Impact Wrestling Slammiversary: What Surprises are Planned?
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Another year, another milestone for Impact Wrestling.
Impact Wrestling will be holding their 16th annual Slammiversary event and this could be one of the company’s most significant PPV event in years. In the past few years, Impact Wrestling has seen wrestlers like Brian Cage, Karrion Kross, The Lucha Brothers, Proud N Powerful, and Tessa Blanchard establish themselves and become bigger stars in the industry and highly sought after once their contracts came to an end with Impact.
This year has been a completely different story. Impact Wrestling, much like WWE and AEW, have been forced to continue their weekly programming with empty arena shows and have had to come up with different strategies to keep their viewing audience engaged.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, WWE were faced with the tough decision of releasing multiple stars from their contracts, making them free agents after their 90-day non-complete clause concluded. Impact has capitalized on the releases and have created some buzz for Slammiversary by producing different teasers giving fans the impression that some or all the released stars could be making their debuts or returns. In fact, tonight's PPV coincides with the date all those released wrestlers are free to appear where they choose.
The releases have created pro wrestling’s version of Free Agent Frenzy in the sense that many established stars are available as well as young talents still in the prime of their career that could benefit from a move to Impact Wrestling. The company may find a diamond in the rough so to speak that they feel they would be the ideal star to build their company around. Not only could fans witness some debuts in Impact such as Deonna Purrazzo, who made her debut on Impact following her release, but it could also be a homecoming of sorts for some of the stars that contributed to Impact being an entertaining alternative to WWE.
Wrestlers like EC3 and Eric Young are among those rumored to show up at Slammiversary. Both had been main eventers during their tenure with the company and in EC3’s case, he was essentially the main focal point for Impact before leaving for another opportunity in WWE, where he returned to NXT. EC3 main evented numerous PPVs and had successful reigns as Impact Wrestling World Champion.
In terms of the tag team division, there is speculation that Impact could be gaining some good brothers, with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows showing up to take the division by storm. The former members of the Bullet Club were one of the best tag teams in wrestling and could be in a favorable position that could see them have more creative freedom and an opportunity to showcase their in-ring ability as opposed to what they had been doing in WWE.
There are plenty of notable free agents that could show up, so Slammiversary will surely be an event has the attention of wrestling fans, so this is a situation where they have to make a good impression and both expand their fanbase and regain some of the fans they may have lost over the years to want to tune in on a weekly basis.
Who would you like to see show up in IMPACT Wrestling?
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