05th Aug2019

‘Impact Wrestling: Unbreakable’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling’s Unbreakable event, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have several big matches here to cover, so let’s jump right into this before I knock a vase over and prove the title wrong.

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Match #1: Ray Rosas & Peter Avalon defeated Chris Bey & Watts

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a pretty good match that had enough quick action to make this chunk of time fly by, but not stick around in your memory. Every-body here performed well, but it all seemed like this entire match was only booked to fill time, which is a shame given the talent involved. Hey, at least these guys got on Pay Per View.

Match #2: Jake Crist defeated Trey, Ace Austin, Danny Rivera and Adrian Quest – X-Division Title Match

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Like many of the X-Division matches, this was mostly a spot-fest, but it was a good one, for what it was. Crist makes for a solid champion and has room to improve in that regard, but Ace just feels like a much better choice. That being said, this was a good case for Crist being champion, because he wrestled like a champion and made each of his contenders look capable of winning the title.

Match #3: Madison Rayne defeated Aoka Muhara

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This wasn’t very much, but they tried.

Match #4: Michael Elgin defeated Eddie Edwards

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was a great match that had all sorts of great wrestling happening every step of the way. These two have plenty of chemistry together and ought to be booked against each other a lot more often. Eddie matched Elgin in the “bat-$#!@ crazy” department, but that’s a good thing when the match is as intense as it was. This had the right length and felt like a PPV match the whole way through. Over-all, this was exactly what Impact should be booking for a big wrestling card.

Match #5: Scott Steiner, Petey Williams and Jordynne Grace defeated Gentleman Jervis, Ryan Taylor and Dicky Meyer – Six-Wrestler Tag Team Match

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was all about Steiner, Petey and Grace smashing the new guys to death as much as possible. It’s Scott Steiner and his Amazing Friends. That means Scott Steiner works for the Daily Bugle. There you go people from the 80s…enjoy the joke…even though it’s not very funny. This was a guilt-free sort of match that was like empty calories you can burn off easily with an hour at the gym.

Match #6: Havok defeated Taya Valkyrie

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was just enough to feel like a match, but it was a dull match at best.

Match #7: Rhino defeated Moose

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Rhino should not have won here, but he had to, since it was his return to Impact. This was not as good as it could have been, but that happens when two people have not wrestled each other enough to establish a real rhythm. I don’t know half as much about this stuff as I pretend to, but the illusion is all I have. I’m glad Rhino is getting another chance to get over, but it should not have come at Moose’s expense.

Match #8: The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) defeated Reno Scum and Rich Swann & Willie Mack – Impact Wrestling Tag Team Titles Match

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match that had on team too many involved, but it worked for what it was. This had enough time to make a good impression, but this kind of reminded me of those WWF Tag Title match from 2001, where you’d always have a thousand teams wrestling each other at the same time.

Match #9: (Main Event) Sami Callihan defeated Tessa Blanchard

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This made for a great main event filled with sound, logical, thrilling wrestling that had all it needed to be the match these two deserved. Sami felt more like the old Sami from several years ago, who focused on being a great technician, but still managed to pump his performances full of life. Tessa was great and is definitely one of the best candidates to be a World Champion in any league, which she proves here. Tessa sold like a young Dusty Rhodes in this match (I still don’t know what I’m talking about). I thought this was great and it was the right main event.

News Of The Night:

Tommy Dreamer put over Tessa Blanchard to close the show.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a fine show that got its high marks from the two 4 star matches and having a solid card, overall.

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