Impact Wrestling returns tonight (Aug. 2) from the Rebel Complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is the second episode from the most recent set of tapings.
Here’s what’s advertised for tonight’s show:
- Austin Aries (c) vs. Dustin Cameron for the world title
- Su Yung & the undead maid of honor vs. Allie & Kiera Hogan
- The Lucha Bros vs. oVe
- The latest from the OGz
- The Desi Hit Squad in action
As per usual, here are our five questions about Impact tonight:
1) Why is this a title match?
While it’s pretty easy to get a tag title match or even X Division title match in Impact, they’ve been stingy with handing out world title matches.
Then why in the world does this nobody get a title shot?
This was set up last week when Austin Aries interrupted an backstage interview with Anthony Carelli (who you know as Santino Marella). Aries wasn’t in the mood after being attacked by Eddie Edwards and issued a challenge to Carelli, who isn’t cleared to wrestle. But his student, Dustin Cameron accepted the challenge.
That’s all well and good. It makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is why the title is on the line. Aries didn’t even say “title match” when he challenged Carelli to a match. So why is he getting one?
2) Will we see another Milan Miracle?
But it’s something to think about since Cameron’s teacher Carelli won the WWE Intercontinental title his first night. Vince McMahon plucked Santino Marella out of the crowd as an easy title victory for Umaga, and Lashley interfered helping Santino win. This was dubbed the Milan Miracle.
With the title on the line, there’s always a chance there’s a title change. Yes, that chance is less than 1%, but it’s there.
Don’t expect it though. The new Impact is smarter than that. (I hope.)
3) Is Allie back in the Knockouts title picture?
This week, Allie will team with Kiera Hogan to take on the Knockouts champion Su Yung and her undead maid of honor.
Allie was champion herself awhile back until losing he title to Su at Redemption. She failed to regain it in a casket match. More recently Madison Rayne faced Su and was put in a casket herself. She’ll emerge at Full Sail University for the Mae Young Classic going by Ashley Rayne.
Now Allie’s back facing Su with Kiera Hogan at her side. Does that mean Allie is back in the title picture? Is Kiera? Or are we just biding time until Rosemary is ready to go?
Tonight’s match should give us an idea of that.
4) How long will the tag team titles be all about LAX?
Impact has been telling a long story with the LAX civil war. It’s one of the best examples of their long form storytelling as of late.
It’s also been the focus of the tag titles for months.
Even when Santana and Ortiz didn’t have the titles, they story in the tag division was about them not being able to win. Teams like Scott Steiner/Eli Drake & Z + E weren’t ever the focus of the division. It was always about LAX.
LAX eventually won the belts back only to have them stolen by the LAX sect calling themselves the OGz consisting of Homicide, Hernandez, and King. (It’s kind of a lame name.) And that will probably be the focus of the titles for awhile.
It has me wondering when another team is actually going to got some of that spotlight in Impact. Though the criticism prior was there were very few tag teams so it’s not like there are a bunch of good teams sitting on the sidelines waiting to get in.
5) Will Sami Callihan urinate on anyone this week?
Let’s hope not.
Impact Wrestling returns tonight at 8 ET on Pop TV. Who’s watching?