We come in to B Block action with a top heavy…near run away. Okada and Jeff Cobb are pacing the field while 4 men are nearly mathematically eliminated already. Can the momentum from yesterday carry over into a solid night?
The story of this block is really just waiting for the last day when Kazuchika Okada and Jeff Cobb clash. SANADA and Taichi will probably try to spark some hope to break the undefeated streaks, but neither has a great track record in that category.
Aside from that we see Tanahashi jerking the curtain and it’s against Chase Owens. Chase has grown in the eyes of the fans and I think they’re hungry to see him finally get a win, but not sure they want Tanahashi to lose. That would give Chase bragging rights over Tama though. Speaking of them, Chase, YOSHI-HASHI and Hirooki Goto are really in bad situations.
Will this two horse race get any closer?
- Chase Owens vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: Chase wins via Package Piledriver @10:58 – ***
- Tama Tonga w/Jado vs EVIL w/Dick Togo: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @13:47 – ** ¾
- Jeff Cobb vs Taichi w/Miho Abe: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @15:15 – *** ½
- YOSHI-HASHI vs Hirooki Goto: Goto wins via GTR @16:57 – ****
- Kazuchika Okada vs SANADA: Okada wins via Rainmaker @29:15 – ****
Chase Owens vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
Chase and Tanahashi keep things close with no real heavy strikes, but once Tanahashi hits his Corner Twisting Splash, he plays a little guitar and Chase returns the sentiment, even playing and tuning his own guitar. As the match slowly moves forward, when Tanahashi tries Slingblade, we see a few Jay White mannerisms from Chase. So there’s something really great in Chase conferring with Jay White to see if he can get a win over the Ace.
After the Jewel Heist, Package Piledriver gets blocked, but Chase tries to stay on the offensive. He’s on the apron, tries to kick Tanahashi, but Tana grabs the leg, Dagon Screw, followed by a Slingblade and that looks like the beginning of the end. Aces High, then High Fly…OH look Chase actually countered with the knees up. Chase gets the momentum going, tries a C Trigger, Tanahashi blocks it, C Trigger again, but Tanahashi counters with an open hand slap. Chase knocks Tana back to the ropes, 2 C Triggers, Package Piledriver and wait – Tanahashi loses. Tanahashi becomes a Trivia Question as the person to give Chase Owens his first win in the G1.
Chase showed glimpses of the Jay White inspired Bullet Club tactics. Chase has been wrestling fairly clean up to this point, so I wonder if this will signify a change in his approach to the rest of the tournament.
Tama Tonga w/Jado vs EVIL w/Dick Togo
EVIL tries to take a few shortcuts early but Tama is generally ahead of the shenanigans. Togo starts working on a turnbuckle pad, Tama tries to scare him off, when EVIL gets whipped into that corner, Togo uses EVIL to shield his tactics, finishes untying the pad, so when Tama goes for the Stinger Splash EVIL moves and takes the pad with him, so Tama splashes the exposed buckles.
Jado stops Togo from doing any more damage for a while, but EVIL still keeps the advantage. It’s not until EVIL tries to use the exposed corner again, that Tama stops himself, side steps the charging EVIL and finally fire up with some offense of his own, triplicate Dropkicks give Tama an adrenaline rush. He throws EVIL into the corner and the fans are cheering on Tama and Tama actually plays into it before finally connecting with the Stinger Splash.
EVIL does manage to counter the Tongan Twist and drop Tama, then go for the Darkness Scorpion but Tama counters that with the Tongan Death Grip. However, Tama relinquishes the submission after getting EVIL prone and slaps on a Scorpion Deathlock of his own. EVIL of course gets to the ropes because Tama got cute, and then EVIL grabs the referee to slow Tama’s offense, Tama gets a little sloppy with all of the ref usage and EVIL pulls out the referee assisted Magic Killer for a enar fall.
Tama comes back a bit with a Tongan Twist, Death Valley Bomb and Supreme Flow. Tama looks to finish things with a Gun Stun, but the lights go out. Togo is choking Tama, so it’s not Togo that turned the lights out. Jado hits Togo with the kendo stick, Tama Death Grips Togo, Low Blow from EVIL leads to Everything is Evil and we know how this goes. The cleanest EVIL match since his pure heel turn, still has a gimmick finish.
Jeff Cobb vs Taichi w/Miho Abe
Taichi and Cobb play mind games a bit with clean breaks, general chiding and then when the insults start to fly, Cobb starts to get his power advantage across and Taichi gets caught mid Gamengiri. This leads to Taichi being on the receiving end of a lot of attacks focused on Taichi’s bad lower back.
Cobb really has a hold on the offense. Taichi is getting thrown around, Miho is basically just hoping Taichi does something, and it’s not until Cobb gets cocky and calls Taichi an “easy 2 points” that Taichi fires. A Superkick drops Cobb, Kawada Kicks, Cobb misses the Side Attack in the corner, Gamengiri, pants off and…okay Cobb slows the Taichi comeback.
Taichi tries to put something together after eating a lot of punishment. He kicks out of the Gachimuchi Moonsault, hits Axe Bomber, a few quick strikes and a Gedo Clutch give Taichi a near fall. Taichi has the whole crowd behind him, he nearly pulls off Black Mephisto, but all the focus on his back caused him to buckle. A wild miss on the Jumping High Kick, Cobb murders him with a German Suplex, Taichi stumbles around stunned and into Cobb’s arms for a Tour of the Islands.
YOSHI-HASHI vs Hirooki Goto
This is a violent affair with neither man slowing down and showing the grit and determination to win. They go at each other immediately, take it to the outside and throw one another into the guardrails and really are getting the spirit of competition across in a palpable sense.
HASHI eventually sends a big message to Goto after countering the GTR and hits Goto with his own Shouten Kai. They are both down for a while, when they get up we get an extended strike exchange where HASHI punctuates it with a Headbutt, something Goto usually does. HASHI is really tapping into the Goto moves box, but when he goes for Karma, Goto counters and then eats a strike to the face.
They rock one another and Goto grabs a stumbling HASHI for GTW, and a near fall. GTR attempt, HASHI counters but Goto holds on to HASHI and hits a Shouten Kai himself. GTR finally gets hit and Goto gets a win in one of HASHI’s best matches ever.
Kazuchika Okada vs SANADA
Luckily for these two, this is their first match in almost exactly 2 years since King of Pro Wrestling 2019. So even though these matches always seem to be the same match with a few more steps or a small twist, there has at least been a decent amount of space between these two to not feel as tedious as it did when they faced each other 5 times between October 2018 and October 2019.
We see SANADA pull off the Paradise Lock, Okada has moments where the Money Clip is used to weaken SANADA, but it’s generally back and forth wrestling with Okada playing the cocky “superior” at different points. An amusing part was when SANADA had the Skull End in, and Okada was shaking his hand to try and wriggle free, the crowd gasped thinking it was a tap out. SANADA has all of the momentum, hits a Sole Butt and lays out Okada, goes for the Moonsault and actually hits it, but also hit his knee on the way down after jamming it on previous Moonsault attempts (which is a call back to previous matches). So due to the delay in the cover, Okada kicks out and now with 5 minutes to go we get signature flurries and rest spots.
Rolling Rainmaker gets countered, Skull End gets avoided, and a Jumping Tombstone gives both men a moment to breathe. Now comes the point in the match where the next big move wins, and both men know it. We see attempts at the Fire/Thunder Driver from Okada, countered into Skull End, pushed off, Dropkicks get countered, wild swing and then SANADA gets a wild look in his eye. He posts up in the corner and looks to want to hit a Destino. He goes through half of the rotation, Okada stops it on his shoulder, Fire/Thunder Driver and a Rainmaker wins the match for Okada.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
Now we finally get solid back to back days since the first 2! This felt more like a G1, kicking off with Chase’s “Crown Jewel Shock”, even though he may have lost a little bit of the good faith he earned so far in the G1, he is Bullet Club so…it checks out. EVIL’s match wasn’t a complete dumpster fire, Taichi is spiraling and I wonder if that will be part of a story since Suzuki is spending time in America…so is the Japanese faction really Suzuki-Gun? As much as I hate YOSHI-HASHI, I’ll admit that was the perfect style of match for him as long as he keeps up. No real space, no real need for him to hit “fancier” moves, just basic and tough with both men selling their asses off.
SANADA versus Okada was worth the main event, but much like all of their previous matches, it’s just more of the same. SANADA’s moveset has become stale, his matches are formulaic and he just needs something to make him interesting again. Plus we’re still very much on the road for Jeff Cobb vs Kazuchika Okada to be the deciding match on the final day.
Let’s check out the standings!
- Jeff Cobb / 5-0 / 10 Points
- Kazuchika Okada / 5-0 / 10 Points
- EVIL / 4-1 / 8 Points
- Hiroshi Tanahashi / 3-2/ 6 Points
- Taichi / 2-3 / 4 Points
- SANADA / 2-3 / 4 Points
- Tama Tonga / 1-4/ 2 Points
- Chase Owens / 1-4/ 2 Points
- YOSHI-HASHI / 1-4/ 2 Points – Eliminated
- Hirooki Goto / 1-4/ 2 Points – Eliminated
Greg DeMarco’s Top 5: WWE WrestleMania 40 Opponents For Roman Reigns
It’s Royal Rumble season, which means we may soon know Roman Reigns’ WWE WrestleMania 40 opponent. Who are the candidates to challenge the Tribal Chief?
The start of 2024 will send us right into the Royal Rumble, which kickstarts the Road To WrestleMania, and the next milestone title defense for Roman Reigns! But who will his opponent be?
Roman Reigns’ historic championship reign is one that history will never forget, even if it can be polarizing for many fans online. Many of those fans believe it is a veritable lock that Cody Rhodes will get a rematch at WrestleMania 40 and unseat the longest reigning champion of the modern era. Doing so would be a major departure for WWE.
Only once in WWE history has the main event of WrestleMania been a rematch of the prior year’s main event: WrestleMania 29 saw John Cena defeat The Rock in a rematch of the prior year’s main event (which The Rock won). While there have been rematches at WrestleMania (including two famous trilogies featuring The Undertaker vs. Triple H and Steve Austin vs. The Rock), Cena-Rock is the only instance of a main event repeating in consecutive years.
Could it happen this year? See what I think–here are your Top 5 WWE WrestleMania 40 Opponents For Roman Reigns!
5. AJ Styles
Recently making his return to WWE Smackdown, AJ Styles has been turning heads with his alignment. He seems to be a heel-leaning tweener, attacking LA Knight and not being buddy-buddy at all with Randy Orton. This is more of a vigilante AJ, one who is hell-bent on revenge on The Bloodline for taking him out. Many would expect his beef to be with Solo Sikoa, the man who put him on the shelf, but that was at the behest of The Tribal Chief.
I believe AJ will get his title shot, but I don’t expect it to be at WrestleMania 40. But if it were AJ Styles, the company would have no issue getting the match over, as AJ is one of the most beloved performers of this generation, and a WrestleMania main event would be quite the feather in the cap of an amazing career.
4. Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn is no stranger to the Premium Live Event main event, competing in multiple such matches in 2023–including the main event of night 1 of WrestleMania 39. He also challenged Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Championship in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber event, a night those in attendance–and Sami himself–won’t soon forget.
Sami Zayn is currently out of action, but a Royal Rumble return–and victory–would be a surprising development but would also make Sami an amazing babyface headed into a WrestleMania 40 showdown with Roman Reigns. It also follows the pattern of underdog babyfaces “on the 10s,” following Bret Hart (WrestleMania 10), Chris Benoit (WrestleMania 20), and Daniel Bryan Danielson (WrestleMania 30) challenging for the world title in the WrestleMania main event.
3. Cody Rhodes
You may be surprised to find Cody “so low” on this list, coming in at #3. As I listed above, it’s a no-brainer to so many people. History says it won’t happen, but it’s easy to ignore history when it doesn’t suit your narrative. WWE, on the other hand, loves history, especially making history.
And the company will never be this close again to having someone surpass Hulk Hogan’s 1474 day reign as WWF Champion. It’s now or never for that historical marker, and it makes perfect sense to do it with Roman. They should have split the titles in 2022 at Clash At The Castle (utilizing Austin Theory’s Money In The Bank briefcase and a wiseman in Paul Heyman smart enough to find a loophole that Theory could only cash in on one championship, thus when Drew McIntyre pinned Theory he only won one title–the WWE Championship). So if you assume Roman is breaking Hogan’s reign, it makes zero sense to have Cody lose AGAIN in the main event of WrestleMania.
For those of you who say “there’s no way Cody doesn’t win it at 40,” remember that you also said the same thing about WrestleMania 39. I do believe Cody Rhodes finishes the story–at WrestleMania 41 (potentially in London) when he is the man to finally take the title off of Roman Reigns.
2. CM Punk
Speaking of another guy looking to finish a story, CM Punk is on a mission to finally secure his WrestleMania main event (although his WrestleMania 28 title defense against Chris Jericho WAS considered a main event by WWE–but you know Punk and many others believing the main event is only the match that goes on last).
If Punk is going to get a show-closing match at WrestleMania 40, it’s likely going to have to be against Roman Reigns. You might think Punk vs. Seth Rollins is going to main event night 1, but there’s a small issue with that. WrestleMania 37 is the last “Granddaddy Of Them All” to have women in a main event match. I just can’t see Triple H being the guy to keep them out of that slot for a third straight year.
The only way CM Punk gets his WrestleMania main event at 40 in Philly is to win the Royal Rumble and challenge Roman Reigns. I don’t think that happens as I fully expect Punk vs. Rollins to happen, just with no championship involved.
Honorable Mentions – a few darkhorse/longshots to challenge Reigns in Philly include…
- Seth Rollins
- A Bloodline 4-way vs. Solo Sikoa vs. Jimmy Uso vs. Jey Uso.
- Brock Lesnar.
Just kidding on that last one! 😁
1. Randy Orton
It’s crazy to think that Randy Orton was last in a WrestleMania main event at WM30–a full decade ago. Hell, Triple H has a more recent WrestleMania main event (WM32), along with Daniel Bryan Danielson (WM37). Orton has been white-hot since his return. He was also rumored to be Roman’s SummerSlam 2022 opponent before the injury (that turned into Roman vs. Brock Lesnar in the now-famous Last Man Standing Match that featured Brock nearly destroying the ringside area with a tractor).
It’s also crazy to think that the internet fanbase chooses to ignore Randy’s place in WWE history. A Royal Rumble win would make him only the second three-time Rumble winner, alongside “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Orton is also crazy over with the casual fanbase. And remember, THAT is the target audience, not us.
Daddy’s Back, he’s winning the Royal Rumble, and (unsuccessfully) challenging Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship in the Night 2 main event of WrestleMania 40.
What do you think of these potential challengers for Roman Reigns at WWE WrestleMania 40?
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 11.9.2023
Two Championship matches tonight! Digital Media Champ Tommy Dreamer defends again Crazzy Steve and World Champion Alex Shelley defends against Jonathan Gresham!
UK Tour lead to an interesting Turning Point. Simon Miller’s gimmicky as hell match (but still fun), a few really solid matches, Will Ospreay and Eddie Edwards putting on a great match; night ending with some great words from the Billy Goat. Now we see if the Gail Kim Eat Da Feet leads to more, what Deonna will do now that she can’t challenge for the Knockouts Title, Trey Miguel and Rich Swann probably still have beef…either way, lots of room to tell stories and grow into 2024 and the return of TNA.
We’ve got two title matches tonight, but no real idea on where things will go from here. So lets see what tonight brings us!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) November 10, 2023
- Tasha Steelz vs Deonna Purrazzo: Tasha wins via Okurrr – *
- Digital Media Championship: Tommy Dreamer (c) vs Crazzy Steve: Steve wins via DQ – ** – Dreamer sadly retains
- Brian Myers vs Joe Hendry: Myers wins via Roster Cut – ***
- Eddie Edwards w/Alisha Edwards vs Eric Young: EY wins via Piledriver – **
- Dirty Dango & Oleg Prudius w/Alpha Bravo vs Nick Diamond & Storm Grayson: Dango wins via Scorpion Deathdrop – Squash
- World Championship: Alex Shelley (c) vs Jonathan Gresham: Shelley retains via Shellshock – *****
Tasha Steelz vs Deonna Purrazzo
The catch is catch can start is honestly just Deonna doing things and Tasha getting out. Deonna even pulls out the Paradise Lock after Tasha twerks a little when she counters, and then we go into a few seconds of Deonna twerking to mock Tasha while she recovers from eating the Dropkick unlock of the Paradise Lock.
This is just a lot of the slow pose after a sequence, taunt one another that they were close to ending it and then finally we get a strike exchange that ends with both succumbing to stereo Lariats. While the concept is fine, Tasha isn’t known as a technical wrestler, they’re both more well known as heels and they’re doing like the playful technical babyface spots. So honestly, this match has made no sense. Deonna hits the Russian Leg Sweep into the Fujiwara but Tasha counters. Tasha then hits the Satellite into the Rings of Saturn, Deonna gets out of it, Tasha finally breaks the hold with a rake to the eyes. So finally heel stuff happens, they complain at each other but Tasha lights up Deonna and catches her with two intense Okurrrs with a burst of fierocity out of…nowhere.
This match was complete nonsense.
Digital Media Championship: Tommy Dreamer (c) vs Crazzy Steve
HEY TNA, do me a favor. When we restart the brand….STOP PUTTING TOMMY DREAMER IN MATCHES. If this devolves into a retirement match or something for Dreamer, fine. But seriously, stop shoving Dreamer at us, bring back Kid Kash, Blue Meanie or Joel Gertner if you want ECW chants. STOP with the Dreamer stuff.
The match starts out a little rough and quick with a tie up that turns into a joint powder, some brawling, then Dreamer tries to rain down 10 count punches but Steve bites his thigh. Steve sings his “Angel of Death” dark lullaby, clubs on Dreamer, DDT into a Neck Twist, then pulls at his face in the ropes before the referee forces the break. Steve goes to the top rope but Dreamer cuts him off, Superplex for the both “slow to get up” spot. Rising haymakers from both, Dreamer gets the best of things with his Flip Flop and Fly. Two Bionic Elbows into a Scorpion Deathdrop for 2. Dreamer Driver, nope, Spicolli Driver is blocked with biting and gouging at the eyes. Cannonball into the corner from Senor Crazzy.
Steve walks out to his briefcase muttering “I have to end you”, and reveals the fork from his briefcase. Steve tries to stab his face, Dreamer blocks, bites the wrist, but eats a Cutter. Dreamer picks up the fork, “Fork You”, forks Steve in the face and the referee Disqualifies Dreamer. Dreamer then keeps gouging at the head wound.
So unfortunately Dreamer is still champ, so maybe we’ll just get some kind of Fork on a Pole, murder the loser match or something by Hard to Kill or maybe even Final Resolution.
Brian Myers vs Joe Hendry
Hendry begins the rebrand early saying that Myers is no longer “Edge’s Bitch”, he’s “Adam’s Bitch”. So when the match starts, Myers starts off hot since he’s grumpy that the crowd supported picking on him with the rebrand. Scoop Slam from Myers, Roster Cut attempt, but he eats the European Uppercut and then Hendry throws him over the top to rub salt in the wound about the Gauntlet.
Bouncing his head off the apron, Hendry keeps up the pressure, brings things back in and keeps Myers grounded with a few Arm Wringer Takedowns. Myers tries to powder after but Hendry hits the Vertical Suplex outside in from the apron. Spinning Scoop Slam into a Rope Run Elbow Drop for 2. Hendry tries to keep up the pressure but the Drop Toe Hold from Myers finally gives him some offense, as he continues that with a Russian Leg Sweep for 2. Myers decides to paint brush Hendry a few times and mock him, so of course the babyface fires back up. Trust Fall into his Chant Chops, Stalling Suplex, but only a 2 count. Myers powders again, but Hendry collects him and tries to follow up but Myers cuts him off and then tosses him into the post and off the apron.
Sleeper Hold from Myers gets countered as Hendry stands up, turns Myers around and just Suplexes him off of him. Back to back Lariats, catches the Crossbody and then Sack of Shits in triplicate for only another 2 count. Myers with a desperation Gamengiri, into the Implant DDT for 2. They raise up, Myers thinks about his next move but Hendry shoves him into the ropes and hits the Pop Up Powerbomb. Standing Ovation counter, Myers guards in the ropes, pokes the eye and then Roster Cut out of nowhere. Myers wins!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) November 10, 2023
Eddie Edwards w/Alisha Edwards vs Eric Young
Early on there’s just some general back and forth but nothing crazy, EY hits the Flair Flop into sliding back into the ring under the ropes, through Eddie’s legs, and a little more back and forth until Lish makes her presence felt for the first time picking the ankle. Eddie takes the opportunity to hit a bit Overhead Belly to Belly and just start beating on EY. Eddie brings him to the ropes, drapes EY, distracts the ref and then Lish chokes EY while the ref isn’t looking. An attempted fire moment for EY is stifled with a big Back Elbow, so Eddie is still very in control.
Scoop Slam from Eddie, he plays to the crowd a bit too long as they Boo at him, goes for the Moonsault and misses big. EY hits a few moves, Scoop Slam of his own, EY calls for the Macho Elbow but Lish distracts him for Eddie to get up. Eddie tries to cut him off, but EY bites his face, then hits the Elbow for 2. EY calls for the Piledriver, Lish hops on the apron to distract EY and it works. Eddie hits a desperation Blue Thunder Bomb for 2. Lish slides the chair in to Eddie, Ref is distracted dealing with the chair, Lish hops up again, swings the Kendo Stick but misses EY and hits Eddie. EY then hits his Piledriver for the win as Lish is seen apologizing over top of a down Eddie.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) November 10, 2023
Dirty Dango & Oleg Prudius w/Alpha Bravo vs Nick Diamond & Storm Grayson
Vladimir Kozlov and Dango get to go against some local jobbers since its Kozlov’s first real match in over a decade.
Dango lets Oleg start and Dango walks off to do guest commentary as Oleg is murdering people. Standing Fireman’s Carry Slam, Sack of Shit, then he headbutts some dork out of the sky. Dango walks back to the ring, tags in after Oleg murdered some people and Dango wins with the Scorpion Deathdrop.
Solid enough way to get over Oleg being a monster again.
World Championship: Alex Shelley (c) vs Jonathan Gresham
Gresham offers the hand and Shelley slaps it away after Gresham’s recent usage of dirty tactics. Gresham pushes Alex into the corner, slow break but Gresham tries to hit him, Shelley ducks it to reverse the spot and Shelley just gives him the Sign of the Cross as a taunting clean break. Early commercial break as we come back, Shoulder Tackle and then a chop spot. Gresham is overselling the chops, tries to ask for a second, takes off some wrist tape to distract the referee as he feints the chop and Jimmy Taps Alex Shelley. Then he uses his loose tap to choke Shelley, and starts working Shelley over on the mat eventually locking in a Figure Four.
It takes over 30 seconds, Shelley grabs the ropes and Gresham says he’s stuck, but uses the extra time to keep wrenching on the knee. The ref gets in Gresham’s face and he goes full Tom and Jerry with motioning a halo around his head and acting like he’s gonna go after the ref until he turns and then tries to look innocent. This has really just been Gresham’s true coming out party for being a shitty cheating heel. Shelley finally fires up a bit, Arm Wringer, short Elbow and now a few chops into an Elbow Hyper Extension but Gresham stops it with a Sleeper. Shelley fights out, but Gresham turns it into a Knee Breaker working on the left knee he already Figure Four’d. Another Knee Breaker, Grounded Dragon Screw on the bad leg, and then he starts thinking again. Gresham uses his body to shield the wrist tape cheating from the referee and wrestles Alex down to keep the shield.
Shelley counters out, then gets into a Grounds Armlock, manipulates the fingers and then drives his knee into Gresham’s shoulder blades. Straight Jacket Bow and Arrow from Alex, but then Shelley sells the knee as he tries to fire. Classic Dragon Screw from Gresham on the bad leg to get the momentum back. Gresham turns Shelley over on the mat and just starts ramming his knee into the mat over and over again. Knee Breaker again, but Shelley sneaks in a Right Knee Strike to rock Gresham. Gresham responds with a low Dropkick as Shelley tries to limp to the corner. Corner flourish from both which ends with Shelley hitting a Stun Gun on Gresham, but Gresham slides out and grabs the bad knee. Alex tries to go after the left arm to relieve some of the pressure, and just throws his body over the top in a Plancha to wipe out Gresham.
Alex breaks the count once, they keep going back and forth on the outside. Gresham charges, misses and eats the post. Shelley lands a DDT, they get to a 9 count and Shelley tries to get both back in. Gresham charges the ropes, kicks the leg, DDT, and then three covers in a row, even with tights, but Shelley kicks out. Shelley White Boy Dances to dodge the Sliding Dropkick on the bad leg, baits Gresham to the corner, Flatliner into the middle buckle, Tornado DDT floated through into the Border City Stretch….Gresham grabs the official and uses the ref to pull himself towards the ropes. Gresham lands multiple chops on the bad leg, Shelley tries to grab the left arm but Gresham goes for the left leg, Enzuigiri partially connects, Misawa Rolling Elbow into a Border City-counters into a Rolling Cradle for 2. Knee Smash, Leg Extension, School Boy with extra leverage from Gresham for 2! They exchange strikes on the limbs they’ve weakened through the match.
Arm Snap from Shelley, Chop on the bad leg from Gresham, Shelley tries to hit the ropes but the leg gives out again. Moonsault, into a Dive, rolls him back in, Locomotion Cradles, no one wins, La Magistral attempt from Shelley, no back and forth Cradles continue and still no pinfall. Japanese Clutch from Gresham no, Border City – No, Gresham locks in a Figure Four as he barely gets to the ropes. A few chops, Gresham tosses him to the ropes but Shelley falls, Superkick from Shelley as he was baiting him a bit, SHELLSHOCK! ALEX SHELLEY RETAINS!
Overall Score: 7.75/10
Okay there’s a lot to love here. Myron Reed joining the Rascalz officially is awesome, the main event was stellar, Kozlov having his first match in over a decade and looking awesome was great and Santino’s way of messing with Kenny King was funny as well. Hell I even personally really like the idea of Moose trying to prove himself by protecting Myers by forcing Heath to go through him before touching “Adam’s Bitch”. Sets up for a slightly bigger moment when one of them eventually turns on the other.
Only really awful thing was the Tasha vs Purrazzo match. From a television wrestling perspective it makes absolutely no sense. It felt very indie stupid bullshit where even though they are both known as asshole heels they have a playful technical match. And then Tasha winning because she actually remembered she was a heel was dumb. Yeah I get it, Deonna is either phasing out or needing a whole breakdown to build back up, and Tasha is back so she needs momentum. Sure I get THAT, but the story of the match made less sense than Mush Mouth from Fat Albert.
Either way this was a good episode to respark interest toward Final Resolution and to get those TNA vibes flowing.
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