Reviews by Dave
By David E Houston II
Show air date: May 13, 2021
Impact Wrestling on AXS-TV put on a very good show that maintained the pace set by the great Tasha Steelz-Jordynne Grace match on BTI. Nearly every segment was about building up different matches for the Under Siege Impact Plus app special. They used damn near the whole roster on this show in some capacity.
Havok defeated Rosemary
Winning an opportunity at Under Siege for the Knockouts championship, Havok beat Rosemary (with Decay teammates Crazzy Steve and Black Taurus) in a good match. Rosemary has really slimmed down the last 6 months and she’s moving a lot better. Havok won with her signature tombstone piledriver. KO champion “The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo out-kicked her coverage in trying to jump Havok on her own and it not working out for her. Her friends, Kimber Lee and Susan, tried to help but were cut off by Decay. Havok hits her second tombstone, this time on Purrazzo. Good match, good segment.
Good backstage interview from Gia Miller with Impact World Champion Kenny Omega, Don Callis, and the Good Brothers–Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson–before Anderson’s match with David Finlay of tag champions FinJuice. Very good of Miller to not crack when Omega was clearly trying to make her laugh.
El Phantasmo defeated TJP, Ace Austin, Rohit Raju, Petey Williams, Acey Romero
Gaining an X Division title match against champion Josh Alexander at Under Seige, El Phantasmo won a Scramble match over TJ Perkins, “Inevitable” Ace Austin (w/ Madman Fulton), Rohit Raju (w/ Shera), Petey Williams (who got a very respectful intro), and Acey Romero (w/ Larry D). Fun match with a lot of great sequences and spots with Phantasmo winning by pinning Williams as many of the other wrestlers and their volatile seconds got into a big brawl on the floor and went to the back.
Swinger’s Palace featured Robert Palmer, El Gigante, and Jack Tunney references as some of the guys from the Scramble match have a heated face-off about who should get the next tag title shots. Funny stuff that set the table for future tag matches, including a top contender match at Under Siege.
Willie Mack defeated Sam Beale
Willie Mack beat Sam “Hair like Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin” Beale. Mostly one-way traffic in an impressive outing for Mack. His Under Siege opponent, W. Morrisey, ambushes him after the match and lays him out. That kid is looking good.
Another good interview from Miller, this time with FinJuice and Eddie Edwards. They have a Kenny too.
David Finlay defeated Karl Anderson
Finlay defeats Anderson by disqualification as Omega saved Anderson while Anderson was trapped in a Finlay Indian deathlock. Good TV match. The tag champs, Eddie, and their Kenny clear the ring.
Brian Myers defeated Crazzy Steve
“The Most Professional Wrestler” Brian Myers got one over on Crazzy Steve. Solid TV match. Taurus hits him with a gore after the match. Those two face each other at Under Siege.
First time on camera interaction between Scott D’amore and Don Callis since Callis brought in Omega. Good segment.
Main Event: Chris Bey, Sami Callihan, and Moose defeated Matt Cardona, Trey Miguel, and Chris Sabin
The men in the Six-Way Number One Contenders match at Under Siege split into teams with Moose, “The Ultimate Finesser” Chris Bey, and Sami Callihan (three of the best heels anywhere) getting the win over Chris Sabin, Trey Miguel, and Matt Cardona in the main event.
The match featured some new matchups like Cardona vs everyone on the other team and some familiar ones such as Miguel vs Moose and a great callback with Miguel still being focused on Callihan, coming off their great feud all the past winter. Callihan and Moose faced off, both having to be favorites for the Under Siege main event.
Strong go-home show worth taking a look.
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David E Houston II he’s attended small independent shows with less than 100 people and large stadium shows with over 20,000 fans and live worldwide pay-per-views.