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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (5/28/21)

Will Daivari pass The Sauce?

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205 Live’s fresh faces keep on going!

Ari Sterling and Asher Hale faced the 205 Live OG before, but now they trade opponents! Will The Sauce still be hot against Daivari Dinero?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Asher Hale VS Tony Nese; Hale wins.
  • Ari Sterling VS Ariya Daivari; Sterling wins.

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Asher Hale VS Tony Nese!

The Saint gave Daivari Dinero a run for his money, but couldn’t handle The Sauce. Now Hale faces Nese to complete this unofficial round robin that’s going on. Will the new name in 205 Live see why this is the Premier Athlete’s show?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, tie up with knuckle locks, and Hale rolls and wrenches as fans rally for him. Nese spins, breaks, and trips Hale up to get a toehold. Hale uses his other leg to go for an armbar, but Nese rolls and gets the ropebreak. Hale lets off clean and backs off to let Nese get up. They go again, tie up, Hale wrenches and waistlocks. Nese hooks a leg to get the switch and he slams Hale down. But Hale gets the arm and wrenches back! They go around, Hale spins Nese to a hammerlock then wristlocks to bring Nese down. Nese gets another ropebreak and Hale lets off. Nese goes out to calm down, then comes back to tie up.

Hale headlocks, they go around, Nese powers up but can’t power out. Hale grinds Nese down, but Nese pulls hair and fights up. The ref reprimands but Nese hits a back suplex! Hale goes to ropes, Nese kicks at him and pie faces him. Nese gives kicks, Hale gets mad and CHOPS back! Hale fires off forearms, KICKS, and facelocks! HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Cover, ONE, but Hale stays on Nese with a clinch and knees. Hale whips, Nese reverses and ROCKS Hale with a left! Nese gets Hale up to whip but Hale reverses and kitchen sink knees Nese down! Hale sits Nese up to KICK in the back, but Nese throat chops in return!

Nese brings Hale around to bulldog hotshot! Hale stays up but Nese gets in, only for Hale to fire off EuroUppers! Hale puts Nese in a corner for KICK after KICK! The ref counts, Hale lets off and brings Nese up. Hale whips, Nese reverses and CLOBBERS Hale! Cover, TWO! Hale is still in this but Nese throws clubbing crossface forearms! Nese hits a STANDING SPLASH, covers, TWO! Nese grows frustrated but he glares at Hale as he stomps him down. Hale sits up, Nese stomps him but Hale eggs Nese on. Nese hits Hale, Hale kicks back! Nese shoves but Hale sunset flips! Nese rolls through to basement back KICK! Cover, TWO! Hale survives but checks his teeth while fans rally up.

Nese seethes as he looms over Hale. Nese drags Hale over to a corner and digs his knee into Hale’s head. The ref counts, Nese lets off, and Nese goes to run but Hale anchors a foot! Nese gets free but Hale blocks a kick for a BUCKLE SHOT! Hale goes to the apron and KICKS Nese off the rope! Nese staggers all the way to the far side, Hale climbs up but Nese somersaults to SHORYUKEN! Hale wobbles up top, Nese drags him off but Hale shoves him! Hale clotheslines Nese and himself out of the ring! They take a nasty tumble and the ref starts a ring count. Nese gets up first and in the ring at 6. Hale follows and gets in at 8.

Hale slides up to Nese to kick him, but Nese SLAPS him! Nese gets Hale up to throw a heavy left but Hale gives a heavy fight! Nese CHOPS, Hale CHOPS! Hale fires off forearms over and over, but Nese throat chops again! Nese whips, Hale reverses but Nese slides under. Hale blocks the back kick this time to sweep the legs! Hale KCIKS Nese, whips him, but Nese reverses again. Hale rolls under to dodge and he dropkicks a leg out! Hale ENZIGURIS, then shoves Nese for a SNAP GERMAN SUPLEX! BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives but Hale keeps his focus. Hale drags Nese up, reels him in, and goes to the corner, but no tornado DDT! Nese runs but into a roll up with bridge, TWO!

Nese throws Hale to the apron, but Hale shoulders into him! Hale slingshots up and sunset flips but Nese holds ropes to hold things off! Nese then KICKS Hale, and LIONSAULTS but FLOPS! Hale ROUNDHOUSES Nese, reel shim in, throw to the BULLY CHOKE!! Nese taps, Hale wins!!

Winner: Asher Hale, by submission

Even THE Brian Kendrick would be proud of that move, as Hale uses a powerful hold to take down a former Cruiserweight Champion! Will this lead The Saint to gold of his own?

 

Ari Sterling VS Ariya Daivari!

The Sauce lost to the power of the Premier Athlete, but he did rise up against Hale last week. Will Ari heat things back up against the Persian Lion?

The bell rings and Daivari circles with Ari. Fans are on The Sauce’s side but Daivari says time is wasting away. They circle, feel things out, and Ari’s height is helping him keep away. They go again, Daivari manages to get a leg and trip Ari up. Ari rolls Daivari into ropes then rolls him up, TWO! Ari ROCKS Daivari, CHOPS and ROCKS him again! Fans fire up as Ari whips Daivari to ropes, but Daivari holds ropes to evade the dropkick. Daivari dumps Ari to the apron then sweeps the legs! Ari tumbles to the floor, Daivari goes out and CHOP BLOCKS Ari at the announce desk! A ring count starts and fans boo but Daivari RAMS Ari into the barriers!

Daivari talks trash to the fans, drags Ari back up, and puts him in the ring at 7 of 10. Fans say, “You Still Suck!” as Daivari drops elbow after elbow on Ari’s bad leg. Daivari has a toehold and traps the leg, but Ari endures. Daivari shifts to have the leg, going for a Half Crab but Ari boots him away! Ari goes after Daivari in a corner, climbs up and rains down hands! Daivari stops it at 3 and trips Ari up! Ari hits buckles on the way down, and Daivari goes out to drag Ari into the post! Daivari SLAMS the leg into post and even steel steps! And then does it again! Ari clutches his leg but Daivari pulls Ari around to SLAM the leg again!

Daivari paces while soaking up the heat from the fans. Ari crawls, Daivari gets in and Ari throws hands. Daivari stomps Ari down, has the leg and steps through for a FIGURE FOUR! Daivari calls upon the powers of the Nature Boy, but Ari endures the hold! Ari drags himself around, tries to turn things over, but Daivari resists! They roll away from ropes and back to center! Ari grits his teeth while Daivari adds leverage. Ari’s shoulders are down, ONE as he sits back up! Ari reaches and throws hands on Daivari! Daivari falls back and the leg lock comes loose. Ari gets up, Daivari wants his leg and trips him again, but Ari EDDY GORDO KICKS! Ari gets moving, he manages to PELE Daivari down!

Fans rally, Ari gets his bad leg moving, and Daivari flounders up into forearms and elbows from Ari! Ari sweeps the legs, gets moving, and he SOMERSAULT AX KICKS Daivari down! Daivari crawls to a corner, fans rally up and Ari runs in, only for Daivari to elbow him away. Daivari goes up top but Ari runs to DRAGON STEINER! Cover, TWO! Daivari survives as perhaps Ari’s bad leg held him back. Ari stands and gives a thumbs down, and the fans fire up. Ari slowly climbs a corner but Daivari trips him up by clubbing the bad leg! Fans boo as Daivari YANKS Ari off the ropes! Daivari has the leg again, but Ari boots him off the figure four!

Daivari is outside, Ari gives him the MOON-SAUCE!! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up for “205! 205!” Ari puts Daivari back in, slowly returns, but Daivari dropkicks the bad leg out! Daivari gets that leg again, clamps on and turns Ari for the HALF CRAB! Ari endures, crawls his way to ropes, and fans fire up as he gets the ROPEBREAK! Daivari holds until 4, and he’s frustrated as he stands Ari up. Daivari CHOPS Ari, hoists him up top and CHOPS him again! Daivari crisscrosses the arms, but Ari blocks Iconoclasm with a body scissors! Ari gives elbows into Daivari’s chest, but Daivari CHOPS back!

Daivari climbs up, gets Ari up, but Ari fights back! Ari ROCKS Daivari and Daivari falls into the drop zone! Ari stands, and with one good leg, SPIRAL TAP!! Cover, Ari wins!!

Winner: Ari Sterling, by pinfall

Another big win for the new kid on the brand! He has purple and orange in his hair and on his gear, will Ari Sterling soon be the new face of 205 Live?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode here, though both matches this week weren’t quite as fired up as last week’s. And as I was watching this, I realized this is Tom Phillips’ last episode since this was probably recorded way before the news of his release broke. Next week, we’ll either get Vic Joseph back on this with Nigel McGuiness, or someone brand new will get a tryout as part of the episode.

Hale and Ari both winning over the 205 Live OG was a nice surprise, but it was great that they both busted out new finishers to keep everyone guessing. Hale using the Bully Choke/Captain’s Hook was probably more surprising, and makes me wonder what THE Brian Kendrick is up to right now. Ari has been known from his indie days to use the corkscrew senton, but it seemed rather wild that he used it while selling a bad leg. But it was good to see Ari has both a standing finisher and a top rope finisher, that versatility will go a long way for him.

My Score: 8.1/10


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 31 FINALS Day Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021

Kota Ibushi looks to 3-Peat, Kazuchika Okada looks to win his first G1 in 7 years! Who will win?

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Kota Ibushi looks to 3-Peat, Kazuchika Okada looks to win his first G1 in 7 years! Who will win?

So we get a fairly basic card. A few undercard tags, the semi-main contains Shingo and most of the main players not in the Finals. Jeff Cobb goes from a shot in the Finals to the opening match, that’s a big blow to the ego.

There’s a few interesting threads that can be pulled at, but the major draw is the G1 Climax 31 Finals. So let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Kanemaru wins via Boston Crab @8:40 – **
  • United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata: Yano wins via Roll-Up @8:29 – **
  • House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) w/Dick Togo vs Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @11:20 – * ½
  • KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens w/Jado vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Chase wins via Package Piledriver @10:41 – ** ½
  • 5 Minute UWF Rules Match::Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr: Time Limit Draw @5:00 – *****
  • TenCozy, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi: Shingo wins via Pumping Bomber @12:17 – *** ½
  • G1 Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Referee Stoppage @25:37 – *** ¼

 

Results:

Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Commentary doesn’t even really try to hide the fact that these Young Lions are very early in their careers and have no real chance. They are in this match to learn, build endurance and get experience.

Nothing special in this match, they give the Lions a few flash pinfall attempts but again, we all know better. More just moments of surprise cause the Suzuki-Gun duo were playing with their food. Still far too fresh in their training to show anything more than basics, and all I’ll say is, they didn’t embarrass themselves, so that’s a positive.

United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata

So one of the most successful teams and singles wrestlers this year, against a clown and a veteran. I mean Nagata is no slouch, but he’s not in a position to be upsetting two rising stars. Maybe Yano pulls off some thievery, but I’m not really intrigued.

Early on we see the usual Yano stuff of shenanigans and turnbuckle pads going missing. Nagata gets tagged in and we get some real wrestling. However, Cobb and Nagata square off outside when they aren’t the legal men, and Yano executes the miraculous shot to the Ding-Ding, and Rolls-Up O-Khan for the win!

This does continue the weird story between O-Khan and Yano, so at least there’s a thread of story, but it does definitely leave Cobb in a weird spot.

House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) w/Dick Togo vs Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii

Early on SHO starts with the mind games having a CHAOS towel in the ring and wiping his body with it, and being generally mocking. Things start quick, turnbuckle pads are taken off, people get wrapped into ropes and I suppose this is a more tolerable usage of EVIL. House of Torture can torture the 6 man division with bad wrestling and cliché paint by numbers heel work.

Togo uses the garrot on HASHI, but HASHI and Goto manage to hit GYR on EVIL, but Dick Togo of course gets involved to distract the referee. Chairs lay out the CHOAS members, Everything is EVIL on HASHI and yeah yeah, House wins and challenge for the six mans. Ugh.

KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens w/Jado vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Hiroshi Tanahashi

So wait, we get all Bullet Club members against the veteran Hontai Squad? I mean Tanahashi has looked extremely mortal lately, and he’s not really bringing a ton of back up. When Makabe is the second best one on your squad, and he’s barely wrestled this year…you gotta wonder.

Makabe starts things off and we can see his back and waist heavily taped. So it looks like Makabe’s part time schedule could have something to do with injuries. Injured or not, Makabe gets the most of Loa, brings in Honma, then Honma eats some offense from Tama, until Honma counters and lands a big suplex. Tiger Mask IV comes in and actually cleans house, it takes a little bit before Tama does the Double Leapfrog Haku Chop to start taking control.

Bullet Club smacks around Tiger Mask until KENTA eats a Tiger Driver (ironic, I’m aware) and then Tanahashi gets tagged in. Tanahashi works to get a measure of revenge on the Bullet Club, but  then we get some spam moments. G.o.D. tries to take out Makabe, but Makabe wipes out G.o.D. easily. Makabe brings in Honma, Honma takes it to Chase Owens, but no avail. A missed Kokeshi, a blocked Brainbuster attempt, and then C Trigger into Package Piledriver gives Chase the win.

Chase looks to be setting up a challenge, but KENTA blindsides Tanahashi with the belt. KENTA and Chase play tug of war a little, Chase tells KENTA he pinned him, KENTA says he doesn’t care, and Chase relents. He says KENTA can get the first shot, but he got next.

5 Minute UWF Rules Match: Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr

This…this is amazing. Shibata gets his first match in 4 years, and it’s against the most perfect wrestler for Shibata to have a technical and safe exhibition match.

Since its UWF this is usually done in a points system like the old IMPACT Grand Championship. But a 1 round exhibition doesn’t allow for anything beyond a Draw, but this is wonderful. It’s a technical marvel with counters, submissions, references to Inoki’s classic on the ground pose that we saw Great-O-Khan reference back to during the G1. This is just a great moment, and hard to do any real play by play, but it’s a technical marvel. Hell, Shibata looks better than he ever has.

WAIT – After the match Shibata says “Next time I’m in the ring, I will be in my ring gear”. He punctuates the line with a hard flat back bump and a kip up. …Shibata is back? SHIBATA IS BACK?!

TenCozy, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi

Taguchi and Hiromu start off with a good bit of comedy, before everyone not named Tenzan starts doing the Mongolian Chops, much to Tenzan’s chagrin. Wato has some nice spots early before LIJ do their wonderful Bum Rush. BUSHI comes in, uses the shirt and then LIJ starts dominating Wato. Wato manages to get a little space and get Kojima in and we get Machine Gun Chops on SANADA in the corner!

Hiromu tries to block it, gets shoved in the corner for his own chops, BUSHI tries to stop it, and gets put in the corner for the Triple Stacker of Chops. Shingo looks, and then drops off the apron and decides he’s just gonna let them play. Shingo does cut off Kojima before he does his signature Elbow, so Shingo didn’t ignore his team, just decided he wasn’t gonna fall into the dumb spot.

Signature spams, LIJ pain train, signature spam again, and then we get solid call backs. Shingo and Tenzan are the last two, Shingo uses Mongolian Chops, Tenzan responds in his own way. Some haymakers thrown, a Headbutt from Tenzan, the attempted Flying Headbutt, but Shingo cuts him off, Pumping Bomber, and Shingo wins!

G1 Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada

So they feel each other out early, and have the usual fast pace wild swings that get dodged and end in a small rest moment where they just smile and absorb the energy of the match. Before Ibushi can really get anything going, the arrogance of the Rainmaker returns. Very deliberate shots, perfectly rolling through his Slingshot Senton, and his single foot Dropkick. It’s really interesting to see Okada reverting back to his old self. The 2017 form is further exemplified by Shibata’s return since it helps to bring everyone back to “brighter days”.

Okada goes for his corner Hip Attack, but now Ibushi gets to start a comeback. Dropkick, Roundhouse Kicks, Standing Moonsault and Okada powders. After some fighting on the outside, Okada takes control again and hits a DDT on the ramp, which has Ibushi pretty much out. Okada waits in the ring until about 18, before he decides that’s not how he wants to win. Drags Ibushi in, tries the Money Clip, Ibushi won’t go in comfortably, Okada rocks him, whips him into the ropes, hits the Million Dollar Dropkick, and finally gets the Money Clip sunk in. Okada is in a different aggressive form that we haven’t seen since 2018 when his nearly 2 year title reign ended and he went balloon crazy.

Savage Elbow, Rainmaker Pose, Zoom Out…Wind up…Rainmaker misses and Ibushi returns with his own Lariat turning Okada inside out. Now they stand up for the strike exchange. Okada falls into an old Nakamura trap, where he starts winning the exchange, taunts the challenger and gets rocked. Ibushi grins, hits the Frankensteiner sending Okada to Powder. So now it’s Moonsault time for Ibushi, and lands perfectly on Okada.

Going back inside, Ibushi looks for Kamigoye, Okada blocks and then ducks the Round Kick, goes for a Backslide, but Ibushi rolls through and kicks Okada. Okada then eats a V Trigger and a Kamigoye…but it’s only 2! Okada flips Ibushi over when he attempts another Kamigoye, Double Legged Cradle, but ibushi kicks out. They lay each other out, Ibushi crawls to the top rope, Phoenix Splash and…Ibushi lands weird. He immediately grabs his arm, Red Shoes goes over to Ibushi, and after a few moments Red Shoes calls for the bell.

Okada wins the G1 off of Ibushi missing the Phoenix Splash and possibly dislocating his right arm.

Overall Score: 7.25/10

There’s a dark poetry in the ending to this year’s G1. Starting with Naito’s injury and ending with Ibushi’s injury, just makes this a fairly cursed year which plays into the cursed aspect of this World Heavyweight Championship. In a way, this works out for the best since if this tournament was supposed to make a newer wrestler and ended the same way, there would always be an asterisk. But it’s Okada, he’s a proven commodity and no one will really question his victory. I really appreciated the fact that he always loomed close while Ibushi was struggling with the doctor and through his injury. He held his hand many times, even seemed to tell him it’s fine, we’ll do it correctly 1 more time in the future.

Katsuyori Shibata returns, Kazuchika Okada returns to the a level of prominence by winning the G1 Climax 31 and this is a nice way to remind people of the names that many of the current crop of IWC fans know. New Japan grew quickly because of AJ Styles and Kenny Omega’s Bullet Clubs, but in the last few years we’ve seen many of the names we know fall to the back or go to different companies. This could be a return to form finally for New Japan.

Even if it ended off a failed Phoenix Splash, it could help New Japan rise from the ashes of community favor like a Phoenix.


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021

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Bound for Glory is on Saturday! How does IMPACT! hype us up for one of their crowning PPVs of the year?!

We get to see Mickie in an IMPACT ring for the first since 2015, Heath tries to get answers out of Rhino and we’ll probably see a lot of Josh Alexander and Christian Cage fleshing out the last little bits of the World Title match.

Aside from that, do we get anything of note to talk about, or is it just an appetizer for the real show on Saturday?

Ratings:

  • Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice: NO CONTEST/Double Pinfall – ***
  • Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve: Tenille wins via Spotlight Kick – ***
  • Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Mick DDT – *** ¼
  • Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel: Miguel wins via Meteora – ** ¾

 

Results:

The Insiders Stream on YouTube didn’t start until about 9:00pm, I’m not sure why IMPACT constantly has issues, but YouTube is not a hard platform to utilize. These delays are inane and embarrassing.

Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice

Bey and Leo try some trickery early, but Finlay keeps pace. When Leo gets back into the match he starts throwing Finlay around a bit, which opens up opportunity for Bey. Bey looks to get flashy, but Finlay manages to get Juice in and Juice comes in hot. He nearly flips Bey out of the ring, takes Leo off the apron and tags in Finlay for some tandem work.

Leo breaks up the pinfall and then throws out Juice. Finlay grabs Bey in a Backbreaker/STO combination but Bey’s feet bump the referee. Leo chokeslams Finlay, puts Bey on top, but it takes the new referee too long to show up and it’s only a two count. We see Hikuleo trying to finish things, while the new referee tries to wake up the original referee. Leo gets double teamed, Juice Rolls Up Leo and then Bey Rolls Up Finlay, both referees count a 3 count for the different pinfalls. So we get a little call back to Beer Money and Motor City Machine Guns if we’re staying within TNA Universe.

This will probably end up a triple threat, unlike the MCMG/Beer Money double pinfall which ended in overtime.

There’s a long segment with Josh Alexander giving us his story. It’s not a bad segment, but the only advantage to the show starting late means I got to rewind for the match and speed through most of this. Alexander is a great story, but I already mostly know it, and would really like to see him win at Bound for Glory. Get the title back on a wrestler on the actual IMPACT roster.

Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve:

This is a Digital Media Championship preliminary match. I find it interesting that there’s 3 men and 3 women. So instead of one or two for “inclusion” it’s actually an even spread. The way the teams are broken apart is interesting too where it’s Power vs Crazy vs Opportunistic.

The gimmicks actually paid off in the match. Jodynne massacred kids, but then things started to get a little messy. Fallah gets a handle on things, squishes the world, and then looks to BAHHnzai Drop on Tenille but Kaleb gets involved. A little more confusion, Steve hits King Kill 33 on Fallah, but Skyler pulls Steve out of the ring. Tenille hits the Spotlight Kick and the Opportunistic team win because well…there was an opportunity.

Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James

Mickie takes a moment to absorb the accolades from the crowd first, and then we see a quick strategy twist. Savannah looks for a few Haymakers and using her reach to her advantage, where Mickie just finds a few quick strikes and interesting angles to land some offense. Mickie looked to be building some momentum, and then Tasha got involved.

Savannah starts to dominate after the assist from her second. Big Bear Hug in the middle has Savannah just ragdolling Mickie until she can land a few choice Forearms. Mickie fights out, Sole Butts, a few nice attacks and Mickie hits the Avalanche Thesz Press, but only a 2 count. Deonna’s music plays as Savannah kicks out, Mickie is distracted and then we see Savannah lay in some big shots. The Full Nelson Bomb only gets Savannah a 2. Mick Kick rocks Mickie and then Mick DDT for the win. Hardcore Country wins the match.

Deonna walks down, mouths off…actually pushes Mickie…so I’m confused about the no contact clause…but then Rehwoldt shows up behind Mickie and wipes her out.

Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel

The Sauce against the other guy who can’t speak but likes to try to use food analogies and sucks at it, aka, Trey Miguel. He’s like a Young Will Ospreay with less ability to talk…so no upside at the moment cause Ospreay was pretty awful up until a year or two ago.

So this is just a lot of counters, blocks, Arm Wringers, not much direct offense, just a lot of choreographed spots. This feels like a much slower paced version of a Ricochet/Ospreay match from 2016. Zayne is a more fluid wrestler, and he just makes everything look good. Miguel does a weird Cradled Octopus but Zayne responds with a Handspring Frankensteiner, as an early highlight spot.

Miguel in Ospreay fashion hits the Cheeky Nandos, into the corner stuck Tiger Feint, Meteora and Trey wins.

Thankfully Maclin attacks Trey after the match so I feel generally better. Bullet Club comes out and take out both Maclin and Trey. El Phantasmo just baby faced himself in my house.

Show ends with the usual talking segment hyping the World Title match. Alexander gets a “You Deserve It” from the crowd and portrays himself as the everyman fighting for his boys. Christian’s music hits and Captain Charisma vacuum shows up to stir a pot that doesn’t need to be stirred.

Christian taking the experienced thrives under pressure condescending veteran angle is…annoying. Like I said a few weeks ago, the boxes they are trying to play in, I don’t love. Alexander does flip the script nicely talking about how people classified him as nothing more than a Tag Team guy, and “sounding familiar” strikes a chord with Christian. Small scuffle as Christian tries to snip back, but it’s fairly paint by numbers.

Overall Score: 5/10

Low key? This was a pretty lame episode for an Impact Go Home. The matches weren’t really anything special, with the most happening during Pick Your Poison, but it effectively being a non-issue. The YouTube delay of course hurt my enjoyment of the show, but even without the delay, I don’t really feel like this would’ve registered much higher on my scale.

I am looking forward to Bound for Glory because of who’s in the matches, but this episode didn’t help sell it. Thankfully it’s already sold out, and most people probably decided if they were purchasing it by now.

When it comes down to it, I’m expecting quite a few title changes, even though I’m figuring that Mickie’s involvement is more of a one off to give the rub to younger talent and cement her dominant reign. Alexander I would love to see win the belt and The IInspiration would do wonders and put an immediate spotlight on a division that has floundered behind a lack of real teams and no real direction.

So I’ll see all of you on Saturday for Bound for Glory!


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