Impression Wrestling Evaluation – February 23, 2023 – TJR Wrestling

With simply 24 hours till No Give up, Impression placed on an enormous present with Monster’s Ball for the X-Division Championship, a Beat the Clock Problem and two No Give up foes teaming up in tag motion.

Impression Wrestling 23/2/23 from Oscela Heritage Park: Kissimmee, Florida

The present opened with a recap of final week’s most important occasion between #1 Contender, Wealthy Swann and Kenny King. After the match, Swann by accident nailed Impression World Champion Josh Alexander, with a superkick.

Tom Hannifan welcomed us to the present and confirmed the Monster’s Ball opponents, Crazzy Steve and Trey Miguel, locked in separate rooms as per the principles of this match.

Match #1: Mike Bailey & Jonathan Gresham vs The Motor Metropolis Machine Weapons

Gresham and Bailey face-off on the No Give up preshow (boo!) while the Weapons staff up with Kushida to tackle KENTA and Bullet Membership. Gresham and Bailey are out first individually, adopted by the Impression Tag Staff Champions. Gresham and Shelley lock up first and Gresham is ready to reverse an arm drag and again Shelley into the nook. Shelley has Gresham scouted within the nook and rolls him up for a 1 depend. Gresham hits a nasty Dragon Screw and tags in Bailey. Bailey targets the left knee of Shelley with kicks. He backs Shelley into the nook and tags Gresham again in. Gresham hits a again suplex and tags Baiely in once more. Bailey hits his personal Dragon Screw and whips Shelley off the ropes however Shelley reverses it and Sabin blind tags in. Sabin is available in and clotheslines Bailey all the way down to the mat. The Weapons attempt a double staff transfer however Gresham is there to cease them. Sabin tosses Gresham to the surface and focuses again on Bailey within the ring. Sabin hits a neckbreaker and scores a 2 depend. Sabin tags Shelley in they usually take down Bailey with a double clothesline. Shelley nails Bailey with a tough elbow to the neck. Sabin is in once more and Shelley blindsides Gresham on the apron. Bailey hits a Pump Kick on Shelley and an enziguiri on Sabin, as they tried the double staff assault. Bailey lastly will get to Gresham and tags him in. Gresham and Sabin trade forearms, forwards and backwards. Gresham leapfrogs Sabin who tried an assault within the nook. He sends him flying into Shelley, who tumbles out of the ring. Gresham tries a novel rolling pin with a bridge however Shelley is again in to interrupt it up earlier than the three. Bailey involves assistance from Gresham however cops a knee to the face from Shelley. Shelley places Gresham on his shoulders while Sabin does a operating neckbreaker. Good double staff transfer there. Sabin held on to Gresham they usually carried out the Magic Killer for a 2 depend. Gresham blocked a suplex try and nailed one in all his personal, holding Sabin up within the air for about 20 seconds in a powerful feat of power. Shelley and Bailey tag again in. Bailey takes him down with a kick after which misses a operating moonsault. Sabin holds Bailey’s arms however he breaks free and hits a suplex on Sabin while locking Shelley in a leg submission! Spectacular! Shelley crawls to the ropes to interrupt the maintain. Bailey runs at Shelley who catches him with a Flatliner into the turnbuckle. Sabin kicks Gresham off the ring apron they usually hit synchronised kicks on Bailey within the nook. Bailey knocks Sabin off the ring apron and hits a moonsault to the ground space. Shelley takes Bailey down with a superkick, then Gresham sweeps his legs out while he’s standing on the ring apron. Gresham locks the Determine 4 on Shelley. Gresham forgot he wasn’t authorized, so he dragged Shelley to his nook to make the tag. There was some frenetic counter wrestling between Gresham and Shelley, then Gresham nailed a springboard moonsault. Bailey and Gresham hit mixture flying dives out of the ring as they continued to work collectively. All 4 males have been now within the ring collectively. Bailey hit an enormous standing moonsault to the ribs of Sabin. Gresham went again to the Determine 4 on Shelley. Shelley reached to the ropes however Bailey held his arm and nailed one other standing moonsault. Shelley laid down on the mat so the referee counted and he simply bought his shoulder up earlier than 3. Sabin rolled Bailey again into the ring and energy bombed him on high of Gresham to interrupt the Determine 4! Sabin and Shelley hit stereo superkicks to Bailey and arrange for an additional double staff transfer. Sabin bounced off the ropes however Gresham grabbed his leg and pulled him exterior the ring. Gresham jumped up on the apron and held Shelley for Bailey to kick however Shelley moved out of the way in which on the final second. Bailey simply stopped himself earlier than he hit Gresham, so Sabin launched him into the ring apron face-first. Sabin wnet again into the ring and tried to double-team Bailey however he reversed it. Bailey held Sabin by the arm and Gresham snuck into the ring and rolled up Shelley for a really shut 2 depend. Gresham went to nail Sabin with a forearm however he moved and Gresham linked with Bailey! Sabin used Gresham’s physique to launch off for a spinning DDT on Bailey. Sabin spiked Gresham with a cutter. Sabin tagged in and the Weapons hit the Grime Bomb for the win after 13 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: The Motor Metropolis Machine Weapons

Evaluation: ***3/4 That was implausible motion to open the present. I might’ve rated it increased however just a few issues about it bugged me. There have been so many events the place the referee simply allowed the double-team motion to happen, then the ending got here the place Sabin lastly determined to tag in they usually received with a double-team transfer! It felt like I used to be watching a less-flippy model of an Elite match. Additionally, other than it being nice wrestling, why put the trouble into opening the present with wrestlers which can be solely deemed adequate to seem on the pre-show. I actually don’t perceive how a number of the different matches are on the principle card, but Gresham and Bailey is on the pre-show, when it might be the perfect match of the night time. Scott D’Amore doesn’t tweet me again so I’m undecided I’ll ever discover out. I favored the way in which they stored teasing Bailey and Gresham by accident hitting one another. There will not be many different methods to create warmth in a face vs face match other than that and operating the respect angle.

There was a fast video highlights bundle recapping promos between Wealthy Swann and Josh Alexander. Swann put over how a lot dropping to Kenny Omega affected him and the way he’s combating for redemption at No Give up. Alexander mentioned it’s as much as him to interrupt Wealthy Swann down over again.

Evaluation: Nothing new right here and hopefully now we have a face-to-face encounter after how final week’s most important occasion ended.

Deonna Purrazzo reduce a promo on Gisele Shaw. Purrazzo mentioned she has had sufficient speaking and can let her wrestling do the speaking and at No Give up she is going to break Shaw’s arm.

Evaluation: That must be a good match. Good to see Purrazzo again in singles motion.

Match #2: Beat the Clock Problem: Jason Hotch w/ John Skyler vs Tommy Dreamer

If Dreamer or Bully Ray win their match tonight, then the wrestler who units the quickest time will get to talk first on Busted Open Stay at No Give up. Big stipulation tonight! Sadly, the wrestler who’s double the age goes to win this match. Skyler reduce a pre-match promo telling the group that Dreamer isn’t going to even win the match after Hotch connects with ‘One Good Hand’, named after their tag staff. The clock begins and Hotch assaults Dreamer within the ropes early. Hotch hits a rolling neckbreaker for an early 2 depend. He goes to the highest rope however Dreamer cuts him off. Dreamer hits a Dying Valley Driver from the highest rope to win after 1:15.

Winner by pinfall: Tommy Dreamer

Evaluation: * Tremendous quick to get you considering how can Bully Ray probably beat that point. It makes poor Skyler appear like a loser, however that was truly a handsome transfer from Dreamer.

There was footage from earlier within the day, the place Joe Hendry met with some followers. Joe requested in the event that they thought that Moose may beat him at No Give up. The followers began singing his theme music as Hendry continued to mingle.

Evaluation: Only a quick phase to show-off Hendry’s recognition.

Match #3: Taya Valkyrie w/ Rosemary and Jessicka vs Allysin Kay w/ Martie Belle

I’m actually hopefully that Kay and Belle can win the Tag Titles at No Give up. Valkyrie sidesteps Kay and lands quite a lot of proper arms within the nook. Kay turns it round and lands a few of her personal blows to the mid-section of Taya. They trade elbow assaults within the ropes after which Valkyrie hits a snapmare. Valkyrie tries an armbar while locking Kay’s head together with her legs. Kay reaches the legs together with her ropes to interrupt the maintain. Valkyrie avoids a kick and hits a weak-looking spear. Again within the nook, Valkyrie stomps away on Kay. She hits a clothesline within the nook after which a hip assault. Valkyrie ran throughout the ring and hit a double-knee assault within the nook for a 2 depend.

(Business break)

Kay was now in management as we headed again to the motion. Kay despatched Valkyrie onerous into the turnbuckle. She took too lengthy taunting Valkyrie, so Valkyrie despatched her into the center turnbuckle pad and adopted up with a hip-attack. Valkyrie gave her a model of the Stinkface and the group loved that. Kay was embarrassed so she dropped Valkyrie with an enormous proper hand for a 2 depend. Valkyrie recovered and hit a clothesline then a sloppy-looking Blue Thunder Bomb for two. Valkyrie tried to lock in a Crossface, by additionally trapping Kay’s leg. As soon as once more, Kay was capable of crawl to the underside rope to interrupt the maintain. Kay blocks a powerbomb try and turns it right into a Piledriver for an in depth 2 depend. Kay goes for an additional one however Valkyrie blocks and is seeking to arrange for the Highway to Valhalla, when Martie Belle jumps up onto the apron. Kay takes benefit with an enormous kick to the top of Valkyrie. Rosemary takes down Belle on the surface. Again within the ring, Kay hits the AK-47 for the win after 7 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Allysin Kay

Evaluation: ** That wasn’t nice, however they tried onerous. It was a bit clunky they usually seemed a bit misplaced at occasions. The win for Kay was apparent as we construct to the Tag Staff Title match at No Give up.

Director of Authority, Santino Marella, was backstage with Wealthy Swann and Josh Alexander. That they had simply signed the contract for the Impression World Championship match. Swann tried to apologise for kicking Alexander final week, however Alexander stopped him and mentioned he knew Swann didn’t imply it as a result of he doesn’t have it in him. Swann took offense to this. He mentioned it took the whole lot he needed to come again from his accidents and grow to be World Champion. Swann mentioned he needed to combat and he’s been ready two years for an additional likelihood. Steve Maclin burst in and mentioned he doesn’t care what he’s interrupting. Maclin says he’s profitable the #1 contender match and coming for the title. Swann has had sufficient of Maclin they usually begin to brawl. Alexander tries to tug Swann away, however Swann pushes him off. Safety pulls them aside because the state of affairs rolls uncontrolled.

Evaluation: This feud definitely wanted some interplay between the 2 and throwing Maclin in there because the agitator is intelligent reserving. Maclin vs Alexander is the following logical match up however they may depart it for an even bigger occasion later within the 12 months.

Match #4: The Design (Deaner & Callihan) w/ Kon and Angels vs Frankie Kazarian and Yuya Uemura

Kon faces Kaz at No Give up. Callihan tries his ‘Thumbs Up’ routine however Deaner cuts him off. Deaner and Kaz begin the match off however Deaner tags Callihan straight in and orders him to get Kaz. Angels screams at Callihan to do the suitable factor. Deaner distracts Kaz so Callihan jabs him within the face. Callihan’s vest remains to be about two sizes too small and he spends half his time adjusting it. Deaner tags again in however Kaz rocks him with quite a lot of huge chops. Kaz hits a few arm drags and nails Deaner with an enormous clothesline, then tags in Uemura. Kaz hits a neckbreaker and Uemura will get a 1 depend. Uemura hits a leaping elbow for an additional nearfall. He tries an arm submission however Deaner pulls him by the chair. This permits Deaner to make his solution to his nook to make the take. Callihan is available in and rakes the eyes of Uemura. Uemura fights again with an uppercut and bounces off the ropes however Deaner pulls him down by the hair once more. Callihan mounts Uemura and rakes at his face. Deaner tags again in and golf equipment him throughout the face, while he’s tied up within the center rope. Kaz is stating the dishonest to the referee so Deaner rakes Uemura’s eyes some extra. Callihan tags in and tries to lock in a sleeper. Yuya fights again and hits the Pele kick to take Callihan off his toes. Deaner runs into the ring, which permits Kon to sneak round and pull Kaz off the apron as he’s about to tag in. Kon hits an enormous clothesline on Kaz on the surface. Again within the ring, Deaner tags again in and stomps away on Uemura within the nook. Callihan tags in once more and hits a scoop slam. One other fast tag into Deaner, who misses a diving headbutt. Uemura kicks Deaner off and makes the tag. Kaz is on hearth and takes down Callihan with a flying forearm. He hits a legdrop on Angels who will get up onto the apron. Kaz connects with a scoop slam on Callihan and hits his trademark springboard legdrop for two. Angels distract Kaz once more so Callihan nails an Exploder suplex. Callihan tags Deaner again in they usually look to double staff Kaz. Kaz flips out of the again suplex try and tags in Uemura. He fights anybody that will get in his approach and nails an overhead belly-to-belly on Deaner. He connects with a crossbody off the highest on Deaner however Callihan breaks up the pin. Callihan tags himself again in and desires the Cactus Driver however Uemura slips out and tags Kaz again in. Kaz nails a slingshot DDT on Callihan however Deaner takes him down with a clothesline. Uemura comes again in and hits a modified spinebuster on Deaner. Callihan tosses him exterior and Kaz tries to lock within the Crossface Chickenwing. Callihan powers him off and hits a pop-up powerbomb. Callihan is about to hit the Cactus Driver when Deaner yells out for the tag. Callihan goes to tag him however Deaner jumps off the apron. Kaz rolls him up for an in depth 2 depend. Kaz locks within the Crossface Chickenwing and Callihan faucets out. The match went 10 minutes.

Winners by submission: Frankie Kazarian and Yuya Uemura

Evaluation: ***1/4 That was frenetic motion and the end result stunned me. The ending was actually odd, particularly after Deaner had harassed the significance of profitable this match. He left Callihan excessive and dry, maybe to show him a lesson. Anyway, it provides one other layer of intrigue to this angle.

There was a pre-taped promo that includes Mickie James and Jordynne Grace. Grace continued to reiterate that James tapped out at Arduous to Kill. Masha Slamovich additionally made some feedback after final week’s beatdown of James.

Evaluation: There’s actual curiosity within the Knockouts Division as we wait and see what Grace will do, concerning her rematch. I totally count on James to retain her title towards Slamovich at No Give up. That may make three failed title challenges, although.

Callihan confronts Deaner backstage and asks him how that was thought-about ‘Step Quantity 5’ in his plan. Deaner mentioned that Step 5 was to point out Callihan that it is a covenant, not a contract. Deaner makes Callihan determine if he needs to stay loyal to the Design or not. Callihan tells him that he does. Deaner says that he wants to assist Kon at No Give up, as a result of the Design chooses him, not the opposite approach round.

Evaluation: A great comply with up right away. Kaz would possibly pull a good match out of Kon. We are going to see.

Match #5: Beat the Clock Problem: Bully Ray vs Bhupinder Gujjar

Bully has to beat 1:15 if he needs to open the talking on the podcast at No Give up. Big stakes right here as I’ve talked about. Bully taunts Gail Kim’s husband at ringside and feigns high-fiving some youngsters. Jason Hotch and John Skyler run all the way down to ringside as quickly because the bell rings. Bully grabs his chain and nails Gujjar within the head, while the referee is distracted. Bully pins Gujjar and wins the match after 30 seconds.

Winner by pinfall: Bully Ray

Evaluation: * They will have one star as a result of it was booked nicely sufficient. Gujjar is significantly better than this they usually may’ve put some loser like Johnny Swinger right here as a substitute. After the match, Bully shoved the referee out of the ring.

Backstage, Gujjar apologises to Tommy Dreamer for dropping the match. Dreamer mentioned that he doesn’t want to try this however Gujjar ought to use this second to be higher within the ring subsequent time.

The commentators went via the cardboard for No Give up, which I’ll embody under in addition to my predictions in daring.

Black Taurus launched Crazzy Steve from solitary confinement and we’re all set to go for our most important occasion.

Evaluation: I perceive having some huge matches on the present, that embody the wrestlers that they haven’t bought a match on the Impression-Plus occasion, however go-home reveals like this could finish with construct to No Give up. This match may simply be moved to No Give up and really feel like an enormous deal, whereas ending the present with a confrontation between Swann/Alexander or Slamovich/James. They’ve performed this just a few occasions now and it does annoy me.

Match #6: Monster’s Ball for the X-Division Championship: Trey Miguel (c) vs Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus

Steve entered first and licked the barbed wire at ringside. Miguel got here all the way down to the ring wanting fearful and Steve had messed along with his music and the lights have been going loopy. Steve with a clothesline straight off the bat. Steve clotheslined Miguel to the surface and hit a springboard crossbody to Miguel on the surface. Steve hit a headbutt as we went to a business right away.

(Business break)

Steve was nonetheless in management as we returned to the match. He had arrange 4 chairs on the surface space. He went for a suplex on the chairs however Miguel slipped out the again. Steve ran at him however Miguel tripped him up in order that he went face-first into the chairs. Miguel seemed underneath the ring for extra weapons however couldn’t discover what he was after. Miguel choked Steve towards the ring apron. He set Steve up towards the ring put up and took the world’s slowest swing so Steve may transfer out of the way in which. Miguel ran at Steve who despatched him again first into the stack of chairs. Again within the ring, Miguel was in some way first to recuperate and hit a barrage of proper arms. Miguel began throwing weapons into the ring, similar to a trash can and a metal chain. Miguel picked up a trash can, that was already dinted after he threw it into the ring (heavy-duty after all!). He went to smash Steve over the again however Steve went low with a staple gun shot! He put the trash can on Miguel’s head and set him up within the nook. Steve hit a cannonball into the nook as we headed to a different break.


Steve was bleeding fairly profusely from the brow, which occurred in the course of the first business I consider. Steve tried to assault Miguel with a fork however Miguel caught him with a neckbreaker. Miguel went to gouge Steve’s eyes out with the fork, however Steve blocked so the champ hit him with a double stomp to the chest. Miguel bought the dreaded thriller black bag and poured thumb tacks all around the ring. Within the meantime, Steve went to the highest and tried for a spinning DDT however Trey caught him in mid-air and nailed a superkick. Miguel ran the ropes and Steve nailed him with a Black Gap Slam, which is kind of applicable right here. Steve smashed the tacks additional into Miguel’s again with a trash can. Steve whipped Miguel onerous into the highest turnbuckle to additional harm his again. Miguel fought again with quite a lot of kicks and hit a double-stomp into the tacks on Steve. Miguel lined and bought a 2 depend. Miguel introduced a desk into the ring and set it up within the nook. They took turns avoiding strikes that collided with the desk. They each went for a clothesline and colliding, falling into the tacks once more. Steve was smiling as he eliminated thumb tacks from his head. Miguel retrieved a metal spike (the commentators referred to as it that; it seemed like an extended nail) so Steve one-upped him by revealing the nail-covered 2×4 that Abyss made well-known (Janice). Steve missed so Miguel nailed him with the spike within the ribs. Miguel went for it once more however Steve movedand put Miguel via the desk within the nook with a Dying Valley Driver. Steve lined Miguel amongst the rubble, for an in depth 2 depend. Steve threw just a few metal chairs into the ring. He set one up within the nook. Miguel had his personal one and levelled Steve within the ribs with it. Miguel tried one other shot however Steve moved and began biting Miguel’s brow. Steve lifted Miguel onto the highest turnbuckle however Miguel shortly jumped down and kicked Steve within the head. Miguel hit a 619 on Steve who was caught in between the ropes. Miguel to the highest however Steve prevented the assault and Miguel bought tacks throughout his arms. Steve hit a devastating Canadian Destroyer off the center rope onto a metal chair within the centre of the ring! Wow! Steve celebrated that transfer by making snow angels amongst the thumb tacks. Steve crawled to a canopy however Miguel kicked out simply earlier than 3. Steve bought Janice and grated Miguel’s brow with the nails. Ouch. Steve pointed to the barbed-wire mattress at ringside. He took Miguel to the ring apron and motioned throwing him via the mattress. Miguel hit a low blow after which hit the Roll of the Cube via the barbed-wire on the ground! One other insane spot that Miguel truly took extra harm. Miguel rolled Steve contained in the ring and lined for the win after quarter-hour.

Winner by pinfall AND STILL X-Division Champion: Trey Miguel

Evaluation: **** I believed that was nice. That is the thirty seventh Monster’s Ball so it’s onerous to invent artistic spots on a regular basis however I felt that these two labored very well collectively and produced a really entertaining match. The ending spot with the desk and the Destroyer off the highest have been the highlights, but it surely was a brawl that held my consideration for the whole lot. There are normally greater males in Monster’s Ball so it was enjoyable seeing two wrestlers who’re extra snug going to the highest rope carry out in a hardcore-style match.

The present went off air just about right away, with Miguel struggling to make it to his toes after receiving his title from the referee.

Last Score: 7/10

I loved Impression once more this week. There have been two actually good tag staff matches, together with a chaotic most important occasion that was given loads of time. The remainder of the present was No Give up construct up and two Beat the Clock matches that didn’t final 2 minutes in mixed complete. Greater than half of the opponents who’re in motion at No Give up didn’t even seem on the present, which I perceive being taped, but it surely doesn’t do the cardboard justice. I’m nonetheless bummed that Bailey/Gresham received’t make the principle card, however I’ll nonetheless be watching the pre-show, which doesn’t at all times occur. I’ll be again with a evaluate of the present over the weekend.

Right here’s the lineup for No Give up up to now, with my predictions in daring textual content:

* Impression World Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs Wealthy Swann

* Impression Knockouts’ Championship: Mickie James (c) vs Masha Slamovich

* Impression Digital Media Championship match: Dot Fight match: Joe Hendry (c) vs Moose

* Impression Knockouts’ Tag Staff Championship: Dying Dollz (c) vs Hex

* 6 Man Tag Staff Match: The Motor Metropolis Machine Weapons & Kushida vs Bullet Membership & KENTA

* Deadly 4 Method #1 Contender Match: PCO vs Brian Myers vs Heath vs Steve Maclin

* Frankie Kazarian vs Kon

* Busted Open Radio Stay: Bully Ray (talking first) with Tommy Dreamer

* Pre-Present match: Gisele Shaw vs Deonna Purrazzo

* Pre-Present match: Jonathan Gresham vs Mike Bailey

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