08th Jul2019

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (July 4th 2019)

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 the big finale before Slammiversary for this show, so let’s see if Impact has got their act together before one of the biggest cards of the year happens.

Match #1: TJP def. Ace Austin

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Ace begins to wear down TJP with a headlock but TJP escapes in a unique way. TJP flies over the ropes but Ace avoids it, causing him to hit hard on the apron. Ace launches himself through the air with a Space Flying Tiger Drop to the floor! Ace hits TJP with his signature papercut between the fingers! TJP connects with a springboard dropkick, followed by a huge crossbody off the top rope! Ace attempts to pin TJP with a hold of the ropes but the referee stops him. TJP comes right back with a modified gutbuster for a near fall. TJP locks in the knee bar to submit, forcing Ace to tap!

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was as technically proficient as you can get, with some variety in the moves and the execution of them as well. These guys have some chemistry together, so another bout or two between each other might be a good idea at this point. I’d hope that a big Pay Per View bout is in order for these guys in the near future, but you never know with today’s bookers.

Match #2: Kiera Hogan def. Madison Rayne

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Jordynne Grace joins Josh Mathews and Don Callis on commentary. Kiera taunts Grace at ringside, but the distraction allowing Madison to take control in the ring. Madison connects with the Ripcord Cutter for a two count. Kiera attempts to use the ropes for leverage but Grace gets up from the announce desk, forcing her to break the pin attempt! Kiera hits a modified swinging neckbreaker to win!

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a solid, functioning match that did what it needed to do and nothing more. I bet these two could do a lot more together if they were given the time. It’s amazing how wrestling leagues work their asses off to get two hours then do nothing with the two hours.

Match #3: Rohit Raju w/ Raj Singh & Gama Singh def. Laredo Kid

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Laredo attempts a springboard but the bottom turnbuckle snaps off! He goes for it again and connects with a springboard Moonsault. Laredo takes to the sky once again with a springboard crossbody! Laredo remains in control with a super powerful dive through the ropes into the guardrail! Gama distracts the referee, allowing Raj to distract Laredo! This gives enough time for Rohit to recover and avoid a top rope corkscrew. Rohit hits a double foot stomp off the top rope to win.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was pretty standard fare, but it was…I almost said solid again. I wouldn’t say that this will get you coming back for more, but it won’t send you running for the hills either.

Match #4: Dez & Wentz def. Trey – Loser Won’t Represent Rascalz in Tag Team Championship Match at Slammiversary

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Trey hits Wentz with a Hurricanrana through the ropes to the floor. Wentz launches himself off the back of Dez and over the top to hit Trey with a huge splash on the outside! Dez hits a top rope delayed corkscrew on Wentz but Trey breaks up the pin attempt! The action is nonstop as these three tag team partners know each other extremely well. Wentz hits Dez with a standing Shooting Star for a very close near fall! Trey hits a springboard double cutter for a near fall on Dez and Wentz! Dez throws Wentz into a Shooting Star on Trey! They both pin him to win, meaning Trey will not advance to Slammiversary against LAX!

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun teaser of what these guys can do together. The idea behind the match was good and it made the match a much easier task. This was guilt-free fun and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Match #5: (Main Event) Rich Swann & Willie Mack def. Johnny Impact & John E Bravo

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Johnny hits Swann with a swinging neckbreaker on the floor. Johnny tags in Bravo and he begins to lay the beatdown on Swann. Johnny bodyslams Bravo onto Swann for a two count. Swann counters Johnny’s Impact Edge attempt into a modified DDT! Willie counters a Spanish Fly into a neckbreaker off the top to Johnny! Willie hits Johnny with a standing Moonsault but Bravo breaks up the pin attempt. Bravo distracts Willie, allowing Johnny to lay him out with the Disaster Kick. Bravo is trapped in the ring with his opponents! Willie hits him with a stunner, followed by the Phoenix Splash from Swann to win!

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun main event that had some levity, some drama and nice does of action. They didn’t re-invent the wheel, but they kept it rolling down the hill steadily enough to get it where it needed to go.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a decent show that did it’s duty to build toward the Slammiversary show with a series of vignettes and matches that served as a nice tease for the big card.

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