Impact Wrestling – June 16, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: June 16, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne

They have a main event to build towards now with the five way elimination World Title match set for Slammiversary. That is of course assuming Tessa Blanchard can make the show, which is no guarantee. It’s also assuming they don’t add the mystery former World Champion to make the match a bit bigger. There is other stuff to do first though so let’s get to it.

Opening recap.

Opening sequence.

The Rascalz have a quick meeting in the back and everything seems ok after the possibility of Wentz jumping Trey.

Tag Team Titles: Rascalz vs. The North

The North is defending. Wentz dropkicks Page off the apron to start but Alexander catches his charge. It’s off to Dez to take Alexander into the corner but Alexander is in back in for the fast save. Wentz chops Alexander in the corner, only to get pulled into the champs’ corner so Page can take over. Alexander drops a knee as commentary tries to figure out who attacked Trey before the tournament final.

The tag brings Dez back in for the running dropkick but Alexander drives him down without much trouble. Page shoulders Dez down and elbows him in the head a few times, setting up the delayed suplex with the hand off. It’s right back to Page for a backbreaker and a DDT gets two as we take a break. Back with Wentz getting the hot tag and coming in to clean house.

Everything breaks down and Wentz’s standing moonsault gets two on Page. A top rope Meteora into a backbreaker from Dez gets two more and it’s a double tag to bring in Wentz and Alexander. Wentz hits a Canadian Destroyer but Page makes a quick save. Page takes him to the floor to send Dez over the barricade but Wentz hits a dive to take him down. Back in and Wentz gets crotched, setting up the Northern Assault to retain the titles at 17:19.

Rating: B-. Add it to the list of good matches between these teams but at some point the drama goes away because the Rascalz just aren’t going to win. The North has turned into a heck of a team though and it’s going to take something special to beat them. That’s a great job of building them up and hopefully they can make some stars with whoever wins the titles.

Post match the North celebrates in the back….which is empty, save for one production guy.

Trey has been taken out again.

Ace Austin denies having anything to do with it and Eddie Edwards wants to fight him tonight.

Kimber Lee vs. Nevaeh

Havok is here with Nevaeh. They slug it out to start with Nevaeh getting the better of things and hitting a basement dropkick. Cue Tasha Steelz and Kiera Hogan with popcorn to watch from the seats. Lee comes back and kicks Nevaeh in the head, setting up some choking against the ropes. A suplex gives Lee two but Nevaeh is right back up with a German suplex. Lee kicks her down again but walks into a wind up DDT to give Nevaeh the pin at 4:36.

Rating: C-. This is how a women’s division can look as they are having some people actually doing a few things. It offers something a little different and that’s a good thing. You need something outside of the title picture and that’s what they’re offering here. Now your take on the quality may be hit or miss, but at least they’re having an option, which isn’t something you don’t get very often.

Some guys are watching a Ken Shamrock video from Impact Plus when the North comes in. They aren’t happy that they aren’t watching North highlights and break the iPad.

Cancel Culture doesn’t like Crazzy Steve.

Crazzy Steve doesn’t like being put into a little box so next week he’ll make a macabre masterpiece. Sounds like mystery partners.

Rohit Raju vs. Rhino

Raju jumps him from behind during the entrances and stomps him down after the bell. Rhino gets sent outside and beaten up even more, including a posting for two. Back in and we hit the chinlock, allowing commentary to plug Slammiversary. Rhino fights up with a suplex and clotheslines, only to get sent into the corner for a Cannonball. Not that it matters as the Gore finishes Raju at 4:08.

Rating: D+. Raju is so much more interesting now that he has something beyond “I’m from India and I’m a heel.” That kind of gimmick almost never works for anyone and it didn’t work for Raju in the first place. He isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire now, but he also isn’t the least interesting or one of the most annoying people in all of wrestling.

Flashback Moment of the Week: EC3 wins the World Title.

Michael Elgin says he doesn’t have to jump Trey from behind so he isn’t a suspect.

Susie talks to Kylie Rae about how she should just be bad because everyone walks all over her when she’s good. Kylie says no but here’s Taya Valkyrie to say that’s how losers talk. Susie: “Taya, that’s how you were talking last week.” Taya thinks they need makeovers and violence is teased but Kylie calms things down.

TNA World Title: Hernandez vs. Moose

Moose is defending and, after his insisted on Big Match Intros (with his own “YOU DESERVE IT” chants), gets clotheslined to the floor. After we look at three replays, they slug it out on the floor with Moose getting posted. Back in and Hernandez is sent into the middle buckle and a hard whip into the corner makes it worse.

The dropkick knocks Hernandez off the top and out to the floor and we shift into the slow beatdown mode. A kick to the head lets Moose talk trash before ripping at Hernandez’s face. That causes Hernandez to come back with a quick chokeslam and an over the shoulder kneeling backbreaker for two. Hernandez gets a running start so Moose tossed him over but raises his boot for a low blow. No Jackhammer Needed finishes Hernandez at 6:08.

Rating: D+. Not much to see here as Hernandez is little more than nostalgia at this point. Moose mowing through a bunch of TNA legends is interesting though and it should make for a good payoff when someone big can be brought back at Slammiversary. The matches might not be great but the story is entertaining enough and I’ll take that every day.

After the pin, EC3’s music plays and freaks Moose out.

The Rascalz accuse Reno Scum about being Ace Austin’s cronies but they have nothing to do with him. They accuse TJP and Fallah Bahh.

The Deaners are happy to be back together and a rather confused Willie Mack is with them. They’ll have a six man tag with Johnny Swinger, Chris Bey and someone else. Various Swinger jokes (He was Ricky Morton’s favorite wrestler growing up) ensue and Mack does a Steve Austin impression.

Reno Scum vs. XXXL

Acey and Thornstowe start things off and everything breaks down in less than ten seconds. A knee to Larry’s head takes him down and he gets pulled into the Scum corner. Larry gets kicked down and sent face first into the buckle as Josh and Madison continue to bicker, this time about Micro Brawlers (a toy line). The double teaming doesn’t last as Larry fights up and gets over for the tag to start cleaning house. Luster stops a backbreaker/something combination and it’s a top rope knee to finish Larry at 4:25.

Rating: D. This is the lower end of the tag division and there wasn’t much to see. Neither of these teams are all that interesting in the first place and it was pretty clear to see here. Scum is a team I’ve never gotten and XXXL is one of the gimmickiest teams around. They aren’t terrible or anything really close to it, but I could go without either of them without watching them in the ring.

Johnny Swinger has an idea for a partner and uses one of those cellular phones that Chris Bey has. Actually never mind as that guy is under a ninety day no compete clause, so we’ll need an outlaw friend of his.

Video on Deonna Purrazzo, who worked here at a One Night Only show in her eighth career match. Then she toured the world and is back to show that she is the best women’s technical wrestler in the world. Jordynne Grace is big and strong but her arm can be broken like anyone else.

Grace is ready for Purrazzo and doesn’t get why Purrazzo jumped her from behind. As expected, Purrazzo jumps her from behind and puts on the Fujiwara armbar.

Here’s what coming next week. Some of that might not be happening after recent developments.

Eddie Edwards vs. Ace Austin

Street fight. Eddie jumps Ace from behind, which might be a little more impactful if Raju hadn’t done it in a nothing match earlier. Eddie sends him into the apron and goes to the back to find a trashcan full of weapons. A shot to the back knocks the chair out of Ace’s hands but Ace hits him in the face with a kendo stick.

Back from a break with Ace hitting him with various things and tossing Eddie with a suplex onto a street sign. More metal shots knock Eddie to the floor and Ace starts hitting him in the eye. A barricade is leaned against the apron but Ace gets suplexed onto it for the double knockdown. Back in and Eddie gets two off the Blue Thunder Bomb but Ace hits a springboard spinning kick to knock a chair into Eddie’s face.

It’s table time so Ace goes up top but has to use the card to cut Eddie’s eye to escape a belly to back superplex attempt. A high crossbody gives Ace two and Eddie’s tiger driver gets the same. Ace drop toeholds him eye first into an open chair but he’s right back up to turn the table over. A neckbreaker over the raised leg of the table drops Ace (EGADS) and the Boston Knee Party is loaded up. Cue Madman Fulton to chokeslam Eddie though, setting up the Fold to give Ace the pin at 19:23.

Rating: B. Good stuff here with the solid angle at the end as Fulton likely being the monster who took out Trey. With OVE being taken apart, this is as good of a use for him as anything else and I could go for Austin and Fulton as a Shawn/Diesel pairing. The brawl itself was good too, as Eddie can work well with anyone on the roster. Ace continues to rise though and that could be interesting going forward.

Overall Rating: C. The two good, long matches bookending the show help this one a lot but there isn’t much else involved. I’m curious to see where things go at Slammiversary, where they all but have to take the title off of Tessa. She has barely been seen in months and there is little way to know if she is going to be back full time. Things have moved on from her and that was very clear here, as she was barely mentioned coming up on a big pay per view title defense. Overall not a great show, but two matches keep it afloat.

Results

The North b. Rascalz – Northern Assault to Wentz

Nevaeh b. Kimber Lee – Wind up DDT

Moose b. Hernandez – No Jackhammer Needed

Reno Scum b. XXXL – Top rope knee to Larry D.

Ace Austin b. Eddie Edwards – Fold

 

 

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