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Prince’s The Day After: Impact Wrestling Against All Odds 2022

The complete breakdown of Impact’s special event starting the month of July.

Good day, readers! Prince Osborne here back again with another addition to my series “The Day After” where this entry emanates from Impact Wrestling after their stellar nostalgic run in Slammiversary.

The Countdown:

Singles Match: Laredo Kid vs. Black Taurus w/Crazzy Steve

IMG Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Black Taurus def. Laredo Kid by pinfall at 7:43

A scintillating sprint that gave me mad vibes of Lesnar/Bálor & Mysterio/Angle. Both have tremendous chemistry and displayed a feisty dose of action while maintaining the rapid pace perfectly. Even though being an exhibition, this match surely could’ve left more impact had it happen on the main lineup.

Rating: 3.75/5

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Dot Combat Match | Impact Digital Media Championship: Rich Swann (C) vs. Brian Myers

IMG Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Brian Myers def. Rich Swann by pinfall at 10:17

A charismatic entertainer and a better rematch from Slammiversary. Both improved their chemistry very well and the addition of digital media weapons increased the quality of the match as well as the entertainment value. Myers winning the title completes The Major Players’ circle of being the talkative duo even though one half of it is nursing at home.

Rating: 3.75/5

The Main Show:

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Tag Team Match: Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) vs. Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey)

IMG Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Motor City Machine Guns def. Bullet Club (Chris Sabin def. Chris Bey by pinfall) at 13:20

Marvelous starter between four of the absolute best in the league right now. The first excursion of Ace & Bey as a tag team is a grand success as they faced the iconic MCMG in what would be under the tussle of best tag matches of the year undoubtedly. The chemistry was incredible and every move was executed with finesse (Ha! ) and fierce. I would love to see a series of matches between these two for a while that could lead up to something huge.

Rating: 4.5/5

Tag Team Match: Mickie James & Mia Yim vs. Deonna Purrazzo & Chelsea Green

IMG Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Deonna Purrazzo & Chelsea Green def. Mickie James & Mia Yim (Chelsea Green def. Mickie James by pinfall) at 9:03

A pretty decent tag match that showcased the newly teamed duo of James & Mia who had really good synergy as well as reestablishing Deonna & Chelsea as a tag team. The action was on & off where many spots were misfired by both sides especially the end move. The heels winning adds value to them moving forward as a duo.

Rating: 2.5/5

Singles Match | Impact X-Division Championship: “Speedball” Mike Bailey (C) vs. Trey Miguel

IMG Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Mike Bailey def. Trey Miguel by pinfall at 14:02

Another MOTY candidate from Impact between two of the best X-Division mavericks. Miguel had the edge to reclaim his title and brought the level of aggression like never before in his career while Bailey became the perfect equalizer for the intense challenger with a killer display of offense. Apart from their ring work & flawless chemistry, the story both men carried by winding one of the legs to each other & selling them till the end with great expressions was captivating. All it needed to give a full star montage was the time length. Had it been a bit longer, this match could’ve easily surpassed Alex Shelley vs. Jay White as my best Impact MOTY.

Rating: 4.75/5

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Tag Team Match | Impact Knockouts Tag Team Championships: Rosemary & Taya Valkyrie (C) vs. The Influence (Gisele Shaw & Tenille Dashwood)

IMG Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Rosemary & Taya Valkyrie def. The Influence (Taya Valkyrie def. Tenille Dashwood by pinfall) at 8:59

This wasn’t an outright bad match but it wasn’t good either. Shaw replacing Rayne this time almost did good until the unfortunate attempt of a top rope dive. Keeping that misfire aside, the action was decent enough considering the talent involved.

Rating: 2.5/5

Ten Man Tag Team Match: Heath, The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows) & America’s Most Wanted (James Storm & Chris Harris) vs. Honor No More (Eddie Edwards, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett, Kenny King & PCO) w/Vincent & Maria Kanellis-Bennett

IMG Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Team Heath def. Honor No More (James Storm def. Kenny King by pinfall) at 15:16

This was a very good classic multi-man match with all the shenanigans aptly worked out while Harris & PCO did so better than expected considering their age bar. The pacing could’ve easily gave a slow burning feel but it wasn’t dull by any means. It was a really well worked fun match between a vile group and a collection of pretty good counterparts.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Clockwork Orange House of Fun Match: Sami Callihan vs. Moose

IMG Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Moose def. Sami Callihan by pinfall at 17:32

A hazardous rematch from Slammiversary that happened in front of the eyes of the master of this crazy stipulation, Raven. These two notched their barbaric minds up through this match where berserk weaponry was utilized in the best way possible. Steve Maclin’s interference adds intrigue to his next move against Callihan while a definite Round Three awaits between these two down the line.

Rating: 4.25/5

Singles Match | Impact Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (C) vs. Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans

IMG Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Jordynne Grace def. Tasha Steelz by pinfall at 11:54

Huge props to Tasha for taking Grace to her limit and unleashing her freakish power. Also, that end move looked super nasty and I do hope that Tasha is doing fine after taking that hellacious bump. Coming to the match, it was a great first defence for Grace who’s boosted back to the top again and it looks great on her. Grace is a huge investment for Impact as she brings unprecedented action against anyone. Tasha gave a really good fight here with Savannah giving her share of shenanigans a bit much but was effective throughout.

Rating: 3.5/5

Singles Match | Impact World Championship: Josh Alexander (C) vs. Joe Doering w/Deaner

IMG Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Josh Alexander def. Joe Doering by pinfall at 15:58

A great powerhouse collision to cap off another fantabulous night for Impact. Even though the chances are little, Doering gave the best performance of his Impact run. Alexander is proving show after show on why he deserved to be the world champion. Both delivered stiff exchanges to each other and the uphill struggle arc was nicely played out in favor of Alexander to cement him as an unstoppable gatekeeper of Impact. I’m a bit surprised to see EY absent in this match but it gives a meaningful story of him being pissed still.

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Rating: 4/5

Overall Match Rating: 3.75/5
Overall Show Rating: 8/10

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FINAL VERDICT:

This was a scintillating event for Impact from top to bottom. Their progress is visibly pleasing and hopes are high on them being billed as one of the best promotions of the year. If this streak of consistency is maintained, Impact will surely find its resurgence and be the talk of the town.

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Prince’s The Day After: Impact Wrestling Under Siege 2022

Good day to the readers! Prince Osborne back again with the next addition to my series, The Day After, this time from one of the dedicating promotions of the year I’ve seen so far, Impact Wrestling as they went Under Siege five days ago.

The Countdown Show

Tag Team Match: Heath & Rhino vs. Raj Singh & Shera

Heath & Rhino def. Raj Singh & Shera (Rhino pinned Raj Singh) at 6:29

An acceptable tag match that had a standard layout and worked well. Heath & Rhino ushering back to the title scene piques interest more towards the tag division. Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars!

Three Way Match: Rich Swann vs. Laredo Kid vs. “Speedball” Mike Bailey

Rich Swann def. Laredo Kid by pin fall at 7:56

A tremendous sprint here between three of the best the X-Division has to offer. Laredo as a part-time X-Division sensation is amazing, Swann returning to his roots and winning this bout is great but we have to give it to Speedball who is having a blast of his lifetime since stepping inside Impact. He is nothing but a splendid mashup of a high-flyer and a aggressive beast. X-Division matches recently never cease to amaze me and this bout was no different. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

The Main Show:

Singles Match: Gisele Shaw w/Alisha Edwards vs. Madison Rayne w/Tenille Dashwood

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Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Gisele Shaw won by pin-fall at 7:15

For the first time since her arrival to Impact, Gisele Shaw impressed me very much here defeating a legendary Knockout in Madison Rayne. The work was smoothly done while the shenanigans were kept on point. Gisele bringing a seemingly face turn and teaming with Alisha is a nice shift for both and a nice boost to the tag division of the Knockouts. Rating: 3 out of 5 stars!

Singles Match: Chris Sabin vs. Steve Maclin

Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Chris Sabin won by pin fall at 13:22

Such a fantastic sprint here between two of the hottest stars of Impact currently. Sabin still proves to the world that he could give a barnburner while Maclin’s rise to the upper echelon of Impact’s rich roster is a great build so far which makes clear that this loss doesn’t hinder or budge the momentum Maclin has right now. He gave a fantabulous fight to Maclin throughout and wowed the crowd again. Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Singles Match for the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship: Taya Valkyrie (C) vs. Deonna Purrazzo

Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Taya Valkyrie won by pin-fall at 10:08

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The best match out of the trilogy they had and a better rematch from Rebellion. Both have pretty good chemistry here with Deonna showing a sense of urgency to reclaim the title. Taya is someone I wish to be a great wrestler but her career throughout has been on a “on-off” pattern. So I wish she gets the best run with the title now. The finish wasn’t the best option but could’ve executed it better. Mia Yim’s return hypes me up for her run here as I’m glad that she’s not another addition to AEW. She has been here before and it feels right to see Mia back in her place. Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars!

Singles Match for the X-Division Championship: Ace Austin (C) vs. Trey Miguel

Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Ace Austin won by pin-fall at 13:03

Another fantastic encounter from the X-Division roster between a newly crowned champion and a very equivalent challenger. The chemistry was excellent and the tensions were palpable which led to a thought where Miguel could eventually pull off the upset but Austin outnumbered the former champion and started his run with a strong defence. Austin being billed as one of the BOSJ tourney combatants adds nothing but prestige to Impact as well as himself and this win brings a different kind of momentum with him ahead of the epic Japanese tournament. Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars!

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Ten Man Tag Team Match: Bullet Club (Jay White, Chris Bey, El Phantasmo, Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) vs. Honor No More (Eddie Edwards, Kenny King, Vincent, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett) w/Maria Kanellis-Bennett

Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Honor No More def. Bullet Club (Mike Bennett pinned Karl Anderson) at 18:20

This was a chaotic, fun brawl that spilled all over the place as expected when Bullet Club is involved in multi-man action. But, it’s not contrived as usual. I think Eddie Edwards wasn’t showcased well here being the leader of HNM. Other than that, the other nine men had bright spots to shine especially White, Phantasmo, Taven & Vincent. The ending gave a nice call-back to the days of New Japan and HNM winning cements their place more stronger in Impact as a diabolic unit. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

Singles Match for the Knockouts World Championship: Tasha Steelz (C) vs. Havok

Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Tasha Steelz won by pin fall at 10:25

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Another solid defence by Steelz against the menacing Havok that solidified her run to the next level. This match proved that Steelz can go at it clean as a slate without any help from the outsiders. Havok gave a tough run for Steelz but it as the latter who stood tall with all the momentum. Rating: 3 out of 5 stars!

Tag Team Match for the Impact World Tag Team Championships: Violent by Design (Eric Young & Deaner) (C) w/Joe Doering vs. The Briscoes (Mark Briscoe & Jay Briscoe)

Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

The Briscoes def. Violent by Design (Jay Briscoe pinned Deaner) at 11:16

This was a fantastic old school tag team bout between two of the prominent teams Impact has right now. The Briscoes are a legendary team without a shadow of doubt and Violent by Design gave a really competitive fight here. EY & Deaner surprisingly competed here which is a rare combination from VBD but I prefer EY & Doering than this and Doering & Deaner. The winning moment was one of the greatest Impact moments of the year already as the crowd were extremely raucous for Dem Boys becoming Dem Champs. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars!

Singles Match for the Impact World Championship: Josh Alexander (C) vs. Tomohiro Ishii

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Credits: IMPACT Wrestling

Josh Alexander won by pin fall at 23:31

A blistering heavyweight war between an icon of Japanese wrestling and a juggernaut of North American wrestling. Alexander fought extremely hard to reach the position of being a World Champion so it takes more than a step above on what he did to keep that position. This match clearly tells the hard reality of the aforementioned fact that no matter who steps up, Alexander WILL FIGHT his life out and be the face of Impact! This match felt so special not only because of Ishii’s tenacious effort here but also the diligent nature of Alexander heading here hours after escaping from a catastrophic vehicular crash. God bless him! Now, the match itself was what you could’ve expected – a flabbergasting fight with scintillating strike exchanges and tremendous display of technicality. The crowd was darn rowdy and had Ishii’s back more than Josh’s. Even though there was the littlest to nil chance of Ishii winning, he gave THE launchpad for Alexander to usher in as one of the greatest stars Impact has ever seen. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

Overall Match Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
Overall Show Rating: 9 out of 10 points

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Final Verdict

Impact is giving their PPVs a special feel this year & Under Siege is no different from that mentality. It was a home run from the countdown show till the end of the night! Alexander vs. Ishii was a thing of beauty and my Match of the Night while Sabin vs. Maclin was a breakthrough performance for Maclin and Austin vs. Miguel rocked hard as expected from the X-Division. Those two are the up & close contenders for the MOTN position.

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Best Of Wrestling: April 2022

A rundown of what took place last month in the eyes of wrestling fans!

Ring Of Honor Returns under Brand New Partnership with AEW

IMG Credit: ROH & Catch-Newz
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  • ROH ran their annual ‘Supercard Of Honor’ after a hiatus following the release of all wrestlers signed under the company
  • This show included the dream match of FTR vs The Briscoes finally bring realized and it was a classic
  • Samoa Joe made his return to wrestling at this show and was confirmed to be signed under All Elite Wrestling via Tony Khan’s Twitter

Annual WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony Takes Place

IMG Credit: WWE

WWE ran their annual Hall Of Fame Ceremony by inducting the following:

  • Queen Sharmell (inducted by Booker T)
  • The Steiner Brothers (inducted by Bron Breakker)
  • Vader (inducted by his wife & son)
  • Shad Gaspard (recipient of Warrior Award)
  • The Undertaker (inducted by Mr. McMahon
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WrestleMania 38 takes place on two different nights!

IMG Credit: WWE & Sportsmanor
  • Bianca BelAir dethroned Becky Lynch of her Raw Women’s Championship
  • Cody Rhodes returned to WWE after 6 years to face Seth Rollins in a classic!
  • ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin came out of retirement to fight Kevin Owens in the main event of Night One
  • Johnny Knoxville and The Jackass Crew delivered a prank filled beating to Sami Zayn
  • ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin came back on stage on Night Two to take out Austin Theory, the boss himself Mr. McMahon, Byron Saxton, and Pat McAfee
  • The WWE’s two World Titles were Unified when Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar to retain his Universal Championship and win the WWE Championship

Elias’ Younger Brother debuted on Raw!

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IMG Credit: WWE & POST Wrestling
  • During a Kevin Owens promo, an unknown named ‘Ezekiel’ came out and introduced himself as Elias’ younger brother!
  • He’s impressed us ever since!

Wheeler Yuta Earned His Place in the ‘Blackpool Combat Club’

IMG Credit: AEW & 411MANIA
  • After multiple teases of AEW’s Wheeler Yuta perhaps taking his own spot with William Regal, Bryan Danielson, and Jon Moxley’s seemingly unstoppable faction
  • After losing to Bryan Danielson, interest was taken in Yuta
  • Wheeler defied the odds and managed to stay alive in a bloody war against Jon Moxley before passing out
  • In the end, Wheeler Yuta earned his spot in AEW’s most vicious group
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Gunther and Raquel Rodriguez made their presence known on Smackdown

IMG Credit: WWE & Metro
  • On the Smackdown following WrestleMania, Gunther & Raquel Gonzalez made their debut appearances on the brand
  • Gunther debuted with Ludwig Kaiser, formerly known as Marcel Barthel, squashing a jobber and making his brutality known.
  • Meanwhile, a rather charismatic Raquel Rodriguez (Gonzalez) seemed all smiles ahead of her future on Smackdown

Josh Alexander reclaimed his Impact World Title at Impact Rebellion

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IMG Credit: Impact Wrestling & TopFitness20
  • After Josh Alexander was screwed out of his first World Title Reign in Impact, he swore to get revenge on Moose, who took everything from him
  • After a brutal war, Alexander finally pinned Moose to win his title back and to finally get his post match moment. Congratulations Josh!

Asuka & Mustafa Ali returned to WWE Monday Night Raw

IMG Credit: WWE & TheSportster
  • On the April 25th edition of Monday Night Raw, Asuka & Mustafa Ali made their much anticipated returns
  • Asuka, who had been gone for 9 months due to an arm injury, returned to confront and tease a feud with Becky Lynch
  • Mustafa Ali, who had previously asked for his release months ago, made a shocking return to WWE on Television and after a convincing promo pinned The Miz to further himself towards redemption
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