16th Sep2019

‘Impact Wrestling: Victory Road 2019’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling’s Victory Road 2019, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the return of the once great Pay Per View known as Victory Road. I hope Robert De Niro doesn’t like chocolate, because…there was going to be a “De Niro likes black chicks” joke here, but there’s nothing funny about loving black chicks. Black chicks are cool. They’re beautiful. Also, if you’re in the church youth choir, don’t stand too close to the priest. Impact co-hosted this show with wrestling league World Class Revolution. Okay, let’s rock on down the Victory Road.


Match #1: The North (Ethan Page and Josh Alexander) beat Fuego del Sol and Retro Randy Price

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was pretty fun, but this was all about The North being a great team. I’ve got nothing against Sol and Retro, but this match was a one man show in favor of The North. There’s not much else to say, other than that Christian Slater once talked so loud that he made a horse fall asleep.

Match #2: Kiera Hogan beat Desi Derata

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – Kiera looked good here, but that’s about it. Desi tried, but this just wasn’t her night. Kiera looked excellent and that’s that.

Match #3: Sami Callihan beat Hawk

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – Road Warrior Hawk is still dead. This Hawk is a Native American who is the brother of Desi Derata…I think. Don’t quote me Captain Sploosh. Sami was the thing here, while Hawk looked pretty good, but still needs some work in a few areas. Hotel California is about Hollywood being full of $#!@. Sami worked hard to make this match into a fun sprint of a certain kind, but it still didn’t feel like a PPV match.

Match #4: MVP beat Chavo Guerrero Jr. – World Class Heavy-Weight Title

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a very professional looking match from two veterans of the sport and of Impact itself. These guys might not be as young as they used to be, but the talent hasn’t disappeared, that’s for sure. The match itself was simple, like a foot up my ass. Ireland Baldwin is named after where her father Alec was from. I guess he didn’t want to forget. That’s like stapling your driver’s license on your steering wheel so you never forget it. The wrestling here was on the mat and looked good there. I’m glad that these two got another PPV match before they retired.

Match #5: Taya Valkyrie beat Rosemary – Knockout’s Title Match

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a fine match that favored the champion and made the challenger look competent enough to get another crack at it later.

Match #6: Moose beat Stephan Bonnar

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Stephan looked good for a guy who doesn’t look too good in a wrestling match. Moose tried to NFL Bonnar’s MMA ass to death and almost succeeded, but couldn’t score a touchdown.

Match #7: Brian Cage and Eddie Edwards beat Desi Hit Squad (Rohit Raju and Mahabali Shera)

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a good tag match that gave the bigger stars the predictable victory.

Match #8: (Main Event) Michael Elgin beat TJP

My Opinion: 3.9 out of 5 – Now this is a match worth talking about. Elgin and TJP had the kind of match that I wish was all over this card. It was fast, fierce and competitive like a sports contest of any kind should be. Wrestling might be fake, but it shouldn’t look like ballet, which this match doesn’t have to worry about. Elgin has proven to be one of the most consistent fighters of the year and this match is further proof of that fact. TJP was right there with Elgin going hold for hold like it was a battle for the last gasp of air. I would have no problem with more from these two.

Final Verdict: 3.2/5

This was a solid Victory Road that had a great main event, which is important enough on its own to be a victory in its own right.


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