By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Impact Wrestling Hits
Johnny Impact and Brian Cage vs. Pentagon Jr. and Fenix: Good action throughout the match while showcasing the tension building between the champion and the challenger heading into their match at Homecoming. The match also gave the Lucha Brothers a good win heading into their tag title match on Sunday. The pull apart brawl between Impact and Cage was well done and I really enjoyed the Homecoming video package that concluded the show.
LAX promo: Strong, passionate mic work from two guys who normally have Konnan do the talking for them. We’re heard them take part in some back and forth banter, but this was the first time I recall them delivering a traditional promo and they absolutely killed it. More of this, please.
The Rascalz, Willie Mack, and Rich Swann vs. Sami Callihan, The Crist Brothers, Matt Sydal, and Ethan Page: A ten-man, crowd pleasing, spot fest opener to kick off the new year. It didn’t really sell me directly on the Homecoming matches, but it got the show off to an entertaining start and it was good to see Mack get another win after losing so frequently early in his run with the company.
Raven and Tommy Dreamer: A fun dose of nostalgia to see the ECW rivals share the ring together again. On the flip side, I’m not a fan of the way Eli Drake is being wasted in mid-card programs, but that sadly became the norm for him in 2018.
Killer Kross vs. Trevor Lee: This match is expected to be Lee’s final appearance on Impact. As such, Lee losing clean and decisively and then being destroyed afterward was perfectly logical. I just wish the company’s use of Lee throughout his run also fit that description.
KM and Fallah Bahh vs. Desi Hit Squad: A minor Hit for the silly charm of the KM and Bahh act.
Impact Wrestling Misses
Scarlett Bordeaux: A minor Miss for the repetitive nature of her role as the mid-card temptress. I hope the company has something meaningful in mind for Bordeaux. There’s a risk that if she spends too much time toying with the mid-card wrestlers then she will start to feel like a mid-card act. Bordeaux is a star and the company has to find ways to make her shine.
Dark Allie vs. Kiera Hogan: It’s bad enough for the women already stuck in the Undead Realm storyline, but now they are putting Jordynne Grace in that mix? Here’s hoping it’s either a way to get Grace on the show or, better yet, a sign that the company is pulling back on the campiness.
Pentagon Jr. and Fenix promo: Pentagon was fine, but Fenix was all over the place to the point that I was surprised this aired. If nothing else, it was encouraging to hear Pentagon say that their match with LAX at Homecoming will no longer be friendly and respectful.
NEW: Help support ProWrestling.net when you shop Amazon by starting your online Amazon shopping at ProWrestling.net/amazon. You are not charged extra, but we receive a small and very helpful commission on everything you purchase. Thanks for thinking of us every time you shop at Amazon.
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features the WWE Survivor Series audio review co-hosted by Jake Barnett. Normally exclusive to ProWrestling.net Members, Jason and Jake discuss the full show including Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Bayley in a non-title match, Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio in a No Holds Barred match for the WWE Championship, "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Universal Title, and more...