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2-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH
CAIN CARLILE vs LIAM LUTZ and STRIFE

OTTO HAMMERSCHMIDT vs STARDUST PHIL COX

SHARP & HEATH vs THE PARTY ANIMALS

WINNER GETS A TITLE SHOT AT HIGH IMPACT IV
‘REPEAT OFFENDER’ CARL EDWARDS vs CURTIS ‘CJ’ JENKINS

GREAT BRITISH OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
‘ROCK SOLID’ KEITH ADAMS (C) vs JOHNNY HIGHSPOT

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HIGH IMPACT III




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I tend to avoid rumours and backstage drama in these reviews but this likely warrants a mention. UK independent wrestler JK Lee was supposedly due to debut on High Impact III in an unscheduled contest against Beautiful White. This was scrapped ahead of time though as Lee and Liam Lutz got into a physical altercation and had to be separated by many in the locker room. Although Lutz has a questionable reputation regarding his attitude, all reports seem to suggest that Lee was the cause of the issues and that is apparently why Liam was able to wrestle still. Lee exchanged heated words with HIW founder Nick Adams and took to twitter to express his distaste for Adams and his company. It seems unlikely that we will ever see JK Lee debut in High Impact Wrestling.

Those watching High Impact III via BritWres Premium will notice that Martin Bloydell called this entire show alone. Usual broadcast colleague Lawrence Young appears to have split from the company going forward and is now searching for work in smaller intendent promotions in his adopted home of Ireland. This decision would seem to me as one made entirely financially as Lawrence was doing a solid job as colour commentator but was ultimately an unnecessary expense. I do wonder if going forward either Bethany Hurst or Mark Moore may be used in this capacity as well as managers but that is just speculation at this point. Speaking of Bloydell, he once again welcomed the attending fans to the show and ran through the card. This was once again on the pre-show and not aired via BritWres.co.uk.

BEAUTIFUL WHITE vs. “TRADEMARK” THOMAS MORGAN
As far as I’m able to tell, this is the spot in which JK Lee was going to debut. Beautiful White issued an open challenge to anybody in the back, looking to prove that his loss on the first show was nothing but a loss. That challenge was answered by “Trademark” Thomas Morgan. Morgan came out to, yet another impressive pop given his losing record to date and received an even bigger reaction when he snatched the microphone from White and promised he was going to ‘break’ Beautiful White. Morgan is a solid wrestler and is charismatic enough to make a convincing wrestling machine badass, if he was a decade younger, I’d be pegging him as a future HIW champion, if he wasn’t snatched by a bigger promotion first. White and Morgan kicked off the show though and if JK Lee was supposed to be booked just as Thomas Morgan was here, I think Lee may be one of the biggest fools in wrestling right now. Beautiful White did not get a single move of offence in against the Canadian grappler and Morgan had him tapping out in just over six minutes with an STF. The crowd were hyped for this and I will admit that I was shocked. Beautiful White is still not a particularly good worker and that was clear here. That isn’t the real story though, the real story is “Trademark” Thomas Morgan who, through an unusual series of events, has got himself his big shot to make his name in HIW. What happens next for either of these guys? I don’t have a clue, but it’ll be interesting to follow.

2-on-1 HANDICAP MATCH
CAIN CARLILE vs LIAM LUTZ and STRIFE
With the crowd already hyped following the big victory in the opening contest, we move onto the designated pre-intermission storyline and the first handicap match in High Impact history. The heels came out first here and as mentioned at the start, Liam Lutz was still wrestling as planned despite his role in the pre-show brawl. Carlile came out on his lonesome to an encouraging pop from the 95 in attendance. The nineteen-year-old cruiserweight from Cornwall is really capturing the attention of the High Impact Wrestling fans and this feud appears to already be doing his popularity the world of good. I don’t suspect Carlile will be wrestling for the Great British Openweight title anytime soon but if he gets there in a few years’ time, this will no doubt be looked at as an important time in his development. Carlile sprinted to the ring for this one, clearly looking for vengeance against his two rivals but the ultimate story of this contest is the numbers’ game being too much. The wrestling here wasn’t too great but it was a storyline driven match and, as such, the hot crowd was enough to carry it. Lutz and Strife picked up the victory in under ten minutes and it’s worth noting that Strife picked up the pin fall, meaning that all three of these men have one pin fall to their name in HIW so far. Carlile did look very strong in this match though, managing to mount several comebacks and only being halted by heelish exploitation of the numerical advantage. Lutz hit Carlile with another DDT following the match.

Next out to the ring is Mark Moore for his usual promo spot of the evening. This is a short one in which he announces that Raynor and Payton are not in the building for High Impact III. His reasoning for such is that the two are deserving of a title shot and they’re refusing to show up while the booking is so clearly biased against them. Moore then explains his reason for being at ringside. He announces that the next match is the rematch of Heath and Sharp against the Party Animals and that he is going to be at ringside on a ‘scouting mission’. What this means exactly is not clarified but Moore takes a seat at ringside, occasionally exchanging barbed insults with the crowd who don’t much care for his presence.

JON MICHAEL SHARP and MARTIN HEATH vs RAVE and TRANCE
Just like the debut High Impact Wrestling event, Rave and Trance are first to the ring and look their usual dazed selves. Fun fact about Rave from the Party Animals, him and Bethany Hurst (manager of Curtis Jenkins) announced publicly that they were dating on twitter the day before this event. It’s probably a safe guess to say that the relationship will not be mentioned within High Impact Wrestling kayfabe as Hurst is helping to boost the promising career of Curtis Jenkins while the Party Animals are currently 0-1 and have seemingly little upside, at least long term. Sharp and Heath get another big reaction here, clearly occupying the spot of biggest babyfaces on the roster outside of champion Keith Adams. The face duo do briefly exchange words with Moore at ringside, but Moore swears that he is there on purely business matters and will not get involved, a claim which neither Sharp, Heath or the crowd are buying. Once this match gets going, it’s another good contest between these two teams. As mentioned during their first match, these two teams will have wrestled each other many times on the UK independents since Sharp and Heath first hit the scene and it shows. It’s probably also fair to say that Heath and Sharp carry the bulk of the good work in this match. Heath is actually a little off pace in this match but it’s a testament to him that he still manages such a good showing. Mark Moore surprisingly does stick to his word and doesn’t get involved or summon his goons, leaving as soon as the pin fall. Just like their first contest, Sharp and Heath pick up the victory, with Sharp gaining the pin fall. Another good tag team match (if not quite as good perhaps) between these two teams as Heath and Sharp continue to prove their potential in HIW.

INTERMISSION! Bloydell gives details on the next show while Sharp and Heath take photographs at ringside. I don’t usually mention anything that Bloydell says at intermission as it usually consists of date and location, etc. This month however, Bloydell announces a match straight from Nick Adams himself. It is announced that at High Impact IV, Sharp and Heath will face Peyton and Raynor in a tag team contest. The winners of this tag team contest will go onto the next show (presumably High Impact V) to take on the then-Great British Openweight Champion in a triple threat for the belt. Interesting stuff, I will get into this further on the preview for the next show.

WINNER GETS A TITLE SHOT AT HIGH IMPACT IV
‘REPEAT OFFENDER’ CARL EDWARDS vs CURTIS ‘CJ’ JENKINS
As intermission ends, we go straight into the match which I believe to be the most intriguing of the night. The winner of this contest will go on to face either Keith Adams or Johnny Highspot for the Great British Openweight Championship at High Impact IV. This will make Edwards or Jenkins the first wrestler to have appeared in High Impact Wrestling already to get a shot at the main belt, a necessary step in legitimizing both the belt and the company itself. Carl Edwards is out first and gets a good reaction from the crowd, he is currently 2-0 in HIW and one of the biggest babyfaces in the company. His opponent is out second and Curtis Jenkins is once again accompanied by manager Bethany Hurst. Jenkins is also 2-0 in HIW and is one of the biggest heels in the company. The match probably couldn’t be between two more evenly poised competitors at this stage as both men have a claim for a title shot. With that said, I did receive a bit of reaction from my preview in which I said this match could go either way. Keith Adams is the champion and will likely still be the champion at the end of the show, so it stands to reason that the heel will win this match, right? Well. Right. I stand by my claim that Edwards could have realistically won this! This match is a long one and for Edwards its pretty clearly too long. Jenkins wins a decent encounter in 18 minutes. While the end of this one dragged a little, these two clearly have good chemistry together and I’d love to see them in a better paced match sometime. Bethany Hurst did a good job of keeping the crowd engaged as always, she really is one of the better managers on the UK scene. As for whether Jenkins can win the title at the next event, I think it’s the first time it may be possible, if perhaps unlikely.

OTTO HAMMERSCHMIDT vs STARDUST PHIL COX

This one is the cooldown match before the main event and that’s a slot which Stardust will be familiar with following his defeat to Curtis Jenkins at the same point in the second show. This contest is a battle between two men who seem to be biding their time and building to something. What exactly either man is building towards, I don’t have the slightest clue. This match barely goes over eight minutes long but it’s worth mentioning that Stardust puts up more fight in this match than he has in any previous contest. Cox seems to feed off the crowds energy at a few points and manages to overwhelm his German opponent with offence. It is, of course, Otto Hammerschmidt who picks up the victory with his Gutwrench suplex to join Sharp, Heath, Jenkins and possibly the champion in the elite club of those who are 3-0 in High Impact Wrestling. Where will that take him? I still have no idea. With the face champion completely booked and seemingly no storyline forming around him, I still cannot place where this Hammerschmidt booking is leading. A decent match here with very little more to add.

GREAT BRITISH OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
‘ROCK SOLID’ KEITH ADAMS (C) vs JOHNNY HIGHSPOT
It’s time for your main event and in true High Impact Wrestling fashion, it is ‘Rock Solid’ Keith Adams defending his Great British Openweight Championship against an outside wrestler. So as always, I’m here to explain to you just who Keith Adams is wrestling this month. Johnny Highspot will be familiar to anybody who has a passing interest in the UK wrestling scene, having had two years in 21CW pre-Jeff Nova and then a four-year run in Ring of Fire until it’s closing in 2010. Highspot is a decent high flier in the ring (as his name would suggest) but has mostly gotten by on a cool look. At 40 years of age, Highspot is another older challenger for the HIW belt, something which will change at the next show with Curtis Jenkins gaining a title shot. Just who will Jenkins face at High Impact IV? Well, if it wasn’t obvious enough already, the heel challenger winning basically guarantees that Keith Adams is winning this one and that is the case. Adams wins in over 20 minutes with the Arrested Development. I know this is the main event but there’s truly not much to add, it was a good match and the crowd were great for it, but the winner was a foregone conclusion and it ended without any shenanigans. It is worth mentioning though that Highspot was clearly tired by the end, similar to Carl Edwards in an earlier match. If I had to guess, these two matches were bumped up in length due to the complications surrounding JK Lee but going forward, Nick Adams perhaps needs to consider running a slightly shorter show to get the best out of the wrestlers available to him. Pushing twenty minutes is fine when Keith Adams can wrestle main event veterans like O’Curle and Beauchamp but aging high fliers like Highspot really don’t benefit. Overall though this was a good one, my second favourite HIW main event yet after the hard-to-beat triple threat of the first show.

In another High Impact Wrestling first, we have no post-show shenanigans and Keith Adams finally gets to celebrate with his championship and take photos with the fans at ringside. Overall, this show is another decent one. Much like the main event, I think it’s the second-best show, the action was better than February’s, but Best of Britain remains a difficult pedestal to aspire to. Quick shout out to the attendance here, 95 is the lowest that the company has managed to attract to date but it’s still within the same area as before and isn’t something to be worried about. As you’re all aware, the economy is struggling and interest in wrestling is struggling with it so as long as High Impact Wrestling manage to keep up consistent numbers, they should be okay. Alright, see you soon for the preview of High Impact IV!


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Under the Bonnet


Morgan accepts White's challenge - E
Morgan d. White - E+
Strife & Lutz d. Carlile - E
Moore promo - E+
Sharp & Heath d. Party Animals - D-
Jenkins d. Edwards - E+
Otto d. Stardust - E
Adams d. Highspot - D-

Overall - E+

Increased popularity in the Midlands


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I hope you guys enjoy this one because it was probably my least favourite one to write so far. It's all a bit predictable atm but I'm building towards things so I hope you guys understand! It's also the shortest show so far as I'm trying to make my shows slightly more accessible for any new readers! With that said, I'm still very grateful for those who are reading this and commenting. It's a British created c-verse dynasty with lengthy, wordy shows so the fact that anybody at all is willing to read something so niche is impressive. So as always, thanks and I'll have the next show preview up soon!
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Unread 08-21-2018, 07:22 PM
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I think the show length is perfect. The British C-verse, and Europe for that matter, is one that relatively few people try out (I would have said Australia a while ago but it seems like that region is gaining some traction with a lot of people). Predictable doesn't necessarily mean bad by any means, especially for a new company that has to establish some people as the "top dogs" that in game we can clearly see are the top guys because of their popularity and skills but from a realistic standpoint don't stand out from the rest if they don't have a few wins. Really sad about JK Lee, I didn't know he had behavior issues as he is one of my favorite Ring of Fire Dojo guys (behind Padraig O'Hearne).
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I agree with John. The UK scene at the C-Verse is rarely explored at the dynasties, so having someone doing the work in explaining the motivations and skills of these british wrestlers help us to become more familiar with them.
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In case you feared that High Impact Wrestling was slowing down when they didn’t hold a show in the month of March, I’m here to run through the card for HIW’s SECOND show in April. This is the card rundown of High Impact IV! HIW aren’t holding back either, not only do we have a couple of main-event worthy contests, but we will also see the first women’s match in the company’s history. This will be taking place on April the 29th and, as always, it will be at the Norman Blue Athletic Center in Solihull.

GREAT BRITISH OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
‘ROCK SOLID’ KEITH ADAMS (C) vs CURTIS ‘CJ’ JENKINS

As Curtis Jenkins battles for the Great British Openweight Championship, I feel like we have our most open title match since Keith Adams won the belt in January. Allow me to tell you for why. Keith Adams’ reign is a fresh one but Adams himself is not. He’s a 42-year-old veteran who is not even an active wrestler, still focusing on his side job as a police officer rather than taking bookings outside of HIW. Meanwhile, Curtis Jenkins is a talented wrestler in his prime who really seems to carry the biggest superstar vibe outside of perhaps Adams and those in the tag match. Adams is clearly the favourite for this match still, but this is the first time that I really feel like the result is not a foregone conclusion and I hope to see more of that going forward. With that said…

BOTH WINNERS GET A TITLE SHOT AT HIGH IMPACT V
JON MICHAEL SHARP and MARTIN HEATH vs THE ASSASSINS GUILD (LOUIS PEYTON and STEFAN RAYNOR)
The next challengers for the Great British Openweight Championship are also guaranteed to be an interesting one. Regular readers will know I have mentioned this tag team match as a potential main event for HIW in the future but the first time it is happening, it appears to be sharing that title with the title match. With that said, I don’t really care as I’m just glad it is happening. There is a lot of storyline elements surrounding this match (which extend to Keith Adams himself) so I wouldn’t want to predict a winner. Just as a reminder though, Mark Moore will be a factor and he continues to promise a ‘third man’ in Mark Moore Enterprises. No predictions here, just excited to see how these four do.

EWA WOMEN’S DIVISION SHOWCASE
“THE RED QUEEN” THEA DAVIS vs “THE BLACK WIDOW” ZOFIA JANKOVIC
Now this is an unexpected one. Not only have High Impact Wrestling never had a women’s’ match before but they have also never highlighted another promotion in quite this way before. Not even when Joey Beauchamp featured while carrying his UEW title belt. As far as I can tell, EWA does not have an official partnership with High Impact Wrestling and this appears to be a sort of one-time free publicity in exchange for a unique match type of deal. I’m admittedly not an expert on the EWA women’s division but I’m aware that these two have wrestled plenty in the past (which isn’t a surprise from their matching nicknames.) Thea Davis is a face in EWA and as a British wrestler (from nearby Coventry of all places,) that will almost certainly be the case in HIW. Zofia Jankovic is a Belarusian who holds the UEW women’s championship and is, unsurprisingly, a heel. Two talented 24-year-olds competing here, will be interesting to see how this, as well as women’s wrestling in HIW in general, progresses.

LIAM LUTZ and STRIFE vs CAIN CARLILE and STARDUST PHIL COX
In the feud between Cain Carlile and the dastardly duo of Lutz and Strife, all three men currently hold one pin fall. Meanwhile, Stardust Phil Cox is suffering a clear identity crisis and has yet to pick up a single victory during his time in the company. Following his defeat in a handicap match at the previous show, however, Carlile is clearly looking for any help he can get as Cox has been chosen as his equalizer for the contest. How will Cox play into this storyline? I have no idea but for Carlile’s sake, I hope he doesn’t see his future as a heel.

JOAO VINCETE vs OTTO HAMMERSCHMIDT
Here’s a nice little titbit for you, the reason Joao Vincente is appearing on this show alone for the first time is because he recently made the decision to relocate from his home nation of Portugal to the English Midlands. At 37, the usual tag team wrestler is looking to become a regular on the UK scene and use his connection to High Impact Wrestling as a base to get bookings. Whether he actually gets a push for this dedication is yet to be seen but it seems unlikely given his age. That said, expect him to get thoroughly beaten by Otto Hammerschmidt, currently 3-0 and two years older than Joao. So, hey, what do I know?

RUSS NIXON vs “TRADEMARK” THOMAS MORGAN

Thomas Morgan comes into High Impact IV off the back of his first victory in the company and it was a big scalp as he defeated British Wrestling veteran, Beautiful White. His next opponent as he looks to build so momentum is Russ Nixon. Many of you will not know who Nixon is and that’s for good reason as it’s his rookie year in the industry. At just 20 years old (still not the youngest in the company, which really highlights just how young Cain Carlile is,) all of Nixon’s experience until recently has been within his own backyard wrestling league in his home town of Southport. I can’t tell you much about what to expect from Nixon, but he has a great chance to impress against a strong wrestler with experience like Morgan.

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HIW presents HIGH IMPACT III

at HIGH IMPACT HOUSE, Solihull

RUSS NIXON vs THOMAS MORGAN

JOAO VINCETE vs OTTO HAMMERSCHMIDT

LIAM LUTZ and STRIFE vs CAIN CARLILE and STARDUST PHIL COX

EWA WOMEN’S DIVISION SHOWCASE
THEA DAVIS vs ZOFIA JANKOVIC

BOTH WINNERS GET A TITLE SHOT AT HIGH IMPACT V
JON MICHAEL SHARP and MARTIN HEATH vs THE ASSASSINS GUILD

GREAT BRITISH OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
‘ROCK SOLID’ KEITH ADAMS (C) vs CURTIS ‘CJ’ JENKINS
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RUSS NIXON vs THOMAS MORGAN (Now here's a match I can see Trademark winning easily. Nixon has potential, but is nowhere near ready for a substantial push.)

JOAO VINCETE vs OTTO HAMMERSCHMIDT (You seem to be giving Hammerschmidt a slow, steady build to the main event.)

LIAM LUTZ and STRIFE vs CAIN CARLILE and STARDUST PHIL COX (Cox finally gets his act together in order to score his first win in HIW.)

EWA WOMEN’S DIVISION SHOWCASE
THEA DAVIS vs ZOFIA JANKOVIC (The current champion picks up a victory against her greatest rival, much to the chagrin of the British crowd.)

BOTH WINNERS GET A TITLE SHOT AT HIGH IMPACT V
JON MICHAEL SHARP and MARTIN HEATH vs THE ASSASSINS GUILD (The mention of the ever-present "third man", as well as Keith Adams' current status as babyface champion, indicate to me that The Assassins' Guild gain a tainted win over their adversaries.)

GREAT BRITISH OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
‘ROCK SOLID’ KEITH ADAMS (C) vs CURTIS ‘CJ’ JENKINS (CJ is a talented competitor, but Keith's title reign didn't start too long ago, so we need more of a chance to see what he can really do.)
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HIW presents HIGH IMPACT III
at HIGH IMPACT HOUSE, Solihull

RUSS NIXON vs THOMAS MORGAN
While I am sad about JK Lee, I am NOT sad about Thomas Morgan getting the push he deserves. Wasn't expecting him to turn it around so quickly after his initial jobs, but it makes sense you didn't want to put him over English talent since he is a complete unknown there. I think he can slot into your "top four" faces for now with a win here.

JOAO VINCENTE vs OTTO HAMMERSCHMIDT
The man I expect to be Mark Moore's "third man" wins again, and if I had to guess he shows up and beats the hell out of Adams in the main event leading to a singles (or tag) match against Sharp and Heath next show

LIAM LUTZ and STRIFE vs CAIN CARLILE and STARDUST PHIL COX
Bad guys keep winning by doing bad things, and the enthusiastic Carlile is able to get Stardust to pick an identity before they can conquer the dastardly duo once and for all.

EWA WOMEN’S DIVISION SHOWCASE
THEA DAVIS vs ZOFIA JANKOVIC
If this is just an exhibition match with no future implications, the win goes to the hometown gal.

BOTH WINNERS GET A TITLE SHOT AT HIGH IMPACT V
JON MICHAEL SHARP and MARTIN HEATH vs THE ASSASSINS GUILD
They get their match with Adams after their attack a couple shows ago that has been building up to this.

GREAT BRITISH OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
‘ROCK SOLID’ KEITH ADAMS (C) vs CURTIS ‘CJ’ JENKINS
Jenkins would be an interesting choice and certainly not a bad one, but Adams is smack dab in the middle of the biggest story you have running and the belt plays an important part in that story.
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RUSS NIXON vs THOMAS MORGAN
The Trademark needs more wins.
JOAO VICENTE vs OTTO HAMMERSCHMIDT
I know it's early, but Otto's streak must not die.
LIAM LUTZ and STRIFE vs CAIN CARLILE and STARDUST PHIL COX
Stardust's first win should be bigger.
EWA WOMEN’S DIVISION SHOWCASE
THEA DAVIS vs ZOFIA JANKOVIC
Zofia is champion at game start, she's someone you can build a division around.
BOTH WINNERS GET A TITLE SHOT AT HIGH IMPACT V
JON MICHAEL SHARP and MARTIN HEATH vs THE ASSASSINS GUILD
This is an interesting one, but the stable needs it more.
GREAT BRITISH OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
‘ROCK SOLID’ KEITH ADAMS (C) vs CURTIS ‘CJ’ JENKINS
You wouldn't dare. If the Guild win, they don't make for the best title opponents, so the third man could be revealed and get the shot as well.
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HIGH IMPACT IV





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I’m thrilled to tell you that this recap of High Impact IV will be brought to you without any news of backstage drama and fights. No, this recap will instead begin with good news as the official attendance for this show is being reported at 103, making it the joint highest attended HIW show alongside Defence in February. Those in the back will be hoping that this number is smashed in the near future but for now, at least, it shows a steady loyal audience. It barely feels worth mentioning anymore but Martin Bloydell once again welcomed the crowd before the show began. That’s literally all there is worth mentioning in this pre-show ramble and I’m delighted for it. Let’s get going.

RUSS NIXON vs “TRADEMARK” THOMAS MORGAN
I’ll get this out of the way very quickly. Russ Nixon isn’t a very good wrestler. That is to say that the 20-year-old veteran of the backyard scene is still only in his first year as a professional wrestler and is as green as green can be. His role in this contest with Thomas Morgan is probably the ideal usage of Nixon currently as the Southport based high-flier never really got going and was given a masterclass by a man literally over twice his age. As mentioned in my preview for this match, if Nixon is to ever progress as a wrestler, Morgan is a fantastic opponent to learn from with his wealth of knowledge and experience as an independent wrestler. Whether or not Nixon does progress, we shall see. The wrestling wasn’t great here, but the crowd were still hot for Morgan and he really does seem to be picking up a fanbase amongst the High Impact faithful. He forces Nixon to submit in around seven minutes with the STF he used to beat Beautiful White the month prior.

EWA WOMEN’S DIVISION SHOWCASE

“THE RED QUEEN” THEA DAVIS vs “THE BLACK WIDOW” ZOFIA JANKOVIC
This contest was an exhibition match in every sense of the phrase, but it unfortunately was never able to force a crowd reaction. Davis played the babyface and attempted to hype up her West Midlands roots to get a reaction from the crowd but the best these two really achieved was polite applause from most. Both of these women are two-time EWA champions, with Zofia currently holding the title, and it was clear that they’re both capable wrestlers which stopped this from being a total dud of a match. I’m not sure if Nick Adams has designs on building a women’s division in the style of EWA but I also wouldn’t be surprised if this is a one-time deal in order to showcase something different. I am lead to believe both of these women were on one-night only deals to wrestle and Britain really doesn’t have any established unemployed ladies to carry such a division so I have my doubts.

LIAM LUTZ and STRIFE vs CAIN CARLILE and STARDUST PHIL COX
I’m still unsure as to where exactly this storyline is heading for all involved but I can assure you that it is doing wonders for the heel duo. Liam Lutz and Strife is not a pairing I’d have naturally put together from what I’ve seen of them in the past, but they are already drawing big heel heat as of only the fourth show in company history. This is no doubt helped by the plucky underdog performances of young Cain Carlile. The outlier in this match is quite clearly Stardust Phil Cox who the crowd are unsure of how to react to and has yet to pick up a single win in the promotion. Unfortunately for you Stardust fans out there, that wasn’t to change tonight as Lutz pinned the former ROF and 21CW star in around nine minutes. I went into this match expecting a heel turn by Stardust or something, so it was a pleasant surprise when Cain saved him from the customary post-match beatdown by the heel duo and he appeared to be genuinely grateful. Is Stardust going to be involved in this storyline going forward? It’s hard to tell just yet so we shall see.

BOTH WINNERS GET A TITLE SHOT AT HIGH IMPACT V
JON MICHAEL SHARP and MARTIN HEATH vs THE ASSASSINS GUILD (LOUIS PEYTON and STEFAN RAYNOR)
Many of the audience were expecting an intermission here based on the format of former HIW shows but it seems they want to do everything possible in order to portray this match as a co-main event and I don’t blame them. These four men have honestly been four of the stand outs of this young promotion so far and I was as excited as anybody to see them in their element of tag team wrestling. The bookers are also clearly behind these guys as they were given a surprising twenty-four minutes to show what they could do, and every single minute was all out action. Although that perhaps wasn’t for the better as the men lagged a little by the end. Also, it’s worth mentioning that Stefan Raynor just wasn’t up to speed like the other three men in this one. Certainly not when compared to Martin Heath who, not for the first time, carried this match. Heath is popular with the fans, has a good look and really seems to be impressing with his matches. He could really be the face of this company in time. Or a different company, the idea of a 21CW raid has to be on the back of Nick Adams’ mind at all times. Anyway, this match. The wrestling was open throughout, showing that there is faith in the Assassin’s Guild beyond lackeys for the mysterious third man. This was proven even further when Mark Moore pulled Heath from the apron and allowed Peyton to roll up Sharp with a handful of tights. The main event at the next show will see a triple threat in which the reigning Openweight champion has to face both Louis Peyton and Stefan Raynor. I’ll be interested to see how both men do in a main event non-tag team setting. No third man though, just a dishonourable heel manager. Really good match this, worth checking out. Hopefully we see a rematch sometime with slightly better pacing and maybe even a clean finish.

And it’s finally INTERMISSION TIME! There is discussion amongst fans in attendance of potentially a surprise extra match as there is only two more contests but that eventually proves to not be the case. Bloydell hypes up High Impact V. The show resumes.

JOAO VINCETE vs OTTO HAMMERSCHMIDT
If ever I saw a match that was designed to allow the fans to calm down a bit following a big match, this was it. Hype surrounding the tag team match had taken over the intermission, so Joao and Otto were sent out with the intention of regaining the attention of the crowd and it worked. The winner of this one is no surprise as Otto Hammerschmidt goes 4-0 with yet another professional, efficient performance. When he first appeared, I suggested that Otto wasn’t playing up to German stereotypes but I’m now not so sure with that blatant efficiency! Jokes aside, Otto gets the win with the Gutwrench Suplex and nobody is surprised. These two Europeans actually did seem to have great chemistry though and somewhere, probably in a different universe in which these two are much younger, they could probably have a pretty good match together. Otto wins, I still wait to see where this is heading.

GREAT BRITISH OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
‘ROCK SOLID’ KEITH ADAMS (C) vs CURTIS ‘CJ’ JENKINS

Just like that, it’s time for your main event of the evening! As I had predicted last show, the runtime of this one was trimmed a little in order to put on a more concise show and to get the best out of the available workers. I doubt Nick Adams reads my reviews for ideas but if he does, well, good work there, Nick. For this match, however, we focus on the other Adams as Great British Openweight Champion Keith Adams takes on the challenger capped at High Impact IV, Curtis Jenkins. Before this match, Bethany Hurst takes the mic for what I believe is the first time in the company as she hypes up her client and gives him a long, extended ring introduction. It’s nice to see Hurst get involved somehow and it was her lack of involvement during Jenkins’ prior matches in the company which gave a little intrigue to this one. Hurst was an X-factor if you will. This was undoubtedly the championship match I had been most looking forward to other than the inaugural one as we finally got to see Adams against a homegrown talent, for lack of a better term. With that said then, I have to unfortunately tell you that these two just did not click at all. It’s one of pro wrestling’s big mysteries when two talented and experienced wrestlers just do not work together but from what I saw here, that seemed to be the case. Adams did pick up the clean victory with the Arrested Development once more as Bethany Hurst once again didn’t get involved in a Curtis Jenkins match. High Impact IV was a good show up until this point and this match was by no means awful, but it was an awkward watch at times and probably HIW’s worst main event to date. I’m hoping this is just a slight blip for Adams who has impressed so far. I’m still excited to see him face the separate members of the Assassins’ Guild at High Impact V.

It is probably worth mentioning the post-match shenanigans posted to the HIW YouTube channel once again. Adams is filmed walking backstage after his match with Jenkins, looking tired and sweaty, when he is jumped by the Assassin’s Guild. Adams’ opponents for next month lay into the champion in a brutal assault, utilizing nearby steel chairs and a conveniently placed baking tray. No Sharp or Heath save this time, Mark Moore eventually calls off his attack dogs and the camera zooms in on a beaten Keith Adams, laying in a heap on the concrete flooring. This show was another decent one and was certainly good enough to maintain HIW’s growth, but the main event was an unfortunate one and hopefully both men can bounce back with a much better performance next time at High Impact V. I’ll see you there.


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UNDER THE BONNET

Bloydell opening - E
Morgan d. Nixon - E
Thea d. Zofia - E+
Strife and Lutz d. Cain and Stardust - E+
Assassin's Guild d. Sharp & Heath - D-
Otto d. Vincente - E+
Hurst segment - E+
Adams d. Jenkins - E
Post show assault - E-

OVERALL SHOW E+


Increased popularity in the Midlands


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From my least favourite show to write last time to my favourite this time. It's also shorter but I don't believe that is due to lesser quality (I hope anyway!) Just less matches and less need for details. Just counting on past shows and show previews to provide enough details so you readers can all feel attached to whatever wrestlers you like! Show preview should be up soon, hopefully a bit sooner than last time. Thanks again lads!
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