’t enough to detract from a really good episode of IMPACT.

We continued to flesh out the Sacrifice card, and sprinkle enough situations that could always bleed into Rebellion. With Ace and Bey having a match next week, that could always expand the X Division title match to a Triple Threat; which honestly has been a little overdone by Impact lately, but the matches have been good – so I’ll just chalk it up to a phase. You know, we all have a Hot Topic phase, a rebellious phase, this is their Three Way Dances into Oblivion phase. I think it’s documented in a book somewhere, it’s fine.

The biggest news to come out of today however was FinJuice baiting the Good Brothers into a little proud brother title match. After the Good Brothers decided to give them a shot, Juice and Finlay definitely looked like it was part of the plan. This could be the perfect avenue to put the belts on FinJuice. Since Finlay and Juice are both in the New Japan Cup, depending on how far they get, that could be an opportunity to have the Brothers return to Japan. Maybe Machine Gun gets a chance to recapture that 2012 G1 magic this year? Timing lines up fairly well that we could get some cross company fireworks; cause God knows New Japan needs something now.

 Oh and yes, Moose should still win the match at Sacrifice. I’m aware the “spoilers” say Rich won, but Moose is where it’s at.

 


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 2.23.21

Impact starts clearing up title challengers for the impending Sacrifice! New-well sorta new title and champion crowned tonight! Tune in to IMPACT!

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Now we’ve got some fun wrinkles that started last week; so let’s see what we get here! FinJuice are playful but not outright aggressive toward The Good Brothers, but the Brothers don’t appreciate the jabs. Eddie Edwards keeps trying to get his hands on Bad Luck Brian and Susan is making Deonna Purrazzo’s life…interesting? Sure let’s go with interesting.

Aside from that we also have a six man X Division tag that will pit the winning trio against one another next week! So a lot of working out number one contenders and shifting around power dynamics.

Before we start with the Deaner family table feud, let’s see how adorable Tenille and Kaleb are being!

Ratings:

  • Tables Match: Deaner  vs Jake Something: Jake wins via Blackhole Slam through Table – ** ½
  • Trey Miguel, Willie Mack & Josh Alexander vs Ace Austin, Black Taurus & Chris Bey: Bey wins via Art of Finesse -*** ¼
  • XXXL vs The Good Brothers: Good Brothers win via Magic Killer – **
  • Eddie Edwards vs Brian Myers Hernandez: Edwards via Super Boston Knee Party – * ½
  • Kimber Lee & Susan w/Deonna Purrazzo vs Jordynne Grace & Jazz: Jordynne wins via Grace Driver – *
  • TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose vs Jake Something: Moose wins via Lights Out – *** – TITLE REACTIVATION!!

 

Results:

Tables Match: Deaner  vs Jake Something

Deaner came out fast with forearms and strikes that had Jake reeling early on. There was an early difficult table since the legs wouldn’t stay folded and caused a bit of early awkward stalling strikes to get to the next spot. Deaner hits an early Drop Toe Hold causing Jake’s face to bounce off the table, but not break it.

There was quite a few moments of teasing Back Body Drops, Powerbombs and Avalanche high spots. Deaner manages to slide out of Jake’s arms, which drives him down on the steps, some back and forth on the ramp where Deaner hits a Low Blow and Jake walks down the ramp to recover. After a small moment of deciding what to do, Deaner charges, Jake catches him into a Blackhole Slam through a table, and wins the match!

Jake’s win is short lived since Moose appears in the ring and hits Lights Out on Jake through a table in the corner. He demands his title match because he won’t allow the show to continue until he gets what he wants.

Scott D’Amore comes out, solid back and forth promo which pisses off Scott to the point of agreeing to a World title match. Scott reinstates the TNA World Heavyweight Title as an official match, and gives Moose the main event against Jake Something.

Trey Miguel, Willie Mack & Josh Alexander vs Ace Austin, Black Taurus & Chris Bey

This was exactly what we expect, but with a small twist. The winning trio gets rewarded with a triple threat next week for number one contendership. Trey tried to show off his aggression mixed with speed, which is just too much and too corny. I mean he’s been trying to show himself in a different light, but he’s still a dork.

Ace Austin however took an interesting leap because he noticed that Bey was in position to win the match for the team, and he played ball. He allowed Bey to tag in, even did a tandem corner John Woo Dropkick/Enzuigiri with Bey, allowing Bey to set up for Art of Finesse on Willie Mack. So Ace really just took the path of least resistance, which is completely in his character, but it was just amusing to watch him gel so well with Bey in the teamwork aspect.

XXXL vs The Good Brothers

Well we see XXXL put up a little bit of a fight.  Gallows got to show off his power by tossing around both members of XXXL. Acey stood his ground a bit better than Larry, but this was really never a question. Larry got a small flurry of offense when he had the size advantage over Karl, but a Magic Killer, a 1,2,3 – then we got a little bit of a TOOO SWEEEET.

Eddie Edwards vs Brian Myers Hernandez

Brian is playing the injury card, even has his lawyer come out over tron to dictate a loophole in the contract. Striker has a great line when the lawyer calls Hernandez their “homie” and he says he wants to punch the guy. Striker has been great, I’ve severely missed his commentary.

Hernandez gets an early advantage, Myers tries to pepper in a few shots even though he’s “too injured” and Eddie is on a quick backfoot. Eddie starts to throw a few strikes together; Hernandez catches him, tries a Border Toss but Eddie slips it, gets to the middle turnbuckle and Super Boston Knee Party.

This does a good job at keeping the Brian Myers story rolling, but the predictability was a bit much. I am happy to see Hernandez used actively though.

Kimber Lee & Susan w/Deonna Purrazzo vs Jordynne Grace & Jazz

This match was sloppy, so it was rough to watch. Yes, some of the sloppiness was gimmicked since Susan seems to be getting more depth in her character as she’s trying moves she sees used by other wrestlers and her own clever ways to escape.

However, much like I said last week, two heel teams don’t really work, so Grace and Jazz were a little obvious in winning the match. It was sloppy, but got where it had to. ODB came out to neutralize Deonna, which got them both thrown out. Susan eats the pin, Kim looks dejected and ODB is laid out in the back after the match.

Was it Deonna? Is it another Knockout? Possibly a returning one with a grudge?

TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose vs Jake Something

Scott D’Amore decided to bring it back as an active title. So this will be the first official TNA championship since 2017! A reactivation match if you will!

Jake attacks Moose mid spotlight, and it’s a cool shot as we go to the final commercial break.

In an attempt to bring some of the damage to parity Jake gets the early spots, flinging Moose into the barricades, running him ragged and then coming into the ring for an official start. Jake clubs down into Moose, as Moose has to finally catch his breath with a well-timed Headbutt.

Great slobber knocker big boy match. Jake hits a big Michinoku Driver and Pop-up Powerbomb, but Moose kicks out. Moose does the corner Okada Dropkick and even pulls out the Game Changer from his bag of things we haven’t seen in a year or so. Jake takes the lumps and keeps getting up, but when Moose connects with the Lights Out spear, Jake stays down.

Moose is now OFFICIALLY TNA World Heavyweight Champion!

 

Overall Score: 7.5/10

So we get an official announcement that Sacrifice is the March app event, we the true World title reactivated, clear number one contenders for Fire & Flava’s Knockouts Tags, amusing jabs at dumb matches to help the inevitable Zack Ryder versus Curt Hawkins match come to fruition and Scott D’Amore’s entrance music slaps.

This really did move quickly in a great way, the show told a story by itself since Jake started and ended the show for logical reasons. It’s just really fun and Scott doesn’t feel like too much just yet. Yes he’s involved in a good portion of segments, but if anything he’s more of a plot device to keep the angle rolling instead of taking the attention for himself. I guess my only complaint is that Kiera Hogan was on BTI and not the official episode of Impact.

ANYWAY THOUGH! Moose is officially a World Heavyweight Champion, now he needs to be double champion. Moose is the hype, he is the brand, he is the reason to be watching Impact right now!


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