The next time Impact is on pay-per-view (PPV) is January 6 in Nashville, Tennessee for their Homecoming show. It bares this name because the company originated in Nashville.
While there’s still a month plus until the show, it’s already starting to take shape. Let’s take a look at what’s advertised so far:
- Johnny Impact (c) vs. Brian Cage for the Impact championship
Johnny Impact won the title from Austin Aries at Bound for Glory. (Aries hasn’t been in Impact since his abrupt “work or shoot” exit.) Brian Cage was X Division champion but cashed in “Option C,” relinquishing his X Division title for a chance to challenge for the world championship. This used to be reserved for the Destination X pay-per-view/TV special. It’s not clear if it’s an option for all X Division champions whenever they feel like it or Homecoming is taking the spot of Destination X in that regard.
Cage has been pinned in a six man tag, but that’s the only time he’s been pinned or submitted in the promotion.
- Tessa Blanchard (c) vs. Taya Valkyrie for the Knockouts championship
This is a Bound for Glory rematch. Their match at the PPV was the best on the card. Tessa played a little dirty in that match to retain her championship. They had a rematch since and she played even dirtier in that one, straight up punching the referee to get her disqualified.
They have not added any stipulations to this match to prevent this from happening again. Last week, Tessa tried to choke out an official who got in her face., so it’s entirely possible this match receives a stipulation to prevent the champ from assaulting an official to get DQ’d.
Whether they do nor not, if it comes close to their match from BFG, it could steal the show.
- LAX (c) vs. the Lucha Brothers for the tag team championships
If Tessa and Taya are going to steal the show, it’s going to be from this match.
LAX (Santana & Ortiz) has been champions for the better part of the year under management of Konnan. They’ve run through most of the teams on the roster.
But not the Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix).
Both teams are considered proteges of Konnan in the story, and Konnan is not happy that they are going head to head. He worries it’ll cause a rift that may not be repairable. But it’s happening whether he likes it or not, which is great because this match will be fire.
- Ultimate X Match for the vacant X Division title
The X Divisions signature match returns, fitting the Homecoming theme.
The division has been somewhat forgotten while the Machine held its gold. This is a chance to reestablish the division and its major players now that he’s relinquished the belt.
It looks like there are four spots, and they will start filling those spots on Impact this week. Matt Sydal will face Ethan Page and Willie Mack will face Jake Crist to fill two of those spots.
The top four matches on this card look promising. They’ll probably add another two or three (spoilers are out there so you could probably piece them together if you so choose). Edwards and Moose still have issues so that could get added to the card. Su Yung and Allie are still part of a story together. And Eli Drake is part of a feud with Abyss.
All those matches could be represented on the pay-per-view, but none are as exciting as the matches already announced. Though four strong matches on a card of seven is still pretty damn good.
What do you think, Cagesiders? Do you like how the card is coming together?