Impact Wrestling is making a ton of buzz in its first set of tapings of 2018. Fans already witnessed the return of former TNA World champion Austin Aries, who captured the Global Championship from Eli Drake.
On the Jan. 11 set of tapings, fans witnessed the debut of Impact Wrestlings newest talent – Brian Cage – as well as the return of one of its tenured performers, Tyrus.
Impact Wrestling confirmed Cages signing’s signing and debut on its Twitter. A fan with the Twitter handle “The Rogue Fan,” posted Tyrus’ return on their page.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 11, 2018
During the tapings, Cage wrestled and won a couple of matches against local enhancement talent. Tyrus reunited with partner Ethan Carter III – EC3 – and the two were victorious in a tag team match against Johnny Impact and Matt Sydal.
Signing Cage was a good move for Impact. He had a couple of cups of coffee in TNA, one in 2012 where he wrestled a tryout match against Robbie E. He also made appearances in 2013 for another tryout match and in 2014 where he competed in a triple threat match against Sanada and Crazzy Steve.
As for Tyrus, he no doubt returned home to a hero’s welcome. He debuted with Impact in 2014 and had a good three-year run with the company. He released a video in August, declaring he would leave the promotion because he felt he was being treated unfairly.
Both Tyrus and Cage are well-known among wrestling fans online, especially those who have watched Lucha Underground and Impact.
Cage is coming off a star-making run in Lucha Underground where he won the Gift of the Gods Championship and challenged Matanza Cueto for the Lucha Underground title in a losing effort. In 2017, he started working for Pro Wrestling Noah where he unsuccessfully challenged Katsuhiko Nakajima for the GHC Heavyweight Championship.
Cage comes into Impact with a lot of momentum and he could be someone who makes an impact – no pun intended – in the promotion’s mid-card on his way to the top. In his first few months with the company, he could set his sights on fellow Lucha Underground alumni Johnny Impact – who wrestled as Johnny Mundo – and Alberto El Patron. On the other hand, coming to Impact provides him with new talent to face.
The same could be said for Tyrus. He’s been a stalwart in Impact for the last few years, but there have new faces added to the company, which means new adversaries to go up against.
One idea would be to pair him with EC3 as a permanent tag team to bolster Impact’s tag team division, which could use another team or three into the mix.
Both Tyrus and Cage are solid workers and imposing figures in the ring. When they step through the ropes, fans can’t help but marvel at the size of these two larger than life athletes.
Impact Wrestling will continue to bolster its roster with talent from different promotions. It will be interesting to see how Cage and Tyrus do in this new era of Impact.
Sting Talks Vince McMahon’s Reaction to Signing with TNA
WWE Hall of Famer Sting did finally make his way to WWE, and a match at WrestleMania, but it took a 14-year run in TNA, following his legendary run with WCW, before Sting would finally join the WWE family.
Sting signed with TNA in 2003 and during a recent interview on the Apter Chat Podcast, he revealed McMahon’s reaction to his decision.
“I’ll never forget that conversation I had with Vince” Sting saud. H”e’s on the phone with me and he says, ‘You know Sting, I find this hard to believe, the legacy that you leave behind and the thought of you going to TNA, it’s just ‘bleh’!”
“So. you fast forward to. you know. coming back to do WrestleMania I had set out a text to Vince and Triple H that just said, ‘have you guys turned the page on Sting yet?’ And I honestly did know? Did they turn the page? Are they done? Or would they consider a run up there?”
Abyss To Be Inducted Into Impact Wrestling Hall Of Fame
Impact Wrestling has announced that Abyss will be inducted to the Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame, joining Sting, Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Team 3D, Earl Hebner and Gail Kim who have been inducted.
I’m absolutely over whelmed with the response to my upcoming @IMPACTWRESTLING Hall of Fame induction. Thank you ALL for your messages. This is one of the highlights of my career. I’m over come with emotion. Thank you to everyone who ever supported me. This is for all of YOU!!
— Abyss (@TherealAbyss) September 21, 2018
Abyss Discusses Impact Wrestling’s Turnaround
Abyss has been with Impact Wrestling for quite a long time, and is important to the brands momentum, both as a superstar and as a member of their creative team.
Abyss spoke to WrestleZone Radio about the turnaround that Impact has seen recently, and how he credits Scott D’Amore, Sonjay Dutt and Don Callis for the recent surge.
“I’ll credit Scott D’Amore, Sonjay Dutt, and Don Callis. They have really hunkered down, and you can see it in the production, you can see it in our commitment to moving the show around, and you can see it in the talent.
“Those guys really, really, really hunkered down and I think that our roster right now is as strong as any roster in the world. Guys like Pentagon, Fenix, Sami Callihan, Austin Aries, Moose and Eddie Edwards.
“I think our roster has really started to take shape in 2018 and I think it’s really starting to come together as a top notch roster. The women as well, with Tessa, Su Yung and Allie. We’ve got them in good places.”
You can hear the full interview below:
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