Impact Wrestling's direction of marketing the PPV around WWE firing so many guys that Impact can finally rehire their old roster has worked for me. The main reason that I stopped watching Impact was that 1. the superstars who I enjoyed watching were quitting faster than new ones were being built up, and 2. Eli Drake being pushed aside in favor of Girl Power World Champion.
Assuming EC3 and a few other notable names return, 1. is fixed. 2. Tessa's gone so I'm satisfied. Sad to hear Joey Ryan's been kicked out, but otherwise the roster shakeup works for me.
Four-Way Elimination Match for the Vacant Impact World Heavyweight Title: ??? v. Trey v. Ace Austin v. Eddie Edwards: The build to this match has been some of the best I can recall since Cody/Aldis at All In. Shades even of Rock/Lesnar 2001. Eddie's had issues with Ace since way back before I stopped watching. Ace seems to have picked up a heated issue with Trey over the past few months. Those two had a Wrestlemania worthy brawl to close out Impact this week. Trey's the least plausible winner, but he gave a champion level promo in the build to this match, and seems to have dropped the stupid That 70s Show gimmick. ??? is the opportunity to hit the reset button opening up a cavalcade of fresh title matches. Ace Austin and Eddie Edwards are the most likely winners. This is hard to pick. Austin seems to have all of the momentum. This week he came across as a legitimate physical threat, coupled with his heel cheatery, along with having OVE's old henchman already, PLUS a card theme that would be perfect to be dubbed as the new President of a certain card themed biker faction. Edwards on the other hand, is the last man standing. He's been on top of TNA in various forms ever since MVP hired him back in 2014. The one guy who never left. I'm a million times more interested in seeing him win now, rather than when he won his first reign in 2016. Eddie's who I'm going with, to set up a unification match with Moose at Bound for Glory. Winner: Eddie Edwards
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Tommy Dreamer v. Moose (c): Due to Moose beating a ton of TNA originals as build for the March coronavirus-scrapped TNA Legends PPV, Tessa being a divisive and absent Impact Champion, and sheer charisma, Moose's self-declarative force-meme of being the TNA Champion feels legitimate. At this point even the ring announcers are going along with Moose being a cannonical champion, so I can't see him being derailed by Dreamer. Much like when the (WCW) World Heavyweight title was split off of the WWE Undisputed Title, I'm treating this as TNA's title being split off of the Undisputed title that resulted from Lashley (TNA) v. Patron (GFW) at Slammiversary 2017. (Which makes the main event for the worthless GFW title, and Moose's belt being far more prestigious and photogenic.) Moose retains, and eventually wins the title reunification at Bound for Glory. Winner: Moose
Tag Team Championship: Ken Shamrock and Sami Callihan vs. The North (c): Sami has grown on me. The original Impact champion being back is also cool. Has it really been a year since the North unseated LAX 2017? I guess it has been, since AEW Dynamite launched in 2019. I've missed most of The North's title run, but I remain happy that Alexander and Page unseated LAX. That said, The North has already become the longest reigning tag champs, breaking LAX's record by about 3 months due to Coronavirus weirdness, and becoming the first team to last longer than a year as champ. They will probably win the straps back, but will take a break for now to avoid the record becoming too long for a future team to plausibly break it. The Scorpion and the Frog will make it across the river this time. Winner: "The World's Most Dangerous Tag Team" Shamrock/Callihan
Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo v. Jordynne Grace (c): No clue who Purrazzo is, but she looks charismatic. This match had a good build. Winner: Jordynne Grace
X-Division Championship: Chris Bey v. Willie Mack (c): Happy to see Mack with a title. No clue who Bey is, but his angle with Swinger has been fun. Mack wins since Bey unintentionally disrespected Swinger. Winner: Willie Mack
Gauntlet to determine the #1 Contender for the Knockouts Championship: Taya Valkyrie v. Rosemary v. Kiera Hogan v. Tasha Steelz v. Susie (Sue Young) v. Kylie Ray v. Nevaeh v. Havok v. Alisha Edwards v. Kimber Lee v. Madison Rayne: On the one hand, the only three not in a tag team (with the Knockouts Tag Titles on the cusp of returning) are Edwards, Lee, and Rayne. Of those Rayne looks most likely to stand a chance against Grace. On the otherhand, Rosemary is a core reason why I've ordered the PPV. Winner: Rosemary
Originally posted by DionysusSad to hear Joey Ryan's been kicked out
Dude has had, what, 17 separate accusations of sexual abuse levied against him?
Mike Elgan is gone too!
This is easily the most interested I've been in Impact/TNA since, well, ever. I started watching it around here (The W)and have been enjoying some mindless fun.
Vacant Impact World Title: The mystery opponent will probably win and it will probably be EC3. Booooor-ing! I have been shouting "Put the bell on Trey, you cowards!" at my TV since they put him in the number one contender tournament (much to the chagrin of my dog). Trey has been on fire, and his feud with Ace Austin has been something really special. Those two are easily the best men working there right now.
Knockouts Championship: They have built up a real murderers row of women's talent on Impact. Grace retains, it's too soon for her to drop the belt, but Purrazzo doesn't stray far from the title picture.
Tag Team Championship: The North retain when Callahan inevitably turns on Shamrock. The North should be champs forever because they had the very best Covid-times match possible:
Highlight for me at the 2:10 mark if you can't spare 7 minutes (but spare the minutes, you know nothing else is going on).
X-Division Title: Chris Bey after he and Johnny Swinger make up. Willie Mack hasn't done much with the title, and his tag partner Rich Swann should be returning to action soon.
Women's Number One Contender gauntlet match: Madison Rayne wins, but Kylie Ray ends up looking like a million bucks. They better bring back the Knockouts Tag Titles soon. I am dying for the amazing duo of Rosemary and Taya Valkyrie to be champs. All the women have been having some of the best backstage bits, but I think this is my favorite:
Moose vs. Dreamer maybe for the old TNA title? Without the TNA flashback PPV this seems weird to me. I'm going to go with Dreamer to end this angle and because he cut an awesome promo that was a cool take on Hard Times: