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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (6/18/21)

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Coverage 205 2021

Jiro Ikemen makes his solo debut against the Premier Athlete!

205 Live’s most handsome new face is taking on the most sculpted body! Will Jiro Ikemen be able to get through “Mr. 205 Live” Tony Nese?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Asher Hale VS Grayson Waller; Waller wins.
  • Ikemen Jiro VS Tony Nese; Jiro wins.

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Asher Hale VS Grayson Waller!

The Saint has had his problems with his fellow fresh faces in 205 Live, such as his loss last week alongside Ari Sterling. But will that actually help him when taking on the even newer 21st Century Success Story? Or will Hale get handled as easily as Sunil Singh was in Waller’s debut?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans are on Hale’s side as Waller tests the waters. Waller and Hale tie up, Waller pie faces Hale but then gets to ropes for defense. Hale stays back, Waller gets up, they circle and Waller gets a takedown. Waller slaps Hale around but Hale trips Waller up! Waller gets back to ropes again and Hale is getting annoyed. The two reset, circle again, and Hale baits Waller into going for the leg. Hale facelocks, drags Waller down and moves around to get Waller for a takedown. Waller gets up to facelock back and drag Hale down. Hale moves, Waller wants a Triangle but Hale floats to get a Triangle of his own! Waller gets a ropebreak in a panic and fans cheer.

Hale dares Waller to bring it and fans cheer him on. Hale even sits down to dare Waller to try something. Waller tries a boot but Hale ducks it and rolls Waller! Waller gets up, blocks Hale’s kick and SLAPS Hale. “Who do you think you are, eh? Have some respect!” Hale SLAPS Waller back! And then tackles him to the ground for a cover! ONE, but Hale is right on Waller with a clinch and knees! Hale has Waller on ropes, Waller turns it around, but the ref counts. Waller lets off at 3 to mule kick and heel kick! Hale bails out, Waller builds speed, but Waller slides and throws Hale down! Fans chant, “You Suck! You Suck!” but Waller doesn’t care as he puts Hale in the ring.

Waller gets on the apron, Hale sweeps the legs! Waller hits the apron hard, staggers away, and Hale gets on the apron for a FLYING KNEE! Fans fire up with Hale as he gets Waller back up. Hale puts Waller in, hurries up top, but Waller claims something’s wrong with his jaw. But it’s all a fake out! Waller hits ropes to trip Hale up! Hale falls to the mat, Waller drags him in for ground ‘n’ pound, and fans boo. Waller drags Hale up, Hale throws body shots back. Waller throws one back, scoops Hale and SLAMS him down! Waller goes to a corner, walks the ropes, and hits a FROGGY-BOW! Cover, TWO! Hale survives but Waller keeps his cool.

Waller drags Hale back up, Hale pushes Waller, but Waller kicks him. Hale rolls Waller up, TWO! Waller BOOTS Hale right at the rope! Waller brings Hale up, bumps him off buckles, then hoists him up into a Tree of Woe. Waller CHOPS Hale, then goes corner to corner to somersault handspring, and then just dig his boots into Hale’s face! The ref counts, Waller lets off, and fans rally for Hale. Waller gets Hale up again for a cravat neck wrench, and he throws short range shoulders into Hale’s head! Hale endures, but Waller throws knees! Hale drops to his knees, but fans rally up and he gets to his feet. Hale rolls and throws Waller away, but Waller LEG LARIATS on the return! Cover, TWO!!

Waller is surprised Hale survives, but he gives Hale toying kicks. Waller pie faces Hale but Hale gets mad. Hale ROCKS Waller, and again! Hale KICKS and KICKS and KICKS and fires off in a corner! The ref counts as Hale gives kick after kick but Hale lets off to come back with a GAMANGIRI! And an EXPLODER! Waller slowly gets up, Hale jumps up the corner to hit a FLYING FOREARM! Mule kick and SWITCHBLADE KICK! Cover, TWO!! Waller shows his own toughness but Hale just keeps going! Tornado- NO! Waller shoves the DDT away, then catches Hale for a HANGING TRIANGLE! Waller lets go at 4, gets back in with the SOMERSAULT- NO! Hale catches to a SLEEPER!!

Waller gets up and RAMS Hale into buckles! But Hale holds on! Waller rolls, Hale stays clamped on and wants a Bully Choke! Waller keeps moving, and uses the ropes to HOTSHOT Hale! Waller gets in, somersaults again, STUNNER!! Waller then adds on a LEAP FROG STOMP!! Waller wins!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

Whatever Waller calls all that, you have to say it was impressive and victorious! A quick 2-0 for Waller, will he be heading for the top of the Cruiserweight Division?

Surprisingly, Waller offers a handshake to Hale. Hale takes a moment, but he reaches out, only for Waller to clap his hands together and celebrate himself. Waller gets away before Hale can deck him, will that ego come back to bite Waller on the butt?

 

August Grey speaks.

“Eight long months, Ariya Daivari. Eight long months, and now we’re done!” Two weeks ago, Grey won fair and square and is moving on to bigger and better! Kushida has an open challenge practically every week, so of course Grey’s going for gold! But then Daivari Dinero walks back in to talk to Grey directly. He thinks this is over? Daivari explains something: 205 Live is like a beautiful rose, and Daivari is the thorn. He is the thorn in Grey’s side that won’t go away. This is over when Daivari says this is over. Daivari will beat Grey and beat him bad. Just like his tag partner, Tony Nese, will beat up Grey’s tag partner, Jiro Ikemen, tonight.

In fact, Daivari will go watch that match up close and personal. Oh so Nese can’t do it on his own? Daivari laughs at Grey’s joke, and says of course Nese can do it on his own. Well Grey is going to watch Jiro backstage, so maybe Daivari will do the same. Daivari accepts those terms, and it seems The Handsome and the Premier will have a true 1v1 match-up in our main event!

 

Ikemen Jiro VS Tony Nese!

With #RetroAG and the Persian Lion staying out of this, we’ll see if 205 Live’s most handsome individual can best the former Cruiserweight Champion on his own. Will the purple ‘n’ orange still belong to #TonyAbs? Or will he get jacked up by Jiro and his jacket?

The bell rings and fans are fired up for Jiro as he cartwheels around Nese. Nese and Jiro tie up, Nese puts Jiro in a corner but the ref counts. Nese pie faces Jiro before letting off, and eggs Jiro on. Jiro and Nese circle, tie up, and Jiro waistlocks. Nese switches, Jiro wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Nese slips through to wrench Jiro. Jiro rolls, rolls and trips Nese up to a toehold! Fans cheer but Nese tries a chinbar. Jiro shakes Nese off, cranks on the leg, but Nese tries again. Nese digs his triceps into Jiro’s face to power to a cover, ONE! Nese is right on Jiro with a facelock, headlock and takeover. Cover, ONE, but Nese has a chinlock on.

Fans rally as Jiro endures and fights up. Nese shifts to a headlock, Jiro powers out, but Nese runs him over! But Jiro kips right back up! Nese throws Jiro down by his hair! The ref reprimands and fans boo as Nese stomps Jiro, but Nese lets off to soak up the heat. Nese watches Jiro rise as fans rally up. Jiro throws body shots and haymakers! Nese back kicks hard, and whips Jiro to run him over again! But Jiro kips up again! Jiro eggs Nese on, ducks and dodges then hurdles, but Nese blocks the hip toss. Jiro throws a body shot, wrenches the arm to a wristlock then wrangles Nese down! Jiro rolls and brings Nese up again to arm-drag him back down!

Jiro moves around, hooks the arms, Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Nese gets up, into a HIP TOSS! JACKET PUNCH! Fans fire up as Jiro shows off the jacket again. Jiro goes after Nese with knee drops then taunts him back. Jiro gets Nese up, CLUBS him, then fires off forearms! Nese gets in the ropes for defense, Jiro backs off but Nese throws him out! Jiro is on the apron, Nese throat chops him! Jiro gasps and sputters but Nese goes after him with haymakers at the announce desk! The ref starts the ring count, Nese gets his jacket? Nese puts his jacket on to mock Jiro! Nese stomps Jiro then mocks Jiro more. Jiro taunts Nese back but Nese drags Jiro up to copy the JACKET PUNCH! Cover, TWO!

Nese is mad and he wraps Jiro up in a body scissors! Jiro endures the squeeze and fans rally up. Jiro pulls at Nese’s sweat jacket, and throws hands! Jiro is free and he gives Nese some ground ‘n’ pound! Nese turns it around to give the fists back! Nese drags Jiro up, reel shim in for a torture rack, and has an Argentine Backbreaker submission! Jiro pulls hair and beard and then pulls Nese’s jacket over his head! Jiro fires off haymakers, then ducks and dodges Nese to WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as both men slowly rise. Jiro rallies on Nese with big forearms! JACKET PUNCH! And again! And again! Jiro spins, Nese blocks the discus jacket punch but Nese swings into an atomic drop!

BLINDSIDE JACKET PUNCH! Fans fire up with Jiro as he stalks Nese. Jiro whips, Nese sunset flips, TWO, to an inverted surfboard and cover! TWO as Nese gets a shoulder up! Jiro forces it back down, TWO as Nese gets the other shoulder up! Jiro tries a third time, TWO as Nese boots free! JACKET PUNCH! Nese flops to the ropes, Jiro goes out to GAMANGIRI him back in! Jiro climbs while Nese is in a drop zone, IKEMEN SWANTON! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives but fans fire up as Jiro gets him back up. Jiro reels Nese in, but Nese drops to resist the suplex. Jiro keeps trying, Nese stays down, so Jiro CLUBS him and fireman’s carries. Nese slips off, shoves Jiro, but runs into a BOOT!

Jiro goes up the corner but Nese GAMANGIRIS! Nese climbs up, stands Jiro up, but Jiro resists the superplex! Jiro throws body shots and an uppercut! Nese drops down, Jiro leaps up and over and rolls him, but Nese back KICKS! Cover, TWO!!! Jiro survives and Nese is furious! The CWC fires up for “205! 205!” as Nese puts Jiro in the corner. Jiro anchors a leg but Nese hammers him and stomps him! The ref counts, Nese runs side to side but Jiro gets out! Nese runs and slides out, but Jiro runs in. Nese pops Jiro up but Jiro does his best to handstand on the corner. Nese turns around into the headscissors and hits hard into the apron!

Nese staggers, Jiro puts him in the ring and climbs up again. But Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese goes up and SUPER STEINERS Jiro down! Cover, TWO!?!?! Jiro barely gets an arm up but Nese is fuming! Nese brings Jiro around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! And then PREMIER TRIANGLE but Jiro moves! Nese lands on his feet to SUPERKICK Jiro! Nese Alabama Lifts but Jiro sunset flips! But not to cover, he POINT BLANK KICKS Nese! Nese blocks the mule kick once but not the second, or the BUZZSAW! Or the SUPERKICK! Jiro powers up, runs in, IKEMEN SLASH!! Cover, Jiro wins!!

Winner: Ikemen Jiro, by pinfall

What a match! This was definitely the caliber of top Cruiserweights, but in the end, the fresh and handsome face overcomes the former champion! Will this lead Jiro to answer one of Kushida’s open challenges?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode for 205 Live! Hale VS Waller was a great match, and it helped Waller look better after the unfortunate injury to Sunil’s arm. Waller is already a strong Heel, and he got a very good win here. Grey and Daivari had a good promo to help us understand why they weren’t ringside, and that probably helped the main event. Jiro VS Nese was awesome stuff, one of the top main events in this chapter of 205 Live. I just wish that NXT would have 205 Live more involved, I think it’d be great for NXT fans to know that, should Jiro step up to Kushida, Jiro had such a badass match and this is what they should expect.

My Score: 8.3/10


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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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