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Impact Wrestling Review (June 23, 2022) – TJR Wrestling

This previous Sunday noticed Influence Wrestling rejoice 20 years as a professional wrestling firm with the Slammiversary PPV and this week’s episode of Influence Wrestling was the fallout from that present.

You may learn my Slammiversary evaluate here. It was a strong outing that culminated in the primary occasion the place Josh Alexander efficiently defended his Influence World Championship in opposition to Eric Younger. Within the different principal bouts, the Good Brothers defeated the Briscoes to grow to be new World Tag Workforce Champions, Jordynne Grace gained the primary ever Queen of the Mountain match to grow to be new Knockouts Champion, and the Influence Originals gained a 10-man conflict in opposition to Honor No Extra. With just one week till the following Influence Plus particular ‘In opposition to All Odds’ on July 1st, this weekly present ought to shortly set up the primary matches for that present.

That is my first, of hopefully many, weekly evaluations of Influence and I’m completely satisfied to be right here. Let’s get to this week’s present!

Influence Wrestling: June 23, 2022 from Nashville Fairgrounds, Nashville TN

The present opened with a video recap of Slammiversary and the highlights from the primary matches. Hannifan and Rehwoldt welcomed us to the present as Honor No Extra (HNM) made their strategy to the ring as quickly because the present aired. Maria Kanellis joined the commentary sales space because the heel secure yelled on the cameraman, stole their gear and talked trash to the followers. Eddie Edwards had a mic in hand. He apologised for interrupting the ‘endless celebration’ that happens in Influence Wrestling. He understands that everybody loves the TNA nostalgia. Edwards says there’s a motive the corporate left Nashville. They wished to attain one thing larger than in a spot like this. He put over his secure because the one vibrant spark in Influence Wrestling. He ran down the Influence originals. In keeping with Edwards, they didn’t win the match Slammiversary (“You suck” chants from the followers), similar to HNM didn’t lose. Edwards turns his consideration to PCO, as PCO took the pinfall loss on Sunday. Vincent interrupts Edwards. He says he didn’t carry the monster to Influence Wrestling, he introduced him in for HNM. Vincent trashes D’Lo Brown for interfering within the match. He additionally trashed Earl Hebner for coming in and counting the pinfall. Taven takes the mic and complains that the match was arrange. He says that Influence has had 20 years of mediocrity till HNM got here. Taven says Ring of Honor would’ve been lifeless in 2019 if it wasn’t for him and his run as champion. He says he didn’t kill ROH, he saved Influence Wrestling.

Fortunately, the music of America’s Most Wished hits and out comes James Storm and Chris Harris. They made an look at Sunday’s PPV by ingesting a beer with the Briscoes and the Good Brothers on the conclusion of their tag crew title match. Storm reintroduces himself and Harris. He says his time in wrestling was about incomes the respect of his friends and the followers. That’s what they’ve accomplished for 25 years in wrestling. Storm says they arrive from a time when wrestlers regarded like wrestlers and never bums. Storm stated if HNM had been nearly as good as they are saying they’re, they might’ve taken the loss and learnt from it. The issue is that they suck. Kenny King asks what yr it’s. Everyone is aware of that there’s nothing extra ineffective than a washed-up, drunk-ass cowboy, than possibly his half-dead, half-lame, home pussycat Chris Harris. Harris then takes the mic from Storm. He mocks Kenny that his phrases had been hurtful. He warns him that if King retains mouthing off, then Harris will make him cry tougher than he did on the Bachelorette. Harris says that despite the fact that he has damaged down a bit through the years, he’s pleased with every part that America’s Most Wished achieved within the ring 20 years of onerous work, 20 years of being a spine of TNA/Influence. Harris runs down the good checklist of tag groups that they feuded with. Harris thinks what HNM might need forgotten, is that they made a number of new buddies at Slammiversary. The Good Brothers’ music hits, as they stroll out with their newly gained Tag Workforce Championships. The Good Brothers and AMW storm the ring and start a brawl with the heels. HNM shortly positive aspects the ascendancy as Gallows is choked out within the nook by PCO and Vincent. Harris left the ring and watched on at ringside. Hannifan stated that Harris promised his household that he would by no means battle once more after retiring because of damage. Taven and Edwards stalked Harris at ringside. The Briscoes rushed the ring to save lots of Harris and took out Edwards and Taven. The Briscoes and Good Brothers cleared the ring after giving Vincent the Magic Killer in the course of the ring. HNM retreated because the Good Brothers’ music performed.

Evaluation: My goodness, that was an extended section. It felt just like the opening of each Monday Night time Uncooked for the previous 10 years. It took quarter-hour to get to that time when it may’ve simply led to a brawl in 5 minutes. It’s comprehensible that HNM would attempt to give you excuses for why they misplaced Sunday at Slammiversary. A few of the dialogue from AMW was tacky. They talked about being stalwarts in Influence for 20 years, after they haven’t tagged collectively since 2006 and Harris has barely been seen on Influence since January 2008. They had been an important tag crew, however let’s not let info get in the best way of some good nostalgia! Anyway, it is going to most likely result in an enormous tag crew match sooner or later nevertheless it was simply far too lengthy which is uncommon for Influence.

Gisele Shaw runs into Alisha backstage. Alisha is disillusioned that Shaw didn’t have her again final week in a match in opposition to Masha Slamovich. Alisha tells Shaw that she’s going to discover a tag accomplice to take down Shaw.

Honor No Extra is backstage and confronts Scott D’Amore. Edwards screams at him, asking if he noticed what simply occurred within the ring. D’Amore says that similar to at Slammiversary, they bit off a bit greater than they may chew. D’Amore says that if the Slammiversary loss was a fluke, then they’ll have one other likelihood at profitable at In opposition to All Odds in a ten-man tag in opposition to the Good Brothers, the Briscoes and ‘The Cowboy’ James Storm. D’Amore says that whereas they’re right here they may help him with the primary occasion: Edwards, Bennett and Taven vs. the Briscoes and James Storm.

Evaluation: That would’ve been accomplished within the ring they usually may’ve shaved 5 minutes off their rambling promo to save lots of time. I like D’Amore because the face authority determine who doesn’t get bullied into choices.

Again to ringside and Hannifan and Rehwoldt run by the announcement of the primary occasion for this night in addition to the large match for In opposition to All Odds, on Friday July 1 from Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally they announce that Josh Alexander will defend his Influence World Championship in opposition to Joe Doering on the Influence Plus particular.

Evaluation: That will probably be a win for Alexander. It’s not probably the most thrilling principal occasion, nevertheless it does proceed the feud between Alexander and Violent by Design. It’s troublesome to construct a significant feud when you will have 12 days between championship defenses. Tonight, Alexander takes on Deaner.

Match #1: Chelsea Inexperienced w/Deonna Purazzo vs Mia Yim

Purazzo joins the commentary crew for this match. Yim with an early inside cradle for 1. Inexperienced misses an assault within the nook, then stomps Yim face-first into the canvas for two. Yim takes a breather on the surface, Inexperienced runs the ropes and hits a dropkick by the ropes. They take the motion to the commentary desk and Yim blocks a suplex, earlier than hitting her personal. Each women are feeling the consequences from the ladder match.

(Business)

The motion returns with Inexperienced kicking out of a pinning mixture. Yim tries to lock in a surfboard stretch submission which Inexperienced turns right into a pin for 1. Inexperienced chokes Yim out on the ropes and makes use of her allowed 4 rely. Inexperienced stomps away at Yim within the nook. Inexperienced talks trash while choking Yim out together with her foot. She ships Yim into the nook onerous twice. Yim recovers and applies the Tarantula submission on the ropes. Yim with a tough proper boot and tries to springboard from the surface in, however Inexperienced meets her with a dropkick. The motion spills to the surface the place Inexperienced slams Yim face first on the commentary desk. Inexperienced rolls Yim into the ring for a 2 rely. She applies a reverse chinlock as the group spurs Yim on. Yim fights out however Inexperienced drops the elbow for a 2 rely. Each ladies alternate blows and Yim takes benefit with a Pele type kick adopted by 2 clotheslines and a missile dropkick. One other dropkick sends Inexperienced into the nook. Yim follows up with a cannonball within the nook, adopted by an in depth 2 rely. Inexperienced avoids Eat Defeat, hits a modified Codebreaker, then a Curb Stomp for a succession of two counts. Inexperienced is getting pissed off and Yim takes benefit with a again suplex with a bridge for two. Yim with a succession of onerous kicks to the chest, Inexperienced catches, they reverse blocks and Yim hits a sitout powerbomb for an in depth 2 rely. Yim climbs to the highest, Inexperienced distracts the referee so Purazzo can take benefit and ship Yim flying off the highest. Mickie James runs out to even up the chances and takes out Purazzo with a Lou Thesz Press. Again within the ring, Yim hits Eat Defeat for the win at 9:08!

Winner by pinfall: Mia Yim

Evaluation: *** A strong outing as they had been pushing the truth that each ladies can be affected by the fallout from Sunday’s grueling match, particularly Inexperienced who took a brutal bump by two tables. Yim seems to be to be getting pushed to a title match, though Rehwoldt stated Steelz has a contractual rematch so we are going to see the place that goes. I’m all for Mickie and Purazzo renewing their rivalry. Purazzo and Valkyrie’s feud by no means actually hit the heights that I hoped for.

Backstage, Gia Miller interviews the previous Knockouts Tag Workforce Champions, The Affect. Madison Rayne has medical tape over her nostril. Gia says that despite the fact that they’ve a contractual rematch, because of Rayne’s damage that most likely gained’t be taking place quickly. Rayne and Dashwood argue about the truth that they bumped heads, resulting in their loss on Sunday. Gisele Shaw interrupts and presents to fill in for Rayne. Dashwood questions why they might need assist from somebody they’ve already overwhelmed. Shaw reminds them that she’s overwhelmed Rayne earlier than and possibly she misplaced their tag match as a result of she didn’t have the fitting accomplice. Dashwood is in opposition to the thought however Rayne says that if Shaw may take out Rosemary or Taya, then possibly they might rethink.

Evaluation: Shaw is an annoying heel who desires to be a champion. The Knockouts tag crew division is fairly gentle on in the meanwhile.

There’s a video recap of the Slammiversary pre-show, the place Shark Boy gained the reverse battle royal.

Match #2: Bhupinder Gujjar & Shark Boy vs Johnny Swinger & Zicky Cube

It’s time for the decrease mid-card tag match as Swinger seems to be to realize revenge on Shark Boy who pinned him on the PPV pre-show. Swinger is utilized in comedy spots and to place over different expertise, Shark Boy is there for nostalgia while the opposite two are barely used. Shark Boy takes down Cube with a hop-toss and a thumb to the attention. He tags in Gujjar who’s 5-0 since January. He takes out Cube with a operating elbow and a dropkick. He tags Shark Boy again in and execute a double-team spinebuster on Cube. Cube requires a timeout however Shark Boy pulls him again in. Shark Boy hits 10 punches within the nook then bites Cube. Swinger with the distraction and Cube hits a tough clothesline on Shark Boy, adopted by a Scoop Slam. Cube tries a prime rope clothesline however Shark Boy hits his personal clothesline and makes the tag to Gujjar. Gujjar hits a Samoan Drop for two. The face crew Irish Whip their opponents into one another. Shark Boy hits the Stunner on Swinger, Gujjar with a Spear on Cube for the win at 3:50.

Winners by pinfall: Shark Boy and Bhupinder Gujjar

Evaluation: ** It was most likely higher than I anticipated it to be as I’ve little or no curiosity in any of the 4 males. Gujjar had some spectacular strikes in the direction of the tip of the match. Undecided “What a matchup!” was vital from Tom Hannifan on commentary. I’m glad it was saved quick.

After the match, Deaner and Joe Doering of Violent by Design hit the ring and take out Shark Boy and Gujjar. Doering hits Cube and Swinger with large proper palms too. Doering hits Gujjar with a weak-looking fireman’s carry takeover then a clothesline. Deaner calls out Josh Alexander.

(Business)

Josh Alexander solutions the decision and makes his strategy to the ring. They present a recap of after the match at Slammiversary when Deaner and Doering attacked Alexander. Deaner asks Alexander the way it feels to face within the ring from his demise, the undefeated Joe Doering. Deaner says that Alexander ought to embrace the worry and reminds him that he misplaced to him the final time that they had been within the ring. Deaner says that at In opposition to All Odds, Violent by Design will obtain its mission of bringing the gold again dwelling. Alexander says the household appears to be scaling down. He asks the place Eric Younger is. Alexander places over how onerous he has labored to grow to be World Champion. Alexander says nobody has seen or heard from Younger since Slammiversary and the identical factor goes to occur to Doering subsequent Friday. Doering takes an inexpensive shot at Alexander and Deaner joins in however Alexander fights again. He goes for a C4 Spike on Deaner, however Doering runs the ropes and hits Clothesline from Hell on Alexander. Deaner and Doering proceed to beat down Alexander till safety guards attempt to cease them. Doering throws a number of of the safety over the rope, Alexander recovers and sends each the heels out of the ring. Doering assaults some extra safety. Doering and Alexander stare one another down.

Evaluation: That was a powerful section that was wanted with solely per week till their match at In opposition to All Odds. Eric Younger often does the majority of the speaking for VBD, however Deaner did a extremely good job right here to try to put over Doering as a authentic risk. Doering has the same look to the Butcher from AEW, however is way much less gifted in my view. The subsequent match began right away.

Match #3: Josh Alexander vs Deaner

This isn’t for Alexander’s Influence World Championship. The match begins off with a fast tempo and Alexander is in management. He has Deaner within the nook and hits a number of punches. Alexander with an enormous backbreaker for two. Deaner fights again with a chop however Alexander picks him up over his shoulders. Deaner fights off to get to the ropes. Alexander runs by Deaner, sending him to the surface. Deaner tries to retreat and hits a thumb to the attention, adopted by sending Alexander into the ring submit. Again within the ring and Alexander hits a Northern Lights Suplex for two. Deaner grabs Alexander’s headgear to get an unfair benefit. He pummels Alexander with forearms to the again within the nook. Deaner with an enormous kick to Alexander’s neck into the turnbuckle. Each males alternate counters earlier than Alexander will get the benefit with 5 German Suplexes! Alexander measures Deaner for the C4, however Deaner wriggles out. Alexander applies the anklelock within the nook till the 4 rely. Deaner goes for the Deaner DDT however Alexander reverses into the anklelock and Deaner faucets out after 5:23.

Winner by submission: Josh Alexander

Evaluation: **1/2 That’s about nearly as good as you’ll get from a 5-minute match. Deaner put up a superb battle and Alexander made the large face comeback after sustaining a beatdown earlier than the match. Alexander has such a superb moveset and the followers are at all times absolutely invested in no matter he does. I think about this match will probably be higher than the one in opposition to Doering however possibly we will probably be pleasantly shocked.

Gia Miller is backstage with Frankie Kazarian. She asks the way it felt being a part of the profitable crew at Slammiversary. Kazarian stated it was among the finest moments in his profession and an evening he’ll always remember. He stated that for a standard particular person that might be sufficient for closure. Kazarian stated he’s not regular. He places over his rivalry with Chris Sabin. Subsequent week they’ll battle it out one final time.

Evaluation: That will probably be terrific. Kazarian hasn’t been used a lot in AEW. I appreciated his quick run because the Elite Hunter however that fizzled out. Sabin at all times offers us top-notch matches, too.

Tasha Steelz and Savannah Evans reply to a fast Jordynne Grace promo, the place in an effort to take her title somebody goes to should outwork her, which she doesn’t see taking place. Steelz says she’s going to take again her Knockouts Championship at In opposition to All Odds. Steelz says Grace won’t even make it to In opposition to All Odds after dealing with Evans subsequent week on Influence.

Evaluation: That’s a contemporary match up and ought to be a superb contest subsequent Friday.

Match #4: Sami Callihan vs Jack Value

Jack Value didn’t get an entrance in order that tells you who’s profitable. Callihan and Moose had a violent, weapons-filled Monsters Ball match at Slammiversary which Sami gained. Value was the co-winner of the 2022 Intestine Test competitors. They lock up and Callihan performs some thoughts video games within the nook. Callihan takes down Value with an enormous clothesline. He hits a tougher operating clothesline while Value is down in a seated place. Callihan hits the Cactus Driver 97 to squash Value in 1:28.

Evaluation: * Only a fast match to place over Callihan and remind us how harmful he’s.

Publish-match Moose hits the ring, as Callihan is posing on the turnbuckle. Moose spears Callihan. Moose takes a metal chair and hits Callihan within the again 4 instances on the surface of the ring. Moose slams Callihan by a desk at ringside with a Uranage.

Evaluation: It allowed Moose to get his revenge as he was out of his ingredient in Monsters Ball. It seems to be like this feud will proceed which is ok with me.

Backstage the Briscoes, AMW and the Good Brothers are preparing for the 6-man tag principal occasion. Gallows lets the Briscoes know that regardless of their rivalry, the Good Brothers have their backs. Chris Harris tries to come back to ringside with James Storm, however Storm says no.

Evaluation: They’re making an attempt to point out how private this rivalry is for Chris Harris by teasing that he’ll become involved bodily. The followers will most likely pop large when he ultimately does.

Sami Callihan is backstage yelling at Gail Kim, looking for Scott D’Amore to finish this feud with Moose. Gail asks what might be extra violent than Monsters Ball? Sami stated he had a cellphone name from an outdated pal of his, inspiring him. He proposes a Raven’s Clockwork Orange Home of Enjoyable match for In opposition to All Odds.

Evaluation: That match hasn’t been seen since 2012 and never since 2009 in Influence. There are often weapons hanging from chains above the ring. It may be a Falls Depend Wherever match or, previously, you could possibly win by placing your opponent from a scaffold by two tables. Will probably be attention-grabbing, that’s for positive.

The commentators run by the cardboard to this point for In opposition to All Odds:

– Influence World Champion Josh Alexander defends in opposition to Joe Doering
– Knockouts Champion Jordynne Grace defends in opposition to Tasha Steelz
– Moose vs. Sami Callihan in Raven’s Clockwork Orange Home of Enjoyable match
– Honor No Extra vs. Influence Tag Workforce Champions the Good Brothers, The Briscoes & James Storm

Subsequent week on Influence:

– #1 Contender match for the X-Division title: Chris Bey vs Steve Maclin vs Laredo Child vs Trey Miguel.
– Alex Zayne vs Ace Austin
– Gisele Shaw vs Rosemary
– Chris Sabin vs Frankie Kazarian

Evaluation: That’s a extremely strong lineup for subsequent week. Sabin vs Kazarian will probably be terrific.

Match #5: Eddie Edwards, Matt Taven and Mike Bennett vs. Mark and Jay Briscoe, and James Storm

There are nonetheless quarter-hour left within the present, so there’s loads of time to have a strong principal occasion. HNM make their strategy to the ring first, adopted by the Briscoes and James Storm accompanied by his beer.

It’s Mark Briscoe and Taven to begin issues off. Taven tags out shortly and Bennett is authorized. Bennett and Mark Briscoe commerce chops. Briscoe takes benefit, sending Bennett into the nook adopted by a clothesline. Mark tags in Jay who hits an enormous kick on Bennett within the nook. Jay with an uppercut and a headbutt then stomps away on Bennett within the nook. Bennett wrenches the arm of Briscoe and tags in Edwards. Taven will get in Briscoe’s face, while Edwards takes an inexpensive shot on Storm within the face nook. Jay Briscoe takes benefit of this and hits an enormous boot, tagging in Storm. Storm is on fireplace and takes down Edwards with a neckbreaker. Taven and Bennett are available and Storm sends them each excessive rope. Each Briscoes dive excessive rope to the surface, taking out the heels.

(Business)

Again from the business and Storm and Edwards are authorized. Storm is shipped excessive however holds on and comes again in. Taven distracts him and Bennett sends Storm into the metal guard rail after which face-first into the metal submit. Edwards takes management once more and rolls Storm into the ring for a 1 rely. Edwards tags in Taven who hits a aspect Russian leg sweep adopted by a lionsault for two. Taven tags Bennett again in, who sends Storm to the nook. Bennett hits a dropkick into the knee of Storm. He tags Edwards again in once more. The heels are isolating Storm successfully. Edwards applies a entrance headlock on the mat to Storm. Storm ultimately makes it to his toes and makes the tag, however Bennett and Taven have the referee distracted. Taven tags in and chops Storm down within the nook. Edwards chokes out Storm, then tags in. Edwards sends Storm into the nook adopted by a clothesline. He spends far too lengthy taunting the followers and Storm hits a backstabber within the nook. Storm makes the tag to Mark Briscoe and Edwards tags in Taven. Briscoe is on fireplace and he takes Bennett out with an Exploder Suplex. Double crew operating neckbreaker by the Briscoes for two. Taven sends Jay Briscoe to the surface and the referee is checking on Bennett within the nook, which permits Edwards to hit an enormous kick to the face of Mark, adopted by a double crew sitout powerbomb for an in depth 2 rely. HNM are organising Mark for a triple superkick however Storm makes the save with the Final Name on Edwards. Mark Briscoe with the Dying Valley Driver on Bennett. He climbs to the highest rope to complete Bennett off however Taven distracts him. Bennett and Taven with the Broton Pack on Mark Briscoe for the three rely after 12:12.

Winners by pinfall: Honor No Extra

Evaluation: ***1/2 A extremely entertaining principal occasion match up with loads of motion. Storm was used sparingly within the match, however what he did do was loved by the followers. Bennett and Taven, in addition to the Briscoes, look so clean on double crew offence. It’s nice seeing the Briscoes again on TV weekly. Placing over Honor No Extra was the fitting name, after their loss at Slammiversary.

After the match, Honor No Extra celebrates their win contained in the ring and proceed the beatdown on the Briscoes and Storm. PCO, King and Vincent take part till the Good Brothers attempt to make the save, to no avail. Edwards hits a Tiger Driver on Mark Briscoe, because the chairs come into the ring. The heels put a chair on the ankle of Mark Briscoe and take turns in smashing his ankle with metal chairs. Influence goes off the air with Honor No Extra celebrating their work.

Evaluation: This might result in Mark Briscoe being faraway from the match as there are solely eight days till the Influence Plus particular, In opposition to All Odds. Perhaps Chris Harris will foyer to be the substitute.

 

Last Score: 6/10

The principle occasion most likely saved the present from being within the ‘disappointing’ class. It was a enjoyable brawl, operating with the multi-man tag match theme that Influence have been operating with quite a bit in 2022. James Storm nonetheless has a job to play so it’s good to see him nonetheless on the market having fun with himself and well-liked with the followers. With lower than two weeks between characteristic reveals, Influence did do a superb job in placing collectively half a card on the present tonight. While my expectations for Alexander vs Doering is low, there’s sufficient on the remainder of the cardboard to pique my curiosity.

In case you are seeking to skim by the present, then the ladies’s match and the primary occasion are price watching. The start of the present dragged on far too lengthy with a ‘promo-off’ between Honor No Extra and America’s Most Wished. I perceive constructing to the primary occasion match, however we see sufficient 15-minute opening promo segments on WWE TV so we don’t want it infiltrating Influence!

I’ll be again subsequent week with the go-home present for In opposition to All Odds. Right here’s my e-mail deal with kristian.l.thompson@gmail.com in case anyone desires to get in contact with me and Twitter is @thomok6 as nicely. Any suggestions or feedback are welcome: kristian.l.thompson@gmail.com



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