12th Aug2019

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Aug 9th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s review of Impact Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a few big matches to get to, so let’s get to them before the guy in the first row falls asleep.

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Match #1: Jake Crist def. Aiden Prince – X-Division Championship Match

The following is courtesy of impactwresting.com:

Jake hits a series of superkicks in the early going. Aiden attempts a 450 Splash but Jake gets his knees up. Aiden connects with a reverse Hurricanrana for a two count! Jake cuts off Aiden in mid-air with a superkick on the floor. Aiden hits a Brainbuster, followed by the 450 Splash for a near fall! Aiden goes back up to the top but Jake hits him with the Cutter to win!

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a good prize fight that didn’t quite stand with the best X-Title fights in history, but it got the job done and will likely have enticed at least one new person to be excited by the division.

Match #2: Ace Austin def. Eddie Edwards (Disqualification)

The following is courtesy of impactwresting.com:

Ace and Eddie brawl on the outside. Ace gains the advantage with a kick from the apron. Eddie connects with a big dive through the ropes to the floor. Ace distracts the referee, allowing him to hit Eddie with his magicians baton! Somehow, Eddie kicks out at two! Ace gives Eddie a sick paper cut! Ace attempts The Fold but Eddie counters into a powerbomb. Ace tries to get in the head of Eddie Edwards, asking him “what would Alisha think?”. Eddie goes off the deep end and relentlessly attacks Ace, causing the disqualification!

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was trying to get some-where, but Eddie’s psycho gimmick kept him from being the wrestler he is, which is one of the best. Eddie has been turned into the Dean Ambrose of Impact, while Dean has escaped prison and become the Jon Moxley he always wanted. Ace got to wrestles, until he was forced to do the Alisha spot and open the flood gate for ruining the match. This tried, but got booked into oblivion.

Match #3: Madison Rayne def. Alexia Nicole

The following is courtesy of impactwresting.com:

Kiera Hogan joins Josh Mathews and Don Callis on commentary to watch her frenemy, Madison Rayne in action. Alexia hits running double knees in the early going. Madison locks in the Koji Clutch but Alexia repeatedly rams her into the corner to break it up. Alexia hits a backstabber for a two count. Madison connects with the Ripcord Cutter, followed by CrossRayne to win.

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 –Rayne tried, but she couldn’t get Alexia to perform well. The parts where Rayne was in charge worked, but the reverse just didn’t cut the mustard. Overall, Alexia needs a lot of work before she comes back on TV.

Match #4: Taya Valkyrie w/ John E Bravo vs. Havok – Knockouts Championship Match (No Contest)

The following is courtesy of impactwresting.com:

Taya hits her signature running double knees on the ropes. Havok counters a Hurricanrana attempt into a sit-down powerbomb! Havok hits a thunderous Chokeslam when Su Yung’s music hits! Su stares down Havok in the middle of the ring as Taya escapes.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was good for what it was, but this all just felt like a commercial for something else, which is the opposite of what a prize fight is supposed to feel like.

Match #5: Stone Rockwell vs. Nate Madsen (No Contest)

The following is courtesy of impactwresting.com:

Madsen attempts a top rope crossbody but Rockwell catches him and hits a backbreaker. The returning Rhino appears in the corner and hits Madsen with a huge Gore!

My Opinion: 0.5 out of 5 – This sucked. Trust me. It sucked. No action worth watching or character stuff worth remembering.

Match #6: (Main Event) The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) def. LAX (Ortiz & Daga) w/ Konnan – Impact Tag Team Championship Match

The following is courtesy of impactwresting.com:

Daga flips over the top rope, crashing into The North on the floor. The North hit a unique double team DDT on Daga to regain control. Page and Alexander continue to wear down Daga. He eventually turns it around with a German suplex on Page, allowing him to get the hot tag to Ortiz! Ortiz hits Alexander with a tornado DDT. LAX hit a double team Death Valley Driver into standing Moonsault on Alexander for a two count! Page hits Daga with an elbow drop off the top for a near fall! The North hit their unique double team offense on Ortiz to put him away and retain the Tag Team Championships!

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was excellent, considering that this featured new partners and shorter time limit. The action was fast and crisp, like a Smurf deep-fried in lard. Yeah, I think I don’t know what the hell that means either. The tag team division continues to deliver the goods in the league, like Red Riding Hood in a Range Rover. Before I make another stupid analogy, let me just say that this is a fine main event that you’ll probably enjoy.

News Of The Night:

  1. Su Yung attacked Havok and Taya Valkyrie.
  2. Ace Austin bragged he was going to bang Eddie Edwards’s wife after Eddie yelled at her.
  3. The Desi Hit Squad fights The Deaners next week, with the losers becoming the winner’s servants.
  4. Sami Callihan & Dave Crist fight Tessa Blanchard & Tommy Dreamer, next week.
  5. Fallah Bahh fights Moose, next week.
  6. Rob Van Dam, Rich Swann & Willie Mack fight The Rascalz, next week.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

The wrestling was good, but the booking undermined every-thing at every turn.

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