19th Apr2021

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Apr 15th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s review of Impact Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Jazz is retiring on this show. I’m gonna miss Jazz. Jazz has been a favorite of mine since around 2002. She has been one of the most consistent wrestlers of the past…20 years? Has she been doing it that long at least? Jazz coulda been the World Champion. I woulda bought it. If Jazz ever wants to come out of retirement and go for the gold, I would be right there to enjoy that return. Well, I think we have an emotional show on hand and, with Josh Alexander fighting TJP in the opener, a chance at a good show altogether. Well, let’s see what happens. Boom baby! I’m a f–kin’ tea cup!

Match #1: Josh Alexander def. TJP

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Before they challenge X-Division Champion Ace Austin in a 3-way match at Rebellion, TJP and Josh Alexander look to build momentum towards the huge title clash! TJP attempts to lock in the Octopus but Alexander counters into an Electric Chair. Alexander hits a powerbomb on the hardest part of the ring. TJP picks Alexander off the top with a thunderous Superplex. Both men exchange submission attempts with TJP gaining the upper-hand. Alexander counters the Mamba Splash into an ankle lock. After several counters, Alexander finally puts TJP away with Divine Intervention.

The Score: 9 out of 10

  • The Good: Everything. This match was a matter of reversals and counters to those reversals in such brisk succession that you would be liable to blink and possibly miss something…if it takes you a long time blink. That sounded a bit confusing. The wrestling, and I do mean wrestling, was the perfect speed. Quite frankly, I’d wager that this match was the pace that all great matches of ordinary circumstance should be wrestled at. Both men scrutinized every movement that they made and didn’t waste a second on anything that would be considered excess…well mostly anyway. I never had any issues with how they chose to transition from hold to hold. This match was a bevy of grappling riches. There was more sport in this match that in anything on ESPN these days.
  • The Bad: There were a few parts of the match where attempts to raise the sense of suspense that broke the natural momentum these two wrestlers were building toward, namely the suplex off the top rope.
  • The Verdict: My small complaint aside, this was superior wrestling from two who do it best. This pairing of accomplished fighters has proven, in just a couple bouts, to be the best matches of year yet. You’ve got to have more bouts between these two.

Match #2: Karl Anderson def. Crazzy Steve

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

This past Saturday at Hardcore Justice, Doc Gallows was victorious over Black Taurus of Decay. Karl Anderson looks to continue The Good Brothers’ winning ways as they prepare to challenge FinJuice for the World Tag Team Titles at Rebellion! Steve catches him off-guard, almost scoring a quick victory in the opening moments of the match. Anderson retreats to the outside to regain himself. Moments later, Anderson gains control by throwing Steve into the corner turnbuckles. Gallows provides a distraction at ringside, allowing Anderston to capitalize with the Spinbuster for three.

The Score: 3 out of 10

  • The Good: There was an attempt by these two to match-up evenly, but it never quite came out right.
  • The Bad: Well, the good wasn’t exactly very reassuring, so I guess this part ought to be a bit worse. These two just felt clumsy from bell to bell. I don’t believe they failed from a lack of effort, but this did fail nonetheless.
  • The Verdict: Sometimes, good ideas don’t pan out and this excellent idea of Steve and Karl together is evidence of that.

Match #3: Jazz and Jordynne Grace def. Fire N’ Flava

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Jordynne Grace accompanies Jazz to the ring for her retirement. Jazz starts off by thanking Jordynne for giving her an opportunity to compete in the Knockouts Tag Team Title Tournament. Jazz also thanks IMPACT Wrestling for allowing her to go out with a bang! Knockouts Tag Team Champions Fire N’ Flava disrespectfully interrupt her. Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz may have bitten off more than they can chew as a referee informs them that per Scott D’Amore, they have a match against Jordynne and Jazz, right now! Jordynne is on fire as she hits Tasha with her signature splash out of the corner. Jazz puts Kiera away with a big sitdown powerslam for three! After the conclusion of the match, Jazz continues her retirement speech. Jazz officially announces her retirement as the locker room empties to thank Jazz for her legendary career.

The Score: 1 out of 10

  • The Good: Jazz won.
  • The Bad: This was a squash.
  • The Verdict: It was a stinkin’ squash, but the right person won, so there you go.

Match #4: Brian Myers def. Jake Something

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Jake gains control with a big running splash. Myers tries to build momentum but Jake shuts him down with a series of strikes. Jake hits a running shoulder tackle in the corner. Myers starts a game of cat and mouse before goading Jake into the Roster Cut clothesline for three.

The Score: 2 out of 10

  • The Good: They had a nice brawl.
  • The Bad: This was only a few minutes.
  • The Verdict: These guys never had a chance to really do anything.

Match #5: (Main Event) Sami Callihan def. Matt Cardona

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Callihan turns his back and Cardona connects with Radio Silence for a very close near fall! The fight spills to the outside where Cardona hits a Russian legsweep into the steel guardrail. Cardona is overly aggressive as he crashes and burns on the floor. Callihan is in control for several minutes when Cardona continues to fight back with a series of running boots. Callihan uses the referee as a shield, allowing him to deliver a thumb to the eye! Callihan connects with the Piledriver to put Cardona away.

The Score: 5 out of 10

  • The Good: What was here was lively. Nobody slouched so to speak. There’s plenty of instances of good old fashioned fighting here.
  • The Bad: This was booked to not go long or do all that much.
  • The Verdict: While not a bad main event, this was no classic in the making either.

Final Verdict: 5/10

On a night where Jazz retired, the opener stole the show. Speaking of that show, Jazz’s retirement was it’s focal point, even if it wasn’t the finale. As a full event, this was lacking, thanks to the shortened matches besides the opener. If Impact could be more like the opening match all the time, people would actually watch this show. In any case, this was Jazz’s night and it was a fine finale for her. May they all be as good as Jazz when their end comes.


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