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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (8/6/21)

The Cruiserweight Champion is here!

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The purple ‘n’ orange and the black ‘n’ gold are finally mixing!

You don’t need to adjust your screen, you ARE seeing the NXT Cruiserweight Champion, KUSHIDA, appear on 205 Live!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Leon Ruff VS Grayson Waller; Ruff wins.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship Contender’s Match: KUSHIDA VS Ari Sterling; Kushida wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Leon Ruff VS Grayson Waller!

The former North American Champion and fan favorite underdog returns to action! But Leon might have a rough night against the 21st Century Success Story. Will Waller still be baller? Or will he underestimate the hops and handles of this real-life Spider-Man?

The bell rings and fans are fired up for Ruff! Free shirt! But it doesn’t really make it over the board… Waller laughs, he and Ruff tie up and go around. Waller throws Ruff and says, “This is a real 205.” But Ruff points out that the fans only care about him, not Waller! Waller and Ruff tie up, Waller waistlocks and SLAMS Ruff down. Waller slaps Ruff around but Ruff gets up. They talk trash, get in each other’s face, and Waller pie-faces Ruff. Waller says he’ll make it fair, and he drops down to his knees to mock Ruff’s height. But Ruff SHOTGUN dropkicks Waller out of the ring! Ruff fires up, the CWC fires up with him, but Waller snarls.

Waller gets in, Ruff bait shim in, goes out and ROCKS him, then goes up and around and under, ENZIGURI! Ruff rolls Waller up to ENZIGURI again! Waller wobbles, Ruff loads up but Waller dodges the boot! Electric chair, but Ruff rolls it! TWO, and Waller scrambles to ropes. Ruff runs in, is put on the apron but ROCKS Waller again! Waller stops Spidey Sense with another Electric Chair, and a pop-up BACK SUPLEX! Fans still rally for Ruff as Waller clamps on a chinlock. Waller brings Ruff up to suplex, hold him, and then SLAM him down! Ruff writhes but Waller gets a cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed but he stalks Ruff to ropes.

Waller gets Ruff on ropes, chokes him, claws his face, and bends him back against the ropes! The ref counts, Waller lets Ruff go and Ruff slumps to the mat. “You were a champ, huh? You were a champ?” Waller drops knees on Ruff’s back, gets him up and whips him. Ruff reverses but Waller goes up and STOMPS Ruff down underneath him!! Cover, TWO!! Ruff is tough and Waller is learning that! Waller clamps onto the arms and bends them back for a motorcycle stretch. Ruff endures, fans rally, Ruff fights up but Waller throws him by his hair! Waller claps but fans boo instead of rally with him. Waller drags Ruff back up, whips him to a corner hard, and then goes to the corner to CHOP him!

Waller RAMS his shoulder into Ruff again and again, but lets off as the ref counts. Ruff goes up to sunset flip, TWO! Waller staggers up, Ruff tilt-o-whirls but Waller blocks to hit a BACKBREAKER! Waller drops a fist into Ruff’s back, then kicks him around. Ruff gets to ropes, Waller throws body shots, but Ruff elbows away. Waller throws knees, suplexes Ruff again, but Ruff slips out to the apron. Waller BOOTS Ruff off to the floor! Waller calls his shot, builds speed, and then just slides out to STO Ruff down! And then he does push-ups to show off! The ring count is 3 of 10, Waller refreshes it, but he gets upset with commentary for not “putting respect on mah name.”

Waller turns around, Ruff CANNONBALLS! Direct hit and down goes Waller! Nigel blames Vic for distracting Waller but Ruff gets Waller in. Fans chant “205! 205!” as Ruff springboards, but Waller trips him up! Ruff lands hard again, Waller gets him back in the ring. Waller drags Ruff up, torture racks and bends Ruff, then INVERTED ROLLING SENTON! Waller goes to the corner, BALLER ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Ruff still lives and Waller is furious. Waller drags Ruff up, hooks the legs, then clamps on with a deep chinlock stretch! Ruff endures, pops out to a cover, TWO! Waller scoops but Ruff flips out of the piledriver to roll back and TORNADO DDT?!

Fans are thunderous for Ruff as he gets to the ropes. Waller staggers up, Ruff starts rallying with big forearms! Ruff runs corner to corner for a GAMANGIRI! Then a BULL- NO! Waller shoves Ruff away, RUFF CUT!! Cover, TWO!!! Waller survives the flying cutter but Ruff still has spirit! Ruff goes to a corner, climbs, but Waller crawls after him. Ruff is up top, Waller is still down, FROG SPLASH FLOP! Waller somersaults in, STUNNER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Waller is losing his cool with the underdog but fans say, “This is Awesome!” Waller drags Ruff to fireman’s carry. “See you later, baby.” Waller pops Ruff up, but Ruff turns it into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, RUFF WINS!!

Winner: Leon Ruff, by pinfall

Welcome back, Leon Ruff! All that time away but there was no ring rust, just more heart! Will this breathe new life into Ruff’s run?

 

NXT Cruiserweight Championship Contender’s Match: KUSHIDA VS Ari Sterling!

The Time Splitter and current NXT Cruiserweight Champion is finally on 205 Live! And though he told Roderick Strong, “You’re on!” for a title match, there’s always room for Sauce! Will Kushida get the best out of Sterling or bested by him in his purple ‘n’ orange debut?

The bell rings and Kushida circles with Sterling. Fans rally up as the two speed things up! They run the ropes, Kushida drops then rams shoulders! Neither man budges so Kushida goes again and they ram shoulders. Fans duel as both men run, but then they both drop down! Then they both dropkick but those cancel out! Both men get back up, and have a stand-off after being mirror images. They reset, feel things out, and Sterling wrenches to a wristlock. Kushida spins and spins and wrangles Sterling to the mat. Kushida wrenches, Sterling gets up, and Sterling rolls and kips up to WRING him out! Kushida gets up but into a headscissor and a dropkick!

Kushida bails out but Sterling serves up the MOON-SAUCE! Kushida avoids it and Sterling lands on his feet, and Kushida dropkicks Sterling’s legs out! Fans fire up and a ring count climbs but Kushida gets Sterling in at 4 of 10. Kushida KICKS a leg, and again! Sterling hobbles and flounders but Kushida gets Sterling up. Sterling blocks once but Kushida still gets the SHIN BREAKER! Kushida stalks Sterling, runs in and dropkicks the arm! Sterling hobbles, Kushida goes up top and leaps, but Sterling avoids the flying knee! Sterling hits a kitchen sink knee, and he stomps Kushida down. Sterling gets Kushida up, throws forearms and whips Kushida to ropes to KNEE him!

Sterling whips Kushida the other way, and gives him another KNEE! Sterling suplexes to hang Kushida out to dry. Sterling CLUBS him, runs and SOMERSAULT AX KICKS Kushida down! Cover, ONE!! Kushida is a Super Junior but Sterling squeezes him with body scissors. Fans rally and duel as Sterling adds a chinbar. Sterling makes it a cover, TWO! Sterling clubs Kushida but Kushida has an arm up to guard his face. Fans rally as Kushida endures. Kushida throws elbows and gets free, but then Kushida traps Sterling’s legs to add pressure! Sterling CLUBS Kushida, Kushida lets him go, and Kushida gets to a corner.

Sterling runs in but Kushida BOOTS him! And BOOTS him! And powers up, but Sterling dodges, only to get the SHOTEI! And another SHOTEI! Fans fire up as Kushida runs corner to corner to SHOTEI! Kushida whips then atomic drops Sterling, to whip again. Sterling blocks the hip toss but Kushida KICKS him for it! Kushida whips, Sterling reverses but Kushida handsprings, into an ENZIGURI! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Kushida rises, Sterling follows, but Sterling runs into the corner to ROCK Kushida! Sterling hoists Kushida up top but Kushida wants the arm! Sterling fights while the ref counts, and Sterling CLUBS Kushida back!

Sterling hops down, rolls back, comes back, NO HANDS RANA!! Kushida flounders, Sterling runs in, BLINDSIDE A-List Lariat! Kushida is down and Sterling goes up, SHOOTING- NO! Kushida avoids the shooting star to dropkick legs out! And then he PENALTY KICKS the arm! Kushida whips Sterling again, hip tosses, cartwheel basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Kushida jumps up, HOVERBOARD!! Sterling taps, Kushida wins!

Winner: KUSHIDA, by submission

The Sauce doesn’t get a golden ticket, but he still put on a fireworks show! As for the Lightning Bolt, Kushida is ready to strike down Diamond Mine! Will Kushida return to 205 Live still holding gold?


My Thoughts:

Firstly, there was news that actually broke during SmackDown’s broadcast that more NXT superstars had been released. A few were those yet to have even seen screen time, but Bronson Reed, Bobby Fish, Mercedes Martinez, Tyler Rust, oh and in more of a “They didn’t already release him?” way, Kona Reeves had all been established. And except for Kona, either were or could’ve still been involved in stories. As were 205 Live/Cruiserweight Division members Jake Atlas, Asher Hale, and then Leon Ruff and Ari Sterling, who were just in this episode! I could go on and on about Nick Da Prick Khan effing over NXT and affiliated branches again because he has neither soul nor brain, but that’d be mean and I’m not going to do that.

But given the insanely ill-timed release of these superstars, that made this episode rather strange to watch. This was perhaps the best 205 Live the last two years, just based on having THE CHAMPION appear! But first, what an awesome match for Ruff to return in. He and Waller had great timing, I didn’t really see any sloppiness, and it was awesome for Ruff to win. Which makes the fact he gets cut the day this air even more bull crap. Then Kushida VS Sterling was also a great match, but it seems not even this brand is safe from Vince’s new decree: heavily emphasize that anyone fighting the champion can get a title opportunity if they beat the champion once. But given the story on NXT, of course Kushida wins, and there is a clear path for him and Strong to be part of TakeOver: 36.

And I’m sure they wanted to use this so Sterling could become the new Mr. 205 Live, but seems Nick Da Prick doesn’t like Sauce! And Ruff still had so much promise in the ring and as a character, he could’ve easily been up next after TakeOver. Whether Strong VS Ruff or Kushida VS Ruff, the CWC crowd would eat it up and want it over and over and over again. NXT had slowly been working to “make it work” with 205 Live, but they just keep getting tripped up and almost sabotaged by Nick Da Prick since Vince won’t rein that guy in.

My Score: 8.4/10


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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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