04th Jun2021

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Jun 3rd 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have what could be the biggest wrestling match of the year. In a 60 Minute Iron-Man Match, Josh Alexander defends the X-Division Title against TJP. Josh and TJP have had several great matches against each other this year in what has been the rivalry of the year. Built on respect, this feud over the X-Title has been just what the company has needed. With a complete absence of nonsense, Josh and TJP have been the cornerstone of Impact for the last six months or so (give or take a week here or there). Now, this match actually starts on Before The Impact and ends on Impact, but this match is too important to relegate to some report after the fact. This match is a dream come true for those of us who have loved the previous bouts between these two and I’m thrilled to be able to talk about this major prize fight. That being said, we have a jam-packed card to cover as well, so let’s not think about this as a one-match show. Okay. I’m ready. Are you ready? D-Generation X: Are…you…readaaaaaaaaaaay?!?!?!?!?!?! Me: Shut the f—k up! Everybody hates you assholes! D-Generation X: Oh. Me: Ain’t no time for sploshing! It’s time for wrestling!

Match #1: Josh Alexander def. TJP – 60 Minute Iron-Man Match For The X-Division Title

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

We kick off IMPACT! with the continuation of the historic 60-Minute Ironman match between X-Division Champion Josh Alexander and TJP. What began earlier on BTI has spilled over into tonight’s all-new episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV. With less than 10 minutes to go, Alexander holds the 1-0 lead as the IMPACT locker room watches on from ringside. TJP hits a series of running boots in the corner, followed by the Detonation Kick for two. TJP soars with the Mamba Splash but Alexander kicks out once again. Alexander locks in the Ankle Lock but with seconds left on the clock, TJP counters and scores the pinfall to tie the score at 1-1. We are heading to sudden death overtime where the first pinfall or submission will leave as X-Division Champion! Alexander connects with the Moonsault, followed by a powerbomb into his knee but it’s not enough to keep TJP down. Alexander hits one final Divine Intervention to score the victory and retain his X-Division Title by a score of 2-1.

The Verdict: 10 out of 10 – Yeah. This was an instant classic. It’s a shame that only the last ten minutes occurred on Impact’s main broadcast, but at least the entire match was played on the network (and available on the internet). These guys were patient and measured and to say that in an X-Division bout is normally a detriment to some degree (if only aesthetically so), but this was all the better for it. These guys had a fantastic wrestling match that never ran out of something to offer. I had an absolute blast with this. The drama came from what these were going to do next to win the match and that’s the way it should be. Without question, this match was one of the greatest bouts in the history of Impact and one of the great crowning achievements ever accomplished in the ring for this league.

Match #2: Jake Something def. Rohit Raju – Tables Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The only way to win this personal Tables match is to put your opponent through a table – no pinfalls, no submissions, no disqualifications and no countouts! Rohit hits Jake with a running boot to take the big man off his feet. Rohit brings a couple chairs into the ring but pays for it as Jake pummels him with repeated strikes. Jake counters a Flatliner attempt into a thunderous clothesline. It’s apparent that these two athletes know each other very well as Rohit is next to counter Jake’s Black Hole Slam into a double foot stomp. Rohit drives a chair into the arm and shoulder of Jake. Rohit is willing to sacrifice his own body as cannonballs into a steel chair in order to do more damage to Jake. Rohit hits another double foot stomp and this time, it drives Jake into two steel chairs! Jake connects with two Black Hole Slams. Rohit tries to fight back by hurling a chair at Jake’s head but he shakes it off and spears Rohit through a table to win.

The Verdict: 8 out of 10 – Wow. I wasn’t expecting that. These guys took the shallowest gimmick match and turned into an intense brawl with surprises around every corner. They made tremendous use of chairs to actually heighten the tension in the contest, instead of just popping an absent crowd. There was proper pacing from bell to bell and everything that happened after the bell rang was clever and concise. I just absolutely enjoyed this. I wish they hadn’t done the flying chair to the head spot, but it seemed like Jake was able to block it enough to make it safer than it might have normally been.

Match #3: Rich Swann vs. W. Morrissey (No Contest)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Rich Swann makes his way into the IMPACT Zone when he’s blindsided by W. Morrissey! Swann attempts to fight back but Morrissey shuts him down with a big boot. Morrissey turns his attention to members of security when Willie Mack makes the save and holds off Morrissey with a steel chair.

The Verdict: 1 out of 10 – This match went nowhere. Damn. Well, we had a pretty great thing going. Oh well. Maybe the next match will be good.

Match #4: Fire N’ Flava def. Jordynne Grace/Rachel Ellering – Knockout’s Tag Titles Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Ellering has Tasha up for an Electric Chair but Tasha chokes Ellering with her own headband to gain the early advantage. Fire N Flava cut off the ring as they try to prevent Ellering from making the tag. Moments later, Ellering creates separation and tags in the fiery Grace. Kiera gets caught with the Vader Bomb out of the corner, followed by a leg drop from Ellering. Tasha hits Ellering with the Codebreaker, then pulls Kiera on top of her for a near fall. Grace and Ellering put their unique double team offense on display with a Muscle Buster powerbomb! Tasha hits Ellering with a DDT on the floor. Back in the ring, Kiera takes Jordynne down to the mat with a sleeper. Tasha follows up with the Frog Splash to score the pin and retain the Knockouts Tag Team Titles.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – Hey! We’re back in business. I’m glad that this match turned out so well for being a bit shorter. This was a lot of fun. I’d call this as briskly paced a fight as I’ve seen in about a month or so. This didn’t quite have the luster of a true prize fight, but it had the spirit. Sometimes, a match can just be satisfying all its own. I’d like another one of these matches between these teams. Good stuff.

Match #5: Satoshi Kojima def. Cody Deaner

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

NJPW legend Satoshi Kojima makes his IMPACT in-ring debut tonight as he prepares to face Joe Doering at Against All Odds! Deaner traps Kojima’s head in the corner turnbuckles, then delivers a dropkick to gain control. Kojima hits a plethora of chops to the chest, followed by a top rope elbow drop for two. Kojima has Deaner down and out when Violent By Design get up on the apron. They try to get involved but Eddie Edwards comes down to ringside and evens the odds! Kojima capitalizes with the Koji Cutter, followed by his signature Lariat to win.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10 – Kojima clobbered ol’ Deaner in a battle of a lizard and a boulder. Deaner took his beating well and sold Kojima as a killer. Not bad for something so simple.

Match #6: (Main Event) Sami Callihan def. Moose (DQ)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The fight spills to the outside where Moose takes control by driving Callihan into the steel ring post. Moose charges into the corner but Callihan sidesteps, causing Moose to collide with the guardrail. Callihan targets the arm of Moose, before hitting him with an impressive Death Valley Driver. Moose leaps all the way to the top rope, then sends Callihan flying with a thunderous Superplex. Moose hits the Go To Hell sitdown powerbomb for a near fall. Moments later, Callihan connects with the Piledriver for a near fall of his own. Out of nowhere, The Good Brothers hit the ring and attack Callihan, awarding him the victory by disqualification.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – For a match with a lame ending, this was quite good. These guys got right to the point and they never let-up until they had to. Sami’s odd personality meshed well with Moose’s rough offense. I never felt like I was watching something that was not working. There’s a certain charm to the way these guys wrestle together. It’s a shame that the main event ended on such a flat note, but at least these guys got to do more than just rev the engine.

Final Verdict: 7/10

It’s a mark against Impact for not having the entire Iron-Man Match on the actual Impact broadcast, but the show itself had enough quality wrestling to recommend. Josh Alexander is now going to be booked as the de facto champion for Impact, with this match he has won serving as the catalyst for that focus. Josh and TJP had what could be the greatest match of either of their careers and easily the top contender for Match Of The Year in any promotion. While not a perfect night, it was a fabulous one. Steve Cutler had a vignette under the new name of Steve Maclin. Rosemary and Havok will fight for the right to fight for the Knockout’s Title next week. The Knockout’s Tag Titles will be defended against Susie and Kimber Lee at Against All Odds. Lots of things happened here. Not a bad night at all. Well. This was fun. I’ll see you next week.

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