11th Mar2020

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (March 10th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the final match in the Best Of 5 Series between Eddie Edwards and Michael Elgin. It’s time to rock…and rolllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Match #1: Rhino def. Madman Fulton

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Before the match begins, the referee ejects the Crist brothers from ringside. Fulton chokes Rhino with his boot in the corner. Rhino tries to build momentum with a series of chops but Fulton shuts him down with a back elbow. Fulton charges but Rhino sidesteps, sending Fulton crashing into the turnbuckle. Fulton counters the Gore into a big boot for two. Rhino connects with the Gore to win.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Fulton’s okay, but Rhino is still far superior. Also, this was like watching molasses race a snail and a sloth to Sally Struther’s house for a night-cap. I’m glad Rhino won, but I would have rather seen Rhino fight Tessa for the World Title ahead of her next big title defense at Rebellion. All in all, this was a dull way to start the show, but at least Johnny Swinger wasn’t in here.

Match #2: Rascalz (Dez & Wentz) def. Desi Hit Squad (Rohit Raju & Shera) w/ Gama Singh

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Dez hits a top rope Moonsault on Rohit. Shera and Rohit double team Dez and begin to wear him down. Dez makes the tag to Wentz as he goes on the attack with a flurry of fast-paced offense. Shera puts a halt to their momentum by driving them both to the mat. Shera hits Dez with a Chokeslam, followed by a running knee from Rohit for a near fall. The Rascalz get Shera off his feet with double superkicks. Wentz hits Shera with a Swanton, Dez connects with a corkscrew and the Rascalz score the win.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – The Rascalz were excellent, but the match was…do you know what a used boot and Molly Ephraim…wait, Molly stays out of this. MMMMMMMM…Molly Ephraim…Duff Man likes hot lady! The Taliban sucked ass, as usual, so the stoners had to get blunt about this joint and smoke these guys one puff at a time until there wasn’t even a bud left. When all was said and done, this match was decent, but not a classic in any way.

Match #3: Jordynne Grace def. Lacey Ryan – Knockouts Championship Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Madison Rayne has handpicked Jordynne’s open challenge opponent for tonight. Lacey hits a powerful shoulder tackle in the early going. Jordynne sends Lacey flying off the top to the mat below. Lacey connects with a slingshot elbow for two. Jordynne hits running double knees in the corner, followed by her signature splash. Jordynne connects with the Muscle Buster but Lacey somehow kicks out before the count of three. Lacey soars with a Frog Splash from the top rope for yet another near fall. Jordynne puts Lacey away with the Grace Driver.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Grace was good here, but Ryan left something to be desired. This was more a showcase rather than a prize fight, but that’s Impact for you. Next time, if you’re gonna have a title fight, then promote it ahead of time, so we can have a chance to give a s— about the challenger.

Match #4: Willie Mack & Ace Austin def. Johnny Swinger & Glenn Gilbertti

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The referee confiscates Swinger’s brass knuckles before he can use them in the match. Mack quickly falls victim to the numbers game. Swinger distracts the referee, allowing Gilbertti to use a roll of quarters as a weapon. In a shocking turn of events, X-Division Champion Ace Austin gets up on the apron to even the odds for Mack. Ace gets the tag and goes on the attack. Willie hits Gilbertti with the Samoan Drop, followed by a standing Moonsault. Ace takes out Gilbertti with The Fold. Willie connects with the Six Star Frog Splash to win.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Well, at least the right team won.

Match #5: (Main Event) Michael Elgin vs. Eddie Edwards – Match 5 in Best of 5 Series (Draw)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The winner of this match will advance to Rebellion to challenge Tessa Blanchard for the World Championship. Both men exchange strong shots in the middle of the ring. Eddie gains the upper-hand with a snap belly-to-belly suplex. Elgin is perched on the top but Eddie sends him crashing to the mat with another suplex. Eddie connects with the Backpack Stunner for two. Elgin hits a thunderous top rope Dragon Suplex for a near fall. After numerous attempts at the move, Eddie almost puts Elgin away with the Tiger Driver. Elgin connects with a vicious Lariat. Elgin is in shock after Eddie kicks out of a spinning Elgin Bomb. Elgin inadvertently takes out the referee with a clothesline. Eddie hits the Boston Knee Party but after a second referee comes out to count, Elgin kicks out at two. Elgin locks in a submission while Eddie gets him in a pinning predicament. At the exact same time, Eddie scores the pin while Elgin forces him to tap out.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was another excellent match, but it was not as good as some of their other matches. The draw sucks, but that’s the way most bookers seem to do things now. Over-all, this was worth watching, but the series ended with a whimper, rather than a bang.

News Of The Night:

  1. The ICU hacker reveals themselves, next week.
  2. Willie Mack has been teased as Ace Austin’s next challenger for the X-Division.
  3. Su Yung had an impromptu Casket Match with Havoc and won…I think.
  4. Taya Valkyrie and Rosemary may be teaming-up to…do some-thing.
  5. Chris Sabin will be the referee for the King Of The Mountain World Title Match at the TNA reunion show.
  6. Tessa Blanchard will defend her World Title against Eddie Edwards and Michael Elgin at Rebellion.

Final Verdict: 2.9/5

This was…boring, with a slice of “a little bit fun”.

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