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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (9/10/21)

Get ready to Sound the Alarm!

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Coverage 205 2021

205 Live has a big team-up in the main event!

After going toe to toe just last week, Josh Briggs and Joe Gacy see if they can work together against fellow NXT Breakout contenders, Odyssey Jones and Trey Baxter!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Valentina Feroz VS Katrina Cortez; Feroz wins.
  • Josh Briggs & Joe Gacy VS Odyssey Jones & Trey Baxter; Jones & Baxter win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Valentina Feroz VS Katrina Cortez!

Two more young, hungry stars in the NXT Women’s Division get to shine on the purple ‘n’ orange! Will Feroz be ferocious enough to get her first win on the brand? Or will that honor belong to the masked luchadora standing in her way?

The bell rings and Feroz circles with Cortez. Fans rally up as the two tie up then thrash. The two break, go again and Cortez denies a leg trip to get a wristlock. Feroz stays up to hook a leg but Cortez cranks the wrist harder. Cortez wrangles Feroz down, Feroz kips up and rolls and rolls to get free! Feroz rolls a little more to show off, but then Cortez rushes in. Feroz blocks the takedown with a headlock and she grinds Cortez down. Cortez fights up, Feroz hits a takeover, and Feroz keeps on the grind. Cortez makes it a cover, ONE! Cortez fights back with a chinlock and gets up with Feroz, only for Feroz to hit another takeover. Cortez tries another cover, ONE, and the struggle continues.

Fans rally as Cortez fights up to her feet. Cortez powers up and aims for a corner, but Feroz holds on to go up and hit a tornado headlock takeover! Cortez pushes back with a chinbar but Ferzo fights off the headscissors. The fans rally up and duel as Cortez gets up and powers out. Feroz rolls off Cortez’s back to hit an arm-drag! Feroz has Cortez down again but with an armlock, and also digs a knee into Cortez’s head. Cortez fights up again, throws forearms but Feroz wrenches to reel Cortez in for the headlock. Cortez pulls hair, puts Feroz on ropes and throws knees. The ref reprimands, Cortez whips Feroz to ropes and CLOBBERS her with an uppercut!

Cortez talks trash, gets the legs but Feroz kicks her away. Feroz gets ropes, Cortez has the legs still and she spins Feroz around to KICK her in the back! Cover, TWO! Cortez is frustrated but fans rally up for Feroz. Cortez gets Feroz up, whips her to a corner but Feroz goes up, only for Cortez to catch her! Cortez carries Feroz for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cortez sits Feroz up, Feroz resists but Cortez fires away with hammering palm strikes! Cortez traps one arm and clamps onto the other. Cortez pulls back on the arm in a modified motorcycle stretch! Feroz endures, Cortez shifts to a ghost pin, TWO!

Feroz rushes in, Cortez blocks the takedown, but Feroz shifts and gets around to a backslide! TWO, and Feroz KNEES low! Feroz drop sayanagis Cortez around then runs in to go up! Feroz and Cortez balance in the Electric Chair, but Cortez tosses Feroz off! Feroz has a rough landing but Cortez gets her back up, reels her in, gets her up and has the legs for a BOSTON CRAB! Cortez sits deep but Feroz endures! Fans rally, Feroz powers up and slips through to boot Cortez away! Feroz runs in to double arm-drag and then run, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, Feroz wins!

Winner: Valentina Feroz, by pinfall

The bright and colorful Brazilian battled through and is victorious! Will Feroz’s future be even brighter from here on?

 

Josh Briggs & Joe Gacy VS Odyssey Jones & Trey Baxter!

The two big, bad brawlers just fought each other for the second time last week, and now they’re working together? Probably not because they wanted to, but that won’t stop both men from going after their opponents with the same brutality they’ve shown each other. Will Jones and Baxter be ready for how ruthless Briggs and Gacy are? Or will they get to #SoundtheAlarm with a BIG victory tonight?

The teams sort out and Baxter starts with Gacy. They circle, tie up, and Gacy puts Baxter on ropes. The ref counts, Gacy lets off but Baxter runs in. Gacy fireman’s carries, Baxter slips off and dares him to bring it. Gacy rushes in, Baxter gets around to waistlock and schoolboy with a bridge, ONE! Baxter tilt-o-whirl headscissors then dropkicks Gacy away! Briggs tags in, Baxter goes right at him but Briggs tosses him away. Baxter tries again but Briggs again tosses him. Briggs keeps Baxter from Jones, brings him up and back suplexes, but Braxter lands on his feet! Tag to Jones! Briggs is right after Jones in the ropes with clubbing forearms!

Briggs whips but Jones dodges and runs Briggs over! Briggs flounders about, Jones hits a corner SPLASH! Jones goes again but Briggs BOOTS! Gacy tags in to CLUB away on Jones! Jones shoves Gacy, Gacy comes back to CLUB him more! Jones shoves Gacy again and CLOBBERS him with a clothesline! Jones gets Gacy up and scoops him into a BEARHUG! Gacy throws elbows as fans rally, and Gacy is free to HEADBUTT! Briggs tags in, both brawlers go after Jones but they can’t double suplex him! They CLUB and whip Jones, Jones DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Fans fire up with Jones, he tags in Baxter.

Briggs and Gacy are outside, Baxter builds speed and Jones gives him a boost! Baxter FLIES and takes out Gacy! Briggs got away, and comes back to BOOT Baxter down! Fans boo Briggs as he hauls Baxter up and into the ring. Briggs pushes Baxter to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Briggs tries again, TWO! Briggs keeps Baxter from Jones, DECKS him with a right hand, then waits. Baxter sits up and Briggs stomps him down! Briggs CLUBS Baxter and hauls him up for a dead lift suplex! Cover, TWO! Briggs drags Baxter over and Gacy tags in to drag Baxter up. Gacy DECKS Baxter, stalks him to ropes, but Baxter kicks back. Gacy stomps Baxter at the ropes for that.

Gacy drags Baxter up, CHOPS him, and Baxter flops against ropes. Cover, TWO! Baxter is still in this but Gacy clamps on with a chinlock. Gacy thrashes Baxter about while trapping an arm. Baxter endures, fans rally up, and Jones coaches him up. Baxter throws body shots but Gacy hits back! Gacy suplexes, Baxter slips out and wants a half nelson! Gacy pries that arm away to ELBOW Baxter down! Baxter elbows back but Gacy keeps him from Jones! Baxter standing switches, uses the ropes for momentum, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Both men are down and fans fire up! Baxter and Gacy crawl, Gacy anchors Baxter and drags him back. Gacy ducks the enziguri to DECK Jones!

Gacy stomps Baxter and roars as he clamps on with a chinbar. Gacy CLUBS away on Baxter’s chest, then drops elbow after elbow! Gacy drags Baxter up, RAMS him into the corner and tags in Briggs. Briggs throws back elbows, he tags Gacy back in. Tensions are running high again but Gacy throws hands on Baxter. Gacy tags Briggs back in, they keep mugging Baxter back and forth. Briggs brings Baxter around to whip him hard into the buckles! Baxter falls in a heap and writhes as he clutches his back. Briggs smirks as he toys with Baxter then stands on Baxter’s head. Gacy tags in as the ref counts and he drops a knee on Baxter.

Gacy drags Baxter from ropes, brings him up but Baxter fights the suplex. Baxter CHOPS, Gacy DECKS him with a haymaker! Tag to Briggs, he drags Baxter around and clamps on a chinlock. Briggs leans his weight on Baxter while thrashing him about. Baxter fights, reaches, and gets to his feet, only for Briggs to CLUB him back down! Cover, TWO! Briggs stomps Baxter to keep him down, and then Briggs seethes as he drags Baxter up. Briggs whips Baxter to the corner, Gacy tags in, and Briggs throws back elbows. Briggs whips Gacy in to back elbow, then a feet to the SIDEWALK SLAM! Briggs SPLASHES, Gacy BACK SENTONS!

Baxter writhes but Gacy mocks Jones’ “Sound the Alarm” arm pumping. Gacy gets Baxter up and Baxter throws body shots! But Gacy CLUBS Baxter back down, then clamps on a camel clutch! Baxter endures being bent back as Gacy roars! Baxter fights up to JAWBREAKER! Gacy drags Baxter away and runs in, only to miss in the corner! Gacy gets Baxter up, but Baxter wheelbarrows to spring up, hot tag to Jones! Jones rallies on Gacy, scoops him and SLAMS him! Jones scoops again but Gacy slips out to tag Briggs. Briggs runs in but Jones CLOBBERS him! Jones corner clotheslines Briggs then hits a GUTBUSTER! Briggs sputters and gasps as he gets out of the ring!

Gacy returns but Jones scoops him for a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Baxter springboards to be a backpack on Jones, and Jones understands! TWO MAN SPLASH!! Jones and Baxter stand up and are fired up, but Briggs runs in! Baxter dodges the boot and Jones scoops Briggs, URENAGE!! Cover, Baxter and Jones win!

Winners: Odyssey Jones & Trey Baxter, by pinfall

#AllHeart and a lot of charisma, this duo takes the win over a brutal combination! Will Baxter and Jones stick together and #SoundtheAlarm on multiple divisions in NXT?


My Thoughts:

A good episode, but this show should totally be rebranded to something like “NXT Lite.” For one, it’s a way to play the opposite of “AEW Dark,” while still acknowledging that this show saves the same purpose. These were good matches tonight but they just don’t have time for this on NXT. Feroz VS Cortez was good until that rough transition from Electric Chair to what was meant to be a bomb but just turned into Feroz hitting the mat. Feroz was still good to go so kudos to her toughness, and the CWC seem to love her already so it was good that she won.

The tag match was out of nowhere, no promo from Gacy and Briggs about their story, but that’s still because WWE just doesn’t care about 205 Live. But it was still a really good match, and it was great for Jones and Baxter to win to stay afloat while not in anything substantial. Carmelo Hayes is the Breakout Tournament winner, he has the spotlight, and everyone else is in a holding pattern until after this “NXT 2.0” makeover this Tuesday.

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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