Impression Wrestling put ahead their WrestleMania weekend providing on Saturday with Hardcore Justice, a present ‘booked’ by Tommy Dreamer and headlined by a Hardcore Struggle between Eric Younger’s Violent By Design faction and Wealthy Swann, Eddie Edwards, Willie Mack and Trey Miguel.
Josh Alexander & Petey Williams def. TJP & Fallah Bahh and Ace Austin & Madman Fulton
Neglect the Forbidden Door, the perfect factor Impression Wrestling can do in 2021 is create a brand new Group Canada. No ifs, no buts. That’s the play and it’s a hill I’m prepared to die on. Josh Alexander might be the perfect wrestler within the firm proper now, Petey Williams is again, Mike Bailey is allowed to work within the US once more and there’s a variety of nice Canadian indie expertise on the market. I’ve not fantasy booked this or something. I promise.
This was Petey’s first look in an Impression ring in 13 months and he seemed nice. Bodily he seemed very lean and his in-ring work was easy as ever. The remainder of the match was good too because the X-Division guys continued to set the workrate benchmark for Impression in 2021. There have been a few gradual bits with Fallah however all in all it flowed nicely and was extremely fulfilling. After Petey took out TJP with a Canadian Destroyer, Alexander secured the win by submitting Fallah with the Ankle Lock. ***1/4
Chairly Authorized Match
Mahabali Shera def. Hernandez
This wasn’t terrible. In lots of ways in which’s a praise as I assumed it’d nicely have been. It wasn’t essentially good but it surely overdelivered so I left a cheerful man. In some ways, the saving grace right here was Shera working because the babyface. He’s repeatedly struggled to work efficient management durations previously so permitting Hernandez, the extra skilled and savvy employee, to paved the way was way more efficient. They bought within the large spot with Shera superplexing Hernandez onto the pile of chairs but it surely was truly the interference of Rohit Raju, who hit Hernandez within the face with a chair, which bought Shera the win. **1/2
Doc Gallows (w/ Karl Anderson) def. Black Taurus (w/ Crazzy Steve)
I’d prefer to suppose that Decay might be difficult for the Tag Group titles after Rise up, no matter whether or not FinJuice or The Good Brothers win, as a result of I can’t work out why else you’d suppose this was the perfect use of a expertise like Black Taurus.
This was a TV match. I actually don’t have anything else to say. If something, it appeared decidedly lengthy and that was as a result of Gallows’ management interval simply lacked any actual power, which means the moments of pleasure had been restricted to Taurus’ sizzling begin and his comeback on the finish. Karl Anderson tried to run the distraction and whereas he bought reduce off by Crazzy Steve, it was sufficient to permit Gallows to land the massive kick and slam for the win. **3/4
Crate American Bash
Matt Cardona def. Johnny Swinger
Sometimes, you get matches that throw the standard star score information out of the window. This was certainly one of them. It wasn’t good by typical requirements but it surely was enjoyable for and it concerned the actual Impression GOAT, the Swingman, so it’s mainly an automated 5 stars.
The idea for the match was fairly easy however I preferred it. A Thriller Crate was positioned on high of every turnbuckle, with a weapon hidden in every one. The primary was a framed image of Scott Corridor, the second was a mouse entice that Swinger caught his hand in, the third was a set of knuckle dusters and the fourth would stay a thriller till later within the present. Cardona ducked Swinger’s punch try with the dusters, connecting with the Tough Ryder for the win. **
Sami Callihan def. Sam Beale
Callihan hit the ring to problem an open problem for this present as a result of individuals take what they deserve and he felt he deserved a spot on Hardcore Justice. Beale, a trainee of Trey Miguel who has been concerned in Callihan’s feud with the previous Rascal, accepted it and he bought squashed. This was an efficient showcase for Callihan, who is way too usually on the dropping finish on Impression’s greater exhibits. SQUASH
Blind Video games
Jake One thing def. Brian Myers
“You realize why it’s by no means been completed earlier than, Tommy? As a result of it’s silly.” Brian Myers, 2021.
Large Unhealthy Brian was proper. This was silly. Blindfold matches have all the time appeared very ineffective to me and this was no totally different. The addition of weapons didn’t actually make a lot of a distinction and this simply plodded alongside till the end. Myers tried to make use of a ref bump to get One thing disqualified for taking his blindfold off but it surely didn’t work. Cardona, who’ll face Myers at Rise up, slid the fourth Thriller Crate from earlier within the present, which transpired to be full of motion figures, to One thing, who boshed Myers with it and bought the pin. *1/2
Knockouts Championship No #1 Contendership Weapons Match
Tenille Dashwood def. Jordynne Grace, Su Yung, Alisha Edwards, Havok and Rosemary
Whereas the motion within the match was fairly disjointed and never a lot to jot down residence about, it did a unbelievable job of growing the Knockouts division and organising additional matches shifting ahead.
Su Yung returned, eliminating ‘Susan’ on the ramp earlier than the bell even rang. The alter ego gimmick they had been doing didn’t work for me and whereas I’m not an enormous fan of the supernatural, creepy stuff, Su Yung is an asset to the division. She locked within the Mandible Claw on Alisha Edwards and took her to the again, organising a programme there, whereas Nevaeh chucked powder within the eyes of her former companion Havok to cease her successful. Jordynne Grace seemed to reap the benefits of that interference however Kaleb with a Okay took her out, permitting Tenille to pin Jordynne for the win. **1/2
Title vs Profession match
Deonna Purrazzo (C) def. Jazz
If you do a title vs profession match, you hope that the potential penalties for the wrestler placing their profession on the road will add a degree of storytelling that instantly elevates the product earlier than you. Whereas we didn’t fairly get the depth I used to be on the lookout for right here, it was strong sufficient and a pleasant approach to highlight Jazz.
The commentary group of Matt Striker and D’Lo Brown tried to promote the stakes of the match and for probably the most half they did job but it surely too usually drifted into the realms of extreme hyperbole and a profound disconnection with what we had been seeing. Deonna was working over Jazz’s left arm but it surely wasn’t such aggression that you just’d fear about her capability as a companion and mom shifting ahead. Jazz did get her large comeback and paid tribute to Tommy Dreamer with a Dreamer DDT onto a chair but it surely wasn’t sufficient and after Deonna hit an enormous rolling exploder, she introduced Jazz’s illustrious profession to an in depth with the Queen’s Gambit (an Implant Buster). ***
Publish-match, I assumed they had been going to drag the set off on a Jordynne Grace heel flip however she simply escorted Jazz to the again.
Violent By Design (Eric Younger, Joe Doering, Deaner & Rhino) def. Eddie Edwards, Willie Mack, Wealthy Swann & Trey Miguel)
Tommy Dreamer was initially purported to be on this match, however he was ‘attacked’ backstage. I assumed that was to set him as much as enter final for his group because the valiant babyface, solely to get crushed down and get hoisted by his personal petard. Nevertheless, we bought Trey Miguel as an alternative and that was an improve when all was mentioned and completed.
Very like Deadly Lockdown in years previous, this began with two opponents within the ring for 5 minutes earlier than one individual from either side got here in at two minute intervals. Rightfully, it was the heels who had the person benefit, permitting them to work the numbers recreation earlier than the following babyface might are available in sizzling and add some depth. In the end, nevertheless, the shortage of a crowd was notably profound in a match like this. Certainly, you didn’t get the power you usually would when the numbers had been levelled, which means that the restricted motion we had for lengthy elements was way more noticeable. That mentioned, it was completely entertaining and Eric Younger’s reported ACL points didn’t appear noticeable (albeit this might have been taped earlier than he suffered it), whereas Joe Doering was capable of get some large spots in.
Trey Miguel’s meteora onto Doering and thru a susceptible Edwards on a desk on the surface was an ideal spot but it surely left Willie Mack remoted, permitting Younger to place him down with the Piledriver for the win. ***1/4
Hardcore Justice was, it have to be mentioned, not a very good present. I get that it was purported to be enjoyable and totally different as a result of it was the Wrestlemania weekend providing (therefore simply the one title match) but it surely felt pretty flat for probably the most half and simply three matches bought to the gentleman’s/girls three for me. At simply over two-and-a-half hours it was a simple watch, however with all the opposite wrestling happening this weekend, there’s nothing so that you can atone for.