09th Jul2019

‘Impact Slammiversary 2019′ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary Pay Per View, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some big matches on this card, so let’s not waste time playing grab ass and just get right to them.

Match #1: Willie Mack beat TJP, Trey and Jake Crist – Fatal Four Way Match

This was a fun, frenetic bit of wrestling that served as an appetizer to the card ahead.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5

Match #2: The North beat LAX and The Rascalz – Impact Tag Team Title Match

This was starting to get some-where, but it got cut off before it could do so.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: Eddie Edwards beat Killer Kross – First Blood Match

This was a good brawl that had some nice fighting in it, but it felt like a timid version of what should have been here, mainly a true Hardcore Match.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5

Match #4: Moose beat Rob Van Dam

Slow but good, this match had the right winner as RVD did his usual shtick to perfection, albeit a five times a slower speed. Moose did well and looked like a big star here. These two worked well together and made the most of their time together.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5

Match #5: Taya beat Rosemary, Su Yung and Havok – Monster’s Ball Match For The Impact Knockouts Title

This was a lot of weapons stunts, but psychology was out the window here. I felt like this was a bit cumbersome, but was still entertaining, nonetheless.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5

Match #6: Rich Swann beat Johnny Impact – Impact X-Division Title Match

These guys had a great one, through and through. Swann and Impact have a chemistry that works very well in terms of the physical part, but I could see this feud becoming a fabulous personal feud if they want it to. The big news about this match was that the spots were infused with the personality of each man to make an effective, thrilling prize fight that felt worthy of Pay Per View.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5

Match #7: Brian Cage beat Michael Elgin – Impact World Title Match

Imagine a tank picking a fight with Rush Limbaugh after he’s cleaned out an Old Country Buffet and you’ll have this match in spades. By the way, in my mind, that last sentence is my idea of entertainment. This was a mean, vicious, bruiser of a prize fight that made pain the name of the game. I rhymed three times. I’m so pleased/stupid. Cage and Elgin have so much chemistry it makes me want to smash that word into a million pieces so I never have to write it again. These guys were like two bongo drums being played by a goofy gorilla with a God-complex. I could explain that last one, but it’s so much more fun if I don’t. I felt like I got King Kong vs. Godzilla a year or two early with this match.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5

Match #8: (Main Event) Sami Callihan beat Tessa Blanchard

This turned out great. There’s a lot of people that don’t like seeing a woman kick a man’s ass/get beaten by a man, but I don’t care. I want the best and these two are among the very best. This turned into a Hardcore Match at some point, likely just through sheer will. This was as good a main event that has come to Impact this year and, in a just world, will lead to more matches like this.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5

News of The Night:

  1. Rhino (aka Rhyno) may have debuted by wearing a mask and attacking Michael Elgin.
  2. Michael Elgin attacked Brian Cage to continue their feud.

Final Verdict: 4/5

A solid under-card and a strong final act made this show a real winner.

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