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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (9/24/21)

205 Live is Handsome again!

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The purple ‘n’ orange has a bad Moon rising!

Ember Moon makes her 205 Live debut! But will she fire up and rise again? Or will Cora Jade get the biggest win in her young WWE career?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Xyon Quinn VS Oney Lorcan; Quinn wins.
  • Ikemen Jiro VS Malik Blade; Jiro wins.
  • Ember Moon VS Cora Jade; Moon wins.

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Xyon Quinn VS Oney Lorcan!

The chivalrous warrior is back in the ring, but he’s going against an angry Fury of Boston! Will Xyon pay for the Bruiserweight’s betrayal? Or will he add Oney to his young win streak?

The bell rings and the two tie right up. Xyon puts Oney in a corner but Oney gets free. Fans rally behind Xyon as he and Oney reset but other fans do support the former NXT Tag Team Champion. They tie up again, Oney wants an arm but Xyon powers him off. They tie up and Oney gets a headlock but Xyon powers him away again. Oney keeps his cool as he kicks low, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Oney bumps Xyon off buckles, stomps then throws haymakers. The ref calls the ropebreak and Oney lets off to whip. Xyon reverses and hurdles to then UPPERCUT! Fans fire up with that show of strength and Oney gets up with a bit of surprise.

Xyon goes after Oney at the ropes but Oney elbows him away then kicks low again. Oney runs and UPPERCUTS Xyon back! Oney rains down rights, lets off and stands Xyon to CHOP! Xyon ends up in a corner, Oney throws more EuroUppers and CHOPS! Oney whips Xyon to ropes but Xyon reverses to fireman’s carry. Oney claws Xyon’s face and CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Cover, ONE!! Xyon has power to spare but Oney wraps on a chinlock. Oney squeezes tight and fans rally up as Xyon fights up. Xyon throws body shots but Oney CLUBS him! Xyon growls and counter punches then HEADBUTTS! Oney staggers into a BIG atomic drop, then Xyon runs to LARIAT Oney inside-out!

Fans are fired up as Xyan RAMS into Oney in the corner, then hauls him up for a SAMOAN DROP! Xyon kips up and Oney winces as he stands up. Xyon waistlocks, wristlocks and ripcords to DECK Oney with a forearm! Cover, Xyon wins!

Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall

The fury of Oney wasn’t enough to stop the power of Xyon! Will Quinn continue to win until he’s knocking out a champion?

 

205 Live hears from Ikemen Jiro.

The Handsome One welcomes us to his #Ikemansion! His collection of jackets and other merchandise is just the beginning. “When you think of Japanese superstars, you think of Strong Style. But when you think if Ikemen Jiro, you think of Style Strong!” A lot of people asks what “ikemen” means, and it means “handsome man.” Jiro is a handsome man, and a handsome man needs handsome jackets! From fruits to floral to shadowy black, Ikemen Jiro is always in style. But will his strong style get him closer to the always fashionable Cruiserweight Championship?

 

Ikemen Jiro VS Malik Blade!

We just saw the Handsome One show off his collection, but will he show everyone why he should be next up for a title match? Or will Blade cut through even the Ikemen Slash to establish himself in the Cruiserweight Division?

The bell rings and fans rally up and duel, “I-KE-MEN!” “BLADE!” “I-KE-MEN!” “BLADE!” Jiro cartwheels, ties up with Blade and waistlocks. Blade headlocks, Jiro powers out but Blade runs him over. Jiro kips up and shoes off the jacket as fans cheer. But Blade runs him over again, so Jiro kips back up. Blade dropkicks and Jiro goes rolling! Blade runs, Jiro drops and sets up for a back drops but Blade cartwheels around to arm-drag Jiro around! Jiro gets up into another dropkick! Fans fire up for the hometown hero and Blade runs in to ram Jiro! Blade whips corner to corner, Jiro slips to the outside and Blade goes up but Jiro JACKET PUNCHES from below!

Jiro climbs up to join Blade, and SUPER HOTSHOTS the arm! Blade writhes, fans fire up and Jiro is all smiles. Blade staggers up to a corner, Jiro gets in the ring and KICKS the bad arm. Jiro BUZZSAWS the arm and Blade goes floundering to a corner. Blade pushes Jiro but Jiro CLUBS away on him. Fans love “Both These Guys!” already as Jiro wrenches and snapmares Blade to a FALLING ARM SNAP! Then Jiro traps to arm for an ARM JAMMER! Jiro gets the arm again, another FALLING SNAP! Blade gets to ropes, shoves back but Jiro shows off the #StyleStrong. Jiro eggs Blade on and Blade throws body shots. Blade forearms, Jiro KICKS the bad arm!

Jiro whips Blade corner to corner, Jiro come sin, RUNNING JACKET PUNCH! Snapmare and a SOMERSAULT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Blade shows his toughness but Jiro is still smiles. Jiro pushes Blade around, fans rally and duel, and Jiro whips. Blade holds ropes to block, so Jiro goes up and springboard ARM WRINGER! Jiro drags Blade into a modified KIMURA! Blade endures this Ikemen Armbar and fights up. Blade throws body shots and is free to JAWBREAKER! Blade rallies with forearms from his good side! Blade scoops but Jiro slips out and runs, into a HEEL KICK! Fans fire up with Blade and he runs corner to corner to A-LIST LARIAT!

Jiro staggers, Blade goes up top and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Jiro survives but Blade isn’t giving up! Blade drags Jiro up with one arm, fireman’s carries, but Jiro fights to get to the apron. Jiro counters the punch to another hotshot! Slingshot headscissors and then the IKEMEN SLASH! Cover, Jiro wins!

Winner: Ikemen Jiro, by pinfall

Blade showed how sharp he was, but he wasn’t as sharp as the sharp dressed Jiro! Will Jiro continue to look good on the road to a title opportunity?

 

Ember Moon VS Cora Jade!

The Evolved Shenom knows she has to rekindle the spirit that made her into an NXT Women’s and NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion, but can she do it against the spunky new star who’s always ready to rock ‘n’ roll?

The bell rings and fans fire up to see Ember. Ember and Jade circle, tie up, and Ember headlocks to a takeover. Jade powers her way to a headscissor but Ember bridges to fight it. Jade holds on tight but Ember rolls back and slips out to get the headlock back. Fans rally and duel as Jade fights up and pries the hold open. Jade has the wristlock but Ember snapmares through and headlocks again. Jade slips out the back to get an arm and she goes for a double wristlock. Ember moves around as Jade works on the arm. Fans still duel, Ember rolls and wrenches and grinds the shoulder. Ember adds a chinbar, turns it to a standing neck wrench, but Jade endures as she’s being twisted around.

Jade rolls, kips up and wrenches back to a wristlock. Ember handsprings through to wrench and arm-drag Jade away. Then some neener neener to taunt the new kid. Ember taunts Jade and her skateboard, but Jade dares Ember to bring the fight. Ember says to calm down, this is her ring. They tie up, Jade headlocks but Ember powers out. Things speed up, Jade rolls to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Jade comes back in to springboard and RANA! Ember flounders to a corner as fans fire up. Jade runs in to corner SHINING WIZARD, much like another Chicago made punk wrestler! Cover, TWO! Ember is still in this and Jade is growing frustrated.

Jade gives back the neener neener and goes after the arm again. Fans rally as Ember fights the standing armbar. Ember endures as Jade pulls on the arm and scoops, but Jade slips out to waistlock. Ember bucks the O’Conner Roll, and then blocks the Shining Wizard against the ropes! Ember glares but Jade wants her to take it easy. Ember instead YANKS Jade down, snarls as she drags her back up, but Jade throws body shots! Ember fires off forearms all the way into a corner! The ref has to back Ember off but she comes back with stomps! The ref pulls Ember away again and she gets made. But Jade slips in to throw Ember down for a high stack! TWO, but Jade SHOTGUNS!

Ember is furious! She roars, pops Jade up to the top rope and into the Tree of Woe for KICKS to the back over and over! Ember lets off as the ref counts, then shrugs as she PENALTY KICKS Jade out of the Tree! Fans are fired up for Ember as she drags Jade back up. Ember runs Jade corner to corner to POST her! Jade falls to the floor but Ember still seethes. The ring count begins, climbs to 5 of 10 before Jade stirs, but she’s still down at 8! Jade hears 9 and sits up but Ember goes out after her!? Ember doesn’t want a count out after all as she puts Jade back in. But Jade gets her for a cradle, TWO!! SUPERKICK from Ember, then she whips Jade for a POP-UP POWERBOMB!

Ember rolls Jade to her feet to fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY right away! Ember stomps Jade and fans are loving the fire! Ember pulls at her own hair and goes to a corner. She climbs up slowly, menacingly, as Jade stands. ECLIPSE!! Cover, Ember wins!

Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall

Jade may have been the spark that lit the roaring flames back inside Ember Moon! Will the Prophecy of Flame still come true and bring Ember back to the top of NXT?


My Thoughts:

Just as I was wondering if I should continue with 205 Live, they give us a pretty great episode here. Sure it was still under half an hour, and some of that was taken by replaying Ikemen Jiro’s vignette from NXT this week, but we still got some solid matches. Xyon is being built up very well, but I’m sure he and Oney could’ve done way more than what we got. Maybe he gets to really show his stuff if NXT “2.0” could just loosen up and book matches more like “1.0” would. If Xyon’s becoming an action movie badass, give him matches that show it. Jiro VS Blade was really good, too, and it was I think in part because Blade is from Orlando and has a great local following. Jiro of course wins but I bet Blade could be given a 205 Live push any time now.

And we got a very good main event out of Moon VS Jade, but of course Ember wins. But at the same time, Jade got to be in there with an accomplished superstar, and I feel Jade got this match tonight because she’s one of the more polished newbies. Ember showing all that aggression was great for her story, she can definitely benefit from being a Face with some edge instead of fully turning Heel. For one, there are plenty of Heels for her to fight, from Toxic Attraction to the Franky Monet Brand to even a rematch with Kay Lee Ray.

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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