13th Nov2019

‘Impact Wrestling: Over Drive’ Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling’s Over Drive, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have another random show that probably won’t do squat to make you care about the once-proud Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling. That’s a shame, because TNA used to be number two in wrestling. I hope this is good/it’s gonna suck/Han Solo’s last name is really stupid.

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Match #1: The North defeated Cylar Andrews and Sam Adams

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – The North were good here, but this was a Forrest Gump kinda thing. Life is like a box of chocolates and I like chicken wings.

Match #2: Clutch Adams defeated Blk Jeez, Evander James, Façade and DeSean Pratt – 5-Way Dance For The PPW Title

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – Jeez and Façade were the thing to take away from this match. How has neither man been able to get a major contract yet? Everyone tried here, like a Disney Star Wars movie not made by Rian Johnson.

Match #3: Willie Mack defeated Mahabali Shera

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – Willie did some cool stuff, but Shera looked like he had a heart attack when they rung the bell. One man can wrestle and the other man can’t.

Match #4: Jordynne Grace & Tenille Dashwood defeated Havok & Allie Recks

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was a decent ball of wax that even Vincent Price wouldn’t mind rubbing on his nippily face. Grace and Tenille were fine here, but the match was just so-so.

Match #5: Ace Austin defeated Fallah Bahh

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – There’s nothing bad here, but this match deserved more promotion behind it. Both guys have very interesting personalities, but that was lost on this match.

Match #6: Taya Valkyrie defeated Madison Rayne

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was by-the-book, but the book was a fun read.

Match #7: Rich Swann defeated Jake Crist

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – The right guy won a match that was pretty fun and the best thing so far.

Match #8: Eddie Edwards defeated Brian Cage, Michael Elgin and Moose – Triple Threat Match

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a good mixture of styles and a fun mash-up of moves being fired off like Vince’s video game style of wrestling. Any guy could have won here, so it was nice to see Eddie win, but having the most recent champion lose felt like a bad idea.

Match #9: (Main Event) Sami Callihan defeated Rhino – Street Fight Match

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a strong stipulation match that offered a hard-hitting fight that was easy to watch. For all the talk of how Rhino sucks and is practically worthless, he always seems to be one of the most consistent fighters in the sport. Maybe it’s because Rhino isn’t pandering to children? Then again, Sami couldn’t pander to any-one (and he’s tried a couple of times). I suppose a good way to look at this match is as a case of two guys of a certain kind working together to make the fight scenes from Road House popular again.

Final Verdict: 3.2/5

This was a decent show that needed some some-thing to make it great, but that just wasn’t available for what-ever reason.

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