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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Rating & Analysis: 10/18/2019

Bound for Glory is Sunday! How does the go home play towards Impact’s biggest show of the year?

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Bound for Glory is Sunday! How does the go home play towards Impact’s biggest show of the year?

Between Sami Callihan & Brian Cage, Michael Elgin & Naomichi Marufuji and Taya Valkyrie & Tenille Dashwood – it’s easy to be excited for the Pay-Per-View.

Things seem pretty fleshed out, but we still need the final entrant in the X Division 5 Way Ladder Match. So does Rohit Raju or Sabu get that spot?

Before reading on, watch this Callihan promo. This is one of the best promos of the year, regardless of company.

Ratings:

  • Fallah Bahh vs Michael Elgin: Elgin wins via Elgin Bomb – ** 1/4
  • Jake Crist vs Chris Bey: Crist wins via Super Cutter – ***
  • Rich Swann w/Willie Mack vs Rhino w/RVD vs Josh Alexander w/Ethan Page: Swann wins via 450 Splash – **
  • Sabu w/Super Genie vs Rohit Raju w/Gama Singh: Double Count Out – *
  • Over the Top Rope Battle Royal: Shera wins – **

 

Analysis:

Fallah Bahh vs Michael Elgin – Elgin dominated the early portion of the match with strikes, rolling forearms and suplexes. Fallah was able to absorb a lot of punishment and make a few solid attempts at winning the match. However, with the fact that Fallah’s character is still in rebuild mode and Elgin is building for his Bound for Glory match with Naomichi Marufuji, we knew who was winning this. Solid opener and Fallah is easy for the crowds to get behind, but no real surprise here.

Jake Crist vs Chris Bey – Chris Bey has been on fire last few weeks. This is his second IMPACT! appearance and he was on 205 Live recently. He’s been showing why he should get signed, and this match was no different. He held his own very well and even pulled off a cool looking Springboard FameAsser. It wasn’t enough to overcome the strikes and balanced attack of the X Division Champion. But it was a damn good match and Bey is really doing a lot to raise his stock the last few weeks.

-If Ace wins I riot…

-Really great video package hyping the Ken Shamrock vs Moose match. Went back through all the steps and both wrestlers made their cases fairly well. Ken had the best line though. “I’m gonna take his ankle home with me and mount it on my wall”. Good stuff

Rich Swann w/Willie Mack vs Rhino w/RVD vs Josh Alexander w/Ethan Page – This match set things up nicely for the Triple Threat. Rich Swann got pushed around early since he’s the smallest guy in the match, so we got some nice power based back and forth with Rhino and Josh. Rhino hits the Gore, but Ethan Page pulls the referee out. Before Kid Ref can see who pulled him out, Ethan falls and feigns that he was down the whole time and pins the blame on Willie Mack. So Rhino slides out to confront Willie, which Rich gets back in the ring, hits the 450 and picks up the win. So the heels did a great job at sowing dissension between the two baby face teams. Now it’s less of a handicap match and more of a straight forward free for all.

Sabu w/Super Genie vs Rohit Raju w/Gama Singh – Well umm…this happened. Much like we’ve grown to expect from Kid Ref matches, he lets the wrestlers play a bit if they’re known to use weapons. So we get Sabu using a chair, Super Genie interference and a table spot…but this was just a mess. Sabu paid more attention to Super Genie, screaming at her to get in position for spots, than to actually put on a decent match. So double count out, shmuble count out. This was just bad.

Over the Top Rope Battle Royal – IMPACT! is really pushing the intergender thing it seems. We had four Knockouts (Rosemary, Havok, Keira Hogan and Jordynne Grace) mixing it up with the Impact midcard, and Eddie Edwards. Johnny Swinger was the first one eliminated in comedic fashion, and the rest of the Battle Royal flowed as one would expect. The Knockouts had some nice story interaction where Keira eliminates Jordynne to further their dislike of one another, Rosemary eliminated Havok, but Havok reached up and eliminated Rosemary. Aside from that, the only real story was this Eddie Edwards versus the world story. The final four were Eddie, Reno Scum and Shera, so the three heels naturally pick on the babyface. After getting rid of Reno Scum, Eddie is harassed by the eliminated team and distracted so Shera takes advantage of it. Shera winning earns him the number 20 spot for the Call Your Shot Gauntlet match at Bound for Glory, and Eddie being runner-up, gives him number 1. Can Eddie finally overcome everything working against him?

 

Overall Score: 5/10

Well this…this just felt like it was there. No Melissa on Twitch definitely takes something away from the experience and a few longer video packages were really just filling time and getting across the major stories of Bound for Glory. Things were set up decently, and Impact does some pretty good video packages, but it was just a flat feeling show.

Bound for Glory has some great matches, some nice history and is setting up to be the pinnacle PPV for Impact Wrestling. Hopefully the Call Your Shot Gauntlet brings back some classic names (Taylor Wilde, Shane Douglas, or Chris Harris come to mind). Could also be cool if maybe Jimmy Jacobs or Lance Storm getting involved. But either way, the PPV has been built well, this episode just felt more like a means to an end instead of a big push.

Here’s to hoping Bound for Glory is more 2018 than 2017. Stupid Abyss versus Grado, worst damn match of 2017. Oh wait, now I’m gonna get caught in my feelings about that trash match.

Let’s just hope for the best! -walks off mumbling-


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Andrew’s TNA No Surrender Results & Match Ratings: 2.23.2024

lex Shelley gets his contractual rematch against Moose for the World Title, Gisele Shaw cashed in her Ultimate X for the Knockout’s title shot and the best of 3 comes down to a decisive match between The ABC and Grizzled Young Vets!

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We’ve got ourselves an exclusive TNA+ App Event tonight! Alex Shelley gets his contractual rematch against Moose for the World Title, Gisele Shaw cashed in her Ultimate X for the Knockout’s title shot and the best of 3 comes down to a decisive match between The ABC and Grizzled Young Vets.

There are a few other matches worth some note, but let’s just get to predictions and then the show:

  1. Speedball Mountain (Mike Bailey & Trent Seven) vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz) : I see Speedball Mountain winning here purely because its their first official tag match on TNA programming since the Hard to Kill PPV got shifted because of travel issues.
  2. The System (Brian Myers & Eddie Edwards) vs Intergalactic Jet Setters (Kushida & Kevin Knight) : I see The System continuing to establish the faction as a solid force; a little too early for glitches in The System.
  3. X Division Championship: Chris Sabin (c) vs Mustafa Ali : Mustafa winning makes a lot of sense here to me with the fact that he hasn’t been in a TNA ring yet and Sabin holding the title doesn’t really do as much as Mustafa winning. I expect The Good Hands to play a part.
  4. Knockouts Tag Championship: Decay (Rosemary & Havok) (c) vs MK Ultra (Masha Slamovich & Killer Kelly) : The Knockouts Tags are so irrelevant I don’t really care. I would like MK Ultra to win just because they seem like a more reasonable target for potential tag team threats as opposed to the magical netherworld bullshit of Decay.
  5. Frankie Kazarian vs Eric Young : EY makes the most sense for me here. Kaz is a heel, he can absorb the loss and turn it into maybe joining the system or finding other ways to screw EY down the line to continue the feud.
  6. PCO vs Kon : Another match I don’t care about. I’m gonna say PCO wins only because Kon doesn’t have nearly as much value to me. He’s not imposing, has no real momentum and putting him over PCO lines him up for…what? Ya…nothing, exactly.
  7. Tag Team Title Match: ABC vs GYV : I’ve got the Grizzled Young Vets going over because I feel like pushing an eventual GYV vs Speedball Mountain match is in the tea leaves for 3/4 nostalgia.
  8. Josh Alexander vs Simon Gotch : I think Gotch wins here. Josh needs some time away from the main event scene to build up his hunger. So potential shenanigans happen, but I don’t really know what Josh winning would do for anything aside from vaulting him to a main event scene that people would be more excited to see Nemeth in.
  9. Knockouts Title Match: Gisele Shaw vs Jordynne Grace (c) : I think Jordynne retains because the SHAWntorague is an unresolved albatros that will cost Gisele the match and be a fun way to keep the fire burning for a potential Gail Kim match.
  10. No Surrender Match, TNA World Championship: Moose (c) vs Alex Shelley : Like I said before, I expect The System to continue establishing themselves with this show and no glitches just yet.

So let’s see how many I get right!

Ratings:

  • Eric Young vs Frankie Kazarian: EY wins via Crucifix Pinfall – ***
  • Tag Team Title Match: ABC (c) vs GYV : ABC retains via 1-2-Sweet – *** 1/2
  • Kon vs PCO: PCO wins via DQ – * 1/2
  • Knockouts Tag Team Titles: Decay (Havok & Rosemary) (c) vs MK Ultra (Masha Slamovich & Killer Kelly): MK Ultra wins via Russian Death Device – ** 1/2 – TITLE CHANGE!!
  • Josh Alexander vs Simon Gotch: Josh wins via C4 Spike – *** 3/4
  • No Surrender Match: TNA World Championship: Moose w/Eddie & Alisha Edwards & Brian Myers (c) vs Alex Shelley w/Kushida & Kevin Knight: Moose retains – ** 3/4
  • Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Gisele Shaw: Jordynne retains via Juggernaut Driver – ****
  • X Division Championship: Chris Sabin (c) vs Mustafa Ali: Ali wins via 450 Splash – **** 1/4

 

Results:

I don’t usually cover pre-show stuff so I’ll say here, Speedball Mountain lost, because Maclin made his presence felt to help get the Rascalz the win. The System is working though, so I got that match right at least. So I’m 1-1 out of the pre-show. 

Eric Young vs Frankie Kazarian

The tie ups are close, aggressive for positioning but nothing crazy, EY with a Jaw Jacker, but Kaz cuts off a rope run with a big Body Block. After a slap in the face, EY returns the favor and returns the slap. So Kaz Kitchen Sinks EY, talks crap, EY Kitch Sinks Kaz. This is very simply an “anything you can I do I can do better” style of open. EY tries to toss Kaz to the corner and pull him out, but Kaz pops to his feet and Back Body Drops EY, transitions into the Side Russian Leg sweep and its a near fall.

Frankie goes for a simple Vertical Suplex and then a cover, which is a little silly. Kaz keeps lording over EY, deliberate strikes, slow building offense, and EY tries to get something going with a Knee Lift, but Kaz Scoop Slams him after and goes for his Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop…but misses! EY fires back with a few lariats! They fight to the top, Kaz wants the Flux Capacitor, but EY clocks him, drops him and goes for the Macho Man Elbow…for 2. Corner charge leads to Kaz countering EY as he slips to the apron, EY tries to duck his head through and catches the Leg Drop for a near fall. EY gets whipped to the corner, does the Flair Flop over the buckle, Kaz quickly Slingshots EY in and lands the Cutter for another 2!

After a few moments to collect himself Kaz goes for Fade to Black, EY counters with a Piledriver attempt, but a little countering and slipping but Kaz manages to get him in another Fade to Black…and connects! 1-2-kickout?!? Kaz argues with the ref, EY takes advantage of the distracted Kaz, and Crucifix Pin for the win!

Tag Team Championships: The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c) vs Grizzled Young Vets (James Drake & Zack Gibson)

ABC doesn’t come out to the classic Bullet Club music. So I guess Anthem didn’t feel like paying for the rights anymore? So they deserve to lose, music sucks now, GYV forever.

Ace and Zack start and Ace is just angry, stomping away on Gibson in the corner. Ace almost doesn’t listen to the referee, but eventually does, Drake makes a blind tag, Baseball Slide trip to Ace, Sliding Kick to the Face and then Poetry in Motion from the GYV connects flush with Bey and he flies off the corner apron. The two on one continues for a minute, before Ace can flip out of a tandem move, fall back into his corner and get some of their own tandem offense going. Assisted Russian Leg Sweep into the Click Click Boom for 2.

Shortcuts allow the GYV to stifle the onslaught, and Gibson does the ole Launcher into the bottom rope followed by stepping on his neck. Classic heel tactics, Outside In Vertical Suplex, Drake tags in, Gibson hangs Bey on the ropes and Drake brings down the Polish Hammer from the corner. Drake sits on Bey with the Front Neck Lock applied, Bey gets to the ropes, tries to get around things with a Sunset Flip but Drake counters that with a simple punch to the throat. Drake traps him in their corner and tags in Gibson. The verbal assault is more effective than the simple offense, but it also seems to fire Bey a little. Quick strikes, and then a reach to Ace, but Gibson pulls him close and lays into the Sleeper Hold.

Bey does the reach spot again, but this time when Gibson pulls him close, Bey slips behind him and hits the School Boy for a 2 and then snaps off a Neckbreaker. Gibson makes a quicker tag so Drake tries to keep Bey isolated, but Bey slips it, dives towards Ace and Hot Tag from Ace. Slingshot Double Dropkick evens the situation, Fosbury Flop onto Gibson on the outside, runs back in and lands a nice kick combination on Drake into his own solo version of Click Click Boom, but Gibson saves the pinfall. Gibson gets dispatched Twisting Moonsault combo for only 2! 1-2-SW-NO Drake grabs Bey with the Body Scissors and Sleeper Hold while Gibson slides in and Shankly Gates gets applied to Ace. GYV try to fire, Ace tries to do his one handed counter to turn things back for them, but Gibson just grabs him and DOOMSDAY DEVICE on the outside!

GYV point at Bey, Bey fires and meets them head on. Bey throws Gibson into Drake and clocks Gibson but Drake tries to grab him and Bey counters it into a Suplex of his own. Springboard FameAsser levels Gibson. Art of Finesse attempt but Gibson counters, Bey goes to the top, Lung Blower from Gibson and he holds him there while Drake hits a Coast to Coast Dropkick…but BEY kicks out! GYV look for something to put away Bey, but Ace is stirring, drops Drake, and they use the GYV scarf as pay back while the referee is focused on Drake. 1-2-SWEET and ABC retain.

Their new music still sucks. 

Kon vs PCO

Kon attacks PCO on the ramp during his entrance and PCO is amenable to the brawl. PCO does go into the ring, so the match officially starts, and its just Heymakers, Clotheslines and slamming faces into the corners. They trade dropping each other and standing back up. PCO throws Kon out, PCO went for the Dive and Kon side steps and connects with a clubbing blow on PCO’s way down. Chokeslam onto the apron, but PC-NO Sell, and attacks Kon. PCO bounces Kon’s face off the apron, they both head back in just to have PCO Lariat them both back to the outside.

PCO posts Kon, drapes him and looks for the Deanimator…and he…MISSES! Kon slides back in and PCO clips the apron. Kon grabs a chair, and hits PCO causing a DQ?

The DQ finish is stupid, I guess it’s gonna lead to another match at Sacrifice. Kon buries PCO under chairs, throws the ring bell guy around, but PCO bursts out of the chairs and attacks. PCO finally gets the best of the Goozle Face off, pushes Kon over the ropes, dives onto him and then lays into him with a chair.

All the extra attacks are just stupid, Kon even Zip Ties PCO to the Entrance Tunnel and goes for the neck snap spot with a chair wrapped around which makes no real sense. This was a bad finish and then just got progressively more stupid. 

Knockouts Tag Team Titles: Decay (Havok & Rosemary) (c) vs MK Ultra (Masha Slamovich & Killer Kelly)

Donnybrook to kick things off, just an all out brawl, Havok pulls Masha into the ring and I guess that makes them legal. Masha gets sandwiched in the corner, Exploder Suplex from Rosemary. Masha manages to take advantage of a small opening, Kelly gets involved and we get some quick and sadistic offense with Kelly doing some…fun…pin covers. Kelly slaps the taste out of Rosemary’s mouth, but Rosemary just slowly stands up, kinda likes it and ducks the last one to hit a Rainmaker.

Rosemary mounts Kelly, Kelly sits up to get on top of Rosemary, Rosemary returns the favor and they start throwing fists. Masha runs in, talks sense into Kelly and a High/Low style tandem move gives MK Ultra the advantage again. Strike exchange, into a Spinning Back Fist, a few Sambo kicks and Masha looks for the Russian Death Device, but Rosemary slips it into an X-Factor. Simultaneous tags as Masha is resting in the corner, Havok uses her size advantage, throws Kelly into Masha and then a corner Senton kills them both. Assisted Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Masha breaks it up! Masha takes out Havok, catches Rosemary mid Spear and hits the Russian Death Device! Our BDSM Feme Fatal Fever Dream wins!

Josh Alexander vs Simon Gotch

Classic chain wrestling style of opening. Josh has a Headlock cinched in, Gotch counters with the Headscissors and tries to find a wrist lock, and they trade similar style counters and mat based maneuvers. Josh gets a near scare of going from the Armbar to an attempt for the early Ankle Lock, but Gotch immediately finds the ropes.

After taking a beat, an old school test of strength into a Headbutt from Gotch and a response from Josh, then they trade Uppercuts. So we get another match that opens with that “anything you can do I can do better” concept. Josh drops Gotch, plays to the crowd a little and then eats a few kicks to the face. Gotch looks for a few Armbars, and when Josh protects the one side, Gotch tries the other. But Josh manages to fight out of that, and hits the Kurt Angle locomotion German Suplexes. After 3 he holds for a 4th, but Gotch grabs the ropes to force a break and then connects with a big front kick to take control again. A few down strikes, Senton, and Gotch takes a beat to collect himself so Josh tries to roll him up, and Gotch kicks out.

Gotch’s offense is consistent but deliberate. Knee Strikes, Front Kicks, Bootwashes, Uppercuts with Chops after…just really calculated attacked. Josh does fire out of the corner with a Dropkick, but he charges and Gotch tosses him over, Slap and Enzuigiri have Josh crumple on the apron. Gotch looks for a Brainbuster, Josh blocks, strike exchange on the apron, kick drops Gotch, Gotch kicks Josh’s foot out from under him. Gotch tries a Senton on the apron but misses! Gotch sells slowly on the apron so Josh gets his spot for the Low Crossbody through the ropes. Both are wiped out on the floor, but get in at 9. Crawl to the middle and Subury blueberry bulldogs hockey fight time! Okay no of course not, we have to do the played out Fighting Spirit spot, how silly of me. Does it look good? Sure, but its becoming stupid that every match has to have one of these.

T-Bone Suplex from Josh for 2! Straps down, C4- nope, Front Kick counter, Gotch Style Piledriver, nope, both roll through and Bulldog Choke with Josh’s headgear! Because of the headgear, Gotch’s grip slips so Josh turns it into the Ankle Lock, roll off it, strikes, Powerbreaker from Josh into the C4 Spike for the win.

No Surrender Match: TNA World Championship: Moose w/Eddie & Alisha Edwards & Brian Myers (c) vs Alex Shelley w/Kushida & Kevin Knight

Shelley starts off aggressive, jamming Moose into the turnbuckles twice, focusing on the left shoulder, which is the side he’s focused on the last month or so. Announce team also points out the announcement that the two teams have different color towels. So that just lines up for the heels to cheat by throwing in the babyface towel since color is all that matters.

While I’m being annoyed at how brain damaged the gimmicks in the match has become, Moose gets tossed out “tweaks” his knee, but manages to power through to Powerbomb Shelley into the apron and then Bow and Arrow him around the post. Shelley goes for the Chop Block on the tweaked knee, then pulls out a chair and plays a little La Parka. Shelley and Moose trade torture spots. Shelley traps Moose’s hand in the buckle chains and uses pliers to squeeze. Moose gets out of it, traps Shelley’s hand twice and cracks him with a chair. Shelley sells the pain into the ring, Moose follows but Shelley hits the Dragon Screw on the tweaked left knee. Shelley then ties up Moose in corner, Dragon Screws, Hamstring kicks, and then Shelley gets a Kendo Stick.

Left knee is the target, and Shelley gets a little sadistic. Cracks the stick into the knee, Kendo Stick assisted Half Crab on the bad leg. Myers distracts Shelley and Eddie grabs the Kendo Stick away. Because it wasn’t direct contact it’s legal, Moose catches Shelley with the Uranage and demands Eddie give him a trash can. Upside Down Trash Can, Moose wants the Superplex, Shelley fights off, bites Moose and slips between the legs and Avalanche Powerbomb into the point of the trash can. Shelley gives a few moments to see if the towel will get thrown, but then goes for the Figure Four. Moose turns it around, but Shelley turns that over. Moose gets handed the Kendo Stick and Moose uses it to break the Figure Four. Moose demands the System get the table and they do so.

Moose tries to Spear Shelley into the table, Shelley dodges and Moose stops himself. Low Blow, Border City Stretch and Moose sells towards the ropes, Myers sees Moose’s extended fingers and slips on Brass Knuckles so Moose can break the hold. Moose ditches the knucks, goes for the Spear into the table again and MISSES! Shelley calls for a chain, Shelley uses the chain for the Border City Stretch, but then all the seconds get involved. Lish tries to take the white towel from Kushida, Shelley grabs it back and hands it to Kushida. Back to Back Lights Out, then Moose wraps the chain around himself and connects with a third Lights Out. Kushida is torn watching, and decides to throw in the towel as Moose lines up the fourth Lights Out.

Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Gisele Shaw

Ash by Elegance comes down to ringside to watch. So will Ash be the one to screw Gisele since their gimmicks are a touch similar?

Gisele tries to powder early and force Jordynne to chase, but she gets caught, bullied a little early and Gisele’s striking gives her a brief moment of offense. Jordynne returns the striking and mobility with some rope maneuvers and a nice tilt-a-whirl side slam for an early pinfall attempt. Jordynne tries to keep the offense going, but Gisele gets a sneaky kick in the way, a Headscissors Driver, and a Corkscrew Splash for 2. The fight out to the apron, Shaw slips Jordynne’s move, tries the Powerbomb, but Jordynne blocks, clocks her, Senton’s Gisele’s face into the apron and starts riding the momentum.

Jordynne looks for the Juggernaut Driver on the apron, Shaw counters with elbows, Spanish Fly from the apron to the floor! Gisele goes for three straight pinfall attempts but Jordynne keeps kicking out. Gisele looks for the Denouement, Jordynne catches it, Spinebuster for 2! Juggernaut Driver attempt 2, Shaw finds the ropes, Shaw Trigger into a Pinfall but Grace grabs the bottom rope. Gisele is slowly snapping as Jordynne is resilient. Quick strikes, both fire and clock the other with Spinning Backfists and Kicks, Gisele goes for a Springboard Cutter, but Jordynne lands on her hands to block. Quick back and forth continues, but the third attempt at the Juggernaut Driver lands! Jordynne retains!

X Division Championship: Chris Sabin (c) vs Mustafa Ali

Simple collar and elbow tie up that runs into the corner break. Nothing fancy, very deliberate. We go into Arm Wringer trade offs chain wrestling before Ali hits a back Elbow to the eye and a headlock to the ground to slow things down. Rope run misses and that stupid Stereo Dropkick spot. At least its out of the way early and I haven’t seen it in a hot minute. Still hate it, but its less annoying I suppose.

Sabin with a Headlock Takeover and then some ground wrestling, a Trailer Hitch, leg pick, pinfall attempt but Ali slides up and dusts his boots off in an arrogant play. Sabin clocks him with a Lariat, but Ali keeps powdering and using classic heel psychology to piss off Sabin. A Headscissors Takedown on the apron is a touch scuffed, but it does enough and everyone is safe. Throws Ali back in, Crossbody from Sabin connects and we see a 2 count. Fighting the corner, the battle up the buckles, Ali gets the best of things and then 450 Splash on the left arm of Sabin as he’s reaching to get back up. Ali STF into a Crippler Crossface and then a Border City Stretch. Ali talks some smack, pins the left arm and then stomps right on the left shoulder. Sabin with a quick fire, both men trade desperation kicks and are laid out.

Getting to his feet first, Sabin fires and connects with a few short Elbows and Lariats, Sole Butt, Ali tries to counter a few things, Sabin shakes off the counters and lands a Tornado DDT from the Middle Rope. Two Roll Up attempts from Sabin, Ali kicks but Sabin floats over into a Crossface. Sabin with a bunch of punches, then tries to climb the buckles and Ali catches him with an Upkick. They fight for the top rope, Sabin shoves Ali off and Ali Backflips and lands on his feet, Dropkick on the flying Sabin connects beautifully. Back in the ring, 450 Splash attempt misses, Ali charges at Sabin but he just does the old ole and Ali’s face bounces off the turnbuckle like he things he’s Bret Hart.

A few strikes exchanged from both, but Ali chops into the throat of Sabin, Sabin keep fighting, Ali tries an Enzuigiri from the outside but Sabin connects with a Rope Assist Gamengiri. Sabin dives, takes out the security, Good Hands show up to give Ali a small opening but it doesn’t lead to anything. Skyler hits the apron to distract and is leveled, Hotch is clocked, Ali School Boy for 2! Clothesline From Hell, Michigan into the Cradle Shock- BUT ALI KICKS OUT! Sabin connects a few stomps, kick to Ali’s face and then crotches him on the top rope. Sabin looking for an Avalanche Cradle Shock…but elbows counter! Sabin eats a Sunset Bomb! Ali pulls himself up and 450 Splash for the win!

 

Overall Score: 7.25/10

Well 7-3 in predictions isn’t too bad if I do say so myself. If it’s good enough for Tom Brady, it’s good enough for me. But honestly, this show was a little weird. Having the World Heavyweight title so low…feels insanely disrespectful; the match was so convoluted even Jade had trouble explaining the rules, and using different color towels is just dumb and sets up very easy shenanigans (even though they weren’t used). Hell the fact that it was right there for someone like Myers forcing Kushida to throw in the towel, or bringing a backup white towel and being super heels would’ve at least made the finish fall less flat. But stupid match concept, worse execution, too many cooks in the kitchen. It could’ve been decent if there were so many caveats to idiocy in the match. The Knockouts and X Division were great matches though. Knockouts reminded me of a combination of Stardom High Speed and old 90s AJW wrestling. Fast, dirty, hard hitting, very brutal. X Division was fun, nice to see some new blood in the title scene and while the look of the security guards was a bit laughable, enough of the match hit the right notes to make me happy.

Kon and PCO shouldn’t be lengthened, especially with that moronic ending…but I suppose they need some undercard stupidity for Sacrifice. Really not sure how Kushida will validate his actions, Ash potentially teaming with or facing Gisele could be interesting. So while most of the matches were pretty good, the awkward pot holes were deep and irritating. Kon’s match being a waste of time and the No Surrender being convoluted beyond reason and then not even using the convolution in the finish of the match. The whole set up was like reading a story that was started by one writer, and then finished by another, in a different genre, translated into a different language.

High points were still worth the watch, but some stories need weird explanations and the bad matches are definitely awful beyond true description.


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

Ash by Elegance fka Dana Brooke makes her in-ring debut! Trent Seven faces Steve Maclin! And the No Surrender main event gets more convoluted!

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No Surrender Go Home show! Do we see any crazy wrinkles or match changes before the PPV? Chris Sabin will be kicking off the show against Jason Hotch; which ya know, both Good Hands have actually found wins at Rich Swann’s expense on Xplosion. So I’m not sure if they’re gonna get elevated slightly, or if its just to cement how much of a skid Swann is on.

Let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Chris Sabin vs Jason Hotch w/John Skyler: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – ** 3/4
  • Simon Gotch vs Jack Price: Gotch wins via Bulldog Choke – SQUASH
  • Trent Seven w/Mike Bailey vs Steve Maclin w/The Rascalz: Maclin wins via KIA – *** 1/4
  • Eric Young vs Big Damo: EY wins via Piledriver – ** 3/4
  • Savannah Thorn vs Ash by Elegance: Ash wins via Rarefied Air – ** 1/2
  • The System (Moose, Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) vs Kushida, Kevin Knight & Alex Shelley: Moose wins via Lights Out – *** 1/4

 

Results:

Chris Sabin vs Jason Hotch w/John Skyler

They start with a little World of Sport style chain wrestling, so nothing impactful, just constant contact, twists, take overs and wrestling. Hotch is on the losing end of most of the wrestling maneuvers but a cheap shot gives him a small opening, yet it is quickly stifled by Sabin. Side Russian Leg Sweep, Atomic Drop into a Cradle pin, but only for a 2.

Hotch powders into the ropes, Sabin follows, and Hotch uses the ropes to catch Sabin…but that offense is short lived when Hotch misses the chop into the post. Sabin throws him back in, Crossbody from the top, but Hotch rolls through it and into a pinfall for 2. Three Quarters Neckbreaker from Hotch, and Sabin is now suddenly on the back foot. Hotch bounces him off corners, Sabin counters for space, but when he tries to follow Hotch catches him with a Gamengiri and then an outside in Rolling Neckbreaker for a near fall. Sabin is tied up in a Straight Jacket, but Sabin fights up to his feet, flings Hotch off and then levels things with a Leg Lariat.

They get up, Back Body Drop from Sabin as Hotch retreats to the corner, eats a Yakuza Kick and then a Tornado DDT for 2. Thrust Kick to the gut for Sabin, Cradle Shock attempt, but Hotch slips it…runs Sabin into the corner and hits a Chaos Theory German Suplex for 2! Hotch looks to finish the match, Sabin uses the ropes to climb out of it, Locomotion Cradle attempt spot punctuated with Hotch landing a Superkick. Skyler tries to give Hotch a gameplan, so Hotch distracts the ref, Skyler gets involved. Hotch tries to dive on the restrained Sabin, but Sabin slips and Hotch collides with Skyler. Sabin takes over, rolls Hotch back in, Missile Dropkick, Cradle Shock, and win.

Simon Gotch vs Jack Price

Gotch gets the jobber tune up debut match, but Josh Alexander walks out before the match starts to I suppose make a point. Isn’t Josh supposed to be the face? 

Gotch takes control quickly and makes sure to eyeball Josh the entire time. Uppercut while his opponent is halfway off the apron, into a Wrecking Ball Dropkick sending the jobber to the floor. Price tries something, but Gotch twists into a Neckbreaker angle, but just Uppercuts the back of the neck. Jams the guy into the corner, Superplex standing on the middle rope, into a Gotch Style Piledriver, and then Gotch doesn’t want that to be the finish so he locks in the Bulldog Choke for the submission and refuses to let go after the tap to see if he can goad Alexander.

Josh doesn’t take the bait, but Alexander being out there in the first place seems stupid and trying too hard for a “stare down” excuse.

Trent Seven w/Mike Bailey vs Steve Maclin w/The Rascalz

Tie up and shoot off early, with Trent eating an Elbow, catching a Headlock Takeover and staying on the back foot early. Maclin runs over British Strong Style with a Shoulder Tackle, and when he goes for another Rope Run, Trent catches him with a Cross Body, into a Scoop Slam and starts to fire into some offense. Trent with the Chop & Gut Punch corner combo, whip into a Hip Toss, but Maclin finds a chance to stop the momentum and start throwing some heavy shots to level Trent.

Float over Vertical Suplex gives Maclin a quick near fall, and Trent continues to get all lit up again. Maclin with the King Kong Knee Drop only for 2, Trent tries a few slaps and Maclin doesn’t sell it at all. After Trent goes for a few more wild slaps and kicks, Maclin returns some strikes, giving much better than he’s getting. Trent then gets thrown out, The Rascalz strike and Bailey tries to interfere. Maclin moves in too slowly and allows Trent some offense before reversing an Irish Whip and bouncing Trent’s face off the post. Back Body Drop onto the apron, Maclin slides him back in and gets a 2 count. Maclin drops a few knees into Trent’s back and locks in a Crossface. Trent keeps crawling to the ropes and finally gets there, but Trent has effectively done nothing all match.

Maclin lets Trent chop him twice, and then levels him with a Big Boot. Trent looks half out in the ring, so when Maclin goes to collect him, Trent just starts throwing some strikes and almost gets something out of it until Maclin reverses the whip, Trent goes in chest first and then eats a Rebound Lariat for a near fall. Maclin keeps on the back, a Back Rake, into another Knee Drop…but Trent actually fires up old school style…and then Maclin shuts it down with a Backbreaker. Trent gets up fairly quickly to cut off Maclin on the top rope, but this reeks of desperation. A few strikes traded, big Headbutt from Trent into a legit Superplex for Trent’s first real moment in the match.

They both get up slow, a Chop trade, Trent delays one chop to get Maclin to duck and catch him with a DDT. Trent rocks Maclin to the outside, Rascalz try to intimidate Trent and Bailey hits the Triangle Moonsault to lay out the interreference. Trent then goes to the top for the Corkscrew Senton into the pile of people. Back into the ring, Trent hits the 7 Star Lariat…but only for 2! Maclin tries to collect himself and fight from the corner but Trent hits a quick Driver variant and sells the hell out of his back. Trent looking for The Meltdown, but Trey tries to yell at him from the apron, Bailey hits the Spinning Heel Kick to trip Trey and send him to the floor, then Bailey takes out Wentz but the distraction is enough. Maclin hits Caught in the Crosshairs and then the K.I.A. for the 1,2,3.

Eric Young vs Big Damo

EY comes out expected Kaz, but Kaz said everyone has ghosts and here’s on of EY’s. 

Damo comes out hot running over Eric Young. Big Slams, Splash in the corner, Uranage over the rope from the apron into the Slingshot Senton, then Damo just hits the Grounded Abdominal Stretch to work over EY. Eric tries to fight back, but Damo lays a Back Elbow into EY’s chest and sends him flying. Big Splash in the corner, calls EY “soft”, whips him across, follows and then eats turnbuckle. Back Elbow, quick strikes into an Attitude Adjustment from EY for 2.

EY tries to charge, Damo counters it into a Popup Spinebuster, Elbow Drop and then Damo takes to the ropes. EY cuts him off, a few strikes, Superplex for 2. A bit of a positioning struggle between the two and then EY manages to grab Damo and land a Piledriver for the win!

Oh God, a rubber match incoming…I’m gonna need to cross fade myself and put Ketamine in my humidifier to tolerate that impending pile of shit. 

Savannah Thorn vs Ash by Elegance

Ash demands Savannah kisses her hand, and when denied, Ash snaps on her. Choke against the ropes, uses the rope to eject her back and it cuts to Iceman clapping and captivated by the elegance. Ash hits her weird Handstand Twist Elbow, tells her to hit her, gives her the free shot and then snaps again, throws her into the corner, Handstand Footchoke, into a Handspring Back Elbow, and then her Swanton-esque finish “Rarefied Air”.

Not nearly as awful as I expected since they focused heavily on her gimmick. 

The System (Moose, Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) vs Kushida, Kevin Knight & Alex Shelley

Moose and Shelley start off for the PPV preview, Shelley ducks the punch and tries to lock in the Border City Stretch immediately. Shelley is continuing the arm work on Moose, which could play into the story tomorrow. Myers and Knight go back and forth next, into Kushida and then Eddie. So as we know in Japanese 6 Mans (which these tend to reflect since most of the competitors have heavy influence there), there’s not a ton on the initial moments. Each person gets a little bit of time to shine, Assisted Slingshot Crossbody sending Knight into Myers is the first big move of the match.

Myers does survive the smoz melee and starts working over Kushida for a while. Irish Whip into the corner as Kushida bounces off, Edwards tags in and continues to work on Kushida’s back, even going as far as holding his arm forward to feign the beg for a tag. Moose tags in and the heels go for a corner locomotion spot, but Kushida gets his feet up, dumps out Myers and Edwards, Moose grabs Kushida and goes for a Powerbomb – but Kushida slips it! Kushida dives for the tag, but very well timed dual ankle picks pull Shelley and Knight off the apron. Moose drags Kushida back to his corner, Myers tags in and lays out Kushida on the the mat near the rope so Alisha gets in some pot shots. Moose comes in an tries to make short work of Kushida, but Kushida pulls a Tanaka Punch out of nowhere right into Moose’s gut. Shelley tags in, everyone’s getting some action, Shelley has Myers in the Border City Stretch but Alisha distracts the ref on the apron. Eddie tries to break up the submission but Shelley stacks them up and goes for a simultaneous submission before Moose finally puts an end to that. Moose does get dropped outside, so Shelley has been in control for a while, but the numbers catch up to him a bit. Edwards tags in, Shelley finds a spot to tag out to Kushida and Kushi with the hot tag. Tanaka Punch rocks Eddie, Double Enzuigiri into the corner they hit OUTATIME, but Moose shoves a guarding Knight into the pin to break it.

Simultaneous tags bring in Knight and Moose, Knight is insane. Big drop kick, then keeps rocking Moose with Lariats, Moose tries to counter with an Uranage, but Knight turns it into a Hip Toss sending Moose to the outside. Knight dives, Moose catches him, tries a Powerbomb, but a Frankensteiner counter sends Moose to the ramp. Knight leap frogs Eddie and kicks Myers. Back in Uranage attempt again turned into a Body Scissors Roll Up for 2 and then immediately into a Code Red for Myers to break up. High Speed Dirt on Myers, Back Handspring Kick from Kushida wipes out Edwards. Knight tries a Jumping DDT, but no, Edwards and Myers try to get in but Knight clocks them. Alisha jumps up and Knight stops himself to not hit Lish, so Moose takes the opening to land Lights Out for the win.

 

Overall Score: 7.5/10

Nice matches from Maclin & Trent, as well as the main event, make this a fun show to watch. Sure the No Surrender Main Event gets more convoluted, but we’ll have to see exactly how ridiculously it plays out. The worst news to come from this show was a rubber match between Tasha Steelz and Xia Brookside, I don’t have words for my distaste of this. BUT HEY – Ash by Elegance actually had a really fun debut match, if you like gimmick and not expecting complex work rate. She’s some kind of fusion of Emmalina and Adrian Adonis…and ya know what…it works.

Gail Kim and Gisele get a little more time together to maybe hint towards something, Big Damo was a fun ghost of the past and actually, Ash’s finish name of “Rarefied Air” is actually a fantastic name. So it built some hype for the show tomorrow, it gave us solid matches and furthered a few story beats. Solid go home show.


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