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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (9/17/21)

Will All Heart keep pumping?

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Will 205 Live really become “Andre Chase University?”

The NXT Breakout stars headline again as All Heart takes on the “Number One Seed” for 205 Live! Will Trey Baxter prove he bleeds purple ‘n’ orange? Or will he be taken to school by “Mr. Chase?”

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Valentina Feroz VS Amari Miller; Feroz wins.
  • Boa w/ Tian Sha VS Malik Blade; Boa wins.
  • Trey Baxter VS Andre Chase; Baxter wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Valentina Feroz VS Amari Miller!

Each of these young and hungry additions to the NXT Women’s Division have won on 205 Live, but now they face off to see who’s hungrier! Will Feroz be ferocious again? Or will it be Miller’s time to shine again?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up as Feroz and Miller tie up. Miller wrenches to a wristlock but Feroz rolls and rolls and rolls to wrench back! Feroz has the wristlock and wrangles Miller as fans duel. Miller rolls Feroz but Feroz holds the wristlock to then armlock. Miller fights up, reaches for ropes, but Feroz wrenches to clamp onto the arm harder. Miller keeps reaching, Feroz wrenches again and grinds the shoulder. Miller powers up as fans rally but Feroz keeps control of the arm. Feroz reels Miller in but Miller throws BIG forearms! Miller gets free, whips Feroz, but Feroz blocks hip toss to go after the arm again!

Feroz grinds Miller down but Miller pulls hair. Miller gets to ropes, the ref counts, Feroz lets go, but then Miller goes after Feroz’s arm! Miller wrenches, wristlocks, but Feroz gets the ropes to flip through and ROCK Miller! Fans fire up as Feroz hits an STO to a headlock! Cover, ONE, and Miller kicks Feroz down! Feroz gets ropes, kicks Miller away, but Miller storms right back over. Miller KICKS Feroz, and spins Feroz around to tweak her arm! Miller then puts Feroz in the ropes to KNEE away on her! The ref counts, Miller lets off at 4 to then shove Feroz down. Miller shoves Feroz to a cover, TWO! Miller keeps Feroz down with a chinlock and stretch.

Fans rally as Feroz endures. Miller leans on the hold but Feroz fights up to her feet, only for Miller to wrangle her back down. Miller digs her knees into Feroz and bends her back! Feroz endures so Miller shoves her down. Miller drags Feroz up, whips her to ropes, but Feroz sunset flips through the back drop! TWO, Miller knees low! Miller whips Feroz to a corner, runs in and back elbows, then throws more elbows. Feroz shoves but Miller sweeps the legs to basement superkick! Cover, TWO! Miller grows frustrated but she wraps Feroz up in a half straitjacket. Feroz endures, Miller thrashes her around, and fans rally up.

Feroz fights to her feet, Miller throws her down, but Feroz dodges the elbow drop! Feroz is up, she reels Miller in for a hat trick of drop sayanagis! Fans fire up with Feroz and she whips Miller to ropes. Miller avoids the dropkick and Feroz hits the mat! Miller hurries after Feroz with a shove, then catches her leap for a SPINEBUSTER! But Feroz turns it into an ARMBAR!! Feroz has it halfway between a Fujiwara and a Disarmer, Miller taps! Feroz wins!!

Winner: Valentina Feroz, by submission

Much like Miller last week with Cora Jade, Feroz finds a way to turn things around out of nowhere and takes the win! Will Feroz be flying up the rankings and prove this is her time?

 

Boa w/ Tian Sha VS Malik Blade!

Mei Ying is still watching her follower closely, as he has not yet proven himself to her just yet. But can Boa redeem himself against the newest recruit to NXT and the Cruiserweight Division?

The bell rings and Boa BOOTS Blade right down! Boa KICKS Blade, Blade shoves him away but Boa comes back with more kicks! Boa clinches, bumps Blade off buckles, but Blade elbows back. Blade walks into Boa’s knee, then Boa throws more knees. Boa whips, Blade goes up and over and arm-drags Boa around! Blade dropkicks Boa down and fires up with the fans! Blade drags Boa up to the apron but Boa wrenches Blade’s arm to hotshot it! Boa then gets Blade’s other arm, and with Mei Ying’s approval, Boa KICKS and AX KICKS Blade down! Boa then gets in the ring, dares Blade to get up, and KICKS him down! Boa stomps Blade more, then dares him to get up again.

Boa brings Blade out of the corner, hangs Blade out to dry then runs to KNEE Blade down! Blade flounders and crawls but Boa isn’t done yet. Boa sits Blade up to KICK him in the back. Blade throws body shots but Boa CLUBS him down. Boa snarls and pulls Blade up by his ear. Blade throws body shots, Boa knees and CLUBS him again. Boa whips Blade to ropes, Blade ducks the roundhouse to fire off forearms! Blade leaps to HEEL KICK! Fans fire up with Blade and he runs in to A-LIST LARIAT with authority! Boa flounders, Blade goes up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Boa gets up and throws more knees. Boa CLUBS Blade again, dragon sleeper to the ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, Boa wins!

Winner: Boa, by pinfall

It wasn’t pretty, and that’s exactly how Tian Sha likes it! Boa finally proves he is capable, but will he prove himself as a contender for the Cruiserweight title?

 

Trey Baxter VS Andre Chase!

While neither of these men won the Breakout Tournament, All Heart at least got out of the first round compared to the “Number One Seed.” But no matter what, Chase’s ego does not die. Will it at least be deflated after losing the first “NXT 2.0 Era” main event of 205 Live?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Chase arm-drags but Baxter is right up. Fans are behind “All Heart! All Heart!” as he ties up with Chase. Chase gets the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker, then a wristlock. Baxter rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to wrench and wristlock. But Chase throws Baxter down by his hair! Chase gets the cording hold, splashes the arm, then wristlocks. Baxter kips up, snapmare rolls and ghost pins, TWO! Baxter dares Chase to bring it as the two reset. They go again, Baxter waistlocks but Chase bucks him at the ropes. Things speed up, Baxter drops and rolls and redirects to tilt-o-whirl headscissor!

Chase staggers to a corner, Baxter is after him, but Chase suckers him into a clinch in the corner. The ref calls for a break, Chase lets off but gets a cheap and hard elbow shot in! Baxter ends up on the apron, Chase storms over but shoulders into a KICK! GAMANGIRI! Chase flops down, Baxter aims and slingshots, but Chase trips him up! Baxter hits the ropes, Chase drags him in and suplexes to hang him out to dry! Baxter flops down, Chase covers, TWO! Fans chant “Andre Sucks! Andre Sucks!” as Chase gets Baxter up to kick low. Chase CLUBS Baxter, Baxter gets to a corner. Chase bumps Baxter off buckles then throws body shots.

Chase JABS, keeps Baxter cornered but Baxter turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP again! Baxter then shoves Chase to the other corner, but he runs into BOOTS! Chase stomps Baxter, lets off as the ref counts and he roars at the fans. Fans tell Chase, “You Still Suck!” as Chase gets Baxter up for a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Chase grows annoyed but he clamps on with a rear bearhug. Fans rally, Baxter endures but Chase leans his weight on Baxter. Baxter fights up, reaches back, but Chase throws him down. Chase clamps on with the rear bearhug again but fans rally up behind Baxter. Baxter pries free but Chase changes his grip. Baxter still wrenches free to CLUB and elbow Chase!

Baxter ducks Chase’s back hand to BACK HAND himself! SLING-DOG! Baxter kips up and fans fire up, as he LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Chase survives but Baxter grits his teeth. Fans rally up as Baxter stands and gets to a corner. Baxter climbs up, leaps, but Chase gets under! Baxter rolls, comes back but into an O’Conner Roll! ONE, to a HALF CRAB! Chase has the leg and pulls back hard but Baxter endures. Baxter reaches, but Chase drags him from the ropes to shift to an STF! Baxter still endures, crawls forward and drags Chase with him! ROPEBREAK! Chase lets go at the ref’s count, but he’s growing frustrated with Baxter.

Chase drags Baxter from the ropes, underhooks the arms, but Baxter blocks the lift! Baxter powers through, dodges a haymaker to handspring, NEURALIZER! Cedric Alexander would be proud of that one as the kick sends Chase out of the ring! Baxter aims, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit with the tope and Chase tumbles to the ramp! Baxter gets Chase up and into the ring, then springboards, into a low kick! Chase underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Chase is furious as Baxter survives! Baxter flounders to ropes but Chase drags him back and throws down fists. Chase punches Baxter to a corner, stomps him, then stands him up.

Chase puts Baxter up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up the corner. Baxter slips out and trips Chase! Chase snake eyes off the buckle, ends up on ropes, Baxter dials it up for a BASEMENT 619! Chase is down, Baxter goes up, 450 DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, Baxter wins!!

Winner: Trey Baxter, by pinfall

All Heart is victorious against Chase’s strong intellect! Will Baxter continue to shine in the purple ‘n’ orange until he’s once again challenging for the Cruiserweight gold?


My Thoughts:

While this counts as the first 205 Live episode in the 2.0 Era, it doesn’t feel that different since (as I’ve said for the last few weeks) it was the testing ground for much of the changes in booking. I like that we got Feroz VS Miller, a match of the two winners from the last few weeks. As I pointed out, Feroz had a sudden win over Miller much like Miller did over Cora Jade, and that seems to be how NXT 2.0 is trying to make things unpredictable. I’d rather this makeover just be a visual makeover. The matches were being booked just fine in the women’s division, so let it continue that way.

Boa gets a win so he stays strong while Tian Sha is down a member with Xia Li out on injury. I don’t see Boa getting to do much more than this, though, as the window to strike for all of Tian Sha passed us by even in the “1.0” phase of NXT. But at least with the main event, there is still a shining hope for the Cruiserweight Division as Baxter VS Chase gave us some really great stuff. But Chase has literally only won one match since debuting in WWE, so his arrogant Heel behavior just isn’t clicking to me. Nick Da Frickin’ Idiot Khan won’t regret cutting established Heel Cruiserweights like Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari and a few others, but that’s because he has no brain.

My Score: 8.1/10


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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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