26th Feb2020

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Feb 25th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…okay, this show kinda sucks. It’ll make you long for the Hulk Hogan era of TNA. Yeah, that’s sad, but probably the case. Okay, Gut-Check is back and it’s horrible.


Match #1: Daga def. Rob Van Dam (Count-Out)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Daga hits a slingshot crossbody to the outside. RVD sends Daga into the apron, followed by a powerslam on the floor to gain control. RVD hangs up Daga on the ropes, then connects with a kick off the top rope. Katie is furious at ringside as people continue to say rude things to her on the internet. RVD tries to persuade her not to care what they say. Katie heads to the back. RVD attempts the monkey flip but Daga cuts him off with a dropkick. RVD leaves to go find Katie, getting counted out in the process.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was slow, but good. RVD isn’t the fast-as-hell fighter he once was. I bet if he modified his fighting stance to a martial arts one and just focused on tight clinches and submissions, he might be able to build-up enough speed to wrestle faster. Daga was the star here, but that’s not a surprise. Daga is younger and faster and was able to pick up the slack that RVD was not able to carry. Make no mistake, however, with RVD’s performance here. Both men did a good job and showed potential for a feud between the two down the road. Over-all, this was not bad.

Match #2: Rohit Raju w/ Shera & Gama Singh def. Wentz w/ Dez & Trey

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Wentz gains momentum with a release German suplex. Rohit hits a running knee to turn things around. Shera is about to attack Wentz on the outside when his fellow Rascalz come to his aid. Rohit attempts at dive but Wentz cuts him off and hangs him up on the middle rope. Wentz connects with a modified face plant for two. Shera distracts Wentz from ringside, allowing Rohit to hit the Flatliner for a near fall. Shera get on the apron but the Rascalz pull him down to the floor. Rohit avoids a Swanton and hits his signature double foot stomp to win.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This wasn’t that great, but it…some-times things are just dull. It’s nothing against these guys, but this just never really got going…like this review. Holy s—. This is a boring review. What do you call a monkey licking its ass? Every president in the history of the U.S.A. There, that’s better.

Match #3: Jordynne Grace def. Miranda Alize w/ Madison Rayne – Knockouts Championship Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Alize hits a tilt-a-whirl head scissors, followed by a Hurricanrana to take control in the early going. Grace begins to build momentum with a snap suplex, followed by running strikes in the corner. Grace attempts the Grace Driver but Alize fights out of it. Alize connects with a cutter for two. Grace counters a swinging neckbreaker into the Grace Driver to win.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a step below some of Grace’s best, but this will suffice, for now. Ooh…look at the big man and his words, huh? Suffice? I must be really compensating for some-thing today. Keep in mind, I thought both of them looked good here, but Grace has been in better matches than this.

Match #4: Eddie Edwards def. Michael Elgin – Match 4 in Best of 5 Series (Elgin 2, Eddie 2)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Eddie hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Elgin delivers a strong forearm shot, knocking Eddie down to the mat. Eddie hits a thunderous Superplex from the top rope. Elgin hits a superkick, followed by a German suplex. Eddie comes right back with a German suplex of his own. Eddie connects with a sit-down Tiger Bomb. Elgin avoids a Moonsault attempt, allowing Elgin to capitalize with a discus clothesline. Eddie gets Elgin in a pinning predicament to score the pin and the win.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was pretty good, but since this was taped at Pro Wrestling Revolver, it looked like s—. I mean, it didn’t look terrible, but this was a far cry from the old production values. The match was good, make no mistake, but it lacked the oomph of some of the other matches between these two. I wish this would have been a more technical match, but I’ll settle for the two of these guys clobbering each other.

Match #5: (Main Event) Tessa Blanchard def. Ace Austin (Disqualification) – X-Division Championship Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Tessa is on fire in the early going. Tessa hits a Magnum out of the corner for a two count. Ace gains control with a vicious backbreaker. Ace begins to wear down Tessa with a series of moves. Tessa attempts the Buzzsaw but Ace overpowers her into a counter. Ace goes for The Fold but this time it’s Tessa who counters into a tornado DDT. Out of nowhere, Taya Valkyrie attacks Tessa to cause the disqualification.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was good, but it was more like a ten minute chore that I didn’t mind doing. I’m just heaping on the praise, aren’t I? The usual chemistry between two talented people was on display here, but I think we were on house show mode from the start. There’s some good moves here and I didn’t have a bad time, but I didn’t go wild over this either. Jesus, what side of who’s bed did I wake-up wrong on?

News Of The Night:

  1. Johnny Swinger and Disco Inferno have formed a tag team.
  2. Rob Van Dam and Joey Ryan are teased to be forming a faction.
  3. Taya Valkyrie attacked Tessa Blanchard at the end of the show.
  4. Scott D’amore and John E Bravo hosted the return of Gut Check and made fools out of themselves (never-gonnas talking s— to not-yets has never worked before and it ain’t gonna now) by focusing on out-dated advice that, in this day and age, exposes the business (you got-up in the wrong direction).
  5. Petey Williams and Moose have set-up a rivalry over who has accomplished more.
  6. oVe is teasing getting a new leader.
  7. ICU is being teased as Sami Callihan’s next step.
  8. Su Yung and Havoc fight each other in a No Disqualification Match, next week.
  9. The North fights TJP & Bahh, next week.
  10. Petey Williams fights Moose, next week.

Final Verdict: 2.8/5

This was a weak show that survived on most of the matches being bare-minimum good and nothing more. Okay, I’m gonna take my bad attitude and f— off.


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