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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (6/11/21)

The 205 Live OG never give up!

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The Saint and the Sauce take on Premier Dinero together!

As more new faces arrive in 205 Live, the OG aren’t giving in! Will Ariya Daivari & Tony Nese stay on top of “their” show against Ari Sterling & Asher Hale?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sunil Singh VS Grayson Waller; Waller wins.
  • Ariya Daivari & Tony Nese VS Ari Sterling & Asher Hale; Daivari & Nese win.

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Sunil Singh VS Grayson Waller!

Samir is conspicuous by his absence, but it seems it’ll be just one Bollywood Boy welcoming the newest kid on the block! Will “The 21st Century Success Story” have a successful debut? Or will Sunil make sure the spotlight stays on him?

The bell rings and Waller dares Sunil to take a waistlock. Sunil goes for it and Waller SLAPS him! Waller is already confident in himself enough to talk smack on a 205 Live OG! Sunil and Waller tie up, Sunil headlocks, but Waller powers out and things speed up. Waller hurdles then runs to run Sunil over! Fans cheer as Waller shows off his agility to handspring over Sunil. “C’mon, brother!” Things speed up again, and Sunil hits a wheel kick! And some arm-drags! Sunil waistlocks but Waller uses ropes to hotshot him! Then a LEG LARIAT takes Sunil down! Cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed but he gets Sunil up. Sunil knees low, throws some kicks, then has Waller in a corner.

Sunil runs in, Waller goes up to get Sunil with a HANGING TRIANGLE! The ref counts, Waller lets off at 4, and Sunil sputters. Waller LEAPS into the ring with a somersault, but the ref has him wait while he checks on Sunil. Sunil is okay to continue, so Waller BOOTS him down! The ref checks on Sunil again and he says he’s alright. Waller gets him up to scoop and SLAM, then goes after an arm and neck wrench. Sunil endures as Waller cranks the neck. Fans rally up, Waller throws elbows in and keeps on the hold. Sunil fights up and throws elbows to get free, but Waller knees low. Waller whips Sunil to a corner, runs in, but Sunil dodges the splash!

Sunil goes to the apron, hotshots Waller back! Waller sputters, Sunil gets up as fast as he can with the bad arm, and leaps for a one hand ax handle! Waller staggers, Sunil climbs again and hits another ax handle! Sunil hurries to a third corner as Waller gets up, Sunil leaps but into a kick! Waller goes EDDY GORDO, then says it’s game time! LEAP FROG STOMP! Cover, Waller wins!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

The 21st Century Success Story has energy to spare after this victory! Will Sunil be alright to try a sequel? Or will Samir return to avenge his brother in a spinoff?

 

Ariya Daivari & Tony Nese VS Ari Sterling & Asher Hale!

The Persian Lion and Premier Athlete have gone back and forth with The Sauce and the Saint. Hale wanted to help Sterling before and Sterling refused, but now if the new faces want to overcome the old guard, they have to do this together! Will there be a changing of the guard on the purple ‘n’ orange? Or will this still be the Daivari & Nese Show?

The teams sort out, Hale starts against Nese for a rematch from a month or so ago. They tie up, go around and Nese puts Hale in a corner. The ref counts, Nese flexes on Hale as fans rally and duel. Hale is let out of the corner, the two circle and feel out the grapple. Hale gets a waistlock, drags Nese down to go for a headlock but Nese moves around. Hale holds on to float between facelock and waistlock, but Nese gets into the ropes. Hale lets off as the ref counts, and then mocks Nese’s flexing. Nese scowls as he and Hale reset. Sterling wants in but Hale is leaving him hanging, perhaps as a receipt for the rejection before.

Hale and Nese tie up, Hale wrenches an arm and has a wristlock. Hale goes after the shoulder and grinds Nese down, but again Sterling wants in. Again, Hale leaves him on the corner as he traps Nese’s arm and goes after the other. Hale also has a chinlock, but Nese powers out to get a headlock takeover. Hale makes it a cradle, TWO! Nese and Hale get up, Hale gives a scoffing look to Sterling, and Nese tackles Hale! Hale holds off the cover, gets around to a headscissor, but Nese gets the ropebreak! Nese bails out and Hale eggs him on. Daivari regroups with Nese to coach him and keep him call, so Hale lounges on the mat.

Nese returns as the ref counts, and is in at 5 of 10. Nese and Hale circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and go for a test of strength. Hale gets around but Nese fights the waistlock. Hale wrenches and snapmares then goes after Nese’s wrist and arm. Nese endures, Hale finally reaches out to tag Sterling, but with a bit of a chop. Sterling shrugs that off to get Nese up in a wrench of his own. Sterling sneers at Hale but Nese gets away! Hale passive aggressively asks what happened, and Daivari grins as he tags in. Sterling and Daivari meet again, they circle, and fans rally up as they feel out the grapple. Sterling and Daivari tie up, Daivari wrenches an arm, and he YANKS the arm!

Daivari wrenches the arm more, has a wristlock, but Sterling wrenches through! Sterling wristlocks, has a standing armlock, and fans rally behind him. Sterling wrenches again, Daivari rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. Sterling rolls, handsprings and WRINGS Daivari out, to a double wristlock! Sterling sneers at Hale again, though, and Daivari gets up to throw a knee! Daivari CLUBS Sterling then bumps him off buckles! Daivari CHOPS Sterling then tags Nese. Nese and Daivari mug Sterling with haymakers from all sides! The ref counts, Daivari lets off and Nese ROCKS Sterling! Sterling shoves Nese then BOOTS him! Nese scrambles, Sterling elbows Daivari then RANAS Nese!

Daivari returns but Sterling throws him out! Nese and Daivari regroup on the outside, and the fresh faces finally coordinate! Hale hits a FLYING KNEE on Daivari while Sterling gives Nese the MOON-SAUCE! Fans fire up as Hale and Sterling get in the ring. Sterling wants a fist bump but Hale leaves him hanging. Nese gets in, Hale tags in off Sterling and wrenches Nese down to an armlock. Hale pulls on fingers and twists the wrist but Nese endures. Hale headlocks for the takeover, and tells Sterling, “This is how it’s done!” Nese fights up, powers up and puts Hale in the ropes! The ref counts, Nese lets off but Daivari ROUNDHOUSES Hale!

Sterling protests but the ref keeps him back, Nese gets Hale for a DRAPING PREMIER MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Hale is still in this but Nese keeps on him. Tag to Daivari and the OG mug Hale with punches to the ribs. Daivari whips Hale to ropes and hits a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Daivari drives elbows into Hale’s shoulder, then clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally for Hale and Hale fights up to fight back. Daivari knees low and whips Hale but Hale KICKS back! Hale hurries but Daivari drop toeholds him! Daivari drags Hale away, tag to Nese and Nese STOMPS Hale down! Fans boo as Nese BOOTS Hale in the face!

Nese whips Hale to ropes and CLOBBERS him with a back elbow! Cover, TWO! Nese keeps on Hale with a body scissors! Hale endures the squeeze but Nese drags him back. Fans rally, Hale fights with elbows, but Daivari tags in! Nese holds Hale down for Daivari to stomp. Daivari scoops and SLAMS Hale, then says it’s done! Daivari climbs the corner, but Hale gets up! Hale gets under Daivari’s leap, and Daivari turns around into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down and Sterling reaches out! Hot tags to Nese and Sterling! The Sauce rallies on Nese with haymakers! Sterling spins Nese to then CLOBBER him, and rally with forearms!

Sterling ducks and dodges to wheel kick Nese down! Nese staggers up, Sterling gives him boxing elbows and a leg sweep! Sterling builds speed to SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Nese survives but Sterling keeps his cool. Sterling gets Nese up, Nese blocks the suplex but Sterling throws body shots. Nese still holds the suplex off with a leg hook, so Sterling stands him up to CHOP! That had some sauce on it! Sterling whips, but Nese slides under and comes back, but Sterling dodges to PELE! Cover, TWO! Sterling gets a bit frustrated, but he looks to his corner. Sterling reaches out, Hale is still down, and Nese gets Sterling with a throat chop!

Sterling staggers back and now Hale tags in! Hale swings but Nese goes Matrix to mule kick, knee lift and front kick. Hale jumps the sweep to fire off kicks, but Daivari runs in! Hale ROUNDHOUSES Daivari, then uses him as a step for the TORNADO DDT on Nese! Cover, TWO!! But into a CROSSFACE!! Nese endures as Hale pulls back! Nese reaches out but Hale gets that arm to pull on the fingers! Daivari stomps Hale to break the hold! Daivari staggers up but Sterling is there to KNEE TRIGGER him down! Sterling builds speed but Nese DROPKICKS him down! Hale rolls Nese up but Nese rolls through to mule KICK!

Tag to Daivari, the OG get Hale up, URENAGE BACKSTABBER!! Cover, Sterling breaks it! The Sauce saves the Saint and fans are fired up for “2-0-5! 2-0-5!” Daivari gets up and has Hale for the hammerlock. Hale ducks the lariat to ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, NESE breaks it! Nese sucker punches Sterling! Hale clotheslines Nese out! Hale runs to the corner at Daivari for a CALF KICK! Hale hoists Daivari up top and fires up as he climbs! Daivari fights back, but Sterling tags in! Daivari hits Hale with a GOURD BUSTER! Hale staggers up, Sterling uses him as a pommel horse to HANDSPRING SUPER STEINER Daivari!! Cover, TWO?!!

Sterling and Hale can’t believe it, but the fans are fired up! Sterling has Daivari, Hale tags back in, and Hale wants Sterling to get Daivari up! Hale wants a combo move but Nese saves Daivari! Nese SUPERKICKS Sterling and he staggers into Hale! Hale is stuck on the top rope and Nese hurries to his corner! Daivari tags Nese, they get Hale up and feed him to a gut wrench and Canadian rack. Daivari runs, the OG hit a DOMINATOR CUTTER COMBO!! Cover, the OG win!!

Winners: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari, by pinfall

Sterling and Hale could not stay in synch and that cost them against the Cruiserweight veterans! Will Sterling and Hale have to hash this out on their own? Will Nese and Daivari use this to springboard into the higher ranks of the NXT Tag Division?


My Thoughts:

A good episode, but I feel there was a bit of a damper on the debut of Grayson Waller (Matty Wahlberg). Sunil’s shoulder injury might’ve been more shoot than storytelling, and that really took the air out of the building. Waller is good from look to attitude to in-ring style, but it just seems like a bad accident for Sunil. I still think they can roll with this and have Samir return to “avenge” Sunil, as I wrote there in kayfabe, and then Waller can have a feud with the Bollywood Boyz right there. The main event was a great tag match, and I appreciate that they kept the continuity that Sterling snubbed Hale and that affected their teamwork. Hale VS Sterling in a rematch will be great, and it does help keep Nese & Daivari strong since they’ll be jobbers to NXT teams like Grey & Jiro.

My Score: 8.2/10


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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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