17th Mar2021

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Mar 16th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…my Nana just died. She had cancer and just died this afternoon of it. She was a tough ol broad. She could be real rough around the edges and soft to the touch at the same time. Nana had a hard life and had to raise six kids in the middle of the 20th century. She wasn’t perfect and she wasn’t always nice, but she cared deep down and showed it when it mattered most. She lost her first born (my uncle) a decade or so ago and her fifth born (my Mom) within the past several years. I’m gonna miss her. Nana, I love you. Okay, we’ve got a big main event with Sami Callihan fighting Trey Miguel, so don’t touch my tush.

BEFORE THE IMPACT

Match #1: (Main Event) Black Taurus def. Adam Thornestowe

The Score: 6 out of 10

  • The Good: These guys worked well together. Adam is getting better all the time and you see that here. There is a lot of stiff action here. Taurus spent a good portion of the match charging at Adam like Canada at Earl Hebner for helping to screw Bret Hart. Vince screwed Bret! The pace was just raging like fire.
  • The Bad: This was not an ambitious match and it kept the bout from reaching its potential.
  • The Verdict: I gotta admit, this was pretty damn good.

IMPACT

Match #1: FinJuice def. XXXL

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

After defeating The Good Brothers at Sacrifice to become the new IMPACT World Tag Team Champions, NJPW’s FinJuice return to the ring in this week’s opening match! Acey runs over FinJuice with a huge running crossbody. Juice avoids a running senton, allowing him to make the tag to Finlay. The pace quickens as he goes on the attack! Finlay hits Larry with the Acid Drop to score the victory.

The Score: 3 out of 10

  • The Good: Acey Romero was really good here. This was a fine match for Acey. There’s plenty of decent action for three minutes.
  • The Bad: Way too short.
  • The Verdict: Over and done with and no big problems in sight.

Match #2: Rhino def. Jake Something

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Rhino shocked the world at Sacrifice when he cost James Storm & Chris Sabin their match against Joe Doering and Deaner, joining Violent By Design in the process. Rhino is still in possession of the Call Your Shot Trophy which grants him a title shot of his choosing. Jake delivers a series of fists to Rhino, prompting Deaner to get up on the apron. Sabin fights him off and a brawl breaks out on the floor! Back in the ring, Rhino hits Jake with the Gore to pick up the win.

The Score: 1 out of 10

  • The Good: They moved around.
  • The Bad: Nothing really happened. Jake lost and needed to win.
  • The Verdict: This sucked.

Match #3: Rohit Raju def. Shera

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

After Rohit Raju and Shera came up short against James Storm and Chris Sabin last week, Rohit gave Shera a piece of his mind. Shera was not intimated in the least and vows to teach Rohit a lesson tonight. Shera hits a big boot, followed by a modified suplex for two. Rohit hangs up Shera’s arm on the top rope, then takes the big man off his feet with a series of kicks. Rohit hits his signature cannonball in the corner. Shera catches Rohit in mid-air for a chokeslam backbreaker! Rohit pins Shera with his feet on the ropes to steal the victory.

The Score: 3 out of 10

  • The Good: Raju just flew around the ring like a coke-head butterfly. Shera sold fairly well.
  • The Bad: Shera still can’t wrestle and Raju couldn’t do enough to convince me otherwise.
  • The Verdict: This was close, but still no cigar.

Match #4: Jordynne Grace, Alisha, Jazz, Havok, Nevaeh and ODB def. Tennille Dashwood, Fire N’ Flava, Susan, Kimber Lee and Deonna Purrazzo

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

This match came about after an altercation between Tenille Dashwood and Alisha inside Swinger’s Palace at Sacrifice. When they went to Scott D’Amore in search of a singles match, he upped the ante and made this huge 6 on 6 Knockouts tag! Alisha charges at Tenille from the opening bell. Alisha whips ODB into the corner who hits Tenille with a Bronco Buster. Jazz sends Deonna retreating to the outside after she connects with a haymaker! It’s total chaos as everyone gets involved. Jordynne and Tasha dive into a sea of humanity on the floor! Alisha makes the hot tag to Jordynne as she connects with the Grace Driver on Kimber for two. Tenille takes out Alisha with the Spotlight Kick. Jazz almost scores the pin after an X-Factor on Kimber but her partners break the count before three. Jazz forces Kimber to submit with the STF and that’s it!

The Score: 6 out of 10

  • The Good: There’s a lot of action here. As a matter of fact, this was non-stop action…total non-stop action (HA!). Everyone worked hard to make sure that this match always had something exciting to see. This was move after move and it never slowed down.
  • The Bad: This was a mess. As a wrestling bout, you don’t get much in the way of technique, despite the admirable effort put into the contest.
  • The Verdict: While this was light on the smarts, the action made up for that. There’s no bull here and I think you’ll like it.

Match #5: (Main Event) Sami Callihan def. Trey Miguel

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

An enraged Trey Miguel charges down the ramp and pummels Sami Callihan with a flurry of strikes! Trey hits a sliding dropkick, sending Callihan back-first into the steel guardrail. They brawl up the ramp where Trey fights off a Piledriver. Callihan locks in a Boston Crab on the floor. Callihan traps Trey’s ankle inside the ring post and drives it into the steel! Callihan has successfully negated the high-flying offense of Trey as he continues to target the ankle. Trey quickens the pace but is immediately shutdown as Callihan hits a rope-assisted neckbreaker for two. Trey attempts the Hourglass submission but Callihan counters by biting Trey’s ankle! Trey sacrifices his own body as he hits a springboard stunner on the floor. Callihan doesn’t allow Trey to build any momentum, driving the back of his head into the steel steps. Trey is perched on the top rope but Callihan manipulates the referee into checking on him. The distraction allows Callihan to connect with a sick Package Piledriver for three.

The Score: 8 out of 10

  • The Good: Intensity. This match was dripping with intensity. Sami and Trey went for each other like their lives depended on it. This felt like a fight from bell to bell. Trey was like a wild man here. You could practically feel the heat from the fire in Trey’s heart burning through the T.V. Sami was like a hurricane and he was dead set on ripping through the forest that was Trey. What a violent match this was.
  • The Bad: I wish there had been more grappling here.
  • The Verdict: This was a great grudge match.

Major News:

  1. Don Callis cut a great promo on how Kenny Omega will beat Rich Swann.
  2. FinJuice will defend the Impact Tag Titles against The Good Brothers at Rebellion.

Final Verdict: 6 /10

This was a one match show that also had some good action before the great main event. The build to Omega/Swann started off right and we move to Rebellion with lots of momentum. This wasn’t bad for an imperfect show.

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