02nd Apr2020

‘Total NonStop Action Wrestling’ AXS TV Special Review (March 31st 2020)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this special return of Total NonStop Action Wrestling in TNA on AXS TV, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and for this occasion, we have an hour of Impact Wrestling going by its real name, TNA Wrestling. I’m interested to see how this turns out, so no bull-s— from me.

Match #1: Hernandez def. Chase Stevens

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Hernandez-Stevens

Former Tag Team Champions Hernandez (with LAX) and Chase Stevens (with The Naturals) do battle in the opening contest. Hernandez attempts the Border Toss in the early going but Stevens counters into a German Suplex. Stevens continues his attack with a big Superplex. Hernandez connects with the Border Toss to score the win.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was far too short to matter, but this was a nostalgia trip, so it was successful in that regard.

Match #2: Suicide & Manik def. Johnny Swinger & Kid Kash

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

swinger-suicide

Different eras of TNA collide in this tag team match. David Penzer notes that Suicide later became Manik but now, they have somehow split into two different entities. Manik hits both Swinger and Kash with a double dropkick. Manik launches himself off the back of Suicide and connects with a flying elbow on Swinger. Manik hits the ropes but Kash kicks him in the back, allowing Swinger and Kash to take control. Swinger and Kash slow the pace down as continue to wear down Manik. Suicide finally receives the hot tag after Manik breaks free. Suicide goes on the attack as Manik joins in for a double team flurry. Suicide hits Kash with a Swanton off the top to win.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was mostly just the athletic guys showing thy can still do moves, but this was fun for a brief nostalgia trip.

Match #3: (Main Event) Rhino def. Madman Fulton (Disqualification)

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Rhino-Fulton

The fight spills to the outside in the early going as Fulton sends Rhino crashing into the steel ring post. Fulton crashes and burns off the top rope as Rhino avoids his hulking body. Rhino hits a series of elbows, followed by a belly-to-belly suplex. Jake and Dave Crist hit the ring to attack Rhino, causing the disqualification.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Fulton is okay, but Rhino being here helped lessen the blow of a cumbersome, but talented guy getting the spot-light when so many more talented people should have gotten a shot to fight Rhino. Still, this was fine for the time given and could have been much worse.

News Of The Night:

  1. Scott Steiner did another wild promo…with Steiner Math.

Final Verdict: 2.3/5

Despite this being a lousy show, this was still a case of an old coat of paint making something new more interesting than it would be otherwise. There’s a lesson to be learned here: just go back to TNA Wrestling. Having the TNA logo and the old openings were a breath of fresh air that looked so far ahead of anything that’s happened in Impact since the name change.

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