15th Jan2020

‘Impact Wrestling: Bash at the Brewery 2’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling’s Bash at the Brewery 2, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we’ve got the calm before the Tessa Blanchard storm, so don’t forget to wear your “don’t call me n—–“ rain-poncho. Hey, she’s the one who is the racist. Okay, we’ve got a good night of action to get to, so let’s rocket like a wocket in a pocket with its cocket in a socket.

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Match #1: Ace Austin def. Wentz

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Wentz tweaks his knee in the early going. Wentz is about to fly to the outside but Ace rushes back in the ring and cuts him off. Ace continues to wear down the knee until Wentz builds momentum with a German suplex. Wentz hit a double foot stomp for a two count. Wentz spikes Ace on the top of his head but Ace somehow kicks out. Wentz buckles his knee, allowing Ace to capitalize with The Fold to win.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This worked out pretty well, but it wasn’t quite the big hit you’d hope for from the X-Division Champion.

Match #2: Kiera Hogan def. Christi Jaynes – RCW Women’s Championship Match

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Champions collide in this next matchup with the RCW Women’s Championship on the line. Christi hits a sunset flip powerbomb for an early near fall. Kiera is perched on the top but Christi takes her to the floor with a step up Enzuigiri. Kiera cuts off Christi as she’s about to fly and slams her face first into the ring apron. Kiera connects with a tornado DDT. Christi hits a Moonsault off the second rope for another near fall. Kiera hits a swinging neckbreaker to win the match and retain the RCW Women’s Title.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was a decent match that had the right winner, but I wouldn’t go looking for the match of the year here.

Match #3: Fallah Bahh def. Kongo Kong – RCW Heavyweight Championship Match

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Brace yourself as these giants collide for the RCW Heavyweight Championship. Kong jump-starts the match by attacking Fallah from behind. Fallah hits a huge running crossbody to gain control. Fallah is about to fly but Kong’s manager Brandon Oliver trips him up. Kong takes advantage of the distraction as they brawl around the ringside area. Fallah attempts a Samoan Drop but collapses under the weight of Kong. Fallah shows his strength with a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Fallah goes for the Samoan Drop again but this time, Kong counters into a crucifix pin for two. Fallah finally hits the Samoan Drop successfully to pick up the win and retain the RCW Heavyweight Championship.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was a good battle of the baked potatoes. Don’t go looking for the next Undertaker/Kane fight here, but this showed some promise as a potential bout to go back to later on.

Match #4: Michael Elgin def. Joey Ryan

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Joey tries to get Elgin to touch it in the early stages of the match. Joey hits a Hurricanrana. Elgin is about to put Joey’s lollipop in his trunks when Joey kicks it out his hands and rolls him up for a two count. Joey reverses a piledriver attempt into a back body drop. Joey takes Elgin off his feet with a series of clotheslines, followed by an impressive throw. Joey dives through the ropes, taking out Elgin on the floor. Joey finally gets Elgin to touch it but that just angers Elgin as he hits Joey with a thunderous Falcon Arrow. Joey puts his lollipop in Elgin’s mouth, followed by a superkick for a very close near fall. Elgin puts Joey away with the Elgin Bomb in the middle of the ring.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – The dick stuff Ryan does cuts off the rhythm of the match, but his ability as a wrestler otherwise is still outstanding. This match was excellent when it wasn’t a Pornhub commercial.

Match #5: Rhino def. Shera (Disqualification)

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Shera looks to score one of the biggest wins of his career when he steps into the ring with Rhino right now. Neither man can get the other off his feet as they collide in the middle of the ring. Rhino gains the upperhand with a vicious shoulder block, sending Shera to the outside. Shera ducks a clothesline, causing Rhino to wrap his arm around the steel ring post. Shera begins to wear down Rhino’s arm. Rhino is setting up for the Gore when his Hard To Kill opponent Moose attacks him from ringside.

My Opinion: 1.7 out of 5 – I liked Rhino here, but Shera just doesn’t have enough skill to be in the ring yet.

Match #6: Rob Van Dam w/ Katie Forbes def. Eddie Edwards

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RVD and Eddie Edwards compete for the first time ever tonight at Bash at the Brewery 2. RVD offers Eddie a handshake but Eddie doesn’t buy it. Eddie rolls up RVD and almost scores the quick win. Katie distracts Eddie from ringside, allowing RVD to regain control by sending Eddie into the steel ring post. Katie picks the leg of Eddie and RVD clobbers him with a spin kick, followed by Rolling Thunder. RVD hangs up Eddie in the Tree of Woe but instead of capitalizing, RVD heads underneath the ring with Katie Forbes. When RVD emerges, Eddie dropkicks a steel chair into his face. Katie tries to get involved once again but this time, Alisha Edwards comes down to ringside and stops her. RVD hits Eddie with the Van Damninator to win off the distraction.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – Why can’t they just let RVD wrestle? Why is he doing heel bull-s—? RVD is slower, but he can still wrestle fine. I’ve seen him do it. This was a 3 because what wrestling they did do worked out fine, but this just disappointed.

Match #7: The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) def. The Rascalz (Dez & Trey)

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The Rascalz look to move up the ranks of the tag team division when they battle The reigning Tag Team Champions The North next. The North wear down Dez, cutting off the ring and preventing him from getting the tag to Trey. Dez eventually turns it around and tags in Trey who’s on fire ahead of his X-Division Title match against Ace Austin this Sunday at Hard To Kill. Dez takes out Page on the floor with a dive. The North regain control with a huge double team modified spinebuster for a two count. Trey takes Alexander off the top rope with a sick Hurricanrana, followed by a double X19 from him and Dez. Alexander catches Dez in mid-air after a Final Flash attempt. Page puts Dez away with a vicious Spinebuster.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This worked out quite well, but this still felt a bit off, for what-ever reason. That being said, this match was easy viewing and that counts for some-thing.

Match #8: Jordynne Grace def. Taya Valkyrie w/ John E Bravo – Brewery Brawl Match

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A brewery brawl means there are no disqualifications, no countouts and anything goes. Before the match begins, John E Bravo is ejected from ringside. Jordynne calls for the fans to give her steel chairs as she tosses them into the ring. Taya escapes and trips Jordynne with an extension cord. Taya hits Jordynne over the head with a garbage can. Taya charges at Jordynne but she sidesteps, causing Taya to crash into a sea of steel chairs. Jordynne sends Taya into the fans in the front row. Taya drives Jordynne face first into a steel chair for a two count. Both women engage in a drinking contest as they chug Freetail Brewery beer. Jordynne hits the Grace Driver but Taya kicks out at two. John E Bravo makes his way back to ringside. Grace hits a splash, driving a steel chair into Taya but Bravo pulls out the referee before he can count three. Jordynne connects with another Grace Driver to pin the Knockouts Champion.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a good brawl, with all of the indy circuit spots to make this feel more intimate (maybe at the expense of its quality). Grace winning was the right way to go and sets her up as a contender for future matches.

Match #9: (Main Event) Sami Callihan & oVe (Madman Fulton, Jake & Dave Crist) def. Tessa Blanchard, Brian Cage, Rich Swann & Willie Mack – 8 Person Elimination Tag Match

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Two nights away from their historic World Championship match at Hard To Kill, Sami Callihan and Tessa Blanchard captain teams for an 8 person elimination tag. Cage shows off his impressive strength when he hits a delayed vertical suplex on Fulton. Chaos erupts as all 8 competitors get involved. Team Tessa has the advantage after they clear the ring. Swann goes for a rolling frog splash but Callihan gets his knees up to gain control. Swann injures his leg, effectively eliminating him from the match. Tessa hits Jake with a Tornado DDT to build momentum. Mack goes on the attack as he hits a Standing Moonsault on Callihan. Willie flies over the top rope, crashing into oVe on the floor. Cage hits Dave with a suplex over the top rope into everyone on the outside. Tessa hits Jake with a cutter. Willie connects with a Stunner on Fulton. Callihan hits Willie with a low blow behind the referees back, followed by the Cactus Special 97 piledriver. Tessa and Callihan brawl to the back, eliminating both of them by countout. Cage hits Dave with a Drill Claw for the elimination. It is now 2-2 as Cage and Willie take on Fulton and Jake. Fulton hits Cage with a diving headbutt off the second rope to eliminate him. Willie is now on his own and falls victim to the numbers game. Willie hits Jake with a Stunner for the elimination, evening the odds in the process. Fulton quickly takes advantage and puts Willie away for the final elimination, awarding the match to oVe.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was a strong main event that had most of the action for the whole card. You could skip the whole show and cut straight to this and you’d be fine. Every-body kept the pace up and really went full-tilt boogie on each other like George Clooney was taking his pants off. I’m not sure that Fulton winning was the best way to go, but it was a win he needed, so there you go.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

This was a decent show that didn’t really get going until the main event, although the Elgin/Ryan match was quite good.

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