28th Oct2018

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Oct 25th 2018)

by Phil Wheat

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Welcome to this weeks Impact Wrestling review… You may have noticed that Nathan reviewed the Bound for Glory PPV because I thought it was one of the worst pay per views in an eon and never finished watching it! So I don’t have high hopes for this episode – this is also the first episode of Impact in its new later timeslot… Or as Impact are calling it: Impact After Dark. OK… So…

Match #1: Trevor Lee vs. Sami Callihan w/ oVe (Jake & Dave Crist)

The following is from ImpactWrestling.com:

Callihan attacks Lee before the bell rings to jumpstart the match. Callihan hits a Death Valley Driver for a near fall in the early going. Jake attempts to hand Callihan his signature baseball bat but Lee rolls up Callihan for a near fall before he can grab it! Jake gets up on the apron but Lee knocks him to the floor. Lee follows up with a Moonsault to the outside. Callihan distracts the referee, allowing Jake to push Lee off the top rope! Callihan connects with the Cactus Special Piledriver on Lee to pick up the win.

My Take: You know it really hurts a wrestling match when the commentary team and half of the participants involved are more interested in pantomimingly drooling over a woman sat on the stage… Sigh. We get great womens wrestling one week and the next all the men are oggling the t*ts of Scarlett Bordeaux. Definitely a case of one step forward teo steps back. As for the match – well besides a decent cross body from Trevor Lee on Callihan this was nothing to write home about.

Match #2: Tag Team Champions LAX (Santana & Ortiz) w/ Konnan vs. Heavenly Bodies (Desirable Dustin & Gigolo Justin)

The following is from ImpactWrestling.com:

LAX is in firm control of the match early on. It looks as though LAX is signalling the end when the Heavenly Bodies turn it around! The brawl spills to the outside. Santana hits a big dropkick through the ropes to the outside. LAX hit a double-team Moonsault and leg drop for a near fall. The Heavenly Bodies connect with a powerslam into a top rope splash for a near fall of their own. LAX hit the Street Sweeper to win the match!

My Take: After seeing LAX’s match against Jonny Storm & Jody Fleisch at Wrestling MediaCon it’s 100% clear that Impact continue to waste the skills of Santana & Ortiz – the pair are two of the best wrestlers the company has and they have to: a) take part in this stupid LAX/OGz feud and b) fight tag teams like Heavenly Bodies. In the case of the latter if NOT for Santana & Ortiz’s skills (i.e. they made the Heavenly Bodies look good) this match would’ve been an absolute sh*t-show. The Heavenly Bodies, at one point, looked like they were so confused they were going to fight each other!

Match #3: Gama Singh vs. Rohit Raju

The following is from ImpactWrestling.com:

Rohit is in firm control of the match when a mystery man attacks him from behind, causing the disqualification. Gama applauds the man and instructs him to help Rohit back to his feet. Gama, Rohit and the mystery man stand tall in the middle of the ring as the crowd looks on in disbelief.

My Take:Really? Really? Worst match I’ve seen this week, without a doubt. A new low for Impact and that’s saying something.

Match #4: Moose & Killer Kross vs. KM & Fallah Bahh

The following is from ImpactWrestling.com:

KM is looking for revenge after Moose and Kross tried to end his career. KM and Fallah take turns steamrolling over Kross. KM flies over the top with a huge dive, taking out both Moose and Kross. Fallah follows up with a clothesline off the ring apron to the floor! Moose is in control of Fallah but he turns it around with a belly-to-belly suplex! Just when Fallah is about to tag KM, Kross knocks him off the apron. Eddie Edwards makes his return since being brutally attacked by Moose and Kross at Bound for Glory! Eddie takes out Moose with a kendo stick and fights him to the back. Meanwhile, Kross chokes out KM with the Kross Jacket to win the match.

My Take: Fallah Bahh goes flying? That’s not the only surprising thing about this match. The biggest surprise? That this was actually a decemnt match, with Fallah Bahh being booked his strongest in aaages – even if the end was spoilt by Eddie Edwards’ interference. I get that Edwards is Impact’s version Tommy Dreamer, after all they’re booking Impact more like ECW every week, but do we really need to have him interfere in EVERY Moose match?

Match #5: Kiera Hogan w/ Allie vs. Su Yung

The following is from ImpactWrestling.com:

Kiera hits a big Hurricanrana in the early going! Kiera gets hung up on the ropes by Su, allowing her to gain control. Su connects with a modified neckbreaker off the ropes for a near fall. Su is about to hit the Panic Switch on the ramp but Allie makes the save. Allie and Su stare each other down on the ramp but Allie backs down. Allie retreats to the back, allowing Su to take control with a Pedigree. Su hits the Panic Switch on Kiera to pick up the victory.

My Take: Another good womens match, with Kiera Hogan showing her skills before taking the pin from Su Yung. There were a couple of spots where Hogan seemed to be placing herself in the correct position for Su Yung’s next move but other than that this was a solid one on one fight. It’s a shame Hogan has been wrapped up in the Yung/Allie storyline – she deserves a story or feud of her own, one in which she can be the focus rather than her opponent and her “friend”.

Match #6: World Champion Johnny Impact vs. Fenix – World Championship Match

The following is from ImpactWrestling.com:

Fenix gets a running start on the ramp and connects with a springboard crossbody. Impact hits a springboard kick of his own, the Impact kick! Fenix connects with a top rope Hurricanrana. Impact hits a Spanish Fly for a very close near fall. Impact attempts Countdown to Impact but Fenix avoids it! Impact connects with the swinging neckbreaker instead for a near fall. Impact connects with Starship Pain off the top to retain the World Championship.

My Take: Well THAT’S how you do a main event! Two guys mixing high-flying with old-school brawling for a match that was more exciting and more interesting than the rest of tonights show. They always talk about people carrying the show – but that’s legitimately what Fenix, Pentagon Jr., Sami Callihan and Johnny Impact are doing right now. Without them Impact has… pardon the pun… no impact on the wrestling landscape. However just how long can you rely on 4 guys to put on a great show? The rest of the roster needs to up their game IMHO.

News of the Night:

  1. Brian Cage attacked Callihan and oVe.
  2. Eli Drake forced Don Callis out of commentary and joined Josh Mathews at the desk.
  3. Knockouts Champion Tessa Blanchard confronted Taya Valkyrie in her locker room – they fight next week.
  4. Willie Mack challenged Rich Swann to a “friendly” matchup next week.
  5. The OGz attacked Fenix after the main event.
  6. Killer Kross has laid out Johnny Impact to end the show.

Final Verdict: 3/5

Well, well, well. This was very much an Impact of two halves. One terrible, one building to one of the best matches on the show in weeks. No surprise Fenix was involved in making this weeks episode so good – its pretty much a guarantee of a great main event when he’s involved! And hey, at least this episode was better than Bound for Glory!

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