22nd Jul2019

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (July 18th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s review of Impact Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the Mash-Up Tournament this week, which is some-thing like the Lethal Lottery of World Championship Wrestling fame. The winner of this tournament gets a title shot, I think. This feels like something Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling used to do and got insulted for (most of the things, actually). Okay, it’s time to find out if we have a good one on our hands or not.

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Match #1: Moose & Eddie Edwards def. Rohit Raju & Cody Deaner – Mash-Up Tournament 1st Round Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Cody hits the ropes but Moose hits him in the back with a knee. Cody knocks Moose off the apron but the distraction allows Eddie to gain control with a belly-to-belly suplex on Cody. Moose and Eddie are working together well in the early going as they hit a flurry of double team offense on Rohit! Cody is about to GIVE’R when Rohit steals his hat! Moose takes advantage of them arguing and hits Rohit with a big kick! Eddie follows up with the Boston Knee Party to win and advance to the finals!

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – Well, at least Eddie and Moose won the match. This wasn’t very much, but it gave the right to people the victory, so there’s that.

Match #2: Jake Crist & Wentz def. X-Division Champion Rich Swann & Madman Fulton – Mash-Up Tournament 1st Round Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Wentz attempts a springboard but Fulton cuts him off in mid-air with a shoulder tackle. Jake takes out Rich with a series of superkicks! Rich is about to tag in Fulton when Jake pulls him back to their side of the ring. Rich turns it around with a handspring cutter to Jake! Fulton kicks Wentz off the apron. It looks likes he’s about to take out his fellow oVe member Jake Crist but Jake instructs him not to! Fulton ends up attacking his own tag team partner, Rich Swann! Fulton hits him with multiple chokeslams. Jake follows up with a Fisherman’s Buster on Rich to win and advance to the finals!

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – There was a heel turn in here by the oVe guys, but that was almost a must considering Swann was in here as well. The match was standard fare for some-thing decent but dull. I know. What a boring show so far.

Match #3: Michael Elgin & Willie Mack def. Ace Austin & Stone Rockwell – Mash-Up Tournament 1st Round Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Ace and Stone aren’t getting along in the early going. Stone wants to be tagged in but Ace refuses and throws a card in his face. Willie hits Ace with a standing Moonsault! Elgin takes control with a big Enzuigiri to Ace. Stone is playing to the crowd as Ace tags him in from behind. Elgin attempts to suplex Stone but he counters into a vertical suplex of his own! Elgin connects with an Elgin Bomb on Stone to win.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was yet another dull match that was neither bad nor good.

Match #4: Sami Callihan & Tessa Blanchard def. Dave Crist & Trey – Mash-Up Tournament 1st Round Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Callihan hits Dave with the Finger Poke of Doom but Trey isn’t going to let it end that way! In a bizarre turn of events, Tessa hits Dave with a superkick while Trey does the same to Callihan but they’re not partners! Trey flies over the top rope, crashing into Callihan and Dave on the outside. Tessa wants to be tagged into the match but Callihan refuses and gives her the middle finger. Callihan bodyslams Tessa on top of Trey for an inadvertent double-team move! Tessa returns the favor and does the same the Callihan! Trey attempts a top rope double foot stomp but Callihan avoids it and tags in Tessa. Tessa goes on the attack, hitting Dave with a cutter. Tessa hits Trey with Magnum but tweaks her knee in the process! Callihan tags himself in and follows up with a piledriver on Trey to win!

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – If you were walking into this blind, you’d have no idea what was going on, because everybody spent the whole match just attacking everybody else. It was exciting, but it wasn’t a good match either.

Match #5: Havok def. Madison Rayne & Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie – Non-Title Triple Threat Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Taya and Madison look to take out Havok in the early going as they team up on her. John E Bravo distracts the referee, allowing Taya to deliver an eye poke to Havok. Havok picks up and slams both Taya and Madison in an incredible display of strength! Bravo pulls Taya out of the ring and retreats as Havok hits Madison with a vicious Tombstone Piledriver to win!

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was another dull match that got stuck with the triple threat rhythm, sadly. Rayne should have won here to solidify her heel turn, but that’s Don Callis/Scott D’Amore/who-ever is running the show for you.

Match #6: (Main Event) Sami Callihan & Tessa Blanchard def. Jake Crist & Wentz, Michael Elgin & Willie Mack, and Eddie Edwards & Moose – Mash-Up Tournament Finals Elimination Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Callihan uses the groin claw on Moose. Moose pokes Callihan in the eye and follows up with a DDT. The match breaks down in the early going as everyone brawls on the floor! Moose launches his partner Eddie over the top rope, crashing into everyone on the outside! Willie hits Eddie with the Pounce! Elgin takes out Eddie with the Elgin Bomb to score the pin and eliminate the team of Eddie and Moose. Wentz hits Elgin with a springboard corkscrew. Wentz follows up with a handspring attempt but Elgin catches him and connects with a powerslam. Jake Crist’s intentions become clear as he tags himself out of the match, making Callihan legal. Elgin takes out his own partner with a huge clothesline to Willie. Elgin leaves, abandoning his partner in the ring. This allows Callihan to pin Willie for the elimination. Wentz hits Callihan with a springboard cutter. Tessa hits Wentz with the Buzzsaw DDT. Jake hits Tessa with a Death Valley Driver. Callihan tells Jake to go along with the Finger Poke of Doom but Jake refuses! Jake rolls up Callihan for a near fall! Tessa hits Jake with Magnum to score the pin and the win! Tessa Blanchard and Sami Callihan have won the Mash-Up Tournament and will now face each other in a number one contender’s match, August 2nd at Unbreakable on IMPACT Plus!

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was fun enough to be better than the rest, but not by much. The action was nice and plentiful, but not any-thing you’d probably consider the best Impact has to offer. It’s a shame, but that’s Impact for you.

News Of The Night:

  1. Jimmy Jacobs is doing more work as an interviewer on this show.
  2. There is a continued tease of more inter-gender wrestling, with Ace Austin trying to get Madison Rayne to team with him in the tournament.
  3. Michael Elgin fights Brian Cage in a Street Fight (non-title), next week.
  4. The Unbreakable Pay Per View is making its return on August 2nd.

Final Verdict: 2/5

This was important only because there was a supposed title shot on the line. Why not have a more ambitious card instead of a cheap indy rip-off event that also traded in bad WCW ideas?

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