Date: August 4, 2022
Location: Old Paristown Hall, Louisville, Kentucky
Commentators: Tom Hannifan, Matthew Rehwoldt
We’re just over a week away from Emergence and most of the show has already been set. The World and Knockouts Title matches are ready to go but now we need to build up a little more of the card. That is what we can take care of over the next two weeks, as Emergence is already starting to look strong. Let’s get to it.
The opening recap looks at Honor No More’s issues, setting up a ten man tag at Emergence. If Honor No More wins, they get a Tag Team Title shot, but if they lose, they’re done.
Deonna Purrazzo vs. Rosemary
Taya Valkyrie and Jessika are here with Rosemary but there is no Chelsea Green for some reason. They glare at each other to start before Rosemary wins a test of strength. A bite to the face in the corner sets up a bulldog to drop Purrazzo again but she’s back up to wrap Rosemary’s arm around the rope. That doesn’t do much to the legs, meaning Rosemary is able to come back with the Upside Down.
Since that can’t last long, Rosemary goes up top but gets slammed down for a crash. Back up and stereo pump kicks leaves them both down but it’s Rosemary up first with a Sling Blade. The arm is bothering her though and Purrazzo pulls her into the Fujiwara armbar, sending Rosemary right back to the ropes. Rosemary hits a spear but for some reason Jessika gets on the apron, meaning there is no count. A rollup gives Purrazzo the pin at 7:11.
Rating: C+. These two work well together and it’s nice to see Purrazzo getting reheated just a bit. I’m not wild on the idea of the singles matches between the tag partners but that is about all you can get to set up a title match these days. The absence of Green is a bit weird here, though now Rosemary and Taya have to deal with Jessika so things might be a little more complicated anyway.
Here’s what’s coming tonight and at Emergence.
Honor No More fires itself up before Emergence and wants to make sure that they have each others’ backs. Eddie Edwards doesn’t think much of PCO at the moment but Vincent tells PCO to go take out Doc Gallows tonight.
Gisele Shaw isn’t scared of Masha Slamovich and doesn’t like how her eyebrows look in the photo Slamovich gave her.
Digital Media Title: Brian Myers vs. Black Taurus
Myers is defending and Crazzy Steve is here with Taurus. The power game has Myers in trouble to start as he gets shoved outside, resulting in some yelling at Steve. Back in and Myers clotheslines Taurus down but gets elbowed in the face for his efforts. Taurus knocks him outside for a big running flip dive and we take a break.
We come back with Myers grabbing a chinlock, followed by an elbow for two. Taurus fights up without much trouble and hits a missile dropkick for two of his own. Myers’ implant DDT gets two more but the Roster Cut is cut down with a spear. With nothing else working, Myers pokes him in the eyes and rolls him up (with trunks) to retain at 10;16.
Rating: C. Not a terrible match, but that’s the second match in a row that ended with a spear, shenanigans and a rollup. That’s the kind of thing that needed to be looked at in advance, as there are other ways to end a match than doing something so similar. Myers is a good weaselly champion and someone taking the title from him is going to be a good moment, whenever it happens.
Post match Myers tries to get away but gets sent back inside by Bhupinder Gujjar, who hits the Gargoyle Spear.
Jordynne Grace is going to treat Mia Yim as an obstacle at Emergence and you know what she does to obstacles.
We look at the Impact Wrestling World Title match at Ric Flair’s Last Match, with Josh Alexander retaining via DQ and Diamond Dallas Page making a surprise post match save.
Gisele Shaw vs. Masha Slamovich
Shaw bails to the ropes to start but gets taken to the mat. A spinning backfist connects but Shaw is back with a running knee to the face for two. Shaw misses a crossbody though and it’s a bridging German suplex to give Slamovich two more. The Snowplow finishes for Slamovich at 2:42. Slamovich has to be in the title match at Bound For Glory right?
Flashback Moment of the Week: Mia Yim wins the Knockouts Title on Impact in April 2016 with Maria’s help.
Madison Rayne interrupts Mia Yim to complain about Mia taking advantage of her back in 2016. Gail Kim, who lost the title to Yim, comes in to make Rayne vs. Yim next week.
Jessika and Taya Valkyrie come up to an upset Rosemary with Jessika apologizing and guaranteeing that they will retain the Knockouts Tag Team Titles at Emergence. Rosemary is pleased.
Violent By Design vs. Motor City Machine Guns
Shelley and Deaner get things going but Joe Doering gets in a cheap shot from behind. That’s fine with Sabin, who comes in with a dropkick and cutter to get things right back to even. The missile dropkick/Downward Spiral combination gets two on Deaner but Doering interferes again, allowing Deaner to hit a clothesline for two of his own. Doering comes in legally for once and hits a slam into an elbow for two more.
Shelley manages to kick Doering away and it’s Sabin coming back in with a kick to Deaner’s face. Something pretty close to a Magic Killer plants Deaner but Doering makes the save. Everything breaks down and Doering clotheslines both Guns. The Revolution Bomb is broken up with Sabin’s enziguri and he dives outside onto Doering. Back in and Shelley crucifies Doering, setting up Sabin’s diving rollup for the pin at 6:25.
Rating: C+. Gee, I wonder if they are going to have Eric Young get annoyed at the rest of Violent By Design and accuse them of doing something about the sickness before they keep doing the same things. The Guns were their usual very good selves, but there is only so much they can do with a lumbering monster like Doering. Just get rid of Violent By Design already because it is getting worse by the week.
Post match Violent By Design takes out the Guns because this must continues. Kushida runs in for the save but Eric Young runs in as well and takes him out.
Post break the Guns and Kushida challenge Violent By Design for Emergence. Josh Alexander comes in to say take these guys out. Alexander leaves and runs into Eddie Edwards, who suggests he’s coming for the title.
Raj Singh vs. Sami Callihan
Sami tells him to swing away and Singh’s one right hand seems to make him mad. Singh’s dropkick works a bit better but it’s a few right hands to put him into the corner. A clothesline sets up the Cactus Driver 97 and a crossface chickenwing finishes Singh at 2:01.
Post match Sami calls out Moose and Steve Maclin so Moose’s entrance starts. Cue Moose from behind so Sami jumps him, only to get taken down by Maclin from behind. Moose hits a spear (because we needed a fourth tonight) and Maclin plants Callihan to leave him laying.
Video on Killer Kelly’s debut last week. They’re doing a good job out of making her seem like a threat.
Here’s what’s coming next week.
The Bullet Club is ready to take out Honor No More.
Doc Gallows vs. PCO
Street fight and Vincent is here with PCO, while Karl Anderson only comes out to the stage with Gallows. PCO gets knocked to the floor to start but he’s fine enough to post Gallows. Some chairs are set up at ringside but PCO sends him back inside, only to be knocked backwards through said chairs in a crash you had to know was coming.
We take a break and come back with chairs being thrown in and one hitting PCO in the back. PCO hits him in the head with a chair (erg) and sets up some chairs back to back, which can’t end well. Gallows is laid over the backs of the chairs so PCO can chair him in the back (a popular word here). PCO takes too long going up top though and gets slammed onto the open chairs, which is such a stupidly dangerous spot.
They head outside again with PCO hitting a chokeslam through a table to take over again. A bunch of trashcan shots to the head put Gallows down and the mat is pulled up. Since that takes some time, Gallows hits the Gas Mask on the exposed wood for two but PCO hits him with a marching band drum (which they just happen to have sitting around).
The Deanimator takes too long to load up so Gallows chokeslams him off the top and through the ring (geez). Somehow PCO beats a ten count and wins a slugout, setting up a reverse DDT onto the wood. PCO whips out a glove, fills it with thumbtacks, and hits a middle rope fist drop. Gallows rolls into the hole and PCO steps on his chest for the pin at 15:30.
Rating: B-. This is one of those wacky matches where it was all about the violence and carnage, which was at least a bit different than they usually do. The ring breaking was a huge spot, but having that not end the match is a bit of a stretch. At the same time, some of these spots were more than a bit absurd and uncomfortable on occasion. PCO winning is a good thing, but egads this was rough in parts.
Overall Rating: B-. The show is still good, but this week’s show focused on just about everything but the World Title match. Since that is pretty much set, there was other stuff to work on but a lot of that stuff isn’t so interesting. Emergence is still looking good though and that is what matters most here. Pretty good show, though I’m not sure what they are going to do for Bound For Glory when the Emergence build is over.
Deonna Purrazzo b. Jessika – Rollup
Brian Myers b. Black Taurus – Rollup with trunks
Masha Slamovich b. Gisele Shaw – Snowplow
Motor City Machine Guns b. Violent By Design – Rollup to Doering
Sami Callihan b. Raj Singh – Crossface chickenwing
PCO b. Doc Gallows – Middle rope fist drop
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