This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter has the most detailed report yet on the story that broke Sunday about aborted plans for Sammy Guevera to appear on Impact.
Guevara quit Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle group on the Feb. 10 Dynamite, and his short-term angle on Impact was designed to play off that. The stories about what what down which prevented Sammy’s appearance on AEW’s partner promotion have varied somewhat, and Dave Meltzer’s version also doesn’t present a 100% definitive version of events. But it confirms enough of the previous versions to give us our most complete picture yet.
After leaving his last AEW taping, Guevara travelled to Nashville where Impact was filming from Feb. 9 - 11. The 27 year old didn’t like the creative he was presented when he arrived. He pitched a couple alternatives which were rejected, and was then told they weren’t going to use him after all.
Earlier reports indicated AAA’s Black Taurus, recently revealed as a part of Rosemary & Crazzy Steve’s reunited Decay stable, replaced Sammy in the plans he rejected. Meltzer writes that he also heard that but could not confirm it. Taurus is scheduled to be part of a six-man tag on next week’s Impact where the winning team will get a Triple Threat for the X-Division title.
In this story, Guevara is said to have suggested he win the title, take it back with him to AEW without losing it, forcing Impact to strip him and hold a tournament to crown a new X-Division champion.
The Observer does confirm that Guevara was set to win three matches at the tapings, and was not going to be booked on Impact beyond the episodes shot there. Chris Jericho and Don Callis came up with the angle for Sammy, and it not working out made Callis & Jericho “look bad”.
Meltzer also wrote:
“Impact was really mad about AEW sending talent over, putting plans in place and then the talent wouldn’t do what was planned. Everything appears to be smoothed over now, but there are those in Impact who said that the company was not happy at first with how it went down and could have impacted relationships.”
Shortly after this week’s Observer came out, Guevara tweeted this clip from the opening of his latest vlog, which was in reference to the original Sunday reports...
The AEW/Impact partnership is ongoing, with Good Brothers regularly working Dynamite and Matt Hardy, Private Party, Kenny Omega, Tony Khan & Tony Schiavone showing up Tuesdays on Impact.
Sammy is not expected back in Impact any time soon, but never say never in this business. If the two sides see an angle they think will be good for business, pride can be swallowed.