03rd Sep2020

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Sept 1st 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Charlton Heston is a bad mother-fugger. Kiss my ass you damn, dirty apes! Dr. Zaius! Dr. Zaius! Ooooooh! Dr. Zaius! We’ve got Eric Young challenging for the Impact World Title against Eddie Edwards, which is bitchin’. Are you ready to lambada? Well…get ready!

Match #1: Sami Callihan def Rob Van Dam w/ Katie Forbes

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Callihan knocks RVD off the apron to jump-start the match. Katie distracts Callihan at ringside, allowing RVD to gain control with a clothesline. Katie continues to get involved when she picks the ankle of Callihan, halting his momentum. RVD wraps up Callihan on the steel guardrail, then delivers a strong spin kick. Callihan counters Rolling Thunder with his knees, then follows up with a low cutter. RVD connects with a split-legged Moonsault for two. Callihan scores a near fall of his own with a hangman’s style cutter. Both men exchange pins with Callihan getting the upperhand and the win.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – It was a bit slow in parts and not as much action as there should have been, but this was good when it had a chance to do anything. Sami did his usual evil goth chick routine and RVD was a much slower, yet still accomplished version of what he used to be. Nothing in here was second-rate or cheap, but it wasn’t top-notch either. Katie Forbes actually had her best night as a manager here, with her evil-ass routine actually adding to the last third of the match. This was pretty good for not being great. Next time, just let these guys do their thing and the match will be better.

Match #2: Rhino def Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe & Luster the Legend) – 2-on-1 Handicap Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Last week, Rhino and Heath attempted to get #Heath4IMPACT trending on social media so that management would allow Heath to complete alongside his former tag team partner in this match. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it worked and the bell rings for a handicap match. Thornstowe hits a standing Moonsault. Luster wears down Rhino with his incredible strength. Rhino fights back by sending Luster over the top rope to the floor with a clothesline. Rhino Gores Luster on the outside. A cameraman attacks Thornstowe from behind, but when they take their mask off, it turns out to be Heath. Rhino scores the pin on Thornstowe to win.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – Reno Scum looked the best they have yet and Rhino knocked them around something fierce…like Randolph Scott. RANDOLLLLLLPH SCOOOOOOOOOTT!!!!! If you like matches with people doing things for a little while, then this is your lucky day.

Match #3: Rascalz (Dez & Wentz) def Ace Austin & Madman Fulton

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Ace and Fulton take control in the early going. From the second rope, Fulton pulls Wentz up into the air with a choke. Wentz makes the tag to Dez, who quickens the pace. Dez catapults Ace into a superkick from Wentz. The flurry of offense continues when Dez and Wentz exchange dives, crashing into Fulton on the floor. Wentz connects with a Moonsault off the top rope to the outside. Meanwhile, Dez hits a Swanton on Ace for the huge upset victory.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a fun romp around the ring, with the pot-heads taking it to the emo chick and his red-neck cousin. The wrestling was no technical masterpiece, but the action was fast and fierce, which is about the way it oughta go.

Match #4: (Main Event) Eric Young def Eddie Edwards – IMPACT World Championship Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

EY hits a neckbreaker on the ring apron as he targets the neck of Edwards. EY continues to dominate the champion with multiple forearm shivers. Eddie fights back with a Blue Thunder Bomb to finally create some separation and regain his bearings. Eddie hits a backpack stunner out of the corner for two. EY sends Eddie flying off the top, then connects with a huge elbow drop for a near fall. Eddie hits a slingshot crossbody to the floor but may have buckled his knee in the process. It looks as though Eddie has EY beat with the Tiger Driver but isn’t able to get a strong pin due to his injured knee. EY grabs the World Title but it only serves as a distraction so he can crack Eddie over the head with his hockey mask. EY follows up with the piledriver to win the match and become the new IMPACT World Champion.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a real smack-around. Eric did his psycho thing the whole time and it looked great. Both of these guys were real rough, which added to the grudge aspect of the fight. Even though Eddie is the bigger draw, Eric has a lot of momentum going on with this anarchist bit he’s doing, so him winning has some merit. I hope the goal is to reposition the top stars to run the gauntlet with Eric, so they can set this up as a race to see which top star will be the one to relieve the bastard of the strap. As a prize fight, this match was an excellent addition the history of the title, but could have used a bit more spit-and-polish to give it that main event sheen. Still, I liked this.

News Of The Night:

  1. Tenille Dashwood returned to challenge Deonna Purrazzo.
  2. Kylie Rae returned to attack Deonna Purrazzo.
  3. Wrestle House finally ended, with a long, goofy brawl between the Deaners and XXXL that was quite funny and a Rosemary/Taya Valkyrie match that ended with Taya winning and John E Bravo proposing to Rosemary…she accepted. Every-one was transported home. Also, Johnny Swinger was dressed-up like Crazzy Steve (by Crazzy Steve), who was the one who drank The Deaners’ beer. Finally, Susie attacked The Deaners and beat the shit out of them.
  4. EC3 challenged Moose to come to what appeared to be Maryland (a rumor states that this is where the Ring Of Honor tapings are).
  5. Next week’s matches include:
    Chris Bey vs. TJP
    Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Rascalz – Impact Tag Team Championship Match

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This show needed more wrestling, but it was good and solid, nonetheless. It would seem the goal is to build Eric for Rich Swann to defeat at Bound For Glory, which could prove to be a very physical prize fight.

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