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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: AEW & NJPW’s Forbidden Door 2022

Good day, readers! Prince Osborne here coming back to the blog with a new addition to my series “The Day After” where this historic entry coming from All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling joining forces altogether for a miraculous pay-per-view.

The Buy In:

Tag Team Match: Bishamon (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. The Factory (QT Marshall & Aaron Solow)

IMG Credits: AEW, NJPW & 411MANIA

Bishamon def. The Factory (Hirooki Goto def. Aaron Solow by pinfall) at 8:54

A pretty good start to the show. This match had the pacing right and the offense felt ample considering QT’s team dominating NJPW Strong for a while. Goto & HASHI are a great duo, and they were welcomed so well here while QT enacts the egotistical heel very well alongside a nice talent in Solow.

Rating: 3.25/5

Singles Match: Lance Archer vs. Nick Comoroto

IMG Credits: AEW & Fightful

Lance Archer def. Nick Comoroto by pinfall at 6:08

This was a fine powerhouse collision and gave a nice preview of Lance Archer’s much awaited NJPW return as a part of the G1 Climax. This match perfectly filled the foil of a filler contest. Comoroto did a decent work here bringing some level of intensity.

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Rating: 2.25/5

Tag Team Match: Swerve In Our Glory (Shane Strickland & Keith Lee) vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

IMG Credits: AEW, NJPW & 411MANIA

Swerve In Our Glory def. Suzuki-gun (Keith Lee def. Yoshinobu Kanemaru by pinfall) at 12:06

This was a great fiery contest between four highly talented wrestlers. The chemistry was great while the rift between Swerve & Lee is now deflating after their undeniable synergy, and I hope it stays the same. Desperado & Kanemaru are a great dynamic duo that have great wrestling background, and this was a very good showcase for them. The long overdue showdown between Swerve in Our Glory & Team Taz is happening sooner and I hope it wraps things up for both sides on a positive note.

Rating: 4/5

Eight Man Tag Team Match: LA Dojo (Alex Coughlin, Yuya Uemura, Kevin Knight & The DKC) vs. Acclaimed Gunn Club (Max Caster, Billy Gunn, Austin Gunn & Colten Gunn) w/Anthony Bowens

IMG Credits: AEW, NJPW & 411MANIA

Acclaimed Gunn Club def. LA Dojo (Max Caster def. The DKC by pinfall) at 5:35

This was a pointless waste of time for LA Dojo who are extremely talented. Either the opponents should’ve been formidable to showcase more of those men or this match shouldn’t have happened firstly. Caster & Gunn Club are fun but half of them being left but becoming the winners however is a lame booking decision and makes The Dojo look like schmucks.

Rating: 1.5/5

The Main Show:

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Trios Match | Blood & Guts Advantage: Shota Umino, Eddie Kingston & Wheeler Yuta vs. Minoru Suzuki & The Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara) w/Tay Conti

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

Team Jericho def. Team Kingston (Chris Jericho def. Shota Umino by pinfall) at 18:59

A fantastic opener between these teams. All six had a great time to showcase their best with Umino & Yuta bringing their A-games while the other four were prominent as usual. Kingston is receiving huge response day after day and his interaction with Suzuki was stellar. Umino had a great first outing in the bigger stage of US while Jericho winning the match gave them the B&G advantage which is a herring for them to lose probably.

Rating: 4.25/5

Three Way Tag Team Match | IWGP & ROH World Tag Team Championships: United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) (C) vs. FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) (C) vs. Roppongi Vice (Trent Beretta & Rocky Romero)

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

FTR def. Roppongi Vice & United Empire (Dax Harwood def. Rocky Romero by pinfall) at 16:20

A great three-way tag that cemented FTR’s place even deeper as one of the best tag teams ever to step in and wrestle. The other two were great too but FTR’s wrestling ability and Dax’s untimely exit & return to the scene added more value to their win here. Their dream of winning the IWGP Tag Titles has come true, and an all-time classic run is upon us.

Rating: 4/5

Four Way Match | AEW All-Atlantic Championship: PAC vs. Malakai Black vs. Clark Connors vs. Miro

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

PAC def. Clark Connors by submission at 15:05

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Such a stellar collision for the inaugural second secondary championship. Connors came in as the last-minute replacement but stole the show certainly by giving his breakout performance in the big league in his first ever attempt. Miro ruthlessly dominated the first half while PAC & Black showed their aggression at prominent times and told their own story that’s left in the shadows. PAC stealing the right moment and becoming the inaugural champion is a fantastic move for a wrestler who was on the upper echelon since day one and his coronation as a champion right here is truly incredible.

Rating: 4/5

Trios Match: Dudes with Attitudes (Sting, Darby Allin & Shingo Takagi) vs. Bullet Club (Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson & El Phantasmo) w/Hikuleo

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

Dudes with Attitudes def. Bullet Club (Shingo Takagi def. El Phantasmo by pinfall) at 13:01

This was a fun cooldown match that could’ve gone either way, but it went down as a very good outing for all six men. Bucks enjoyed their time reuniting with Bullet Club’s counterpart in El Phantasmo while Sting ruled the scene again with his unprecedented wildness and Shingo embraced the great work he does always. Sting & his team winning left a smile on the fans’ faces which is the purpose of this all-star bonkers of a brawl.

Rating: 3.5/5

Singles Match | AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa (C) vs. Toni Storm

IMG Credits: AEW

Thunder Rosa def. Toni Storm by pinfall at 10:41

This was a very good physical battle irrespective of the underwhelming crowd reaction. Both delivered stiff exchanges and great looking technical moves outpowering each other on many occasions. The finish was out of nowhere but felt a bit anti climatic. Rosa’s reign has been very good, but it still needs that game changer of a match to reach the great level. However, from what was seen, a technically sound battle between two talented women.

Rating: 3.5/5

Singles Match | IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay (C) w/Aussie Open vs. Orange Cassidy

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

Will Ospreay def. Orange Cassidy by pinfall at 16:43

This was a spectacular match that was the best work of Cassidy in years. Ospreay elevated his status to another level among the US audience through this match as both men were tremendous in terms of action as well as the storytelling with a nice breeze of comical elements. Ospreay usually becomes inevitable during these high-stake matches, but Cassidy was explosive here which wasn’t seen ever since I started to watch him. Shibata appearing post-match drove me crazy like anything and him vs. Ospreay sounds excellent on paper and hope it bangs as expected.

Rating: 4.5/5

Singles Match: Claudio Castagnoli vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

Claudio Castagnoli def. Zack Sabre Jr. by pinfall at 18:27

Stupendous chess game between two of the most calculative beasts of technicality in wrestling. Sabre’s manipulative massacre type of wrestling meshed extraordinarily with Claudio’s undeniable strength prowess all the time. Both had a fair share of exchanges that eventually made both as their best equivalents till date. It feels ecstatic to see Claudio in a place where he can easily thrive as a great asset of technical wresting and probably weasel his way to the promotion that put him on the upper radar of the map – Ring of Honor. This dynamite of a debut might be the ultimate trigger pull he wanted for years and prove the doubters wrong on becoming a mainstream sensation.

Rating: 4.5/5

Four Way Match | IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Jay White (C) vs. Kazuchika Okada vs. “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Adam Cole

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

Jay White def. Adam Cole by pinfall at 21:00

The combatants didn’t even lay a finger on each other when the bell rang, and the fans chanted, “Holy Shit” indeed! That shows the electricity of the environment for this match. Irrespective of the on-off build to the place, all four men are equally talented to give a certified MOTN on any large-scale show. Okada being under these circumstances is a rare sight, but he excelled here as the MVP of the bout. Hangman almost pulled off the upsetting win with his aggressive performance while Cole & White were great as an alliance and better as rivals. White wasn’t seen much here which is the dynamic that multi-man matches offer. The ending might’ve been unplanned, but it doesn’t take anything away from the top-tier display of action these men orchestrated.

Rating: 4.25/5

Singles Match | Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

IMG Credits: AEW, NJPW & Cultaholic

Jon Moxley def. Hiroshi Tanahashi by pinfall at 18:16

Both waited for three long years, and they finally met on a huge ambiance with the stakes being so high. The ultimate endgame is a great seat-gripping contest as expected but the spill of blood by Moxley is something I never expected here. Unfortunately, it hurt this match’s morale in my view. That wasn’t really necessary here as him without that shedding & wrestling even more grittier and cleaner would’ve helped a lot. Tana was fantastic here as he brought the usual intensity that he tends to bring in all of his championship matches. Moxley’s win made more sense as he was overdue for a title run similar to the exceptional “carrying on his back” pandemic run in front of an alive fan base.

Rating: 4/5

Overall Match Rating: 3.75/5
Overall Show Rating: 9/10

Match of the Night:

Final Verdict:
This was a grand success for both companies as the quality of matches ranged from very good to excellent irrespective of the dark cloud surrounding them, that is, injuries and lack of huge draws. Even the buy in had a nice set of bouts that amped the sold-out Chicago mates for the extravaganza. I do hope that this is an annual event where more of the dream matches & environments are created and witnessed. Until then, let us soak in the success of this blockbuster pay-per-view.

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Prince’s The Day After: AEW Double or Nothing 2022

The ultimate rundown of AEW’s inceptive grand gala.

IMG Credits: AEW

Good day to the readers! Prince Osborne here coming back to the blog with a new addition to my series “The Day After” where this entry coming from All Elite Wrestling’s fourth instalment of the sensational spectacle, Double or Nothing. My sincere apologies for the prolonged post due to my personal commitments leading to missing the shows live/ as per the concept (day after live show). Let’s cut to the chase!

Buy-In:

Tag Team Match: Hook & Danhausen vs. Tony Nese & Mark Sterling

IMG Credits: AEW

Hook & Danhausen def. Tony Nese & Mark Sterling (Danhausen def. Mark Sterling by pinfall) at 5:25

A perfect comical relish done here. All men did their work right and the prime focus was on HookHausen and they utilised it very well. The crowd was extremely pleasing and this served as a nice amp-up for the main show.

Rating: 2.5/5

Main Show:

Singles Match: Wardlow vs. MJF

IMG Credits: AEW

Wardlow def. MJF by pinfall at 7:35

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Sincerely satisfied with this story-driven spectacle to open things up. MJF getting little to zero offense makes huge sense as per the story of David vs. Goliath. I’m extremely happy to see Wardlow get the huge spotlight and I dearly hope he thrives as a massive star in AEW.
Rating: 3/5

Tag Team Match: The Hardys (Matt Hardy & Jeff Hardy) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)

IMG Credits: AEW

The Hardys def. The Young Bucks (Jeff Hardy def. Nick Jackson by pinfall) at 19:13

This was a fun match at the end. Both teams started off in a different way than usual because of the dull visual from The Hardy Brothers. But, the match picked up in the second half with cool spots and great energy from fans. Hardy Brothers winning is a nice crowd pleaser even though I rooted for The Bucks.

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Rating: 3.5/5

Singles Match – AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill (C) vs. Anna Jay

IMG Credits: AEW

Jade Cargill def. Anna Jay by pinfall at 7:27

Almost surpassing their previous match, this one had Jade as the better athlete and I’m happy to see her improve. Jay stepped up and gave nice moments of stealing the match but her inactiveness in the prime scene was exposed in this match leading to some misfires from her side. The shenanigans were aptly used and the double debut (Stokely Hathaway & Athena Palmer) excites me as per the usual surprise debuts AEW pull off in big stages.

Rating: 3/5

Trios Match: Death Triangle (PAC, Penta Oscuro & Rey Fenix) w/Alex Abrahantes vs. House of Black (Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews)

IMG Credits: AEW

House of Black def. Death Triangle (Malakai Black def. PAC by pinfall) at 15:31

A tremendous sprinter between two of the menacing trio units AEW has built. The story was prolonged with intrigue & great previews of singles & tag action here and there. Ultimately, the payoff we had here was fantastic & worth the wait. It went just as expected even though there were some rough patches. The final twist was seen from a far mile but seeing it happen eventually was wild.

Rating: 4.25/5

Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Finals: Samoa Joe vs. Adam Cole

IMG Credits: AEW

Adam Cole def. Samoa Joe by pinfall at 13:15

A pretty good match for an almost memorable men’s side of the Owen Hart tourney. Both did a nice job inside the ring with their good chemistry but didn’t shift to high gears which billed this as good but not great. Cole is a fine choice of a winner as he needed a form of accomplishment in AEW.

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Rating: 3.25/5

Women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Finals: Ruby Soho vs. Dr. Britt Baker, DMD

IMG Credits: AEW

Dr. Britt Baker def. Ruby Soho by pinfall at 14:52

It was almost as good as their Grand Slam match with a questionable winner. Both showed their best as expected and the crowd was really active taking both sides during the cool spots. Ruby deserved of winning this tourney more than Baker as the former hasn’t done anything noteworthy since her time here. The same can’t be said for Baker who’s been a high profile wrestler in the women’s division. Cole & Baker stealing the whole tourney as the “power couple” of AEW is a decent move to highlight them often.

Rating: 3/5

Mixed Trios Match: American Top Team (Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page & Paige VanZant) vs. Frankie Kazarian, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti

IMG Credits: AEW

American Top Team def. Team Kazarian (Scorpio Sky def. Frankie Kazarian by pinfall) at 12:03

A decent overbooked trios match where Scorpio, Frankie & Ethan carried the wrestling part in a pretty good way. PVZ had a very cool debut here showing a lot of potential in becoming AEW’s first MMA-convertible woman. Sammy & Tay were playing their roles well as annoying heels but the wrestling part didn’t get much focus as the storytelling part got. Even though it had a lot of time, the storytelling was decent at best.

Rating: 2.75/5

Singles Match: Darby Allin vs. Kyle O’Reilly

IMG Credits: AEW & Tokyvideo
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Kyle O’Reilly def. Darby Allin by pinfall at 10:34

This was a certified slugfest between two of the most dedicating wrestlers of the roster. KOR has been underutilized in overall but taking a deep look, he has stepped up and delivered excellent matches as a singles star and this one was no different. Darby bringing his usual self & wowing the fans meshed very well with Kyle’s technical mastery. Him winning could’ve easily ignited a potential singles run sooner.

Rating: 3.75/5

Singles Match – AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa (C) vs. Serena Deeb

IMG Credits: AEW

Thunder Rosa def. Serena Deeb by pinfall at 16:50

Such an intense fight between two of the best women on the league. Both had the utmost fire & desire to outsmart each other leading to bring the best they’ve got in order to rise to the top. Serena is a fantastic technical beast and she proved that she could thrive very well in the bigger stage and Rosa had the best title match so far since her win as well as previous pursues over the title.

Rating: 4.25/5

Anarchy In The Arena Match: Eddie Kingston, Blackpool Combat Club (Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley) & Proud n Powerful (Santana & Ortiz) vs. The Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho, Daniel Garcia, Jake Hager, Matt Menard & Angelo Parker)

IMG Credits: AEW

The Jericho Appreciation Society def. Team Kingston (Chris Jericho def. Bryan Danielson by submission) at 22:40

This fight lived up to the name it has – anarchy at the absolute best! All ten men smacked each other in convincing hardcore style with stellar spots and astonishing brawl all over the arena. Moxley, Kingston, Bryan, Menard & Jericho became the MVPs of the fight with the final stretch from Eddie’s badass march with a gasoline can to the choke-out end by Jericho & Hager on Danielson was crazy. The hype for this match was so intriguing and the match itself delivered and went beyond from what we least expected. JAS is a unit that gave its doubts of relevancy but after this bout, they’re surely ready for the league.

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Grade: A

Three Way Tag Team Match – AEW World Tag Team Championships: Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) (C) w/Christian Cage vs. Team Taz (Ricky Starks & Will Hobbs) vs. Swerve In Our Glory (Shane Strickland & Keith Lee)

IMG Credits: AEW

Jurassic Express def. Team Taz & Swerve In Our Glory (Jungle Boy def. Shane Strickland by pinfall) at 17:16

An exceptional hot-rod match as expected. These three teams are on a white hot streak as a defiant layer of tag team roster where the champions are so focused than before while the challengers are hungry and poised as potential dethroners. All six men had stellar synergy with sick moves and thrilling action. Jurassic Express was expected to be dethroned here so their victory was a surprise yet convincing for some fans of them.

Rating: 4/5

Singles Match – AEW World Championship: “Hangman” Adam Page (C) vs. CM Punk

IMG Credits: AEW

CM Punk def. Adam Page by pinfall at 25:52

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This was a befitting end to The Lovefest Return of CM Punk with a World Championship win in over seven years. He proved to this world of pro wrestling that he still has left some dose of drive to usher in the spotlight of stardom and here we are witnessing that proving mettle of the Second City Saint.

Hangman’s presentation as the World Champion might’ve not been the greatest but he elevated his stardom to superstardom with the title reign he had and this was nothing but a respectable cap-off to it.

The first misfire from Punk was accidental but the immediate one added legitimacy to the story of Punk trying his best to psychologically dominate but unable to do so. Hangman’s edge was a great move as he ripped off the beloved mask for once and showed his possible villainous side that made him look even powerful.

These two were exceptional wrestlers, did their best in-ring work and told a defining story of a veteran’s re-emergence to the mountain top. Now, seeing the current state of the champion and the division, I feel extremely bad for Punk but gives me more intrigue on the potential happenings for the interim status.

Rating: 4.25/5

Overall Match Rating: 3.5/5

Overall Show Rating: 8/10

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OVERALL VERDICT

The whole PPV was super solid but gruelling to watch because of the duration being five plus hours that easily made the fans grumpy either being live or watching at home. Some of the matches were more than enough to be slated at a Dynamite show (mixed trios, Darby/KOR etc.) but the prominent bouts were rock solid and made the pros rise high making those cons matter the least.

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AEW Double Or Nothing 2022 Review

Hi readers, Tanner here to give my insight on AEW’s latest PPV event!

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MJF vs Wardlow | Fate Of Wardlow’s Contract

IMG Credit: AEW & Wrestling News

Wardlow def. MJF via Pinfall at 7:33

This was a simple, yet brilliant way of capping off a 2 year journey of a storyline. Wardlow hit MJF with 10 vicious powerbombs for the win and to make himself officially #AllElite **1/2

The Young Bucks vs The Hardys | Elite vs Delete

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IMG Credit: AEW & Wresting Inc.

Jeff Hardy def. Nick Jackson via Pinfall at 19:13

A few mistimings towards the beginning of this bout, but they were able to move past that and have a fun tag match with some insane spots and a shocking result as the Hardys get a clean victory over the frankly overpushed Young Bucks ***1/4

Jade Cargill(c) vs Anna Jay | TBS Championship Match

IMG Credit: AEW & WrestlingWorld
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Jade Cargill def. Anna Jay via Pinfall at 7:27

It’s a messy bout, but not too bad. More about the arrivals of the former Malcom Bivens and Ember Moon. **

Death Triangle vs House Of Black | 6 Man Tag Team Match

IMG Credit: AEW & WrestlingWorld

Malakai Black def. PAC via Pinfall at 15:31

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The ending threw me off a bit mostly because I thought it was completely someone else, but yeah this was a very cool sprint match with some crazy spots and some nice back and forth near falls that really brings the question of who will win which I always love in wrestling. ***3/4

Adam Cole vs Samoa Joe | Men’s Owen Hart Cup Tournament Final

IMG Credit: AEW

Adam Cole def. Samoa Joe via Pinfall at 13:16

A bit iffy on the rather clean finish, but overall a very good contest. Nothing oundtsnding or amazing, but a solid boutique either way. ***

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Dr. Britt Baker DMD Vs Ruby Soho | Women’s Owen Hart Cup Tournament Final

IMG Credit: AEW & 411MANIA

Britt Baker def. Ruby Soho at 14:48

I think my main issue with this match is the lack of engagement brought to me and the joining audience in the arena. It’s a slow burn of a match that only gets interesting towards the end, but even then their weaknesses are exposed when we get a heavily messy finishing stretch that never seemed to end. It felt longer than 15 minutes and that’s not good. I do appreciate the post match speech and presentation however *3/4

America’s Top Team vs Sammy Guevera, Frankie Kazarian, & Tay Conti | Mixed 6 Man Tag Team Match

IMG Credit: AEW & Mandatory

Scorpio Sky def. Frankie Kazarian via Pinfall at 12:04

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A fun match here and also a satisfying one as Sammy and Tay faced the consequences for being the most annoying people ever. Interesting how Frankie turned on his partners yet still fought their opponents. No idea why, but whatever. ***

Kyle O’Reilly vs Darby Allin | Singles Match

IMG Credit: AEW & Fightful

Kyle O’Reilly def. Darby Allin via Pinfall at 10:33

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A surprisingly clean win for O’Reilly after a fun and engaging match. A random placement on the card, but definitely a good one. ***

Thunder Rosa(c) vs Serena Deeb | AEW Women’s Championship Match

IMG Credit: AEW & WrestlingWorld

Thunder Rosa def. Serena Deeb via Pinfall at 16:52

Started promising with some nice exchanges, but descended into a bit of a boring however average contest. It’s solid, but not so engaging and also extremely messy. Matches the build quite nicely. **1/4

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The Jericho Appreciation Society vs Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, Eddie Kingston, Santana, & Ortiz | Anarchy In The Arena Match

IMG Credit: AEW & SportsKeeda

Chris Jericho & Jake Hager def. Bryan Danielson via TKO at 22:41

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A fun, chaotic, and overall dramatic brawl here. Everyone went nuts here. Blood everywhere, brutal ways of attempting to win. Very surprised that Jericho’s team was able to win here, but that finish was knarly. ***1/2

Jurassic Express(c) vs Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland vs Ricky Starks & Powerhouse Hobbs | AEW World Tag Team Championships Three-Way Match

IMG Credit: AEW & Wrestling Republic

Jungle Boy def. Swerve Strickland via Pinfall at 17:16

A couple of missteps here, but overall a very good and fun tag title bout here with some near falls that really added to it. The multiple Jungle Boy is going to be pinned moments is interesting because it exposes the power dynamic between himself and Luchasaurus. ***1/4

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‘Hangman’ Adam Page(c) vs CM Punk | AEW World Championship Match

IMG Credit: AEW & ComicBook

CM Punk def. Adam Page via Pinfall at 25:54

Very good main event. The action is pretty good, but the storytelling is fantastic. This was a bloody war. Hangman hated Punk so much he would do anything to win, even if it meant risking Disqualification. But the his good side got the best of him and cost him the match against Punk who was all tons of emotional after the match. I didn’t like it at first, but you know what…I’m happy for the guy. ***1/2

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Overall this is a solid show, however I do need to bring up a few complaints. First of all, this show went 4 hours and 40 minutes. That is absolutely absurd especially for a non WWE promotion. And secondly I feel like some of these matches were brought down by the fact that they were all 10+ minutes except for Jade vs Anna, but even that had a post match segment. So yes, there are a few things to remember here like Punk winning the title, Wardlow securing a contract, and the bunch of debuts, but honestly there is just *good*. One of the weaker AEW PPVs, but it’s really saying something when it’s still a solid show. 6.5/10

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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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Prince’s The Day After: WWE WrestleMania Backlash 2022

Good day to the readers! Prince Osborne here coming back to the blog after a long time with a new series called “The Day After” where wrestling specials are reviewed after a day or two to give a clear take on all the matches happened and the stories moving forward.

Today, we’re kicking the series off with a successful Premium Live Event that followed up some stories from WrestleMania as Backlash is upon us!

Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins

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IMG Credit: WWE

Cody Rhodes def. Seth Rollins by pinfall at 20:50

This was a fantabulous rematch of their WrestleMania barnburner, and I can daringly say that this match upped the notch over their previous clash. The story was presented in the best way just like ‘Mania but the wrestling side was even more fluid and thrilling to watch. I’m saying once again that Rollins needs to be offered a fleet of flower bouquets for his sheer performance in the past two years and he never expected anything in return. All he needed was to be prominent. The same goes to Cody where he proved here again that he evolved from a substandard underrated player to a larger-than-life superstar in the years away from WWE. The finish left a window for building the trilogy between these two which would give a well deserved ending to this stellar rivalry.

  • Rating: 4.75/5

Bobby Lashley vs. Omos

IMG Credit: WWE

Omos def. Bobby Lashley by pinfall at 8:50

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This was just as equal to their WrestleMania match, but a notch down because of the prolonged duration it had, with a dusty finish to boot. I can’t blame any men here but Omos’ premature call-up as a singles wrestler shows how inexperienced he is. I have to see Lashley rise up the ladder and contend against top-tier athletes soon after this rivalry is done.

  • Rating: 2/5

AJ Styles vs. Edge

IMG Credit: WWE

Edge def. AJ Styles by submission at 15:21

This was very good but not on the level of their WrestleMania showdown, in my opinion. Being more of a fan of story-driven bouts than necessarily “wrestling classics”, I felt the storytelling was great but not near the heights of their previous bout. The stipulation of Priest barred from ringside didn’t bode well during the end stretch which hindered the finish a bit. Ripley joining Judgment Day is a great boost for her to rekindle the vicious side of herself, which hasn’t been seen in a while.

  • Rating: 4/5

“I Quit” Match – SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey

IMG Credit: WWE

Ronda Rousey def. Charlotte Flair at 16:32

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Extremely better than their WrestleMania bout, but still not as fantastic as their match in 2018. The stipulation paved the way for both women to be comfortable by orchestrating a high-intense, action packed fight all around the arena. For the first time in a long time, I felt that Charlotte presented herself as a credible wrestler while Rousey brought her inner beast and unleashed its fullest potential. Rousey as the champion opens up some good opportunities for her while Charlotte can nurse herself away from the scene after a dominant reign.

  • Rating: 4/5

Madcap Moss vs. Happy Corbin

IMG Credit: WWE

Madcap Moss def. Happy Corbin by pinfall at 9:45

Unlike others, I found this to be a serviceable cooldown match where both men pushed hard to seek attention towards them, but the crowd was merely responding. Keeping their character arcs aside, the wrestling ability of both men are good at best and this was an example. The finish was so cool and reminiscent of an 80’s style sudden finish, which hasn’t been incorporated in years.

  • Rating: 3/5

Six Man Tag Team Match: Drew McIntyre & RK-Bro vs. The Bloodline (Roman Reigns, Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso)

IMG Credit: WWE

The Bloodline def. Drew McIntyre & RK-Bro (Roman Reigns pinned Riddle) at 22:10

This was a fantastic main event that had the initial expectations in a double-sword, but exceeded in the end. All six men had all the time in the world to shine bright and put on a brilliant performance. The stories this match told were excellent – Reigns still being vulnerable in facing McIntyre & Usos, and RK-Bro vying for the ultimate endgame of their story on becoming the undisputed tag team champions. McIntyre & Orton had a frenzy time in this match with palpable chemistry and crisp aggression. Riddle being the third wheel is predictable but doesn’t hurt him in any way. The ending was a crazy spot to execute and The Bloodline standing tall cements their run as one of the greatest trios WWE has ever given.

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  • Rating: 4.5/5
Overall Match Rating

3.75/5

Overall Show Rating

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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As a whole, the event had a so-so build collectively but gave us a splendid time watching every match unfold in its best way. Rhodes & Rollins stole the show again and the main event & Flair vs. Rousey were close calls for the match of the night listing.

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