10th Dec2021

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Dec 9th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of Impact Wrestling which opened with a Before the Impact which saw Lady Frost, now signed officially to Impact, defeat one of the undead bridesmaids, Kimber Lee. With that said let’s get to the main show, whichj once again comes from Las Vegas!

Match #1: Deonna Purrazzo & Matthew Rehwoldt def. Mickie James & Chris Sabin

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Mickie James and Deonna Purrazzo look to build momentum towards their Knockouts World Title rematch at Hard To Kill in this tag team contest! Mickie squares off with Rehwoldt to kick things off as Mickie uses her quickness to gain the advantage. Purrazzo distracts Sabin on the top rope, allowing Rehwoldt to turn the tide. Purrazzo hits Sabin with a clothesline, then takes Mickie off the apron with a second clothesline. Rehwoldt connects with a sitdown powerbomb on Sabin for two. Sabin cuts him off with a mid-air dropkick and makes the tag to Mickie. Purrazzo meets her head-on and a brawl ensues. Purrazzo counters the Cradle Shock from Sabin. Mickie launches herself off the top, colliding with Purrazzo and Sabin on the floor. Purrazzo pins Mickie with some added leverage from Rehwoldt to win!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Rohit Raju vs. Lawrence D (No Contest)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

After not being invited to Wrestle House, Rohit Raju is out to hurt The Lord of the Manor, Lawrence D! Rohit walks right into an Atomic Drop, followed by a running splash from Lawrence. Out of nowhere, Josh Alexander storms into the IMPACT Zone and clears the ring!

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #3: FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) def. The Learning Tree (VSK & Zicky Dice)

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Can The Learning Tree impress their teacher, Brian Myers, with a victory over one of the most successful tag teams in pro wrestling today? Zicky uses an outlandish magic trick to distract Juice, allowing VSK to take control with a top rope foot stomp. Zicky and VSK have issues in the early going as they struggle to employ tag team fundamentals. FinJuice hit the double flapjack on VSK. Moments later, the double team attack continues as FinJuice put VSK away with a backbreaker elbow drop!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Street Fight – Eric Young def. Rhino

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The personal rivalry between former Violent By Design allies Eric Young and Rhino explodes in this match with no disqualifications and no count outs! Rhino sends him into the steel guardrail, then delivers a back suplex on the apron. Rhino hits a vertical suplex on the exposed ramp. Young sidesteps a Gore attempt as Rhino crashes head-first into a garbage can. Rhino takes him off the top with a thunderous Superplex. Rhino sets up for another Gore when Deaner and Joe Doering hit the ring. Heath evens the odds as Rhino gets caught with a shot from Young’s mask. It’s total anarchy as Rich Swann, Willie Mack and even IMPACT World Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers join the fray. Young capitalizes off the chaos with a Piledriver to win!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #5: Decay (Rosemary, Havok, Black Taurus & Crazzy Steve) def. The IInspiration (Cassie Lee & Jessie McKay) & The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb with a K

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Could The IInspiration’s new alliance with The Influence be what it takes to put their issues with Decay to rest? Following a double kick from The IInspiration to the back of Rosemary, the Demon Assassin rises from the dead to scare them off. Havok hits Jessie with a backbreaker clothesline combo for two. Madison jumps on the back of Steve but he sends her for a ride and bites her head. Taurus throws Dashwood over the top rope as she crashes into Kaleb at ringside. It appears Madison is angry that The IInspiration didn’t help break her partner’s fall. In the ring, Rosemary spears Dashwood to score the victory!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #6: Matt Cardona def. W. Morrissey (DQ)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The stakes are high in this week’s IMPACT! main event – if W. Morrissey can defeat Matt Cardona, Cardona will be removed from the Triple Threat IMPACT World Title match at Hard To Kill! Morrissey meets Cardona on the ramp during his entrance and the fight is on. They brawl around the ringside area where Morrissey drives Cardona into the steel ring post. In the ring, Cardona hits a flash Codebreaker for two. Morrissey sends Cardona toppling from the top all the way to the floor, then throws him like a lawn dart into the post. IMPACT World Champion Moose is seen watching on from a press box as Cardona is busted open. Morrissey charges into the corner but Cardona sidesteps to create separation and build momentum. Cardona takes the big man off his feet with a missile dropkick, followed by the ReBoot for two. Facing adversity, Cardona counters a powerbomb into Radio Silence but Morrissey somehow kicks out. Moments later, Morrissey pummels him in the corner as the referee tries to pry him off. Morrissey pushes Brian Hebner to the mat and he calls for the bell!

My Score: 3 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. Josh Alexander will face JONAH on January 8th at Hard To Kill.
  2. Scott D’Amore announced Gail Kim was the newest member of IMPACT management.
  3. The lineup for the first-ever Knockouts Ultimate X match at Hard To Kill will be: Lady Frost, Tasha Steelz, Rachael Ellering, Jordynne Grace, Chelsea Green and Rosemary.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Much like this weeks AEW: Dynamite, Impact put its foot on the gas, put pedal to the metal, not letting up in the slightest. Match, promo, Hard to Kill ad, Match, promo, Hard to Kill promo, match, match, promo. etc…There was no room to take a breath this week! I get that Impact are building (rather fast) to Hard to Kill and – especially in the case of Eric Young and Rhino – hopefully ending feuds which have been running all year before the “reset” of Hard to Kill in January but we could’ve done with time to let the results of what were, this week, some really good matches, sink in! Speaking of matches, this show was honestly packed with good matches (well apart from the Raju/Lawrence D match which was little more than an excuse to get Josh Alexander on TV) that all delivered from bell to bell.


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