Been a while since I wrote about Impact Wrestling (let alone writing a blog post) but we have an exciting weekend of professional wrestling. On top of WWE having their Extreme Rules pay-per-view Sunday night (predictions will come out soon), Impact will be having their yearly Slammiversary PPV. Slammiversary has been a mainstay in the PPV calendar for Impact (and […]
Been a while since I wrote about Impact Wrestling (let alone writing a blog post) but we have an exciting weekend of professional wrestling. On top of WWE having their Extreme Rules pay-per-view Sunday night (predictions will come out soon), Impact will be having their yearly Slammiversary PPV. Slammiversary has been a mainstay in the PPV calendar for Impact (and even during the TNA era), with the first event taking place back in 2005. It is considered one of Impact’s flagship PPV events along with Lockdown and Bound for Glory, similar to WWE and their big-four PPV (WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series).
Much like with everything else going on, Impact has not had fans in attendance for their shows and most of their shows have been pre-tapped. This will be one of those events where it will be filmed live which is good considering that they have put on such a great and underrated product in recent months.
Seven matches are set to take place on the card with every title and one “unsanctioned” title on the line. On top of that, one of those titles matches will guarantee a new champion. Here are my predictions for the 2020 edition of Slammiversary.
The Rascalz (Zachary Wentz and Dezmond Xavier) vs. TBD
Prediction: The Mystery Team wins…..and it’s The Good Brothers (formerly from WWE in Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows)
A stretch prediction here to start but what a way to debut a new tag team in the company, a veteran tag team might I add. Gallows and Anderson were mainstays in New Japan but it never quite worked out once they hit the WWE scene (mainly due to lack of the creative team from backstage). They announced that they have officially signed with Impact and will be in attendance at the pay-per-view. What better way to introduce the team than to have them in the opener of Slammiversary (if this ends up being the opening match on the card.
Gauntlet for the Gold match to determine the #1 contender for the Knockouts Championship
- Alisha Edwards
- Kiera Hogan
- Kimber Lee
- Kylie Rae
- Madison Rayne
- Tasha Steelz
- Taya Valkyrie
Prediction: Kylie Rae wins to become #1 contender for the Knockouts Championship
Gauntlet matches are sometimes hard to predict because you can really go several ways here. It really goes down to a process of elimination. Valkyrie recently finished a feud for the championship so I have her out for the time being. Rayne mainly works backstage with the company so I do not see her winning and females like Hogan and Havok are mainly in tag teams. For me, it comes down to Rosemary or Rae but I have Rae winning it all at the end.
Since her debut on Impact, she has been pushed and featured in a lot of high profile Knockout matches and a potential feud between her and Deonna Purrazzo for the championship (more on that) would be a solid feud in the division.
“Unsanctioned” TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Moose (c) vs. Tommy Dreamer in an Old School Rules match
Prediction: Moose retains the “Unsanctioned” TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Oddly, Impact does not make this an official title in the company since there is a lot of legacy behind that belt. I really think pushing Moose as a legit champion is something the company needs to do. Hopefully, they officially sanction the belt after this match.
This is one of the easier predictions here. Dreamer is a veteran in the business and does not necessarily need the belt here, rather just to put Moose over. The Old School Rules makes this match more interesting, so expect a lot of Dreamer’s old ECW antics mixed with Moose’s power here.
X Division Championship – Willie Mack (c) vs. Chris Bey
Prediction: Willie Mack retains the X Division Championship
Impact has done a nice job building up Rey as a legit challenger and has a bright future in the company. That being said, I do not think it is the right time for Mack to drop the X Division title so soon after winning it at the pre-taped Rebellion Impact special.
Before Rich Swann was injured, we saw a potential break up feud between him and Mack after losing their tag title opportunity at Hard to Kill so my guess is that Mack holds onto the belt until Swann returns. Still, this will be a fun match to watch.
World Tag Team Championship – The North (Ethan Page and Josh Alexander) (c) vs. Ken Shamrock and Sami Callihan
Prediction: The North retain the World Tag Team Championship
Much like the Moose/Dreamer match, this seems like an easy prediction. Page and Alexander have been on a dominate run with the belt, clocking in at 375 days at the time this article goes out, beating every tag team with ease.
I don’t see a reason for them to drop the belts to a team that was just formed together a few weeks ago. If my mystery team from earlier is correct, The Good Brothers would be a perfect opponent for The North down the line.
Knockouts Championship – Jordynne Grace (c) vs. Deonna Purrazzo
Prediction: Deonna Purrazzo wins the Knockouts Championship
Since her surprise release from WWE, Purrazzo was pushed heavy since joining the Knockouts division in Impact and got a title shot right away in her first PPV in her tenure.
It all depends on it she did sign a long-term deal with the company. If she wins it here, then it would make sense. Still, the big push she is getting, why not give her a title run?
Vacant World Championship – Ace Austin vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Trey Miguel vs. TBA
Prediction: Ace Austin wins the Vacant World Championship
Originally, this was supposed to be a five-way match between the three named above, Michael Elgin, and then World Champion Tessa Blanchard. Blanchard was eventually released from the company due to bullying and racism allegations and Elgin was released from the company due to sexual assault allegations. Instead, it will be a fatal-4-way with a mystery opponent making his debut.
It is a process of elimination here. Miguel has the talent but I think needs to be more established as a singles wrestler before putting the world title on him and Edwards, while has been impressive as of late, looks to the one to put someone over in this match.
Tha leaves Austin and the mystery opponent. The mystery person can be anyone, ranging from former Impact star turned WWE jobber in EC3 or former WWE star Rusev (now that I can get behind). Hopefully, it is one of those two. My pick for right now is Austin. Austin has done a great job as of late as one of the top stars in Impact and after having a great run as the X Division champion a few months back, I think it would be a good time to put the belt on him and see where it goes.
Man, I hope it is Rusev….imagine if he is the new Impact World Champion.
Like I said in the intro, Impact Wrestling has been putting on an underrated product for the past few years after years of being the joke of wrestling promotions. Hard to Kill was a solid PPV and Slammiversary has a chance to be solid as well. It’ll be interesting to see who is the mystery team facing The Rascalz and who the mystery person is in the World Title match.