Opinion: Match & Show Ratings for June 19 to June 25, 2022

Welcome to TPWW’s Emperor Smeat’s Match and Show Ratings for the week of June 19th to June 25th, 2022.

Match and show star ratings (out of 5):

WWE

WWE RAW (June 20)
* #1 Contender for RAW Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch vs. Asuka vs. Liv Morgan vs. Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss – 3.0
* Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Qualifier match – Riddle vs. Omos – 2.0
* Jey Uso vs. Angelo Dawkins – 2.5
* Gauntlet match – Bobby Lashley vs. Chad Gable vs. Otis vs. Theory – 2.5
* AJ Styles vs. Ciampa – 2.5
* Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Qualifier match – Becky Lynch vs. Asuka – 3.5
Overall – 2.5
Best – The Elias concert segment with Kevin Owens and the Becky Lynch vs. Asuka match.
Worst – Vince McMahon appearance & brief promo segment and Theory’s promo segment.
Show Notes – Opening Belair’s promo about Ripley’s injury and Contender’s match for her RAW Women’s title, & interruptions by Lynch, Asuka, Morgan, Carmella, & Bliss was decent at best despite dragging long. Women’s Fatal 5-Way moments: Carmella’s rana to Lynch off the top rope onto Morgan. Lynch’s Manhandle Slam counter of Morgan’s Oblivion. Morgan’s knees counter of Bliss’ Twisted Bliss into Carmella’s superkick finisher to Morgan. Match itself was pretty good, despite the flat ending result. Vince McMahon’s brief promo about RAW & John Cena was just another shameless cheap pop moment for him over the legal issues against him. Riddle’s pre-match promo about his loss to Reigns last week, letting Orton down, and MitB goal, MVP’s interruption boasting about Omos, & banter was all right. Riddle vs. Omos was somewhat decent at best. Post-match attack by Omos and Rollins, Rollins’ promo mocking Riddle & claiming he’ll win MitB and dethrone Reigns, & failed ambush attack by Riddle was all right. Theory’s rambling promo boasting about himself, bashing Lashley & Cena, and pose down was lame but Lashley’s baby oil sneak attack was a bit funny though. Uso vs. Dawkins was a solid back-and-forth action bout. Elias & Ezekiel taped backstage segment was cool but Elias’ fake looking beard was a bit funny. Elias concert segment with Kevin Owens going crazy over Elias’ return & brawl was great. Owens’ backstage interview about him losing it over Elias/Zeke, demanding a match against anyone from Elias’ family, & interruption by Zeke was a bit funny. Gauntlet match moments: Lashley vs. Gable portion was a solid back-and-forth bout. Lashley vs. Otis portion was going on decently until the DQ by Gable. Lashley vs. Theory portion was decent at best. Match itself was mostly solid overall. Miz TV about Miz mocking Styles over his former pals Balor & Omos finding success after they left him & his recent failures, Styles’ dig about Miz’s small balls, banter, & mini-brawl with Ciampa was all right. Lynch vs. Asuka moments: Asuka’s dodge & Codebreaker counter of Lynch’s Flying Nothing. Lynch’s escape & Asuka Lock counter of Asuka’s Asuka Lock into Asuka’s escape & ankle lock counter. Lynch’s stomps & leg drop counter of Asuka’s apron powerbomb into Asuka’s knee counter of Lynch’s Flying Nothing off the apron. Asuka’s swift heel kick finisher to Asuka. Match itself was a very good action filled bout. This week’s show was average overall.

WWE NXT (June 21)
* Solo Sikoa vs. Grayson Waller – 3.0
* Katana Chance & Kayden Carter vs. Valentina Feroz & Yulisa Leon – 2.5
* Diamond Mine (Damon Kemp & Roderick Strong) vs. Legado Del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro) – 2.5
* Edris Enofe vs. Cameron Grimes – 3.0
* Von Wagner vs. Brooks Jensen – 2.0
* Alba Fyre vs. Lash Legend – 2.0
* NXT North American Championship – Tony D’Angelo vs. Carmelo Hayes (c) – 3.0
Overall – 2.5
Best – Wes Lee & Trick Williams promo segment and the Thea Hail & Bodhi Hayward’s Chase U first day dorm room segment.
Worst – Toxic Attraction’s portion of the Women’s promo segment with Roxanne Perez, Cora Jade, Jayden Carter, & Katana Chance and Joe Gacy’s dark room promo segment.
Show Notes – Waller’s pre-match promo boasting about himself & trashing Sikoa and fans was somewhat decent at best. Sikoa vs. Waller opener moments: Sikoa’s Samoan Drop counter of Waller’s rolling stunner. Waller’s dodge & rolling stunner finisher of Sikoa’s running hip attack in the corner. Match itself was a pretty good back-and-forth bout. Tony D’Angelo & Family backstage interview about their upcoming matches, growing pains over their families merger, & D’Angelo’s threatening words if he doesn’t win the N.A. title was all right. Jordan Devlin’s car ride NXT return vignette was nothing special but him getting the name change treatment to JD McDonagh was a bit interesting. Women’s Tag was a solid back-and-forth bout. Wes Lee’s passionate promo about his roller coaster NXT career in recent months and missing his former tag partner, Trick Williams’ interruption bashing Lee, & insults banter was splendid. Tiffany Stratton’s promo video bashing Wendy Choo & boasting about her looking better than Choo was a bit lame. Diamond Mine vs. Legado tag was solid despite the ending shenanigans by Two Dimes. Apollo Crews’ back alley brawl vignette was a bit weird. Toxic Attraction promo bashing Perez & Pals, Perez’s interruption about cashing her match contract for the NXT Women’s Tag titles, interruption by Chance & Jayden over their issues with Perez & Jade cutting in line, & brawl was somewhat rough. Enofe vs. Grimes moments: Enofe shrugging off Grimes’ stiff kicks into Enofe & Grimes’ slugfest exchange into Enofe’s jumping knee, forearm, & running knee combo. Enofe’s somersault dive to Grimes on the outside. Grimes’ dodge & tilt-a-whirl sidewalk slam counter of Enofe’s 450 into Grimes’ Cave In finisher. Match itself was a good back-and-forth action bout. Hail & Hayward’s Chase U room mates pals segment was funny. Gacy’s promo about showing the light to his Dyads & NXT Tag title gold goal under his guidance was corny. Von Wagner vs. Jensen was solid at best. Fyre vs. Legend was somewhat decent at best despite the lame DQ ending by Legend. NXT N.A. title match moments: D’Angelo got some really sweet height with his toss to Hayes. D’Angelo’s catch & T-Bone suplex counter of Hayes’ kick. Hayes’ leaping Codebreaker to D’Angelo. D’Angelo’s roll over overhead suplex to Hayes. Match itself was a good back-and-forth bout despite the ending shenanigans by Santos Escobar. This week’s show was average overall & dragged at times.

WWE Friday Night SmackDown (June 24)
* Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Qualifier match – Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn – 3.0
* New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. Jinder Mahal & Shanky – N/A
* 2-on-1 Handicap match – Raquel Rodriguez & Lacey Evans vs. Sonya Deville – 2.0
* Intercontinental Championship – Ricochet vs. Gunther (c) – 2.5
* Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Qualifier match – Tamina vs. Shotzi – 1.5
* Sheamus & Drew McIntyre vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) – 3.0
Overall – 3.0
Best – Sheamus & Drew McIntyre vs. The Usos match.
Worst – Street Profits’ obnoxiously loud rambling backstage segment and the Tamina vs. Shotzi match.
Show Notes – Opening McIntyre promo badmouthing Reigns & his plans to dethrone him, Sheamus’ interruption bashing McIntyre, Heyman’s interruption claiming Reigns will beat Lesnar at SummerSlam and worries over Reigns getting cashed in afterwards, & Pearce removing Sheamus & McIntyre from MitB match but giving them another chance was fine. Zayn’s backstage interview about his plans to win the MitB for the Bloodline to protect Reigns’ title was all right. Nakamura vs. Zayn moments: Nakamura’s kick counter of Zayn’s Flying Nothing. Nakamura’s Kinshasa to Zayn on the outside. Zayn’s Helluva Kick outta nowhere finisher to Nakamura. Match itself was a good back-and-forth action bout. New Day’s promo mocking WWE’s bad habit of constant rematches, wanting to see a dancing Shanky instead, Shanky’s dancing routine, & interruption by Mahal and slap by Shanky was a bit funny while Viking Raiders ambush attack was decent. Street Profits’ backstage shouting rambling & interactions with Los Lotharios, Drew Gulak, & Madcap Moss was annoying & lame. Natalya’s Rousey impersonation mocking promo, Rousey’s interruption mocking Natalya’s artificial looks and dig at her low star power, & brawl was surprisingly good despite Rousey botching the brawl. IC title match moments: Gunther’s lariat counter of Ricochet’s running attack into Gunther’s stiff chops fest, release German suplex, shotgun dropkick, & powerbomb finisher combo to Ricochet. Match itself was a fine hard hitting bout. Heyman & Zayn’s backstage interview about Zayn’s issues with Braxton trying to put a wedge between him & Bloodline and his poor choice of words over who he would cash in by implying Lesnar will beat Reigns, & Heyman’s angry look afterwards was a bit funny. Tamina vs. Shotzi was somewhat rough & fell apart near the end. Raiders’ backstage brief promo about their new meaner persona was decent. McAfee’s insults-filled promo trashing “bumass” Happy Corbin & match challenge was splendid. Sheamus & McIntrye vs. Usos moments: Usos’ superkicks to McIntyre & Sheamus into Jimmy’s Uso Splash to McIntyre. Angelo Dawkins’ pounce counter of Zayn’s sneak attack to McIntyre on the outside. McIntyre’s sunset dive splatting Jimmy & Street Profits. Sheamus’ Brogue Kick to Jey into Jimmy’s superkick counter of McIntyre’s Claymore Kick into McIntyre’s rebound Claymore Kick finisher. Match itself was entertaining. This week’s show was mostly enjoyable overall.


AEW

AEW Dark Elevation (June 20)
* Serena Deeb & Mercedes Martinez vs. Heather Reckless & Tootie Lynn – 2.0 (Squash)
* Andrade El Idolo vs. Frankie Kazarian – 3.0
* Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir vs. Heidi Howitzer & Max the Impaler – 2.0
* Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee vs. Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett – 2.5
* Rebel vs. Anna Jay – 1.5 (Squash)
* Tony Nese vs. Warhorse – 2.5
* Ruby Soho vs. Miranda Gordy – 2.5
* QT Marshall vs. Matt Sydal – 3.0
Overall – 3.0
Best – Andrade El Idolo vs. Frankie Kazarian match.
Worst – Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir vs. Heidi Howitzer & Max the Impaler match being a bit rough or sloppy at times.
Show Notes – Deeb & Martinez vs. Reckless & Lynn opener was a decent mostly squash style bout. El Idolo vs. Kazarian moments: Andrade’s dodge counter of Kazarian’s punch on the apron into Kazarian’s guillotine leg drop sending Andrade crashing to the outside. Andrade’s shove to Kazarian into the post via Jose distraction assist. Kazarian & Andrade’s stiff chops exchange into Andrade’s stiff kick to Kazarian’s head. Kazarian’s crucifix Bomb counter of Andrade’s punch. Andrade’s big boot flooring Kazarian. Kazarian’s Inside Out suplex to Andrade. Andrade’s brutal looking modified powerslam counter of Kazarian’s running attack. Kazarian’s Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex to Andrade off the top rope. Andrade’s backbreaker, Flatliner into the turnbuckle, & El Idolo finisher combo to Kazarian. Match itself was a really good hard hitting action filled bout. Rose & Shafir vs. Howitzer & Max the Impaler was a mostly solid hard hitting bout despite being a bit rough at times. Strickland & Lee vs. Vega & Fitchett was a solid back-and-forth bout but Lee still not being over Strickland eliminating from the Casino Battle Royal nor being tight buddies was interesting. Rebel vs. Jay was a somewhat decent brief mostly squash bout. Nese vs. Warhorse was a solid brief bout. Soho vs. Gordy was a mostly solid back-and-forth brief bout. Marshall vs. Sydal moments: Sydal’s escape & Slice leg drop counter of Marshall’s suplex. Sydal’s rana counter of Marshall’s toss off the top rope attempt. Sydal’s kicks & strikes fest to Marshall into Marshall’s catch & backbreaker counter of Sydal’s running attack via Aaron Solo distract assist. Sydal’s guillotine stunner counter of Marshall’s apron-to-inside suplex. Sydal’s dodge & Meteora counter of Marshall’s splash in the corner. Sydal’s rana roll-up finisher counter of Marshall’s brainbuster. Match itself was an entertaining back-and-forth action bout. This week’s show was enjoyable overall.

AEW Dark (June 21)
* Max Caster vs. Trever Aeon – 2.0 (Squash)
* Serpentico vs. Vary Morales – 2.5
* Kris Statlander vs. Ava Everett – 2.0 (Squash)
* The Wingmen (Cezar Bononi & Peter Avalon) vs. Dark Order (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) – 3.0
* Brock Anderson & Varsity Blonds (Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison) vs. Larry Lazaro, Terry Yaki, & Jay Lucas – 2.5
* Diamante vs. Devlyn Macabre – 2.5
* Pure Rules match – Tony Nese vs. JDX – 2.5
* Mercedes Martinez & Serena Deeb vs. Yade & Anna Diaz – 2.0 (Squash)
* Blake Christian vs. Jay Lethal – 3.5
Overall – 3.0
Best – Blake Christian vs. Jay Lethal match and the Lethal & Sonjay Dutt backstage promo segment.
Worst – Tony Nese vs. JDX match dragging a bit at times.
Show Notes – Caster’s pre-match rap diss mocking Aeon’s hair & looking like a bootleg Katt Williams & Count Blackula was a bit funny. Caster vs. Aeon opener was a decent mostly squash style bout. Serpentico vs. Morales moments: Serpentico’s Gotch Style Neutralizer finisher to Morales. Match itself was a solid back-and-forth match. Christian’s backstage interview about his upcoming match against Lethal & “All Heart” nickname was all right. Statlander vs. Everett was a decently mostly squash style bout. Wingmen vs. Dark Order Tag was a pretty good back-and-forth bout despite the abrupt ending. Post-match ambush attack by Wingmen & run-in save by Evil Uno & 10 was all right. Lethal & Pals backstage interview about Lethal’s upcoming match against Christian & Sonjay Dutt boasting about Satnam Singh being his successor for the Indian market & bashing Christian was splendid. Anderson & Varsity Blonds vs. Lazaro, Yaki, & Lucas was a solid match. Diamante vs. Macabre was also a solid back-and-forth match. Nese vs. JDX was mostly solid despite dragging a bit at times. Post-match promo by Mark Sterling calling out Wheeler Yuta to put his ROH Pure title on the line against Nese was interesting. Deeb & Martinez backstage interview about their recent partnership as a team & heated words towards each other was all right. Women’s Tag was a decent jobbers destruction match. Yuta’s backstage interview boasting about being unbeatable as ROH Pure champion & accepting Sterling & Nese’s match challenge was fine. Christian vs. Lethal moments: Christian’s flip escape, dropkick, & 619 combo counter of Lethal’s back drop into Lethal’s dodge & leg lariat of Christian’s springboard attack.Christian’s chop to Lethal into Lethal’s grab & arm yank onto the mat to Christian. Lethal & Christian’s suplex & blocks exchange into Lethal’s snap suplex to Christian. Christian’s hammerlock roll-up to Lethal into Lethal’s pin break & swift punch. Christian’s standing Slice bread counter of Lethal’s punch. Christian’s block & ripcord standing Spanish Fly counter of Lethal’s Lethal Injection. Christian’s dive & reverse DDT combo to Lethal on the outside. Lethal’s knees counter of Christian’s 450 Splash into Lethal’s cutter, Lethal Combination, sit-out facebuster, & elbow drop finisher combo to Christian. Match itself was a very entertaining action filled bout. This week’s show was mostly enjoyable overall.

AEW Dynamite (June 22)
* Trios Tag Team match – Orange Cassidy & Roppongi Vice (Trent Beretta & Rocky Romero) vs. United Empire (Will Ospreay & Aussie Open (Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher)) – 4.0
* AEW All-Atlantic Championship Qualifying match – Malakai Black vs. Penta Oscuro – 3.5
* Silas Young vs. Hangman Adam Page – 3.0
* Marina Shafir vs. Toni Storm – 2.5
* Chris Jericho & Lance Archer vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jon Moxley – 3.0
Overall – 4.0
Best – Christian Cage’s insults laden promo against Jungle Boy & heelish persuasion of Luchasaurus to be on his side.
Worst – The abrupt ending to the Marina Shafir vs. Toni Storm match.
Show Notes – Opening Danielson’s promo about not being able to work at Forbidden Door and Blood & Guts due to medical reasons, surprise hand-pick opponent for Sabre Jr, & Sabre Jr’s surprise appearance was splendid. Trios Tag moments: UE’s catch, slam, & apron back drops & powerbomb combo counter of Cassidy & RV’s dives to the outside. Trent’s spiked Half & Half suplex counter of Fletcher’s running attack in the corner. Cassidy’s Stundog Millionaire counter of Ospreay’s suplex. Ospreay’s roundhouse kick counter of Trent’s Strong Zero into Davis’ deadlift piledriver to Trent. Trent’s block & Tornado DDT counter of AO’s Corealis. Match itself was a great action packed bout. Christian’s insults laden promo about his lingering resentment over Jungle Boy costing him an AEW title shot & a lot of money last year, trashing social media wrestling fans, only caring about himself & money, dig at MJF & AEW’s locker room, foul mouth rant to Jungle’s family, & mean spirited dig at Jungle’s dead dad was awesome. Luchasaurus’ interruption & being persuaded by Christian to not attack him was interesting. Black vs. Oscuro moments: Black’s escape & kick counter of Penta’s apron Fear Factor into Penta’s rolling stunner counter of Black’s running attack. Black’s rising knee strikes & moonsault to the outside counter of Penta’s kick into Black’s top rope double foot stomp. Penta’s Avalanche Fear Factor to Black. Black’s catch & Black Mass finisher counter of Penta’s superkick. Match itself was a very good back-and-forth hard hitting bout. Young vs. Page was a good hard fought bout. Post-match promo by Jay White denying Cole and Page an IWGP title shot again, brawl with Cole teasing attacking White, & Okada’s surprise appearance and run-in save brawl was nice. Jade Cargill & Baddies backstage interview about Red Velvet being hurt & open application search for a new Baddies member was interesting. Shafir vs. Storm was mostly solid despite the abrupt ending. Allin & Sting’s backstage promo about their match against Undisputed Elite & Bullet Club was okay but Shingo Takagi & Hiromu Takahashi being revealed as their tag partners was cool. Jericho & Archer vs. Tanahashi & Moxley was an entertaining back-and-forth action match. Post-match chaotic mass brawl at ringside with Moxley & Tanahashi’s staredown throughout it was a bit funny. This week’s Forbidden Door go-home show was mostly great overall.

AEW Rampage (June 24)
* Andrade El Idolo vs. Rey Fenix – 4.0
* Serena Deeb & Mercedes Martinez vs Sierra & Laynie Luck – 2.0 (Squash)
* HOOK vs. The DKC – 3.0
* Jeff Cobb vs. Cash Wheeler – 3.0
Overall – 3.5
Best – Andrade El Idolo vs. Rey Fenix match and the mass brawl to close out the show.
Worst – Serena Deeb & Mercedes Martinez vs. Sierra & Laynie Luck squash match dragging a bit in pacing.
Show Notes – El Idolo vs. Fenix opener moments: Fenix’s springboard rana to Andrade into Andrade’s big boot flooring Fenix. Andrade’s Three Amigos attempt to Fenix into Fenix’s block & Three Amigos counter. Fenix’s leap up top rope sunset dive to Andrade on the outside. Fenix’s spiked rolling cutter to Andrade. Andrade’s knees & Inside Cradle counter of Fenix’s Frog Splash. Andrade’s rope yank counter of Fenix’s rope walk rana attempt. Fenix’s dodge counter of Andrade’s running knees to the apron post into Fenix’s top rope double foot stomp to Andrade on the outside. Fenix’s top rope Spanish Fly to Andrade. Fenix’s dive to Andrade on the outside into RUSH’s ref distracted low blow to Fenix into Andrade’s El Idolo finisher to Fenix. Match itself was a great physical action packed battle despite the ending shenanigans. Andrade officially revealing La Faccion Ingobernable stable in AEW was cool. Eddie Kingston’s backstage promo about the upcoming Blood & Guts match & wanting to taste Jericho’s blood was all right. Women’s Tag moments: Deeb’s inverted Indian Deathlock to Luck & Martinez’s chokeslam to Sierra onto Luck. Match itself was a decent squash bout despite dragging a bit long. Tully Blanchard’s promo video hyping up his new Tully Blanchard Enterprises stable was okay. HOOK vs. The DKC moments: DKC’s karate chops into HOOK’s Judo throw counter. HOOK’s dodge & high angle Saito suplx counter of DKC’s chop. HOOK’s overhead strikes & Redrum finisher combo to DKC. Match itself was a pretty good back-and-forth brief bout. Wheeler & Cobb pre-match split-screen backstage interview about their feud & Winner Takes All Tag titles match at Forbidden Door was all right. Cobb vs. Wheeler moments: Cobb’s toss onto the ropes & Spin Cycle combo counter of Wheeler’s running attack. Cobb’s headbutt & standing moonsault combo to Wheeler. Wheeler’s piggyback sleeper counter of Cobb’s overhead bear hug. Wheeler’s sunset flip carry powerbomb to Cobb off the top rope was impressive. Cobb’s toss counter of Wheeler’s Tornado DDT. Wheeler’s rana roll-up counter of Cobb’s Dr Bomb. Cobb’s high angle back drop, snap release German suplex, & Tour of the Islands finisher combo to Wheeler. Match itself was an entertaining back-and-forth action filled bout. Post-match mass brawl with Dax Harwood, United Empire, Orange Cassidy, Roppongi Vice, Jericho, & Kingston was sweet. This week’s show was very enjoyable overall.


NJPW, Impact, & Other Wrestling

Impact Wrestling Slammiversary 2022 (June 19)
* Pre-show: Impact Digital Media Championship – Brian Myers vs. Rich Swann (c) – 3.0
* Pre-show: Reverse Battle Royal – 2.5
* Impact X Division Championship Ultimate X match – Trey Miguel vs. Andrew Everett vs. Kenny King vs. Alex Zayne vs. “Speedball” Mike Bailey vs. Ace Austin (c) – 4.0
* Impact Knockouts World Tag Team Championship – Rosemary & Taya Valkryie vs. The Influence (Madison Rayne & Tenille Dashwood) (c) – 2.5
* Monster’s Ball match – Moose vs. Sami Callihan – 4.0
* Impact World Tag Team Championship – The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) vs. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) (c) – 3.0
* 10-Man Tag Team match – Honor No More (Eddie Edwards, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett, PCO, & Vincent) vs. Impact Originals (Frankie Kazarian, Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin), Nick Aldis, & Davey Richards) – 3.5
* Queen of the Mountain match for the Impact Knockouts World Championship – Deonna Purrazzo vs. Chelsea Green vs. Jordynne Grace vs. Mia Yim vs. Tasha Steelz (c) – 3.0
* Impact World Championship – Eric Young vs. Josh Alexander (c) – 3.5
Overall – 4.0
Best – Ultimate X match, the Monster’s Ball match, and the Mike Tenay & Don West tribute video.
Worst – Reverse Battle Royal match.
Show Notes – X Division title Ultimate X match opener moments: Zayne’s leap up top rope rana to Everett & reverse overhead suplex to Bailey onto Everett. Zayne’s yank off the cable to Miguel into Zayne & King’s Blockbuster powerbomb combo to Miguel. King, & Zayne. Bailey, Austin, & King’s superplex setup to Everett into Zayne’s Tower of Doom powerbomb into Miguel’s Avalanche Canadian Destroyer to Zayne. Bailey’s kicks fets to King & Austin’s low blow kick to Miguel off the cable into Bailey’s headscissors toss to Everett off the cable into Bailey’s swift kick finisher to Austin. Match itself was a great action packed bout. Sting’s video message praising his time in TNA/Impact was cool. Knockouts Tag title was a solid back-and-forth match. Kurt Angle’s video message praising Impact & his Impact career was sweet. Monster’s Ball match moments: Moose’s Uranage to Callihan through a table on the outside. Callihan’s escape & chair chuck counter of Moose’s chair whack into Moose’s chair chuck to Callihan. Callihan’s shove off the top rope to Moose onto the timekeeper’s table. Moose’s Sly High counter of Callihan’s Tornado DDT onto thumb tacks into Moose dragging Callihan across the tacks. Callihan’s DVD counter of Moose’s spear onto a barb wired door. Callihan & Moose’s stiff trash can whacks to each other’s head. Callihan’s lariat & piledriver counter of Moose’s running attack onto tacks. Callihan’s Cheeky Nandos & powerbomb combo to Moose onto an upright trash can. Callihan’s barb wired bat strikes & piledriver finisher combo to Moose. Match itself was a great physical bloody hardcore battle. Impact Tag title match was mostly good. Imapct’s Mike Tenay & Don West tribute video was awesome. HNM vs. Impact Originals 10-Man Tag moments: Dixie Carter revealing Richards as Team Impact’s final member was cool. Edwards’ shove to Shelley off the top rope & Bennett’s modified brainbuster to Sabin. Kazarian’s strikes & lariat combo to Taven & slingshot cutter to Vincent. Edwards’ chops & Richards’ kicks exchange into Richards’ Dragon Screw onto the ropes. Alids’ dodge counter of PCO’s moonsault into MCMG’s kicks, Aldis’ Michinoku Driver, & Richards’ top rope double foot stomp combo to PCO. Kazarian’s Flux Capacitor splatting PCO. Match itself was a very entertaining fast past action packed bout despite the ending shenanigans. AJ Styles’ video message praising Impact & his past career in the company was cool. Knockouts title Queen of the Mt. match moments: Steelz & Grace’s top rope brawl into Steelz’s step up cutter to Yim off the ladder via Grace assist. Green’s curb stomp to Steelz onto the ladder into Yim’s missile dropkick off the penalty box to Green onto the ladder. Purrazzo’s punch & powerbomb to Yim off one ladder onto another one. Yim’s ladder shove sending Purrazzo & Green crashing through tables on the outside was cool. Match itself was good despite the wonky match rules & pacing. Impact World title match moments: Young’s escape & Stroke counter of Alexander’s C4 Spike. Young’s Blackhole Slam counter of Alexander’s running attack. Alexander busting out a Best Moonsault Ever to Young. Alexander’s Styles Clash to Young. Alexander’s apron Olympic Slam to Doering through a table on the outside. Alexander’s Canadian Flag hockey stick strike to Deaner into Young’s guitar shot to Alexander. Young’s piledriver to Alexander onto the mat’s exposed wood. Alexander’s Uranage & C4 Spike to Young onto the exposed wood. Match itself was a very good hard hitting action bout. Slammiversary 2022 was a great show overall.

Impact Wrestling Impact! (June 23)
* Chelsea Green vs. Mia Yim – 3.0
* Shark Boy & Bhupinder Gujjar vs. Johnny Swinger & Zicky Dice – 2.0 (Squash)
* Deaner vs. Josh Alexander – 3.0
* Sami Callihan vs. Jack Price – 2.0 (Squash)
* Honor No More (Eddie Edwards, Mike Bennett, & Matt Taven) vs. The Briscoes (Mark & Jay Briscoe) & James Storm – 3.0
Overall – 3.0
Best – Deaner vs. Josh Alexander match.
Worst – Gisele Shaw & Alisha backstage bickering promo segment.
Show Notes – Opening Honor No More about their grievances over Impact’s continued 20 years celebrations and Impact Originals costing them their match at Slammiversary, interruption by America’s Most Wanted bashing HNM for being bums, insults banter, & mass brawl with Good Bros & Briscoes was all right. Gisele Shaw & Alisha’s backstage segment about Shaw mocking Alisha for losing to Slammovich & their bickering over being poor pals was decent at best. Green vs. Yim moments: Green’s dodge, head bash in the turnbuckle, & curb stomp counter of Yim’s running attack in the corner. Yim’s suplex counter of Green’s suplex on the outside. Green’s block, whip in the corner, & Codebreaker counter of Yim’s Eat Defeat. Yim’s block & bridging German suplex counter of Green’s Eat Defeat. Yim’s sitout powerbomb to Green. Match itself was a pretty good back-and-forth bout despite the ending ringside shenanigans by Deonna Purrazzo & Mickie James. The Influence’s backstage interview about their Knockouts Tag title loss and Rayne’s nose injury, interruption by Shaw offering to be Rayne’s replacement for their Tag titles rematch, & Influence’s agreeing if Shaw took out Rosemary was decent. Shark Boy & Gujjar vs. Swinger & Dice was a decent mostly squash bout. Post-match ambush attack by Deaner and Doering & Deaner calling out Alexander was all right. Doering & Alexander face-to-face promo about Deaner boasting about him & Doering putting fear & doubt in Alexander’s mind, Alexander’s response about him thinning out VBD, & brawl with security was splendid. Deaner vs. Alexander was a good back-and-forth action match. Frankie Kazarian backstage interview about Team Impact’s win over HNM at Slammiversary, his time in Impact, & upcoming match with Sabin was decent. Callihan vs. Price was a decent jobber destruction bout while Moose’s post-match ambush attack was all right. HNM vs. Briscoes & Storm 6-Man Tag moments: Mark & Bennett’s stiff chops exchange into Mark’s whip in the corner & lariat combo. Storm’s backstabber counter of Edwards’ running attack. Edwards’ stiff powerbomb to Storm. Taven & Bennett’s superkicks to Mark into Mark’s DVD to Bennett. Bennett’s block counter of Mark’s top rope attack into Bennett & Taven’s Proton Pack finisher to Mark, Match itself was a good back-and-forth action bout. This week’s show was mostly enjoyable overall.


Weekly Awards:

  • Best match of the week – Monster’s Ball match – Moose vs. Sami Callihan (Impact Wrestling Slammiversary 2022)
  • Best match of the week runner-up – Andrade El Idolo vs. Rey Fenix (AEW Rampage)
  • Worst match of the week – Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Qualifier match – Tamina vs. Shotzi (WWE Friday Night SmackDown)
  • Worst match of the week runner-up – Rebel vs. Anna Jay (AEW Dark Elevation)
  • Best show of the week – AEW Dynamite & Impact Wrestling Slammiversary 2022
  • Worst show of the week – WWE RAW & WWE NXT