Reviews by Dave
Show air date: March 9, 2021
Impact Wrestling on AXS-TV had a strong go-home show for now-history making Sacrifice Impact Plus special on Saturday night.
Jazz defeated Tasha Steelz
After another good BTI (with a nice TJP win over Madman Fulton and a bunch of great promos), they opened with Tasha Steelz of Fire N Flava, one-half of the Knockouts tag champions with Kiera Hogan, facing Jazz, who will be challenging for the tag titles with Jordynne Grace at Sacrifice. A good match-up that played to both wrestlers’ strengths with the younger Steelz having one of her better solo performances since arriving. Jazz got the win with a modified STF, forcing Steelz to submit.
Good backstage interview by Gia Miller with ODB.
Trey Miguel defeated Sam Beale
Trey Miguel tries to talk to Sam Beale, a student at his wrestling school who’s been kicking it with Miguel’s longtime rival Sami Callihan and ends up in a match (Beale looks promising but he was not that good in the talking part). Miguel ends it quickly with his new Pretzel leglock submission. Excellent feud they’re building week to week.
James Storm and Chris Sabin defeated Rohit Raju and Shera
In a very good tag match, “Cowboy” James Storm and Chris Sabin beat Rohit Raju and Shera. They’ve done a great job of using the past history between Shera and Storm to give this some heat when other companies would just ignore it. Storm and Sabin then decide to play a couple of Captain Save-a-Wrestlers and stick up for Deaner, who’s being punished by Eric Young for his loss two weeks ago to Jake Something. They’re rewarded by being stomped out by Young’s Violent By Design group. They get a match at Sacrifice with Something in their corner to offset Young.
The Good Brothers and FinJuice defeated XXXL and Reno Scum
Contract signings normally end in a fight and this one between tag champions the Good Brothers and FinJuice had shots so…they had a fight.
Scott D’Amore settles the legal issues with Brian Myers and books him a “Holds Harmless” match with Eddie Edwards, which amounts to an old-school non-sanctioned lights-out match. Calling Myers Jean Pierre Lafitte is the joke of the week.
Chris Bey defeated Ace Austin
In a match that’s a front-runner for the match of the week, “The Ultimate Finesser” Chris Bey got a big win over Ace Austin. The X Division is a division of equals right now. Austin has the title shot at champion TJP but Bey just put himself in a great spot and Josh Alexander put them all on notice in Swinger’s Palace.
Excellent promo vignettes for world champion Rich Swann and Sacrifice challenger, TNA champion Moose.
Main Event: ODB defeat Susan
ODB beat Susan. Work was okay but they didn’t bring in ODB for 5-star matches but shenanigans and this delivered all that. Susan’s allies, KO champion Deonna Purrazzo and Kimber Lee rush down and layout ODB, who challenges Purrazzo at Sacrifice. She’s saved her own allies in Jazz and Jordynne Grace which in turn brings out Fire n Flava and giving the heel women an advantage, leaving Grace, Jazz, and ODB laying in the ring.
History in the Making
In a final face-off before their world title match at Sacrifice, Scott D’amore announces not only is it now a title unification match with both Rich Swann’s Impact World title but also Moose’s TNA world title and then the winner goes on to the Rebellion pay-per-view in April for a winner takes all match with AEW world champion Kenny Omega. Big announcement to close and made what could be “just another app show” a big deal.
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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.