24th Mar2023

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Mar 23rd 2023)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s review of Impact Wrestling, which this week opens with a Before the Impact match that saw Trey Miguel defeat Kevin Knight. Let’s get into the review…

Match #1: Time Machine (KUSHIDA & Motor City Machine Guns) def. The Design (Deaner, Kon & Angels)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Time Machine competes in their first of two six-man tag team matches within 24 hours. At Sacrifice, they’ve got IMPACT World Champion Josh Alexander, Rich Swann and Kazarian. Tonight, they collide with The Design! Time Machine targets the shoulder of Angels in the early going. KUSHIDA hits a sliding dropkick, sending him face-first into the floor. Angels creates separation with a neckbreaker to Sabin, then makes the tag to Deaner. Sabin fights out of the corner, delivering a series of strikes to Kon and Angels on the apron. Sabin rolls through and makes the tag to KUSHIDA. The pace quickens as KUSHIDA hits a Pele Kick on Deaner. KUSHIDA launches himself off the top rope, taking out The Design with a big crossbody to the outside. Back in the ring, The Design have regained control as they hit KUSHIDA with a modified Doomsday Device. The match begins to break down as everyone gets involved. Callihan enters the ring illegally and the Guns make him pay for it. KUSHIDA locks in the Hoverboard Lock on Angels, forcing the submission.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #2: Deonna Purrazzo def. Savannah Evans

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Just one night before she seeks revenge on Gisele Shaw, Deonna Purrazzo must get through the new head of security, Savannah Evans! The early advantage goes to Evans as she tosses Purrazzo across the ring. Purrazzo uses her quickness to her advantage, taking Evans off her feet with a Hurricanrana. Shaw provides a distraction at ringside, allowing Evans to capitalize by throwing Purrazzo into the steel ring steps. Back in the ring, Evans hits a Butterfly suplex for two. Purrazzo trips her up, then drops Evans with a side Russian leg sweep. Purrazzo locks in the Fujiwara Armbar but Evans makes it to the bottom rope. Evans comes back with a Northern Lights suplex for another near fall. Shaw distracts the referee as Vidal holds Purrazzo on the apron. Evans charges towards her but ends up hitting Vidal with a big boot. Purrazzo knocks Shaw off the apron, then pins Evans following a Crucifix Bomb.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #3: Bully Ray & Masha Slamovich def. Tommy Dreamer & Mickie James

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Tensions explode between these fierce rivals as Bully Ray and Masha Slamovich battle Tommy Dreamer and Mickie James! Tomorrow night at Sacrifice, Bully and Dreamer collide in the first-ever Busted Open match while James defends the Knockouts World Title against Jordynne Grace. Slamovich hits James with a spin kick, then makes the tag to Bully. Bully crashes and burns on an elbow drop attempt, allowing her to tag out to Dreamer. Bully body-slams his own partner on top of Dreamer. Moments later, James hits the ropes but Bully pulls her down by her hair. Bully threatens James with a kendo stick but the referee stops him from using it. Instead, Bully hits a powerslam before Slamovich whips her around the ring. James begins to build momentum with a neckbreaker to Slamovich. Dreamer hits Bully with a cutter but Slamovich breaks the pin attempt. James hits Slamovich with a top rope seated senton, before showing Bully “What’s Up”. James and Dreamer bring a table into the ring but while the referee removes it, Bully goes low on Dreamer. Bully spikes him with a Piledriver to win.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #4: Moose & Brian Myers def. Joe Hendry & Dirty Dango

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Before Brian Myers challenges Joe Hendry for the Digital Media Title at Sacrifice, momentum is up for grabs in tag team action! Hendry puts his strength on display in the early going, planting Myers with a delayed vertical suplex. Moose repeatedly drives his shoulder into the solar plexus of Dango but Dango quickly turns it around with two-for-one offense. Hendry and Dango take Moose off his feet with double running shoulder tackles. Myers pushes Dango off the top rope, sending him crashing to the floor. Back in the ring, Dango creates separation with a corkscrew elbow to Moose. Dango makes the tag to Hendry, who enters the match with a burst of speed. Hendry goes on the attack, almost putting Myers away with a big cutter. Myers hits an Enzuigiri but Hendry comes back with a pop-up powerbomb. Moose spears Hendry, leading to the Roster Cut from Myers to win.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

I’m going to sound like a broken record but this was another cracking week of wrestling for Impact. Forget everything else about this show, the WRESTLING cannot be denied – it’s some of the best stuff consistently on TV right now. There might not have been as many matches as I’d like on this episode but what we did get were better that most matches put on by the BIGGEST wrestling company in the world this week! I’m legitimately excited to see what the Sacrifice and Multiverse United PPVs bring this/next weekend!


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