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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (7/30/21)

Drake Maverick returns to 205 Live!

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Coverage 205 2021

The purple ‘n’ orange welcomes back Rockstar Spud!

He may no longer have a tag partner, and his friends may’ve been cut from WWE, but Drake Maverick still has a home on 205 Live!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ikemen Jiro VS Grayson Waller; Jiro wins.
  • Drake Maverick VS Asher Hale; Maverick wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ikemen Jiro VS Grayson Waller!

Ikemen is handsome and Waller is baller, but only one can win tonight! Who rebounds to get back up in the Cruiserweight Division?

The bell rings and fans rally for Jiro as he circles with Waller. Waller offers a handshake, Jiro takes it, and it was a clean handshake. Fans do cheer that sportsmanship, and the two tie up. They let off, and Waller smiles as it was still clean. They tie up again, and Waller powers Jiro to ropes. The ref calls for the break, Waller lets off and he apologizes for pulling hair. The fans chant “WATERMELON!” for Jiro’s jacket as he and Waller tie up again. Waller powers Jiro to ropes again but Jiro turns it around to arm-drag Waller! Jiro kips up, fans fire up, and Jiro offers the handshake now. Waller pie faces Jiro! He thinks Jiro’s mocking him! Waller clinches Jiro to throw knees!

Waller headlocks, hits the takeover, and Jiro fights up. Waller holds on and rolls, but Jiro powers out the second try, only for Waller to run him over! Waller kicks Jiro, Jiro kips up and shows off the jacket. Waller throws Jiro by his hair! Jiro kips up again! And he shows off by doing leg lunges in place. Waller kicks but Jiro blocks, to spin and headlock! Waller powers out, hip tosses but Jiro makes that an arm-drag! Things speed up, Jiro RANAS and Waller staggers up. Jiro runs in but is put on the apron. Jiro shoulders back in, springboards to headscissor Waller out the other side! Fans fire up as Jiro shows off his lunges.

Waller gets mad but he avoids Jiro’s baseball slide to then FLAPJACK him to the floor! The ref reprimands, starts a ring count, but Waller puts Jiro in the ring. Waller pulls Jiro against the post! The ref counts, Waller lets off at 4, and he gets in to drop a knee on Jiro’s back. Waller gets Jiro up to throw haymakers and forearms, then whips. Jiro reverses, drops, hurdles, but Waller blocks the hip toss to LARIAT! Waller stands on Jiro’s back and pulls Jiro’s hair! No more sportsmanship as Waller clinches and throws more knees. Waller runs but Jiro dodges and Waller hits buckles! Jiro tilt-o-whirls but Waller blocks to hit a BACKBREAKER!

Waller bends Jiro across his knee but fans rally as Jiro fights with haymakers! Waller tries to smother Jiro but Jiro keeps throwing hands! Waller gets up to torture rack Jiro, Argentine Backbreaker! But Jiro slips out to waistlock! Waller elbows free, runs, but Jiro WHEEL KICKS! Fans fire up as Jiro gets to a corner. Waller gets up, Jiro rallies with big forearm smashes! JACKET PUNCH! DISCUS JACKET PUNCH! MORE JACKET PUNCHES! Waller falls back in a daze, Jiro gets him back up to whip, but Waller reverses. Jiro catches Waller for a TARANTULA! Tajiri-sensei would be proud! Jiro lets off at 3 to go around, ARABIAN PRESS! Cover, TWO!!

Jiro climbs up to the top, SWANTON, but into Waller’s sleeper! They roll around, Jiro RAMS Waller into buckles and snapmares! But Waller LEG LARIATS Jiro down! Waller goes up, BALLER FLOP! Jiro runs but Waller gets clear, Lionsault FLOPS! Waller somersault STUNNERS! Cover, TWO!?! Jiro survives and no one can believe it! Waller is frustrated, he slaps and kicks Jiro around but fans are fired up. Jiro CLUBS and ROCKS and JACKET PUNCHES! Jiro runs but Waller scoops him to a fireman’s carry, DARKNESS FALLS!! Cover, TWO!?! Jiro survives Waller’s Widowmaker Death Valley, and then dodges the leap frog! Roll up, TWO! Victory roll, TWO!

Jiro dodges the leg lariat to IKEMEN SLASH outta nowhere!! Cover, Jiro wins!!

Winner: Ikemen Jiro, by pinfall

Now that was a handsome victory! While others fight to be the Breakout superstar, will Jiro fight his way up to becoming a Cruiserweight Championship contender?

 

Drake Maverick VS Asher Hale!

He’s baaaack~! Well, alright, Rockstar Spud never really left, he’s just been on NXT. But now, with little left to lose, will the former 205 Live General Manager go for broke and get back up towards the title? Or will The Saint refuse to be a sacrifice to Maverick’s newest career rejuvenation?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Hale puts Maverick on the ropes, and the ref counts. Hale lets off, fans rally for Maverick and he smiles. Hale lets that slide as he and Maverick tie up again. Hale trips Maverick, gets a toehold, but Maverick clamps on with a chinlock! Maverick pulls Hale back and his leg is free, but Hale fights up to wrench out. Hale wrenches more, wrangles Maverick down, but Maverick kips right up, only for Hale to kick him in the leg. Maverick hobbles a bit but he walks it off. Hale smirks as he waits on Maverick, but fans rally up behind Maverick again. They tie up, Maverick wrenches, but Hale rolls, bridges, and back drops Maverick!

Fans do cheer the technical ability but then Hale lounges on the top rope. Maverick shrugs that off as he and Hale reset again. Fans duel, “ASHER SUCKS!” “NO!” as the two go again. Maverick waistlocks, Hale switches and slaps Maverick on the back. “Welcome back to 205 Live!” Hale wants Maverick to show him something, so Maverick SLAPS Hale! And ROCKS him and fires off haymakers! Maverick whips Hale to a corner, runs and CLOBBERS him! Maverick storms after Hale but Hale YANKS him into buckles! The ref has Hale stay back as she checks on Maverick, but Maverick gets his shoulder moving. Hale is right after him with a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!!

Hale kicks Maverick to a corner, toys with him a bit, and runs in to RAM Maverick! Hale EuroUppers Maverick, and looms over him in the corner. Hale whips Maverick hard into the ropes! Maverick sputters as he clutches his neck! Hale drags Maverick to the apron to SLAM him against the apron edge! And again! Hale gets on the apron and the ref reprimands, but he still gives Maverick a NECK TWIST! Hale lets off at the ref’s count of 4, and he stalks Maverick. Maverick kicks Hale away, throws body shots, and ROCKS Hale with haymakers! But Hale trips Maverick to stomp him in the stomach! Hale snapmares Maverick and puts on a straitjacket stretch!

Fans rally as Maverick endures but Hale thrashes him around! Maverick refuses to quit, fights his way up, and he powers up, only for Hale to wrangle him back down! Hale leans on the straitjacket, digs his forehead into Maverick’s back, then thrashes Maverick around. Fans rally, Maverick fights up but Hale throws him back into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Hale KICKS Maverick around, dares him to get up, and then slaps him around. Maverick is getting mad as he gets up in the corner. Fans rally for Maverick and as Hale runs in, Maverick dodges to POST Hale! Hale clutches his shoulder but he refuses to end here.

Fans rally and duel now as Maverick and Hale slowly stand up. Maverick fires up to fire off haymakers! Maverick dodges Hale’s haymaker to dropkick a leg out! And then runs and redirects to basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Maverick as he runs in to forearm smash and BULLDOG out of the corner! Maverick goes up top, leap and CROSSBODY! Maverick bounces off the cover but he just gets more fired up! Maverick dodges Hale again to hit SLICED BREAD!! Cover, Maverick wins!!

Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall

Oh yeah, he’s definitely back! Will this win become the first of many for Rockstar Spud now that he’s back in the purple ‘n’ orange?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode here with two very good matches. Jiro VS Waller was a really good opener, though Waller wasn’t always the crispest he could be. Pretty sure that flapjack to the floor was meant to be to the apron. But Jiro made up for a lot of that with his charisma, and things really got fired up by the end there. Jiro winning is great, he’s clearly becoming a fan favorite and has a lot of great skill on top of his charisma, hopefully he gets to be something big for the Cruiserweight Division in the near future. Maverick’s return to 205 Live is rather unexpected, but again, what else is there for him? He has a great match with Hale, and of course Maverick wins his return to the brand. I hope this time, we get to see Maverick truly thrive and make something of himself again.

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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