15th Apr2020

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (April 14th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Mike Jackson, baby. Who’s Mike Jackson? This is Mike Jackson. And this. And this. And also this. That’s right…screw the rest of the show! Mike Jackson…f— yeah!

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Match #1: Johnny Swinger def. Mike Jackson

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Jackson takes control in the early going and shocks the world with a Hurricanrana, followed by a dive to the outside. Jackson hits a single-arm DDT. Jackson goes old school as he climbs the ropes and walks Swinger all the way around the ring before hitting him with a clubbing blow. Swinger attempts a double ax-handle off the top but Jackson cuts him off with a shot to the gut. Jackson takes his straps down, signifying the beginning of the end. Swinger quickly gets Jackson into a pinning predicament and puts his feet on the ropes for leverage to steal the victory.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Mike Jackson is a tenured pro who, if I read correctly, once challenged Ric Flair for the NWA World Title back in 1986. At the age of 70, he gets in the ring with a frequent opponent of his in Johnny Swinger and gets to make what I’ve come to understand is his first major appearance since a World Championship Wrestling match in 1991. Well…Mike kicked ass here. Swinger is no great grappler, but Mike, despite his age, can still fight like he’s a young man. Mike took the bumps, did the big hip toss, dived through the rope to the outside and even went Old School around the whole top rope of the ring. Bring this “Action” Mike Jackson back and give him a push, you bastard.

Match #2: TJP & Fallah Bahh def. Rascalz (Dez & Wentz), XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D) & Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe & Luster the Legend) – Four-Way Tag Team Match

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The first pinfall or submission will decide this matchup. Two competitors are legal at any time and you can tag anyone, not just your own partner. Dez catapults Thornstowe into a superkick and double foot stomp from Wentz. Dez hits a handspring Pele on Fallah. XXXL sandwich Luster in the middle of the ring. Larry D and Acey soar through the air, crashing into their opponents on the floor. Fallah takes out Thornstowe with a Samoan Drop, followed by the Kobe Splash from TJP to win.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This was a fun cluster-f—. Everybody gave a good performance here and got their stuff in, so at least something was accomplished…kinda. TJP winning a match in 2020 doesn’t hurt my feelings one little bit.

Match #3: Hernandez def. Rohit Raju w/ Gama Singh

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Rohit jumps off the second rope but Hernandez catches him in mid-air. Rohit fights off a powerbomb attempt but gets caught with a Pounce instead. Hernandez connects with a huge Border Toss to score the victory.

My Opinion: 1.4 out of 5 – This was a squash. Raju probably should have won here, but would anyone pay to see a no-name beat a known name that should never have left the league that made his career?

Match #4: Ace Austin def. Trey

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The fight spills out to the floor where Ace drops Trey head-first onto the apron. Ace wears down Trey as he slows the pace of the match down. Trey begins to fight back with an explosive neckbreaker. Ace connects with a spinning springboard kick. Trey avoids The Fold, allowing him to connect with the Cheeky Nandos Kick in the corner. Ace rolls up Trey with a hold of the tights to win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun clash of two old foes. I’d love to see this get extended into a longer series of matches, but they’ve already had a brief feud, so Callis/D’Amore might be done with that pairing for business of that kind. Did I just say business? That’s what you came for…business talk. Well, the action was real good, so there you go.

Match #5: (Main Event) Tenille Dashwood def. Taya Valkyrie w/ John E Bravo

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Tenille Dashwood returns to the ring tonight. Tenille takes control in the early going as she dives off the apron, crashing into Taya on the floor. Tenille heads to the top rope but Bravo trips her behind the referee’s back. Taya capitalizes with a big Superplex. Bravo’s involvement continues as he chokes Tenille on the ropes while Taya distracts the referee. Taya connects with her signature running knees in the corner. Taya hits Road to Valhalla but Tenille grabs the bottom rope to break the count. Bravo gives Taya a steel chair but the referee pries it out of her hands. Tenille pins Taya with a sunset flip out of nowhere to win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – I enjoyed this match. Smart wrestling will always have a place in my book and since this match is all about smart wrestling, then I could give a whole passage to this one bout. Tenille is one of those journeyman types that will have a career like Jerry Lynn, in that she will appreciated more as time goes on, rather than getting praised now. Taya is a great star and that shows through here, but never at Tenille’s expense. In any case, this was a strong match that offered plenty of tough, brisk wrestling action.

News Of The Night:

  1. Sami Callihan and Ken Shamrock had their contract signing Sami did the hacker thing to screw with Ken.
  2. Madison Rayne had two guests (Johnny Swinger and Kylie Rae) on her new talk show.
  3. Rebellion will be a two week event with several matches happening next week:
    Sami Callihan vs. Ken Shamrock
    Kylie Rae vs. Kiera Hogan
    Willie Mack vs. Ace Austin – X-Division Title
    oVe vs. Tommy Dreamer and Rhino
  4. Rob Van Dam did another horny promo with his girlfriend in the Jacuzzi.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was okay, with Mike Jackson and the main event as the best things on this show…easily.

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