03rd Dec2021

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Dec 2nd 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of Impact Wrestling which, after last weeks trip to Wrestlehouse, is back to the normal format…  Thankfully (sorry Impact I’m not a fan). With a Before the Impact match that saw Jake Something defeat the Bullet Club’s Hikuleo, lets get into the main show!

Match #1: Chris Sabin def. Matthew Rehwoldt

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Matthew Rehwoldt looks to understand the art of Chris Sabin by going one-on-one with him right here, right now! Deonna Purrazzo joins Matt Striker and D’Lo Brown on commentary as she reveals that she’s going back to her roots as a Fujiwara specialist in order to reclaim the Knockouts World Championship. Sabin hits a top rope crossbody in the early going. Rehwoldt sends Sabin flying from the apron to the floor to swing the momentum in his favor. Rehwoldt hits a pendulum elbow drop for two. Sabin quickens the pace, connecting with a tornado DDT out of the corner. Both men are down following a double clothesline. Purrazzo leaves commentary and confronts Sabin on the apron. Rehwoldt capitalizes off the distraction with the End Scene. Knockouts World Champion Mickie James makes her way to ringside where she brawls with Purrazzo and drives her into the steel ring post. in the ring, Sabin connects with the Cradle Shock to win!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: JONAH def. Jai Vidal

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After being decimated by Eric Young a few weeks ago, Jai Vidal begs Scott D’Amore for another opportunity, claiming that he’s “Hard To Kill”. D’Amore tells him that he has a match up next – against JONAH! After destroying Josh Alexander at Turning Point, JONAH makes his IMPACT in-ring debut against Jai Vidal! JONAH quickly takes control with a delayed vertical suplex, followed by a jumping senton. JONAH flattens Vidal with a huge splash off the top rope to win!

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #3: Rachael Ellering def. Savannah Evans

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Rachael Ellering looks to even the score with Savannah Evans in this heated rematch! Ellering builds momentum with a running shoulder tackle but Savannah shuts her down with a bridged suplex. Savannah remains in control with a butterfly suplex. Savannah blocks the springboard leg drop as Jordynne gives Ellering some words of encouragement. Ellering begins to fight back with a series of strikes, followed by three running sentons. Tasha gets involved but Ellering makes her pay with a clothesline. Moments later, Ellering hits the fireman’s carry cutter on Savannah to win!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: Rich Swann & Willie Mack def. Violent By Design (Deaner & Joe Doering)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Rich Swann and Willie Mack seek revenge on their longtime rivals, Violent By Design! Rich and Willie hit Deaner with a flapjack bulldog. Doering takes out Willie with a running shoulder tackle from behind. Willie gets caught with a sidewalk slam from Doering, followed by a top rope headbutt from Deaner. Willie hits Deaner with a pop-up forearm to create separation and make the tag to Rich! The pace quickens as Rich connects with a handspring cutter on Deaner. Willie hits a Samoan Drop on Deaner as Rich follows up with the 450 Splash to win!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #5: Matt Cardona & Eddie Edwards def. IMPACT World Champion Moose & W. Morrissey

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

It’s main event time as four of IMPACT’s top stars collide in a star-studded tag team match! Moose distracts Cardona from the apron, allowing Morrissey to capitalize with a sidewalk slam. Cardona counters a powerbomb attempt and makes the tag to Eddie. Moose gets involved once again and Morrissey sends him flying from the top rope to the floor. Moose and Morrissey hit a double Irish whip to Eddie as they cut off the ring ring and begin to wear him down. Eddie is about to make the tag when Moose pulls Cardona off the apron. Eddie finally fights off Moose, allowing him to tag in an enraged Cardona. Moose gets caught with a Reboot but Morrissey breaks the pin. It’s a stalemate after a flurry of kicks takes out everyone. Eddie dives through the ropes, colliding with Morrissey on the outside. In the ring, Cardona rolls up Moose to score the pinfall victory!

My Score: 3 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. Jordynne Grace, Rachael Ellering, Tasha Steelz, Savannah Evans, Chelsea Green and Alisha all threw their names in the hat for ther first-ever Knockouts Ultimate X match at Hard To Kill.
  2. Knockouts World Champion Mickie James and Chris Sabin battle Deonna Purrazzo and Matthew Rehwoldt next week.
  3. Knockouts World Tag Team Champions The IInspiration team with The Influence to take on Decay next week.
  4. Eric Young collides with Rhino in a Street Fight next week.
  5. W. Morrisey double-crossed Moose, kicking him in the head, to close the show.

Final Verdict: 3/5

I wasn’t expecting much from the opening promo between Matt Cardona and Moose but they, like AEW have recently done, seemed to be given free reign to say what they want… and Moose wanted to call Matt Cardona, “Midcard-ona.” LOVED THAT! This weeks show was a definite improvement over the past couple of weeks – with decent matches and some good promos all coming together in a great build for Hard to Kill next month. JONAH’s match may have been a sqaush but a) local talent Jai Vidal got another shot on TV and b) it made JONAH look like a killing machine – perfect for facing Josh “Walking Weapon” Alexander!

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