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Andrew’s G1 Climax 31 Day 2 Results & Match Ratings: 9.19.2021

First night of B Block for the G1! Can the Ace of the Universe brave the rain? Don’t honorable warriors bow to Holy Emperors? Let’s find out who gets those early points!

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First night of B Block for the G1! Can the Ace of the Universe brave the rain? Don’t honorable warriors bow to Holy Emperors? Let’s find out who gets those early points!

We get the worst possible match up of the block out of the way early! YOSHI-HASHI vs EVIL – the battle of who will suck the least! Aside from that we also get Tama Tonga vs SANADA which should be really fun given both men’s ability for technical wrestling.

On paper this is really solid, aside from the first match. Let’s see what happens!

Ratings:

  • EVIL w/Dick Togo vs YOSHI-HASHI: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @17:15 – ** ¼
  • Jeff Cobb vs Chase Owens: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @12:11 – ***
  • Tama Tonga vs SANADA: SANADA wins via Japanese Leg Clutch @19:04 – *** ½
  • Taichi vs Hirooki Goto: Taichi wins via Black Mephisto @18:30 – ****
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Rainmaker @29:36 – **** ¼

 

Results:

EVIL w/Dick Togo vs YOSHI-HASHI

You know, the last time I really enjoyed EVIL’s work was in the New Japan Cup last year when he just dismantled YOSHI-HASHI. Hopefully we get more of that, because I’m never gonna understand the fascination people have with YOSHI-HASHI beyond just that underdog sad puppy kind of pity. If YOSHI-HASHI finds a way to win, it will give him a ton of momentum since the Japanese crowd seem to Kayfabe hate EVIL while the Western fans just hate EVIL. If EVIL wins, well then, it is YOSHI-HASHI, so no one is shocked.

EVIL dominates early with a little bit of a misleading tactic from Dick Togo and going after the ring bell guy multiple times, as is tradition. YOSHI-HASHI makes his comeback and the crowd is behind him. EVIL and Togo have to cheat a bit more, Darkness Scorpion on the outside, but the crowd is still supporting YOSHI-HASHI well. YOSHI unveils a new move, like a Pumphandle Backbreaker, he even transitions from the Butterfly Lock to a Sleeper Hold.

HASHI fights off Togo a few times, blocks a low blow, blocks the Everything is Evil, but EVIL counters Karma. HASHI does pull off a Flying Armbar that he transitions into a Cradle, but Togo is in the ring distracting the referee. HASHI gets basically a 6 count, then he goes to complain and EVIL finally gets the Low Blow. HASHI then succumbs to Everything is Evil.

Speaking of as is tradition, HASHI gave it a shot, had his hope moments, and failed. I am not surprised nor upset because HASHI is a waste of roster space to me.

Jeff Cobb vs Chase Owens

Chase tries to go right after Cobb at the bell, which was the wrong answer. So Chase starts using his head and he manages to navigate himself into a position to focus on Cobb’s legs and even a little bit of neck work. But given the power difference, going after the legs is smarter.

There was definitely a strategy from Owens, but for a good chunk of the match, Chase was just used like a sandbag. Chase had some great flashes, catching Cobb with V Triggers, Low Dropkicks and even using the ropes more than usual. Chase hit a Missile Dropkick followed by a Kip Up, which I don’t think we’ve ever really seen him do either. Cobb goes for Tour of the Islands but Chase counters it twice. Has a nice flurry, even hits a great Corkscrew Pump Kick, but Cobb is just too much. He shrugs things off a little, hits a Super Kick and knocks Chase into the ropes he stumbles back into Cobb’s arms and takes a tour.

Much better match than expected if we’re being honest.

Tama Tonga vs SANADA

Tama starts with the gamesmanship early, with offering a handshake, then going through a lengthy spot which ended in a Dueling Dropkick where no one had the advantage. In a turn we don’t usually see, Tama takes off his vest and the fans and SANADA are even impressed. So Tama smiles and takes the time to pander and preen, offer SANADA a handshake again, but SANADA is pensive. Tama then goes to the corner to play to the crowd, allows SANADA to go to the other corner (as SANADA is want to do), then after a little showing off, Tama attacks before SANADA turns off the corner.

SANADA is on the outside, beats the count, then Tama takes him back out and they brawl a little. We see a Paradise Lock, Tongan Twist, TKO, Stinger Splash and Magic Screw! The Magic Screw usage from SANADA is interesting since Tama has a billowing feud with The Good Brothers, so any Magic Killer/Gun Stun references are obvious shots. Speaking of that, Tama tries the Gun Stun and SANADA just catches him, falls back and goes into the Skull End.

Tana fights, SANADA reapplies, Moonsault attempt gets countered and Tama pulls out a Butterfly Piledriver which I have never seen him use before. Gun Stun attempt again, backfires, O’Connor Roll into the Japanese Leg Clutch and SANADA barely steals the two points!

Taichi vs Hirooki Goto

Taichi is doesn’t a great job at being a walking AJPW reference. Not only does he take from his mentor Toshiaki Kawada, he’s started transitioning his Choke Hold into a Nodo Otoshi Chokeslam ala Akira Taue. As clean as Taichi has wrestled lately, we still see those Suzuki-Gun tendencies where he uses the guardrail and the camera cables to gain a few advantages.

Goto however doesn’t know how to quit. Goto fires back with a choke of his own, then we get a small comedy spot where both are choking one another simultaneously. There are plenty of signature moves that get traded, Taichi with the Gamen Giri and Axe Bomber; Goto pulls off many of his cooler moves. Ushigoroshi, Shouten Kai, most of the high impact moves not named GTR.

This really came down to who could hit their homerun move first. Goto blocked the Superkicks often, even after Taichi took his pants off. Goto breaks out of the Black Mephisto, lands a headbutt, Taichi reels back with a Rolling Elbow and finally hits Black Mephisto! Holy Emperor wins!

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada

Fight number 15 between the face of the last generation and the current generation! Okada is leading the count at 6-5-3. Can Tanahashi even things up again?

The early goings are very much a chess match. Simple moves like Arm Drags, Headlocks and Head Scissors. Okada’s arrogance does spark Tanahashi a little, so that’s when we start seeing the Dragon Screws even the bad knee game. As the action goes to the outside, Okada feigns Tombstoning Tanahashi off the apron, but Tanahashi slips out and Dragon Screw again! Then we see the Flying Crossbody on the outside (I do like Kevin Kelly calling the non-Finisher version Aces High).

Tana goes for a High Fly Flow in the ring, Okada gets his knees up and turns it into a Money Clip. Tana gets out of the Money Clip, then we start seeing Okada pick up the pace. Commentary really starts reminding everyone that the 3 draws all came in the G1, so they have a history of drawing in the G1. Okada hits the Elbow Drop, does the classic Rainmaker pose with the zoom out, but Tana ducks the Rainmaker. Sling Blade, the off the ropes Sling Blade…and now we get to the desperation spots. They both have a waistlock in and jockey for Tombstone control. Okada gets the best of it, Jumping Tombstone but Tana refuses to quit.

Okada almost steals the win with that craft Double Leg Cradle, but not quite. Classic Million Dollar Dropkick, leads to a Rainmaker Tana can’t dodge and we see The Rainmaker start strong!

 

Overall Score: 8/10

All in all, a better tournament day than Day 1. Hell, YOSHI-HASHI vs EVIL wasn’t complete crap and the fact the fans were really into does once again remind us why EVIL is a thing. None of the matches were really bad, unlike Day 1 (here’s looking at you KENTA vs Yano).

Tama looked great, Chase looked surprisingly good, Tana and Okada showed up while Taichi is still doing the Lord’s work.

B Block:

  1. Taichi / 1-0 / 2 Points
  2. Kazuchika Okada / 1-0 / 2 Points
  3. Jeff Cobb / 1-0 / 2 Points
  4. EVIL / 1-0 / 2 Points
  5. SANADA / 1-0 / 2 Points
  6. Tama Tonga / 0-1/ 0 Points
  7. Hiroshi Tanahashi / 0-1/ 0 Points
  8. Chase Owens / 0-1/ 0 Points
  9. Hirooki Goto / 0-1/ 0 Points
  10. YOSHI-HASHI / 0-1/ 0 Points

 


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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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