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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 3.23.2021

Impact Wrestling is promoting having Don Callis and Kenny Omega on the show tonight, an X Division Championship rematch and an announcement for who will be James Storm’s 1000th match for the company! 

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Impact Wrestling is promoting having Don Callis and Kenny Omega on the show tonight, an X Division Championship rematch and an announcement for who will be James Storm’s 1000th match for the company!

With a bunch of matches and set ups that feel like they’re purely building blocks, this could be more of a filler episode. I suppose one interesting thing could be seeing how the Good Brothers and Kenny Omega interact now that they lost the tag titles.

Either way, Johnny Swinger shows off that NWA aren’t the only ones that can do campy and throwback!

Ratings:

  • BTI: Alisha Edwards vs Tasha Steelz w/Kiera Hogan: Tasha wins via The Drop – * ¾
  • Deonna Purrazzo w/Susan vs Jazz w/Jordynne Grace: Deonna wins via Roll-Up – ***
  • X Division Championship: Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton (c) vs TJP: TJP wins via DQ – ** ¾
  • Rohit Raju vs Fallah Bahh: Rohit wins via Roll-Up w/ Tights – **
  • Acey Romero w/Larry D vs Trey Miguel: Trey wins via Meteora – *
  • Karl Anderson w/Doc Gallows vs Eddie Edwards: Anderson wins via Spinebuster – ***

 

Results:

BTI: Alisha Edwards vs Tasha Steelz w/Kiera Hogan

Now I’m not always home in time to catch BTI, but I caught the back half with the match. This match did a good job at showing Alisha’s improvements as a wrestler, but she’s still not even in the same stratosphere as Tasha and Kiera (who many consider to be weak wrestlers in their own respect).

A few early spots were clunky, but when Alisha made a little comeback after dipping through the ropes to hit a School Boy into a Sliding Flatliner, then a low corner turnbuckle Dropkick. Things were looking rocky for the champions until Kiera did slow Alisha down when she was going to the top rope, so Tasha got herself an advantage, then ended it with her Falcon Arrow she calls The Drop.

Deonna Purrazzo w/Susan vs Jazz w/Jordynne Grace

Jazz and Deonna play a little game feeling out early on, Jazz shows a few early slips from Deonna’s attempted mat techniques and quick submission attempts. Susan did make her annoyance known early and it distracted Jazz just enough a different points to give Deonna some nice advantage.

Trying the comeback, Jazz hits the X Factor and goes for the pin too close to the ropes, so Susan puts Deonna’s foot on the bottom rope. Jordynne comes over to try and enforce her dominance, Susan, sidesteps and she’s very proud of herself. Jazz reaches over, which causes some chaos, Deonna distracts the referee, Susan clocks Jazz with her shoe and Deonna gets the Roll-Up for the win!

X Division Championship: Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton (c) vs TJP

We get some great counter punching action, early on trying to go move for move with one another. Big counters and big high flying moves turn the tide for each man. TJP does the Otani style Boot Wash, then he hits a Wrecking Ball Dropkick to the outside to try and take out Fulton.

Ace takes advantage of the small distraction; his face jam move leads to an attempt at The Fold. TJP catches him, Detonation Kick, Mamba Splash, and TJP is NEW – NOPE! Fulton slides in to break up the pin and obviously interfere to save Ace’s title.

Fulton then lays out TJP, both he and Ace look to beatdown TJP, but Josh Alexander comes out with a chair to make the save.

An alright match, far from their last match, but it’s obviously building to a bigger angle.

Rohit Raju vs Fallah Bahh

We saw this get set up earlier in the show when Rohit found Fallah living in the studio because he’s lost all his money at Swinger’s Palace. So Rohit poked the Panda, and the Panda challenged him to a match.

Rohit does a great job staying a step ahead early on, but the size and power difference shows up when Rohit goes for a Top Wristlock for no real reason. Fallah has a nice advantage, pulls him into the corner for a BAHHnzai Drop, but Rohit moves, hits a Dragon Stomp, big jumping knee strike; when Rohit goes for another Knee, Fallah catches him, but Rohit slips it, dodges the sit down, rolls the big man up with the Crucifix and then pulls some tights as he adjusts his position in the Roll-Up.

Callis and Omega come out to cut their terrible long, droning, incessant promo. This is the equivalent of a verbal circle jerk, and just shows that Omega has the charisma and verbal capabilities of Sid Vicious. God this was insufferably self-absorbed and went on for literal ever. Then Omega proves how much of a nerd he is by quoting Thanos about the whole “Historic day for you but for me it was Tuesday” line.

Everything Callis did right last week in the promo with Rich, this was the complete opposite. This best part was when it was over.

Acey Romero w/Larry D vs Trey Miguel

Oh was I supposed to care or believe Trey was going to lose? XXXL hasn’t won much more than a free small fries on the McDonald’s Monopoly game in the last 6 months.

Acey had one cool spot where he countered a Springboard move by Pouncing Trey across the ring. Trey kicked out, stuff happened, he hit the Meteora, I fell asleep. Larry D did the usual “attack for heat” thing, but Sami Callihan shows up, makes the save for Trey and then disappears leaving his bat and Death Machine hat.

Getting to the Sami save spot was the only thing that mattered in this match, and at least that’s interesting.

Karl Anderson w/Doc Gallows vs Eddie Edwards

Hey look! It’s someone successful in Japan…and the Good Brothers!

This match sadly went the way I anticipated and that ruined whatever decent ring work went on. We see Gallows almost get involved early but Brian Hebner pulls out a chair and tells him to sit down and shut up. We see some solid back and forth, good rope running segments, Blue Thunder Bombs, Backpack Stunner, Enzuigiris, Gun Stun attempts, it was mostly what we expect.

But the rub came from Eddie trying the O’Connor Roll, Hebner takes a weird angle to see if Karl’s shoulders are down, so Karl kicks him off, toward the ropes and into Gallows with a chair. So a Chairshot plus a Spinebuster, pick up the win for Anderson.

An alright match, but the shenanigans finish was seen a mile away.

Overall Score: 5.5/10

Welp much like I feared, this was the definition of a filler show. Deonna got a cheap win over Jazz, so that could continue, Tenille is stirring the pot with Havok and Nevaeh, Sami and Trey have a new layer to their dynamic and Ace wins in such a way that you have to figure TJP is going to deserve another shot. This show set the table for how the story players will align moving toward Rebellion, but on its own merit, it’s insanely weak.

Also the fact that the Callis & Omega promo was God awful doesn’t help. I also realized how apropos the verbal circle jerk comment I made was, when they said something like “69 me” a few weeks ago, and now this. It’s just annoying since Callis knows how to cut promos, last week was great, his part today wasn’t exactly trash, but Omega added nothing and made the quality “drastic go down”, if you know what I mean.

While there are some fun storytelling elements, this episode was entirely unnecessary.


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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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