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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.139 ~ 1ST SEPTEMBER 2021

Leading into the N-1 Victory Hisame gives us all the NOAH updates necessary to understand where everything stands! 

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NEWS

Demon Tag

Kaito Kiyomiya’s issues with NOSAWA Rongai (and to a lesser extent The Great Muta and Magical Immortality) took a turn for the worse in Ishikawa on the 29th August. Left alone in the ring after the victory was picked up by Yoshinari Ogawa, Kiyomiya decided to howl with rage that he had failed to get the win over the people who had humiliated him, and take on the two demons (Magical Immortality and Great Muta) and NOSAWA Rongai. The fight went outside the ring and to the back of the hall where Kiyomiya, who was already covered in the red mist and the green mist, was attacked with a chair, and then hit with a car which was driven by the Great Muta. Kiyomiya was then draped over the bonnet, and thrown to the floor when the car moved off. He was later carried away on a stretcher.

Kiyomiya it seemed suffered no ill effects as he turned up the next day on NOAH the HOME (Series 3), although he did look like he had dark rings around his eyes. Commenting on the upcoming singles match with Kiyomiya (3rd September, Yokohama), NOSAWA says he can see no merit in it and won’t even turn up unless his stipulation that if he wins he enters the N-1 in Kiyomiya’s place is met. Kiyomiya is completely ignoring this to say that he is going to make NOSAWA pay for what he has done to him, but he does admit, that the “swamp” he has pulled him into may be addictive.

Masa Kitamiya’s 10th anniversary

Masa Kitamiya celebrated ten years in wrestling in his home prefecture of Toyama on the 28th August. Kitamiya’s actual anniversary is September 25th but due to the schedule of the N-1 VICTORY it will not have been possible to hold it then. The event was attended by family, friends and locals, and he was presented with flowers both on the way to the ring, and by Kaito Kiyomiya, his tag partner. There was also flowers in the lobby from family, friends and GLEAT had sent a bouquet too. The opponents in the match were Kongoh, who all turned their backs on him when he posed with his team to take a commemorative picture. After the match in which he was victorious, Masa Kitamiya addressed the crowd thanking everyone for coming to the event given the circumstances. Backstage he remembered something Akira Hokuto had said back in the Kensuke Office days, “Akira Hokuto said a person is “fully fledged after ten years”, and I am grateful that I have been able to arrive here without serious injury and without having to retire. ”

I don’t think anyone would recognize the Mitsuhiro Kitamiya who entered Kensuke Office ten years ago, with the Masa Kitamiya of today.

HAYATA & Kotaro

There hasn’t been a pre-match between the two for the GHC Junior Heavyweight, but Kotaro and HAYATA have managed to interact with each other. The first time was when Kotaro jumped HAYATA after a tag match in Toyama on the 28th August, and stood with his foot on his chest as he dangled the belt above him. HAYATA snatched at it, but Kotaro withdrew it. Interestingly, after this when Yoshinari Ogawa got in the ring he and Kotaro had a stare off for a few seconds. HAYATA returned the favor the next day, attacking Kotaro when he was backstage and kicking him to the floor. HAYATA then took the belt, and (after a few seconds of holding it up to the camera and looking worried), he did exactly the same to Kotaro, stood holding the belt with his foot on Kotaro’s chest. He also seemed to be speaking too as he bent over him, although I think he probably only said “Same”. Then just like Kotaro did to him, it was a kick and he left.

For Kotaro the title challenge is simply more than just having a belt and being the Ace of the junior division (he’s been there and done that and said he was going to leave it to the younger guys), for him its a matter of junior pride when entering the N-1, it’s also a case of his dream of getting to the finals, winning and then facing Naomichi Marufuji for the GHC Heavyweight. Kotaro has long dreamt of challenging his older brother for a title, and the opportunity has presented itself. It should also be mentioned that he has defeated a heavyweight in a singles match, Akitoshi Saito, over whom he has had no wins in singles matches so far.

LEGACY” First NOAH card announced

The first NOAH card of the event on the 14th September to celebrate 70 years of Japanese wrestling, has been announced. Naomichi Marufuji will team with Junta Miyawaki to take on Kinya Okada and Yasutaka Yano. For Yano, who has never faced Naomichi Marufuji before, this is an honor for it to happen at such a big event. Understandably, Marufuji does want the NOAH young to put on the proper display as this is an event which features not just the CyberFight companies, but pretty much the whole of wrestling from the traditional big three (NOAH, All Japan and New Japan) and freelancers on the indies. and so the eyes of the world will be on them. As the GHC Heavyweight Champion he instructed them to ensure that a company employee bought the GHC Heavyweight and his robe from the dojo. Junta Miyawaki said he would ensure it, and Takashi Sugiura (somewhat tongue in cheek) said Marufuji was not joking.


Dump Matsumoto‘s birthday – NOAH participation announced, return of the Cloak? 

On October 11th, THE LEAVE (NOAH’s longtime sponsors) will be sponsoring a NOAH match at Dump Matsumoto’s 60th birthday event. NOAH’s relationship with Dump comes through THE LEAVE adverts, where she first met Naomichi Marufuji in 2014. Dump normally plays the ever hopeful bride of Naomichi Marufuji, who usually ends up hitting him with something. Marufuji said, “Next time hit me in the ring”, and she was all for that although this has yet to materialize, so perhaps we will see something on her birthday. At the event Naomichi Marufuji will team with Mohammed Yone, against Atsushi Kotoge and Mitsuya Nagai. Kotoge and Nagai last teamed in September 2019 when Kotoge was the “Revolutionary Cloak Hero” (no one knew what that meant and according to Mohammed Yone, Kotoge had no idea either) and he attempted to reform the villainous Nagai by putting him in a cloak and telling him he was a hero who like him, “would defeat the bad people”. The team only lasted a few months as Kotoge seemingly dropped the gimmick without warning and later went back to the junior division. Nagai has not appeared in NOAH since, although he does not seem to have a bad relationship with them. Fans are excited for the possible return of the cloak. Kotoge has made no comment, although Nagai has certainly wondered.

Junta Miyawaki in ZERO1

Junta Miyawaki won the first round of the ZERO1 junior tournament, defeating Takumi Baba with the Falcon Arrow, which seems to have become his finisher. His next opponent is Andy Wu on the 4th September.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS

NOAH The SPIRIT 2021: Masa Kitamiya’s 10th Anniversary (Saturday August 28th, Takaoka Ecourt, Toyama)

EVENT RECAP  POST MATCH PROMOS

PREMIUM SUMMER DREAM 2021 (Sunday August 29th, Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall No 3)

EVENT RECAP  POST MATCH PROMOS

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Junta Miyawaki has been voted the MVP of NOAH the HOME Series 3. He has also hinted there will be a series 4.

– Mohammed Yone said that the match against Okoto Sakari (which was stopped due to indecent exposure), was not one you wanted your children to watch.

– NOSAWA Rongai complained to Magical Immortality that it was expensive keeping in touch with the underworld, and that he (Magical Immortality) didn’t even have a pager. Magical Immortality growled and grabbed NOSAWA by the throat and bundled him through the door to the backstage area. As the camera followed them it passed Takashi Sugiura who was sitting on a nearby couch ignoring what was going on around him and playing with his phone.

– Tadasuke and Daisuke Harada both say they are going to settle their feud at the NOAH Junior event in Yokohama in September.

– Prior to their match against Funky Express, Naomichi Marufuji said that he and Takashi Sugiura were the most funky as they were the ones with the belts. Sugi said there was nothing funky about him.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

  • Thursday, September 2nd: Yoshiki Inamura debut anniversary (3)
  • Friday, September 3rd: Yoshinari Ogawa debut anniversary (36)
  • Friday, September 3rd: NOAH Jr. YOKOHAMA OVATION
    Yokohama Radiant Halls
    Starts: 18:00 JST
    Viewing: Live on WrestleUniverse
  • Monday, September 6th: N-1 VICTORY 2021 -Special Prologue-
    Shinjuku FACE
    Starts: 18:30 JST
    Viewing: Live on WrestleUniverse

LINKS

Time Capsule: Pro Wrestler Takashi Sugiura (51)

GIFS taken from NOAH GHC official Twitter

 


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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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