Recently, I sat down and watched an episode of Impact Wrestling and I have to say I was extremely impressed by the show. Based on just the opening with them outlining the recent events between Sami Callihan and Don Callis. In my opinion this feud is very much an old school angle with a mixture of a bit of new school. It seems like Sami has suddenly become a bit of a character that Impact feels like they can build the company around and it started with a "shoot" angle. For those who don't know I don't think I will be spoiling it but will be including a video below, but I will admit that as a WWE fan this is nothing that I would expect from them. This is exactly what I've wanted from Impact for the longest time because as Bill Watts use to say "You can't out Vince McMahon Vince McMahon and if you try you will fail."
The main point of this article is actually to praise Impact and also point out how good Josh Matthews was on commentary during the show. Now don't get me wrong I have always been a heavy critic of Josh and that he is one of the main reasons I never watched but now that he actually focuses on the competition and not getting himself over it's better. I am aware that this could likely be tied back to those in charge and the ever present power struggle within Impact Wrestling but now that stability has arrived with Don & Scott it seems like the company is finally in a good place.
Overall this is unlike anything I have seen in a very long time and this is actually something that I know numerous old school bookers wanted to do. The one thing that they use to try and do is include things at house shows like what you see in the video below. The main reason for this is because seeing things like happen at house shows could boost interest for fans to attend the house shows.
According to a news report from Cultaholic that Impact Wrestling has made an offer to a former WWE superstar. Now I just want to make this a point that at this point this wrestler doesn't have a contract to my knowledge with the company, but could in the near future. Recently, James Ellsworth was a part of a co promoted show with Impact and a local promotion which brings up the question if this could've been a "tryout" for Ellsworth. I know that some might be hoping that James doesn't end up with the company because it would be a wasted signing and make the company seem second rate.
However, I do think that James Ellsworth moving to Impact would help the company as it would offer them a replacement for Rockstar Spud. During his time Spud did spend sometime as a wrestler the run would end with him as a personality rather than a wrestler. I do think that this will be exactly what Ellsworth will do for the company and that is one of the reasons that he would benefit the company basically being a little bit of comedy relief. Since the change in management to Don Callis & D'Amore they have seemingly found a fair bit of momentum and that they have finally found some footing to work with.
Overall though the question does come about if a new face will come aboard the company in the near future or not. But the one thing I think that it is clear new management has a new way of doing things as opposed to how the former management group ran things. I think I mentioned this in a previous post that the company is now feeling more like a smaller company and not trying to force themselves into looking like a poor mans major company. Basically I think that the company has found footing and that the move to Canada has also done nothing but help them in starting over.
Since Anthem Sports took over Impact Wrestling from Dixie Carter the company has had a number of growing pains including bringing on a burned out Jeff Jarrett. However, since the arrival of both Scott D'Amore & Don Callis in the company it seems like they have continued to change for the better. Following the titled event called Redemption it seems like the company is set on a new course with Pentagon Jr. leading the charge for the company. It seems at this point though that finally the company has found their way to stability and a clear plan for the future.
I've said this before and will say it again that even after all the stuff that I've said in the past about this company and all the jokes that I have made I have always said that I want what's best for the company. I am very happy that they have gotten so close to a stable frame for the company with them moving from the ideology of a major company or one on an island of their own. But now one of the main things that Anthem has changed about the company is openness to working with other promotions. I would like to point out that even though it could've been either Don or Scott's idea but either way it had to be approved by the parent company.
Believe me I will be the first to point out how bad working agreements in the past looking at New Japan and Wrestle 1 as examples of their past failures. Then with the success of now past events like Redemption and the co-promoted event over WrestleMania weekend with Lucha Underground. Seeing Pentagon as World Champion is a totally different direction from where company was going back two years ago when Dixie was still in charge. I know that we can say all this negative about Dixie but she did do what it took to keep the company open even if she did hold them back. But now it's time for them gain redemption and with Anthem, D'Amore and Callis leading the company I feel like it is finally time for the company to move forward and grow.
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