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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Turning Point Results & Match Ratings: 11.14.2020

ImpactPlus special tonight, TURNING POINT! We get 4 (5 if you count TNA) title matches, where you have to assume at least one is changing. Any major changes happen during the show?

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Impact Wrestling has started finally convincing me that these ImpactPlus specials are going to be more than filler throw away. The last few have been solid which is saying something since these started off really poorly.

We get 4 (5 if you count TNA) title matches, where you have to assume at least one is changing. Deonna gets a rematch out of her element, The Good Brothers could finally add Impact Tags to their trophy case and Sami continues his personal feud with Rich Swann.

Let’s see if anything crazy happens tonight!

Ratings:

  • Eddie Edwards vs Daivari: Edwards wins via Boston Knee Party – *** ¼
  • Tenille Dashwood & Jordynne Grace vs Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary: Rosemary wins via Double Underhook Sitout Drop – ***
  • Brian Myers vs Swoggle: Myers wins via Charging Lariat – ** ½
  • Beer Machine (James Storm & Chris Sabin) vs XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D): Sabin wins via Tandem Running Kick/Superkick – *** ½
  • Defeat Rohit Challenge: X Division Title: Rohit Raju (c) vs Cousin Jake W/Cody Deaner: Rohit retains via Tiger Knee – ***
  • TNA Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Willie Mack: Willie Mack wins via DQ – *** ¼
  • Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championship: The North (c) vs The Good Brothers: Good Brothers win via Magic Killer – *** ¾TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • Knockouts Championship NO DQ Match: Su Yung (c) vs Deonna Purrazzo: Purrazzo wins via Cosa Nostra – ** ½TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • Impact Wrestling World Championship: Rich Swann (c) vs Sami Callihan: Swann retains via Thrust Kick – ****

 

Results:

Eddie Edwards vs Daivari

Some nice basic wrestling in the start of the match, Headlock Takedowns, Shoulder Tackles, Hip Toss and both men just try to establish the upper hand. As Eddie keeps to the basics, we see Daivari take advantage after he throws Eddie into the post, and start working over the left shoulder.

A few spots outside to drive the left arm into the steps, the left shoulder into the post, come back into the ring and Daivari rides the Kimura Lock just to torque on the injury. Eddie fires out of the corner with a Lariat from the good arm, and starts fighting back. But the best part is Daivari keeps fighting back and doesn’t give Eddie a long time for offense. Eddie goes to the top, Daivari cuts him off, hits a nice Frakensteiner and both continue the back and forth.

Eddie fires again, absorbs a few strikes, calls for more before clocking Daivari back and hitting a Tiger Driver with great emphasis. Daivari gets a pinfall chance but gets caught using the ropes, he argues with the referee, and turns around just to be greeted with a Boston Knee Party. Eddie is victorious, but it wasn’t easy.

Good wrestling, solid opening match. Daivari looked pretty damn good.

Tenille Dashwood & Jordynne Grace vs Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary

Tenille starts off trying to get a nice picture, but Demon Assassin photobombs and Tenille does her quirky heel humor to get out of the match quickly. Jordynne against Taya is fairly physical and stays that way. Taya has the strikes and Jordynne throws in some power.

Rosemary gets tagged in and overshoots the forward roll chinlock, but she grabs Jordynne’s hair and pulls herself back into place where it looks kind of cool. Tenille with the blind tag in and Jordynne with the Spinebuster to give their team a near fall. Taste of Tenille and a Dash Woogie keeps Taya reeling, Taya almost gets out but Tenille grapevines Taya’s leg and reaches out to tag in Jordynne.  Jordynne leans on Taya a little, hits a Spear on Jordynne and Jordynne looks for the tag but Tenille drops off the apron for selfies.

Rosemary comes in, Upside Down, and the Double Underhook Sitout Drop, to give Ragnarok the victory! I guess Tenille and Jordynne are back to square one on looking for teammates.

Brian Myers vs Swoggle

Oh no! These two were just best friends on Talk’N Shop-A-Mania 2! Now they must fight. Myers starts by just telling Swoggle to lay down. Swoggle starts fast, with a big Tilt-a-Whirl Headscissors, Dive to the outside and rocks Myers early, but Myers trips up Swoggle and shoves him off the apron.

Swoggle limps back in and Myers talks trash while big brothering him. Disrespectful kicks, trips and just playing with Swoggle. Swoggle gets mad, almost catches Myers but gets a boot in the face for his trouble and then Myers stands on his hair while trying to pull him up by the arms.

Swoggle hits a desperation German Suplex, E-Honda Palm Strikes and a Cutter. Goes to the top for the Tadpole Splash, Myers cuts him off, Enzuigiri, Swoggle bites Myers’ leg hits the Tadpole Splash…but only for 2! Myers powders, throats Swoggle over the middle rope, then hits the charging lariat from the corner and gets the win.

Given the disparity in the combatants, this wasn’t too bad. Swoggle had moments and Myers starts the post-match beatdown, but Crazy Steve makes the save.

Beer Machine (James Storm & Chris Sabin) vs XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D)

Chris and Larry start the match, which shows the difference in size, but Sabin uses his head and gets the advantage with some cheeky clever kicks and brings in Storm. Surprisingly, these two do work fairly well together early, but the size of XXXL equalizes the tag team veteran experience.

We finally see Sabin get away from things when Acey tries a Seated Senton, but Sabin has him…well…sit on his knees, if you get my drift. Sabin kicks away from Larry D and tags in Storm. Then all four men get in and we see Storm and Sabin clear the ring and pull off a few tandem spots.

Acey catches Sabin with a big Uranage and Senton, but only for 2. Sabin rocks Acey, charges with a big kick, Storm with the Superkick and Beer Machine win!

Defeat Rohit Challenge: X Division Title: Rohit Raju (c) vs Cousin Jake W/Cody Deaner

Jake mauls Rohit early, but Rohit proves why he’s one of my favorite wrestlers as of late. He finds clever angles to try and get in some offense, while avoiding big moves. Countering a Bossman Slam into a Double  Stomp. Lots of ducking and striking, but Jake does a great job at connecting often enough to rock the champion Rohit manages to weaken big nasty with some well-placed strikes and rocking him awkwardly into the ropes.

Rohit misses the Dragon Stomp, but lands a knee lift, then the Tiger Knee to retain!

After the match Eric Young’s music hits and he’s with JOE DOERING! One of the most popular recent gaijins in AJPW! Former Triple Crown and World Tag Champion! Eric Young and Joe Doering is a scary duo.

TNA Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Willie Mack

Moose came in wearing black trunks as opposed to when he fought EC3 in white gear. So it shows he’s the antagonist in this Control Your Narrative mind game thing. Willie and Moose exchange haymakers, but once Moose trips up Willie, Willie is getting rocked often. Moose stays on the offensive and has his way for a while.

Willie manages to move out of the corner and start a comeback, which this is just a great slugfest. Big moves like Big Boots, Leapfrogs over each other, lariats and just each man sending a message. Moose catches Willie with the Spear off the ropes and goes into full mount and rains down elbows.

The referee stops the match, initially declaring Moose the winner, but when Moose won’t stop the onslaught, he DQs Moose. But Moose made his point, I’m pretty sure.

Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championship: The North (c) vs The Good Brothers

The Good Brothers isolated Josh Alexander early on and then when Ethan Page managed to get in, The North started keeping Karl Anderson on their half of the ring. Both teams’ really showcasing great tag team basics and it’s hard to really pinpoint and real highlights when it’s just good old school tags and isolation. Karl finally slams Ethan and both make a tag, which gives Gallows a great chance to make the hot tag.

Page cuts off Karl on the apron, then they pinball LG’s head between the two of them, hit the Inverted Mat Slam, for only a two! Northern Assault attempt gets broken up by Karl Anderson, as the Brothers hit the Backdrop/Neckbreaker combo for only 2! Magic Killer tease, Ethan Page save and a nice fallout from all four guys.

Page takes the tag, goes after the battered Karl Anderson, Karl dodges, Spinebuster for Page, Gun Stun for Alexander. Tags in Big LG, Magic Killer and The Good Brothers are new tag team champions!

Knockouts Championship NO DQ Match: Su Yung (c) vs Deonna Purrazzo

This was awkward. For a No DQ match it spent a lot of time in the ring and the weapons seemed like an afterthought. The only one that played a real role was a random blank art canvas which Deonna used to block the bloody mist at some point.

Neither woman submitted, and the whole Venus de Milo moment with Su’s head in the chair didn’t make a ton of sense, because we usually see a referee call it by then instead of waiting for a submission break and then doing the arm drop spot. Just a lot of weird aspects in this match, though I do love Deonna using the Paradise Lock and finally breaking out her Gotch Style Piledriver she calls Cosa Nostra is nice.

I like Deonna retaining, this whole match was just weird. Not bad, just a lot of odd choices given the players, the set up and the match type.

Impact Wrestling World Championship: Rich Swann (c) vs Sami Callihan

Sami tries to get into Rich’s head but Rich lands some quick offense which forces Sami to powder and continue to goad him. Sami feints sliding in and Rich finally gets irritated enough to chase, which is what Callihan wanted.

Callihan dominates most of the outside, but Rich goes up on a Powerbomb, and grabs the ropes since it was close to the apron, and tries to start some counter attacks. Rich has a small window, but when Rich buckles his knee on the Flipping Up and Over, Callihan goes after the legs. Strikes and Inverted Figure Fours just to torture his former “little brother”.

Sami’s torture fuels Rich to working through the pain. Multiple kicks variations from both, and just great fire and fighting spirit moments from both. We go from a slow strike, a small rest and then explosive strikes, especially when Sami comes out of dead stop to Buckle Bomb Rich and then Brainbuster for a near fall. Both men are selling their asses off and just keeping the pressure up.

Rich hits the Cartwheel Moonsault, but only a 2 count. He takes a few beats to climb the ropes for the Phoenix Splash, but Callihan cuts him off.  Rich goes for Shiranui, but Sami catches him and hits the Bastard Driver!  Piledriver on the apron makes you think it’s done. Sami goes to throw Rich back in, and Rich pulls off the Handspring on the apron for the Lethal Injection!  Both barely slide in at 9.75.

Sami tries for the Piledriver again, but Rich gets away from it, Spinning Back Heel kick, and he goes for the Phoenix Splash, but Ken Shamrock starts heading to the ring! Eddie Edwards cuts off Ken and they spill over the guardrail. Sami looks to take advantage of the distraction, but Rich flips out of the hold, Three Spinning Back Heel Kicks, a Roundhouse Kick and then a deliberate Thrust Kick to the kneeling Sami, and Rich retains his title!

 

Overall Score: 7.5/10

So this was a solid show, though it did drag a little at times. It’s great to see Joe Doering back in Impact since, 2005/2006? A decorated wrestler in All Japan, and a cancer survivor, he’s definitely proven to be a tough son of a gun.  Of course the Swoggle match was all but an understood outcome unless something screwy happened and personally I would’ve loved seeing Tenille and Jordynne actually have great chemistry; but I mostly get the narrative. It doesn’t make a ton of sense for someone who’s “all about me” to be a tag team champion.

Looking at the title matches, with all the scuttlebutt of Ethan Page’s contract at the end of the year and how he’s prolly signing elsewhere, the writing was definitely on the wall with this one. I still really find the match layout weird for the Knockout No DQ match, but Deonna should’ve never lost the title anyway, so at least the right person one. And dammit Madison, don’t translate Cosa Nostra as “our thing” when most people know that’s the Sicilian Mafia. Moose is hopefully building toward a collision course with Rich Swann and an eventual Impact title victory; and Rohit is definitely special. I can’t talk any more highly about how much I enjoy Rohit’s old school take on being a heel and how it works so perfectly with landscape of Impact right now.

Coming out of the show, we had a great main event that really keeps Ken Shamrock cemented in the main event scene, so it’s bound to happen he gets one more shot at the title. Eric Young and Joe Doering will be a new force to be reckoned with. Deonna on reign number 2 doesn’t really have any challengers, so the build there is something. Lastly, the Knockouts Tag tournament showed us a few new names, Renee Michelle (Mrs. Drake Maverick) and Killer Kelly is a team and the Sea Stars (Delmi Exo & Ashley Vox). It should be interesting to see how far they get and if we see any of them stick around. Since Kelly, Renee and Ashley are all pretty damn solid (not as familiar with Delmi).

So good show Impact! Now we’ve got Final Resolution to look forward to next month!

 


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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!

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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

Score: 6.5/10


Champion Carnival Standings:

  1. Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
  2. Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
  3. Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
  4. Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
  5. Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
  6. Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
  7. Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
  8. Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
  9. Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
  10. Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)

Will Retro take down The Premier?

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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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