29th Jul2020

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (July 28th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and “Six Degrees Of Separation” is pissing me off. Bad writing and odd directing is not a good combo for a movie that needs to be believable, like how this show is gonna make some of you just as pissed off as I am right now. Hey, did you know Donald Trump is having people kidnapped for protesting racism and whatever else (there’s a bunch of rioters in there too)? Well, while you get your turtle-neck popcorn (IT’S REAL DAMN IT!), I’m gonna gear-up for pissing all over this thing…oh yeah.

Match #1: Eddie Edwards def. Trey Miguel – IMPACT World Championship Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Eddie Edwards vowed to be a fighting champion and in order to achieve that, he will defend his World Title every week in an open challenge. The first competitor to answer the open challenge tonight is Trey Miguel. Eddie tosses Trey across the ring with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Trey quickens the pace as he hits Eddie with a step-up kick in the corner. Trey connects with a split-legged Moonsault, targeting the knee of Eddie. Trey hits a low springboard cutter for two. Eddie goes for the Tiger Driver but Trey reverses into a pinning predicament for another near fall. Eddie connects with the Boston Knee Party to score the pin and retain the IMPACT World Title.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was sloppy, slow and a bit dull, but it still packed a wallop. This didn’t feel like a major prize fight, but there was more than enough wrestling here to keep this from being a failure. Eddie really needs to ditch this look he’s been working for a few years now, because it seems to be affecting the way he wrestles. Gone are the days when Eddie would use his technical prowess to keep the match together, because all he does now is move from kick to clothesline like any other Jack or Jill in this day and age. Trey worked hard and sold like crazy for Eddie, who, in his somewhat limited way, still cranked out a strong performance. I hate being so critical of things, but as good as this was, it could have been better…like my face after being hit by that truck. All in all, this was an excellent way to start the show.

Match #2: Deonna Purrazzo def. Kimber Lee

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

This match came about after Deonna Purrazzo and #1 contender Kylie Rae were involved in a physical altercation last week. Kimber Lee tried to break things up and ended up on the receiving end of a sucker punch from Deonna. Lee is on fire from the opening bell, bringing the fight to the champ with a flurry of strikes. Deonna retreats outside the ring to catch a breather. Lee tries to wear down Deonna with a series of submissions but Deonna is a submission specialist and turns the match around. Lee connects with step-up Enzuigiri for two. Lee almost puts Deonna away with a powerful German suplex. Deonna cranks the arm and locks in the Fujiwara Armbar, forcing Lee to submit.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – There was plenty of solid, firm ground wrestling here to keep this sucker from getting ahead of itself. It’s nice to see a match where things are kept simple, so they always remain effective. Lee worked over Deonna with the same passion that a gerbil in that giant robot from “Avatar” (not the bald one) would have in kicking a pet shop’s ass. Deonna did a very nice job looking like she could subvert any offensive maneuver that her opponent could muster. I liked this and I wish it had gone longer and was contested for the Knockout’s Title.

Match #3: (Main Event) The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) def. Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe & Luster the Legend)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The Good Brothers are in control in the early going, using their incredible double team offense to their advantage. Ace Austin appears and sits at the top of the ramp. The distraction allows Reno Scum to turn the tide as Thornstowe uses Luster’s head as battering ram. Reno Scum cut off the ring and wear Anderson down. Anderson gains momentum with a big Spinebuster to Thornstowe, allowing him to make the tag to Gallows. The Good Brothers connect with the Magic Killer on Thornstowe to win.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – The Good Brothers looked decent here, but not as accomplished as usual. Karl was wearing shorts for some reason (He likes the comforts?) and Doc didn’t even kiss the girl…SHANANANANANA!!!!!! As a main event, this was a match that came and went before it could really do much other than disappoint.

News Of The Night:

  1. Eric Young is chasing Eddie Edwards’s World Title.
  2. Wrestle House (hosted by Tommy Dreamer) debuted and had two matches, one with Acey Romero defeating Crazzy Steve for the right to sleep in a wrestling ring and the other with Cousin Jake defeating Cody Deaner so one could sleep in a bed.
  3. Rob Van Dam and Sami Callihan are feuding over Sami embarrassing RVD’s lover Katie Forbes when she tried to show her bikini pictures on TV.
  4. Jordynne Grace brawled with Deonna Purrazzo after revealing her arm was not actually broken.
  5. Brian Myers will debut, soon.
  6. Ken Shamrock said he’s taking some time off.
  7. Here are the matches for next week:
    Chris Bey and Rohit Raju vs. Fallah Baah and TJP
    Heath vs. Moose – TNA World Title Match
    Eddie Edwards vs. ??? – Impact World Title Match
  8. The Motor City Machine Guns will give an interview, next week.
  9. EC3 cut a promo about wanting to destroy his old run in Impact and make a better run of his second.
  10. Suicide got stoned while hanging out with The Rascalz.
  11. Rich Swann will cut a promo on his career, next week.
  12. The Good Brothers brawled with Ace Austin and Madman Fulton.
  13. The North are upset about losing the Impact World Tag Titles.

Final Verdict: 2.9/5

It’s times like this when me not having been able to raise the money to buy Impact back in 2014 really depresses me. This show had way too much comedy for my taste, but the opener was quite good, all things considered.


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