02nd Aug2021

‘Impact Wrestling: Homecoming 2021’ PPV Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling’s Homecoming pay per view, which features a tournament to crown Impact’s King & Queen (of the Ring??) and a highly-anticipated X Division match… which, to be fair, we know Josh Alexander ISN’T going to lose? Why the hell would you take the belt off such an enigmatic and OVER wrestler?

Match #1: Homecoming Tournament 1st Round Match – Deonna Purrazzo & Matthew Rehwoldt def. Hernandez & Alisha

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The Drama King, Matthew Rehwoldt makes his shocking IMPACT debut and will be the partner of Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo! Hernandez tags into the match and Purrazzo goes toe-to-toe with the big man! Purrazzo almost takes him off his feet with a bicycle kick! Alisha sends Purrazzo to the outside, allowing Hernandez to hit Rehwoldt with a delayed vertical suplex. The pace quickens as Hernandez connects with running senton on Rehwoldt. Hernandez soars through the air with a dive to the floor! Alisha flies as she takes out everyone with a crossbody! Rehwoldt plants Hernandez face-first into the mat to win the match and advance to the next round!

My Score: 3 out of 5

The Drama King and the Virtuoso make for a great team it turns out. As do Hernandez & Alisha Edwards, who are reminiscent of the Strowman/BLiss partnership from the WWE Mixed Match Tournament a few years ago. Kudos to Matt Striker for saying that the Drama King, Matthew Rehwoldt, didn’t need an “A in English” after his promo. Clever Matt, very clever!

Match #2: Homecoming Tournament 1st Round Match – Matt Cardona & Chelsea Green def. Little Petey Pump & Thicc Mama Pump

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Petey Williams and Jordynne Grace pay homage to Scott Steiner tonight. Petey and Jordynne show off their strength as they connect with a double vertical suplex on Cardona. Petey crashes and burns on the floor, allowing Cardona to gain control. Petey hits a tornado DDT out of the corner, then makes the tag to Jordynne who comes in like a house of fire! Jordynne and Cheslea exchange strikes but Chelsea gains the upperhand with a curb stomp! Petey and Jordynne both attempt Canadian Destroyers but Cardona and Chelsea fight out! Petey takes out Cardona with a dive to the floor. In the ring, Chelsea hits Jordynne with the Unprettier to win!

My Score: 3 out of 5

I absolutely LOVED Petey Williams and Jordynne Grace’s tribute to Scott Steiner. Shame that they didn’t get the win – though I can see why Impact are behing the team of Cardona and Green, hell why wouldn’t you be behind the guy who’s generating so much press in the IWC?!

Match #3: Homecoming Tournament 1st Round Match – Tommy Dreamer & Rachael Ellering def. Brian Myers & Missy Hyatt

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Missy Hyatt tells Myers that she’s not a wrestler but she’s going to compete in this match regardless! Hyatt is about to square off with Ellering when she ducks and tags out to Myers. Dreamer and Ellering cut off the ring and deliver a series of double team maneuvers to Myers. Moments later, Myers distracts the referee, allowing Beale to attack Dreamer from the outside! Dreamer creates separation with a Death Valley Driver. Myers wants to tag out but Missy Hyatt retreats to the back! Dreamer and Ellering hit the Doomdsay Device on Myers to win and advance to the next round!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Yes yes yes! Dreamer and Ellering get the win a a Doomsday Device and the LOD pin… Great way to celebrate LOD and Ellering’s fathers involvement with the legendary team. I actually like the team of Dreamer and Ellering, shame its just [probably] going to be for this tournament. Maybe Ellering should get a veteran female wrestler to tag with in future?

Match #4: Homecoming Tournament 1st Round Match – Decay def. Fallah & Flava

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Fallah Bahh joins forces with Tasha Steelz to create – Fallah & Flava! But they are faced with a tough test in the form of Decay and one half of the Knockouts Tag Team Champions. Rosemary takes Tasha off her feet with a step-up forearm out of the corner. Tasha knees Rosemary from the apron, allowing Fallah to take control. Fallah is terrified when Rosemary comes back from the dead! Rosemary traps Tasha in the Upside Down. Steve hits his signature jumping DDT on Fallah to score the victory!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Decay had this one in control for pretty much the duration of the match. Fallah Bahh and Tasha Steelz did well to keep up but Crazy Steve, and to a lesser extent Rosemary, couldn’t be beat.

Match #5: Deaner w/ Violent By Design def. Willie Mack w/ Rich Swann

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Deaner charges at Willie before the opening bell but Willie sidesteps and sends Deaner over the top rope with a clothesline! EY hooks Willie’s leg from the outside but it doesn’t phase him as he continues the attack on Deaner. Willie catches Deaner in mid-air and hits an Exploder suplex! Willie connects with a Samoan Drop, followed by his signature standing Moonsault. Deaner hits a sit-down powerbomb out of the corner for two. Deaner counters the Stunner into a running neckbreaker for another near fall! Willie succesfully hits the Stunner but Rhino puts Deaner’s leg on the bottom rope! A brawl breaks out on the outside. Meanwhile, EY cracks Willie in the back with the VBD flag! Deaner hits the Deaner DDT to win.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Mack lost? Really? Williw Mack and Rich Swann seem so over with the crowd so for either of them lose a match seems shocking. But then that seems to be the play these days – the good guys really aren’t winning matches in a number of promotions. Mack will get his day again hopefully.

Match #6: Homecoming Tournament 2nd Round Match – Deonna Purrazzo & Matthew Rehwoldt def. Matt Cardona & Chelsea Green

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Chelsea Green offers a handshake to her longtime friend Deonna Purrazzo but “The Virtuosa” denies her! Cardona sends Rehwoldt to the outside with a sliding dropkick, then Chelsea does the same to Deonna! Rehwoldt baits Cardona into a dive but he moves at the last second, causing Cardona to collide with the unprotected floor. As Rehwoldt wears Cardona down, Deonna knocks Chelsea off the apron, preventing him from making the tag! Cardona finally creates some separation and makes the tag to the fiery Chelsea Green! Cardona hits Rehwoldt with Radio Silence. Deonna locks in the Fujiwara Armbar on Cardona but Green breaks it up! Deonna prevents Cardona from going for Radio Silence. Rehwoldt takes advantage of the distraction, planting Cardona to the mat for three!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Purrazzo and Rehwoldt were impressive here, in a match who’s finish was hard to call. After all, who’d have thought Cardona would eat a pin after the run he’s had recently? But on the other hand Purrazzo is not likely to lose a match either, even a tag match! like I said this was tough to call.

Match #7: Homecoming Tournament 2nd Round Match – Decay def. Tommy Dreamer & Rachael Ellering

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It’s a stalemate in the opening moments as Rosemary, Rachael Ellering, Crazzy Steve and Tommy Dreamer match each other’s offense move for move – including a four-way bite off! Rosemary hits Rachael with a Slingblade for two. Dreamer clobbers Steve with repeated fists in the corner, followed by his signature DDT! Rosemary spears Ellering out of the ring but gets caught with a Piledriver from Dreamer! Steve reverses a pin attempt from Dreamer into one of his own to win!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Another match whose outcome was hard to call. mainly due to the fact both teams were well over with the fans, so much so I don’t think either team winning would’ve mattered much to the Impact crowd. Both teams were super-impressive, with Dreamer and Steve both playing ring general in this match. Rosemary had the stand-out moment of the match though, screaming at Dreamer to give her a piledriver and taking one too!

Match #8: Josh Alexander def. Black Taurus – X-Division Championship

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Alexander takes Taurus off his feet with a big boot. Taurus hits a powerslam to gain momentum, followed by a pump-handle backbreaker. Taurus is in total control as he begins to wear Alexander down. Taurus dives through the ropes and hits a Tope Con Hilo to the floor. Alexander hits one German suplex after the other, then sends Taurus toppling to the outside! Alexander connects with a running crossbody to the back of Taurus. Alexander soars with a top rope Moonsault but Taurus kicks out at two! Taurus hits the spear for a very close near fall! Both men are down after Alexander spikes Taurus all the way from the top rope to the mat! Alexander connects with Divine Intervention to win the match and retain the X-Division Title!

My Score: 4 out of 5

This was an amazing match. These Alexander and Taurus worked well together, each giving as good as they got – this was fast-paced, hard-hitting and everything in between! To be fair, I’ve no idea how Black Taurus wrestles so well under that mask. Seriously. Alexander was excellent as always – he’s one wrestler who, in my opinion, always delivers. There may be other wrestlers who are the face of Impact Wrestling but Josh Alexander is the backbone!

Match #9: Homecoming Tournament Final: Deonna Purrazzo & Matthew Rehwoldt def. Decay

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The biting continues as Rosemary sinks her teeth into Rehwoldt’s arm! Rosemary hits Deonna with a German suplex, followed by a Slingblade for two. Rosemary is about to hit the ropes but Rehwoldt distracts her, allowing Deonna to gain control. Steve cranks the neck of Rehwoldt, then connects with a cannonaball in the corner! Decay lock in a double Upside Down as Deonna and Rehwoldt scream in agony! Rosemary almost puts Deonna away following a Scorpion Death Drop! Steve takes out Rehwoldt with a slingshot crossbody to the floor! In the ring, Deonna hits the Queen’s Gambit Piledriver on Rosemary to win! Deonna Purrazzo and Matthew Rehwoldt are your Homecoming King & Queen!

My Score: 4 out of 5

This was a great match to end the Homecoming King & Queen tournament to end on. I’d have hoped for a different outcome but this did not disappoint. Rosemary and Steve were in perfect tandem but that wasn’t enough to beat the on-a-roll Purrazzo and the debuting Drama King. This should’ve ended the PPV in my opinion, rather than the Hardcore match that followed.

Match #10: Eddie Edwards def. W Morrissey – Hardcore Match

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Eddie is embracing the crowd when Morrissey attacks him from behind to jumpstart the match! Eddie tries to fight back with a trash can lid but Morrissey brings his offense to a halt by sending him over the top rope to the floor. Morrissey kicks a trash can into Eddie’s face with a big boot. Morrissey wraps a steel chain around Eddie’s neck and chokes him with it. Eddie turns the tide with a Sunset Flip powerbomb into a pile of chairs and trash can lids! Morrissey goes for a powerbomb on the ramp but Eddie counters into a back body drop! Eddie charges down the ramp but momentum shifts once again as Morrissey drives him into the ring apron! Eddie is perched on the top rope when Morrissey kicks him offf, sending him crashing through a table on the floor! Morrissey catches Eddie in mid-air and hits a Chokeslam onto a ladder that does not budge! Morrissey ties Eddie’s hands together, then assaults him with a kendo stick. With his hands still tied, Eddie shoulder tackles Morrissey through a table! Eddie dishes out some payback with Kenny the kendo stick. Eddie wraps his knee with a steel chain, then connects with the Boston Knee Party to win the match and end Morrissey’s undefeated streak!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

This was your typical Eddie Edwards brawl rather than a standard wrestling match, which meant it didn’t feel as impactful as what had come before it. That doesn’t mean this was a bad match, in fact there were a few spots that looked vicious and nasty. Plus W. Morrisey just doesn’t do anything for me in terms of wrestling skills/style.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Another great pay per view for Impact Wrestling. I don’t know how many times I have to say it, but Impact can put on one hell of a PPV. The inter-gender wrestling gave the Homecoming tournament a different flavour, with the final easily being one of the best tag matches not only on Impact, but “other” promotions too, for some time… Interesting that the faction of Decay had the best matches of the night too!

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