One thing that has been a point of interest this year in the world of wrestling is if Impact Wrestling could begin to build momentum in the right direction now that they have stability in the office. Since December of last year we have seen Don Callis & Scott D'Amore running things and they have really given Impact Wrestling a stable long term picture. This was also the first year with Impact Wrestling located in Canada instead of the United States like it had been in years prior. With those two things in place some much needed stability had been found by Impact Wrestling.
As far as the company's overall direction it has been very refreshing to see the company having a long term direction for the top talent. Names like Eddie Edwards, Johnny Mundo, LAX, and Lucha Bros have really been busy during the entire with consistent feuds and momentum building from start to finish. I have really enjoyed the Lucha Bros, Eddie Edwards, and LAX all throughout the year with these men getting into the primes of their careers.
In my opinion, Impact Wrestling has finally rebuilt their roster to the point where they have extremely capable talent to help carry the company. I will admit that I still believe Johnny Mundo will drop the Impact Wrestling World Title very early on in 2019 maybe even at Impact Wrestling Homecoming in January to Brian Cage. To make a bold prediction for the upcoming new year I will take a guess saying that both Eddie Edwards and Brian Cage will taste World Championship gold in 2019.
As the build continues to Impact Wrestling Homecoming the card seems to be getting better by the week with two new matches being added to the card. In my opinion other than the LAX vs OGz grudge match this upcoming event could be better then Bound For Glory. I did sit down to watch the most recent edition of Impact and have few take away from the current Impact Wrestling product. For me one thing hasn't changed and that is I like wrestling on my wrestling (sorry WWE) and that is something Impact Wrestling has gotten a lot better at providing. With long over arching story lines and a once again deep roster filled with incredibly talented performers things are finally looking up for Impact Wrestling.
I know in the past I have pretty much solely focused on Eddie Edwards as his transition to a lunatic has been something I never really expected to see, but in this edition we will focus on two wrestlers Johnny Impact & LAX. First of all both are at the top of there careers right now holding the Impact World & Tag Team titles respectively. However, in my book one is showing room for growth while the other is showing that the ceiling might have been hit. Before elaborating I do believe that there could be a more in depth article coming in the future on this subject, but for this let's keep it short.
I think that Johny Impact formerly John Morrison has proven the WWE wrong that he could lead a company, but maybe they were right with the idea that the company wasn't WWE. I don't think that Johnny is a bad champion or the wrong selection to be Impact World Champion it's just I don't see him as a long term champion. It is really for that reason that I think the WWE were right for never letting him be WWE Champion, but also wrong as Johnny has proven to be a very reliable in ring competitor. I guess I just think that Johnny is better at chasing the title than actually being the champion in my opinion.
As for the tag team champions the work that LAX has been doing for most of the year has been fantastic. In my opinion Impact should consider themselves lucky to have found Santana & Ortiz when they did and that they have such chemistry with Konnan it's like they are the perfect match. Starting with there feud against the OGz and now likely heading into a very interesting feud with the Lucha Bros the momentum doesn't seem to be slowing down for the youngsters and it is very fun to watch. I have been saying for years that Impact needs to find there own talent and build from scratch and they are doing exactly that with Santana and Ortiz which is awesome to see. I think that if Impact Wrestling keeps this up they could have a better tag team division then the WWE and even if they aren't in competition anymore they could once again find themselves being a serviceable alternative to the company in Connecticut.
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