15th Sep2018

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Sept 13th 2018)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some different things to cover from the house that AJ Styles… kept from going bankrupt… for a while.

Match #1: Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr & Fenix) vs. Cult of Lee (Trevor Lee & Caleb Konley)

The following is courtesy of Impact Wrestling.com:

Lucha Bros gain control in the early going with a flurry of double-team offence! Lee distracts the referee while Konley illegally attacks Fenix to turn the tide. Cult of Lee connects with a top rope double stomp into an electric chair on Fenix but Pentagon breaks up the pin attempt! Pentagon and Fenix hit in-sync superkicks to Lee and Konley. Fenix connects with a springboard crossbody to Konley on the outside. Meanwhile, Pentagon hits a super lung-blower on Lee for a near fall. Fenix spikes Lee into a Fear Factor piledriver from Pentagon to award the victory to the Lucha Bros!

My Take: I feel bad for Lee and Konley, who deserve better than just being fodder for some-one else. I am glad that the Lucha Bros. got a firm victory, but it shouldn’t be in these short matches that make the loser look feeble. Over-all, this was a good little match, but there was no suspense in who was going to win.

Match #2: Alisha vs. Katarina

The following is courtesy of Impact Wrestling.com:

Before the match can get underway, Grado and Joe Hendry interrupt. Last week, Katarina revealed that she didn’t have feelings for Grado anymore but she was interested in Hendry! Hendry plays his newest music video where he gives Katarina his response — “access denied!” The bell rings and Alisha rolls up Katarina for the quick victory!

My Take: This sucked. Who in the hell thought this was a good idea? This is why TNA/Impact is only selling out 1,300-1,800 people in New York, instead of 10,000.

Match #3: Tag Team Champions LAX (Santana & Ortiz) w/ Konnan vs. The Fraternity (Trent Gibson & Channing Decker)

The following is courtesy of Impact Wrestling.com:

Ortiz attacks Decker with a flip-flop! Santana goes for a springboard but the Fraternity catches him and slams him to the mat. Decker goes for a pin attempt on Ortiz but the referee catches him with this feet on the ropes! Decker flies over the top, hitting Ortiz with a cutter on the ramp! Ortiz cuts off Decker with a Chokeslam on the ramp. LAX throws Gibson into Decker in the corner. They follow up with a huge neckbreaker powerbomb double-team move on Decker to win!

My Take: This was far too short to do LAX any justice. There was some excellent wrestling in here, but I’ve pissed longer than this whole thing went.

Match #4: X-Division Champion Brian Cage vs. Kongo Kong – Non-Title Match

The following is courtesy of Impact Wrestling.com:

Kong launches himself over the top rope from the ramp onto Cage inside the ring! Cage avoids a top rope splash attempt from Kong. Cage connects with a powerslam, followed by a springboard Moonsault for a near fall! Cage hits a sit-down powerbomb but Kong kicks out. Kong goes for the chokeslam but Cage counters with a backflip! Cage hits the F5 to pick up the victory.

My Take: Once again, this match had the attention span of Vince McMahon in the audience at a Starrcade card. I enjoyed the actual work from these two guys, but throwing Kong in as a glorified punching bag is not a good way to get him over. Why couldn’t you just let them wrestle for fifteen minutes? I know Kong has some limitations, but he’s certainly good enough to fight Cage for a little while, right?

Match #5: Main Event – World Champion Austin Aries w/ Moose & Killer Kross vs. Fallah Bahh w/ KM – World Championship Match

The following is courtesy of Impact Wrestling.com:

Aries isn’t taking the match seriously as he sarcastically displays his cardiovascular superiority in the early going. Fallah shows his strength, sending Aries to the mat with a big shoulder block. Aries slaps Fallah but it turns out to be a mistake as Fallah returns the favour! Aries attempts the Brainbuster but Fallah counters into a vertical suplex. Fallah hits a Samoan Drop for a close near fall! Fallah goes for the steamroller but Aries counters into the Last Chancery! Fallah makes it to the bottom rope, forcing Aries to break the hold. Fallah connects with a running crossbody and Aries barely gets his shoulder up before three! Aries hits a sunset flip powerbomb and locks in the Last Chancery to win the match by submission.

My Take: This was a nice little match, but why not let Bahh actually look like he can go for more than a minute with the champion? How are you going to put over Bahh as a continuous contender if his one shot at the title is meager, at best? Aries looked as good as ever, but I’m just glad he didn’t mount Bahh’s face in the corner with his crotch like he did to Christy Hemme a few years back. We’re still not sure if that really was a planned spot between the two or not, but who knows for sure. I hope Aries has gotten over his ego, because he sure knows how to use it to great effect here.

News Of The Night:

  1. IMPACT Wrestling presents One Night Only: Night of the Dummies, which premieres Friday September 14th on the Global Wrestling Network.
  2. oVe versus The Lucha Bros and X-Division Champion Brian Cage is happening at Bound For Glory.
  3. Joe Hendry has turned down Katarina… with a music video.
  4. King claimed he wished he had killed that kid from a few weeks ago.
  5. Austin Aries, Moose and Killer Kross attacked Fallah Bahh and KM after Bahh lost the title match.

Final Verdict: 2.5 out of 5 – Why does Impact get praised for making the same bad decisions that the WWE makes all the time? The matches, while good, were two short to make a difference. Bound For Glory looks like a good card, but why can’t Impact be good every week as well?

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