29th Jan2020

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Jan 28th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more action in Mexico, including the beginning of a Michael Elgin/Eddie Edwards Best Of 5 Series. Following last week’s phone call to Booker T, we have a statement from him now to address what was said:

Dear Suckas,

Nathan Favel is a punk-ass b—-! …call my house mother-f—– and you git got! I ain’t no twizzle-d— mother-f—– like potato-man Magee! Who da man? Booker T! Who da biotch? The Nathan-man sucka punk! Bet he look like a hard-boiled egg shoved up a baby-tractor ass. FAKLKANKUMAHAKANAMALAMA! Women shouldn’t be World Champions! Men is the fighters…women’s do the fighting with booby-people only. Ain’t no woman ever beat Booker T in a fight…that’s right! Run ‘em all over with da’ G.I. Bro-mobile! Any-Sucka-Way, I da’ man and Favel-skank ain’t s—!

From Da’ Five Time, Five Time, Five Time, Five Time, Five Time WCW World Champion,

Booker T

Okay, we put it in the review. Booker T is an idiot. Lisa Ling could whoop Booker T’s ass. Think about it…what’s she up to when she ain’t lookin’ at rain? She’s a killer! Lisa Ling kills people for money and we all know it! Lisa would rip the Whoopi-locks out of Booker’s head until he bled like that woman that boinked The Sheik while she was on her period. Alright, it’s Impact time! That’s…a bad catchphrase…that I thought of.


Match #1: Vikingo def. Josh Alexander w/ Ethan Page

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Vikingo sends Alexander to the outside with a twisting Hurricanrana. Vikingo misses a dive but rolls through. Alexander catches Vikingo off guard with a huge clothesline. Vikingo hits a springboard dropkick, followed by a dive over the top rope to the floor. Vikingo brings the fight to the fans as he jumps into the crowd and back into Alexander outside the ring. Page trips up Vikingo on the outside. Vikingo takes him out with a springboard dive. Alexander attempts a Tiger Bomb but Alexander reverses into a pin and scores the upset victory.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a really strong match that took the two styles and found a common ground that they could work off of. Vikingo is some-thing else. Impact should sign Vikingo to some kind of contract now. Think of Amazing Red, Low Ki and Rey Mysterio taking the most aggressive parts of their repertoire and merging it into one person…that’s Vikingo. Oh, Josh did a great job here too.

Match #2: Rascalz (Dez & Wentz) def. Pagano & Murder Clown

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Pagano delivers a series of chops to Dez. Pagano flies, crashing into the Rascalz and his own partner on the outside. Murder Clown and Pagano take out Wentz with a big Tower of Doom. Murder Clown hits a 619 and heads to the top. The Rascalz take him off the top rope with a double Superplex. The Rascalz hit Murder Clown with a Swanton, followed by a corkscrew to win.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – The Rascalz did a fine job here, but the match was not the best.

Match #3: Moose def. Taurus

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Taurus gains the early advantage in this battle of beasts with a corkscrew dive to the floor. Moose turns it around by sending Taurus head first into the steel ring post. Both animals exchange headbutts in the middle of the ring. Moose sends Taurus crashing into the post, followed by the No Jackhammer Needed Spear to win.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – Taurus was great here, playing the part of the wild-man to perfection. Moose worked hard, but for all of his efforts, the match was mostly just a demo tape for Taurus to show how cool he is.

Match #4: Jordynne Grace def. Kiera Hogan & Madison Rayne – #1 Contenders Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie joins Josh Mathews and Don Callis on commentary for this bout. Jordynne hits a hanging DDT on Kiera, then slams Madison on top of her with a leg scissors. Madison and Kiera double team Jordynne but can’t agree on who goes for the pin. Jordynne fights back with a series of strikes but the Frenemies regain control by tossing Jordynne off the top rope to the mat. Both of them go for the pin but the referee reiterates that only one person can do so. Jordynne lays out Madison on the outside, followed by the Grace Driver to Kiera for the win.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – Grace was great here and deserved her win, while Hogan and Rayne did a fine job in a match that never quite became a classic, but did its job well.

Match #5: Daga & Dr Wagner Jr def. Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe & Luster the Legend)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Daga attempts a springboard but Thornstowe picks his leg and sends him into the steel guardrail. Reno Scum begin to wear down Daga on their side of the ring. Thornstowe takes it a step further but knocking Wagner off the apron with an elbow. Daga connects with a DDT on Luster to create separation, allowing him to tag in Wagner. Thornstowe gets hit with the Wagner Driver for a two count. Reno Scum connect with a double team Spinebuster into a Death Valley Driver on Daga. Daga spikes Thornstowe on his head to win.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – This was a waste of Dr. Wagner Jr., but at least he and the fantastic Daga won.

Match #6: (Main Event) Michael Elgin def. Eddie Edwards – Best of 5 Series: Match 1

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Eddie is in control after a dive to the floor. Elgin attempts a German Suplex on the outside but Eddie lands on his feet. Instead, Elgin swings Eddie into the steel guardrail. Eddie hits the Blue Thunder Bomb. Eddie takes Elgin off the top with a Backpack Stunner, then locks in the Half Boston Crab. Elgin fights off the Tiger Driver and drops Eddie on the top of his head. Both men exchange shots, leading to a Tiger Bomb from Eddie. Elgin connects with a top rope Death Valley Driver for a very close near fall. Elgin chokes out Eddie to score the victory.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a fine way to start the series and end the show. This was a scientific fight that was more along the precision route, rather than the technical method of wrestling. Elgin winning the first one is the perfect way to establish that Elgin is still a threat to Eddie’s Call Your Shot Trophy. I liked this.

News Of The Night:

  1. oVe attacked Daga and Dr. Wagner Jr.
  2. Rosemary fights Susie in a friendly exhibition match, next week.
  3. TJP faces Vikingo, next week.
  4. Willie Mack rejected Johnny Swinger’s offer to be a tag team.
  5. Joey Ryan taunted Rob Van Dam for his girl-friend being a skank.
  6. Ace Austin wants a World Title shot.
  7. Moose and Rhino are still feuding.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

A good atmosphere and a couple of excellent matches made this show fun to watch.


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