IMPACT HITS & MISSES 2/22: Johnny Impact vs. EC3, Johnny’s obliviousness as a babyface act, Trash Can Attack, Grandma Jenny, Trevor Lee the Dork

By Andrew Soucek, PWTorch Specialist

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Johnny Impact (art credit Grant Gould © PWTorch)



The Main Event: An entertaining match. That’s about all I have to say about it, I guess. Johnny Impact and EC III worked hard and delivered a couple of nice nearfalls. The problem is Carter is leaving the promotion, Impact stinks as a babyface (more below!), and Tyrus leaving his friend didn’t mean anything since they just reunited last week. I would also much, MUCH rather have seen Impact (the promotion, not the stupid last name of a wrestler) have EC III put over someone else on the way out. Roll the dice and have Fallah Bahh or Desmond Xavier go over on him clean. Impact (the wrestler, not the poorly run promotion) didn’t need the win to enhance his credibility. He also looked dumb for putting his No. 1 contendership on the line in the first place.

Cage’s Squash: Another fun star vs. complete jobber match. Last week’s was a little more smoothly, but I like the approach they’re taking with Brian Cage. Honestly, give us MONTHS of these squashes before having him even move onto the regular midcard roster. It worked wonders for Braun Strowman, Nia Jax, and even that Ryback dude.


Impact’s Luggage: Johnny Impact is such a tool. He’s completely oblivious to how dorky and conceited he comes across on TV. One of the first segments of the show had him arriving to the arena, being driven in by an employee on a golf car, and dragging his wheeled luggage alongside him. It. Looked. Stupid. He then hopped out of it like he was in an action film. This persona works fantastic as a heel in Lucha Underground. This does not work as a lead babyface on Impact. How can Don Callis and Scott D’Amore look at that footage after it’s shot and go “yeah! This guy is awesome!”?

Tag Match: Trevor Lee shouldn’t be pushed as a huge dork. Let’s start out with that. Second, non-title matches are stupid. You’re only giving us a match, so you can then give us the exact same match again. There’s literally three teams in the entire company, meaning they can just book a title match because of that reason alone. Also, a miss goes to the announce team who tried to play up Lee as a modern day David Koresh. Not that I found the comparison offensive, but Lee’s entire cult consists of ONE GUY.

Trash Can Attack!: Alberto Del Rio attacked Moose with a garbage can off the top rope. A plastic one. Moose sold it like he’d been hit with a hammer. If I was Moose, I’d be pissed off at Patron afterwards for making me sell that garbage. My Impact Livecast co-host Mike McMahon could hit me full blast with a plastic garbage can and I’d be mildly annoyed, not knocked out cold.

Non-Impact Zone Matches: Much like SmackDown’s sudden fetish of putting words on the screen when people talk, I hate these. The announcers have to pretend they don’t know the finish to the match, when minutes at a time are edited out, revealing they’re very much not “live” in any sense. You can never get into the flow of the fights, because they can fast-forward at any moment. They also look awful. I would love to chat with Callis and D’Amore and ask them why they think putting terrible looking half matches on TV is a productive use of anyone’s time.

Grandma Jenny: Did Impact go to the same talent agency where they hired Claire Lynch? Just kidding, Lynch played Olive Oil at Universal Studios. Grandma Jenny perhaps is Olive Oil’s mom from the theme park? She didn’t look like anyone’s grandma. She couldn’t act. And no babyface on the roster cared that TWO MEN WERE ABOUT TO BEAT UP AN INNOCENT OLDER WOMAN?!?!? Dumb. Not funny. Also, Jimmy Jacobs just isn’t clicking yet in Impact. And all of this for the return of Abyss, a character they haven’t treated as a serious threat in about eight years?

OVE vs. Moose & Edwards: The former tag team champs (and one of three actual tag teams in the company, as mentioned) lost cleanly to a makeshift tag team cleanly. So let’s run through this angle. Chapter 1: OVE kidnaps Bobby Lashley for no reason. We have no idea what happened to him. Chapter 2: Lashley defeats the group’s leader cleanly and Eddie Edwards saves him for no reason. Chapter 3: Lashley and Edwards win their tag match and the heels don’t get their heat back. Sounds like the end of a really bad story.


Welp, after last week’s solid effort I’m worried. I rated this a 5/10 on the Livecast, but in retrospect I’m going 4/10. I just can’t get into a show with terrible looking half-matches, bad comedy, potential stars treated as jokes and jobbers, and a mediocre commentary team.

NOW CHECK OUT THE FULL TV REPORT: MCMAHON’S IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT (2/22): ECIII vs. Impact for the No. 1 contendership, OVE vs. Edwards/Lashley, El Patron vs. Moose

6 Comments on IMPACT HITS & MISSES 2/22: Johnny Impact vs. EC3, Johnny’s obliviousness as a babyface act, Trash Can Attack, Grandma Jenny, Trevor Lee the Dork

  1. Terrible review. You dont know much about wrestling and it shows. Of course Johnny knows hes being campy, cuz hes being campy. Have you seen his movie? Prolly not. Your job is to review the product presented, not a PERSONAL judgement but a critical, analytical review. Non-title matches have been a thing since the beginning of wrestling on TV, its a quick way to get a up&coming team a deserved title shot. Lashley did not beat Callihan cleanly, he won by DQ. Also Callihan stated they did what they did to Lashley to make a point. All this is, is someones personal opinions on a product they clearly dont like nor understand. PLEASE get someone new to do the reviews & hit/miss thanks.

  2. A lot of childish butthurt shots taken at the company in this review. And potential stars treated as jokes and jobbers? I guess everybody must win. clean and if that’s the case let’s have all true jobber matches. Because clearly having potential stars lose or show personality is grounds for a poorly run company? lol . I mean having competitive matches isn’t enough , potential stars just shouldn’t lose ever ? A damn Johnny Impact for having luggage?

  3. This review is ridiculous. It is obvious you aren’t close to being any sort of expert on wrestling. The show was pretty good. It was about as good as the week before, possibly a little better. It is clear to me, this guy that reviews is a WWE fan. That is cool, bro, you like Sports Entertainment and not wrestling. There are a lot of us that prefer wrestling. But, if you don’t like the product or just want to take a dump on it, maybe this Hit and Miss Thing isn’t for you? Or perhaps you just take yourself too seriously. Cornette seems to loath you guys. 🙂

  4. The plastic trash can was actually realistic. It was an actual trash can, unlike the fake trash cans used in some other promotions that bend when you pick them up. SO much for realism? Stick with Sports Entertainment.

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