16th Dec2019

‘Impact Wrestling: Motown Showdown 2019’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling’s Motown Showdown 2019, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some big matches here to get to, so let’s not waste any time with talking about anything else.


Match #1: Ace Austin defeated Dez – X-Division Title Match

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This turned out to be a very clear, concise match that had plenty of action that made this a worthy opener. Ace is quickly becoming a great champion and if he can have a few more big title defenses like this one he’ll be on his way to becoming a top draw.

Match #2: Larry D defeated Jamal King

My Opinion: 1.4 out of 5 – This was not much of a match in the way you would hope from a signature show, but Larry D looked good in his first official roster bout.

Match #3: Desi Hit Squad defeated The Rascalz

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – Apart from the wrong team winning, this was a solid match that kept the pace up for the duration of the fight.

Match #4: N8 Mattson defeated Idris Abraham

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – This was nothing special, but not for a lack of trying. N8 and Idris couldn’t quite get the match to do much else besides get from point A to point B, but at least it got from point to point at all.

Match #5: Eddie Edwards defeated Madman Fulton (Disqualification)

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – This was far too short to be the real deal, but at least Eddie won, albeit it with a DQ.

Match #6: Rich Swann, Willie Mack and Eddie Edwards defeated oVe

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was a fabulous match that had lots of exciting wrestling and that went a long time. This felt like a Pay Per View fight from bell to bell and didn’t take any shortcuts to make the fight what it was supposed to be. Think of this like guilt-free pizza-binging on Saturday night, because it was just too good to stop at one. What the hell was that supposed to mean? Who would feel bad about pizza on Saturday night? I’m an idiot.

Match #7: Madison Rayne & Havok defeated Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was a nice, warm plate of meat and potatoes with a dab of country gravy melted on top.

Match #8: Michael Elgin defeated Brian Cage

My Opinion: 4.6 out of 5 – This was the good s—. When you talk about PPV, this is the kind of thing you mean. This was like watching a tank hit ramming speed head-first into a bullet train gone thundering off the rails like the fires of Hell erupting in a blaze. These two are one of the best feuds of the year. Dave Meltzer has got to throw these two a bone when he does his yearly awards for 2019. You can’t go wrong with this match.

Match #9: (Main Event) Sami Callihan defeated Rhino – Street Fight Match For The Impact World Title

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was quite good, but it couldn’t beat the Elgin/Cage match. Rhino can still wrestle quite well, which makes Sami’s job much easier when it comes to carrying him. This was more of a homogenized hardcore than a real HARDCORE, but worked as well as it normally does and even had some of the sick s— that makes these matches a draw in many markets (not Whole Foods). These guys had a fine brawl and they seemed satisfied with the result they got for their hard work. I liked this and I’m happy with this good main event.

Final Verdict: 3.6/5

For delivering a 4.6 with a couple of higher threes, I’ll give this a 3.6. This had a good atmosphere to it as well, which is more than any league has had this week.


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