A lot has changed in recent months since the official relaunch of Impact Wrestling we have seen a number of new faces show up in the company. One of those names is Brian Cage who has seen his stock reach an intense high since the advent of Lucha Underground. Cage has also shown his crazy power and skills in the ring in various independent companies. However, Brian has never really found himself in the presence of a national audience before and that is exactly what now makes his stay in Impact all the more special. This is also what I've been saying that Impact should be doing for the last few years as paying attention to unestablished names & giving them a home is the best way to make new talent.
Recently a former Impact World Champion found a new home in NXT and based on rumors it seems like Lashley could be following suit to the company further south. The comparison between Lashley and Cage is very clear as they both seem to be very similar in the ring with one of the only differences the age between the two. I do think that this could be one of Bobby's last appearances in Impact, but I do think that the finish of this match does open the door for a rematch. The one thing that I have to question is I don't think that Cage has the same charisma that Lashley found as a member of Impact that he didn't have in WWE.
On the latest episode of Impact we saw the Feast or Fired briefcase winners open their cases to reveal that Moose would posse the World Title case and that meant Ethan Carter would posse the Fired case. Even though the former EC3 had given his notice ahead of time this was still a very shocking bit of news as to how highly touted he has always been in the company from the time he debuted to now. The most interesting part of all this is that the folks in Impact were able to do with Ethan what the WWE wasn't able to do and that's make the man once named Derrick a star. Though at this point Carter has been seen on WWE television already specifically during the NXT Takeover: Philadelphia Event.
There is no doubt that over years Impact Wrestling has really only handful of people that they have been able to build from the ground up. From names like AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe, Abyss, and many more, but it might be hard to believe that EC3 is also on that list as he had a pretty great within the walls of Impact Wrestling. It is also funny that during his run with the company Ethan was a part of TNA, Impact Wrestling, Global Force Wrestling, and Impact Wrestling again.
Overall, though Ethan Carter did what Drew Galloway was able to do but to a higher degree to the place he held in Impact Wrestling. Ethan left the WWE as an unproven prospect and now is heading back one of the top wrestlers in the business and a proven commodity to boot at this point in his career. Either way though it will be pretty crazy to see Carter's name on the marquee for not just NXT events, but also for PPV's knowing how his career started and this would really be brining things full circle.
On the most recent episode of Impact Wrestling we saw Matt Sydal introduce his new manager of sorts in lead announcer Josh Matthews. I have to be honest that I haven't watched Impact for a few months due to the announcing situation. I haven't seen the show since before both Jeremy Borash and Pope D'Angelo left the company. The fact that they focused more on the announcers arguing and not as much on the actual talent. However, after the change in management things seem to have toned down and focus has more switched back to the talent.
One thing I noticed in the promo Sydal did is that he never really found his charisma and or an ability to really talk very well. For this reason I thought the idea that giving Sydal a manager was a great idea to help give him not just a charisma boost, but also a heat magnet. Now with Josh being named as his manager it begs the question if this means he will be out of the announce position and will be replaced. Josh is very much easily hated and would make a very good manager especially for a talent like Sydal who is seemingly being pushed. In my opinion, moving Josh from the booth would be a great idea to prevent him from being overexposed and giving him the chance to be a manager. The other reason I think Josh should be moved from the booth is because he shouldn't be focused on as an announcer, but being a manager is different.
This hashtag once was used to develop the booking change of the WWE women's division. Though it might be a little different due to the difference in chances that one party has gotten over the years from fans to only be disappointed. I think that Jim Cornette said it best "If fans focused as much on the TV program as they do on the negative press then this company would have rating highs" or something like that. Which is true that if fans cared less about the negative press and focused more on the actual TV show then it would be better for all. However, like I mentioned in an older post that with the new management it seems like that company might be in a better place now then ever before.
Now I am not trying to say that the company is picture perfect but I do think that the company could deserve another chance. Over the years they have made a lot of mistakes over the years and have taken just as many steps back as they have steps forward which makes it hard to give them chance after chance. But fact is this might be the first time they are actually on the right track and though I have had my reasons to not watch I'm tempted to give them another shot. Fact is that the WWE isn't for everyone as there form of wrestling isn't the only type but is the most prominent due to the amount of exposure the company has.
This does make it difficult for other companies to get attention as a lot of fans get to the point where they think that the WWE is the only game in town; which couldn't be further from the truth. The company isn't alone there are alternatives out there you just have to give them a chance and sometimes you have to find them.
There have always been stories of current talent taking it upon themselves to write out there own storylines as a way to get themselves on television. Though this idea may not be as present now as it was back in the day in particular during the attitude era. One name that comes to mind that would actually write his own storylines was the man once known as The Jackal and took over for Josh Barnett as commentator for New Japan. For those that don't know the references so far that I am speaking of the newest high level executive in Impact Wrestling Don Callis.
During his stay in WWE, he would actually take it upon himself to write out story's for himself and the faction he was brought into manage which included Kurrgan. In recent years we have found that Don Callis has a mind for the wrestling business and was one of those that never had been given a chance. However, at this point in recent months the company hit a rough patch following the departure of Jeff Jarrett. Don Callis would be named an executive producer of Impact Wrestling with Scott D'Amore allowing them to only have to answer to Ed Nordholm and have control of the show. Much like Triple H assuming control of 205 Live and actually getting a chance to run something on the main roster this will be both Don & Scott's first chance to run things on a large scale. Thus far Impact Wrestling giving Don a chance based on Chris Jericho's opinion seems to be paying off the company as they seem to be getting better and have a clear focus now.
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