wrestling / TV Reports

Csonka’s Impact vs. Lucha Underground Review

April 7, 2018 | Posted by Larry Csonka
Pentagon Impact
The 411 Rating
Community Grade
Your Grade
Csonka’s Impact vs. Lucha Underground Review  

Watch IMPACT vs. Lucha Underground from IMPACTWrestling on www.twitch.tv

Csonka’s Impact vs. Lucha Underground Review

– Matanza defeated Moose, Matt Sydal, Caleb Konley, Jack Evans, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. @ 6:45 via pin [**¾]
Knockouts Title Match: Knockouts Champion Allie defeated Taya Valkyrie @ 9:15 via pin [***]
– Scott Steiner & Teddy Hart defeated OVE (Dave & Jake Crist) @ 7:40 via pin [*]
– King Cuerno, Drago, & Aerostar defeated Andrew Everett, Dezmond Xavier, & DJZ @ 10:18 via submission [***½]
– Trevor Lee defeated Marty The Moth @ 5:15 via pin [**]
Tag Team Title Match: Tag Team Champions LAX defeated Killshot & The Mack @ 13:12 via pin [***¾]
– Brian Cage defeated Eli Drake @ 7:15 via pin [**½]
I Quit Match: Jeremiah Crane defeated Eddie Edwards @ 20:15 [**½]
– Pentagon Jr. defeated Austin Aries and Fenix @ 9:50 via pin [***½]

Chavo Guerrero vs. Moose vs. Matt Sydal vs. Jack Evans vs. Caleb Konley vs. vs. Matanza Cueto: They all brawl at the bell, and bodies fly to the floor for a Moose & Matanza face off. They hoss it up, working shoulder tackles. Matanza takes moose down, but Moose kips up and dropkicks him to the floor. The others return, kneading to a fun back and forth with Evans and Sydal. Moose and Matanza return, clearing the ring and doing battle once again. Moose dumps him to the floor, he follows, and we then get some dives. Sydal hits a big moonsault off the top wiping out the pile. Evens follow with a springboard corkscrew moonsault to the floor. Back in and Evans works over Sydal, hitting a standing moonsault for 2. Moose now spears Sydal, takes out Konley, but Konley hits a back fist and sends him to the floor. Matanza quickly finished Konley with wrath of the gods. Matanza defeated Moose, Matt Sydal, Caleb Konley, Jack Evans, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. @ 6:45 via pin [**¾] This was a pretty good opener, it was fun overall and kept the crowd involved, but felt a bit clunky and the ending was abrupt.

– Lucha Underground returns on June 13th.

Champion Allie vs. Taya Valkyrie: Taya overpowers Allie to begin, lays in strikes but Allie hits some arm drags and covers for 2. Taya quickly cuts that off, and hits the running double knee sin the corner for 2. It’s all Taya early on, laying in chops and beating Allie down. Allie fires back, looking for a near fall, but instantly gets cut off. Taya follow with corner attack, and then suckers Allie into charging her, but simply sidesteps her and sends her to the buckles. Taya bullies Allie around, but Allie starts to get pissed. She fires up, lays in strikes several sliding Ds for 2. She follows with the corner dropkick, and the cover gets 2. Taya fights back, hitting a German, and then hits corner knees. The cover gets 2. Allie fights off road to Valhalla, and hits a DDT for 2. hits a backstabber and then the code breaker, picking up the win. Knockouts Champion Allie defeated Taya Valkyrie @ 9:15 via pin [***] This was a good back and forth match, Allie keeps delivering in her matches, and she worked well with Taya. I’d like to see the two eventually feud and have a longer form PPV match with a good story behind it.

Scott Steiner & Teddy Hart vs. OVE (Dave & Jake Crist) : Hart of course starts with a moonsault to the floor. He then hits a powerbomb/backstabber combo and about killed Jake on a botched electric chair drop. Steiner is chilling in his nWo shirt as oVe starts to work over Hart. They take the heat; Steiner stands around and yells a lot. Hart tries to fire up, fails, and oVe cuts him off. Hart finally hits a code red and Steiner gets the tag. He stands around as guys run into him, hits a belly to belly, coving for 2. More rough looking suplexes follow, and the Steiner recliner finishes it. Scott Steiner & Teddy Hart defeated OVE (Dave & Jake Crist) @ 7:40 via pin [*] This was not good. oVe worked a solid tag formula, but Teddy’s selling was dodgey, and Steiner looked like a 55 year old guy who rarely wrestles anymore.

King Cuerno, Drago, & Aerostar vs. Andrew Everett, Dezmond Xavier, & DJZ: Drago and Everett worked a nice, fast paced opening stretch. That led to DZJ & Aerostar tagging in, and the continues to work fun back and forth stretch. Xavier and Cuerno take their turn. They keep a brisk pace, with Xavier hitting a dropkick for 2. Cuerno quickly battles back, cutting off Xavier, but then gets knocked to the floor. He cuts off the Xavier dive, but back in and Xavier hits a cutter. Cuerno tags out, DZJ flies in with a high cross on Drago & Aerostar, and then follows with a dive to the floor. Xavier then busts out the Sasuke special, Everett’s dive gets cut off and Drago follows with a dive. Aerostar then busts out s step up dive, and Cuerno gets cut off by Everett. Everett then follows with a cork screw dive to the floor. Back in and Drago hits superkicks, and DZJ & Everett hits a version of more bang for your buck. Aerostar hits a cuter on DJZ, as it breaks down. Xavier hits a 619, and hits the PELE for 2. Cuerno cuts him off, but Everett cuts him off. The shooting 450 misses and Cuerno lock on the Indian death lock for the win. King Cuerno, Drago, & Aerostar defeated Andrew Everett, Dezmond Xavier, & DJZ @ 10:18 via submission [***½] This was a very good sprint, with everyone getting some time to shine, and kept the crowd invested the entire way. This was easily the best thing on the show so far.

Trevor Lee vs. Marty The Moth: Famous B was supposed to wrestle here, but hired Marty The Moth to take his place. They brawl at the bell and Marty dumps Lee and follows with a tope. Konley gets involved, allowing Lee to hit an apron PK. Back in and Lee follows with rights. Marty fires up, but Lee rakes the eyes and hits a powerbomb for 2. He then chokes him out, and grounds the action. Marty fights to his feet, hits clotheslines and follows with a double under hook DT for 2. Marty up top and Konley cuts him off, famous B takes him out and Marty misses a moonsault and Lee rolls him up for the win. Trevor Lee defeated Marty The Moth @ 5:15 via pin [**] This was ok, but I could have done without the interference.

LAX (Santana & Ortiz) vs. Killshot & The Mack: Diamante is out with LAX, nice to see her back. Ortiz and Killshot work some fun opening back and forth. Santana in with a senton atomico, but Killshot cuts him off and Mack tags in and follows with strikes. They pick up the pace, Santana hits a RANA, but Mack hits an arm drag and hits a big shoulder block. Killshot tags back in and they work double teams. Killshot flies in with a double stomp and covers for 2. Santana’s eye s starting to swell up as Mack continues to attack. Ortiz tags in and hits a cutter. LAX picks up the pace, working double teams and Ortiz follows with a splash for 2. The clothesline follows, but Mack cuts him off with a pop up punch and XPLODER. Santana in and lays in rights on Mack. Orriz flies in with a dropkick, Killshot in as it breaks down. Killshot hits the kill stomp and everyone is down. Santana now works over Mack, but Mack cuts him off with a bicycle kick. The cannonball follows for 2. Killshot takes out Ortiz, they work up top and Killshot tosses Ortiz into a ounce from the Mack. Santana back in and he fights the challengers off by himself, but is cut off with a pop up knee. Killshot hits a doomsday kill stomp for a great near fall. Mack gets cut off, and taken out by Ortiz. Ortiz then drops Killshot, and then hits a DVD. LAX follows with double teams and now isolate Killshot. The street sweeper finishes Killshot. Tag Team Champions LAX defeated Killshot & The Mack @ 13:12 via pin [***¾] This was a very, very good match, with all four working very well together. The action was really good and constant, and the crowd loved it, but due to the fact that there was no chance there would be a title change, the lack of drama in that regard, held it back from being great.

Cage vs. Eli Drake: Drake cuts a promo; “lemme talk to ya, kerorka, E-LI-Drake,” playing the hits. Drake then talks about their past as a team on the indies, and says they should take over and work together. They shake hands, and they brawl. Cage dominates with the power game, tossing Drake around with ease. The superkicks follow, and Drake is down. Drake cuts him off, stun gunning him off the ropes. He then lays the boots to Cage, and the neck breaker follows for 2. Drake now grounds things, but Cage fights to his feet; Drake ends his comeback with a powerslam for 2. Drake takes time to celebrate, and misses a knee drop. Cage lays in rights and clotheslines. The enziguri and German follows. Drake stuns him off the ropes, but Cage cuts him off and hits the dead lift suplex for 2. Cage up top, but Drake runs up and hits the superplex for 2. cage hits a knee strike, but Drake hits a neck breaker and dropkick. Cage kills him with a lariat for 2. Cage counters gravy train and hits the rolling lariat for the win. Brian Cage defeated Eli Drake @ 7:15 via pin [**½] This was a perfectly solid match, with cage continuing to roll and pick up wins as Impact is positioning him as a top player.

I Quit Match: Jeremiah Crane vs. Eddie Edwards: The is fall out from the baseball bat incident on Impact. Edwards attacks with a dive as Crane enters and they brawl on the floor. Crane quickly fights back and hits an apron bomb. Crane grabs a turnbuckle and attacks, grinding it into Edwards’ face. Crane follows with chops, but Edwards battles back and chokes him out. They fight by the entrance, Edwards starts laying in chair shots, and takes control. Edwards keeps throwing chairs at Crane, and then rolls him back in. Edwards piles up chairs and teases a suplex to the floor, but Crane cuts him off and then follows with a running boot. Crane now sets up chairs on the floor, they work back to the apron, trading strikes. Crane attacks the eye of Edwards, Edwards hits an enziguri and hits an apron fisherman’s buster. Back in the ring with like 10 chairs on the mat. Edwards lays in chair shots, and then attacks Crane’s eye. Low blow by Crane, and the shoulder breaker follows. Crane misses a charge and runs into a chair in the corner. Crane refuses to quit so Edwards keeps nailing him with chair shots. Edwards hits a chair assisted Boston knee party. Edwards sets up chairs, and they work up top. Crane counters, and looks for a sunset bomb but knocks the chairs over. He then hits a chair shot and hits a DVD into a chair. Crane wraps a chair around Edwards’ head, but Edwards refuses to quit. More chair shots by Crane, he drags a barricade into the ring. Edwards hits a low blow, and then powerbombs Crane onto the barricade. Edwards now sets a chair on Crane, looking for payback. Fucking oVe arrives and distracts Edwards, allowing Crane to attack. Crane goes to the floor, gets a bat and he looks to repeat the spot that started the feud. Crane takes out the ref. Don Callis arrives, tells Crane not to do it and then throws in the towel for Edwards. Moose makes the save. Jeremiah Crane defeated Eddie Edwards @ 20:15 [**½] This was disappointing, they worked hard and took a lot of punishment, but there was also a lot of delays and stalling around as they dragged the pace and made it longer than it needed to be. Also, this match was hyped as a huge part of this show, and they gave us an absolutely shit ending so that they can milk the feud longer on TV. I am sure some people absolutely loved this, but I had a difficult time getting into it, they just never mad me care.

– Pentagon Jr. vs. Fenix has been added to the April 22nd Impact Redemption PPV; fuck yes.

– Patron is not here, so the main event is now a triple threat and we’re better off for it. Also, fuck that guy.

Pentagon Jr. vs. Austin Aries vs. Fenix: We get “fuck del Rio” chants from the crowd. They run wild at the bell, hitting superkicks and working at a rapid-fire pace. They dump Aries, allowing lucha brothers to work some fun back and forth. Fenix dumps Pentagon, and Aries flies in with a missile dropkick for 2. Aries follows with an elbow drop for 2. Pentagon back in and he breaks things up and starts going for near falls. He cuts off Aries with a kick, but Fenix flies in and hits a cutter. Aries hits a dive into Pentagon, and Fenix hits wild fucking tornillo to wipe out Aries. Back in and Fenix works over Aries, Aries crotches Fenix up top, but back in and Fenix hits a German for 2. Pentagon back in and he powerbombs Fenix for 2. Aries cuts off the package piledriver attempt, and hits a neck breaker in the ropes. Aries now hits the 450, and last chancery until Fenix makes the save. Fenix looks for a muscle buster, Aries counters out, and Pentagon attacks. He lays in chops, and he and Fenix start double teaming Aries. That ends as they both go for pins and start trading strikes. They light each other up, Aries joins in and eats superkicks from both. Pentagon hits an insane pop up powerbomb and Penta driver for the win. Pentagon Jr. defeated Austin Aries and Fenix @ 9:50 via pin [***½] This was a very good main event, and likely a much better match without Patron. Thy were smart, and didn’t go long, instead, just working a very good sprint match with all three getting to shine, and setting the stage for Pentagon Jr. vs. Fenix at Redemption.

– End Scene.

– Thanks for reading.

 photo fe36ffd0-0da4-4e3b-a2d3-b026b341dd87_zps41ef5d61.jpg
“Byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyye Felicia!”

The final score: review Good
The 411
The Impact vs. Lucha Underground show was a fun experiment that paid off with some good and fun matches, and a hot crowd most of the night. If the relationship sticks, hopefully, this leads to a repeat next year and I’d love to see a themed Impact vs. Lucha Underground one night only PPV as well. This was a good show overall, with the only bad thing being the Scott Steiner & Teddy Hart vs. OVE match.