By Jason Powell
Impact Wrestling Hits
Overall show: Yes, I’m giving a show that featured a bunch of historical turkey suit matches along with this year’s turkey suit match a Hit. No, it’s not a tryptophan chemical haze. Rather, it’s a case of being realistic. This show aired on Thanksgiving night when the numbers are traditionally down. Meanwhile, they have been airing match footage from other promotions because they don’t have enough of their own footage in the can. So there was no point in giving away a bunch of first-run material on this show. Granted, there was no real point in even airing this show and I sure as hell don’t recommend watching this show unless you are a furry or a turkey suit enthusiast, but I applaud the approach they took.
Eli Drake: If there’s anything I can recommend watching on this show it’s the backstage segments involving Drake, Chris Adonis, and Jeremy Borash. Drake showed off his strong personality, Borash thrives in these types of silly segments, and you get to watch Adonis eat a lot if you’re into that sort of thing. The trio was involved in countless segments throughout the night and if you have the show on the DVR, it’s worth going out of your way to speed through the show to see them. Some of the brief backstage interviews that McKenzie Mitchell conducted with the match entrants were also solid and gave the talent a chance to show off their personalities.
Thanksgiving Memories: The wrestlers sharing their Thanksgiving memories was a nice tough, though I could have done without some the heels coming off as good, sentimental people.
Impact Wrestling Misses
Chris Adonis, El Hijo Del Fantasma, Caleb Konley, KM, and Laurel Van Ness vs. Eddie Edwards, Richard Justice, Fallah Bahh, Garza Jr, and Allie in a Turkey Bowl match: It’s amazing to me that Impact did a better job of setting up their annual turkey suit match than they did for any Bound For Glory match. That said, this annual cornball comedy match and the turkey suit have never appealed to me. If you enjoy sports entertainment campiness then to each his own, this is definitely the show for you. My belief is that comedy in pro wrestling is more likely to click when the viewer feels good about the product or perhaps even the show they are attending. With Impact in such a rough place these days, it was hard to find much enjoyment in their annual comedy fest.