To change things up a bit we are looking at some of the most random returns in the history of Impact's yearly anniversary event. I remember back in the day when Christian made his return to the company as his appearance came about after Impact allowed WWE to borrow Ric Flair for the Hall of Fame that year. It was random seeing Christian, but seeing the older returns especially Animal made me remember those moments a little clearer. Also it put on display just how many years that Impact Wrestling has been in business, can't believe it's been 17 years.
I am very happy for everyone that is a part of Impact Wrestling that they will be celebrating another year in business very soon. It's just surprising or maybe testament to those who have been in charge that they cared so much about the company that they wouldn't let it not survive. In my opinion, people not giving up on Impact is the reason that Impact has made it this far and stuck around this long, because they still do have their loyalists. Even though the old faces are gone the new faces have seemingly brought a sense of stability back to Impact Wrestling.
As the countdown continues to the seventeenth anniversary event for Impact Wrestling it's time to look back at some of the great moments and memories of the last few years so far. Over the years one of the Impact's biggest yearly events has produced not only some of the best matches, but has also produced some of the most talked about moments in the history of the company. Even though in my opinion, the King of the Mountain concept was unique enough and usually was one of the better matches on the card and even though things do change in wrestling I think this is something that could've been brought back.
However, we aren't going to be looking at a King of the Mountain match at least this time around, but will be looking at one of the top modern feuds in the companies history. Following their departure from Ring of Honor it was one of the most talk about topics in wrestling at the time where Eddie and Davey would end up. Even though they would have a short tenure in NXT they would end up with Impact Wrestling and would become the leaders of the tag team division.
Looking back it was clear at the time that more than likely the reason for this was because Davey decided that he was going to be retiring soon and wanted to feud with Eddie before he hung it up. This was a very intense, quick brawl but it didn't disappoint at all. This was also the first time that I saw Alisha Edwards compete and I was impressed by how good she was knowing she doesn't have a ton of experience in the ring. Either way this was one of the few bright spots of a very tough time for the company and something we can look back at fondly.
This is something has become a tradition for a number of the biggest events that come through the calendar year. At first this was just a WWE thing I would do ahead of Wrestlemania, but then I thought this series was something that could work for other companies as well. For those who may have forgotten Slammiversary is the anniversary celebration for the promotion as they look back at the last now seventeen years of history. Even though through the years Impact Wrestling has really cut away most of the their PPV's two of the events that have stuck around was Bound For Glory and Slammiversary for legitimate reasons, but still.
In a trip back in time we can see just how much things have changed in last twelve years for Eric Young and Robert Roode. It is insane knowing that both these guys have come so far in the last few years with both men in the WWE at this point right now. If my memory serves I believe this feud took place soon after Team Canada had came apart with both Robert & Eric were being given a slight push. At the time TNA was really looking for stability and some new talent to bring up from within as they didn't really have the money to bring in top talent. Though both men would eventually find their way to the top of the card this was the very beginning of their push.
As always wrestling gives us both great memories and memories we try and forget, but with the amount of moments worth remembering that have happened we are bound to forget some. The same could be said about some talent that were very much underrated during their career or never at the top of a company during a run this unfortunately makes it easier for fans to forget certain talent. For once we have found two former TNA wrestling alumni who got their big breaks in the promotion at one point or another.
Sometimes we encounter those that deserve to be remembered and acknowledged. I would like to wish a very big Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating their special day today and especially to the one featured below.
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