14th Jan2022

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Jan 13th 2022)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of Impact Wrestling, which this week openes with a Berfore the Impact that saw Black Taurus defeat Matthew Rehwoldt… With that out of the way let’s get right into the main show and this review!

Match #1: Laredo Kid def. Chris Bey

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

X-Division Champion Trey Miguel joins Tom Hannifan on commentary for this clash of potential title contenders! Kid hits a springboard crossbody, then soars to the outside with a burst of speed. Bey gains control with a Moonsault to the floor. The flurry of springboards continue as Bey hits an elbow drop for two. Laredo dives through the ropes, colliding with Bey on the ramp. Bey hits a Spinebuster Brainbuster combo but Laredo kicks out. Laredo connects with a top rope Spanish Fly to win!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: “Speedball” Mike Bailey def. Jake Something

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

“Speedball” Mike Bailey makes his IMPACT! on AXS TV debut as he goes one-on-one with Jake Something! Ace Austin joins Tom Hannifan on commentary after losing to Bailey in a four-way match at the Countdown to Hard To Kill. Bailey dropkicks Something to the outside. Something quickly turns the tide with a powerbomb on the hardest part of the ring. Something hits a strong forearm shot for two. Bailey hits a Moonsault to the floor, followed by a series of strikes. Something almost puts Bailey away with a modified sit-down powerbomb. Bailey delivers his signature double knees off the second rope, known as Ultima Weapon, to score the victory!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #3: Masha Slamovich def. Vert Vixen

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Following her dominant debut last week, Masha Slamovich returns to action against Vert Vixen! Slamovich charges towards her opponent and hits a running boot at the opening bell. Slamovich whips Vixen around the ring by her hair as she takes total control. Slamovich hits a big clothesline, followed by a modified driver to score another quick victory!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #4: Impact World Championship Match – Moose def. Zicky Dice

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Brian Myers joins Tom Hannifan on commentary for Zicky Dice’s huge IMPACT World Title opportunity tonight. Moose competes in his street clothes as it becomes apparent that he doesn’t perceive Dice as a threat. The bell rings and Moose hits a quick Uranagi to win in seconds!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #5: JONAH def. Raj Singh

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Raj Singh demands competition and Scott D’Amore gives it to him in the form of JONAH! Raj quickly finds himself on the defensive as JONAH hurls him across the ring. JONAH hits a running senton, followed by the top rope Tsunami splash to win!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #6: Title vs Title Match for the Reina de Reinas & ROH Women’s World Championship – Deonna Purrazzo def. Rok-C

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Ian Riccaboni and Matthew Rehwoldt join Tom Hannifan on commentary for tonight’s winner-take -all main event with two titles on the line! Rok-C hits a series of arm drags but Purrazzo halts her momentum by tripping her up on the ropes. Purrazzo begins to target the arm of Rok-C as she looks to lock in the Fujiwara Armbar. Purrazzo charges into the corner but Rok-C sidesteps, sending her crashing into the steel ring post. Rok-C hits a side Russian leg sweep but is unable to follow up with a submission due to her damaged shoulder. Rok-C hits Code Red for a very close near fall. Rok-C counters the Fujiwara Armbar into the Rok Lock but this time it’s Purrazzo who counters back into the Fujiwara Armbar. The referee is about to call for the bell when Rok-C stops him. Purrazzo transitions into Venus de Milo to win by submission. Deonna Purrazzo is the new ROH Women’s World Champion!

My Score: 4 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. The “invaders” from Ring of Honor returned on this show, with Mike Bennett and Vincent attacking D’Lo Brown at the commentary desk before PCO put him through a table!
  2. Chelsea Green challenged Tasha Steelz to a match next week.
  3. Charlie Haas debuted on Impact, interrupting Josh Alexander’s promo.
  4. Steve Maclin will face Jonathan Gresham in a ROH World Title match next week.

Final Verdict: 3/5

Well this was an interesting episode of Impact… The show opened strong with two back to back great matches. But then what happened Impact? Three squash matches in a row? Really?! Thank god then for the fantastic main event; a main event whose outcome was a total surprise. Never expected Purrazzo to pick up the ROH Women’s title at all but that’s what happened and I’m here for it. So will we see her become a belt collector and finally regain the Impact Women’s title too? Would love to see that happen and have her retain the titles for ages a la Kenny Omega. Especially given that there’s (as I’ve mentioned before) not many women on her level in Impact.

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