15th Nov2021

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Nov 11th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of Impact Wrestling, another episode that continues the solid storylines in this post-Bound For Glory world… and features not one but TWO #1 contenders matches!

Match #1: Bullet Club (Chris Bey & El Phantasmo) w/ Hikuleo def. FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) – IMPACT World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The winning team will be next in line for an IMPACT World Tag Team Title shot against reigning champs, The Good Brothers! Juice hits Bey with a powerslam, followed by a squatting senton. Bey distrats the referee, allowing Hikuleo to send Juice into the steel guardrail. Phantasmo hits a springboard Moonsault on Juice to continue the assault. Juice hits Phantasmo with a series of strikes to create separation and make the tag to Finlay. The pace quickens as Finlay hits a springboard crossbody to Phantasmo on the floor. Finlay has Bey down following a flying elbow but Phantasmo breaks the pin. Finlay turns his attention to Hikuleo, taking him out on the floor. Inside the ring, Phantasmo superkicks Juice then holds off Finlay while Bey scores the pinfall! After the match, The Good Brothers head to the ring and a brawl breaks out between the two teams who will collide for the IMPACT World Tag Team Titles at Turning Point! Hikuleo goes face-to-face with Gallows and sends him retreating up the ramp.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #2: Minoru Suzuki def. Kaleb With a K

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Minoru Suzuki makes his IMPACT singles debut right here, right now! Josh Alexander is seen watching the match on a monitor backstage. Suzuki quickly takes control as he begins to dismantle his opponent. Suzuki hits the Gotch Piledriver to score the dominant victory!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #3: Decay (Havok & Rosemary) def. Undead Bridesmaids (Kimber Lee & Brandi Lauren)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Knockouts World Tag Team Champions The IInspiration have enlisted the help of the Undead Bridesmaids to take care of Decay before their title showdown at Turning Point! Speaking of The IInspiration, they make their way to the top of the ramp to scout their opponents. The Undead Bridesmaids capitalize off the distraction and attack Decay from behind. Decay turns the tide with a backbreaker spear combo to win!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #4: Mercedes Martinez def. Madison Rayne

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Before Mercedes Martinez challenges Mickie James for the Knockouts World Title at Turning Point, she goes one-on-one with Knockouts veteran Madison Rayne tonight! Mercedes hits an impressive delayed vertical suplex. Madison connects with a backstabber to gain control. Mercedes comes back with a modified Tiger Driver for two. Madison soars off the second rope, hitting a blockbuster for a near fall of her own. Mercedes counters the Ripcord Cutter into a rollup for three! Madison attacks Mercedes after the bell, then lays her out with the Ripcord Cutter! Madison does further damage with a steel chair until Knockouts World Champion Mickie James makes the save. Mercedes then drops Mickie with a modified driver to stand tall!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #5: Rohit Raju w/ Raj Singh def. Rocky Romero

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Rohit Raju has accused Rocky Romero of stealing his spotlight and tonight, he has a chance to do something about it! Rocky takes control in the early going by launching himself off the steps and colliding with Rohit on the floor. Rohit distracts the referee, allowing Raj to attack Rocky from the outside. Rocky builds speed and momentum with a series of running strikes. Rocky hits a tornado DDT for two. Rohit comes back with the Flatliner for another near fall. Rocky locks in the armbar but Raj gets up on the apron. Rocky takes him out of the equation with a dive to the floor. Rohit hits the Drive-By knee to score the victory!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #6: Eddie Edwards def. Matt Cardona & W. Morrissey – IMPACT World Championship #1 Contenders Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Whoever is victorious in this star-studded three-way clash will challenge Moose for the IMPACT World Title at Turning Point! Speaking of the champ, he’s watching this match from the press box high above the IMPACT Zone in Las Vegas. Morrissey is in complete control following a double chokeslam to both of his opponents. Cardona attempts a running crossbody but Morrissey catches him in mid-air and follows up with a fallaway slam. Eddie spears Cardona off the apron to the floor. After being beaten down by Morrissey, Eddie fights out of a delayed vertical suplex but gets shut down with big boot. Cardona and Eddie team up against the big man as Cardona hits a Codebreaker, followed by the Blue Thunder Bomb from Eddie. Cardona takes everyone out with a huge Tower of Doom out of the corner. Eddie jumps off the apron and hits the Boston Knee Party on Morrissey. Back in the ring, Eddie hits another Boston Knee Party on Cardona to win!

My Score: 3 out of 5

New of the Night:

  1. The IInspiration will face the Undead Bridesmaids in a match next week on IMPACT.
  2. Chris Sabin challenged Ace Austin to a rematch at Turning Point.
  3. Hernandez, Johnny Swinger and Fallah Bahh have a match against The Demon and Decay next week.
  4. Steve Maclin will fight Laredo Kid next week. If Maclin wins, he will be added to the X-Division Title match between Trey and Laredo at Turning Point.
  5. This Tuesday on IMPACT Plus and YouTube for IMPACT Ultimate Insiders, Chelsea Green, Matthew Rehwoldt, Jake Something and Alisha Edwards collide to determine the new #1 Contender for the Digital Media Championship.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was another solid episode of Impact (with three really good matches FYI) but one that seemed to be treading water until Turning Point. The opening match was great but I’m not sure how long Impact can rely on just the Good Brothers, FinJuice and Chris Bey and rotating members of the Bullet Club to carry the tag team division. The same can be said for a lot of this show – it felt like a retread of a lot we’ve seen before. The wrestling is great yes, but the storytelling feels like its getting a little stale. Speaking of which , the addition of Mercedes Martinez to the womens roster already feels like a breath of fresh air. Perhaps some new blood in all the others divisions is in order? And whilst he’s not a part of Impact, Rocky Romero’s appearance on this episode was superb – and got some of the best work out of Rohit Raju we’ve seen in some time!

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