13th Jan2019

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (January 10th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the card after Homecoming, so let’s see if it all turns out fine.

Match #1: Lucha Bros! (Pentagon Jr. & Fenix) def. Rascalz (Wentz & Dez)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Wentz hits a springboard corkscrew on Pentagon. Fenix hits a diving headbutt on Wentz off the top. Wentz connects with a Bronco Buster on Pentagon in the corner. Fenix cuts off the Rascalz’ offense with a double cutter! Fenix flies as he takes out Wentz with a suicide dive. The Lucha Bros hit Dez with a double superkick but get taken out with a Swanton Bomb from Wentz! The Lucha Bros hit a unique combination of moves, culminating with a Fear Factor Piledriver on Dez to pick up the win.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was excellent and I wish it had gone on longer. The action here is among the best this company has produced in the past few years, but the match was less about a full, complete contest and more about just showing them doing their great moves to each other. This was a blast despite the length and purpose of it, but I hope that these two teams get a chance to really go full-tilt later this year.

Match #2: Willie Mack def. Sami Callihan

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Mack attempts a baseball slide but Callihan pulls out the ring apron, trapping Mack. Mack clobbers Callihan with a clothesline, then follows up with a slam on the ring apron. They brawl up to the top of the stage where Callihan rakes the eyes of Mack. Callihan then connects with a sick Piledriver on the steel! Somehow, Mack crawls back in the ring and goes on the attack. Mack hits a standing Moonsault for a near fall. Mack hits Sky High but Callihan gets his shoulder up at two! Callihan goes for a second Piledriver but Mack reverses and pins Callihan for the win!

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun match that had some hard-hitting shots and big slams, but it felt like they weren’t able to reach their potential with each other.

Match #3: Tessa Blanchard def. Cali Collins

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Cali is draped on the ropes and Tessa follows up with a running dropkick. Tessa connects with Gail Kim’s finishing move, Eat Defeat to pick up a dominant victory.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a waste of both of their time. Tessa doesn’t need squash matches, but she does need complete matches, which Cali was not booked to offer to Tessa.

Match #4: (Main Event) Killer Kross def. World Champion Johnny Impact – Non-Title No Disqualification Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Impact is enraged and immediately goes on the attack! Kross places a steel chair around the neck of Impact and sends him throat-first into the post. Kross lays Impact’s head on the steel steps and attempts to clobber him with a chair but luckily, Impact avoids it. Impact buries Kross in steel chairs, then launches himself off the steps with a Moonsault! Impact and Kross meet in the middle of the ring and exchange steel chair shots. Impact is about to finish off Kross when Moose runs down to the ring and pushes Impact off the top rope through a table! Moose throws Impact back in the ring, allowing Kross to lock in the Kross Jacket. Impact passes out, awarding the victory to Kross.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – The action here was good and was Kross’s best performance in Impact, so far. This was standard of the No DQ stipulation and it was solid, but I can’t imagine that this main event is enough to keep eyes glued to the TV, at least under this circumstance.

News Of The Night:

  1. Scott Steiner returned to get a lap dance from Scarlett Bordeaux.
  2. Eddie Edwards and Eli Drake are now in feud for the honor of Hardcore wrestling.
  3. Moose, Bran Cage, Killer Kross and Johnny Impact are now in a feud for the, presumably for the title.
  4. Killer Kross promised to hurt Johnny Impact’s wife, Taya Valkyrie, when she returns from his first attack on her.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

This was solid, but the debut on Pursuit left a lot to be desired. It’s a problem when the show peaks at the beginning, but this has been the story of Don Callis’s version of Impact, so far.


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