Powell’s Impact Wrestling Hit List: ’80s throwback Impact Provincial Wrestling Federation

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Impact Provincial Wrestling Federation Hits

The Good: There’s no point in breaking down this show in the typical match by match fashion. There were some comedic moments along the way. I got a kick out of the Hard Workers’ babyface tag team video, Don Callis using the name Sexton Hardcastle (Edge’s independent name), Mathews’ pronunciation of suplex, Ray Strack’s run to the ring, and Gama Sing’s performance in the blindfold match, and Ethan Page posing as a fan and starting a chant for the opponent he was trying to hide from.

Impact Provincial Wrestling Federation Misses

The Bad: This was a lousy Saturday Night Live skit that just wouldn’t end. I’m not a fan of putting the entire promotion on pause to do a mock ’80s pro wrestling show. I got a kick out of the Southpaw Regional Wrestling features that WWE released online, but I never would have advocated the idea of airing that spoof product in place of Raw or Smackdown. Call me old school, but the idea of seeing the wrestlers play different characters for one night is absurd. The wrestlers seemed to have fun with it, but this was far more embarrassing than it was entertaining. I’d ask why Impact’s network partner allowed this to happen, but, well, you know. I never thought Impact could make me miss the stupid turkey suit, but I’ll be damned if they didn’t pull it off.

Readers Comments (4)

  1. Wow. Sorry to read both you and John Moore hate fun. Enjoy your lives.

    • This wasn’t fun. It was something so stupid and juvenile that it made Vince McMahon seem like he has an adult sense of humor.

  2. I know this may shock you, but one person’s idea of fun might not be the same as someone else’s. I’m not insulting you for liking the show. There were a few funny moments, but most of it missed for me.

    • He or she believes their idea of fun applies to everyone, which separates people into binary categories of “fun.” and “Unfun” because they can’t think outside their own experience. Humans begin developing that trait around ages 4-5, so they’ll get there yet

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