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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 3.16.2021

With Sacrifice behind us, Impact Wrestling is on the road to Rebellion! New unified champion Rich Swann will celebrate a little, a 12 Knockouts tag match and Sami Callihan will try to prove to Trey that he can’t cut it!

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With Sacrifice behind us, Impact Wrestling is on the road to Rebellion! New unified champion Rich Swann will celebrate a little, a 12 Knockouts tag match and Sami Callihan will try to prove to Trey that he can’t cut it!

There’s a lot of possibilities available tonight with a few titles changing hands at Sacrifice, and you have to assume we’ll find out the next ImpactPlus App event before Rebellion. So much to think about, and hopefully we get some answers!

Oh look, here’s a little clarity on the X Division!

Ratings:

  • XXXL vs FinJuice: Finlay wins via Acid Drop – ** ¼
  • Violent By Design (Rhino w/Joe Doering, Eric Young & Deaner) vs Jake Something w/Chris Sabin & James Storm: Rhino wins via Gore – N/A
  • Rohit Raju vs Shera: Rohit wins via Dirty Pin – ** ½
  • Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb, Kiera Hogan, Tasha Steelz, Deonna Purrazzo, Susan & Kimber Lee vs Jordynne Grace, Jazz, Nevaeh, Havok, ODB & Alisha Edwards: Jazz wins via STF – ***
  • Sami Callihan vs Trey Miguel: Sami wins via Package Piledriver – *** ½

 

Results:

XXXL vs FinJuice

As much as I love the gimmicky camera shake in the XXXL entrance, they aren’t a formidable tag team. Finlay and Juice gave a little bit, Acey used his size to just not move during some tandem move attempts; but divide and conquer worked wonders. Juice wiped out Acey and Finlay hit the Acid Drop on Larry D for the warm up win!

The Good Brothers come out, blaming each other a little and then saying they weren’t prepared cause they were busy.  Finlay and Juice retort back with Finlay punctuating it nicely.

Violent By Design (Rhino w/Joe Doering, Eric Young & Deaner) vs Jake Something w/Chris Sabin & James Storm

So this was purely a beat down spot dressed as a match. Jake and Rhino started off okay enough, but very quickly Deaner hops on the apron, Jake knocks him down, Sabin and Storm start fighting EY and Doering, then as Jake turns around he eats a GORE!

VBD beat the holy hell out of our 3 babyfaces and stand tall going into the commercial.

Dammit, I wanna hear the quote now too!

Rohit Raju vs Shera

Rohit did a great job showing Shera’s inexperience in the ring. Shera is a powerhouse, but Rohit’s done a good job at billing himself as a counter puncher. Sure, Rohit got caught by a few big Lariats, a backbreaker. Rohit baited Shera into charging the corner, rolled him up and put his feet on the ropes.

Wiley Rohit continues to shine like the sun!

Callis’ promo was fantastic. It was old school where he told truths, put over Rich, but injected his bias. Plus his classical style music theme song made it feel like a scene from The Godfather.

Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb, Kiera Hogan, Tasha Steelz, Deonna Purrazzo, Susan & Kimber Lee vs Jordynne Grace, Jazz, Nevaeh, Havok, ODB & Alisha Edwards

Alisha had her moments where she proved she’s learned a little more wrestling, probably not enough to pull off a competent singles match, but she’s gotten better. The only real stupid spot in this match was before the commercial Tasha and Jordynne were brawling, and then stop to Dive into the other 10. It’s just too stupid and cooperative for my liking.

Shenanigans ensue, as expected in a 500 person tag turmoil locomotion match. The finish isn’t bad where we get a big signature spam and it ends with Jazz tapping out Kimber with an STF. So after their brief in-ring interactions, we might be building to Jazz versus Deonna at Rebellion.

The match was entertaining, just a lot going on, but nothing was awful. Most of the gimmicks got a chance to shine.

Sami Callihan vs Trey Miguel

Trey rushes the ring, and we get to the brawling aspect that falls into Sami’s wheelhouse. This works well into story telling since Sami has been prodding at Trey for the last few weeks. Things go to the outside, and Sami tries to limit Trey by wedging his foot in the ring post stirrups and then trying to break it.

So with Trey getting progressively more banged up, Sami even applying a Boston Crab within the corner ropes, this was him trying to work through the punishment, both physical and mental. Trey had a nice flourish and goes to the top rope, most likely for the Meteora, but Brian Hebner was poorly positioned, which gave Sami enough time to use it to his advantage, grab Trey, and hit the Package Piledriver.

A pretty solid match, I just personally have no love for Trey. His lack of ring psychology just makes his moves spotty, he’s a dork and he’s really just like a Dollar Tree version of Ricochet.

Overall Score: 7.25/10

My feelings about Trey aside, this was an interesting episode. We found out that Hardcore Justice is the next app event on the 10th of April, The Good Brothers might want to take matters into their own hands with FinJuice doing a few Korakuens, Rohit and Sami are building nice mid card feuds away from titles to keep some things interesting. On top of that we had Don Callis’ promo school, even if I’m not a fan of Kenny Omega or the whole partnership execution so far, that promo was a masterwork.

Also not to be outshined, the Knockouts division isn’t clear, but that does make everyone seem fairly even. So things could really get interesting in the coming months.

Plus even if some didn’t like it, I appreciated protecting VBD as just doing the beatdown thing right now. It lengthens possible matches, and maybe gives an opportunity for a 4th to return to help Jake and Beer Guns, maybe Alex Shelley?

ANYWAY! Lots of good building blocks, intrigue, and reasons to tune in next week…ended with a solid main event. So no real complaints other than Trey still sucks.

 


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Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.11.2021

Day 3 of the Champion Carnival had video on demand issues, so it wasn’t uploaded until the 12th. Hopefully Day 3 continues the positive momentum the first two days have already created!

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Day 3 of the Champion Carnival had video on demand issues, so it wasn’t uploaded until the 12th. Hopefully Day 3 continues the positive momentum the first two days have already created!

Hard to say I wasn’t a little annoyed the VOD took so long to post, but better late than never; especially when the next event isn’t until the 17th.

Anyway though! Zeus looks to topple the current Triple Crown champion and continue his undefeated Carnival streak and Ashino has to do something to get off the bubble; but Kento is a big ask. We could be looking at a quick favorite to win as well as the walking dead.

Let’s hope nothing too drastic happens! Check it out!

Match Ratings:

  • Jake Lee vs Koji Doi: Jake wins via D4C @8:10 – **
  • Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi: Ishikawa wins via Single Leg Cradle @11:13 – ***
  • Kento Miyahara vs Shotaro Ashino: Ashino wins via Grapevine Ankle Lock @12:11 – *** ½
  • Zeus vs Suwama: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @19:52 – *** ¾

 

Results:

Jake Lee vs Koji Doi

Total Eclipse inner faction fighting! Since Jake is the leader, he starts off in typical heel leader fashion telling Koji to lie down and eat the pin. Koji lies down; Jake drapes himself in a cocky cover, so Koji goes for the crucifix at the 2 count. Jake snaps up and he looks shocked that Koji went against an order, but then we get to a match.

Koji does a solid job keeping Jake off balance with power attacks, Shoulder Tackles and an interesting Football Tackle with the lift and slam. Jake eats a decent amount of offense, including a few short arm Lariats, before he starts stabilizing with Knee Lifts and Yakuza Kicks.

Lucky for Jake, even though Koji countered the D4C once, after Giant Killing, Koji wasn’t countering anything. Jake hits D4C and gets his second win of the tournament! Not a flashy match honestly felt a little silly at points with how quiet and echoed the arena made the match feel. Hopefully the setting doesn’t continue to plague the atmosphere of the matches.

Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi

Now this was decent, though the hollow quiet atmosphere of venue is really detracting from the matches. Yuma was trying to find openings, but Shuji continued to run him over and abuse him with power early. And it was during these slower spots, the deafening silence of the venue made for weird watching.

Even though Shuji hit a Scoop Slam into the corner of the arpon, multiple Tsunamis and a flashing Scoop Fire/Thunder Driver, Yuma stayed resilient. Yuma nearly made the bigger man tap in End Game, but Shuji was able to find the ropes. Yuma hits an O’Connor Roll into the Japanese Leg Clutch, Shuji manages to get out of that, goes for a Tsunami, Yuma slides and tries to scoop Shuji for a Roll-Up, but at two Shuji manages to reverse the Roll-Up, grab a single leg and keep Yuma down for a three count!

Even though I have yet to be convinced by Yuma, the fact he got a finish that still made him look strong while putting up a good fight against a decorated opponent like Ishikawa; that says a lot about his potential rise on the card.

Kento Miyahara vs Shotaro Ashino

Ashino is in the unenviable position of last place after two days. With a 0-2 record, he really REALLY needs this…and he of course has Kento as his roadblock. They’ve traded wins in the past, and come off as rivals who don’t really like one another.

The match starts quick with Ashino shooting the half, grabbing a leg and searching for the Ankle Lock early. Kento fights out, but Kento is surprised and Ashino stays on him. Ashino pulls Kento to the ring post and wraps Kento’s left leg against the post a few times. Kento fires and Snake Eyes lands Ashino into the corner of the apron.  This gives Kento plenty of time to walk off the early ankle damage and play into his cocky arrogance, all while messing with the referee and his opponent.

Whenever Ashino managed to get back in the ring, he was greeted by Blackouts to the front and back of his head. It wasn’t really until Kento went for the Shutdown Suplex, that Ashino hit a second wind. Both men trade German Suplexes, Ashino continues with a Deadlift Overhead suplex and he starts building momentum back.

He teases a German from the apron to the floor, but Kento blocks, fights off and Piledrives Ashino instead. Kento fires off Blackouts as Ashino once again barely beats the count out, but after landing his ninth Blackout of the fight, Ashino grabs the left leg, rolls through and goes for the Ankle Lock. Kento tries to fight off, but Ashino refuses to let go, readjusting, rolling through, pulling Kento back into the center away from the ropes; eventually dropping down into the Grapevine. Kento has no other option but to submit!

Ashino finally gets on the board, and Kento joins him in the 1-2 portion of the standings! I wonder how much the ankle will play into the rest of Kento’s carnival.

Zeus vs Suwama

Last year during Zeus’ carnival winning run, he had a match with Suwama which resulted in Suwama sustaining an arm injury. Thanks to this knowledge, and the sting of a failed challenge when Suwama recovered, Zeus came out attacking the arm and trying to replicate some of his success from last year.

The beauty in Zeus’ arm attacks, is not only were the Key Lock and Arm Bars effective to play on the old injury, they also inhibited Suwama from executing the Last Ride Powerbomb. Zeus’ attack really did great, as well as giving him the power advantage against someone who can usually match him in that department. Zeus lifted out of Boston Crabs, met Suwama head on with Biceps Explosions and even broke out the Frog Splash a few times.

In a nice reference, Suwama was able to fight out of the Arm Trap Facelock this time, but Zeus had too much of an advantage. Zeus peppered in Chokeslams, Lariats, another Frog Splash and eventually ended the match with an impactful Jackhammer. This was a solid struggle throughout, injured only by the awkward venue setting.

Who will be the first person to hang a Carnival loss on Zeus since 2019?

Overall Score: 6.75/10

While there wasn’t really a lot to complain about in terms of action, I really hated the venue. With the Japanese crowd rules of not being able to scream and having to just clap or stomp, it was very noticeably irritating in this event.  Slower moments felt empty and stupid, almost back to the empty Quarantine times, which definitely impact smaller events and smaller companies.

Aside from that, we got a lot of really great finishes. Ashino finally getting on the scoreboard AND over Kento is great. Zeus continuing his streak from last year, Jake well…doing Jake things and Shuji looking strong as a current title holder should. Otani and Sato were missed a little today, but let’s check out the standings!

 Standings:

  1. Zeus: 3-0 – (6 Points)
  2. Shuji Ishikawa: 2-1 – (4 Points)
  3. Jake Lee: 2-1 – (4 Points)
  4. Shinjiro Otani: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  5. Kohei Sato: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  6. Shotaro Ashino: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  7. Kento Miyahara: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  8. Suwama: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  9. Koji Doi: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  10. Yuma Aoyagi: 1-2 – (2 Points)


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