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i had low expectations because most of the matches didn't seem all that interesting to me, seemed like the weakest PPV since Callis took over, but at the end of the day everything but the horrendous Cage sendoff was entertaining, i definitely recommend it to everyone, even if you don't care about the controversy behind the main event
so yeah, without further undo, here's a few thoughts:
>Unrelated post not about the matcheshey, did you know that the ground floor is basically sold out? did you know that there is even a decent amount of people in the upper decks? because if i wasnt told to i would have not fucking noticed it since Impact is goddamn awful at micing and lighting up their crowds
seriously, for a company that gets mocked so much for being a bingo hall you'd think they would put more care in showing off the crowds they're drawing
it's not something that affects the quality of the show or anything but really? how come no one backstage works on this?
alos, people say fuck a lot tonight
>Madman Fulton vs. Ken Shamrockmatch that surprised me for many reasons, first of all because it was good and i expected it to be awful, secondly because i wasn't aware that Madman Fulton would be able to put on this kind of grapply performance and on top of it i didn't expect they'd have Shamrock win
would be a good occasion to complain about muh build new starts but Shamrock already put over Moose and Ryan and they made sure Fulton looked sympathetic in defeat by having him fight through an injury, which makes me think they might be teasing a face turn, so yeah i'll close an eye for this one
not a bad way to start
>IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP: Ace Austin (c) vs. Treynot a fun of flippy shit in general, don't find it bad, just unintresting, but i love how creative Ace Austin can get with his moveset and Trey compliments him very well in this match, good pacing and good coordination all around
seems like this feud will continue, looking forward their next bouts
other than that i also appreciate how the chemistry between Josh and Don shines the most whenever Ace is around, really adds to the experience
>IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP: Taya Valkyrie (c) vs. Jordynne Grace vs. ODBthis match deserves a good rating based alone on what Johnny Bravo is wearing at rinside
very fun match, other two ko's did good, no particular complaints, but you can tell that Jordynne carried it on its back, still, good choice having Taya retain
and now we wait for then inevitable Jordynne vs ODB feud
>Rob Van Dam vs. Brian Cagethe feud leading to this match was the weakest in this whole PPV imo, RVD accusing Cage of all people of stealing his moves? really? also whoever decided to change RVDs theme needs to be killed and fired in that order
this shit sucked, why have FUCKING CAGE, of all people, look like a bitch against boomer RVD? match should have been 3 minutes of Cage bumping RVD on his neck and nothing else
not only that, but why have another match against Daga? who in their right mind thought this was a good idea? WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND THOUGHT THAT RVD SHOULD HAVE WON?
>Michael Elgin vs. Eddie Edwards - Edwards' Call Your Shot Trophy is on the line.i'm still of the idea that having this match happen a week before the show was a bad idea, even if the match itself was great, but maybe thats just me
anyways, this is a personal early MOTY contender with Jericho vs Tana, can't stress how enough fucking amazing these two are in the ring, especially Edwards, who i think might be one of the most underlooked talents in the industry
maybe i would have had Elgin win but then again i don't know what the plans are in the future so who am i to judge?
>Moose vs. Rhinodecent hardcore match, not too violent or groundbreaking, but it was probably the best kind of match these two could have had together, Moose of course wins, but i wish it was a cleaner finish, no need to have ded refs screwing over people here, make Moose look strong
to point out: crowd was HOT for every second of it, i have no clue how Riho manages to stay so consistently over but props to him because he's definitely doing something right
>IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: The North (c) vs. Willie Mack and Rich Swannehhhh, not much to the match itself, it went just as most of these handicap matches go, with the guy who is alone getting massacred most of the match with occasional spurs where he has the upper hands, then back to being massacred again, it really picks up in the second half tho
i was expecting some sort of swerve by Swann but nope, wonder what's next for him and Mack
right now it's 4:20 where i live
>IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Sami Callihan (c) vs. Tessa Blanchardthis match did everything right. everything.
it had fast, well paced action, it had callbacks to previous stuff from their other 2 matches, it had great body language and facial expressions, it had a crowd going crazy for it and both wrestlers played the parts they were assigned masterfully. i knew this match was gonna be great but i was genuinely blown away
the year is still young and everything could happen but so far this is my match of the year and it will take a lot of effort and long term booking to change that