11th Feb2021

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Feb 9th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the big finale before No Surrender, which includes the contract signing between Tommy Dreamer and Rich Swann…a contract signing? Jesus. Wrestling promoters wonder why no one wants to watch wrestling anymore and it’s because of all the damn talking. Silly or serious, talking in wrestling doesn’t draw and never will. Wrestling is not acting, even though there is certainly some performing when you sell moves or have a character that is a bit different from you that you are portraying. You’d think that on an occasion where you are pushing a match of respect between a gracious champion and an honorable challenger, you’d want to tease that the match in question could be in jeopardy. By having a World Title match featuring Swann fighting a challenger that is the polar opposite of Dreamer, it gives the fans a chance to appreciate the prize fight of integrity at No Surrender while making Swann stronger for the defense. Why not have Sami Callihan, who has history with Swann, challenge the champion for the title on this show? Hell, you could even go with Callihan’s victory allowing him to raise the stakes and fight Dreamer in a Hardcore match at No Surrender, just to give credence to the idea that Callihan could win here. Then, after Swann retains, you can have Dreamer cut a passionate promo to sell that fight even further and…there you go. You’ll have your main event pushed and given a chance to be seen as more than a token bout for an aging fighter on his fiftieth birthday. Anyway, we have a promo to close the show, so let’s get to the promo, because that’s what wrestling is all about…talking.

Match #1: Trey Miguel, Josh Alexander, Willie Mack & Suicide def Chris Bey, Ace Austin, Daivari & Blake Christian

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The competitors in this Saturday’s Triple Threat Revolver match at No Surrender give us a preview of things to come in this huge 8-man tag! The winner of the Triple Threat Revolver will receive a shot at the X-Division Championship! Ace dives through the ropes but Suicide sidesteps, causing him to collide with his own partner in Chris Bey. Daivari turns Willie inside out with a strong clothesline. Ace goes for a springboard but Alexander picks his ankle in mid-air! Alexander locks in the Ankle Lock but Christian soars through the air to break it up! Willie is on fire as he hits his signature standing Moonsault on Ace. Christian almost puts Trey away with a springboard Flatliner for two. Trey locks in an Hourglass submission on Christian, forcing him to tap out!

My Opinion: 7 out of 10

Match #2: Kimber Lee w/ Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo & Susan def ODB w/ Jordynne Grace & Jazz

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

ODB made her shocking return last week when she came to the aid of Jordynne Grace and Jazz after a 3-on-2 beatdown from Deonna Purrazzo, Kimber Lee and Susan. ODB attempts the Dirty Dozen but Kimber counters to gain control. Kimber distracts the referee while Deonna and Susan attack ODB at ringside. Moments later, ODB hits a Bronco Buster in the corner for two. ODB sends Kimber flying off the top rope. Deonna and Susan try to get involved but Jordynne Grace and Jazz even the odds! ODB gets a piece of Deonna and Susan by launching herself off the apron. Back in the ring, Kimber rolls her up off the distraction to win!

My Opinion: 5 out of 10

Match #3: Nevaeh w/ Havok def Knockouts Tag Team Champions Kiera Hogan w/ Tasha Steelz by Disqualification

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Last week, Havok defeated Tasha Steelz in singles action. Can Nevaeh continue their momentum when she battles the other half of the Knockouts Tag Team Champions, Kiera Hogan? Neveah hits a strong clothesline for an early two count. Kiera distracts the referee as Tasha delivers a boot to the side of Nevaeh’s head. Nevaeh connects with a series of strikes, then plants Kiera face-first into the mat! Kiera rakes her opponent’s eyes, followed by a dropkick. The referee catches Tasha delivering a Codebreaker to Nevaeh, causing the disqualification.

My Opinion: 5 out of 10

Match #4: Black Taurus w/ Decay def Kaleb With a K w/ Tenille Dashwood & XXXL

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Taurus sends Kaleb flying with a huge Samoan Drop! Kaleb attempts to use his camera bag as a weapon but Taurus counters with a spinning clothesline. Taurus hits a modified driver to score the quick victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 10

Match #5: (Main Event) Chris Sabin & James Storm def IMPACT World Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers by Disqualification – IMPACT World Tag Team Championships Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Sabin and Storm isolate Karl Anderson in the early going. Doc Gallows gets involved but they send him over the top rope to the floor with a double clothesline! Gallows turns the tide with a series of elbow drops to Sabin. The Good Brothers are in complete control when AEW’S Matt Hardy and Private Party appear on the stage. They’re set to face the winners of this match at No Surrender on IMPACT Plus. Storm quickens the pace with a running neckbreaker to Anderson, followed by a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Sabin and Storm have Anderson beat when Private Party breaks up the count to cause the disqualification.

My Opinion: 4 out of 10

Final Verdict: 5/10

This was…a show. Does that make you wanna watch it? I’ve seen that a lot of people liked this show, but I was not really one of them. There was the great Dreamer promo at the end of the show, but it came paired with a long contract signing that involved Moose at one point. Talking leading to more talking is not getting any more asses in seats or eyes on the show every Tuesday. Why is the entire show being built around a contract signing? You had five matches here and only one actually delivered. The opener was fast and furious, but without much in the way of brains to go with the brawn. Everybody performed the hell out of the match and did their spots so briskly that it was like watching a sharp-shooter crack off shot after shot like rapid fire. Another thing that helped was that the match had wrestlers of different sizes and skills competing evenly despite their differing skill-sets. Either team could have won that bout and both teams came out of it looking pretty good. As a tease for the Triple Threat Revolver it worked well and as a match itself it was excellent stuff. After we move outside of the opener, we really don’t get much outside of the return of a major name in lucha libre and a tag title match that was mostly a bait-and-switch to change the tag title match for No Surrender.

The women had two matches on this card and didn’t necessarily impress, but they most certainly did not falter either. The Knockout’s division continues to hold steady in the face of stagnation, despite the return of the Knockout’s Tag Titles giving many in the division something meaningful to do. Both women’s matches delivered solid action that was not as urgent as you’d hope, but both bouts were filled with good decisions that made sense and looked legitimate. Then, Decay brought in Black Taurus to fight Kaleb and it was very good, but far too short to be much more than brief. Why not let Kaleb grapple with Taurus for twelve minutes? What’s the matter? Would a longer match cut into all of the promos on this show? Did we really need to see Hernandez get paid money or Fallah Bahh get thrown out of gambling or Johnny Swinger get mistaken Terry Taylor’s Red Rooster? Also, there was an excellent array of birthday wishes from Impact and AEW wrestlers for Tommy Dreamer (MJF told him he was a fat slob, because MJF still thinks kayfabe was a good idea…dumb-ass). Where was I? Taurus and Kaleb deserved better.

Finally, speaking of deserving better, the main event had the potential to be great, but it got shafted by a DQ finish and lack of time. Also, Scott D’Amore put Sabin and Storm into the Private Party/Good Brothers tag title bout for No Surrender. Why is a team that lost two chances a legitimate fall put into the match? Does winning matches not mean anything? I get that bookers look at wins and losses with less reverence than the people that watch this s—, but could you at least pretend to care about winning and losing once in a while? As for the contract signing that closed this show, it worked because Dreamer cut a magnificent promo on the importance of fighting with honor and of using his platform to blah blah blah blah blah blah. I hate that platform s—. Most of the people that talk about a platform have their heads so far up their asses that you just wanna smack ‘em with the damn platform until they get hammer-headed. Just stick to fighting with honor and folks will pay attention to your match.

As a show that was meant to build toward No Surrender, this was meager yet enjoyable. As a show in of itself, this was meager and without joy. I am sold on No Surrender as a fun show to watch, but only because the promos addressed the value of the PPV quite adequately. As for watching this show next week, the wrestling quality left me with little desire to return next week, even though I will because it’s my job and, given that I once tried to raise the funds to make an offer on Impact myself (to dismal results), it doesn’t take much to convince me to come back. What about the uninitiated or the lapsed fan who needs to be convinced that Impact is worth the time? Is there anything here to convince the masses to even look Impact’s way these days? Apart from a promising roster, one that even has a returning Trey Miguel in the midst of a potentially thrilling feud with Sami Callihan, what is there to really tell folks that Impact Wrestling is the place to be? Well, I don’t hold out hope that anybody at Impact reads these reviews, but you do, so I leave you with that thought. I hope that, no matter what I say from week to week, that you find satisfaction in watching Impact Wrestling. I’ll see you next time.

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