9 Ups & 4 Downs From IMPACT Wrestling & NJPW Multiverse United (Review)

Bailey vs. Tanahashi, KUSHIDA vs. Rush, and more highlight IMPACT opening the Forbidden Door.

Hiroshi Tanahashi

This was never going to be the consummate pro wrestling experience.

A build that was neither abhorrent nor opportune saw three of its central contests differentiating from their outlined plans, with Josh Alexander, Mickie James, and Will Ospreay - the former two of which were slated to defend the World and Knockouts World titles, respectively - being ruled out on medical grounds. The chosen stand-ins - Lio Rush, Masha Slamovich, and Hiroshi Tanahashi - each created a new buzz around their corresponding match, however, they were now without nuances. The Knockouts World title match, for instance, went from a multi-generation allurement to a tangled wreck that may not profit the victor as had been stipulated.

The scarcity of high-profile NJPW talent was also prominent, though not unanticipated. Where AEW has benefited from their NJPW working agreement, IMPACT has ached, receiving only a spattering of noteworthy stars. In contrast, the Tony Khan-fronted organisation landed Kazuchika Okada, Jay White, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Minoru Suzuki, Will Ospreay, Zack Sabre Jr., and a genuine catalogue of other NJPW-contracted talents on one show.

IMPACT was fortuitous to be in a position to cooperate with NJPW on a Forbidden Door-esque event. Impeccable it needn't be; it just had to be rewarding.

Was it?


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