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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (6/4/21)

August Grey gets his grudge match!

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Will Retro AG and Daivari Dinero finally settle up?

Weeks after weeks, months after months, Ariya Daivari has been getting in August Grey’s business. But now it’s time to ante up on 205 Live! Who folds and who cashes in?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ari Sterling VS Sunil Singh w/ Samir Singh; Sterling wins.
  • August Grey VS Ariya Daivari; Grey wins.

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Ari Sterling VS Sunil Singh w/ Samir Singh!

The Sauce is fired up again after a big win over the Persian Lion, but can he keep the heat going? Or will the Bollywood Boys’ leading man take the spotlight?

The bell rings, Sunil and Sterling circle and fans are on the Sauce’s side. Sunil gets a leg, Sterling steps up and over and rolls Sunil, TWO! Sterling headlocks, Sunil wrenches out and waistlocks then hooks a leg for a takedown. Sunil floats to a facelock, then shifts to a headlock. Sterling fights up, throws body shots, and powers out. Sunil rams shoulders but Sterling stays up. Things speed up, Sterling hurdles then KNEES Sunil out of the ring! Samir checks on his brother, then tries a Bollywood Twin Magic! But they’re NOT twins! The ref knows this is Samir and tells him to get out. Sunil slips in and CHOP BLOCKS Sterling’s leg!

Sunil storms after Sterling and goes after the leg with elbow drops. Sterling kicks back but Sunil kicks and elbows the leg again. Sunil has a toehold, Sterling endures, and fans rally and duel. Sterling chinbars Sunil and CHOPS him in the chest! Sunil holds on but Sterling clubs him. Sunil stomps the leg, and gives the foot a DDT! Sterling clutches the leg and goes for ropes, but Sunil gets the leg again. Sunil drops elbows, digs in knees and tortures Sterling with the toehold. Sunil wrenches the leg again and again but Sterling refuses to give up. Sterling keeps his shoulders up, too, so it doesn’t end up a cover. Sunil drops another elbow but Sterling gets the ropereak!

Sunil lets off but then puts the bad leg on the ropes. Sunil kicks the leg, then springboards to DROP on it! Sterling grits his teeth, Sunil tries again but Sterling BOOTS Sunil out of the ring! Sunil gets up and trips Sterling! And SLAMS the leg on the apron! Sunil drags Sterling to a corner and SLAMS the leg into the post! Sterling grits his teeth but Samir says to do that again. Sunil has the leg, but Sterling YANKS Sunil into the post! Sunil climbs onto the apron and Sterling stomps him down. Sterling joins Sunil on the apron but Sunil HOTSHOTS the leg! The ref reprimands but Sunil climbs up top. MACHO ELBOLLY BOLLY BOLLY to the leg!

Sunil isn’t done there, he ties up the legs into an INDIAN DEATH LOCK! Sterling endures, shoulders are down, TWO as he sits up! Sterling fights to turn over, and he flips Sunil into a modified STF! Sunil gets the ropebreak, Sterling lets off and gets his bad leg moving. Sunil gets up but Sterling ROCKS him with a right! Sunil staggers into another hard forearm! Sterling fires off boxing elbows and a HARD back one, then a leg sweep! Sunil staggers up, Sterling runs, SOMERSAULT AX KICK! And kip up! Sterling is fighting through pain thanks to adrenaline, but Samir gets on the apron! Sterling DECKS him! Sunil rolls Sterling up, TWO!! ENZIGURI!

Sterling gets Sunil up, for the BAJA BLAST 86!! Cover, Sterling wins!

Winner: Ari Sterling, by pinfall

Not even both Bollywood Boyz could beat the heat! Sterling is red hot with another win over another 205 OG, but when will he be fighting for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship?

 

August Grey VS Ariya Daivari!

The 205 Life of the Party has had his problems with the Persian Lion ever since he was chosen for the short-lived “Daivari Dinero Division” challenge. Grey has fought hard to belong on the purple ‘n’ orange, but Daivari still doubts him. Will Retro AG give it all back with interest? Or will he go broke trying to get even?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Grey wrenches to a hammerlock, but Daivari powers his way through, only for Grey to put the hammerlock back on. Grey spins Daivari, snapmare and La Magistrols, TWO! Daivari gets up but right into another wrench. Grey grinds the shoulder, puts Daivari in a corner to wrench and whip corner to corner. Daivari reverses, Grey goes up but can’t get over as Daivari catches him, then KICKS him out of the air! Daivari stomps Grey, has him in a corner, and CHOPS him! Daivari brings Grey around to turn for a neckbreaker stretch! Grey endures this modified chinlock, fights through and goes for the backslide!

Daivari fights the takedown but Grey turns him around for a JAWBREAKER, and then a NECKBREAKER! Grey gets Daivari up to CHOP him! That’s one receipt! Grey whips but Daivari reverses, only for Grey to RANA Daivari out of the ring! And then DIVE! Direct hit and fans fire up with Grey! Grey gets in the ring to watch Daivari crawl before going out the side. Grey comes around the way to get Daivari back up, but Daivari RAMS Grey into apron! And RAMS him into the announce desk! And then again! What a way to welcome Vic Joseph back to commentary! Daivari puts Grey in at 7 of 10, then gets him back up.

Daivari whips and KNEES Grey against ropes, then repeats on the other side! And then a third time! Grey flops over and Daivari sits him into a body scissor squeeze! Daivari is learning from Tony Nese, it seems. Grey endures, Daivari adds on a chinlock, but Grey gets the scissors open. Grey gets up and throws body shots to get free of the headlock. Grey gets Daivari for a headlock but Daivari powers out. Things speed up, Grey dodges but Daivari kitchen sink knees! Daivari mule kicks, runs and dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Grey grits his teeth as he clutches his ribs. Daivari keeps his cool as he looms over Grey.

Daivari brings Grey up, whips him to ropes but Grey kicks back and ENZIGURIS! Daivari falls over and Grey flounders to ropes. Grey still clutches his ribs and grits his teeth, but he fights through pain to fire off hands on Daivari! Grey kicks, reels Daivari in but the ribs stop the suplex! Daivari runs but into a BOOT! Grey climbs up and tightrope walks but FLOPS as Daivari dodges! Daivari goes up, LION SPLASH to the back, and then a CAMEL CLUTCH! Daivari bends Grey back but Grey endures as fans rally up! Grey powers out, Daivari ain’t now Iron Sheiky, baby! Grey fires off hands and ROCKS Daivari with a rolling elbow!

Grey whips, Daivari reverses, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take both men down! Fans fire up as both men slowly stir. Grey stands up first but Daivari flounders up. Grey ROCKS Daivari over and over and throws body shots and forearms! Grey stomps Daivari in the corner, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4! Grey gets Daivari up to CHOP, ROCK and CHOP again! Grey whips corner to corner, Daivari reverses but Grey comes back to CLOBBER him! Daivari swings into a back suplex! Daivari bails out, Grey hurries after him, and Grey RAMS Daivari into boards! Another receipt! Grey puts Daivari back in, climbs up and tightrope walks. TALKIN’ THE WALK hits!

Grey rains down fists, Daivari shoves him away! Daivari gets up, Grey kicks low and powers through for ANARCHY! Cover, TWO!! Daivari survives but fans still rally for Grey. Grey drags Daivari up, hooks the arms, but Daivari pulls hair to dragon sleeper! Grey snapmares free to ROCK and CHOP! Daivari knees low, runs but Grey follows. Daivari dodges Grey, Grey gets him for a fireman’s carry, but Daivari fights out! Dragon sleeper, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Grey lives and Daivari is seething! Fans rally up for Grey as he stirs. Daivari gets to his feet and glares at Grey. Daivari brings Grey up, stares him down before the hammerlock, but Grey ducks the lariat to SUPERKICK!

Grey runs, but Daivari SUPERKICKS! Daivari runs, ducks and dodges and CLOBBERS Grey with that lariat! Hammerlock and spin to a DDT! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives Daivari’s audible and the fans fire up again! Daivari gets up, waits on Grey, and reels him in. Grey fights off the back suplex, Daivari CLUBS Grey! Daivari suplexes, Grey slips out and hooks the arms! Daivari powers out, hammerlocks but no lariat! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Grey comes back and gets around Daivari, for the half nelson back suplex! High stack, TWO, but into a HALF CRAB! Grey was ready, and he sits back deep! Daivari claws, flails, reaches, crawls, but Grey drags him away!

Grey sits on the hold again, Daivari endures, turns, gets a foot, and then gets in position to kick and BOOT Grey away! Grey comes back, Daivari cradles him, TWO! Daivari runs in but Grey blocks a boot to KNEE! Hook and turn, SO MUCH PRETTIER!! Cover, Grey wins!!

Winner: August Grey, by pinfall

Grey finally hit the jackpot and got one over on Daivari Dinero! Will Grey look to go after gold the next chance he gets?


My Thoughts:

Another really good episode, and two more great wins for the newer generation of Cruiserweights. Vic Joseph is back on commentary since Tom Phillips was released, so he just can’t seem to get away from the Bollywood Boyz and their bet. Bollywood Boyz also had a new logo and it looks great. Grey VS Daivari was a great main event, and the story of having tag partners banned from ringside was the right way to go. These two needed to settle things on their own, and it was great for Grey to win. Sterling and Grey are moving up the ranks, I hope they get more play on NXT in time for TakeOver. Or at least the go-home. Another open challenge for Kushida on the Tuesday before or after TakeOver would be a great way to introduce Sterling to the main NXT audience.

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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