Before the company found stability with Anthem & their current booking team the company had a number of problems. It was around this time that it seemed like every other week we heard rumors about the possibility of the company going out of business or being sold to someone else. In the build to Slammiversary 2015 fans saw the extremely unexpected return of Jeff Jarrett to the company. After the events of Jeff, Kurt Angle, and Karen I think everyone thought that we would never see Jeff or Karen in the company ever again. However, much like the WWE Hall of Fame some fans were claiming that the TNA Hall of Fame wouldn't be complete without the founder of the company.
It was clear at the time that times were changing within the company and that Jeff coming back was a long time coming. At the time I hadn't actually seen an episode of Impact for a while at that point but I did tune into this episode of the show not sure what to expect. I was dumfounded when it was announced that not only would the King of the Mountain match return but the former "King of the Mountain" would be a part of the match. Following this event we would see the beginning of the working agreement between Global Force Wrestling and Impact which would continue for the rest of the year before it was announced that the two companies would merge. There is no doubt that this event was one of the last major events of Dixie Carter's time in the top position of the company.
TNA Slammiversary 2015
Tigre Uno (c) def. (pin) DJ Z, Manik three-way elimination TNA X-Division Title
Robbie E. def. (pin) Jessie Godderz
Bram def. (pin) Matt Morgan Street Fight
Austin Aries def. (pin) Davey Richards Winner Picks The Stipulation
Awesome Kong & Brooke Tessmacher def. (pin) Jade & Marti Belle & Taryn Terrell handicap tag
James Storm def. (pin) Magnus Unsanctioned
Ethan Carter III & Tyrus def. (pin) Bobby Lashley & Mr. Anderson
Jeff Jarrett def. Bobby Roode, Drew Galloway, Eric Young, Matt Hardy "King of the Mountain" (5-way)TNA King of the Mountain Championship
This is an old series I had done when I would infrequently watch Impact Wrestling and I used this series as a way to express my thoughts on the show. Before sitting down to watch Impact I will admit that I haven't watched wrestling on television for quite a while which is crazy considering some of the streaks I use to have when it came to watching weekly wrestling. However, I will say that it was really weird watching the show because it actually felt like they were putting their best foot forward and building some momentum. I'm very happy that this is the case and this actually speaks to the type of bookers that Scott D'Amore and Don Callis are & the mentality they have collectively.
The one part of the show that caught my attention was the feud between Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan as they are doing the best to make it not only real but very old school. Seeing highlights of the Street fight between Eddie & Sami was unlike anything I have seen in quite a while, but in a good way. Then seeing Sami selling the eye later in the show was a welcome sight because keeping with that type of things isn't something that is usually taken as an important aspect in most major promotions. Admittedly this feud still doesn't touch the Gargano vs Ciampa program in NXT, but compared to anything on the main roster this feud is better then anything WWE is doing.
Overall I don't remember the last time I was more interested in something Impact had going on then anything the WWE was doing on the main roster. It speaks to how much things have changed with the company since the sale to Anthem and the stability they have now found with their new parent company. I hope that they can keep building from here and moving forward on a good note and further away from their old unstable way of business.
Just like New Japan and WWE there comes a time on the calendar when Impact Wrestling is celebrating there biggest card of the year. As it turns out their biggest card of the year is also when they celebrate the companies anniversary. Now not a lot of companies that are on the level on Impact Wrestling do this which is one thing that makes the stick out from the pack especially since this is one of the only events to stand the test of Impact shorten schedule.
With that in mind I thought it would be fitting for me to give Impact some of the spotlight and join in the hype for Slammiversary next month. The best way to do that is by looking back at some great moments of Impact's past & remembering how far they've come.
Though this started as a series for the ROH section looking through I really thought about it and decided to expand the series to this section as well. This way we can look back at some of forgotten stars of Impact Wrestling. Now there is a ton of talent that had only a handful of appearances for the company which opens the door for a variety of alumni to retrace. This random selection for the opening star is the former Sangriento better known as Amazing Red. For those who may not remember Amazing Red was actually one of the founding members of the X-Division with names like Jerry Lynn, AJ Styles, Low-Ki and others leading the charge along with him.
During his first run with the company in the very early days he would become both an X-Division and NWA World Tag Team champion holding the tag belts with Jerry Lynn. For the next three years he would be in and out of the promotion before returning to the company in 2009 after four years away from Impact. Red would then return to the company in the spring of 20009 as Suicide's partner in the Team 3D Invitational Tournament. Soon after his return to the company he would move back to the X-Division and would once again become X-Division champion after a shocking win against Samoa Joe. Red would hold the title one more time before leaving the company for good in 2011.
Overall I would say that the legacy that Amazing Red has left on Impact Wrestling is one of someone who fit his role. Red was always in the company when the X-Division was very deep and just fit in that position but after a while you need to change things up in that division to avoid things getting stale. Now the man once managed by Don West is handling his own training center and promotion. Though he isn't retired at this point he is semi active and I think it might be fair to say that his time in the fast moving X-division might be in the past.
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