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IMPACT Wrestling No Surrender: Match Ratings and Ranking

IMPACT Wrestling presents No Surrender 2021 live on the IMPACT Plus app. The supershow comes as the IMPACT Wrestling/AEW invasion angle is heating up as AEW’s Private Party will challenge for the tag team titles. Veteran Tommy Dreamer celebrates his 50th birthday by challenging for the IMPACT Heavyweight Title in the main event against Rich Swann.

Each No Surrender match will be given a brief review and analysis, along with a rating. Every match will also be ranked from worst to best.

Ranking from Worst to Best

9) Deonna Purrazzo, Kimber Lee, and Susan vs Jordynne Grace, Jazz, and ODB
The action starts fast and heavy as both teams find themselves on the floor. Jazz heads to the second rope and takes out everyone on the outside of the ring. Back inside the heels beatdown Jordynne Grace until she is able to make the hot tag to ODB who cleans house on Susan. The match breaks down before Jazz makes Susan tap out to the STF.

Match Analysis: A short match that was for the best. It’s interesting to see that the two veterans in Jazz and ODB are being made to look the strongest. Take a Pass. *1/2

IMPACT Wrestling: Tornado Style

8) Knocks Tag Team Title Match: Fire n Flava (Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz) defeated Havok & Nevaeh
The speed of the champions vs the power of the challengers. Fire n Flava used fast-paced double teams early on but were quickly cut off. Havok and Nevaeh then turn the tables, including avalanches in the corner. Chairs and a kendo stick are brought in by Fire n Flava before they hit a double suplex on Nevaeh for a two count. They attempt to do the same to Havoc but she reverses it on both women. The champions retain after Steelz hits a cutter on Nevaeh onto a parking sign.

Match Analysis: Better than the previous effort from these four, but still nothing to go out of your way to see. Hopefully they use this as a stepping stone and continue to improve. Skim It. **

IMPACT WRESTLING: Violent business

7) Jake Something defeats Deaner
Eric Young’s stable of Violent by Design have unsuccessfully attempted to recruit Jake Something leading to this match. Jake gets the early advantage until VBD attack him outside the ring. Deaner continues the attack on Jake, taking it back outside and squeezing Jake’s head into the ring post. Back in the ring and Jake finally makes his comeback after catching Deaner and hitting a back suplex. Jake takes out VBD with a plancha before hitting a Black Hole Slam on Deaner for the win. After the match, VBD powerbomb Jake through a table.

Match Analysis: Jake got the much-needed win but Violent by Design instantly stayed credible with the post-match beatdown. The match that proceeded the ending was perfectly acceptable, but nothing to run out of your way to see. Skim It. **1/4

6) Eddie Edwards & Matt Cardona vs Brian Myers & Hernandez
Brian Meyers and Hernandez gain control early on, with Myers doing his best to outwrestle Eddie Edwards. Hernandez comes in and rips off the turnbuckle pad as Myers returns for a few cheap shots. Edwards is able to fight off Hernandez and hit a superplex before a hot tag to Matt Cardona. All four men go full speed ahead, including a suicide dive from Edwards and a top from hurricanrana from Cardona. Myers is able to throw Cardona into the exposed turning buckle and hit the Roster Cut for the win.

Match Analysis: Despite Hernandez being a step slower than during his prime years, he’s still capable to hold his own. All four men put on a solid match with multiple high spots and a credible ending. Cardona is a free agent so it makes sense he’d take the pin from Meyers. Skim It. **1/2

Mixed Tag Action

5) Decay (Crazzy Steve, Rosemary, and Black Taurus) defeated XXXL (Ace Romero & Larry D) & Tenille Dashwood
Last week on IMPACT Wrestling, Rosemary and Crazzy Steve introduced the newest member of Decay, AAA’s Black Taurus. With the odds evened up, a 6-person tag match was booked for No Surrender. Decay took the advantage early, as all three members had time to shine until Larry D was able to get Steve in the corner.

After Black Taurus moves to the outside, Larry D connects with a suicide dive. Taurus shakes it off and then hits his own suicide dive on Larry D. Crazzy Steve takes them both out with a crossbody before Dashwood is tossed by Romero onto the entire group. Taurus gets back inside and finishes off Larry D with an inverted brainbuster.

Match Analysis. Fun opener that moved along quickly. Decay’s return is welcomed as IMPACT Wrestling is attempting to create a new reputation and brand for themselves. Skim It. **1/2

Tag Title Triple Threat

4) IMPACT Wrestling Tag Team Title Match: The Good Brothers vs Private Party vs Chris Sabin & James Storm
The IMPACT Wrestling and AEW invasion continues with AEW’s Private Party getting a shot at the tag titles. James Storm uses his size over Marq Quen early on before Chris Sabin and Isiah Kassidy are tagged in. Sabin and Kassidy engage in some solid chain wrestling as Matt Hardy pushes for Private Party to take shortcuts during the match. Karl Anderson tags in but is quickly met with double team moves by Private Party. Anderson is able to gain control as he makes quick tags to his partner Luke Gallows.

James Storm gets the hot tag as he and Chris Sabin take control of The Good Brothers. Private Party find themselves in the ring as they battle it out with Sabin. An elevated standing moonsault to Sabin results in Storm charging back into the ring. Gallows enters and hits a spine buster on Sabin but Storm clears the ring again. Eye of the Storm powerbomb from Storm to Quen for a two count. Matt Hardy runs in and hits a Twist of Fate on Storm before Private Party hits a shooting star press. Anderson runs in to steal the pin to retain the titles.

Match Analysis: I’m not sure how long IMPACT Wrestling can look like the losers in the AEW feud. Granted The Good Brothers are IMPACT talent, but they are heels used on the side of Kenny Omega. Match-wise this got the job done and was well done across the board. Worth a Watch. ***1/2

IMPACT Wrestling: Main Event

3) IMPACT Wrestling World Title Match: Rich Swann vs Tommy Dreamer
Chain wrestling to start with Tommy Dreamer holding his own. The action heads to the outside as Rich Swann hits a flipping senton from the apron to the floor. Swann gets to the apron but is caught with a Dreamer Driver but Tommy dislocates his finger in a nasty looking spot. Dreamer pops his finger back in and hits a swinging neckbreaker. Swann back in control but it doesn’t last long as Dreamer connects with a reverse DDT. Swann hits the ropes but Dreamer connects with a spear through the ropes and to the outside.

Springboard cutter on the flood puts Tommy Dreamer down. Back in the ring and Dreamer catches Rich Swann up top and connects with a superplex. Slingshot by Dreamer but Swann lands on the ropes. Swann jumps back but gets caught in a cutter by Dreamer. The champion locks in an arm and finger submission but Dreamer gets to the rope. Swann goes up for a Frog Splash but Dreamer moves and gets a two on the roll-up. Dreamer Driver gets another two and a half count. Several kicks connect from Swann before he hits the Phoneix Splash for the win. After the match, Moose runs out and attacks both men. As the show comes to a close, we see a NJPW-endorsed ad for David Finlay and Juice Robinson.

Match Analysis: The finger dislocation spot was a nice touch. The rest of the match was as good as you could hope for with Tommy Dreamer in 2021. Dreamer tried as hard as he could and Swann worked at his level to keep it even. Fun stuff. Worth a Watch. ***1/2

X-Divison Action

2) X-Divison Title Match: TJP vs Rohit Raju
Rohit Raju attacks TJP on the outside of the ring before the match begins. They brawl around the ring, leading to Raju hitting a suplex on the entrance ramp. They finally get back into the ring as the bell rings. Raju charges TJP who hits a low-angle dropkick and a 10-count punch in the corner. A tornado DDT by TJP is countered into a Northern Light Suplex for a two-count. TJP finally makes his comeback, including a superplex and suplex combo for two. After a submission sequence, TJP retains his IMPACT Wrestling X-Divison title after a Frog Splash.

Match Analysis: If you’re looking for a X-Divison high-spot match, this will hit every mark for you. Really fun match as TJP continues to solidify himself as the anchor of the division. Worth a Watch. ***3/4

Triple Threat Revolver

1) Josh Alexander defeated Trey Miguel, Chris Bey, Blake Christian, Ace Austin, Willie Mack, Suicide and Daivari
Three IMPACT Wrestling stars start off and after every elimination, a new competitor enters the ring. The final three then engage in a one-fall contest. Suicide, Blake Christian, and Trey Miguel start off. There’s just way too much to breakdown each move, but several high spots worth nothing. Suicide is the first eliminated after Miguel locks in a leg lock. Chris Bey then enters at #4 and takes it to both men. Vertabreaker from Bey to Christian for the elimination.

Daivari enters at #5 but just a minute into the match he’s eliminated by Miguel after a top rope attack. John Alexander enters at #6 and quickly shines before making Bey tap to an ankle lock. Willie Mack then enters at #7 and uses his unorthodox offensive to shine. Mack is then eliminated after lifting Alexander but getting hit by Miguel’s top rope attack. Ace Austin is then in at #8. After several high-impact maneuvers, Alexander gets the win connecting with a double-underhook piledriver on Austin.

Match Analysis: The viewpoint on this one will vary depending on the individual. For what they were trying to go for this hit all the right notes. It moved at a quick pace with Miguel playing the iron man role, while keeping the Alexander push moving forward. Must-Watch. ****

Robby Steven

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