21st Jan2019

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Jan 17th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we’ve got a bit of good and bad to get to, along with a pleasant surprise.

Match #1: KM w/ Fallah Bahh vs. Caleb Konley

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Konley attacks KM from behind to jumpstart the match. Meanwhile, Brian Cage is on a rampage in the backstage area! Cage is looking for Johnny Impact and is destroying everything in his path until he finds him. Cage makes his way to the ring and attacks both competitors, effectively ending the match. Cage powerbombs Fallah off the top rope before hitting KM with an F5 on the ramp! Cage goes too far when he connects with a devastating Drill Claw on the referee! Cage gets on the mic and says he wants his rematch against World Champion Johnny Impact. Out comes the champ but he’s attacked from behind by Killer Kross and Moose! Cage watches on as Kross and Moose retreat. Cage then drags Impact into the ring but they’re blindsided by Kross and Moose! Moose hits Cage with a sick spear. Impact and Cage are laid out as Kross and Moose stand tall.

My Take: 1 out of 5 – This match went nowhere before the $#!@ hit the fan.

Match #2: Ethan Page def. Eddie Edwards

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They brawl around the ringside area as the referee tries to get the action back in the ring. Page drops Eddie on the steel guardrail to gain control. Page is perched on the top rope but Eddie hits him with a kick, followed by a Hurricanrana off the top! Eddie connects with a suicide dive to the outside! Eddie nails Page with a kendo stick, causing the disqualification.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – A dull match that came and went without much to say before another bad finish.

Match #3: Jordynne Grace w/ Kiera Hogan def. Allie w/ Su Yung

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

As the match begins, the lights mysteriously flicker on and off. Grace hits a German suplex, followed by a delayed front-face suplex. Su gets up on the apron, distracting Grace. Allie hits a backstabber off the distraction. Allie hits a running clothesline in the corner but Grace fights back! Grace counters a Codebreaker attempt into a pump-handle sit-down slam to win!

My Take: 2 out of 5 – Grace looked imposing, but the match made both look like less than they actually are.

Match #4: Brian Cage def. Moose

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Moose goes for a chop but Cage moves out of the way, forcing Moose to chop the steel ring post! Cage catches Moose in mid-air and powerbombs him on the edge of the apron. Moose targets Cage’s leg to regain control of the match. Moose hits a big delayed dropkick in the corner. Cage fights back with a pop-up powerbomb, followed by a buckle bomb and discus clothesline for a near fall! Moose hits Go to Hell but somehow Cage kicks out! Moose swings and misses with a steel chair, allowing Cage to hit the Drill Claw for the win!

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun brawl with a bit of wrestling every now and then. Moose is getting better, but Cage is still the better between the two of them.

Match #5: Rich Swann def. Trey

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Trey hits a suicide dive to the outside. Swann takes Trey off the top rope with a Hurricanrana, followed by a frog splash. Both competitors jockey for a pin but neither can secure one. Swann successfully hits the 450 splash to pick up the victory!

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a fine little match that was over too quickly, but was a real thrill the whole time.

Match #6: (Main Event) LAX (Santana & Ortiz) w/ Konnan def. oVe (Jake & Dave Crist) w/ Sami Callihan

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

LAX perform a flurry of double-team offense on Jake for a two count in the early going. Santana and Ortiz perform in-sync suicide dives to oVe on the outside. Dave hits Ortiz with a top rope suplex into a sitdown powerbomb from Jake! Santana hits Jake with a cutter, followed by a Codebreaker off the second rope from Ortiz. LAX finish off Jake with a double-team flip slam for the win.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – If I didn’t know better, I’d say Don Callis took my criticism of his Impact show starting slow and ending badly to heart, because this show started off bad and ended great, thanks to this match. The wrestling was excellent and had the right velocity from move to move. oVe is one of the most underrated teams fighting today, as well as their opponents, LAX. Impact has the means for a strong tag division this year and they better make use of it.

News Of The Night:

  1. Eli Drake proposes that Eddie reverts back to the old Eddie Edwards so he can be a champion again.
  2. Sami Callihan says that it’s time for Rich Swann to come home to Ohio and then Sami Callihan and oVe offer Swann an oVe t-shirt.
  3. Scarlett Bordeaux reveals the winner of her global talent search is herself will be stepping inside the ring as a wrestler.
  4. Tessa Blanchard was suspended for attacking Gain Kim over losing the Knockout’s Title.
  5. LAX offers the Lucha Bros! another shot at the tag titles.
  6. Rosemary wants Allie to join her.
  7. Killer Kross fight Johnny Impact for the Impact World Title, next week.
  8. A feud between Moose, Brian Cage, Killer Kross and Johnny Impact was teased during a brawl between the four at the beginning of the card.
  9. Taya Valkyrie will be at Impact next week to defend the title against Tessa Blanchard, if management will clear Tessa to compete.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

The wrestling didn’t get good until the last couple, but the show did build to a strong event for next week, so that’s a good start.

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