Even with a quick turn around on learning the event was happening, and making the matches; we get a pretty solid card! Victory Road was always a fun event since it was close to one of the major old TNA PPVs. A few years it was after Slammiversary, then before Lockdown, and now right before Bound for Glory.
You might think since it’s a month before the big PPV that nothing will happen. Well remember, last year The North won the tag titles, THE DAY before Bound for Glory. That bodes well for Susie and Eddie Edwards.
Do we get a title change shakeup? Does Su Yung appear? Can Eddie Edwards actually put up a decent fight?
Lots of questions that need answers! Let’s get em!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 4, 2020
- The Rascalz (Dez & Wentz) vs XXXL (Larry D & Acey Romero): Dez wins via Final Flash @9:28 – *** ¼
- Brian Myers vs Tommy Dreamer: Myers wins via Charging Lariat @11:00 – ***
- Defeat Rohit Challenge X Division Title: Rohit Raju (c) vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via Count Out @11:11 – ** ¾
- Tenille Dashwood vs Jordynne Grace: Tenille wins via Spotlight Kick @12:17 – *** ½
- Unsanctioned Match: Reno Scum vs Rhino & Heath: Heath wins via Wake Up Call @10:36 – ** ½
- Moose vs Trey Miguel: Trey wins via Body Scissors Cradle @8:20 – **
- Four Way Tag Rules: Ace Austin w/Fulton vs Karl Anderson w/Gallows vs Alex Shelley w/Chris Sabin & Josh Alexander w/Ethan Page: Josh wins via Jay Driller @14:37 – *** ¾
- Knockouts Championship: Susie w/Kylie Rae vs Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/ Kimber Lee: Deonna retains via Venus de Milo @13:00 – ***
- Impact World Championship: Eddie Edwards vs Eric Young (c): EY retains via Spinning Toe Hold @23:44 – **** ½
The Rascalz (Dez & Wentz) vs XXXL (Larry D & Acey Romero)
Now this is an interesting pairing. The Rascalz are the only team that was in the tag team title picture, that got left out of the Bound for Glory match. XXXL on the other hand, are just starting to find a groove. A heel turn prior to Wrestle House, mixed with getting to see some of their character through Wrestle House; has really shown them in a new light. Will XXXL start to ascend the rankings, or do The Rascalz stabilize and make a case to be in the BFG match?
Wentz and Acey start, with a few shenanigans from Wentz. As he tries to chop down Acey, he gets stopped in his tracks by a Kitchen Sink knee from Acey. Acey takes a pause for the cause, and charges which allows the low bridge. Dez tags in, fakes out Larry before knocking him off the apron. We see the first Dive doesn’t take the big man down, second Dive gets met with an upper cut, so Wentz tries a move, gets caught and slammed onto Dez…then they cuddle on the ramp, Dez likes to be the big spoon.
This then begins the time when Dez gets the holy hell beat out of him for at least 5 minutes. Larry adds some personality in with the ham hocks as he does the Rascalz hand gesture, while beating on Dez. Dez finally starts to fire back, but Larry kicks his leg out from under him, then treats him like a rake but stomping his head, so Dez’s feet flip up to Larry, Larry catches the legs, and Power Bomb.
Larry helps Dez up, hits the ropes, Dez manages a Thrust Kick, but Larry lariats him on the way back, Wentz gets the hot tag! Larry tries to finish it himself, but Wentz goes off. Stick and Move, quick strikes, taking Acey off the apron, rocking Larry, Standing Moonsault, and then he moves so Acey Senton’s Larry. Quick action as he tags Dez back in. XXXL look to have control when they wipe out Wentz for a second and double team Dez, but Wentz breaks the pin. Acey gets taken to the outside; Dez hits the Double Bac Flip Kick perfectly and then goes up for his Spiral Tap, called Final Flash.
Really solid match and good opener; plus it helps keep The Rascalz a step ahead of the other teams in the division.
Brian Myers vs Tommy Dreamer
Myers really runs circles around Dreamer early in the match. Every time Dreamer tries to put something together, Myers has an answer, including a sliding ankle pick that allows him to drag him outside and keep up the fight. The ankle pick was important to note, since when Myers goes back to the well, Dreamer jumps over, and manages to wipe out Myers with a Diving Lariat from the apron.
They get back in the ring, a little Flip, Flop and…Myers hits a Sole Butt, goes off the ropes and…ahh there’s the Fly! Myers charges again, Dreamer hits a Sky High for 2 as he exclaims “That worked for D’lo for years!”. Myers hits the Laugh Riot, but he’s too close to the ropes and Dreamer manages to break the count. Myers goes to the corner for the Edge style Spear and you can hear him say “I’m sorry I love you”, but Dreamer moves and hits a Cutter for a near fall. A little more back and forth until Dreamer chucks Myers off the top rope, then hits the DDT…but Myers returns the rope break favor and gets his foot there.
Dreamer goes to the top, gets crotched, so Myers goes to the corner with the Edge style bounce like he’s gonna hit a Spear, but instead hits a huge lariat for the pinfall! Myers then does the mocking stance that we know Dreamer for as he heads off victorious.
Defeat Rohit Challenge X Division Title: Rohit Raju (c) vs Willie Mack
Well now, this was a really good match. Willie smacked around Rohit a little early and used his size advantage. Rohit however found some openings, and really worked this match competitively. Whenever he started getting an advantage he would beam and clap and shout “What an opportunity!”.
The end of the match was surprising since Rohit had a few moments were he could’ve actually won. Solid offense, a DDT and then he goes up for the Dragon Stomp, but Willie avoids it. Then Willie runs him into the corner, and on the fake reverse Irish Whip they bump a little awkwardly and it looks like they hit heads. Willie is down for most of the 10 count on the inside, but Rohit is on the outside. He stands up around 7, but then goes down clutching his head.
Rohit gets counted out, while looking like the cat who ate the canary and Willie is justifiably frustrated. But it was still a pretty solid match.
Tenille Dashwood vs Jordynne Grace
Notably, Tenille is a bit more animated than usual this match. She has a pouty “mean face” on, tells Kaleb to massage her shoulders a little and just seems goofier. Also highlighted by the fact that when she can grab a headlock on Jordynne, she gives her a Noogie. Kaleb saves Tenille from a Vader Bomb, before slowing down the pace.
Tenille poses in the ring for a shot from Kaleb, and like I’ve said before, Tenille has really embraced more of the quirky IIconics humour and maybe a little bit of derpy Emma. It’s just nice to see Tenille showing a personality instead of the rather flat “it’s all about me” persona she had when she initially left WWE. As Tenille keeps the control, she actually just does a few spots so Kaleb can record video, and then they take most of the 10 count to look at pictures and video, and just laugh about it.
Whenever Tenille is in control of the match, the speed slows and she poses, smiles, does cute little gestures and it’s all about the new persona. But as soon as Jordynne “ruins the shot”, the intensity goes off the chart. Big slams, forearms and Tenille returns most of the forearms and it’s not until Jordynne hits a Spinebuster that Tenille seems to be a little out of gas.
Jordynne keeps things going even through a Butterfly Suplex from Tenille. She throws Tenille into the corner, hits a Vader Bomb, for two, when she locks in the Rear Naked Choke, Kaleb distracts the referee. Jordynne gets frustrated, and then rolled up, but she kicks out. Tenille catches her with a strike to the midsection and then Spotlight Kick takes it home!
Ton of personality and I love that. If you only watch for ring work, then you may not appreciate this, but Tenille’s new shtick helps this along nicely to me.
Unsanctioned Match: Reno Scum vs Rhino & Heath
First thing I noticed in this match is Heath is one sun burned boy. Every time he hits the ropes, the imprint is left for a few seconds…so I can only imagine how uncomfortable that is taking bumps.
Aside from that this was basic but entertaining. Reno Scum cut off the ring and Heath got the tar beat out of him. I did appreciate Heath going to an empty corner, not sure if that’s a joke about WWE team placement or if he was just selling being beat to the point of not knowing where he was, but it was amusing.
Rhino finally gets in and lays out both members of Reno Scum before Luster eventually rocks Rhino, he falls back into his corner and Heath tags himself back in. Heath looks gassed, he fights Luster down, Thronstowe comes in and Heath handles him a little until Thornstowe ducks and Dive out on Rhino. Heath eats a big boot from Luster, and they look to finish Heath with a tandem finisher.
Rhino slides back in, Luster gets Gored, but Thornstowe slows down Rhino, and Heath catches Thronstowe with the Wake Up Call, for the pinfall! Does the win help get Heath a job?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 4, 2020
Moose vs Trey Miguel
Now we all know where this is going before the match even happens. EC3 will distract Moose somehow, or cost him the match. So with that out of the way, let’s see how they get there.
Okay, Moose dominates this match and what he says makes this pretty awesome. Aside from using Trey as an example to EC3, he has one line of “His family will have to start a Go Fund Me”. That’s just a fantastic line.
Moose has done tremendous work since doing the TNA World Champion gimmick.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 4, 2020
Four Way Tag Rules: Ace Austin w/Fulton vs Karl Anderson w/Gallows vs Alex Shelley w/Chris Sabin & Josh Alexander w/Ethan Page
So this was a different set up for a match, it was a Fatal Four way, but with tag team rules, but anyone could tag anyone. Sufficed to say, I wasn’t typing along with the match, because it was just fun. From the onset of Karl hitting Ace pretty hard for a tag, Ace trying to return the chop, but Karl ducks, tags in and tells the ref to get him out.
Shelley tries to do a good portion of the work before he gets backed into the corner and Josh tags himself in. Part of the fun in this match was seeing different personalities. Good Brothers seem to act a little entitled, Ace is a little bitch heel hiding behind Fulton, The Guns are very Eastern in their ways of doing things, hell even on the apron there was more than the usual standing and waiting for a tag, and of course The North…Page runs his mouth and he’s great while Josh just hits people.
There was a referee bump, which allowed for all the seconds to come in and wreck shop, but as Fulton had Ace in a Gorilla Press to chuck him into the sea of bodies, the ref comes to and kicks out all of the extras. This sends us to the signature spam portion, where we see Gun Stuns, Sliced Bread #2, Ace didn’t get to do much since he got Superplex/Power Bombed into next week, and then Josh wins with the Jay Driller. If you accept the fact it’s a Four Way match with tag rules, this was really fun. Plus since Josh pinned Shelley which helps to build for the match. Just all very well done.
Knockouts Championship: Susie w/Kylie Rae vs Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/ Kimber Lee
We see a similar thread in this match, which we’ve seen in the previous tag matches between these four women. Susie has a tendency to hang in the match, and even string together some offense, when everyone thinks she’s this clueless imbecile.
Susie was actually in control of this for a while, a few Shotgun Dropkicks, Forearms and even a Dive to the outside. It wasn’t until Kimber Lee interfered that allowed Deonna to stem the bleeding with an Iconoclasm. Susie continued to be resilient, and Madison Rayne’s confused commentary made things better since she just couldn’t understand why Susie was still in the fight.
The Su Yung glitch set in toward the end after an Arachnarana or two, so we see Susie nearly pick up the win with a Panic Switch, but Deonna slips out. Fujiwara Armbar, turned into the Venus de Milo and Susie verbally submits.
Kimber and Deonna destroy Kylie and Susie after the match. It’s actually pretty brutal.
Impact World Championship: Eddie Edwards vs Eric Young (c)
The match starts with a bit of a stare down, but then Eddie erupts and takes it to EY. A few quick strikes have the maniac retreat to the outside, but Eddie catches him with a Dive, and it looks like Eddie’s head must’ve made contact since EY has a cut right on about his cheekbone.
Eddie breaks the count a few times to continue to inflict pain, but EY eventually counters and does the same thing. It’s nice to see this is a brawl from the onset and EY isn’t trying to take any shortcuts. Eddie has all heart driven moments where he fights back with Backpack Stunners and more of his normal offense, but EY begins to viciously go after the damaged ankle. EY hangs him in the Tree of Woe, making sure to hook the bad ankle under the buckle, and then he hammers on it. Shortly after, he does more of the same on the lower buckle but he stomps on the damaged ankle, punctuating the attack by driving him knees first into the apron, of course prioritizing the bad leg.
EY drives the leg down on the steps, and then stands in the ring to survey his work. Eddie however tries to rally himself, even talking crap back to EY saying it’ll take more than that. So EY comes out to oblige the request.
The champion maintains control for a while as he finds different ways to torque on the injured ankle. Eddie flips through a Backdrop, but the ankle gives him trouble, so it’s a nice struggle of Eddie trying to block and fight back, while severely hampered. Eddie and EY start a chop exchange, which Eddie seems to get the best of, before EY hits a Forearm. Then when it looks like EY’s got him close, Blue Thunder…Face Buster, Inverted Blue Thunder Bomb…not sure, but it’s effective for Eddie.
Another Blue Thunder bomb gets Eddie a near fall, a TKO followed by the Edge of Sanity from EY gives him a near fall, and we see both men trying to just throw haymakers. Eddie manages to hit a Tiger Driver on like one and a half legs, then he goes for the Boston Knee Party, but EY gets his arms up to block. The fight up to the top turnbuckle, EY looks for an Avalanche DDT, but Eddie turns it into an Avalanche Blue Thunder Bomb. Eddie looks for another big move, perches EY, but EY counters by twisting Eddie’s legs and just throwing him knees first back on to the mat. Spinning Toe Hold from EY makes him look like an opportunistic genius, but Eddie’s shoe comes off, Boston Knee Party…but too close to the ropes and EY drapes the leg. EY kicks the leg, Piledriver, into Spinning Toe Hold and Eddie taps out!
Overall Score: 7.5/10
So as I’ve mentioned before, the IMPACTPlus or TV specials tend to be more miss than hit, but this was actually really good. Two great matches, a lot of solid character work with storyline movement, and just generally a fun watch. Even the two worst matches, still served their purpose in the grand scheme of things. I rate off of a few elements, and when the finish is predictable, the match is already starting behind the eight ball a little. I love the #Heath4IMPACT stuff and I have been really enjoying delusional TNA Moose. So the rating isn’t a reflection of my enjoyment, more just a statement that the match isn’t overly necessary and Ray Charles could see where it was going.
Now for non-predictable; Susie, wow I don’t know where they’re going with here. The fact that Deonna tried to break her arm, makes me think she’ll be off of TV and return as Su Yung at Bound for Glory. Which is cool, though selfishly I have really enjoyed the Susie gimmick change. I am mostly curious if Su will show up to interfere or to challenge after the match. Then you have to wonder, does she attack Deonna for her bullying, or attack Kylie because she was “too nice” to protect Susie. Rohit being the slimy heel champion is great. Heath possibly getting a job on Tuesday is awesome and Myers possibly bringing out the Innovator of Violence in Tommy Dreamer is something to tune in for.
Rich making sure EY couldn’t do more to Eddie was a nice way to end to the show and build for the next few weeks. So a damn good show sets the stage nicely for the final push toward Bound for Glory. 2020 man, such a backwards year but Impact has knocked it out of the park.
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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