It’s time for Ringside Logic’s “Best of the Year” honors. 2022 will go down as the year to remember in professional wrestling. Between Cody Rhodes leaving AEW, Steve Austin’s return to the ring, and Vince McMahon’s retirement, there was enough earth-shattering news to last four lifetimes.
2022 also produced one of the best years in between the ropes. Action-packed matches, wild angles, and memorable moments encompassed all major promotions. We will list our picks for the best matches in Impact Wrestling, NJPW, AEW, and WWE, and the big one, the overall Match of the Year.
Impact held its grand gala of professional wrestling on Friday as Bound for Glory emanated from the Albany Armory in Albany, New York. The eight-match delicacy with a Hall of Fame garnish had no fat on the bone. Every course was good to great, including some pleasant surprises.
Unless I’m covering Impact Wrestling at Gerweck.net, I generally don’t watch Impact events live or hardly at all. However, the main event between Josh Alexander and Tomohiro Ishii colored me excited! I put my money down for Under Siege and enjoyed an impeccable event worth more than the price of admission.
Morrissey and Myers trade shots in the center of the ring until Morrissey outpowers Myers and punishes him in the corner. Morrissey delivers a sidewalk slam and goes outside to set up a table. Myers hits Morrissey with a top rope plancha to prevent the table from being set up.
Commentary says Morrissey is not at 100% due to his match with Wardlow last night on AEW Dynamite.
Myers slides the table in the ring but gets mauled by Morrissey for his trouble. Morrissey pulls another table out from underneath the ring and tries to set it up, but Myers runs interference. Myers finishes setting up the table, gets cut off, and slides out of a powerbomb from Morrissey.
Myers hangs Morrissey out to dry on the apron and is barely able to suplex him back into the ring. Morrissey regains control and attempts another powerbomb until Matt Cardona runs in to make the save. The Major Players hit Morrissey with a double-team vertical suplex.
Morrissey comes back and chokeslams Cardona and Myers at the same time. Chelsea Green runs in and tries to hit Morrissey with the Digital Media Title. Morrissey blocks it and tries to powerbomb Green until Cardona hits Morrissey with the title belt. Morrissey escapes a triple powerbomb attempt from the apron to the table.
Cardona and Myers tried to put the table through Morrissey as he was leaning on the ring post, but Morrissey ducked out of the way. Cardona retreats up the ramp, but Jordynne Grace cuts him off and gives him a spinebuster in the ring. Morrissey gives Cardona a big boot as Grace power bombed him through a table.
Grace chases off Green, and Morrissey hits Myers with a black hole slam and powerbombs Myers over the top rope onto the floor through a table for the win.
Winner: W. Morrissey
The Major Players interrupt a backstage interview with Willie Mack and Rich Swann as they’re reeling from the match with Morrissey. Swann takes exception, and Cardona says maybe he would still be a world champion if he shared the same attitude.
IMPACT Wrestling – 3/31/22: South Philadelphia, PA @ ECW Arena
-The video of Moose spearing Josh Alexander’s wife at Destiney Wrestling over the weekend opens the show. Impact President Scott D’Amore meets Alexander and informs him that Moose is not in the building. D’Amore says the committee is meeting to discuss stripping Moose of the Impact World Championship.
D’Amore says he knows how Alexander feels because he’s known his wife longer than him. Alexander pushes D’Amore against the wall and says he has no idea how he feels and objects to Impact stripping Moose of the title because he needs to be the one to beat him for it.
The show opens with Josh Alexander making a b-line for the Impact Zone. Alexander is furious over Moose going to his home last week. Alexander said he thought he knew everything Moose is capable of and said Moose crossed a line that you don’t cross with his family.
Alexander said as a wrestler, he’s more motivated than ever, but as a husband, he’s going to issue pain like never before and take the one thing in the world Moose cares about, the world championship. Alexander called out Moose.
Moose says Alexander will fail at Rebellion, and he will show his son Chet what an actual role model looks like. That’s all Alexander needed to hear as he jumped out of the ring and attacked Moose. The brawl goes backstage and up to the old eagle’s nest in the ECW Arena. Many wrestlers break it up before both men fall over the balcony, and Moose retreats.
It’s time for Ringside Logic to bestow our “Best of the Year” honors. 2021 will go down as an unforgettable year in professional wrestling for both good and bad reasons. Let’s focus on the good aspects of the industry, which consisted of action-packed matches, wild angles, and paradigm-shifting events in and out of the ring. Here is our pick for the 2021 Breakout Star of the Year.
Impact Wrestling held their Turning Point pay-per-view over the weekend. There were five championship matches, including Moose defending the Impact World Championship against Eddie Edwards in a Full Metal Mayhem Match. Impact has been putting on some solid shows as of late with some great matches and the “forbidden door” of talent from other places emerging.
Impact Wrestling has undergone a litany of changes behind the scenes over the last twelve months. Lawsuits, wrestlers and staff members are not getting paid, a dwindling audience and a severe lack of leadership finally took its toll. Just when it looked like TNA’s nine lives were about to expire, the Toronto-based Anthem Sports & Entertainment group came out of nowhere and purchased the company.
Dixie Carter, John Gaburick and the rest of the management team were evicted, and in a weird twist of fate, company co-founder Jeff Jarrett was hired to run the day-to-day operations along with Dutch Mantell and Bruce Pritchard. The new administration’s appointment prompted the resignation of several wrestlers and the signing of new talent, all to usher in the new era of Impact Wrestling that was utter garbage. Continue reading “Impact Wrestling: New Era – Same Old #&%^#”→