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Andrew’s Ratings & Analysis: Impact Wrestling 1.7.2020

So the last few weeks were recap shows, but now we get the Go Home for Hard to Kill!

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So the last few weeks were recap shows, but now we get the Go Home for Hard to Kill!

The final touches for the Hard to Kill card actually feels more necessary since there were two weeks of clip shows, so it’s been a few weeks without real momentum.

Tessa and Sami are the big story driving Hard to Kill, so let’s watch the video package!

Ratings:

  • Eddie Edwards vs Michael Elgin: Elgin wins via Elgin Bomb – ****
  • Desi Hit Squad & Mahabali Shera w/Gama Singh vs Daga, TJP & Fallah Bahh: Shera wins via Sitout Chokebomb – ** 1/2
  • Havok vs Rosemary: Havok wins via Tombstone Piledriver – **
  • Taya Valkyrie, Keira Hogan & Madison Rayne vs  ODB, Tenille Dashwood & Jordynne Grace: ODB wins via Vader Bomb – * 1/2
  • RVD & Moose vs Brian Cage & Rhino: Cage wins via Discus Lariat – ** 1/2

 

Analysis:

Eddie Edwards vs Michael Elgin –  The show opened with Eddie and Elgin brawling which turned into a match ahead of schedule. What we got was PPV level to kick off this show. The two had a great chop battle in the corner which turned into Eddie laying in a few lariats before getting a little momentum. A Blue Thunder Bomb almost put things away for Eddie, but Elgin kicked out. Great submission transitions between the two, great strikes and near falls. This was really a treat to watch, Eddie got caught mid Boston Knee Party, Buckle Bombed and then Elgin Bombed.

Tag Team titles hype package that we will probably see on Hard to Kill. Not bad to recap the build, but purely a time fill.

Desi Hit Squad & Mahabali Shera w/Gama Singh vs Daga, TJP & Fallah Bahh – Decent enough 6 man match. Daga looked pretty impressive, Fallah and TJP had great comedy and tandem spots, but they’re really keeping Shera looking strong. Fallah had a big dive to the outside, TJP channeled his inner Rocky Romero by pushing Fallah while he was rope running to get more momentum and the attempted Double Kip Up spot with Fallah and TJP that was more just a fat man comedy spot. All good stuff, very fun, nothing super special, but an easy and fun watch.

Swann and Mack have a little conversation backstage where Mack is saying that he doesn’t want to hold Swann back.

Johnny Swinger and Tommy Dreamer have a short segment. Swinger tries to drug Joey Ryan’s water, but Dreamer catches him and forces him to drink the water. So Swinger roofied himself…should be interesting to see what happens from here. 

Havok vs Rosemary – “What condition is your life in, if Father James Mitchell is your guardian” – Don Callis asking the best questions. But yeah, this match was alright, a lot of the usual big versus little wrestler, Mitchell even took a bump from Havok before Suzie came out and stole the spotlight. Wandering around clueless adorable, even getting on commentary before Mitchell saw her and pulled her off, which distracted Rosemary enough for Havok to grab her by the hair, pull her back in with a Top Rope Hanging DDT, and then the Tombstone Piledriver finished the match.

Taya Valkyrie, Kiera Hogan & Madison Rayne vs  ODB, Tenille Dashwood & Jordynne Grace – This match was carried more by the entertaining commentary than what was going on in the ring. Madison got dominated early by Tenille and Jordynne, then eventually the heel team got some momentum, but ODB shenanigans and Grace’s power put the face team too far ahead. Jordynne hits a Vader Bomb, but ODB tosses Jordynne to the outside so she can get the visible pinfall. A little unnecessary since the legal person would be the only person who can get the pin…but I guess to get a little heat between ODB and Jordynne…it’s a thing? Maybe? Hey, at least we got to see Kiera and Tennile.

Great backstage segment with Moose and RVD, also further developments in the Johnny Swinger/Joey Ryan story!

RVD & Moose vs Brian Cage & Rhino –  This match was to add a little more heat to the respective matches at Hard to Kill. Moose did a lot of the work since RVD seemed mostly disinterested in…well…whatever wasn’t Katie Forbes. Cage showed a lot of power, Rhino played the classics, and it was alright. Nothing too bad, but nothing crazy. Moose got a decent bit of offense in and things were looking up until he went for a Five Star Frog Splash. Missed splash, into Gore, into Discus Lariat, and that was all she wrote.

 

Overall Score: 6.75/10

This was pretty good when it came to building for this Sunday’s PPV. Eddie Edwards and Michael Elgin got an extra stipulation since Elgin won tonight’s match. The Hard to Kill match will be for the Call Your Shot chance that Eddie won in the Gauntlet at Bound for Glory. Tessa and Sami had a great video package hyping.

RVD’s stuff has been great since he plays a very convincing douchebag and even though the finish was unnecessary and kinda dumb…the Knockouts Triple Threat should be entertaining. We do live in an interesting world where ODB is on two wrestling shows in the same week (NWA Powerrr and Impact!).

So yeah, decent show, started with a great match and the in-ring was never up to that standard, but the way it built the feuds and stories were pretty good.


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.20.2022

We’re coming to the end of their first set of tapings. So I wonder what IMPACT has cooked up since the Florida tapings are supposed to have a few Bullet Club favorites. Let’s find out!

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We’re coming to the end of their first set of tapings. So I wonder what IMPACT has cooked up since the Florida tapings are supposed to have a few Bullet Club favorites. Let’s find out!

Another week with Tom Hannifan as the play by play, and he just sounds right. We’ve got Charlie Haas’ first match in IMPACT, Tasha Steelz versus Chelsea Green and Steve Maclin is aiming for the ROH Heavyweight Title.

There should be other things, but those take most of the initial attention. Let’s see what else goes on!

Ratings:

  • Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Chelsea Green: Tasha wins via Crucifix Bomb – **
  • The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb vs Decay (Havok & Rosemary): Influence wins via Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – *
  • The Learning Tree (Zicky Dice & VSK) w/Brian Myers vs Massive Cassidy: Cassidy wins via BQE – SQUASH
  • ROH Heavyweight Title: Steve Maclin vs Jonathan Gresham (c): Gresham retains via Rope Assisted Figure Four – *** ½
  • Doc Gallow & Joe Doering w/Karl Anderson & VBD vs Heath & Rhino: Gallows & Doering win via Double Chokeslam – **
  • Charlie Haas vs Josh Alexander: Alexander wins via Ankle Lock w/Grapevine – *** ¼

Results:

Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Chelsea Green

Tasha is jawing with the crowd as the bell rings, Chelsea goes right at her and hits the Shotgun Dropkick as Tasha is turning to face her opponent. Chelsea stays on the offensive, baits Tasha to the apron, drops her on her face, Curb Stomp, attempt at an Unprettier…but no counter into a Codebreaker from Tasa and we see Chelsea’s momentum slow down a little.

After some back and forth with Tasha having a lot of advantage, Chelsea makes her comeback. Chelsea hits a middle rope Crossbody but Tasha continues to rotate and rolls it into a pin attempt. Chelsea kicks out and pulls off a Package Flatliner, but only for a near fall. Chelsea goes to grab Tasha, Tasha kicks her to stun her, looks to get caught in a Crucifix, but turns it into a Crucifix Bomb. Tasha picks up the win with the Crucifix Bomb again.

After the win, Tasha cuts a promo that doesn’t seem to really fit. Trying to portray herself as a savage, from the wrong side of town, but she’s a smack talking 5 foot nothing brat. So the second half of the promo works a lot better than the first. She also took some shots at WWE’s women’s division being Barbie Dolls, NWA, Nick Aldis and then brought the son into the mix, so of course that got Mickie fired up. Things look bad for Mickie, but Chelsea Green manages to recover and make the save for Mickie.

Video Package courtesy of Ring of Honor showcasing some of Charlie Haas’ work with Shelton Benjamin and CM Punk involved in certain clips.

The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb vs Decay (Havok & Rosemary)

The Influence attack while Havok and Rosemary are distracted by Kaleb. Rosemary clutches her shoulder after the mugging, the doctors throw up the X and tell her she can’t go. Rosemary asks if Havok can go, the doctor says yes, so Rosemary tells Havok to go destroy the Influence.

Havok put up a valiant fight but the heels prevail! Cross Rayne into a Spotlight Kick into…whatever their tandem finish is called. I’m going to call it Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

The IInspiration have a reactionary video promo which is pretty solid. I do enjoy their work. Hopefully their match ends up being pretty solid because I’d like to see The IInspiration start getting over their abilities in the ring as much as their abilities on the mic.

The Learning Tree (Zicky Dice & VSK) w/Brian Myers vs Massive Cassidy

The highlight of this match is Hannifan and Myers on commentary. There was a like 4 second spot where the Learning Tree landed a move, but then Cassidy kills them. So we’re in and out, double Pinfall murder happened.

Post-Match the Massive one goes on his search for Moose, D’Amore stops him in the back and says he’s got a title shot coming. Then we see the OGK ROH invaders have tickets this time around, and I’m going to be sick saying this…but Matt Taven is pretty great in this segment. Jesus Christ, I popped for Taven. Shoot me now.

ROH Heavyweight Title: Steve Maclin vs Jonathan Gresham (c)

Early on it looked like Gresham was toying with Maclin as he forced early rope breaks, but Maclin returned the forced rope breaks in kind. Maclin eventually started coming into his own when he utilized the one closed fist warning rule. Maclin really worked over Gresham’s back after a Butterfly Backbreaker, Boston Crab, Camel Clutch, and a lot of back work.

Gresham was really on the back foot until he managed to force Maclin to use his final rope break. Then we saw Gresham hyper extend Maclin’s knee, and keeps working on the knee. It all made sense as we saw Gresham utilize the Figure Four for the victory. It was entwined in the ropes, Gresham used it for leverage and Maclin’s will power gave out as he couldn’t get his shoulders up fast enough and succumbed to the three count.

IMPACTPlus Flashback Moment: No Surrender 2009: Sarita & Taylor Wilde vs The Beautiful People – Innaugural TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match

Doc Gallow & Joe Doering w/Karl Anderson & VBD vs Heath & Rhino

So Good Brothers and VBD looked really sloppy. Gallows got rocked by Rhino, Doering was caught off guard often by Heath and there was just a ton of odd moments where it looked like they tried to regroup and until we saw the extra members get involved, Heath and Rhino dominated the legitimate tag team aspects.

I’m wondering exactly how much of a shift the Guerrillas of Destiny will have in the tag scene and if we’ll need to see the Good Brother and VBD implode first before we get the Bullet Club foundation match.

Charlie Haas vs Josh Alexander

They start with a classic grounded start with headlocks, hammerlocks, leg picks and positioning advantages. Alexander managed to take some early momentum before the commercial break, but when we come back we see Haas pop over out of the corner, striking Alexander’s knee and starts focusing a body part. A very methodical attack on knee comes off far more aggressive and cruel than Haas usually goes for. Haas locks in the Indian Deathlock, and they begin slugging at each other. The hold breaks, Alexander goes for the Finlay Roll but Haas counters into a Crucifix Cradle for 2.

Alexander locks in the German Suplex, hits 2, obviously going for 3 to make a point, but Haas blocks the third. Haas pulls off 2, before Alexander blocks and hits one more German before Haas grabs the ropes, feeds in for a lariat but gets caught in another German Suplex this time with the bridge but only for 2.

Haas manages to charge Alexander in the corner, stumbled a bit but lands in the legs that he’s been aiming for, and then goes back to the other corner and hits the mid-section. Haas looks for a leg pick, Alexander counters into his own Ankle Lock. Charlie tries to counter it a few different ways but Alexander holds on and locks in the Ankle Lock with the Grapevine so Haas taps out.

Things moved a little too quickly, so it was alright but could’ve been better. After the match they shake hands and the ROH invaders hit the ring. Haas, Alexander, Chris Sabin comes in, then Rich Swann and Willie Mack, Heath and Rhino…finally Eddie Edwards hits the ring with a kendo stick and drives the ROH guys out.

 

Overall Score: 6.25/10

I think Maria named the invading stable as Honor No More, so I suppose for like a Pop Punk or Emo band that sounds cool…but it’s a bit dumb for a faction name. Can’t really chant it, the abbreviation is dumb, H.N.M. sounds like a clothing company, but I guess this is them distancing themselves from ROH.

Either way, this was kind of a janky episode. The matches weren’t great, a lot of stories were touched upon but left wide open, and the next major event being No Surrender on Feb. 19th, feels like a lot of time to fill. So maybe it was just a little too redundant, maybe it was also that the general match quality was down to further storyline angles…not sure. This still wasn’t bad, just definitely felt extremely lacking.


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.13.2022

Hard to Kill was well received and caused a bit of buzz from Mickie retaining to ROH invading. Where does this episode of IMPACT take us from there?

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We come out of Hard to Kill with no new champions but a lot of new opportunities. Deonna gets a shot at Rok-C and the ROH Women’s Championship. Moose is handing out title shots and Mike Bailey is working on increasing his early stock in IMPACT.

Should be interesting to see where this first episode out of a major PPV takes us!

Ratings:

  • Chris Bey vs Laredo Kid: Kid wins via Laredo Fly – *** ¼
  • Jake Something vs “Speedball” Mike Bailey: Speedball wins via Ultima Weapon – ** ¾
  • Masha Slamovich vs Vert Vixen: Masha wins via Northern Lights Bomb – N/A
  • IMPACT World Championship: Moose (c) vs Zicky Dice w/VSK & Brian Myers: Moose retains via Uranage – N/A
  • Raj Singh vs Jonah: Jonah wins via Tsunami – N/A
  • Winner Take All: ROH Women’s World Championships vs AAA Reina de Reinas Campionship: Rok-C (c) vs Deonna Purrazzo w/Mattew Rehwoldt (c): Deonna wins via Venus de Milo – *** ¾ – TITLE CHANGE!!!

 

Results:

The show kicks off with a very mad Massive Cassidy. He storms the ring, calls out Moose, but Moose doesn’t bite. Instead he appears on the tron, states that there will be a World Title match tonight but not involving Cassidy. The big man storms to the back to try and lay into Moose, but Scott D’Amore stops him and then ROH resurfaces!

Matt Taven and Vincent are at commentary trying to get the headsets off D’lo and Tom “New Name” as Taven keeps calling him. D’lo starts to comply but eventually gets sick of them and fights back. Mike Bennet grabs him, they all lay him out on a table for PCO to dive and ROH makes an early statement.

Chris Bey vs Laredo Kid

Trey Miguel is out on commentary and of course to fill in blanks since he needs a number one contender. Early back and forth action starts to swing after Chris Bey pulls off the Tiger Wall on the post, to flip behind Laredo and take control of the match. Coming back from commercial we get a lot more of Chris Bey having his way.

Bey stays in control until we get to the outside again and Bey starts trading barbs with Trey. Bey slips a little between his Pump Kick so Laredo uses the fact it wasn’t flush to Back Body Drop Bey into the top rope as Bey bounces off the rope, the apron and then onto the floor. Bey gets run around a little, and Laredo goes for a High Speed Suicide Dive right as Bey starts to turn and situate himself. Laredo hits a driver for a near fall and we just get some solid action from Laredo.

Trey Miguel is a little cringe, but the fact that he just speaks in memes and Tom Hannifan is more than willing to play in that space actually makes commentary pretty amusing through this match. Bey fights back with a Spinebuster, big Brain Buster, but only a near fall. Bey tries to finish things off but Laredo fights back, rocks Bey on the corner, and we get a Laredo Fly and a 1-2-3 for Laredo Kid.

After the match we see the IMPACT squad from Hard to Kill looking to find the ROH crew. So there will be some random brawling to look forward to!

Jake Something vs “Speedball” Mike Bailey

Ace and Madman Fulton are doing guest commentary for a match between the two guys that beat them on the Countdown to Hard to Kill show. You know, I’m aware of who Mike Bailey is…but looking at how he enters the ring he reminds of a young Eric Bischoff steering into the martial arts gimmick.

Rope run early spot turns into Bailey showing his speed but Jake’s strength gives him an early advantage until a Dropkick sends Jake to the outside. Back Handspring fake out bow just annoys Jake. So when Bailey goes to hit the ropes again, Jake grabs the legs, pulls him to the outside and hits the Apron Powerbomb. Jake starts throwing around Bailey, rocks him with a bit Forearm, for a 2 count. Bailey tries to make a comeback but the big Thesz Press keeps Jake’s momentum mostly intact. Once they hit the ring, Bailey flies, Jake catches him, Bailey gets out of the Powerbomb, Sole Butt, Axe Kick, Buzzsaw Kick into a Corkscrew Senton.

Jake starts working his way back into the match, Speedball catches him with that corner Tornado Kick and then the Shooting Star Double Kneedrop, which he calls Ultima Weapon. Speedball is 2-0.

Masha Slamovich vs Vert Vixen

Good Masha gets to kill more Indie talent. What kind of name is Vert anyway? Masha makes light work, ending with her Nothern Lights Bomb and looks like a potential threat to Mickie James.

Josh Alexander walks out as Masha is walking up the ramp and they exchange nods before Josh makes it to the ring. Josh basically goes over the laundry list of what he’s been through to prove he deserves his World Title shot. He makes very similar claims that Massive Cassidy made about having to go through him to get to the ring. Then Charlie Haas’ music plays.

Charlie eludes to World’s Greatest Tag Team and similar pedigrees between both of them. Then issues a challenge. Josh starts nice saying he’d gladly give him the match after he gets his title shot. Haas cold cocks Josh to make a point, pull apart and I guess we all know where this is headed.

IMPACT World Championship: Moose (c) vs Zicky Dice w/VSK & Brian Myers

Zicky cocks his fist, Superman Punch is….ineffective. Zicky tries again, gets caught in an Uranage and Moose pins him with one foot. Oh yeah, Moose came out in street clothes, disrespecting the hell out of Zicky.

Massive Cassidy storms the ring after, Zicky stumbles into the crossfire to give Moose and out but Moose forgot the title…so Cassidy makes his intentions very clear. And then decides to make an example out of VSK as Moose collects the belt and then retreats.

Raj Singh vs Jonah

Well Raj is gonna die and we can prove that Rohit was the talent in the Desi Hit Squad. Jonah comes out to eat Raj because who cares about Raj. I’m just glad we get more of Jonah’s theme. Send him to the Morgue Jonah!

Raj maybe did a thing or two but it wasn’t close. Jonah murdered a man and capped it off with the Tsunami. He did play a classic game of Fling the Singh.

Backstage, Decay and Inspiration have a moment while we find Eddie Edwards laid out. Then Jonathan Gresham gets questioned about his involvement with the attacks and Steve Maclin pokes the bear to get his chance at the ROH Title.

Winner Take All: ROH Women’s World Championships vs AAA Reina de Reinas Campionship: Rok-C (c) vs Deonna Purrazzo w/Mattew Rehwoldt (c)

Early on we see Rok-C show her skills basically just playing Deonna’s game better than Deonna. It takes Deonna until she catches the younger champion on the ropes, pushes her off and manages to take some control with a more sadistic approach.

The Suzuki style of approach works perfectly as she finds different ways to attack Rok-C’s arm, and we even get an interesting World of Sport style of spot that leads to Deonna working over the arm again. Deonna posts herself though and that gives Rok-C option to his a Flying Thesz Press, Snapmare, a few quick attacks, a Satellite Rusian Leg Sweep and attempts the Rok-Lock but her arm gives out.

Fujiwara attempts from Deonna, Rock-C turns it into a cradle, a little bit of back and forth, Code Rok from Rok-C, but Deonna kicks out. Code Rok attempt, Deonna blocks that, Mexican Arm Drag, into a Fujiwara attempt, Cradle Counter, Rok-Lock, Rok-C kicks off the bottom rope to try and reapply, but Deonna turns it into a Fujiwara. Rok-C refuses to tap, grabs the referee’s pants to stop him from calling for the bell, so Deonna breaks Rok-C’s grip, changes the Fujiwara into the Venus de Milo and Rok-C verbally submits.

ROH people hit the ring, attack Rehwoldt, TNA style group brawl to go off the air.

 

Overall Score: 7.25/10

So the major thing we drew from this episode was a great main event, solid story beats moving forward with the guest commentary and that IMPACT isn’t afraid to allow Hannifan a little creative freedom in referencing his old job and relationships. Rehwoldt and Myers both had amusing things to say, Trey Miguel was tolerable and Ace with Fulton wasn’t too terrible either. Hannifan really adds an interesting wrinkle that hasn’t been in IMPACT commentary in a long time.

Aside from that, a few squashes don’t give us much to elaborate on, but Speedball looking great and Rok-C really making a great first impression on the IMPACT crowd was something special. Watch at least the main event, the rest of things were more building blocks to bigger things. Solid show though.


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