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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Rebellion 2020 Night 1 Results & Match Ratings

Now we’ve reached the first empty arena show for Impact Wrestling; and it happens to be Night 1, of their Rebellion AXS TV special.

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Now we’ve reached the first empty arena show for Impact Wrestling; and it happens to be Night 1, of their Rebellion AXS TV special.

“Smiley” Kylie Rae faces off against “The Hottest Flame” Kiera Hogan; as the night is capped off with a now Unsanctioned Match, between Sami Callihan and Ken Shamrock.

A part of me is almost disappointed since Impact really steps things up for Pay-Per-Views; conversely, we may finally get a good TV special. So it sucks that they lose the PPV revenue stream, but selfishly…this should be fun.

Let’s hear how the Impact Tag Team champions are spending their quarantine in Canada.

Rebellion Ratings:

  • oVe (Jake & Dave Crist & Madman Fulton) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Crazzy Steve: Rhino wins via Gore – ** 1/2
  • Dez & Wentz vs XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D) vs TJP & Fallah Bahh: Dez wins via Spiral Tap – *** 1/4
  • X Division Championship: Ace Austin (c) vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via 6 Star Frog Splash – *** 1/2 – TITLE CHANGE!!
  • Kylie Rae vs Kiera Hogan: Kylie wins via Smile to the Finish – *** 1/2
  • Unsanctioned Match: Ken Shamrock vs Sami Callihan: Shamrock wins via Ankle Lock – ***

 

Rebellion Results:

oVe (Jake & Dave Crist & Madman Fulton) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Crazzy Steve

Crazzy Steve ends up being a nice surprise since it’s been a couple of years. Jake and Tommy start off, and we get some early comedy. Jake does a kip up, which inspires Tommy to try it himself. After failing twice, he calls for Steve and Rhino to assist him, and he achieves the team assisted kip up.

With the little bit of comedy over, we get a few rotations with each man feeling the other out. Steve bails when Fulton hits the ring, proving he’s “not THAT crazy”; letting Rhino do the heavy lifting. We get a few nice back and forth spots, oVe has nice moments cutting off Dreamer and Steve at different points. Fulton clears the ring, tosses Steve into the rest of people on the outside, Rhino Lariats Fulton out of the ring, hits the Gore on Dave Crist; picking up the win for his team.

After the match we find out that Eddie Edwards and Tessa Blanchard are both not present for the show. Josh FaceTime interviews with Eddie, Eddie is distraught but had to make the decision for his family. So we’re left with questions about what will happen with the World title.

Dez & Wentz vs XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D) vs TJP & Fallah Bahh

The beginning of this match starts much like you would anticipate from TJP and Dez. The Rascalz duo keeps TJP isolated a bit, some fun Cruiserweight style spots. Fallah tags in right before the commercial, but Acey breaks up the pin as the commercial hits. So XXXL ain’t doing a whole hell of a lot beyond watching so far. But I doubt they have great cardio, so I suppose it’s the logical way to get them to 12-15 minutes.

Just as I say that, we come back from commercial and Larry D is in the match against Fallah. So we got big boy on big boy violence. Acey gets in right before the second break; as XXXL is still in control. Commercial ends and it’s still Acey with Fallah; Fallah does manage the tag to TJP, so the match finally picks up.

Lots of quick action, sliding in and out, not a ton of tags, but everyone gets a signature spot moment. Acey hits the Pounce on Dez, but Dez manages to kick out. A few nice kicks and speed spots from Wentz, capped off with a Springboard Twisting Cutter and then Spiral Tap from Dez; The Rascalz bring home the win. An okay match that was improved by the big move spam for the finishing sequence.

X Division Championship: Ace Austin (c) vs Willie Mack

This was a solid back and forth, however, there were a few miscues. Willie didn’t quite catch Ace for the Samoan Drop, Ace leaned into the Coast to Coast and the Stunner on the top rope looked awkward. There were a ton of huge moves and interesting spots; Ace even played up the heel aspect with the early slow roll and constant powdering.

Willie kicking out of The Fold was great, Madison’s commentary helped any of the slower or awkward spots. Just a really solid match, but it could’ve been a lot better if some moves were hit a little better. Maybe it’s amplified from the empty arena aspect, but it should’ve been better on paper. I’m happy that Willie finally got a belt; but the match disappointed a little.

Kylie Rae vs Kiera Hogan

Kylie starts off with her adorable antics, folding her shirt, trying to be get Kiera to smile, and failing a bit. Kylie pulled off some great mat wrestling and sharp arm drags to give her an early shot at her STF finisher (Smile to the Finish). Kiera went for the Greco Roman Knuckle Lock, and Kylie looks off and says “should I trust her”; so Kiera pops off with “WHO are you talking to”, without missing a beat Kylie says “The cameraman…”. I popped too hard at that; but it starts off with enough personality and solid wrestling to stay invested as we go to the commercial.

This match gets fantastically hard hitting and aggressive. There was a Japanese style fighting spirit forearms spot, traded Superkicks; and a few big corner spots. As the match went on, the smile started to disappear and Kylie was getting more and more angry. Kiera got a little cocky, Kylie picked her ankle and slapped on the STF; didn’t do much smiling to the finish, but Kiera tapped out. Great match, crisp spots and would’ve probably stolen the night if it had a few more minutes.

Unsanctioned Match: Ken Shamrock vs Sami Callihan

So in what started off in the ring; Callihan jumped out immediately to start with out of the ring brawl. There was some trading of blows, before they went to the back; and then we got a cinematic match. Callihan and Dexter Lumis go to the same barber, then he decides to use some of Mr. Fuji’s racist dust; topped off with some nice chain wrestling. By that, I mean he grabbed a chain from a garbage can and tried to take out Shamrock with it.

Shamrock with a little bit of a comeback, but oVe shows up to help out Sami. They call for Sami, Sami shows up – Thumbs Up – Thumbs Down – then he takes out oVe with a baseball bat. So he puts the nail in the oVe coffin, then faces off with Shamrock and they want to finish this. Shamrock says outside, some old Western music starts to play; and it’s framed like a final showdown gun fight.

Sami goes for the Sleeper Hold a few times to try and finish the match; but Shamrock rams him back into a production truck.  Judo throw to follow, Ankle Lock…and Sami passes out. So it wasn’t quite the old gun fighters last stand, but it had a nice feel.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Now this was interesting in the sense that nothing was bad; but it still felt a little flat. Impact has been benefiting from the last few weeks of Madison on commentary; but the card changes and empty arena just feels weird. Yes yes – there’s a joke in there that this feels like old TNA with an empty arena, but at least the performers put on a damn good show.

Kylie had a great first major showing in Impact, Sami has separated from oVe but he ultimately failed and we have a new X Division champion. Lots of things to like, some things may be taken awkwardly; but really…nothing bad. Should also be interesting how they handle the fact that only Michael Elgin is present for the Championship match.

Maybe an interim situation? Maybe Elgin wins by default? Maybe they find the Dragon Balls and Shenron wishes this all away. Find out next time…on Rebellion Night 2!

 


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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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