21st Oct2020

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Oct 20th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Wendi Richter giving The Fabulous Moolah the fabulous finger for being a fabulous bitch. Hey, Bound For Glory is coming this Saturday. Are you ready for the final build toward Impact’s biggest card of the year? Well, get your ass ready, because Impact Wrestling is ready to whoop all kinds of ass.

Match #1: Hernandez def Rhino, Heath, Alisha & Cousin Jake – Winner Enters Call Your Shot Gauntlet at BFG #20, Loser Enters #1

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Hernandez doesn’t take Alisha seriously as he places her on the top rope to observe but Mrs. AIP doesn’t back down. Rhino brawls with him on the floor while Heath and Jake go at it in the ring. Rhino hits Hernandez with a shoulder tackle. Alisha sneaks in and tries to steal the pin but Hernandez kicks out. Alisha dives to the outside, taking out Rhino, Heath and Jake. Hernandez tries a Border Toss on Alisha but Jake breaks it up. Rhino charges with the Gore and Hernandez sidesteps, causing Rhino to take out Alisha. Hernandez rolls up Rhino to score the pin and the coveted #20 spot in the Call Your Shot Gauntlet. Rhino will enter at #1.

My Opinion: 1.7 out of 5 – This wasn’t very much at all. Alisha was made to look like a weak fool and everything else was just stopping-and-starting. There wasn’t too much here, but it looked decent for a few seconds.

Match #2: Rosemary def Havok – If Rosemary Wins, Havok Must Help Her Revive Father James Mitchell

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Rosemary needs Havok’s help to revive Father James Mitchell from the Undead Realm, so that he can officiate her wedding with John E Bravo next week. Havok hits a vicious clothesline in the opening moments of the match. Rosemary connects with a reverse DDT for two. Havok charges into the corner with her signature running boot. Rosemary comes off the top with a big crossbody for a near fall. Rosemary hits back-to-back Spears to pick up this all-important victory.

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – These two got a couple minutes to sell a match that should have had fifteen at least. Rosemary got Jim Mtchell brought back from the dead, or will next week. The moves looked nice, but the match was just about nothing.

Match #3: Sami Callihan def Eddie Edwards

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

An intense rivalry is renewed just days before Edwards collides with Ken Shamrock at Bound For Glory. Edwards dives through the ropes with a burst of speed, crashing into Callihan on the ramp. Edwards slingshots over the top but Callihan avoids it, allowing him to gain control in a brawl outside the ring. Edwards hits a Blue Thunder Bomb out of the corner for two. Both competitors exchange strong strikes in the middle of the ring. Callihan gets the upperhand with a powerbomb for two. Edwards comes back with a Tiger Driver for yet another near fall. As Edwards attempts the Boston Knee Party, Callihan grabs his phone and turns out the lights. When they come back on, Shamrock is standing on the apron. Callihan rolls up Edwards off the distraction to steal the win.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was one of the weaker matches between these two, but it had a certain heft to it that kept it from feeling like a light-weight affair. You got the brawling, the brawling and a little brawling to go with it. Eddie tried to get the athletic part of the match to work, but this just felt more like a whole lotta nothin’ in a big, silver bag. That being said, as a whole lotta nothin’ goes, this was easy to watch and easy to enjoy for what it was, which is one big ol’ tease of some-thing we’ve already had before.

Match #4: Willie Mack, TJP & Trey Miguel def Chris Bey, Jordynne Grace & X-Division Champion Rohit Raju

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The six competitors in the Six-Way Scramble for the X-Division Title at BFG clash in tag team action right here, right now. Grace and Bey hold TJP but Rohit takes his time coming off the top, allowing him to fight out of it. TJP hits Bey with a tornado DDT before making the tag to Trey. The match breaks down with a flurry of action. Grace hits Willie with a Spinebuster. Rohit almost takes Trey’s head off with a flying knee. Rohit and Bey can’t get on the same page as they argue over who goes for the pin. Rohit attacks Bey but it comes back to bite him as Bey later takes him out with a springboard cutter. Trey capitalizes and pins the X-Division champion to win.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was a bunch of spots and stalling. Why can’t they just let this be like Elimination X? That was good s—t. This was just six people getting stuck together to sell a match that’s been barely promoted. Well, at least the match was inoffensive.

Match #5: (Main Event) The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) vs The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) Ends in a No Contest

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Who will gain momentum heading into the huge four-way Tag Team Championship match this Saturday at Bound For Glory? The North employ classic tag team strategy as they cut off the ring and prevent Anderson from making the tag. After several minutes, Anderson is able to create separation when he hits Alexander with a big Spinebuster. Anderson makes the tag to Gallows, who goes on the attack. The Good Brothers attempt Magic Killer on Page but Alexander breaks it up. The referee loses control as all four competitors get involved, causing the match to end in a no contest.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – Wow, this disappointed. The match only got half the time it should have and there was the lame finish. I felt like I was watching the WWE. This was not a good sign for Saturday.

Final Verdict: 2.4/5

This show used vignettes to sell the show, but they forgot to have good wrestling on here to sell me on Bound For Glory. This was just dull.

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