Impact Wrestling is back tonight (July 26) from the Rebel Complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the first show from the most recent set of tapings and serves as the fallout to last Sunday’s Slammiversary pay-per-view (PPV).
Here’s what’s advertised tonight:
- Austin Aries championship address
- Johnny Impact returns to Impact
- Brian Cage (c) vs. Matt Sydal for the X Division title
- Scarlett Bordeaux debuts
As per usual, here are our five questions about Impact tonight:
1) How will Impact fallow up their successful PPV?
For all intents and purposes, Slammiversary was a hit. From the view of my rather small wrestling bubble consisting of people who comment on this site and what came up on my feed on Twitter, this was a very well received show. But even in that small sample size, there’s usually something negative about a PPV. I didn’t see any here.
Basically the show was a success. Now it’s time to follow up.
There’s a good chance that more people will be checking out Impact given the positive buzz after Sunday. The company shouldn’t try to do more than what they were doing, but they should definitely give us a noteworthy show that will possibly hook those fans who are tuning in for the first time or for the first time after a long time.
We already have an X Division title rematch scheduled so at least there’s one Slammiversary rematch to get excited about.
2) Will the crowd remain hot?
One of the reasons Slammiversary came across so well on television was the fact the crowd was en fuego. They never tired and were excited about everything Impact did for those three hours.
This won’t be the same exact crowd as the tapings started the day after. But it’s a good guess that there will be some of the same people looking to get more of their Impact fill. Can they maintain that energy over a marathon taping?
Probably not. But even if they tire out, it’s still better than the Impact Zone in Orlando.
3) Who’s next for Austin Aries?
Moose tried but failed to take the title from Austin Aries. While Aries did hit a lowblow mid match and fought a bit dirty, it was as relatively clean win. So chances are, Moose is moving to the back of the line.
So who’s next for the champ?
One possibility is Pentagon Jr., who had a very fun, very violent win over Sami Callihan four nights ago. Pentagon never got his rematch for the title that he lost to Aries. There’s also the returning Johnny Impact who hasn’t been in a world title feud yet. Another dark horse is Eddie Edwards, who may have just become our new hardcore hero after a feud with Tommy Dreamer.
Then there’s Brian Cage, who is going to get a world title opportunity eventually, but it looks like they’re taking their time with him. Having just captured the X Division title, he’ll likely have a run with that for awhile.
4) How do you get that title off Cage?
I know Cage just won the title, and I’m already booking how to get it off him, but it’s going to be tough.
It looks like the plan is for have Cage climb the ranks before winning the top prize. So they’ll need him to somehow lose his X Division title without having him lose too much stock in defeat.
If he has a long run and takes a loss to a worthy opponent who has his number that day, that won’t hurt him much. If they build up someone like Dezmond Xavier and have him eventually work that win, that won’t be bad.
They could also go the double championship route with Cage, having him win the main title while he’s X Division champion. Then he can either relinquish the latter or defend them both.
And finally there’s Option C, which could be the way they go about it. Option C was invented by the current champion Austin Aries which states at Destination X, the X Division champion can trade in his X Division title for a world title match. It’s something in Impact lore that’s there for the taking if they want it.
5) Will we see any new talent this taping?
We already have a new Knockout, Scarlett Bordeaux, debuting tonight. Any one else?
With a new set of tapings, this would be the time to bring new talent into the company. Or maybe former talent a run in the new Impact.
They have a good core of talent but there’s always room to add some more.
Impact Wrestling airs tonight at 8 EST on Pop TV. Who’s watching?