This week’s version of Influence Wrestling featured the highly-anticipated Influence World Tag Crew Championship match between the Good Brothers and Honor No Extra’s Matt Taven and Mike Bennett. Will this be the primary style of gold for the newly fashioned heel faction or will the Good Brothers dominance of the Influence tag staff scene proceed?
Additionally this week we are going to discover out who’s the following challenger to Jordynne Grace’s Knockouts championship, as Deonna Purrazzo goes one-on-one with Masha Slamovich with a shot at Certain for Glory on the road. Can the Virtuosa topple the undefeated Slamovich or will Masha proceed her successful streak this week? Mickie James returns to the Influence Zone on tonight’s episode. They’ve been teasing a retirement angle over the previous few weeks however I’m positive that this legendary Knockout can be out to as soon as once more show that she has loads of struggle left within the tank.
Final week on Influence, Time Machine gained a 6-man grudge match towards Violent by Design. With Eric Younger again within the fold, absolutely there can be penalties for yet one more loss by the heel trio. Josh Alexander fired the primary shot within the warfare between himself and Eddie Edwards, as Alexander pinned Edwards’ steady mate Vincent in singles motion. Edwards has been making an attempt to influence Alexander to be his ally, however the champ is having not one of the Honor No Extra Chief’s thoughts video games. What lengths will Edwards go to to get into the top of the Influence World Champion? Additionally final week the construct to the Influence Plus particular Victory Street started, with the announcement of a Triple Risk Barbed Wire Bloodbath between Moose, Sami Callihan and Steve Maclin. What violence will they’ve in retailer this week?
Influence Wrestling 1/9/22 from The Manufacturing facility: Dallas, Texas
The opening video targeted on the story of Mickie James’ losses all through 2022 and heel flip by Chelsea Inexperienced, in addition to hyping up the Influence World Tag Crew Championship match for the night. The present will kick off with the title match proper now!
Match #1: Influence World Tag Crew Championships: The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows) (c) vs Honor No Extra (Mike Bennett & Matt Taven)
Maria is banned from ringside because of Anderson defeating Bennett final week. Honor No Extra are out first, adopted by the champions. That is Honor No Extra’s first championship match since debuting nearly 8 months in the past. It’s Bennett and Anderson beginning off and so they’re straight right into a fist struggle, then Gallows and Taven be a part of the fray as this one is uncontrolled early. Gallows takes down each members of HNM with a double clothesline then takes Taven excessive rope earlier than retreating to his nook. Anderson tags in Gallows who begins to go to work on Bennett within the nook. He chops Bennett exhausting right down to the mat and works over the mid-section with exhausting strikes. Anderson tags again in and the champions are dominating early, nonetheless Bennett is ready to escape a double staff try and tag in Taven. Taven goes straight at Gallows within the nook then hits a rolling neckbreaker on Anderson for a 2 depend, the primary of the match. Anderson runs the ropes however heads straight right into a dropkick from Taven. Taven drags Anderson over to his nook and tags in Bennett who takes out Gallows on the apron. Gallows tries to enter the ring however the referee stops him, so HNM stomp away at Anderson within the nook. Bennett whips Anderson exhausting into the turnbuckle and scores a 2 depend. Taven tags again in and Bennett hits a superkick after plenty of double-team strikes for a 2 depend, regardless of not being the authorized man. Evidently they did double staff strikes for thus lengthy there that they forgot who was authorized. Taven tags again in, although he was already the authorized man and chokes Anderson out within the nook along with his foot. One other fast tag out to Bennett, who tries a headlock however Anderson is ready to struggle out earlier than taking a tough forearm and Taven tags again in. Taven tries a springboard moonsault however Anderson will get his knees up. Anderson rolls to his nook however Bennett takes out Gallows earlier than he could make the tag. Anderson finally will get the tag, as does Bennett. Gallows takes down Taven with a clothesline then Bennett with an enormous boot. Gallows with a operating neckbreaker on Taven, adopted by a modified Pumphandle slam for a 2 depend. In comes Anderson once more and the Good Brothers are calling for the end. They go for the Magic Killer however Bennett is again in with a superkick on Anderson to interrupt that up. Gallows takes him down then Taven hits a pleasant springboard kick on Gallows. Anderson with an enormous spinebuster on Taven then takes Bennett out of the motion on the ring apron. Taven is alone within the ring with the champions now. The Good Brothers hit a double staff neckbreaker on Taven for two, with Bennett breaking apart the pin. Bennett and Gallows brawl on the skin. Gallows runs at Bennett however he strikes and Gallows goes crashing into the ring steps. Again within the ring, Anderson climbs to the highest turnbuckle however Bennett is rapidly as much as take his legs out. Bennett lifts Anderson into the backpack stunner place and Honor No Extra ship the Proton Pack to win the titles after 9 minutes!
Winners and NEW Influence World Tag Crew Champions: Honor No Extra
Evaluation: ***1/2 Actually good motion right here to kick off the present. I hoped that they’d get 15-20 minutes as the principle occasion of the present however they determined to kick off with a sizzling match to get the gang overvalued. There was most likely much less double-teaming than we’re used to seeing as of late, which I feel is an efficient factor and this helped the move of the match. I’ve been crucial of the fixed tagging throughout matches on Influence however tonight appeared lots smoother. Honor No Extra get the win after the unlawful tag staff transfer, however there was no outdoors interference to allow them to say they gained the titles all by themselves. e book resolution right here to crown new champions.
Submit-match Maria got here right down to have fun along with her husband and his tag staff associate.
There was a fast video to place over Killer Kelly’s dominance since she returned and the beginning of her feud with Tasha Steelz. This was adopted up by a promo for Victory Street and a recap of Honor No Extra successful the Tag Crew Championships a number of moments in the past.
Bennett and Taven had been met by their Honor No Extra staff mates backstage. Eddie Edwards praised them for selecting the best facet. Edwards then turned his consideration to PCO and once more highlighting his failures within the group. Vincent stepped in to defend PCO. Kenny King mentioned he would deliver the X-Division title to Honor No Extra later within the night.
Evaluation: It’s King vs Mike Bailey later tonight for the X-Division Championship. That can be nice! The gradual flip of PCO continues.
The commentators Tom Hannifan and Matt Rehwoldt previewed Certain for Glory, with the principle occasion being Josh Alexander defending the Influence World Championship towards Honor No Extra’s Eddie Edwards. Additionally they ran down a few of the different matches on the present.
Match #2: X Division Championship: Mike Bailey (c) vs Kenny King w/ Maria
It’s the second championship match of the night as Kenny King seems to be to deliver one other championship the best way of Honor No Extra. He’s out first wanting assured, adopted by the champion Bailey. They lock up and King takes benefit early with a knee to the ribs of Bailey. King backs Bailey into the nook with proper fingers and an enormous clothesline. They change strikes earlier than King hits a powerslam for a 2 depend. King lights up Bailey with chops within the nook earlier than Bailey comes again with a operating Hurricanrana off the ropes. Bailey with a powerful handspring flip to keep away from the assault of King, earlier than taking him to the skin with a knee raise. The motion spills outdoors and King rakes the eyes of Bailey to take the higher hand. King tries to whip Bailey into the guard rail however Bailey stops himself and hits a kick to the face of King. Bailey hits his mixture kicks to ship King to the bottom. Bailey tries to roll King again into the ring however King swings off the apron and delivers a tough forearm to the face. Bailey runs at King who hits him with an exploder suplex into the ring apron!
Again from the break and King has Bailey up towards the ropes. King connects with a kick and follows up with an enormous spinebuster off the ropes for a 2 depend. King lifts Bailey to the highest turnbuckle. He goes for a Superplex however Bailey throws him down and hits a dropkick. King sweeps the leg of Bailey and hits a tough knee to the face. Bailey avoids a King kick and nails a number of of his personal, adopted by a operating Taking pictures Star Press for a 2 depend. King geese a number of kicks however Bailey finally lands one. Bailey goes for his operating kick within the nook however King pulls the referee in entrance as a defend. King goes for a spinning heel kick however Bailey geese and King nails the referee! King runs at Bailey however is met with a knee to the face. Bailey climbs to the highest and needs Ultima Weapon however King hits a low blow! King covers however the referee is out of the ring. King nails an enormous kick to the top of Bailey and one other referee runs right down to the ring however Bailey kicks out at 2! King is complaining to the referee in regards to the gradual depend so Bailey nails him with a superkick. Bailey goes again to the highest rope however King cuts him off. Bailey hits a kick from the apron and tries a Sundown Flip however King holds onto the ropes after which Maria assists as King will get the three depend! New champ!
Winner and NEW X-Division Champion: Kenny King (nearly!)
Honor No Extra run right down to the ring to congratulate King straight after the match however the authentic referee is again contained in the ring and explaining what has occurred to the referee who counted the autumn. They communicate to ring announcer Dave Penzer who proclaims that the choice has been overturned. The match will restart and Honor No Extra are barred from ringside!
Match #2, Half 2: X Division Championship: Mike Bailey (c) vs Kenny King
Eddie Edwards goes loopy on the referees and King is making an attempt to calm him down in order that he can get again to the match. Edwards and associates finally retreat up the ramp and as King is distracted, Bailey runs to the highest rope and hits a diving moonsault to the skin! Bailey rolls King again in and hits his operating kick within the nook. Bailey goes for Ultima Weapon however King blocks it with a knee. King goes for the Royal Flush however Bailey reverses it into pin for the three depend! All up the match went 12 minutes.
Winner and STILL X-Division Champion: Mike Bailey
Evaluation: ***3/4 It was a bit foolish and overbooked in the direction of the top however the leisure worth was excessive and it was an important, athletic contest from two of the division’s greatest. I assumed Bailey would retain as a result of there’s no level placing all of the titles on Honor No Extra in a single night time (construct them up!) and he’s been a champion that has constantly excellent matches. King can declare he’s owed a rematch as a result of the referee did depend the pin (although he cheated) and it’ll give Honor No Extra gasoline to complain to Scott D’Amore in regards to the bias in Influence Wrestling towards them. That’s two excellent matches to kick off the present.
Backstage, Digital Media Champion Brian Myers is complaining to Scott D’Amore about Bhupinder Gujjar taking his title final week. Rapidly Myers is turns round and is knocked out by Gujjar. Gujjar fingers the title again to Myers.
Evaluation: I’m positive this may result in a match at Victory Street or Certain for Glory which is ok.
Jessicka is celebrating her win final week with Taya Valkyrie and Rosemary. Jessicka says that she’s good to go and it’s time to get their Knockouts Tag Titles again. Rosemary says that Jessicka has solely gained one match and that she’s extra of a distraction than assist at current. Taya gives Jessicka an opportunity to hitch her at ringside in her match towards Chelsea Inexperienced subsequent week.
Evaluation: At the very least that will get Taya again within the ring which is at all times good.
The Influence Flashback of the week is Sami Callihan beating Brian Cage for the World Championship inside a metal cage again in 2019.
Gia Miller is backstage interviewing my compatriots Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis). They’re the NJPW Robust Tag Crew Champions and showing on Influence for the primary time. They’ve been on AEW during the last couple of months with the superb Will Ospreay. Fletcher says they’re there for world domination and this begins subsequent week towards Bullet Membership’s Ace Austin and Chris Bey.
Evaluation: Aussie Open have been on AEW wrestling in matches a minimum of half a dozen occasions over the previous few months and the viewers has simply been anticipated to know who they’re. Right here in Influence they’re given a mic immediately to introduce themselves. It’s not rocket science however great things right here by Influence in getting the straightforward issues performed nicely.
Miller directs the digital camera across the nook and Moose and Steve Maclin are arguing whether or not to struggle one another or staff up at Victory Street within the Barbed Wire Bloodbath. Miller desires some solutions however Moose simply walks away.
Evaluation: Stress has been brewing right here and we’re left guessing whether or not they’re teammates or opponents. It’s been a compelling storyline when given the TV time.
Eric Younger is speaking to his Violent by Design steady mates and he says it’s time for a change. Younger says Doering has his personal path to comply with and needs him good luck. Younger says he has his personal path to journey. Deaner asks if Younger is leaving him however Younger says he’s certainly leaving, however whether or not he chooses to comply with or not is as much as him.
Evaluation: It seems to be just like the steady as we knew it can stop for now and perhaps herald a brand new member or two. It is smart as they weren’t getting the job performed as they had been.
Mickie James returns
James makes her solution to the ring to an enormous response from the gang. James reveals her appreciation to the followers and grabs a microphone as they chant her title. Mickie says she loves the gang and might’t promise that she gained’t get emotional tonight. She thanks the followers for being right here tonight and because of Influence for given her the time to speak tonight. James says November can be 24 years since she stepped in a wrestling ring. She has bled and fought for over half her life and the previous few years have been a whirlwind for her, recapping the remedy WWE gave her the place they put her locker belongings in a trash bag after they launched her. She says the whispers of being “a bit of previous” or “a bit of fats” or “washed up” began to play on her thoughts over the previous few months. Mickie says that the followers reminded her who she was and that helped her a lot throughout her final run the place she grew to become Knockouts Champion for the fourth time. However then, it went downhill for her when she misplaced the title to Tasha Steelz and her greatest buddy Chelsea Inexperienced turned on her, beating her twice. Mickie then doubted that she might grasp with this new crop of girls and wanted a break. She says she wanted to do some soul looking out at residence along with her household and requested what she wished out of this enterprise anymore. Mickie says what she desires is alternatives for this locker room, which she says is one of the best within the enterprise. She additionally admits that when she will be able to’t grasp with one of the best anymore, then she is going to give it away, as a result of the followers deserve one of the best. Mickie doubted if she might try this anymore. However she has to seek out out! She’s not retiring however she goes to earn again a shot on the Knockouts Championship. Mickie says that she goes to have an open problem on the journey to the Knockouts title but when she loses alongside the best way, that’s it, she is going to stop. Mickie says this may finish both along with her as Knockouts World Champion or her going residence for good.
Evaluation: Nice to see Mickie again and that was a heartfelt, passionate and efficient promo to clarify her absence and her plans for the long run. It has been arrange equally to Ric Aptitude’s (first) retirement in 2007/08 the place he mentioned as quickly as he misplaced his subsequent match, that’s the top, which culminated with the match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24. I hope this journey ends for Mickie changing into Knockouts Champion once more as a result of she proved in 2021 and 2022 again in Influence that she will be able to ship high-quality matches and her program with Deonna Purrazzo is price going again to look at for those who haven’t seen these matches but.
Gia Miller is backstage with Influence World Champion, Josh Alexander. Gia asks what Alexander’s response to Mickie James’ announcement is. Alexander places Mickie over as one of many best Knockouts of all time and thinks she is going to win the title once more. Miller asks Alexander’s ideas on his new challenger, Eddie Edwards. Alexander says that he’s by no means had a singles match towards him, so it is a match-up Alexander has been wanting for a very long time. Alexander places over Edwards however says one of the best man will win at Certain for Glory. Miller asks what Alexander makes of Honor No Extra inviting him to hitch them. Alexander doesn’t like Honor No Extra’s strategies and has Influence Wrestling to thank for all the things on this wrestling enterprise. Eddie Edwards takes a seat subsequent to Alexander. Edwards says he respects how loyal Alexander is to Influence Wrestling. Final week Heath lower Alexander off earlier than he might give his reply to Honor No Extra, so Edwards desires a solution now. Heath comes flying in from off display and takes down Edwards with a deal with. Heath kilos away at Edwards as Influence officers break up the struggle. Heath screams into the digital camera that he’s coming for all of Honor No Extra.
Tommy Dreamer is making an attempt to calm Heath down, as Scott D’Amore is available in to deal with the state of affairs. Subsequent week it’s Heath vs Eddie Edwards one-on-one. Heath apologises to Josh Alexander for interrupting him final week. Alexander didn’t admire that and walked off.
Evaluation: There’s the principle occasion for subsequent week. I count on Edwards to win as he builds momentum in the direction of Certain for Glory.
Match #3: #1 Contenders Match for the X-Division Championship: Alex Zayne vs Mascara Dorada
X-Division motion right here because the rarely-seen Zayne takes on the debuting Mascara Dorada, who was Gran Metalik in WWE. There are numerous flips and counters early within the match that result in a stare off that the followers appreciated. Dorada hits a Hurricanrana to the skin for the primary actual offensive transfer of the match up. Zayne takes benefit on the skin with some chops, because the referee begins to depend. Zayne rolls inside to stall the depend and as he comes again out is met by an enormous chop from Dorada. Zayne chops him again then hits a again suplex on the ring apron. The referee will get to 7 and Zayne rolls again in to stall the depend. Zayne units Dorada up on the ring apron and drops an enormous elbow. Zayne hits a powerful rolling legdrop on Dorada who was hung up within the center rope. 90% of the motion has been on the skin to date. Zayne flies to the skin with a springboard moonsault that connects to Dorada.
Zayne has Dorada up on the highest turnbuckle because the motion returns. Dorada blocks a Superplex try and walks the tightrope earlier than delivering an enormous crossbody off the highest rope. Dorada hits a collection of clotheslines and sends Zayne out to the ground. Dorada climbs to the highest and hits a flying senton that takes Zayne out. Dorada chops Zayne on the chest and sends him again within the ring. Dorada hits an enormous flying senton for an in depth 2 depend. Dorada is on the lookout for the Dorada Driver however Zayne fights out and nails an elbow within the nook. They struggle on the highest and Zayne connects with a operating hurricanrana from the highest. Zayne hits a operating knee strike then a Baja Blast for a 2 depend. Zayne connects with an enziguiri and climbs to the highest rope. He seems to be for the Cinnamon Twist however Dorada strikes, so he rolls by way of. Dorada athletically spins Zayne right into a Twister DDT after which the Dorada Driver for the win on debut after 8 minutes.
Winner and #1 Contender for the X-Division Championship: Mascara Dorada
Evaluation: ***3/4That was a terrific match and a good way to indicate off the debuting Mascara Dorada, while reminding the viewers of what Alex Zayne is able to. He needs to be wrestling in Influence much more than he’s, for no matter cause. I truly favored how they utilised the skin of the ring for almost all of the primary half of the match. You don’t see that in an X-Division match, which is often all in regards to the flips and high-flying strikes. Dorada’s move-set was very easy and complimented Zayne’s model nicely, who can combine it up between an athletic model and hard-hitting strikes. Nice stuff right here and that’s 3 matches this week which have been within the excellent vary.
Mickie James is backstage with Jordynne Grace. Grace mentioned she was anxious that Mickie was about to retire however she’s glad that’s not taking place proper now. Grace mentioned she would defend her title towards Mickie on the first probability, however she is aware of that Mickie desires to work her manner as much as difficult for the championship. Grace says that proper now she must concentrate on Certain for Glory, however she can be ready.
Evaluation: A easy solution to proceed the concentrate on Mickie James and relate it to the present Knockouts Champion.
There was a highlights bundle for Yuya Uemura who debuts subsequent week. That’s not a reputation that’s acquainted to me and I’m already dreading typing his final title accurately.
Match #4: #1 Contender Match for the Knockouts World Championship: Deonna Purrazzo w/ Chelsea Inexperienced vs Masha Slamovich
The winner of this match faces Jordynne Grace for the Knockouts Championship at Certain for Glory. Purrazzo is out along with her tag staff associate Chelsea Inexperienced first. The undefeated Slamovich is out final and is 14-0 so I’m anticipating her to win right here tonight, although Purrazzo vs Grace is the match I’d choose to see. The 2 girls lock up and Purrazzo will get in Slamovich’s face so Masha backs her into the nook. Purrazzo takes benefit with some chops and a operating hurricanrana. Purrazzo misses a nook assault and Slamovich kicks her within the again. Slamovich hits a trio of snapmares utilizing the hair and she or he will get a 1 depend. Slamovich units up for the Snowplow however Purrazzo rolls out of the ring. Slamovich throws her again within the ring and Purrazzo distracts the referee so Inexperienced can maintain onto Slamovich’s leg. This enables Purrazzo to hit an enormous operating knee on Slamovich within the ropes.
Again to the motion and Purrazzo is stomping away at Slamovich within the nook. Purrazzo follows up with a short-arm clothesline for a 2 depend. Purrazzo slaps on a headlock and turns it right into a facet headlock as Slamovich tries to struggle out. The gang is extra behind the heel Purrazzo than Slamovich right here. They change pin makes an attempt earlier than Purrazzo hits an enormous kick to the face adopted by a standing moonsault for a 2 depend. Slamovich blocks a suplex try and backs Purrazzo into the nook. Purrazzo blocks a nook assault abut Slamovich drops her with an enormous kick. Slamovich hits a operating knee within the nook and an enormous boot. She hits a operating spinning heel kick for an in depth 2 depend. Each girls are on their knees and exchanging stiff strikes. Slamovich then goes loopy with the head-butts to Purrazzo. Slamovich units up for the Snowplow once more however Purrazzo drops to a knee and hits a Russian Legsweep. Purrazzo locks within the arm bar and Slamovich fights her solution to the ropes, regardless of Inexperienced holding them again. Slamovich begins choking Purrazzo within the ropes till the referee breaks the maintain. Slamovich whips Purrazzo into the ropes however misses an enormous boot. Purrazzo sends Slamovich shoulder first into the ring submit and hits a German suplex for a 2 depend. Purrazzo holds on for an additional 2 Germans and requires the Bundle Piledriver. Slamovich blocks it and hits an Air Raid Crash into the underside turnbuckle. That was nasty! Slamovich will get an in depth 2 depend. Inexperienced will get up on the ring apron to distract the referee and this enables Purrazzo to hit the Queen’s Gambit for an additional shut 2 depend. Slamovich will get up laughing and Purrazzo tries to lock within the arm-bar however Slamovich is ready to hit a spinning again fist. Slamovich destroys Inexperienced with a kick after she will get up on the apron once more. Slamovich hits the Snowplow and punches her ticket to Certain for Glory, successful after 10 minutes.
Winner by pinfall and #1 Contender for the Knockouts Championship: Masha Slamovich
Evaluation: ***1/4 It began off gradual and a bit sloppy as Slamovich was discovering her manner within the match however the second half of the match was actually hard-hitting and enjoyable to look at. Purrazzo is at all times acting at a high-level and Slamovich did nicely in her longest match in Influence to date. I loved the counter-wrestling and the best way Slamovich was in a position to energy out of Purrazzo’s offense and overcome the 2-on-1 odds to be able to win. The gang was firmly in Purrazzo’s nook for many of the match, however appreciated what Slamovich delivered to the match in the direction of the end. Influence have been reserving her as a face however I’m wondering if this response will change their minds. Purrazzo is a heel however highly regarded so will get cheered on a regular basis anyway, so they may not fear. Rehwoldt’s commentary throughout any Purrazzo match is at all times entertaining.
After the match, the Knockouts Champion Jordynne Grace comes right down to the ring and has a face-off with Slamovich. Grace fingers Masha a photograph of herself with a purple X, which is what Masha has performed to opponents prior to now to get beneath their pores and skin.
Evaluation: A easy however efficient solution to have a confrontation and construct to the match. It will likely be one other hard-hitting match up and we are going to see if it’s a face vs face dynamic or in the event that they flip Slamovich absolutely heel.
Ultimate Ranking: 8.5/10
That was simply one of the best Influence weekly present I’ve coated while writing on TJR. There have been solely 4 matches, however they had been all of significance and top quality. There have been two terrific title matches and two matches to find out #1 contenders. Mix that with efficient backstage segments that arrange matches for subsequent week or construct to the PPV, and an important promo within the ring from Knockouts legend Mickie James, and all of it provides as much as an important night time for Influence Wrestling. You wouldn’t watch many 4-match weekly reveals and are available away considering you’ve watched an important episode, however that’s what tonight was for me. Good story-telling, essential matches with respectable time lengths and significant non-wrestling segments.
Subsequent week is shaping as much as be respectable too as we now have the debut of Yuya Uemura (I copied and pasted his title from above- see I’m already dishonest!), Chelsea Inexperienced vs Taya Valkyrie, Heath vs. Eddie Edwards and Aussie Open vs Bullet Membership.
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