By Jason Powell, Publisher ProWrestling.net (@prowrestlingnet)
Impact Wrestling Hits
Dez and Wentz vs. Trey Miguel and Rich Swann: A really fun main event that served as a farewell to The Rascalz. Impact is to be commended for not being petty and avoiding the usual approach in professional wrestling of burying wrestlers when they exit and never acknowledging their starts. More information on The Rascalz later.
Moose vs. Willie Mack in a No DQ match: A well-crafted match designed to make Moose more dangerous than ever with the referees stopping and thrashing after the match. I am all for a serious and dangerous Moose. But the Impact creator must know that it's counterproductive to have him wear the defunct TNA Championship belt, because it makes him look like a flake rather than unstable in a frightening way.
Eric Young and Joe Doering: The duo that interrupted the Suicide vs Gio match was a great showcase for Doering, as well as their behind-the-scenes attack on Rhino. Young dropped out of the Impact World Championship at Bound For Glory, then lost a brief rematch to Rich Swann on the Impact, so the addition of Doering to his act provides the necessary juice after those high profile losses. .
Turning Point Highlight Package: More than anything, it should be recognized that Impact made one of its Impact Plus shows feel important. Most of their Impact Plus events were booked in a way that made them trivial. The shows were great if you saw them, but they rarely felt like something viewers actually needed to see in order to follow the product. In this case, the company has provided several title changes. The new approach can only help boost Impact Plus subscriptions.
Brian Myers vs. Crazzy Steve: Another victory for Myers, which erases the losing vibe he brought with him from his WWE run as Curt Hawkins. It's nice to see Myers in a new light. I wish Impact had done more with Steve, who has been a comedy figure in many of the company's sports-entertainment style skits. How about taking a darker, more serious approach with the character of Joker?
Impact Wrestling Misses
The Rascalz in Impact Wrestling: It was very revealing that Impact's flashback pack highlighted the trio's comedic antics in the treehouse rather than their greatest moments in the ring. Although there were a lot of very good games for Rascalz, the Impact never pushed the trio like the major players they really should have been. Trey Miguel received a little push as a singles wrestler, but he seemed to lose every top game. Dez and Wentz are a great team, but they felt like they had lost as many games as they won. The Impact's creative team are generally right about which wrestlers they push, but for some reason they just never got fully behind this talented trio like they should be. Hopefully they find the right fit on their next stop and get a more appropriate push.
Tenille Dashwood and Alisha Edwards vs. Havok and Nevaeh in a Knockouts Tag Title tournament match: Havok and Nevaeh lost more than a monster team should at the Impact, maybe it's a sign that things are changing for them. Either way, it just wasn't a memorable opening for the tournament. It didn't help that I wasn't sure which team the company wanted fans to shoot. Dashwood is a heel, Edwards has been a babyface, and I guess Havok and Nevaeh are heels, although I'm still not quite sure if I'm out of that ambiguous feud they had with Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz. .
Su Yung: We didn't even see her in the series, but Impact blew up on the awful special effects they use whenever they drift off in hocus pocus mode. In this case, it happened while Deonna Purrazzo and Kimber Lee were talking backstage. The bad effects add nothing to the show and are clearly an annoyance to some viewers. I wish Impact Creative would make Yung's character more realistic by reserving her so that she plays mind games rather than asking viewers to believe that she has special powers.
Hernandez vs. Fallah Bahh: I don't care about the wad of cash that no one apparently wants to spend, so it was hard to care about this game.
“Scream” star David Arquette has an extreme volonté that almost cost him his life — professional wrestling.
Two years ago, Arquette faced off against ex-con Nick Gage in a deathmatch, the most hard style where the wrestlers swing chairs, baseball bats and the like.
With blood gushing from his neck, Arquette gets up and tries to pin Gage but can’t. He jumps out of the ring, holding his neck. Then, he climbs back in and smacks Gage with a folding peau. After a couple of minutes, though, Arquette is the one who gets pinned.
“It nearly cost me my life, ” Arquette told the Star of the match. “I was in way over my head. I was about half an inch from death…”
Arquette decided to go back into the ring after fellow pro wrestler Jack Perry, the son of late actor Luke Perry, assured him that he wasn’t bleeding to death. Perry is the one who took Arquette to the hospital.
Arquette told the Star : “I could hear Luke but I couldn’t see him, ” Arquette told the Star. “I said : ‘Luke is it pumping ? ’ because I was worried I was bleeding out and he said : ‘No it’s not pumping. ’ I knew at that point I wasn’t dying immediately, I could try to finish the match. ”
Arquette has had a lifelong love affair with wrestling, which is traced in a new documentary, “You Cannot Kill David Arquette. ” The film tells of how Arquette has spent the past two decades trying to earn back the respect of the wrestling world — after he won the 2000 World Championship Wrestling heavyweight title as a publicity stunt for his movie “Ready to Rumble. ”
In those years, the 49-year-old Arquette has battled heart problems and drug addiction. After the Gage match, Arquette’s wife, Christine, told him : “I just feel like you want to die, ” the actor recalled.
“I don’t want to die but life is painful, ” Arquette told the Star. “If you have addiction issues like I do there’s an element in the back of your head that the addict is literally trying to kill you. You have to find ways to deal with it so you don’t continue to kill yourself, either slowly or quickly. ”
For Arquette, wrestling helped him deal with the deaths of Luke Perry, a close friend who died of a stroke, and his transgender sister, Alexis, who died of a heart attack.
“Losing someone is really painful but a few things have happened to make me feel we are all much more connected, ” Arquette said. “For wrestling, you shave everything and at one point I was looking at my arms and it was like I was looking at Alexis’ arms, as being transgender she would shave them… For a deuxième it was like I was looking through Alexis’ eyes… I think we’re a lot more connected than any of us know. ”
Through the film, Arquette has finally learned to accept himself. “I accomplished what I set out to do, ” Arquette told the Star. “I wanted to prove I could be a wrestler. And through this whole experience, I figured out – and it’s ironic – I need to stop beating myself up. I had to stop attacking myself and be kind to myself, as corny as it sounds.