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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report & Results! (9/3/21)

205 goes Co-Ed!

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Coverage 205 2021

The purple ‘n’ orange isn’t just for the boys!

It’s been awhile, but 205 Live is letting the ladies join in again! Will there be some new stars shining in the NXT Women’s Division tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Cora Jade VS Amari Miller; Miller wins.
  • Joe Gacy VS Josh Briggs; Gacy wins.
  • Xyon Quinn VS Andre Chase; Quinn wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cora Jade VS Amari Miller!

Riding in on her mini skateboard, CJ is a high energy risktaker ready to show her skills. But her opponent has her own confidence to spare and a vibe all her own. Will Amari score one for #TeamBabe? Or will CJ pop off and grind her like a rail?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and CJ wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Amari works on an escape, wrenches CJ in return, and works on a wristlock of her own. CJ wrenches back again, wristlocks then shifts to a headlock. CJ hits a headlock takeover, Amari fights her way back up, and fans rally up. Amari pries free, pushes CJ away, and the two stand off. CJ and Amari circle again, feel out the grapple, and CJ reaches in to get an arm. Amar holds off anything more with a chinbar, but CJ cranks the wristlock. Amari keeps trying the chinbar but CJ keeps on the arm. Amari shoves, CJ blocks the chop and they are now in a test of strength!

Amari tries using her height for leverage but CJ fights back with pure power! Amari bridges, powers back up, and she kicks an arm to then spin and judo arm-drag CJ over her shoulder! CJ headbutts low, gets around Amari and waistlocks, but Amari fights off the lift. Amari pries the hold, switches with CJ, but CJ holds off the lift. CJ drops down and slips out the back, then kangaroo kicks Amari from below! Amari rebounds but into an uppercut! CJ snapmares and rolls with Amari, keeps moving and basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE! CJ is shocked but she drags Amari back up. CJ whips Amari to a corner, runs in but Amari blocks shining wizard to pop CJ up and over!

Amari has CJ in the corner and ROCKS her in the back with a forearm! And then a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Amari stomps CJ, drags her up and whips her to ropes to then HEEL KICK her down! Cover, TWO! Amari hammerlocks CJ while she’s down and hooks the other arm, then adds a leg! Amari makes this a cover, TWO! CJ gets up but Amari reels her in for a clothesline! Amari fires forearms then whips CJ again, but CJ turns back drop into sunset flip! TWO, and the two stand off. Both throw forearms, neither falls, so both throw forearms again! And again! CJ gets the better of this exchange and she brings Amari around for more forearms!

CJ whips Amari to ropes, rallies with clotheslines and forearms, then hooks Amari for a Gory Especial, SPIN OUT KNEE! Amari staggers around, CJ runs in and SHINING WIZARDS against the ropes! Cover, TWO!! Amari survives and shocks CJ again! CJ shrieks a la her role model, Paige, and gets Amari up in a fireman’s carry! Amari fights out, spins and cravats CJ to a KNEE! Cover, Amari wins!

Winner: Amari Miller, by pinfall

In the blink of an eye, Amari makes CJ crash and burn for a big victory! Will Amari take this first big win and turn it into a hot streak up the rankings?

 

Joe Gacy VS Josh Briggs!

A rematch of two big, mean, strong and unforgiving Breakout Tournament contenders, Gacy is looking for redemption! Will he do better now that it isn’t Friday the 13th? Or will Briggs prove it isn’t superstition, it’s just how much Briggs doesn’t like him?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Briggs shoves Gacy to show his strength. Gacy comes back, they tie up again and Briggs shoves Gacy. Gacy rebounds, rams shoulders, then headlocks when Briggs stays up. Briggs fights the hold, powers Gacy to ropes, and lets off, only for Gacy to dodge his sucker punch! Gacy waistlocks, Briggs grabs ropes then elbows Gacy away. Gacy runs in and RAMS Briggs to the corner! The ref counts as Gacy fires off hands but Briggs shoves him away. Gacy counter punches then dropkicks Briggs! Gacy whips, Briggs reverses and CLOBBERS Gacy with an elbow! Briggs stomps away at the ropes and drops elbows while fans boo!

Briggs lets off to seethe and clutch the back of his head. He stomps Gacy more, drags him up and reels him in for more CLUBBING forearms! Briggs goes to suplex but Gacy blocks. Gacy throws body shots, Briggs CLUBS away more then throws a headbutt! Briggs whips, scoops and SLAMS Gacy before a STANDING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Gacy clutches his ribs while Briggs grits his teeth. Briggs watches Gacy sit up, stands him up and reels him in for back elbows over and over! Briggs whips Gacy just to bring him around into another back elbow! Cover, TWO! Briggs snarls and clamps on a chinlock to grind Gacy down.

Fans rally up as Gacy endures. Gacy fights the chinlock as Briggs squeezes tight. Gacy gets to his feet but Briggs CLUBS him down and wrangles Gacy back into the chinlock. Fans still rally, Gacy still fights but Briggs thrashes Gacy around. Gacy powers up, gets back to his feet, and pries free of the chinlock! It becomes a test of strength but Gacy HEADBUTTS! Briggs holds off the back suplex but Gacy keeps trying! Briggs whips and RAMS Gacy with a big shoulder tackle! Gacy falls out of the ring, Briggs is annoyed by that but he goes out to fetch Gacy. Briggs puts Gacy into the ring, drops an elbow but misses as Gacy dodges!

Briggs is further annoyed but Gacy starts kicking him from below! Briggs stomps again, but again misses his elbow drop! Fans rally as Gacy gets to ropes but Briggs brings him up. Briggs whips but Gacy runs him over! Gacy fires up and fires off haymakers and body shots! Briggs clinches, Gacy breaks free to ROCK Briggs! Gacy shoves, CLUBS Briggs in the back, and hits a BIG back suplex! Briggs goes to ropes as Gacy roars! Gacy runs in to CLOTHESLINE Briggs over and over against the ropes! Gacy hits Briggs point blank again and again, then reels him in for an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Briggs survives, but Gacy gets a CROSSFACE!!

Briggs endures as fans rally up! Briggs reaches out, crawls forward, and gets a ropebreak! Gacy lets go in frustration but grabs Briggs’s legs. Briggs holds the ropes but Gacy kicks his arms! Gacy then drags Briggs again. Briggs kicks Gacy so Gacy stomps Briggs! Gacy CLUBS away on Briggs, runs but Briggs BOOTS him right down! Cover, TWO!! Gacy survives and shocks Briggs! Briggs gets up, drops an elbow and finally hits it! Then another! Briggs stands Gacy up, whips him to ropes, but Gacy dodges to handspring!? AND LARIAT!! Cover, Gacy wins!!

Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall

Gacy redeems himself! The series between these two brawlers is tied, will Gacy feel good enough to want a tiebreaker sooner rather than later?

 

Xyon Quinn VS Andre Chase!

This newcomer is the very same Xyon Quinn that shocked Boa and embarrassed him in front of Mei Ying! Will he do the very same thing to the former Number One Seed?

The bell rings and Chase circles with Quinn. The fans are on Quinn’s side as he ties up with Chase. Chase gets an arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker, then wristlocks. Chase grinds the shoulder, Quinn fights through to wrench, elbow breaker and wristlock in return. Fans rally, Chase rolls, spins and drop toeholds to float onto a headlock. Quinn fights up, powers out, Chase rams shoulders but Quinn rebounds to almost Pounce Chase! Chase is a bit stunned and he gets to a corner. Quinn waits on him and Chase gets up. Fans rally up more for Quinn but Chase gets around to a waistlock. Quinn switches, thrashes Chase around to then SLAM him down!

Fans fire up for Quinn as he looms over Chase. Quinn flips Chase over, Chase tries to arm-drag but Quinn blocks it! Quinn powers up to dead lift Chase into a LAWN DART! Chase staggers from the snake eyes to buckles, Quinn whips him but Chase kicks back! Chase whips, Quinn reverses, Chase stops himself and dodges Quinn to POST him! Chase then runs in to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Chase down fists on Quinn then covers, TWO! Chase clamps on to Quinn and has a chicken wing and chinbar! Fans rally as Quinn endures, and he pries at the chinbar. Chase holds on tight, Quinn fights up, and has a fireman’s carry! But Chase slips off to ROCK Quinn!

Chase whips Quinn to a corner and forearm smashes! Snapmare to neck snapper! Cover, TWO! Chase clamps on again and wants the chinbar! Quinn resists but Chase clamps down onto the jaw. He makes it part neck wrench but Quinn works on an escape. Chase works to smother Quinn with the hold but Quinn fights up. Chase knees low, throws forearms, then ROCKS Quinn! Quinn hits back with body shots and a ROLLING ELBOW! Quinn RAMS Chase in the corner, runs but into Chase’s uppercut! Chase runs but into a fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP! Quinn fires up and the fans are with him! Quinn uses the Haka to focus, then he whips Chase hard into buckles!

Chase staggers into a turn and torture rack, for a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, Quinn wins!

Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall

The Brisbane battler is already 2-0 in the WWE and looking like he could keep fighting tonight! Will Quinn put together a win streak that leads to gold?


My Thoughts:

Well first, it’s been a long time since 205 Live has had more than two matches. Sadly, they didn’t let it go past half an hour so the matches were all fairly short. But all of this was just proof that WWE should just rebrand 205 Live under NXT somehow. If WWE is going to ruin- er, reimagine NXT, they might as well do the same for this show here. Speaking of that makeover, something felt really weird about this episode. Commentary seemed to be more scripted than they’ve been, which feels gross to my ears. And there were a few moments in each match that felt just as scripted.

In the case of Jade VS Miller, Jade so quickly countering Miller’s overhand chop stuck out to me. These are two newer female superstars. There should actually be more moments of them just striking each other before a counter because they’re just now meeting each other. I do appreciate the booking of Miller turning things right around on Jade to win, but again because the match was so short in the overall, it seemed almost too sudden. There should’ve been more of a “rookie mistake” before Jade lost, not just a quick counter.

Gacy VS Briggs was a very good second match, but being a rematch from before, it felt better than the others so it should’ve been the main event to me. Gacy winning makes sense, at least, so as to lead to a tiebreaker that then leads the winner to a title match. And if it isn’t clear that we’re building up Xyon Quinn now, he got to be in the main event of the show and won. To be fair, Quinn (Daniel Vidot, a former rugby player) is 6’2″ and last weighed at 247 pounds, so the dude is a beast just from looking at him. But it would seem the Vince takeover actually saved NXT for last because 205 Live is already feeling it. I fear for what WWE Velocity or WWE Heat type stuff is about to happen…

My Score: 7.9/10


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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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