28th Aug2021

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Aug 26th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more of Christian Cage on a show where we have the fallout from Emergence. Angelina Jolie once said, “I ain’t no whore! Connect Four!” She might not have actually said that, but I do say that Impact starts now! Connect Four!

Match #1: Chris Sabin def. Sami Callihan

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

After coming up short in the four-way #1 Contenders match at Emergence, Chris Sabin and Sami Callihan look to bounce back with a win tonight! Sabin jumpstarts the action, diving to the outside before the opening bell. Callihan quickly turns the tide with a powerbomb, followed by a Death Valley Driver. Sabin launches himself off the apron, colliding with Callihan on the floor. Callihan powerbombs him back-first into the steel ring post. Sabin sends Callihan into the corner with a dropkick off the top rope. It’s a stalemate as both men take each other out with kicks to the head! Callihan delivers a curb stomp, then piledrives Sabin for two. Sabin comes back with the Cradle Shock to win!

The Verdict: 8 out of 10

Match #2: Chris Bey def. David Finlay

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

After Juice Robinson was laid out in a blindside attack last week, David Finlay continues his rivalry with the Bullet Club’s newest member, Chris Bey, here tonight! Finlay takes control in the early going with a series of hard strikes. Bey launches Finlay into the ropes, then hits a back elbow drop to turn the tide. Bey begins to wear Finlay down as he secures a headlock. Bey taunts the crowd, giving Finlay an opportunity to recover and connect with a springboard crossbody! Finlay hits a back suplex on the hardest part of the ring. Finlay continues to target the back as he connects with a huge backbreaker for two. Bey rolls up Finlay with his feet on the ropes for leverage to steal the victory!

The Verdict: 8 out of 10

Match #3: The Influence (Madison Rayne, Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb With a K) def. Taylor Wilde

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

After Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb With a K cost Taylor Wilde her match against Madison Rayne at Emergence, Wilde looks to overcome the odds and take out all three of them! Wilde soars through the air with a top rope crossbody, colliding with The Influence on the ramp! Wilde almost puts Kaleb away with a Hurricanrana, but gets blindsided by Rayne and Dashwood. Wilde does everything in her power to score the victory but ultimately falls victim to the numbers game as Dashwood hits her with the Spotlight kick for three.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10

Match #4: (Main Event) Rich Swann & Willie Mack def. IMPACT World Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Rich Swann and Wilile Mack look to earn another IMPACT World Tag Team Title opportunity in tonight’s main event against the reigning champs! Rich and Willie deliver in-sync offense with a splash Moonsault combo. Gallows brings a halt to their momentum by pummeling Rich with strikes in the corner. Anderson hits a strong Irish whip but Willie comes back with a pop-up forearm. Rich is firing on all cylinders, taking Gallows off his feet with a spin kick, followed by a running splash on Anderson! Moments later, Anderson hits him with a spinebuster for two. Rich counters the Gun Stun into a rollup to score the victory!

The Verdict: 5 out of 10

FInal Verdict: 6/10

The first half of this show had two fabulous matches. The second half had…what the f–k was the second half? Now, the first half also had far too many promos. One promo after another is not going to get anyone to watch this show. Yes, Brian Myers was funny yelling about sleeves to Sam Beale, all while beginning to look for more young wrestlers to groom. Deonna Purrazzo and Mickie James brawled and Melina saved Mickie. Eddie Edwards saved Sami Callihan from Moose. Jerry Lawler shot JR! JR must not have been a teenager. Taylor Wilde requested a Handicap Match. Dumbass! The Good Brothers attacked Rich Swann and Willie Mack in a display that lasted longer than their actual match. I mentioned that we had two excellent matches to start the show. Oh, Petey Williams and TJP are at odds over Petey screwing TJP out of beating Steve Maclin. Okay. The matches… Jordynne Grace and Rachel Ellering saved Taylor Wilde from being attacked by The Influence. Okay! Enough of this angle s–t! The matches for the first half of the show were good! Sabin and Callihan had a fantastic back and forth that never slowed and never stopped. Sabin in particular looked great. Sabin must have found the fountain of youth, because he sure as hell acts like he has. As for our second match, Finlay and Bey were as athletic and dynamic as any pair I’ve seen this year. I took notice as soon as they started wrestling, because they were always doing something interesting. As for our last two bouts, the Handicap Match was too short and too cluttered to do anything worth remembering. The main event was just starting to make sense, but it ended long before it could get exciting. When the matches got time, the show got good. Maybe that’s what Impact should be focusing on now? Well, while nobody from Impact ponders what I’ve said, due to none of them reading this s–t, I’ll leave you to ponder this: Why is a raven like a writing desk? …because it ain’t no whore! Connect Four! I’ll see you next time.


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