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NOAH’s N-1 Victory round robin tournament has begun! Hisame let’s us know all of the early highlights and the insanity in the Junior Division!



NOAH’s N-1 Victory round robin tournament has begun! Hisame let’s us know all of the early highlights and the insanity in the Junior Division!


N-1 VICTORY Night One

Kazuyuki Fujita defeated Masa Kitamiya via the soccer ball kicks to the face.

Kendo Kashin had preyed on Kenoh’s already destroyed nerves at the press conference by not turning up, having it announced to “Daiki, Masaaki and Daisuke” that he was “next to them” which made everyone search for him (Masaaki Mochizuki even searched under the table), until Kenoh got on the microphone and made the music come to a scratch finish by screaming to him to stop messing around. Kenoh vowed he was going to beat Kashin up so badly in the first match that he couldn’t wrestle any others, but Kashin (as ever) had a few tricks up his sleeve. During the match he and Kenoh almost got counted out when the fight went to the back, Kashin used his face squish move on Kenoh by using something like a frame on his face, and then he caused a distraction by undoing his boot, slipping out of a mask he had pulled on over his usual one when Kenoh was distracted by the boot, and then pinning Kenoh with a sneak pin. Kenoh couldn’t believe it, and lots of pictures were taken as a result of his standing there open mouthed with a Kashin mask in his hand. When he had recovered, Kenoh confronted Kashin backstage and they had the following exchange;

  • KASHIN: You lost
  • KENOH: Stop your bullshit, I didn’t lose!
  • KASHIN: A care home, build a care home
  • KENOH: You came out of an old people’s home, right?
  • KASHIN: You should build one, so you can care for us all the time.

In usual Kashin style he was wearing one slipper and one boot, which Kenoh demanded to know why and then it got to Kashin telling Kenoh he needed to get the necessary care qualifications. Kenoh of course started getting even more irate and kicking the door.

Masato Tanaka defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima, and said that it was true he had lost to Takashi Sugiura but warned Naomichi Marufuji that in defeating last years league champion (who let hubris cloud his chances), he was now the strongest person in the league.

Takashi Sugiura and Keiji Mutoh’s first ever singles match ended in a time out draw. Sugiura was forced to wrestle Mutoh’s pace, with Mutoh playing the confused old man which his opponents always seems to underestimate the meaning of. It means that Mutoh knows full well what he is doing, and lures his opponents in to a false sense of security. This was a very different match for Takashi Sugiura to have as it was very vintage style, which highlighted how versatile he is. Sugiura commented after the match that he was disappointed by the draw as it was a “little like losing”.


  • BLOCK A: Keiji Mutoh vs Takashi Sugiura
    30 minutes time out draw (1 point each)
  • BLOCK B: Kenoh vs Kendo Kashin
    Kendo Kashin via sneak pin (12 minutes, 46 seconds)
  • BLOCK C: Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Masato Tanaka
    Masato Tanaka with the Sliding D (14 minutes, 8 seconds)
  • BLOCK D: Masa Kitamiya vs Kazuyuki Fujita
    Kazuyuki Fujita with a kick to the face (9 minutes, 29 seconds)

New GHC Junior Tag Champions & New Challengers

Yuya Susumu said in typical sarcastic fashion that he was so moved by Atsushi Kotoge’s interview, that he was going to grant them a title match. The match took place on the 12th September at Korakuen Hall, it was a very fast paced match with Hajime Ohara bringing out new submissions, and Yuya Susumu applying everything he could to Ohara to wear him down. STINGER were determined to end the match quickly, but it was a match full of near falls and pin breaks, swinging between both STINGER and their opponents quickly. Each time it looked like it was over, it started up again with Kotoge wrestling on pure momentum until he decided to pull out the finisher as his last resort and won with the Killswitch on Seiki Yoshioka. The new champions didn’t have time to celebrate for long as NOSAWA Rongai appeared from nowhere, to challenge for the titles on behalf of himself and Eita;

  • NOSAWA: I hate your wrestling. Next is myself and Eita.
  • KOTOGE: Everyone and you hate it. I will continue to burn my body to make the Noah Juniors hotter!

Then NOSAWA walked off, leaving The Noah Junior regulars to celebrate in the ring. NOSAWA said later he thought he had done a very boring thing by challenging the boring champions with their boring wrestling with their boring microphone work. Yuya Susumu said that this was not the end. He posted a picture of himself butting heads with Kotoge indicating that that his target would not necessarily be the titles, but someone who was once an old friend.

The GHC Junior Heavyweight title match has been set for the 10th October at the Osaka Edion Arena 1st stadium. It will be the night when the winner of the N-1 VICTORY faces Naomichi Marufuji for the championship, and HAYATA defends the GHC Junior against Daisuke Harada.

The first pre-match between NOSAWA, Atsushi Kotoge and Hajime Ohara saw NOSAWA team with YO-HEY as Eita was absent. The match took place at Club Citta on the 15th September, and was “won” by NOSAWA who held the ropes for the win. The most furious about it seemed to be Junta Miyawaki, as the high spirits of the tag champions could not be quenched even by this.


Daisuke Harada and HAYATA had their long awaited singles pre-match on the 15th September at “Club Citta”. The two juniors managed to conjure up the magic of Baba’s All Japan with fans leaving reviews of the match such as saying it had the intensity of The Four Pillars. Neither wanted to (or would let themselves) be beat and so the match was a rollercoaster of emotion with submissions (HAYATA using far more than he usually does) and Daisuke Harada growing more vicious than he ever is, both were goading each other into wrestling in desperation, and by the time the match time ran out, both were spent. There were no words at the end, only a stare off each holding up a finger to symbolize “next time”. Backstage Daisuke Harada said he had always wanted to beat HAYATA and would be “preparing measures” for the title match. While the event was not streamed live, the match was and you can watch it for free on Noah’s official Twitter.

WrestleUniverse to be updated

CyberFight have announced that WrestleUniverse will be updated on the 1st October. Not too many details have been given out (aside from the Noah site saying that an upgrade will make the site easier to use), but there will be a premier of the changes made held on Noah’s official YouTube channel on Tuesday September 21st at 21: 00 JST.


“I want you to learn by watching the pro wrestling of your seniors, I want you to carry the pro wrestling world in the future” – Naomichi Marufuji to Yasutaka Yano, Kinya Okada and Junta Miyawaki.

 At the event to celebrate seventy years of pro wrestling in Japan, Naomichi Marufuji teamed with Junta Miyawaki against Kinya Okada and Yasutaka Yano. Much to Marufuji’s credit, it was Junta who got the win via a perfect Falcon Arrow on Yano. After the match Kinya Okada said that while he was nervous to be wrestling in front of so many great seniors, he is proud along with Yano to be part of the young people who are making new history in puro. The event can be viewed on WrestleUniverse (you must be a subscriber).


Event recap: Night 1 of the N-1 Victory (12th September 2021, Korakuen Hall)

Post match interviews

Event recap: Noah Sanctuary (15th September 2021, Club Citta)

Post match interviews



– Daisuke Harada’s older brother said that the precious “Dahara” (Daisuke Harada) towel that was given to him will be used as a precious family heirloom to clean the toilet, the bathroom floor and the ventilation fan.

– Did Hajime Ohara fall over Atsushi Kotoge at Korakuen Hall on the way to the title match?

– HAYATA edged slowly to the back wall while taking pictures with fans at Club Citta, meaning that he looked small and they looked big.

– Jumbo Tsuruta and Giant Baba (from whom Noah’s wrestling descends) where inducted into the Japanese Wrestling Hall of Fame by Kyohei Wada and Genichiro Tenryu on the 15th September at “LEGACY”

– Yasutaka Yano was trolled by Takashi Sugiura when he asked for questions to answer for his PKDX column. Sugiura used the phrase that all the Noah seniors seem to do whenever any of their juniors do anything live, “Where is your girlfriend?” Yano politely did not answer.

Daisuke Harada has made no comment, neither has YO-HEY and Tadasuke has said something  along the lines of “What the hell…” as it features all four of the former RATELS for a show on the 28th November in Yoyogi. Yoyogi is not a place associated with any of them, RATELS, and the 28th November is not a debut anniversary. It remains a mystery that has caused many tears just by seeing the four of them back together in some form.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Naomichi Marufuji
    Challenger: Winner of the N-1 VICTORY 2021 – (GRAND SQUARE 2021 in OSAKA, Edion Arena Osaka 1st Stadium, October 10th)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Daisuke Harada – (GRAND SQUARE 2021 in OSAKA, Edion Arena Osaka 1st Stadium, October 10th)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Atsushi Kotoge & Hajime Ohara 
    Challengers: Perros De Mal Del Japon (Nosawa RONGAI & Eita) – (GRAND SQUARE 2021 in OSAKA, Edion Arena Osaka 1st Stadium, October 10th)
  • GHC National Champion: Takashi Sugiura 
    Challenger: TBA


Saturday, September 18th: N-1 VICTORY 2021

Noah Special Arena (empty arena)

Starts: 20:00 JST

Viewing: WrestleUniverse

Sunday, September 19th: N-1 VICTORY 2021

Noah Special Arena (empty arena)

Starts: 20:00 JST

Viewing: WrestleUniverse

Monday, September 20th: N-1 VICTORY 2021

Noah Special Arena (empty arena)

Starts: 20:00 JST

Viewing: WrestleUniverse

* A guide to the N-1 VICTORY can be found here

Please note you must be a subscriber to watch WrestleUniverse as these will not be free broadcasts.


“I want to destroy it”, interview with Katsuhiko Nakajima towards the unprecedented N-1 consecutive championship

Proving “Junior Power” to Sakuraba, Tanaka and Nakajima in his N-1 Participation – interview with Kotaro Suzuki

Atsushi Kotoge opposes Yoshioka & Susumu’s non title notification

N-1 Press Conference Block A: Mutoh confesses “upset”, Kiyomiya “I will grasp something”

N-1 Press Conference Block B: Kenoh’s rage at Kashin’s tactics, will “Destroy you in the first match”

N-1 Press Conference Block C: For consecutive championships Nakajima appeared with bright blonde hair, Sakuraba said “I wonder if everyone can be choked”

N-1 Press Conference Block D: “N is for “Nothing” Beast Fujita’s venomous interjection

“Masa Kitamiya is one of the cute juniors” – interview with Katsuhiko Nakajima

GIFs taken from Noah Official Twitter

Picture credit: Noah GHC


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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?



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!


  • 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



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



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?


  • 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



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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