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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis: 9/27/2019

Brian Cage and Melissa Santos get married on this episode! How does this wrestling wedding unfold?

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Brian Cage and Melissa Santos get married on this episode! How does this wrestling wedding unfold?

In what feels like a filler episode that just really is building towards the wedding, this one should be interesting.

The qualifying match with Dave Crist and Tessa Blanchard should be interesting.

Oh and of course Ken Shamrock has something to say today!

But let’s get a look at who showed up for the wedding, then go to the show.

Ratings:

  • The North vs RVD & Rhino: Rhino wins via Gore/5 Star Frog Splash Combo – ** 3/4
  • Shera w/The Desi Hit Squad vs Cousin Jake w/ Cody Deaner: Shera wins via Falling Power Slam – *
  • Tenille Dashwood vs Madison Rayne: Tenille wins via The Spotlight – ***
  • Tessa Blanchard vs Dave Crist: Tessa wins via Buzzsaw DDT – ** 1/4

 

Analysis:

The North vs RVD & Rhino – So The North come out dressed like LAX and start running down the team they just ran out of Impact. Konnan gets sick of it and comes out. Konnan says what may be the best line of the night, “You guys wouldn’t be stars if you were thrown by ninjas”. Konnan has great one liners. Konnan brings out friends to challenge them, the friends being RVD and Rhino.

We get a solid match where RVD and Alexander do a good bit of the ring work, and it’s really not bad at all. The veterans get in a bunch of the signatures, RVD dives to the outside to wipe out Ethan Page. Josh Alexander uses the opening to try and use the belt to win, Konnan stops it, Rhino hits The Gore, puts him in place for the 5 Star, and the veterans get the big pop and victory over the heel champions. Solid start.

Shera w/The Desi Hit Squad vs Cousin Jake w/ Cody Deaner – In a match that was a little messy with Desi Hit Squad popping up often, the match never really felt like it got going. A few power spots, big boys running into each other, but it fell very flat because of the extra curricular bullcrap.

Tenille Dashwood vs Madison Rayne – I’ve said it before, since her short stint in ROH and the WWE Performance Center, she’s not a bad wrestler. Madison dominated a good bit of this match. She took her time early to frustrate Tenille, but it was fairly well worth it. Madison pulled off the Ripcord Cutter, Northern Lights Suplex Hold, and went for a top rope maneuver, but that’s when Tenille moved and started putting together some offense. A small flourish, then she catches Madison with The Spotlight and wins the match. Madison looked great, and Tenille looked resilient.

ImpactPlus Flashback Moment: Eric Young & ODB Wedding, April 12, 2012

Tessa Blanchard vs Dave Crist – This being an entry match for the 5 way X Division ladder match, I think many of us saw the writing on the wall. The match was decent enough with the shenanigans on the outside with oVe. Dave had a few moments where it looked like Tessa would fall to the oVe crap again, but she powered through and hits the Buzzsaw DDT for the win. She does receive a beat down from Jake and Madman Fulton, but she’s still in the ladder match.

Ugh, we continue the Ace Austin creeper crap:

This whole wedding ceremony was fantastic. They spliced in a bunch of storyline and beautiful campy things, all punctuated by needing the Sinister Minister James Mitchell to tie it all together. Then we get Tommy Dreamer pitching to the commercial before the reception is all wonderful.

The reception was kind of cute, and we knew Sami Callihan was going to show up when they were rejected from the wedding earlier. After giving a toast to the Bride and the Bitch, Cage grabbed Sami and Sami turned…and…well:

 

Overall Score: 6.75/10

The wrestling was alright in the show, but the stories and television content was what drove the show. Between the opening segment containing more talking than usual, Ken Shamrock’s segment was story heavy and the whole last 30 minutes of the show was dedicated to the wedding.

So if you need heavy wrestling to enjoy an episode, this isn’t an episode for you. But it was still pretty solid television all things considered.


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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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