Three days ago Impact Wrestling set the wrestling world forward with one of the best and most complete events of the year. Impact Wrestling has been flying under the radar for years and seem like they have found there own path and have some momentum to continue to build forward for the promotion. Back in April the WWE shockingly fired a number of wrestlers to cut expenses down and what was WWE's lose has now became Impact Wrestling's gain.
The reason I held off this article is to allow anyone who would like to see the debuts for themselves. We've knew from the start that Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows would be joining Impact Wrestling. On the shocking side I wasn't expecting to see Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley returning to the company partially due to the thought that one of the two was retired. It is possible that this will allow the veterans for one more run in the promotion that gave them their names.
Heath Slater was the shocking debut especially after his recent one off appearance with WWE a few weeks ago. Slater has one of the more interesting debut angles as they allowed him to debut as a free agent almost playing off his recent appearance to cast doubt on his contract status with the promotion. I know that it's a little random to allow someone who had the status of Heath in WWE this type of angle, but we need to see what happens next. As for Ethan Carter III and Eric Young it seems like the promotion has big plans for at least one of them, but again we will have to wait and see what happens next on Impact Wrestling!!
It has hit the final countdown for Slammiversary and Impact is pulling out all the stops ahead of the biggest event of the year. After 373 days it seems like Impact has ran out of ideas of teams to challenge The North at this point which is special in itself, because it is a rare occasion in modern wrestling for champions to hold any championship for over a year. The North has established themselves as one of the top tag teams in the world and due to them being in Impact Wrestling and flying under the radar.
Shamrock and Callahan had a heated rivalry and even though it's possible that things aren't over between the former rivals they're trying to shift the focus to unite against a common enemy. The main difference between when WWE does this is that they do it as a lazy booking tool to add something to an upcoming match. However, it seems like Impact will either keep the belts on The North or if Shamrock/Callahan win the gold they will get a sizable reign with the gold to maximize the effect of Shamrock and Callahan finally being the tandem to defeat the unbeatable North.
Rumors have abound in recent weeks and months about the impending arrival of some new talent for Impact Wrestling. Back in April, WWE shockingly terminated over thirty superstars some of whom are now highly sought after free agents. Right now it seems academic that Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows will be joining Impact Wrestling once their no compete clauses expire. The former Impact World Champion Ethan Carter III also has hinted at a return to the company that made him a star.
The person I wanted to focus on though is the former "Long Island Iced Z" who called WWE home for the better part of 14 years not counting the time he spent in developmental. At one point Zack Ryder had a chance to become a star in WWE at a time when they really needed a fresh face on the top of the card even if he was just going to be a temporary headliner. Now after spending a majority of his career in one place Zack has a chance to reinvent himself somewhere new.
Check out what he posted on his Instagram three days ago!! For those who may not get it the big deal about July 18 is that Impact Wrestling will be holding their annual Slammiversary event on that date this year. It is possible that Zack was trying to create a bit of a buzz, but it's also possible that Ryder might've been hinting that he is following Anderson & Gallows. A few years ago Impact had a bad reputation for taking former WWE stars, but now they really need to create a buzz and it could benefit the promotion signing a few former WWE stars. The real questions how many is too many for the promotion that the talent they currently have would then get lost in the shuffle. Rumors can do crazy things, but I for one think that Impact Wrestling would be a perfect place for Zack or Matt to reinvent himself for the first time in over a decade.
With the countdown coming to a close within the next week another chapter for Impact Wrestling's second biggest PPV will write it's next chapter. To know how high the expectations are for Slammiversary 2020 we need to take a step back for Slammiversary 2019. It highlights how far some of the stars have come in the last year, but also what has changed in the last year for Impact Wrestling.
A lot has changed for Impact Wrestling in the last few months including seeing both Joey Ryan and Tessa Blanchard leave the company for very different reasons, but both departures leave a big whole for the company. At this time last year Johnny Impact was wrapping up his run with Impact Wrestling before he would return to WWE and the same was the case for Santana and Ortiz who would jump to AEW to join the Inner Circle.
A year later and a lot has changed with a number of rumors a bound about new stars joining the ranks in Impact Wrestling. Namely Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows and a certain Long Island Iced Z seem to be on the top of Impact Wrestling list. However, we have to wait around a week to find out for certain who will be making their debut or return on July 18 at Slammiversary 2020. Ken Shamrock will be joining the Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame this year in case you've forgotten!!
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