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AJ’s SummerSlam 2021 Results & Review

Well moving forward the narrative will be about how WWE counters AEWs big moves. So did WWE plan for any big returns? Good matches? Was this SummerSlam one to remember?

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Well moving forward the narrative will be about how WWE counters AEWs big moves. So did WWE plan for any big returns? Good matches? Was this SummerSlam one to remember?

Welcome everyone to SummerSlam where the old people are getting the world title opportunities and we get the fun matches done early that everyone will talk about for weeks, it must be 2021! As much as I kid, we do have a decent card tonight and fun matches to boot. Cena facing Reigns, Goldberg facing Lashley and much more so lets go on and let’s get No Sleep Till Brooklyn going!!!

…Oh they aren’t in New York? Uhhh Viva Las Vegas? Viva Las Vegas! Let’s get the main show started!

Results:

  • RK-Bro vs AJ Styles and Omos(c) for the RAW Tag Tea m Championships – RK-Bro wins via RKO – *** ½  – TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • Eva Marie(w/ Doudrop)  vs Alexa Bliss – Alexa Bliss wins via DDT – *
  • Damien Priest vs Sheamus(c) for the United States Championship – Damien Priest wins via Reckoning – *** ¼ TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • Los Mysterios vs The Usos(c) for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships – The Usos win via Splash – ** ¾TITLE DEFENSE!!
  • Bianca Belair(c) vs ??? for the SmackDown Women’s Championship – ??? wins via Uranage – SQUASHTITLE CHANGE!!!
  • Jinder Mahal vs Drew McIntyre – McIntyre wins via Claymore Kick – ** ¼
  • Charlotte Flair vs Rhea Ripley vs Nikki ASH(c) for the RAW Women’s Championship – Charlotte wins via Figure 8 – ** ¾TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • Edge vs Seth Rollins – Edge wins via Arm Capture Sleeper – **** ¾
  • Goldberg vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship – Lashley wins via Ref Stoppage – *** – TITLE DEFENSE!!
  • John Cena vs Roman Reigns (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) for the WWE Universal Championship – **** ½TITLE DEFENSE!!

Review:

RK-Bro vs AJ Styles and Omos-

Randy and AJ start off the match and making things happen in the beginning and Orton gets the advantage right away and tags Riddle in and Orton also assists Riddle on a standing Broton. AJ gets frustrated and tags Omos in to manhandle Riddle and does so efficiently. Riddle actually gets a little bit of offense and tries to put the big man in a sleeper but to no avail as Omos slams Riddle off him and Styles tags in, continuing the work. Riddle makes a form of separation with a knee strike and tags Orton in and he attacks AJ and Omos like a house of fire and when coiled, Omos pulls AJ out and Riddle makes chance against Omos and they get the big guy stunned for a good while as Styles tries to finish off Orton in the ring after eliminating Riddle from competition. We have old faithful for the win, an RKO out of nowhere.

Eva Marie vs Alexa Bliss –

Eva tries to charge at Alexa Bliss but Bliss moves out of the way constantly from Eva’s attacks. As soon as Eva gets a form of offense started, she goes to attack the doll and Bliss snaps on her. Bliss goes for a Twisted Bliss but Eva dodges it and tries to actually win, pinning Alexa regardless for a two. Alexa gets a separation and gets a DDT off to beat Eva. Hooray… the crowd goes mild!!! At least Doudrop got heres and had some fun in the expense of Eva so… that’s good.

Damien Priest vs Sheamus-

Both men starting off in the ol’ Collar and Elbow, Sheamus gets a headlock takedown and both men are showing they are evenly matched with power and size but Sheamus is more crafty than Priest in the early fight but Priest gets it going shortly after.  Priest gets a good momentum started but with the step up Tope he does, he did something to his back and Sheamus now takes advantage of that injury, going for the back and shoulders of Damien Priest.

Sheamus keeps the attack on the back going more and more, even when Priest gets separation, Sheamus continues until Sheamus stops the Beats and talks some shit before getting attacked by Priest, getting the momentum swing in his favor, kicks and strikes stunning Sheamus, diving Wheel Kick to knock the champion off but Sheamus gets a reversal of the Reckoning and tries to fly himself as Priest catches him but catches Priest and reverses whatever he has in mind as Priest is reeling again. Sheamus gets ready for the Brogue Kick but Priest gets a kick of his own off to hit the South Side of Heaven. Both men evenly matched still, even with the back injury as Sheamus goes to now do a Heel Hook but Priest rips the protective mask from Sheamus and goes for the face of the champion and Damien gives Sheamus a little bit of Reckoning to win the United States Championship.

Los Mysterios vs The Usos

(I missed the opening of the match due to Peacock sucking the suffix of it’s name so bear with me for this one. I caught up to Dominik facing off against the Usos as Dom did his real dad’s signature, the Three Amigos.)

Dominik gets his momentum going with the Three Amigos and tries to get things going but the brothers gets rocked in a two on one as the Usos start to take full control. Dom breaks away and gets to Rey so he can get the fight going for his team, doing a two on one of his own but he has experience in that department throughout his career. Even with some superkicks and even a splash but Rey doesn’t stay down as Dom comes in and picks off Jey Uso with the double splash and Jimmy took too much time and Rey gets the advantage now, hitting 619 but Jimmy gets the knees up for the splash and the Usos hit the Superkicks and a splash to keep the tag team championships.

After this, we have a nice little SmackDahn celebration for King Nakamura and his Intercontinental Championship victory last night along with Rick Booooooooooooooooooooooogs on the Guitar and Pat McAfee on the table. This is the sole reason why SmackDahn is better than RAW. I’m just gonna say it.

Bianca Belair vs ??? –

Apparently there is no match against Sasha Banks but there is a rematch that Bianca had… against Carmella. Bianca gets a microphone and says she’ll face Sasha another time but she’s going to beat the hell out of Carmella until we hear the Mom’s Music. I mean the Man. Becky Lynch returns before the bell rings. Becky gets the standing ovation and begins to take apart Carmella to eliminate her from this match it seems. Becky asks if the EST wants to fight The Man and we got a match!

Becky goes to do a handshake, snuffs Belair with a strike and does a variant of a Rock Bottom and wins. There is no surprise. That’s it. New Champ. Its cool, don’t get me wrong. That was just the match. I’m here to cover matches.

Jinder Mahal vs Drew McIntyre-

Drew starts off fast with the ruthless attacks back and forth as Drew already reads the Claymore Countdown but Jinder rolls out. Drew is just man handling Jinder, even trying to bait him in and after that, Jinder gets control after a heavy kick to the head and takes it to Drew over and over but even then, it won’t matter because Drew still takes over and does his own version of Suplex City and lands a Future Shock DDT to weaken Jidner Mahal, landing the Claymore and making quick work of his former bandmate.
(Aftermath: Drew grabs the sword and attempts to swing it at the goons, telling them I Remember The Chairshot. Good to see we go all the way to Scotland for fans)

Charlotte vs Rhea Ripley vs Nikki ASH –

Charlotte just shoves Nikki thinking she is nothing and Rhea goes to defend her and kick Charlotte but now Nikki actually fights for herself until Charlotte dumps her out and we get the match of 2021, Charlotte against Rhea. Nikki comes back to the match to fight the challengers but Charlotte is in the ring so Flair gets in and gets the momentum, fighting Rhea more and just ignoring Nikki like she is a fly or a weapon too as she tosses Nikki into Rhea to stagger them both, missing a Moonsault though and after more offense from Nikki and Rhea, Charlotte returns and it’s Rhea vs Charlotte again. Rhea and Charlotte fight more in the ring and Rhea is dumped out of the ring this time and Nikki comes to take charge.

Nikki has a good amount of offense going, Tornado DDTs but Charlotte catches Nikki for the Fallaway Slam but Rhea returns to do a German Suplex to gain the advantage. Rhea and Charlotte comes to the outside of the ring and fight each other by the announce table but Nikki comes in and does a cross body to take them all down. They return to the ring and Ripley and Nikki try a double suplex on Charlotte but Flair gets the Double DDT on them and does some chops as they take it and go to the outside. Charlotte gets to the top rope and does the Corkscrew Moonsault to take the other two down. The two after a breather, get in the ring and remove Charlotte for a little bit before Rhea gets her submission move to both of them, Charlotte reverses it and puts the Figure 8 on Rhea and Nikki breaks it up. She does her swinging neckbreaker on Charlotte but Rhea breaks it up this time. Nikki removes Rhea from the match and Charlotte… well Charlotte wins lol because Figure 8, tap out… nobody can break it. Ya-da, Ya-da, Ya-da. Death, Taxes, Flairs. That’s all.

Edge vs Seth Rollins-

Edge comes out to the Brood theme with the fire and sunglasses, even wearing a darker attire before Metalingus playing for the rest.

Rollins goes wild, trying to the get neck of Edge but the Hall of Famer gets the first advantage to take Seth out and out of the ring. Every move that Seth tries to do, Edge counters because all Rollins does is trying to get the neck of Edge. This time out of the ring, Edge takes it to Seth this time before getting caught and driven head first into the posts and steel steps to take the neck out this time and now Seth’s got the advantage with neckbreakers and slingblades. Each strike that Rollins does, is a direct hit to the neck over and over with the match solely on Rollins’ favor.

Since Rollins started getting cocky though, Edge comes back and takes it to his competitor but when the go to the top for a move, Seth takes advantage and splashes Edge, looking for the stomp but Edge rolls out of the way. Rollins talks trash again but Edge catches Rollins as both of them land hard on te ring with a swinging Neckbreaker from Edge. Edge now gets the advantage and deals the Edge-O-Cution to Seth to cause Seth to reel but Rollins turns things around to bait Edge in but, Edge catches a Superkick from Seth and hits the Edge-O-Matic but still to no avail. Edge goes to the top rope now as Seth jumps up and does his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combination but no avail of a victory either.

Rollins sets up the Stomp again but Edge moves out of the way of the Stomp, Seth tries to turn it into a Pedigree but Edge spins out of it for a Glam Slam. Seth baits Edge to the ropes and hits a neckbreaker through the ropes, trying for another stomp but Edge catches Seth, stuns him on the apron and lands a Suicide Spear like it’s WrestleMania 21 again against Foley but Edge keeps it up and takes it to Rollins and goes for a Spear but gets caught into a Pedigree but again to a nearfall. Rollins goes for a Phoenix Splash but Edge dodges and hits the Spear onto Rollins but another nearfall happens and Edge is shocked. Edge tries everything now to win and beat Seth, reversing one more Stomp attempt and even bringing the Edgeucator back to get a submission victory but Rollins rolls out and now gets a Crossface started. Seth tries to break out and get an advantage but Edge opens his arms, bashes Seth’s head into the mat and puts an Arm Captured Headlock and Rollins taps out.
(Adam Joseph beating an Architect… Hopefully DPP doesn’t read this)

The Miz and Morrison have a promo for the DripStick 2000 but they don’t have it but apparently Xavier found it, looking like Razor Ramon, even doing the Survey bit of Scott Hall and sprays them both to get the championships started.

Bobby Lashley vs Goldberg-

Goldberg and Lashley start with a Collar and Elbow tie up and… now Goldberg turns into Goldberg once again. At least he added different slams into his arsenal and even a short arm lariat. Lashley gets a little offense started and looks to do the Jackhammer, Golderbg stops in and Lashley goes to the top and gets tossed off the top and readies the Spear but MVP helps Lashley out but takes a Spear on the outside this time.

MVP is the only reason why Lashley has a shot because of the shots with the cane to ruin Goldberg’s knee. Like… to the point of dismantling someone leg. Like how to ruin my knee… The ref stopped it though because Goldberg can’t stand. Damn old age.

(Aftermath: MVP tosses a chair in the ring and starts breaking the knee down more and more. Gage comes in to stop the assault and Lashley tosses him aside and puts him in the Hurt Lock.)

John Cena vs Roman Reigns-

Both men size each other up in the beginning as Cena gets a headlock in and Reigns knocks him down but now Cena is getting cocky now with some roll ups and gets cheeky before Roman gets actually pissed off and knocks Cena down with some punches and Roman just walks around, telling the crowd to acknowledge him but Cena keeps getting some cheeky roll ups started again and takes Cena back down. Reigns getting more of a beat down started and keeps Cena grounded more and more but once he applies a chinlock, Cena breaks out a little but, gets kicked down again. More shit talking going as Roman just tosses Cena around pillar to post, Suplexs over and over and taking him to the outside before Cena mounts his usual comeback until Roman tosses John into the steps. Roman asks for the title and stands on the steps with the championship raised high, already calling it done as Cena rolls back into the ring and Roman goes back in too as Cena goes for one more roll up for another near fall.

Roman goes back to the talking and Cena grabs him in a Fireman’s Carry for the AA but Roman gets out of it and lands the DDT for a nearfall of his own. He tells the camera that he ain’t going to be able to do anything for movies as John Cena is picked back up and we get an attempt of the old comeback before getting smacked upside the head by Roman. Cena gets up slowly, grabbing the legs of Roman for ANOTHER roll up and Roman gets out and puts Cena in a Sleeper Hold but Cena gets to a vertical base quickly. Roman wraps his legs around him to bring him back down and drops again but Cena gets up again and breaks the hold this time, hitting a Lariat to drop Roman and we are back to square one.

Both of them get up and now we finally get Cena’s comeback, the shoulder tackles, the slam, waves the You Can’t See Me before Roman puts the Guillotine. Roman releases it and hits that Superman Punch with the Gilded Fist. The spear is ready and Cena counters it, hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and the Attitude Adjustment but for a two! Cena now, puts the STF in but Roman grabs the rope to break it. As things look like it’s in Cena’s favor and following Roman to the outside, Roman hits a Drive By as Cena gets down and charges around to hit Spear to the outside but Cena catches him and does an Attitude Adjustment through the table and tried to roll him in quickly in the ring to win but gets another two count. John Cena now goes to the tope rope but Roman catches him into a powerbomb and a pin for another pin attempt. Roman gets back up and cocks the fist for another Superman Punch but Cena rolls him up again but Roman gets angry again, getting the Spear ready and misses Cena, hitting the post as Cena drags Roman to the top for a Super Attitude Adjustment but Roman kicks out one… more… time…

Cena stands up and does the OOOO Ah that Reigns does but Reigns catches the charge that Cena is doing and they go to a slugfest until Reigns hits two Superman Punches and readies another Spear, landing this one and getting the victory.
(Aftermath: Reigns grabs the belt to lift it up high until we hear that familiar asskicking tune. Brock… Lesnar… HAS RETURNED!)

Final Thoughts-

When things are looking down in WWE, go to the older guys right? The most entertaining matches at SummerSlam have been all the main event scene of the mid 2000’s. Super Cena, Randy finding a personality, Edge dismantling Seth Rollins and the cherry on top, that pop that the Beast Incarnate got was electric. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the matches were great and well deserved but, the matches of the night that caught my eye was basically the super class of OVW and Edge. This can only mean one thing in particular… what is going to happen now on SmackDahn since Brock Lesnar is back and Paul Heyman is standing in his way? That is going to lead up to a lot of fun matches but, let’s also not forget that… we might have more Goldberg since Lashley kinda beat up Gage. Put him in a submission but y’know, still. Goldberg could get pissed off and we see the old Goldberg for a little bit. Who knows, that’s why we have weekly episodic television shows right?! SummerSlam was amazing but let’s see what the NXT Stars have to bring for the next night of action.


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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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