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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (8/13/21)

205 Live isn’t just 205 anymore!

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The purple ‘n’ orange is still handsome, but it’s getting heavy!

Yes, this is 205 Live, where Ikemen will have a rematch from two weeks ago with Waller, AND Joe Gacy faces Josh Briggs in a battle of knocked-out Breakout competitors!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ikemen Jiro VS Grayson Waller; Waller wins.
  • Joe Gacy VS Josh Briggs; Briggs wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ikemen Jiro VS Grayson Waller!

The Handsome One and the 21st Century Success Story are going to have another go! But will Jiro’s colorful nature sweep, 2-0? Or will Waller’s baller swagger get him on the board?

The bell rings and Jiro does cartwheels. They circle, tie up, go around and Waller throws Jiro down. Jiro gets up, he and Waller circle and they tie up again. They go around the rings, Jiro arm-drags Waller and shows off the jacket. Waller headlocks, grinds Jiro down, but Jiro wrenches through and headlocks for a takeover. Fans rally up, Waller powers up but Jiro holds on. Waller headlocks, Jiro powers out but Waller runs him over. Waller kicks, runs but Jiro trips him up. Waller shoves Jiro, Jiro shoves back. Waller forearms, Jiro JACKET punches! Waller forearms, Jiro JACKET punches, repeat!

Waller throws forearms, whips Jiro to ropes but then redirects him to the apron. Jiro GAMANGIRIS, slingshots and headscissors Waller, then handspring back elbows! Jiro whips corner to corner but Waller reverses. Jiro goes up and over, but Waller slips out of the Tarantula! Waller bumps Jiro off the buckles and the ref reprimands! The ref checks on Jiro but Waller gets mad and drags Jiro in. Waller steps on Jiro, scrapes his face, Jiro throws hands. Waller puts a cravat on and chokes Jiro against the ropes. Waller facelocks, CLUBS Jiro on the back, Jiro blocks the suplex but Waller keeps trying, only for Jiro to turn it into a victory roll, TWO!

Jiro calls his shot but Waller hits back. Waller hits the snap suplex this time then runs to drop a knee! Waller drags Jiro up, cravats again, fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Waller says they suck. Jiro throws knees, Waller whips him to a corner hard and Jiro writhes! Waller messes with Jiro’s hair, drags him up into another cravat and throws in the shoulders. Jiro throws body shots, Waller cravats hard and throws more knees. Waller whips but Jiro reverses and Waller hits buckles hard! Waller comes back but into a kick and elbows and he ends up in the corner. Jiro runs in but Waller drop toeholds Jiro into buckles!

Waller snapmares Jiro then wraps on a chinbar and half nelson. Jiro endures, fights up, throws body shots but Waller cranks the chinbar and turns things into a schoolboy and pulls tights! The ref sees that and stops it! Jiro gets up, Waller argues with the referee, and Jiro rallies with clotheslines! JACKET PUNCH over and over and over! DISCUS JACKET PUNCH! Jiro whips, Waller reverses, Jiro goes up and over and slingshots back in for a missile dropkick! Waller bails out, Jiro builds speed, and Jiro DIVES! Direct hit to Waller and Jiro puts Waller in. SWANTON BOMB! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Jiro says here comes the rush, but Waller ducks the Ikemen Slash!

Waller runs, Jiro dumps Waller out and builds speed again, into a SOMERSAULT STUNNER! Cover, TWO!? Waller is furious but he slaps and kicks Jiro around. Waller drags Jiro up to scoop him, fireman’s carry but Jiro sunset flips! TWO, and Waller is in a corner! Jiro runs in but only gets buckles, and Waller ROCKS him with a right! Waller hoists Jiro up top, climbs up, fans rally and Jiro has a HOVERBOARD LOCK! Kushida would approve as Jiro hits a TORNADO KIMURA TAKEDOWN! Jiro cranks on the Hoverboard but then hammerlocks and scoops, to the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!?! Waller survives and shocks Jiro! But Jiro uses the power of his jacket to fire up!

Jiro aims from a corner, runs in, but Waller uses the corner for defense! The ref keeps Jiro back and Waller sucker BOOTS Jiro! Then the BALLER STOMP! Cover, Waller wins!!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

The series is 1-1 now as Waller comes back from being down! But will the third quarter be all baller Waller? Or will Jiro get back up to start the second half?

 

Josh Briggs speaks.

“The last time I was here, I was dominant. Now, Josh Briggs is back, and he. Is. ANGRY. I don’t care about the rules anymore. I don’t care if there’s a weight limit or not! When I wanna fight someone, I! FIGHT! SOMEONE!” Joe Gacy, after Briggs beats you down, you will go home, look yourself in the mirror and know that Briggs. Doesn’t. LIKE YOU! We’re about to see a vicious slugfest in the truly heavyweight main event!

 

Joe Gacy VS Josh Briggs!

205 Live ain’t 205 Live anymore, in more ways than one! But while crazy Gacy and big Briggs aren’t in the Breakout Tournament, that doesn’t mean they can’t have a breakthrough here on the purple ‘n’ orange. Who will be THE big man on campus in this Breakout Tournament Match That Could’ve Been?

The bell rings and the two circle menacingly. They tie up, go around, and Briggs puts Gacy on ropes. The ref counts, Gacy gets around and the two tie up. Briggs CLUBS Gacy, Gacy goes for a leg but Briggs pries him off with a headlock. Briggs powers out, back elbows, whips Gacy, but Gacy ROCKS Briggs! Briggs ends up in a corner, Gacy goes corner to corner and CLOBBERS Briggs! Gacy fireman’s carries Briggs, Briggs CLUBS him on the back, and then Gacy throws hands! Briggs shoves Gacy away, then BOOTS him at the ropes! Briggs drags Gacy to the center, clamps onto legs and Gacy kicks away at Briggs! Briggs drops an elbow on Gacy! And another! And then a double ax! Cover, TWO!

Briggs grits his teeth, drags Gacy up and throws hands! Gacy throws hands but Briggs hits back! Briggs reels Gacy in for an elbow, then elbows him again! Briggs drags Gacy up to reel him in for more elbows! The fans rally as Briggs covers, TWO! Gacy gets to a corner, Briggs chokes him in the corner, then whips him corner to corner! Briggs runs in but Gacy dodges and comes back to dropkick! Gacy whips, Briggs reverses and scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! BIG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Briggs sits Gacy up to CLUB him away on his back! And again, and then he goes after the arm! Briggs wrenches an arm, the fans rally up but Gacy fights up.

Gacy throws forearms, CHOPS Briggs, then CHOPS him again! Gacy whips, Briggs reverses and then SHOULDER TACKLES him! Brigg grits his teeth and crawls after Gacy, then stalks him as he stands up. Briggs drags Gacy up, CLUBS away on him, then clamps onto an arm. Briggs CLUBS Gacy, pulls on the arm, and digs into Gacy’s shoulder. Gacy fights up, RAMS into Briggs, then throws body shots and forearms! Gacy ROCKS Briggs but Briggs choke grips back! Gacy clubs free to HEADBUTT Briggs down! Briggs gets to a corner, Gacy digs fingers into Briggs’ face, then brings him into a SPINNING URENAGE! Both big men are down but fans rally up!

Briggs gets Gacy’s wrists, fans rally up as the two stand. Gacy breaks free to HEADBUTT and body shot and throw forearms! Gacy keeps throwing hands, gets around Briggs and ROCKS him! Briggs ends up on the ropes, Gacy CLUBS and BACK SUPLEXES Briggs! Fans fire up as Briggs shouts in pain and gets to ropes. Gacy runs at him to CLOBBER him and CLUB him! And again, and again, and again! The ref reprimands, Gacy lets off and drags Briggs to KICK him in the leg! And Briggs kicks back! Gacy wants the leg but Briggs kicks him away! Gacy stomps Briggs over and over and over and runs, but Briggs CLOBBERS him!! Cover, Briggs wins!!

Winner: Josh Briggs, by pinfall

He didn’t lie! That clothesline was so hard, there’s no way Briggs even remotely likes Gacy! But will Briggs like it even more if he keeps winning like this?


My Thoughts:

Well, as I’ve said a few times in this article, 205 Live just doesn’t feel like itself anymore. Now, this was still a really good episode, with Jiro VS Waller II being a step above the first match, and it makes a lot of sense that Waller wins to keep this going. Then Gacy VS Briggs, while certainly not a Cruiserweight match, was still a really good match between two big hosses. Briggs getting the pre-match promo tonight was kinda foreshadowing that he’d win, but Briggs is definitely getting a big push. No pun intended there but it is still a pun, huh?

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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