All hell broke loose on the final IMPACT! before Slammiversary as IMPACT World Champion Josh Alexander and #1 contender Eric Young came to blows during their contract signing. Plus, IMPACT World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes triumphed over IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jay White and Chris Bey en route to their title clash with The Good Brothers, the Aces & Eights returned and so much more!
It was revealed on the final IMPACT! before Slammiversary that NWA’s Nick Aldis will be joining Frankie Kazarian, Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley and a mystery partner on team IMPACT Originals as they fight back against Honor No More in a five-on-five clash.
Santana and Ortiz carried on the LAX name with honor, living up the tremendous legacy of Homicide and Hernandez. However, the original LAX weren’t exactly pleased to see their spotlight taken by a younger generation. After over a year dominating the tag team division, Eddie Kingston arrived in IMPACT with a worrying message – Konnan had been taken out but he was here to steer the ship in Konnan’s absence. Diamante was sceptical of Kingston at first but over time he earned Santana and Ortiz’s trust and helped lead them back to the Tag Team Titles. All was well in LAX until Konnan returned.
Eli Drake’s loud mouth and brash attitude immediately got attention when he debuted in 2015. From his time in The Rising to his run as King of the Mountain Champion to his rivalry with EC3 – people immediately identified him as a future World Champion. Lashley defeated Eddie Edwards to regain the title in a classic 30 Minute Iron Man at Genesis but a Gauntlet for the Gold in August for the vacant championship gave Drake his best chance yet. He overcame 20 men including former champions Eddie Edwards, Lashley and EC3 as well as the debuting Johnny IMPACT to become champion.
It’s the last stop on the road to Slammiversary! Who will gain momentum heading into IMPACT’s biggest event of the summer? Find out on an all-new IMPACT! this Thursday at 8/7c on AXS TV and 8:30pm ET on YouTube for IMPACT Insiders. Josh Alexander and Eric Young sign the contract for their upcoming IMPACT World Title showdown, IMPACT World Tag Team Team Champions The Briscoes square off with Jay White and Chris Bey and so much more!
It has always taken a special type of person to want to become a professional wrestler – and it takes a different type altogether to have the determination to become a successful one. What drives these incredible athletes? Where does their passion come from? Who are they, when they aren’t under the bright lights of the IMPACT Zone? IMPACT Wrestling’s lead announcer Tom Hannifan will explore these questions and more in his brand new OUTSIDE THE ROPES show on IMPACT Plus.
Broken. No single word defines 2016 more. EC3 won the World Title Series to become World Champion for the second time but this would set Matt Hardy on a completely different path. After coming up short multiple times and having his crowning moment taken away from him at Bound For Glory, Matt Hardy turned to a different approach to capture the World Championship. Tyrus turned on EC3, helping Hardy capture gold and beginning the birth of “Broken” Matt Hardy.
The IMPACT Wrestling Press Pass Podcast returns this week to preview the SLAMMIVERSARY pay-per-view extravaganza, set for THIS SUNDAY, June 19. JOSH ALEXANDER & ERIC YOUNG will talk with the media during the live teleconference on Wednesday, June 15, starting at 2pm ET. D’Lo Brown will host Press Pass, days before Alexander and Young battle for the IMPACT World Championship in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prepare for IMPACT’s biggest event of the summer on Countdown to Slammiversary streaming LIVE & FREE this Sunday at 7:30pm ET on IMPACT Plus and YouTube. Don’t miss two exclusive matchups, including an epic championship showdown and the return of a fan-favorite match type!
From the moment he arrived in TNA in October 2013, EC3 was destined for greatness. Part of that was nepotism of course – he was Dixie Carter’s nephew after all – but the larger part was he could back it up in the ring. EC3 defeated everybody that was put in front of him – with legends like Sting, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Bully Ray, Rhino, Austin Aries and Eric Young all failing to defeat the cocky upstart. For all of this he had the loyal and steadfast Rockstar Spud by his side. Many of those victories came with an assist from Spud, but after Dixie Carter was powerbombed through a table the relationship between Spud and EC3 began to fracture.
On July 1st and 2nd, IMPACT Wrestling comes to Center Stage in Atlanta, GA for two can’t miss events featuring all your favorite IMPACT stars in action! Streaming LIVE on IMPACT Plus, who will seize victory in their battle Against All Odds? Then, the television trucks of IMPACT! on AXS TV roll in for Southern Hostility!
At Slammiversary, former friends and enemies Rosemary and AAA Reina de Reinas Champion Taya Valkyrie will join forces to challenge The Influence for the Knockouts World Tag Team Titles! Can Rosemary and Valkyrie coexist in order to add yet another championship milestone to their long list of accolades? Or will The Influence continue their trend-setting reign?
IMPACT Wrestling takes over Busted Open on SiriusXM this Monday, June 13th with four stars joining co-hosts Tommy Dreamer and Dave LaGreca. Hear the latest on Slammiversary, June 19th LIVE from the Nashville Fairgrounds!
2014 started with two TNA World Heavyweight Champions: AJ Styles and Magnus. Both men had a claim to the title – Styles defeated Bully Ray at Bound For Glory while Magnus won a tournament in his absence. However, there could only be one true TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Styles and Magnus faced off in January to crown a true champion. After interference from all of Magnus and Dixie’s goons, Magnus was crowned the undisputed champion.
Invading forces were nothing new to TNA – between Sports Entertainment Xtreme, The Main Event Mafia and Immortal, groups coming together seeking power and control was commonplace. What was unusual though was not even knowing the identity of the attackers. That was what made the masked Aces and 8s attackers so sinister – knowing they could attack from anywhere and could easily hide in plain sight made them all the more menacing.