06th Jan2019

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Jan 3rd 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this is the last Impact on POP before it moves to Pursuit this month. I hope the move to Pursuit doesn’t do the damage that many think it will do, but you never know. Well, let’s get right into the action.

Match #1: Rich Swann, Willie Mack & The Rascalz (Trey, Wentz & Dez) vs. Ethan Page, Matt Sydal & oVe (Sami Callihan, Jake Crist & Dave Crist) – Ten Man Tag Team Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The action is fast and hard-hitting in this multi-man opening contest! Trey leaps through the ropes and hits Callihan with a Hurricanrana on the floor. Page connects with a suicide dive to the outside. Mack is next to fly as he launches himself over the top rope, crashing into everyone! Jake Crist hits Trey with a cutter from the top rope into a sea of bodies on the floor! Swann hits a double cutter of his own to Callihan and Dave Crist. Swann connects with a 450 splash on Page for a near fall. Chaos erupts as the action reaches a frantic pace! Mack hits a top rope stunner on Dave Crist to score the victory for his team.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a hell of an opener and while it was no masterpiece in technical wizardry (or what-ever goofy Harry Potter reference I’m supposed to use) this was an excellent battle of style and skill. This match reminded me of the Elimination X match from 2005 TNA, as well as the Dragon Gate tag matches I’m always praising. This is the kind of thing that can get more people watching Impact again and I hope Don and Scott are starting to get the message.

Match #2: Desi Hit Squad (Rohit Raju & Raj Singh) w/ Gama Singh vs. Fallah Bahh & KM

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

These two teams are fighting over the attention of Scarlett Bordeaux as her global talent search continues. Scarlett looks on from the stage during the match. Raj attempts to slam Fallah but he can’t get the big man up! Fallah gets the hot tag to KM who goes on the attack. KM and Fallah steamroll over the Desi Hit Squad. Fallah squashes Raj in the corner to pick up the win.

My Take: 1.5 out of 5 – This was the opposite of the opener. The action was clumsy and had no real point other than establishing that Bahh is still enamored with Scarlett Bordeaux, who watched the match from ring-side. Scarlett brought nothing to this other than her sex appeal. Why not have Scarlett stalk the ring apron and give the most impressive team her opinion on how to finish the match? Scarlett could be the finisher and be booked as a devious mind that can secure a victory every time, rather than a secretive slut, which seems to be all that’s in her future. Don Callis probably just hired her so he could stare at her every week, so I guess Scarlett is doing what he wants. It’s a shame this match was not meant for more important things, because it had some potential to be a solid hit.

Match #3: Dark Allie w/ Su Yung vs. Kiera Hogan

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Kiera Hogan is on fire in the early going as she charges at Allie in the corner! Kiera dives to the outside, taking out Su on the floor. Allie takes control off the distraction with a faceplant. Kiera connects with a big kick to the head for a near fall. Allie hits the Codebreaker to score the victory!

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This came and went with little to mention either way. Both wrestlers worked well together, but the match is being built on the supernatural angle, so the match lost some of its edge due to that. These women deserved better from Impact, but got screwed out of having the match that they can really do.

Match #4: Trevor Lee vs. Killer Kross

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Trevor Lee may regret asking management for a match when his opponent is revealed to be Killer Kross! Kross dominates Lee for a large portion of the contest. Kross connects with the Doomsday Saito slam, followed by the Kross Jacket to win the match.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – Trevor Lee deserved better than this for his final match with Impact. Kross is a solid talent with a great character, but watching Lee be fed to Kross made me feel like I was seeing one of the first dumb decisions of 2019 striving to be the dumbest idea of the decade. Hell, this is a match that saw Lee get a cinder block broke on his head after he lost, because Lee is just another body to throw into the fire. Good luck to where-ever you end up, Trevor, and don’t let the next set of pricks do this $#!@ to you.

Match #5: (Main Event) Johnny Impact & Brian Cage vs. Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr & Fenix)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Cage is going to fly but Fenix cuts him off with a rolling cutter. Pentagon launches himself over the top rope, taking out Cage on the floor. Fenix tries to do the same but this time, Impact cuts him off. Impact hits a springboard Moonsault to the floor. Fenix walks across the top rope and crashes into everyone on the outside! Cage catches Fenix in mid-air and powerbombs him. Impact hits a top-rope Spanish Fly on Fenix but Pentagon breaks up the pin attempt. Pentagon hits Impact with the Pentagon Driver. Impact goes for the Impact Kick on Pentagon but he ducks, causing Impact to graze Cage! Cage attempts a clothesline on Fenix but he avoids it, causing Cage to lay out Impact! The Lucha Bros hit a double foot stomp into package piledriver on Impact to score the victory!

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was as good as the opener, but for different reasons. The action was a bit slower, yet I would call it more along the lines of methodical, so that’s good news to me. This match was really what I needed after the bulk of this card depressed the hell out of me. As the final main event on POP, this was a good way to go out.

News Of The Night:

  1. Tommy Dreamer and Raven fought off the attack of Eli Drake.
  2. Jordynn Grace saved Kiera Hogan from Dark Allie and Su Yung.
  3. Killer Kross told Johnny Impact that he would be watching him wrestle Brian Cage at Homecoming.

Final Verdict: 3/5

I’m being pretty generous with a 3, but the opener and main event were excellent and the lack of bad vignettes saved a bad card from being a bad show. I hope Impact does well on Pursuit, but my hope is that it gets to switch to WGN before the year ends or is able to get a second show on WGN. WGN would work well due to being a more popular channel, but also one that is wide open when it comes to original programming. For now, Impact is leaving POP for Pursuit and that is the way it is.

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