28th Oct2020

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Oct 27th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s IMPACT Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the fall-out of Bound For Glory, with a new World Champion being crowned as such by way of one of the best matches in IMPACT’s history. Rosemary is getting married to John E Bravo tonight, so change the channel and never come back. Do it!

Match #1: Rich Swann (c) def Eric Young – IMPACT World Championship Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The first IMPACT! after Bound For Glory opens with a wild brawl in the backstage area between new World Champion Rich Swann and the man he defeated last Saturday, Eric Young. As the fight spills into the arena, it becomes apparent that this attack was orchestrated by EY. The beatdown continues before referees, security and Executive Vice President Scott D’amore come down to him from doing further damage. Young wants his rematch tonight but D’amore refuses to give it to him. However, Swann has different plans and agrees to give Young his rematch right here, right now! Swann is not dressed to compete as he competes in dress slacks and no shoes. Young attempts a top rope elbow drop but Swann avoids it to create gain his breath. Young sends him flying across the ring with a big powerbomb for two. Swann connects with his signature handspring cutter, followed by the Phoenix splash to defeat EY once again.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was the opposite of the match they had at Bound For Glory, as it was far shorter and didn’t have the high quality action. That being said, this match was still as intense as any-thing that they did against each other at BFG, so we’ve got that to enjoy. Rich wrestled this in slacks and without shoes, so you’ll have to deal with that odd image, but it’s not a big deal overall. While this was as brief as me in bed, you’ll enjoy this surprise title defense from the reigning champion, Rich Swann…you bastard.

Match #2: Tommy Dreamer def Brian Myers – Hardcore Halloween Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Hardcore Halloween means no disqualifications, no countouts and anything goes! They don’t call Dreamer the innovator of violence for nothing as he uses everything at his disposal as a weapon. Dreamer launches himself off the apron but Myers cuts him off with a wet floor sign. Myers turns the tide, laying in a vicious beatdown on his opponent. Myers takes a bite of an apple and spits it in Dreamer’s face. Dreamer fights back with a series of strikes, followed by a cutter for two. Dreamer lays out a pile of thumbtacks and candy corn on the mat. Dreamer bites The Most Professional Wrestler and sends him flying into the thumbtacks and candy corn from the top. Myers is about to end Dreamer when Swoggle crawls out a garbage can and delivers a low blow to Myers with a pair of tongs! Dreamer hits the Death Valley Driver through a table to win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – These guys had another nice match together, which was a goofy spoof of a Hardcore match…because that is The Way. These guys managed to use a thumbtack sack lined with candy corn. I know…stupid…and delicious. Myers sold like crazy for ol’ Dreamer, who spent most of the match getting hit by the Myers, but still not going down. If you can get past what could be called Mick Foley’s North Pole Street Fight: Part 2…with pumpkins, then you’ll enjoy a nice brawl that has Swoggle hidden in a trash can. Yeah, some-one is smoking something I want to take a huff of.

Match #3: XXXL (Larry D & Acey Romero) def Rascalz (Dez & Wentz)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The Rascalz jumpstart the match by attacking XXXL before the opening bell. Acey quickly turns it around with a Samoan Drop to Wentz. Acey continues to wear him down, preventing him from making the tag to Dez. Wentz creates separation with a flying knee, allowing him to finally tag in his partner. The action is fast and furious as Dez hits a handspring Pele kick on Acey! Larry clotheslines Dez for a near fall. Larry soars off the top with a thunderous splash on Dez to win.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was a series of very nice moves that were fun to watch, but didn’t add up into being much of a match.

Match #4: (Main Event) Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz def Jordynne Grace & Alisha

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The Knockouts Tag Title Tournament begins in three weeks on IMPACT! as these two teams look to build momentum here tonight. Alisha charges at Kiera and hits a flurry of strikes. Kiera attempts a kick but Alisha catches it and sends her face-first into the mat. Jordynne hits Kiera with a powerslam. Alisha launches herself of the shoulders of her partner, crashing into Kiera below. Alisha makes the tag to Jordynne but the referee doesn’t see it because of a distraction from Tasha. Kiera gains control with a superkick to Alisha. After tagging into the match, Tasha establishes her dominance with a big spinebuster. Alisha creates separation with a bulldog, allowing her to make the tag to Jordynne who’s on fire. Jordynne hits her signature splash out of the corner for two. Alisha charges into the corner but Tasha sidesteps, causing her to collide with Jordynne. Tasha rolls up Alisha to win.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This wasn’t much of a match, but it moved well. I ate a raccoon and farted fairy dust, which has nothing to do with this review, but I also got attacked by a cougar who won’t take no for an answer. Wait a minute…I forgot what I was talking about! Aw well, this match was not much to look at anyway, but it was good for setting up two of the teams in the Knockout’s Tag Team Titles Tournament. Grace and Alisha may just prove to be a fun team if this match was any indication. Okay, this was over before it could really make an…impact (HA).

News Of The Night:

  1. The Knockout’s Tag Team Titles Tournament starts in three weeks.
  2. The Knockout’s Title gets defended against Deonna Purrazzo by Su Yung, next week.
  3. Moose challenged Rich Swann to fight for the “real” World Title, the TNA World Title.
  4. Sami Callihan implied he wants to go after Rich Swann’s World Title.
  5. Moose attacked Willie Mack, who earlier defended Rich Swann from Moose’s taunts.
  6. John E Bravo was shot in the dark during his wedding to Rosemary in an ode to Dynasty’s “Who Shot JR” angle.

Final Verdict: 2.7/5

Apart from a couple of matches, this show was lame and it went to AEW musical number levels of bad when they did the “Who Shot JR?” angle, complete with Tommy Dreamer doing the “NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!” thing. You know, people wonder why more people don’t watch IMPACT. DO YOU F—KIN WONDER NOW?!


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