11th Nov2020

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Nov 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 pitch for Turning Point, which has a solid card. To celebrate this weekend’s show, we have an excerpt from an interview with David Bradley on his classic picture, “Kes”:

David Bradley: They killed me f—kin bird! I liked that bird! It was me friend! They killed me f—kin bird!
Interviewer: David…that was a movie. It was a Ken Loach film…
DB: Movie?! Waa?!
IN: “Kes” is a movie based on a book.
DB: Bull-s—t! They killed me f—kin bird!
IN: David…didn’t you see the cameras when they were filming?
DB: They filmed them killin’ me f—kin bird?! Snuffers! Snuffers the lot of them! They Kentucky fried me chick’n!
IN: David, calm down…
DB: Me bird was gonna go to Vegas and be a show-girl! …strippin’ for old people! I was gonna be a mac daddy!

Now, we go to Impact. Let us enjoy the pleasures of professional wrestling, without the tableau of Kate Moss and her samurai toddlers…what the… David Bradley: They killed me f—kin bird! It was gonna be a NASCAR concubine! On lap 250, me bird woulda given Jeff Gordon a lap-dance!

Match #1: Havok & Nevaeh def Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne w/ Kaleb With a K

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Just one week away from the start of the tournament to crown new Knockouts Tag Team Champions, these teams compete in one final tune-up! This is Tenille Dashwood and Madison Rayne’s first time teaming up – will they be able to find their chemistry? Madison returns to the ring as she kicks things off against Nevaeh. Tenille hits Havok with her signature crossbody in the corner. Tenille tags out to Madison but she claims she’s not ready. Havok drags her in the ring, allowing Nevaeh to follow up with a big clothesline. Madison attempts CrossRayne but Havok counters into a Tombstone Piledriver for three!

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – We didn’t get as much action as you’d like from a match, but this moved from place to place quite well and had some gusto to it. Tenille has adopted a chicken-s—t heel routine that makes her more interesting as a character, but less compelling in the ring. Madison worked hard to not do much (that’s a compliment this time). Nevaeh and Havok did pretty well with this short bout that didn’t have a lot of action, but it did have a lot of juice in the tank, so…hell with it. Overall, this was not bad for a lackluster match.

Match #2: Rohit Raju def TJP – X-Division Championship Match (Last Chance for TJP)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

TJP jumpstarts the match with a dropkick under the ropes, catching Rohit off-guard during his entrance. TJP follows up with a vertical suplex on the stage. Rohit uses the referee as a shield, allowing him to capitalize off the distraction with a series of kicks. Rohit remains in control as he continues to wear down TJP. The challenger creates separation with an explosive tornado DDT out of the corner. TJP builds momentum with a springboard strike! TJP is hanging in the tree of woe but uses incredible strength to take Rohit off the top rope. Rohit avoids the Mamba Splash but TJP locks in a knee bar instead. Rohit tries to use the X-Division Title as a weapon but the referee pries it out of his hands. Rohit connects with a low blow behind the referees back, followed by a running knee to win!

My Opinion: 3.9 out of 5 – Whew boy! Now this was some gooooooood rasslin’! Rohit had the best showing he’s had in some time, showing a kind of likeness to Bryan Danielson that he doesn’t normally get to display. Actually, Rohit had a Hector Garza vibe goin’ on here that I really dug. TJP was right there, as always. In all honesty, this was intense. If you’re looking for a smart, kinetic fight that gave some legitimacy to the X-Division, then you can start here and get what you’re looking for. I wish TJP had won, but Rohit showed enough here that warranted another chance to be the champion that he could be.

Match #3: Chris Sabin def Acey Romero w/ Larry D

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Sabin takes to the ring alone tonight as Alex Shelley recovers from injury that XXXL reaggravated in an attack just a few weeks ago. Acey distracts the referee while Larry delivers a closed fist from ringside. Acey is in total control when Sabin tries to bite his way out of a submission, but to no avail. Acey hits a huge powerslam but Sabin avoids the follow-up elbow drop. Sabin quickens the pace with a double crossbody to both members of XXXL on the floor! Sabin gets the big man off his feet with a series of running kicks to win!

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Sabin and Acey made the most of their brief time together and put on a slam-bang fight that made Acey look tough and Chris look skilled. The idea here was that Chris chopped away at Acey, both figuratively and literally, to gain ground on his much larger opponent for a potential victory. Your mileage may vary on seeing an aerialist fight a bruiser, but I enjoyed seeing the styles clash. This was pretty fun and, near the end, it was quite thrilling. The right guy won and did so in the right way.

Match #4: Eddie Edwards def Chris Bey

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The action is fast and furious from the opening bell as Eddie and Bey exchange athletic offense. Eddie hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for the early two count. Bey turns the tide with a spinning heel kick. Eddie attempts the Tiger Driver but Bey counters with a Hurricanrana. Eddie avoids the springboard cutter and gets Bey in a pinning predicament to win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was far too short for it to reach its potential, but the potential was definitely on display. Bey was fabulous here, showing his pure athleticism and charisma from bell to bell. Eddie may be a step or two behind where he was five years ago, but he is slowly regaining his mojo, which you’ll get a sense of here. The moves were quick and exact, like a pregnancy test in a monkey’s butt-hole. Once we got to the finale, it was all of the best moves and that gave this a pedigree that even Anne Heche could appreciate. All in all, this was pretty damn good for being pretty damn short.

Match #5: Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe & Luster the Legend) def Fallah Bahh & Crazzy Steve

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Fallah hits Luster with a running crossbody in the early going. Luster sends Steve hard into the corner turnbuckle, followed by a standing Moonsault from Thornstowe. Steve is taken to pity city by Thornstowe but only angers Steve, who bites him in return! Steve tags in Fallah and the big man goes on the attack. Luster catches Steve on the outside and drives him back-first into the steel post. Thornstowe connects with a top rope double foot stomp on Fallah to win.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – Reno Scum is getting better. Good for them. Bahh and Steve look like me when me and my husband, El Fangito, go to dinner at Fanny Bandit’s Bar and Grille. I can’t tell you that the wheel was reinvented here, but I can say that this match had some fun spots and a general freakiness to it that made me all kinky inside.

Match #6: (Main Event) Karl Anderson w/ Doc Gallows def Josh Alexander w/ Ethan Page by Disqualification

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Who will gain momentum heading into the huge Tag Team Championship clash between The North and The Good Brothers this Saturday at Turning Point? Alexander takes the fight to the outside as he rakes the face of Anderson on the floor. Back in the ring, Alexander continues to wear down Anderson. Alexander connects with a thunderous back suplex for two. Anderson begins to build momentum with a powerful Spinebuster. Alexander comes back with a big boot for a near fall. Alexander fights off the Gun Stun as Page hooks Anderson’s leg from the outside. Anderson steps on the hand of Page and all hell breaks loose! Page attacks Anderson as the referee calls for the bell.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was really getting goin’, but the DQ screwed-up the momentum. Karl was doing great and he showed more of his classic technical skills, while Josh got a dance partner that could do more than just the two-step. Once this match picked-up speed, this became a bout of hold versus hold and that was just what it should have been. I wanted this to go further, farther and to the ends of the Earth, but I guess the end of the show is a good place a start. A few more minutes would have given this a chance to accomplish more, but we got enough to get excited for more later, like 127 Hours when that guy had to chop his other arm off, because he was anal-retentive.

News Of The Night:

  1. Here is the card for Turning Point:
    Chris Sabin James Storm vs. XXXL
    Moose vs. Willie Mack
    Eddie Edwards vs. Daivari
    Bryan Myers vs. Swoggle
    Jordynne Grace & Tenille Dashwood vs. Rosemary & Taya Valkyrie
    The North vs. Good Brothers – Impact Tag Team Championship Match
    Su Yung vs. Deonna Purrazzo – No Disqualification Match For The Impact Knockouts Championship
    Rich Swann vs. Sami Callihan – Impact World Championship Match
  2. The Rascalz are leaving Impact.
  3. Rich Swann and Trey fight Dez and Wentz, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was a simple show that focused on wrestling, so that made this show easy to watch. I look forward to seeing if Turning Point is a succ…what the…? David Bradley: They killed me f—kin bird! We was gonna be street-sluts! Instead, I became an actor! Same f–kin thing!

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