23rd Aug2021

‘Impact Wrestling: Emergence 2021’ PPV Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to Nerdly and this review of Impact Wrestling’s Emergence pay per view. This is the first PPV to feature AEW’s Christian Cage, now Impact Champion after beating Kenny Omega, in a bajillion years… And he’s wrestling Bryan Myers for the championship on this very show!

Match #1: Matt Cardona w/ Chelsea Green def. Rohit Raju w/ Shera

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We kick things off with this heated rivalry! Cardona is in control early as he sends Rohit to the outside with a strong shoulder tackle. Cardona misses a baseball slide but connects with a big boot on the floor instead. Cardona attempts a slingshot crossbody but he crashes and burns when Rohit pulls open the ring skirt! Rohit distracts the referee, allowing Shera to attack Cardona. Rohit hits a Buzzsaw kick for two. Cardona hits the Reboot but this time it’s Rohit who kicks out just in time! Rohit attempts a roll up with his feet on the ropes but the referee catches him! Cardona hits Radio Silence to score the victory.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #2: Decay (Knockouts Tag Team Champions Havok & Rosemary, Black Taurus & Crazzy Steve) def. Tasha Steelz, Savannah Evans, Fallah Bahh & No Way

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Savannah Evans makes her in-ring debut tonight as eight of IMPACT’s biggest personalities collide! Savannah shows off her strength in the early going as she delivers a big boot to Rosemary. Fallah hits a big belly-to-belly suplex on Steve. Taurus takes Fallah off his feet with a Slingblade. Decay take advantage of Fallah’s fear as they all bite him in the corner. Havok squares off with Savannah as they exchange strikes in the middle of the ring. No Way catches Steve in mid-air and hits a vertical suplex! Taurus and Rosemary take out Fallah with a double spear for the win!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #3: Steve Maclin def. Petey Williams

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Emergence continues with this personal grudge match! Maclin meets Petey on the ramp and takes control. Petey dives through the ropes with a Top Con Hilo, then pummels Maclin with repeated shots on the floor! Maclin is reeling, forcing him to retreat. Maclin counters a Hurricanrana into a vicious powerbomb. Maclin launches himself off the apron, delivering a flying elbow to Petey’s chest. Maclin asserts his dominance, hitting a big clothesline, followed by repeated elbow strikes. Every time Petey tries to gain momentum, Maclin shuts him down. Petey goes for the Canadian Destroyer but Maclin avoids it. Petey locks in the Sharpshooter but Maclin bites his hand to break the hold! Maclin goes low, then hits his signature sitdown slam for three.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #4: Madison Rayne w/ Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb With a K def. Taylor Wilde

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Taylor Wilde seeks revenge on Knockouts legend Madison Rayne tonight! Taylor quickens the pace with a series of arm drags, sending Madison retreating to the floor. Taylor dives through the ropes but Kaleb With a K takes the brunt of it! The distraction allows Madison to recover and hit a slingshot into the ropes. Taylor connects with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. Madison hits the Ripcord Cutter but Taylor gets her shoulder up before three. Taylor has the match won following a bridge German suplex but Kaleb pulls the referee out of the ring! Tenille Dashwood throws Taylor into the steel ring post and Madison rolls her up to win.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #5: Ace Austin w/ Madman Fulton def. Moose, Sami Callihan & Chris Sabin – IMPACT World Title #1 Contenders Match

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The winner of this match will challenge the winner of Christian Cage vs Brian Myers for the IMPACT World Title! The action is fast and furious from the opening bell as Sabin takes Moose off his feet with a Hurricanrana. Sami drives Ace head-first into the turnbuckles with a Death Valley Driver. Moose powerbombs Sabin over the top rope to the floor. Ace soars through the air and hits a Fosbury Flop into Moose and Callihan! Moose powerbombs Ace directly into the hardest part of the ring. Sabin spikes Moose with a tornado DDT for two. Ace pleads with the referee after Callihan kicks out of The Fold. Everyone teams up on Moose as they deliver a triple superkick to his jaw. Moments later, Moose hits Ace with a Uranagi. Callihan clobbers Moose with a steel chair, but Ace capitalizes with a roll-up to secure the victory!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #6: X-Division Champion Josh Alexander def. Jake Something – X-Division Championship

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Josh Alexander defends the X-Division Title against potentially his toughest challenger to date! Jake fights off the ankle lock in the early going, then delivers a running spear in the corner. Jake clocks him with a clubbing blow but it’s not enough to take Alexander off his feet as he bounces back with an elbow. The physicality reaches another level with Jake hitting a thunderous Thesz Press. Alexander attempts a running crossbody but Jake counters into a Death Valley Driver on the floor! Jake delivers a delayed vertical suplex for a very close near fall. Both men are down after Alexander drives his knee into the back of Jake’s neck. Alexander hits one German suplex after the other, going all the way into double digits but it’s not enough to keep Jake down. Jake launches himself over the top rope, colliding with Alexander on the ramp! Jake makes it back into the ring before the count of ten, then hits a sit-down powerbomb for two. Alexander connects with Divine Intervention to retain the X-Division Title!

My Score: 4.5 out of 5

Match #7: Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo & Matthew Rehwoldt def. Melina & Trey Miguel

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Deonna Purrazzo and Melina are on a collision course for NWA EmPowerrr but we get a preview of things to come in mixed tag team action tonight! Trey and Melina deliver tandem offense to Rehwoldt following a big codebreaker. Deonna pulls Melina’s hair from the apron and Rehwoldt gains control with a running spear. Melina attempts to create separation with a back elbow but Purrazzo shuts down her momentum. Purrazzo and Rehwoldt cut off the ring as they begin to wear Melina down. Moments later, Melina hits a neckbreaker and makes the tag to Trey! The pace quickens as Trey connects with a double foot stomp to the back of Rehwoldt’s head! Rehwoldt knocks Trey off the apron, preventing Melina from making the tag once again. Purrazzo nails Melina from the apron, allowing Rehwoldt to capitalize and roll her up for three.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #8: IMPACT World Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers def. Violent By Design (Joe Doering & Rhino) & Rich Swann & Willie Mack – IMPACT World Tag Team Championships

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It’s every team for themselves in this three-way war for the IMPACT World Tag Team Titles! Doc Gallows and Joe Doering kick things off in a continuation of their wild matchup last night on IMPACT! The Good Brothers turn their attention to Rich as they attempt to isolate the smallest man in the match. Gallows hits him with an impressive delayed vertical suplex. Rich builds momentum with a low dropkick to Rhino. Just as Rich is about tag in Willie, Anderson knocks him off the apron! Moments later, Swann takes out Anderson with an Enzuigiri then successfully makes the tag to Willie, who hits Anderson with his signature standing Moonsault. Willie hits the Stunner on Anderson but Rhino pushes Willie off the top, bringing a halt to his follow-up Frog Splash. Anderson rolls up Rhino to retain the IMPACT World Tag Team Titles!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #9: IMPACT World Champion Christian Cage def. Brian Myers w/ Sam Beale – IMPACT World Championship

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New IMPACT World Champion Christian Cage makes his first title defense just one week after defeating Kenny Omega to win the title! Christian Cage is in control from the opening bell as Myers retreats. Christian Cage goes for the spear but once again, Myers escapes under the bottom rope. Christian Cage follows him to the outside where he delivers a series of chops against the guardrail. Beale provides a distraction at ringside, allowing Myers to attack Christian Cage from behind! Myers trips him up, then connects with a Flatliner for two. Myers crashes and burns on a top rope elbow drop attempt and Christian Cage turns the tide. Christian Cage shift his attention towards Beale but the momentary distraction gives Myers the opportunity to hit the Spear for a very close near fall! Christian Cage comes right back with a tornado DDT off the top. Christian Cage connects with a spear of his own, followed by the Killswitch to retain the IMPACT World Title!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Well this was another great pay per view from Impact, with the X Division championship easily not only the best match of the show but also the best X Division match of the year. There’s a good reason Josh Alexander is THE face of Impact Wrestling… He’s that damn good. The opener, with Cardona versus Raju was a surprisingly good start to the PPV – building further on the idea that Cardona was SEVERLY mis-used in the WWE, this showed Cardona can go up against anyone, a-n-y-o-n-e,  and deliver a great match. The Deonna/Melina match was a bit of a letdown but as a teaser for their match at Empower this worked. The main event was a decent, if not super-exciting, match between two WRESTLERS, actual wrestlers, who put on a display of what professional wrestling is beyond the crazy spots we see a lot of the time. Another win for Impact!

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