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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Sacrifice Results & Match Ratings: 3.13.2021

World title unification main event tonight at Sacrifice! FinJuice tries to take the tag belts back to the New Japan Cup and Ace Austin wants to prove he’s inevitable. What goes down tonight in Impact land?

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World title unification main event tonight at Sacrifice! FinJuice tries to take the tag belts back to the New Japan Cup and Ace Austin wants to prove he’s inevitable. What goes down tonight in Impact land?

Aside from the title matches which don’t need extra hype we get to see if Brian Myers has anything left up his sleeve for a Hold Harmless match; and with Violent By Design working with two of the most accomplished Impact veterans, one has to think something big could come from this.

Get your Steiner Match ready, and let’s root on Moose (cause you know he’ll need it since Rich is probably going over), and enjoy Sacrifice!

Ratings:

  • Decay (Crazzy Steve & Black Taurus) w/Rosemary vs Reno Scum: Taurus wins via Rodeo Driver – ***
  • Havok & Nevaeh vs Kaleb & Tenille Dashwood: Tenille wins via Double Legged Cradle – * ½
  • Violent By Design (Joe Doering & Deaner) w/Eric Young vs Beer Guns w/Jake Something: VBD wins via GORE – *** ¼
  • Hold Harmless Match: Eddie Edwards vs Brian Myers: Eddie wins via Loaded Boston Knee Party – *** ¼
  • Knockouts Tag Team Titles: Jordynne Grace & Jazz vs Fire N Flava (c): Kiera retains via Face the Music – ***
  • X Division Championship: TJP (c) vs Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton: Ace wins via The Fold – *** ¾TITLE CHANGE!!
  • Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo w/Kimber & Susan (c) vs ODB: Deonna retains via Venus de Milo – ***
  • Impact World Tag Team Titles: FinJuice vs The Good Brothers: FinJuice wins via Doomsday Device – *** ¾TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • TNA & Impact World Heavyweight Title Unification: Rich Swan (c) vs Moose (c):  Rich wins via Crucifix Jacknife Cradle – **** ¼TITLE UNIFICATION!!

 

Results:

Decay (Crazzy Steve & Black Taurus) w/Rosemary vs Reno Scum

Steve and Thornstowe started things off and Steve has done a great job showing off his in-ring ability as more than just a gimmick guy. Reno Scum felt like they were on the backfoot the entire match, until Luster seemed to ding up Taurus a little bit. Taurus started favoring his right arm before hitting an Escalera Twisting Body Press to get Steve back in the match.

Steve never stopped moving, strikes, sliding Flatliners, and good motion. It wasn’t until a poorly planned Plancha from Steve, that Luster caught him and we saw Rosemary get involved. She popped herself through the corner section tos stop Luster from ramming Steve and green misted him. A few quick strikes on Thornstowe, Cannonball followed by the Rodeo Driver and Decay win!

Pretty solid opener.

Havok & Nevaeh vs Kaleb & Tenille Dashwood

Nevaeh and Tenille actually started off pretty decently going back and forth, but the match did start to fall apart a bit. Kaleb would miss too high in some spots, he’d interfere and the referee  was looking right at him but ignores it and the finish was a mess.

The idea was there with Kaleb baiting in Havok to be able to reverse Nevaeh’s cradle so Tenille was on top. But it took a second, the referee reacted very slowly, and Tenille wrenched back a little late; so it just looked really awkward.

Whereas the match told a decent story, the execution was messy throughout.

Violent By Design (Joe Doering & Deaner) w/Eric Young vs Beer Guns w/Jake Something

Deaner and Sabin had a great start here. Deaner shows more of his technical ability mixed with the tough dirty shortcuts, and it’s much better than trucker caps and bad jokes. Doering did a great job at just being the muscle and we didn’t see him too often in the match. Doering did always make his presence felt though, especially after the skin the cat spot by Storm and Doering just lays him out with a lariat.

After Sabin and Storm hit a Perfectly Savage combo, we saw the Running Cross Body from Doering and Deaner hit the Diving Headbutt for a near fall. We eventually get the seconds involved when Brian Hebner gets wiped out, EY tries to Piledrive Sabin, but Jake takes his head off. A bit of a scuffle on the outside, VBD gets the best of it and slowly ascend the apron like SHIELD.

Rhino comes running out, we haven’t seen him in a few months. It looks like he’s charging at the ropes to take out a VBD member, but he slingshots and Gores Sabin! Deaner covers for the win!

Rhino is Violent By Design.

Hold Harmless Match: Eddie Edwards vs Brian Myers

The early dynamic was interesting given that Myers’ is “the most professional wrestler”. Because Eddie was dominating in the ring early, but once the ring steps and weapons got introduced, Myers started to take over.

Big bumps from both, we saw the return of Kenny the kendo stick, Myers was clever acting like he was trying to go under the ring to hide; but he just baited Eddie to grab for him, so he pulled Eddie into the apron. Hernandez came out to try and cash in on whatever Myers paid him for, but Matt Cardona equalizes things, hits Radio Silence on Hernandez to take him out.

The back and forth continues, Myers goes back to the reference from the guest referee match, grabs the object to load his elbow pad – but Eddie fires up. Return strikes, release Tiger Driver and the object is on the ground. Eddie sees it, loads his knee pad and connects with Boston Knee Party!

Knockouts Tag Team Titles: Jordynne Grace & Jazz vs Fire N Flava (c)

We got the expected dynamic from this match with Jazz and Jordynne overpowering the champions and generally taking advantage of situations well. But Fire N Flava did something they haven’t done much in previous bigger matches and that’s work through trouble with good tandem spots.

We saw a lot of help, a Stomp/Backstabber combo, multiple kick combinations that turned into a pinning predicament and things started to catch up with Jazz and Jordynne. The lack of team chemistry or time together bit them as Kiera managed to hit Face the Music on Jordynne to retain.

Pretty damn decent match on in-ring merits.

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

Madman Fulton played a little bit of an early difference maker, but for the better portion of this match, it was clean and very X Division.

Ace dominates the in-ring action until TJP gets some space, hits a Crossbody and starts finding different ways to work on the knee. TJP had the Knee Bar locked in multiple times, but Ace wouldn’t tap out. It wasn’t really until TJP went to the top rope for the Mamba Splash, and Ace put the referee in the way, that Ace had a clear path to victory.

Even if he didn’t immediately take control, TJP was suddenly rushed, misses a few moves, attempts the Knee Bar again but fails. Ace clocks him, and hits The Fold fairly suddenly. It was a really well done match, typical X Division style where there’s a lot of high spot action, TJP added the technical aspect and it was just really great to watch.

Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo w/Kimber & Susan (c) vs ODB

Early on we had a great game of cat and mouse. Deonna tried to trip up ODB early and go for the arm, but she retreats, Deonna got rocked by the big chest bump and retreated to the ropes to bait ODB for the previously mentioned attempt.

Once Susan and Kimber tried to get involved, the referee eventually saw things and kicked out Susan and Kimber instead of disqualifying anyone. ODB took the brief reprieve to slowly get some gas back and tackle Deonna down, but Deonna kept hunting for a limb. ODB got most of her moves in, but Deonna was clever and always looking for her moves.

Instead of the Dirty Dozen, Deonna retreats out of the corner, ODB feeds in and Deonna finally catches her. Gets ODB down, slaps on the Venus de Milo and ODB verbally submits.

Impact World Tag Team Titles: FinJuice vs The Good Brothers

We had a great story told in the ring, and D’lo added to it well on commentary, even using The Rock’s “Know your role and shut your mouth” line to get across a point.

The Good Brothers didn’t take the match seriously, but they did a great job at spending a good amount of time smacking Finlay around like a St. Patrick’s Day piñata. Much like his New Japan Cup match, Finlay does a good job at selling and bumping for his opponent, just to try and make a desperation play to stabilize. Our Bullet Club bald bros were doing great, until Juice got tagged in and tagged both Karl and Gallows with the Left Hand of God.

A Hart Foundation Backbreaker/Elbow got a near fall, but the Brothers almost pulled the victory off in spite of their own arrogance. Magic Killer was thwarted, Gun Stun was blocked, LG got wiped out, so we see the Electric Chair set up and FinJuice hits the Doomsday Device for the victory!

While the workrate didn’t set the world on fire, the story telling and pacing was pretty enjoyable. FinJuice winning I saw coming, but comes off as a big upset and the look on LG’s face was priceless.

TNA & Impact World Heavyweight Title Unification: Rich Swan (c) vs Moose (c)

Rich kicked off with a John Woo, and Moose returned with power, he nearly hit Go to Hell, but Rich countered. A little bit of counter punching sent them to the outside, and we got a lot of Moose catching Swann’s early high flying attempts, but Swann would always slip out before Moose could turn it into something. Rich drove Moose in 3 of the 4 ring posts, which rocked Moose early, and it took Moose popping up Rich and Hot Shotting him across the top rope to gain any level of space to breathe again.

The levels of psychology were actually really nice in this match. Moose was getting frustrated and fell back into old habits, much like EC3 did when Moose fought him to change his narrative. On top of that, the fact that Rich used the ring posts, Moose made sure to get a measure of revenge with the barricade and a very memeable reaction of Rich having his hair pulled within the barricade bars and twisted about.

The two big highlight reel spots are after Moose Pump Kick countered Rich’s Lethal Injection, he ran to the corner to do his Triangle Moonsault, but Rich reacted by hitting the ropes for an Oscutter, so we had a beautifully timed RKO style counter spot. Then after Rich fought Moose off the top rope, Rich was getting ready for something, but Moose leaps up, grabs Rich for an Avalanche Moonsault Slam which looked gorgeous. Just really nice big spots mixed within a tough match where both wanted to win, but Rich seemed to have a strategy where Moose was more and more frustrated as the match went on.

This gets punctuated with Moose forcing the Lights Out three times. Rich plays possum and it ends up in the corner where Moose put a chair early before the Brian Hebner talked sense into him. After eating the chair, Rich went for the Sunset Flip, but Moose resisted, powered Rich up, but Rich wasn’t havin that. Rich counters Moose with a Crucifix, then adjusts the pinfall into a Jacknife and barely holds Moose for the 3 count!

Looks like spoilers and conventional story logic prevailed in this one. Great match, just well, the wrong guy won.

 

Overall Score: 8/10

With the exception of one match, nothing scored below a 3. Hell even the one match still did what it was supposed to since we all knew a match with Kaleb and Tenille would be personality and story driven, not really a World of Sport banger.

Rhino joined VBD, Jazz and Jordynne probably start down the slope of feuding, Deonna looks unbeatable, Rich gets to job to Kenny next month and the Good Brothers should have Japanese plane tickets in the future to go chase their titles down.

Good matches, good stories, a lot of meat left on bones to get us to Rebellion at the very least; so really there ain’t no reason to be mad at this show. Yes Moose should’ve won. But if it follows what I was saying a few articles ago, Moose will be the one to win the Impact belt off of Kenny. So Mr. Impact Wrestling can play hero instead of American Psycho anti-hero.

 


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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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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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