22nd Nov2021

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Nov 18th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling. We’ve got the go-home show before Turning Point this week nd one that promises to deliver some great matches – including Steve Maclin fighting for a slot in the X-Division championship match and the much anticipated Josh Amexander vs Minoru Suzuki! Lets get right into it!

If you haven’t seen it already, check out our exclusive interview with Impact Wrestling’s Eddie Edwards ahead of his match at Turning Point 2021.

Match #1: Steve Maclin def. Laredo Kid

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Steve Maclin battles Laredo Kid with X-Division Title implications! If Maclin wins, he’ll be added to the X-Division Title match with Trey Miguel and Laredo Kid at Turning Point. Maclin launches himself through the ropes, taking out Laredo on the floor. Laredo avoids a spear, then soars off the top with a Swanton Bomb to the outside. Laredo hits multiple springboard Moonsaults for two. Maclin comes back with a running boot for a near fall of his own. Both men are down following a cartwheel DDT from Laredo and a big clothesline from Maclin. Moments later, Maclin hits the running spear in the corner, followed by Mayhem For All to win! The X-Division Title match at Turning Point will now be a three-way as Trey Miguel defends against Laredo Kid and Steve Maclin.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: The IInspiration (Cassie Lee & Jessie McKay) def. Undead Bridesmaids (Kimber Lee & Brandi Lauren)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Before The IInspiration defend the Knockouts World Tag Team Titles against Decay in a rematch at Turning Point, they look to eliminate the Undead Bridesmaids from “their” division! Kimber chases Jessie around the ringside area but walks right into a roundhouse kick from Cassie. Brandi quickens the pace, delivering a sliding dropkick to Cassie. Jessie turns the tide, allowing The IInspiration to hit a double team powerbomb for the win.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #3: Doc Gallows w/ Karl Anderson def. Hikuleo w/ Bullet Club (Chris Bey & El Phantasmo)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

It’s a clash of giants before The Good Brothers defend the IMPACT World Tag Team Titles against Bullet Club at Turning Point! Gallows immediately goes on the attack, bringing the fight to Hikuleo on the outside. Bullet Club distracts the referee, allowing Hikuleo to deliver a low blow and gain control. Gallows fights out of a chin lock and creates separation with back-to-back clotheslines. Gallows hits the sitdown powerbomb to win the match and build momentum towards this Saturday’s title showdown!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #4: The Demon & Decay (Black Taurus & Crazzy Steve) def. Johnny Swinger, Hernandez & Fallah Bahh

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Johnny Swinger and his crew look for revenge on The Demon in this wild six-man tag team match! Taurus headbutts Swinger, followed by tandem offense from Decay. Hernandez turns the tide with a sitdown powerbomb to Steve. Moments later, Steve bites Swinger and makes the tag to The Demon. Decay flies over the top to take out Hernandez and Fallah on the floor. Inside the ring, The Demon defeats Swinger by submission to score the victory for his team!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #5: Josh Alexander def. Minoru Suzuki

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

A first-time-ever dream match headlines tonight’s episode of IMPACT! as NJPW legend Minoru Suzuki collides with Josh Alexander! It’s a stalemate in the early going as Alexander counters the armbar and Suzuki counters the ankle lock. Suzuki locks in another armbar, this time on the ropes, to do some series damage. Suzuki takes out a security guard for stopping him from using a steel chair. They brawl to the top of the stage where Suzuki hits a big running boot, sending Alexander tumbling down the ramp. Both men exchange chops, then strikes in the middle of the ring. Suzuki attempts the Gotch Piledriver but Alexander fights it off with a back bodydrop. Alexander hits the C4 Spike to win by pinfall!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. Next week will be the Wrestle House 2 Thanksgiving Special!

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

Another solid, yet average, show that spent a LOT of time building up to Turning Point but also an episode that delivered a fantastic main event (as was expected) and a surprisingly good match from Doc Gallows who, for a change, showed why he was considered so good during his run in Japan. It was nice to see Maclin get a win but I can’t see him winning, especially given that Trey Miguel has only just got the X-Division belt.

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