Reviews by Dave
Show air date: March 2, 2021
IMPACT Wrestling on AXS-TV put on a solid effort this week. A step down from the last couple of weeks but that was expected as they’re building into their Sacrifice Impact Plus special on March 13.
I watched BTI for the second time and that is a really good show with the best set of promos on TV. I don’t think I’ve ever watched any version of Impact Wrestling and screamed out loud “STFU!!” at my TV because of the constant jabbering on commentary. Matt Striker and D’Lo Brown have some good moments but Bast-almighty, they just talk and talk and talk. That is not how commentary works.
Ace Austin defeated Black Taurus and Chris Bey
As normal, they started off with a match with Ace Austin (with Madman Fulton) got a win over Black Taurus, and “The Ultimate Finesser” (and Your Girl’s Favorite Wrestler) Chris Bey in a very good match. I am never a fan of “ref conveniently looking the wrong way” finishes but everything else here was great.
Tenille Dashwood defeated Havok
Tenille Dashwood (with Kaleb with a K) beat Havok in an okay match. Havok works hard to bump and sell for smaller women. This match was a couple of minutes too long and had another “Hey ref! Look over there while I cheat.” finish. Nevaeh came out and helped her tag partner and tightened up Kaleb, who interfered when she lost to Dashwood previously.
Good backstage segment with Jordynne Grace and Jazz (who might have beaten up Joe Doering for his coat) facing off with KO tag champs Fire N Flava. Grace really added an opponent to her main event match with Deonna Purrazzo? That is some Stupid Babyface stuff right there.
Sami Callihan Goes Looking for Trey Miguel
Excellent segment with Sami Callihan visiting Trey Miguel’s wrestling school where he beats up some students andTrey’s trainer. Then it looks like Callihan recruited one. That’s why they had to re-sign this guy.
The Good Brothers and FinJuice defeated XXXL and Reno Scum
IMPACT tag champions, the Good Brothers–Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows–teamed with FinJuice–David Finlay and Juice Robinson–for a win over XXXL–Acey Romero and Larry D—and Reno Scum–Luster the Legend and Adam Thornstowe–in a relatively short, one-sided match. This should have gotten more time for XXXL and Scum to get in more offense. The story was the tension between the former IWGP tag champs, which leads to them finally deciding to settle things for the tag titles at Sacrifice. Well played, FinJuice.
Eddie Edwards defeated Brian Myers
With Matt Cardona as special guest referee, Eddie Edwards won his match over “The Most Professional Wrestler” Brian Myers by disqualification as Myers loaded up his elbow pad before delivering his Roster Cut lariat in front of Cardona, forcing the DQ.
Good work in another short match. They’re giving a slow but good build to Cardona vs Myers.
Excellent promo vignettes for world champion Rich Swann and Sacrifice challenger, TNA champion Moose.
Main Event: Deonna Purrazzo defeated Jordynne Grace and Kiera Hogan
IMPACT closed how they opened: with a strong non-title triple threat match with Knockouts champion Purrazzo beating Grace and Kiera Hogan. Great exhibition for Hogan in particular, holding her own with two women that should make every list of Top Wrestlers–male or female–in the world. The champ took advantage of Grace beating focused on Hogan, pinning her with a school boy roll up after Grace missed a Grace Bomb (reverse splash) off the middle rope. The show goes to black with Grace brawling with Tasha Steelz to the back and ODB avenging herself on Purrazzo, who attacked her in the back last week.
Solid show with high-quality opener and main event.
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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.