The most pressing matter on Impact Wrestling tonight coming out of Against All Odds is dealing with the fallout from Don Callis going off the cuff to fire Sami Callihan. However, there might be another intriguing angle to keep an eye on. Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz are clamoring to kick down the Forbidden Door and grab competition.
Hogan and Steelz delivered the following promo prior to their successful title defense against Kimber Lee and Susan at Against All Odds.
Hogan: So, is this serious? Is this, is this a real thing? Like, who put this together? Is this a joke on us? Are you all playing a joke? Because honestly, for Kim and Susan to be talking all that big stuff and have nothing to back it up, it seems like you all want it, so you all can come and get it.
Steelz: Just because you all roll with Deonna (Purrazzo), our Knockouts champion for now, does not mean that you guys are championship worthy. I mean, Scott (D’Amore), we told you to give us competition, but you give us Kimber Lee and Susan, aka Beavis and Butt-Head. Those two can’t even see eye to eye together, because I mean Susan is in a different world of thinking that she’s another Karen out here.
Now, we want to go through that Forbidden Door. We said we want to go through that Forbidden Door. And you’re going to give us the competition. And right after we done ran through these two losers, we will have to just go and take and kick down that Forbidden Door and go grab our competition, seeing that nobody else can do it for us.
I would have added Steelz’s catchphrase sound effect, but I don’t know how to spell it.
Those are very interesting words from Hogan and Steelz. This is the second time the champs have requested passage through the Forbidden Door. During Against All Odds, commentary mentioned Dr. Britt Baker DMD as new AEW women’s champ during Deonna Purrazzo’s title defense against Rosemary. As an observer, it seems odd to make these references if it will amount to nothing for the Knockouts. Where there is fire, there is flavor.
With Slammiversary fast approaching on July 17, that could be an opportunity for Tony Khan to send a duo through the Forbidden Door for a special match. If I had to choose, my eye is on Red Velvet and Big Swole. They have been teaming together, and also with KiLynn King, on Elevation and Dark.
The Forbidden Door could even swing unofficially toward WWE if Impact brings in the IIconics, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, as newly signed talent.
Another possible outcome from this promo could be the Impact champs heading over to the NWA to participate in the all-women PPV, Empowerrr, being produced by Mickie James. That show is scheduled for August 28.
Speaking of the Forbidden Door, Josh Alexander will be competing on NJPW Strong this Friday (July 18).
The X-Division champ is making his NJPW debut against Alex Coughlin. It will be interesting to see how NJPW treats him in regard to wins and losses. Alexander is on a roll coming off a 60-minute Iron Man victory over TJP. The trend for NJPW wrestlers visiting Impact has been to rack up a few wins, then lose the big match. That’s what happened with El Phantasmo and Satoshi Kojima. Will Alexander have to repay the favor in a rematch with Phantasmo?
As for tonight’s episode of Impact Wrestling, Alexander will be in action against Madman Fulton. Also advertised are the in-ring debut of Maclin (aka Steve Cutler), Kojima versus Rhino, TJP versus Black Taurus, and Tenille Dashwood versus Rachael Ellering.
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The hot topic will be dealing with the mess created by Don Callis when he fired Sami Callihan. After Kenny Omega received cheating assistance from the Young Bucks to retain the Impact World Championship against Moose, Callihan made a surprise appearance to clean house with a baseball bat. Callis used his EVP power to save Omega from harm. The wrinkle is that Callihan had previously been announced to wrestle for the world title in the main event of Slammiversary on July 17. That situation will need to be settled.
Who would you like to see knock on the Forbidden Door to wrestle Fire ‘n’ Flava? What are you most eager to see tonight on Impact Wrestling? Will you be tuning in to support Josh Alexander on NJPW Strong?