We get the last two matches of the #1 Contender Tournament First Round to look forward to tonight! Ace Austin or Rhino? Sami Callihan or Michael Elgin? The latter carries more interest to most, and should be a good match.
Also tonight we see if oVe can scrape together a win, or continue to fail like most other things in Ohio. PLUS! Let’s not forget about Johnny Swinger’s X Division championship match. Yes…I typed that correctly.
Let’s get to the show!
- #1 Contender Tournament: Ace Austin vs Rhino: Ace wins via The Fold – ***
- Dave Crist w/Fulton & Jake vs Crazzy Steve: Steve wins via King Kill 33 – **
- XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D) vs TJP & Fallah Bahh: Fallah wins via Samoan Drop/Mamba Splash Combo – ***
- TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Suicide: Moose retains Momentum Roll-Up w/tights – ***
- X Division Championship: Johnny Swinger vs Willie Mack (c): Mack retains via Standing Moonsault – *
- #1 Contender Tournament: Sami Callihan vs Michael Elgin: Elgin wins via Elgin Bomb – *** 1/2
#1 Contender Tournament: Ace Austin vs Rhino
Ace was penciled in as of yesterday, since Ken Shamrock was injured last week by Michael Elgin. This was a more competitive match than most would’ve initially thought. Ace used his speed and heel ingenuity to try and gain a few advantages. It resembled some of the old Rhino versus Rob Van Dam matches during the ECW heyday.
After Rhino got some momentum going his way, Ace tries to use a chair; but Rhino blocks and takes it away. While the referee is taking the chair from Rhino, Ace produces his Gambit Stick and smacks Rhino with it. Then comes The Fold, and Ace moves on to the next round. Rhino has been putting in good work during his last few matches. I’m happy to see more Rhino doing good work.
Josh Mathews interviews Moose again. Josh keeps trying to discredit his title reign, but Moose makes some decent points…even though they are a little delusional. Good segment.
Bitches bout to get snatched up in the Heat Wave. See for yourself:
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 20, 2020
Dave Crist w/Fulton & Jake vs Crazzy Steve
Steve comes out with his cymbal monkey and things don’t start out well for Dave Crist. Steve brings it to Dave, so Dave had to powder for a few seconds. It took a little bit of help from Fulton and Jake, for Dave to start taking control. A Falcon Arrow gives Dave a shot, but Steve kicks out. As Dave goes to the corner to get Steve, Steve launches himself from the middle rope, hits King Kill 33 and the match is over.
Afterwards, Fulton is sick of their losing. He yells and chokes out both Crist brothers, then quits oVe. Wild Fulton could be interesting. Maybe Cancel Culture is in his future since Joseph P Ryan was out there taking notes?
Rosemary’s bored flirty gimmick is well…let’s just say that light as a feather and stiff as a board, there’s a joke there. I’m not gonna say it…but it’s there.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 20, 2020
XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D) vs TJP & Fallah Bahh
Fallah shows off some great agility for a guy his size. Forward Roll and Cartwheel to avoid some offense, and then we see a few quick tags with the Filipino tag team. Larry D is getting spun in circles to a degree, but eventually Acey tags himself in and knocks down TJP as the show goes to commercial.
Coming off of commercial Larry and Acey are double teaming TJP, but TJ slowly tries to fight his way out…until he gets sandwiched. This post break action was a little hectic but really fun. Acey was throwing his weight around, for lack of a better term. Pounce on Fallah, corner Splash, just generally swatting away TJP…the match looked a little bleak for TJP and Fallah. Fallah manages to stop Larry from Vader Bombing TJP after dispatching Acey to the outside. Samoan Drop from Fallah, Mamba Splash from TJP, and I’m pretty sure we can consider TJ and Fallah the number one contender tag team now.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Suicide
This match doesn’t start off as quickly as their match last week, but it definitely held its own. Moose applied more of the power game, and showed to be more of the methodical and boastful heel. An aspect of his personality we were fully aware of, but during the beginning of this delusional reign, he seemed more enamored with being champion than working on character wrinkles. We saw a lot more character this time.
Even Suicide got some work, since we saw him try to fire three times, as Moose kept mocking him, before the fourth lariat attempt sent Moose flying. They teased the same ref bump spot as last week, but both men avoided that. Just as Suicide looked to have things all but won, he goes for a Crossbody, Moose rolls through the landing, hooks the legs and tights; retaining the TNA championship by hook or by crook.
X Division Championship: Johnny Swinger vs Willie Mack (c)
Swinger jumps Mack before the bell, and keeps a measure of offense going for a while. Hit the Swinging Neckbreaker, but Willie gets his foot on the bottom rope. Swinger thinks he won, so he goes to collect the title and celebrate. After finally being talked down by the referee, Mack grabs him, Samoan Drop, Standing Moonsault…match over.
After the match, Swinger hits a Chop Block, Chris Bey comes out for the beat down. There was a moment of distrust, but Bey and Swinger seem to develop a friendship. Swinging Finesse? I’ll work on something.
Who is Wheelz Deaner?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 20, 2020
#1 Contender Tournament: Sami Callihan vs Michael Elgin
Elgin goes after Sami’s injured ankle immediately and that really sets a tone early on. Elgin definitely takes the angle of wanting to inflict pain and not win too quickly. Sometimes playing with your food too long, doesn’t turn out well. But we go to a commercial as soon as they get back in the ring.
When we come back from the commercial, the match starts to pick up. Sami won’t lie down, and Elgin is getting a sick pleasure out of picking apart Callihan, Sami does get a few strikes in, which allows him to hit a dive to the outside, because at this point he’s trying to pull out all stops. The match is solid up until to finishing sequence. Sami hits a Masato Tanaka style Sliding Forearm, which he tries to lead into the Piledriver, but the ankle makes him vulnerable. Elgin hits the Buckle Bomb, but Sami launches himself out of the corner with a Lariat, only to be responded to by Elgin with a Lariat of his own. Both guys fire, Elgin hits a Spinning Backfist, tries the Buckle Bomb again, but Sami slips out.
Sami’s ankle buckles and he eats one more Spinning Backfist, and then an Elgin Bomb to give Big Mike the win. This was hard fought and showed a lot of heart from Sami. With all of Callihan’s fighting from underneath and the possible respect with him and Shamrock, we get more inclinations towards Sami possibly turning face.
Overall Score: 6.5/10
We see an interesting episode from Impact this week. The wrestling was fairly solid, save for matches that were intended for storyline/gimmick purposes. Oddly though, the even flow made the show an easy watch, but not enough higher moments to really break it to the next level of “great”.
Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz with a tenuous partnership, Joseph P Ryan with possible interest in Madman Fulton and Johnny Swinger finally finding a riding buddy are all interesting wrinkles. Impact still does the best job at keeping everyone from the bottom to the top of the card active on the shows, but again, this episode was too consistent to really be amazing.
Still a pretty good show, with a lot of things to like. I’m just being nit picky.
Andrew’s IMPACT Against All Odds Results & Match Review: 7.1.2022
Impact presents Against All Odds! AMW back together! Raven’s Clockwork Orange House of Fun! Joe Doering gets a title shot! How’d it all play out?
Since this is a little delayed, I figured I’d include the Countdown to IMPACT portion as well, which I don’t usually do.
We get the first Clockwork Orange House of Fun match in over 10 years, AMW is back together after more than 15 years as well as two big title defenses. Speedball Mike Bailey gets a chance to defend his X Division title and avenge his only pinfall loss against Trey Miguel. Then the main event is the unpinned/unsubmitted VBD monster Joe Doering, challenging for the IMPACT World Championship.
There’s more to be had, those are just the highlights, so let’s see how Against All Odds hits this year!
- Black Taurus w/Crazzy Steve vs Laredo Kid: Taurus wins via Powerbull – ***
- Dot COMbat – Digital Media Championship: Rich Swann (c) vs Brian Myers: Myers wins via Roster Cut – *** ¼ – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Chris Bey & Ace Austin vs Motor City Machine Guns: MCMG win via Tandem One Winged Angel – *** ¾
- Chelsea Green & Deonna Purrazzo vs Mia Yim & Mickie James: Chelsea & Deonna win via Backstabber/Spinebuster Tandem – ** ¾
- X Division Championship: Trey Miguel vs Speedball Mike Bailey (c): Bailey retains via Flamingo Driver – ****
- Knockouts Tag Team Championships: Ragnarok (Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary) (c) vs Gisele Shaw & Tenille Dashwood w/Madison Rayne: Taya retains via Small Package – ** ½
- Honor No More (Eddie Edwards, Kenny King, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett & PCO) vs AMW, The Good Brothers & Heath: AMW wins via Death Sentence – *** ¼
- Clockwork Orange House of Fun: Moose vs Sami Callihan: Moose wins via Lights Out – ****
- Knockouts World Championship: Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Jordynne Grace (c): Grace retains by Grace Driver – **
- IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Joe Doering w/Deaner vs Josh Alexander (c): Josh retains via C4 Spike – **** ½
Black Taurus w/Crazzy Steve vs Laredo Kid
A little lucha on lucha violence to kick off the Countdown. A bit of an early stalemate, Laredo goes for a few Mexican style Armdrags, but Taurus blocks showing off his strength advantage. The speed of Laredo gets used against him when Taurus sidesteps in the corner and then Double Knee Arm Breaker followed by a Lung Blower from Taurus.
Laredo fights out of the corner, a bit of back and forth until Taurus slows things down after connecting with a Sling Blade. When they recover, Taurus tries to charge the corner, Laredo fights off, Back Body Drops Taurus onto the top rope and then hits the Outside/In Slingshot Cutter for a near fall. More trades, Taurus has Laredo in a Torture Rack, Laredo turns it into a Crucifix Bomb for 2. Laredo tries the Oscutter but Taurus Spears him mid move and it looks pretty cool/brutal. Taurus tries to continue the advantage, Laredo drops him to the outside, hits a Moonsault and tries to fire back up. Rolls Taurus back in, Moonsault number 2, but Taurus gets the knees up. Pop-Up Samoan Drop only for a near fall.
Taurus takes direction from Steve to head to the top rope, but Laredo cuts him off, Laredo tries the Laredo Fly, but Taurus hits the Avalanche Hammerlock DDT into Powerbull for the win!
Dot COMbat – Digital Media Championship: Rich Swann (c) vs Brian Myers
Myers grabs the belt before the bell and tries to take Rich’s head off but Rich ducks and starts rocking Myers. Myers utilizes some of the computer based weaponry, keyboards, ring lights, mouse chords, but Swann fights back a bit before the style of match assists Myers in being able to even the score. Myers starts choking Rich with a Tripod, Rich hits the Jawbreaker to try and get space, but Myers does his Sliding Trip to stay in control.
Using a Ring Light and 6 Strip, Myers ties Rich to the top rope and then starts taking open shots since Rich is mostly defenseless in this position. But finally Rich fights back with his feet, pushing Myers back, kink in the Jimmies and then he uses his teeth to take apart the knot. Rich starts stringing together multiple strikes, kicks, punches, backfists, all the nice flashy combinations for a near fall. Rich creates a little pile of technology in the corner with 2 Keyboards, a tripod and a monitor, but he took too much time and Myers fights off the attempted offense. Roster Cut countered into a Death Valley Driver into the pile of stuff Rich set up, only for 2.
The crowd is pretty hot for the match and really seem to enjoy Monitor involved combat. Myers shoves Rich’s head through a monitor, but only a 2 count again. Myers gets frustrated, jaws a bit and then the slugfest ensues, they slug it out up the ramp, Myers tries to shoot Rich back down, but Lethal Injection from Rich gives him the advantage now. Rich throws Myers in, walks up the ramp, wants a big dive but Myers swings for the fences and clocks Rich with a Keyboard sending the keys everywhere, Roster Cut, Myers is the new champion! He finally officially has gold in IMPACT (he won the tags with Trevor Lee under the TNA banner, so I’m not wrong by specifying IMPACT, trust me, I know this company)!
Chris Bey & Ace Austin vs Motor City Machine Guns
Shelley is back on his aggressive game. Early on throwing his necklace as Bey and Ace, then during a rope run spot, Bey drops down and Shelley turns it into an STF immediately. Bey gets to the ropes, Shelley is slow to break the hold, but when the break happens Bey retreats to tag in Ace and Shelley allows Sabin to come in. Sabin and Ace start very evenly but Ace actually takes the match to the ground and has a small advantage until a blind tag allows for a tandem move to take Ace down.
Abdominal Stretch, tag to Sabin and a few Tandem Stretch/Rib Kicks work over Ace. Tandem attacks continue with frequent tags, Ace keeps eating a lot of offense until Bey finally tries to break it up. Bey wipes out Sabin, tries to Skin the Cat, but Shelley with the Baseball Slide into Bey’s face sends him to the floor. Ace sends Shelley over, starts getting the best of the two Guns, then we finally see some double team work from the Bullet Club junior heavyweights.
Ace has Shelley in the Fujiwara with the ref on the wrong side, playing card paper cut between the fingers and then Bey gets tagged in. Bey and Ace go for ELP’s over sell ridiculous Back Rake spot. Since Shelley has been cut off so long, it doesn’t look completely stupid, but at least they’re smart and only do one each. Bey does take out Sabin before Shelley can lunge to his corner. Ace tags in, John Woo ‘s Shelley into his own corner, they work him over, Shelley tries to find an opening but Bey rips Sabin off the apron just in time to stop the tag. Misdirection from Shelley causes Ace to kick Bey and Shelley can finally tag in Sabin.
Hot tag, house of fire, taking it to both at once. Ace and Bey are stacked, Yakuza Kick into KENTA style Hestiation Dropkick. Sabin…CHAOS THEORY FISHERMAN SUPLEX for only 2. But I love the shout out to Doug Williams. Missile Dropkick/Double Flatliner combo for another near fall. The Guns try something else, but Ace puts a stop to it and drops out Shelley. Combination strikes from the BC boys, near fall on Sabin. Shelley takes out Ace, Bey misses his move, Shelley tries to block Ace, Cradle Shock but Ace pushes Shelley into the pile to stop the pinfall.
High Speed Dirt gives the Guns the advantage, Tandem One Winged Angel gets MCMG the win.
Chelsea Green & Deonna Purrazzo vs Mia Yim & Mickie James
OKAY, they actually do a mashup of Hardcore Country and Mia’s new theme. And surprisingly, it works really well, I kinda hope they team together again since the song feels a little too good to throw away after just one show.
All four jaw at each other, the heels attack before the bell, but Mia and Mickie turn it around pretty quickly. After the faces mollywop the heels, Mia rolls in Deonna for herself, the bell finally rings and then Chelsea runs into give the heels the advantage again as they keep Mia in their corner. Typical heel isolation and Referee distraction, but it looks good. Mia tries to fight back, Chelsea and Deonna stop her once, but the John Woo hitting both heels allows Mia to get Mickie in.
Mickie goes for the Mick-DT on Deonna, but Chelsea catches her feet in a pseudo Magic Killer, but Deonna just pushes out of the DDT, dropping Mickie like a trash bag of clothes. Pump Kick from Deonna to Mickie and then a Curb Stomp makes the focus very obvious of Mickie’s neck. Deonna and Chelsea take a similar strategy with Mickie they had earlier with Mia. The complete isolation and attacks on the neck has things looking bleak for the babyfaces. Bow and Arrow from Deonna keeps pressure on that Upper Shoulder/Neck area. Chelsea and Deonna go for a combo, Mickie counters and crawls to Mia for the tag. Mia is kicking the crap out of Chelsea.
Few good kicks, Middle Rope Tornado DDT for 2 as Deonna breaks it up. Mickie hits the Avalanche Thesz Press to take out Deonna, Protect Ya Neck gets stopped, Mickie gets tagged in, Mia gets wiped out, Thesz Press misses, Deonna grabs Mickie in a Bear Hug, Chelsea flies in for some tandem Spinebuster/Backstabber. Chelsea and Deonna win.
X Division Championship: Trey Miguel vs Speedball Mike Bailey (c)
Bailey offers the handshake and Trey screams at him like a complete moron spazz and tries to look extremely too intense, which looks laughably stupid. He looks like a 5 year old trying to go Super Saiyan. Thankfully Bailey cuts off Trey’s stupidity drops him back out and hits the Triangle Moonsault to swing things back in his favor.
Trey cuts off Bailey’s offense with a Low Dropkick and Bailey sells that it did real damage. So Trey goes back the leg, and puts together a few strikes and Leg Lock that he rolls through to keep the torque up. Bailey returns the favor a little in the corner with a rope hang Dragon Screw as he then pulls off a quick and frenetic Reverse Figure Four. Each strike from Bailey though causes a sell on the leg. He was selling the bad leg and took too long to pull off the Corkscrew Shooting Star Press, misses and gives Trey a chance to respond and sell HIS leg a little.
This counter…is stupid. Bailey does his Moonsault Double Knees, and Trey lifts up his knees, so Knees crash down on knees. I guess we’re supposed to be setting up essentially for a cripple fight where they both sell their similar injuries to give off some dumb idea of “still being equally injured”. That counter still seems moronic. Gimps kicks with selling and limping, both hit a Dragon Screw eventually then we go into a strike exchange. Bailey hits the PK, sells, feints the Double Knees again, but Bailey expected it, turns Trey and hits the Double Knees on the small of the back. Which seems like a call back, but there’s too much nonsensical movement in the exchange. Tornado Kick in the corner gets countered by Trey and he looks for Meteora.
Bailey moves so Trey lands on the bad leg, cripple fight continues. Inside Out Frankensteiner from Trey takes Bailey from the Apron to the floor. Strike exchange on the apron, both look for suplexes, they both counter, Bailey trips Trey on the apron, Double Knee Backflip on the apron, Tornado Kick back in the ring lands, Ultima Weapon misses, Trey goes for a Cradle, kick out, Running Meteora…Bailey kicks out. Trey sells but looks for the top rope Meteora.
The cut off happens, but then Trey counters and drops Bailey off the rope. Bailey stops Trey with upkicks, FLAMINGO DRIVER from Bailey for the retention!
If a few spots weren’t as stupid and Trey knew how to sell, not like moronic child, this would’ve been a nearly 5 star match.
Knockouts Tag Team Championships: Ragnarok (Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary) (c) vs Gisele Shaw & Tenille Dashwood w/Madison Rayne
Gisele and Taya start off, a little early games from Taya keep Gisele off balance, Gisele tries to go after Rosemary, Taya throws her onto the Middle Rope, hits the Sliding German and Rosemary keeps up the offense. Gisele needs to gauge the eyes to get a chance to tag in Tenille. Tenille gets in a quick shot but never really gets the momentum against Rosemary. Rosemary tags in Taya and Tenille is getting rocked.
It takes a small shortcut for Tenille to get a chance and tags in Gisele. Corkscrew Brainbuster from Gisele and now Taya is getting handled. Tenille comes back in, uses the top rope and a handful of hair to bend Taya backwards as Rosemary yells at the ref causing the distraction. Rope assisted neckbreaker only for 2. Gisele and Taya get into a small chop battle, but Gisele ramps up the intensity with a few different Uppercut variations. Tornado DDT attempt, blocked by Taya, Vertical Suplex, we get the simultaneous tag spot. Rosemary is Slingblading and dropping Tenille left and right, Exploder Suplex for the near fall.
Tenille fights off a little but then gets stuck in the Upside Down. Ref checks on Tenille, Gisele drops Rosemary, Taste of Tenille in the corner, Tenille wipes out Taya, Gisele hits the Corkscrew Splash on Rosemary’s legs. Road to Valhalla/X Factor combination from Ragnarok but Gisele makes the save. Madison trips Taya, Tenille wants Gisele to come in for The Collab, but Gisele wasn’t expecting that. So the delay allows for Rosemary to take out Gisele, Taya small package on Tenille and Ragnarok retains.
Influence beatdown after, as the heels walk away happy with their work, Masha comes out and hands Tenille the envelope. Tenille is Masha’s next victim, Masha freaks out and they all scatter to the back.
Honor No More (Eddie Edwards, Kenny King, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett & PCO) vs AMW, The Good Brothers & Heath
Karl and Eddie start off, LG gets tagged in, Eddie is eating a lot of offense until Taven gets tagged in and dropped over LG’s head and Honor No More continue to eat offense. Heath comes in, flying around a bit looking solid against Taven. A few corner Splashes into the 10 Count punches and Taven is dying. Thankfully for Taven he drives Heath into his corner, hits a Spinning Headlock Driver and then tags in Mike, so OGK strings together some offense to give Honor No More some life.
Kenny King continues to work over Heath, Eddie comes back in and Heath tries to fire up. Telegraphing the Body Drop allows Eddie to kick him, run back in for the attack, but Heath hits the Powerslam. Jimmy James Storm comes in and starts kicking the tar out of Eddie. Kenny tries to come in, gets dropped, James tags Chris Harris against Mike, Hart Attack, throws Taven into Mike, knocks down PCO and then Chris tags James back in but PCO trips James and starts beating on him on the floor. Everyone in Honor No More poses when they have the momentum, away from PCO, PCO tags himself in and they are still jawing at PCO.
PCO hits the Reverse DDT, PCO goes to their corner for a rope move, but Taven tags himself in. Taven misses his Frog Splash, but they still manage to keep James in the ring. PCO gets tagged back in to knock down the TNA squad, and keep on James. PCO uses Karl Anderson as a weapon, looks for the PCO mid rope dive, and Eddie tags himself in causing a “You Suck” chant. This is great heel work from Honor No More since the crowd loves PCO, so cutting him off and treating him bad gets a “smart” crowd to react the way they should be to the heels.
James tags in Wildcat, he levels everyone with big hamhocks, Stalling Suplex for 2 and now signature spam. Spinebusters for everyone! Death Sentence set up, but Taven breaks it up. Wake up Call, Gun Stun, Meltdown and DDT from the faces to keep Honor No More down. Kenny King hits a great Blockbuster, Kenny tells PCO to hit the PCO Sault..but PCO falls of the top rope! Last Call Super Kick, Death Sentence set up….DEATH SENTENCE!
Now did PCO fall on purpose? We getting that Babyface Frankenstein?
Clockwork Orange House of Fun: Moose vs Sami Callihan
Raven is at commentary to watch all of the FUN.
VERY SMART START. Moose’s music plays, he’s dressed in all black, as soon as the lights come back up, Moose is already in the ring, LIGHTS OUT spear connects on Sami. Moose is pissed and he has every right to be. He sets up a table between the ring and the barricade, wants to Uranage Sami, but Sami fights it off. Sami Sabus a chair into Moose’s face and Moose Pump Kicks him for his trouble. Raven calls Moose Bullwinkle…that’s pretty great.
Moose is bouncing a Garbage Can lid off Sami’s head as Sami retreats to the ropes, Moose charges and gets Back Body Dropped through the table he set up earlier. Sami starts redecorating the ring with gates and wooden doors as Moose is selling going through the table. Raven’s Zoloft tone dad jokes during this match is actually wonderful. Almost makes me want to see if his Raven Effect Podcast is still a thing (was never the same after Busby left). Spicolli Driver on the Gate after bouncing Moose’s head off the door. Moose did try to moke the Thumbs Up Thumbs Down, but a Low Blow kept Sami in control.
Sami tries to put Moose in another trash can, but there’s a bottle in it and Moose breaks the bottle over Sami’s face and Moose smiles. Then he carves Sami’s face with the broken glass. Moose sets up the door between two chairs (sounds like a British TV Show), Moose sets up for a Superplex, Sami bites him, Moose hits Go To Hell through the door! Moose breaks the door in half and gives Sami half. You’ve heard of Door Dash? This is Door Duel! Moose wins the duel, and shatters the half over Sami. Tries to run the ropes but Sami hits a desperation Lariat.
Sami wants the Cactus Driver through two chairs, but Moose grabbed a Staple Gun and Staples his foot to counter the move. In the corner, 10 Count Punches turns into Staples in the forehead and Sami Powerbomb’s Moose through the two chairs. Sami goes to retrieve the Staple Gun and then hits Moose with the patented Staple to the Dick! A “You Sick Fuck” chant kicks up. Both men open their boxes of fun, so WHAT’S IN THE BOX! Moose has Legos and Sami has – broken glass! Legos and Broken Glass…we go from a British TV Show to a Pantera song that never made it all the way to the album. Legos to the eyes from Sami, Cactus Driver into the Legos and Moose kicks out! Raven sounds like he’s getting some respect for Bullwinkle Moose.
Grabbing a piece of glass, Sami slices himself and then hits another Cactus Driver into the glass, while Sami points to the Barbed Wire Bat. Camera man in the ring, is Steve Maclin! He low blows Sami and runs him over with the Barbed Wire Bat! Moose recovers enough, hits another Lights Out Spear thanks to Maclin, and Bullwinkle wins!
Knockouts World Championship: Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Jordynne Grace (c)
Before the bell Tasha goes for Grace’s legs with a Chop Block and starts stomping the knee. Been a few too many “ambush” spots in this show, but it’s a smart strategy. Grace levels Tasha, Wrecking Ball Dropkick on Savannah, Skins the Cat back up and keeps up the pressure on Tasha. Spinebuster…2 count.
Honestly Tasha just eats a lot of offense, tries to just pick a spot here or there to maybe stick and move, but never really gets anything convincing. Aja Kong Back Fist, into Torture Rack into Torture Rack Bomb gives Grace a near fall. Tasha moves from getting squashed in the corner, opportunistic attacks, counters a power move into the Startusfaction only for 2. Tasha tries a Shiranui for 2 into the Half Crab on the leg she’s targeted a little, but I can’t help but be extremely unconvinced. Grace fights off, trips Tasha and goes for the Rear Naked Choke. Muscle Buster on Tasha but Savannah is on the apron distracting the official. O-Kurrr from Tasha, for 2. Things go to the top rope, Grace counters Tasha into an Avalanche Stalling Superplex. Grace sends Tasha into Savannah, counters the cutter into the Grace Driver.
IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Joe Doering w/Deaner vs Josh Alexander (c)
Doering is trying to keep the early match claustrophobic. Not giving Alexander an inch and just trying to smother him. Alexander powders, then runs Doering around a bit, so when they get back in Alexander tries to stay a step ahead. He ducks the Fun Splash, lands his own Low Crossbody on the Apron, and Alexander does the dumb thing by pandering a little and gets run over by Doering. Alexander is trying to stick and move, but Doering has been able to keep up and catch Alexander when his other opponents would usually be laid out or questioning an attack. Doering returns 3 of Alexander’s Chops with 1 to drop Alexander and then hits that Rebound Elbow for a near fall.
When Alexander gets knocked to the outside you can hear Deaner yelling at him “Is that all you got!?” – Deaner is being a great Hyena. Alexander slips out of a Running Powerslam, tries to string things together but Deaner trips up Alexander and Doering takes control back. Low Rope Elbow Drop for another near fall, with Doering staying on him. A wild punch rocks Doering and Alexander manages to hit a King Kong Knee Drop on the doubled over Doering. Doering is rocked while Alexander has found a second wind. German Suplex attempt is a no, sidesteps Doering, he bounces off the ropes, Rebound German. Alexander tries another, Doering fights and turns it into a Northern Lights Suplex with the bridge, but Doering kicks out. Ankle Lock attempt but Doering kicks him off through the ropes to the apron. Exchange on the apron that Doering gets most of the best of. Doering Lariats him back into the ring and then heads to the top rope but he’s hindered by the damaged ankle.
Avalanche Superplex, C4 Sp- nope Deaner hits the apron from the distraction. Double Axe handle attempt but Chokebomb counter from Doering, Standing Elbow Drop for 2. Revolution Bomb hint, but Alexander counters. German Suplex attempt, blocked once, but then Alexander gets moving, executes the trilogy of Germans but Doering dodges the kick and just a big Vader Hammer drops Alexander. Chain of Sorrow attempt from Doering, Alexander avoids the lariat, hits one of his own, they both run, FUN SPLASH kills Alexander from three quarters of the way across the ring. Near fall, Chain of Sorrow hits…another near fall. Revolution Bomb…but Alexander slips it, Ankle Lock, Grapevine – Doering stands up through the Ankle Lock and Vader Hammer for 2. Revolu-Alexander slips again, Low Dropkick to the bad leg and he drops Alexander with another lariat. Doering Rainmaker and he looks for something else. Strikes, Vader Hammers bully Alexander into the corner. Alexander slips away, Doering swings wildly, Alexander catches him, C4 Spike for the pinfall!
Overall Score: 7.75/10
Now this was pretty damn good. The pre-show was surprisingly good, but I also don’t usually watch it, so I don’t really have any precedent for it. As for the minuses, Knockouts Tag was alright, but the Masha wrinkle at the end makes the story moving forward interesting, yet doesn’t help that match. HOPEFULLY Tasha is out of the singles picture for a while now. She’s really just not believable because of her size and her generally lame moveset. Sure, HBK needed an enforcer, but he also looked impressive on his own (similar to how IMPACT built up Ace Austin), Tasha looks worthless without help; just keep her in the tag division.
PCO’s story in Honor No More could be fun since PCO has been over everywhere Impact has gone. Steve Maclin getting involved with Sami and Moose helps to elevate him to main event players and freshen up that rivalry or move away from it. X Division is in a good position, but with Speedball’s occasional propensity for dumb spots or hit/miss selling, Trey’s selling is god awful. Speedball I can tolerate, and really enjoy him pulling out the Flamingo Driver, Trey needs to stay away from the main picture for the rest of the year until he figures out how to speak and sell. Lastly, the main event was amazing. A nice combination of Japanese King’s Road style, Alexander’s mat based advantage and just hard hits and great grit. Alexander continues to be a MoTY machine.
Awesome show, only really dragged down by the spots that we all expected to drag.
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022
The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!
Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 1, 2022
- Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
- Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
- Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
- IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
- Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
- Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****
Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey
Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.
Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.
Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.
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— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 1, 2022
Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw
Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood are at the commentary desk for this match since Gisele did offer to fill in for an injured Madison for the Knockouts Tag rematch.
Rosemary controls Gisele early and then bends her backwards and bites her forehead. Gisele almost starts taking back over, but then Rosemary gets out of a headlock the Crazzy Steve way. Rosemary takes some control early until Gisele powders and tries to find a way back into the match. Commercial break brings us to Gisele taking Rosemary’s head off with a Lariat.
Now Gisele is in control, throws Rosemary into a corner and starts pandering for a photo op and posturing to The Influence. Gisele strings together a lot of corner attacks, whips her into the corner again and lays her out with a Flying European Uppercut. Gisele tries to hit the knee in the back of the head, but Rosemary moves and starts her comeback. Big Suplex from the corner and Rosemary keeps her down for 2. Rosemary is in control until Gisele hits and Oscutter out of nowhere for 2. Reverse DDT from Rosemary for another near fall and then The Influence is on the move. They ambush Taya, Rosemary tries to go for her Spear anyway and Shaw kills Rosemary with a great Knee Strike. Rosemary is out, Gisele wins.
A small beat down, and then The Influence pause in the ring for a little, before posing with Gisele and seemingly giving their mark of approval on her being in The Influence now.
Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace
Savannah bulldozes Jordynne into the corner, but the power game is pretty even here. Savannah has some height, but Jordynne is quicker. Jordynne manages to turn the tables on Savannah, up and over in the corner and whips her into the ropes while setting up behind her causing Evans to trip and fall. Savannah powders, Jordynne tries to break up the discussion, but after a quick flurry, Savannah hits an Apron Chokeslam and takes over.
After some back and forth, Jordynne takes back over and then Muscle Buster on Savannah Evans and its over!
IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More
Karl and Vincent start things off, and corner to corner we see the Machine Gun in control, but a thumb to the eyes and quick strike give Vincent the chance to tag in PCO. French Canadian Frankenstein starts beating on Karl, throws him into the ropes, Vincent kicks him and it just pisses off Karl. But Karl getting distracted gives PCO the ambush chance and Karl is just getting rocked. Vincent tagged back in, quick strikes including a corner Facewash with the elbow, sliding Flatliner and PCO is back in.
PCO goes Splash into dropping DDT before hitting the middle rope Guillotine Leg Drop. LG has gotten no action while Karl is getting killed. Deanimator set up looks to take out Karl even further, and it hits! Vincent tags in, and finally Anderson Spinebuster gets LG a hot tag. Big Boot takes out PCO on the apron, Superkick and flying Big Man flattens Vincent, tag to Karl, Magic Killer set up…but PCO with the save. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep from Vincent, RedRUM misses and Karl scoops the Small Package for the win.
Immediately Honor No More attacks. Chris Harris slides in and Honor No More choose to jaw and tease him instead of attacking immediately. HEATH’s music hits before they can attack Harris, and he comes loaded with pipes. Harris and Heath lay out Honor No More with pipes, Wake Up Call from Heath, Pump Kick, Gun Stun and then only Taven is left. Last Call Superkick sends Taven to sleep.
Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne
Zayne tries to start immediately, but Ace takes a page from the Jay White book and powders right away. Ace stays a step ahead until a nice Flipping Bodyscissors out of the corner keeps Ace rolling and eating some kicks. Ace tries a top corner move and Zayne flips into a Headscissors for the advantage before commercial. Coming back Ace is in control after driving Zayne into the post.
Ace and Zayne trade, we see Zayne finally get the best of the situations. Cinnamon Twist or Crunchwrap Supreme are hinted at, but Ace rolls away. Zayne tries to get Ace in position for his Taco Driver, but Ace has all the answers. Big kicks and strikes, Ace goes for the Outside/In Avalanche Headscissors, but Zayne mostly flips the through it, but eats a Triangle Kick for his attempted counter. The Fold – gets countered with a Sauce Trigger! Ace powders, Moonsauce to take out Bey and Ace, but Bey grabs his foot before he can get back in, Ace keeps the referee distracted…THE FOLD as soon as Zayne is back in the ring and Bullet Club wins!
Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley
If this is as good as I anticipate…I may forget how to type. So fair warning if I get sucked in, this could be a short review.
We saw both men had a plan, Sabin went after Kaz’s legs early and often, where Kaz focused on the neck. There were great callbacks, classic moments, even the feint with the Flux Capacitor which is how Kaz won the original Battle of the Futures.
This was Brian Hebner’s final match, and hot damn was it a classic. Everything about this was great.
Overall Score: 9/10
Starting out hot with the X Division match, 2 solid Knockouts matches and a main event that could’ve easily been on any PPV over the last 20 years. This set the stage well for tomorrow’s Against All Odds and could’ve been one of the best Go Home episodes from any company in recent memory. Also it was really awesome getting the Raven vignette to hype the Clockwork Orange House of Fun.
My review of Against All Odds will be a little late since I had prior engagements because Fridays aren’t usually PPVs, but I’ll get to it on Saturday. Watch it live yourself, catch the run down Saturday, either way IMPACT is killin it with that TNA vibe. Maybe its time we go back to a certain 3 letters…a 6 sided ring, or hell, just announce Lethal Lockdown. Bring that back from the dead dammit!
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