Impression Wrestling’s fifth month-to-month particular of 2021, Underneath Siege, happened Saturday, Might 15 on the Skyway Studios in Nashville, with a six-man scramble to find out the No #1 contender for Kenny Omega’s Impression World title in the primary occasion.
Brian Myers def. Black Taurus (w/Rosemary and Crazzy Steve)
I could also be within the minority however I’ve loved Brian Myers’ run with Impression to this point. A giant a part of that, illustrated once more on this match, is that his shady finishes are all the time fairly delicate. There’s all the time a ‘did he/didn’t he’ to the attention rake/loaded elbow pad fairly than the subtlety hammer low blow down the arduous cam.
Against this, Black Taurus’ presentation in Impression during the last three months has been roundly disappointing. He’s able to a lot extra and I’d like to see him have matches the place he can put his foot down and actually simply go hammer and tongs with a number of the different high X-Division guys. This was advantageous, very a lot a gentleman’s three that didn’t overstay its welcome. ***
Taylor Wilde & Tenille Dashwood def. Susan & Kimber Lee
It’s refreshing to see that similar to the remainder of us, Taylor Wilde likes to channel that Hiroshi Tanahashi vitality and bust out the air guitar every now and then. Sadly, there wasn’t a lot to this match apart from stated air guitar firstly. Clocking in at just below four-and-a-half minutes, this was a nothing match, only a automobile to advance this bizarre quasi-friendship between Wilde and Dashwood. **
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No #1 Contendership for the Tag Workforce titles
Ace Austin & Madman Fulton def. XXXL, TJP & Petey Williams and Rohit Raju & Shera
This was somewhat on the slower (and longer) facet than a number of the latest multi-team matches I’ve seen nevertheless it had a very good construction to it and I fairly loved it. It labored to everyone’s strengths, with TJP, Williams, Raju and Austin placing within the majority of the work and the larger guys solely coming in for spurts the place they may ship efficient offense with out blowing up an excessive amount of or having too many relaxation holds.
XXXL, who’re winless to this point in 2021, had been on the verge of victory earlier than Fulton broke up the rely, folding Romero with a lariat after which hitting the Finish of Days on Larry D. That allowed Austin to hit the step-up splash and safe the win. ***
It was introduced later within the present that Austin and Fulton can be getting their shot at FinJuice’s tag titles on this week’s episode of Impression.
W. Morrissey def. Willie Mack
Extra folks must cost their opponents on the bell, they actually do. Most matches on larger reveals are grudge matches and the wrestlers must make you’re feeling that. Bum speeding is the best way to go.
It might be that I’m the excessive man right here however I actually dug this. As anticipated, Mack was the proper babyface, popping out sizzling and preventing valiantly however finally succumbing, all of the whereas making Morrissey seem like a beast. Morrissey’s management interval was somewhat lengthy and plodding nevertheless it was forgivable as a result of it regarded impactful. Mack fought again valiantly however an East River Crossing and a PK to the again of the top gave Morrissey his second singles win in Impression. ***
Put up-match, Morrissey regarded to go after Mack with a chair however was run off by the returning Wealthy Swann, who hadn’t been seen on Impression programming since dropping the World title to Kenny Omega at Revolt. With Swann set to be out of the primary occasion program for the subsequent little bit, having a program with Morrissey is a pleasant option to go.
Impression Knockouts Tag Workforce Championship
Fireplace ‘N Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) def. Jordynne Grace & Rachael Ellering (C)
Doubtless, this was the most effective girls’s tag crew match Impression has put collectively since formally resurrecting the division on the finish of final 12 months. You had good tag crew psychology, clear work and a discernible story informed all through. That’s a winner in my e-book.
After a begin that confirmed off Grace and Ellering’s energy offense, Hogan and Steelz managed Ellering, repeatedly reducing off her makes an attempt to make the tag. These cut-offs set the stage for Grace, who Fireplace ‘N Flava had labeled the weak hyperlink within the build-up to this match, to make the new tag. As soon as she was within the ring, all of it broke down, with Hogan hitting a sliced bread on Ellering off the ring put up. That left Grace seemingly poised for victory, just for Steelz to headbutt her off the highest rope and land a Frog Splash to reclaim the tag titles. ***1/2
The end was a shock and possibly elevates the ranking right here, as I assumed Grace would show she wasn’t the weak hyperlink and get the pin. Nonetheless, this units the stage for a rubber match, in all probability at In opposition to All Odds, and doubtlessly the Grace heel flip that’s felt on the horizon for a very long time.
Josh Alexander (C) def. El Phantasmo
I wrote in my preview that I assumed Josh Alexander was among the many greatest wrestlers within the firm. After this match and one other stellar efficiency, I feel he simply may be the highest man interval.
On paper, this regarded like an authorized banger and each males delivered, producing one thing that wouldn’t have regarded amiss in the primary occasion of a Better of the Tremendous Juniors present. They began off with grappling exchanges, they each obtained their large spots in because the tempo naturally escalated and also you had a sequence of plausible nearfalls earlier than the end. Certainly, whereas I used to be satisfied that Alexander wasn’t dropping, the results of the earlier match and the actual fact New Japan expertise have already got one Impression title of their possession gave El Phantasmo’s nearfalls actual credence.
Alexander secured his second defence of the X-Division title with the ankle lock. It’s not offered as an prompt kill for him, however as an alternative, the maintain that each one paths converge in the direction of – Alexander has assorted, vicious counters for all makes an attempt to dam it and each transfer he hits sees him place himself to safe the ankle. Certainly, Phantasmo, who’s significantly better when he focuses on work and never schtick, had labored over the gripping hand all through, just for Alexander to swap arms on the finish. Chef’s kiss. ****
Impression Knockouts Championship
Deonna Purrazzo (C) (w/Kimber Lee & Susan) def. Havok
Deonna has developed a set fashion for her title matches in Impression and this was a transparent instance of that fashion – she overcomes the babyface’s sizzling begin, works over one or each of their arms, survives the comeback after which finally places them away. As nobody else within the Knockouts division works a technical fashion, this isn’t a knock on her. Certainly, in some ways it’s a storytelling machine – all of them know what’s coming and to this point none of them have been capable of keep away from it.
When all was stated and accomplished this was very stable, though some slowness in Havok’s offense and the niggling interference from Kimber and Susan knocks the ranking down a contact. **3/4
Eddie Edwards & FinJuice def. Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers (w/Don Callis)
Moving into, I had actual issues about us getting the return of t-shirt Kenny. In the long run, these issues had been allayed however Kenny did seem to take the night time off considerably, along with his interjections within the match at a relative minimal in the course of the almost 20 minutes this ran for. He was concerned, and his interactions with Edwards had been enjoyable (and maybe an indication of issues to return), however the bulk of the work right here was from The Good Brothers and FinJuice.
All in all, I did get pleasure from this however I couldn’t assist considering that it will have been higher, and had a bit extra drama to it, had it run a few minutes shorter and had a barely greater tempo. Nonetheless, that’s ranking what I needed to see and never what I did see. What I did see was good, a stable home show-style six-man the place the great guys got here out on high, Edwards pinning Anderson after a Boston Knee Get together. ***1/4
No #1 Contendership for the Impression World Title
Moose def. Chris Sabin, Trey Miguel, Matt Cardona, Sami Callihan and Chris Bey
This was an entire balls-to-the-wall spotfest and that’s precisely what it wanted to be. It did have all of your normal scramble tropes with people disappearing to the surface for extended durations however with six guys concerned, it all the time stored transferring and everybody obtained their stuff in. Basically, this was plenty of enjoyable.
Sami Callihan took benefit of the no disqualification rule to make use of a chair and low blow Matt Cardona, whereas Chris Sabin, Trey Miguel and Chris Bey flew all over. The Good Brothers withdrew Callihan from the equation, dragging him out of the ring and placing him down on the surface. That set the desk for Sabin to win with a Cradle Shock on Cardona, just for Moose to tug the ref out. The massive man then hit two diving chop blocks on Sabin’s surgically repaired knees, setting him up for the spear and the 1-2-3. ***1/2
Put up-show it was introduced that Moose will get his shot at Omega on the next monthly special, Against All Odds, on June 12.
Underneath Siege promised so much on paper and it delivered, ending up as certainly one of, if not the, greatest Impression present of the 12 months to this point. Except for the Tenille Dashwood match, the whole lot was principally three stars or above. The Knockouts Tag match overdelivered, the six-man tag was precisely what it wanted to be, the primary occasion was a terrific spotfest with the best consequence and Josh Alexander delivered a notebook-worthy X-Division title match in opposition to El Phantasmo.
Clocking in at just below three hours, this a present nicely price your time.