Impact Wrestling Slammiversary XVI Preview (7/22)
Impact Wrestling will make its big PPV of the year, and its second PPV of 2018, next July 22 at the Rebel Complex in Toronto, Ontario in Canada. Slammiversary XVI will have a full stadium since at the beginning of this week the company itself announced that the “sold out” posters were hung, meaning that tickets are no longer available to attend the event.
On this weekend, the company itself has announced that they will have some limited tickets to attend the show due to the demand of fans. Below, we will analyze the combats that are presented on the card of the PPV.
IMPACT WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Austin Aries (c) vs. Moose
After Austin Aries unified the Impact World Championship and the Impact Grand Championship. He proclaimed himself as the Undisputed Champion of Impact Wrestling. Eli Drake and Moose were the last fighters who were in their sights and both fought where Moose was victorious and then he won the opportunity to face Austin Aries in Slammiversary. In all these weeks we have seen press conferences and face to face where Aries has been very convinced, but in the last show of Impact Aries tried to gamble it to Moose attacking him from the back but was overtaken by his rival. Will we have a new world champion in Slammiversary?
KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Su Yung (c) vs. Madison Rayne
Madison Rayne returned to Impact and maintained a small rivalry with Tessa Blanchard from which she emerged victoriously. After defeating Taya in an Impact show, the five-time Knockouts champion said he came back with a mission and was to win the championship once again. From there, the fight against Su Yung in Slammiversary became official when the champion accepted the challenge of Madison Rayne. In these last weeks, Su Yung has been playing psychologically with Madison Rayne attacking him and making mental games in the forest, in such a way so that Madison arrives at Slammiversary as unstable as possible.
INTERNATIONAL 4-WAY MATCH: Rich Swann vs. Johnny Impact vs. “Bone Soldier” Ishimori vs. Phoenix
Johnny Impact and Ishimori return to Impact Wrestling after having spent many weeks off the television. And what a way to return that in the great Slammiversary event where four of the best fighters will face each other. Although this fight has no rivalry, it is a great combat for the exhibition. The fight may be affected in the face of the injury that Rich Swann suffered recently.
MASK vs. HAIR MATCH: Pentagon Jr. vs. Sami Callihan
Sami Callihan and oVe have a new victim on hand and is the former Impact World Champion Pentagon Jr. After weeks of clashes between the two, in an independent show, Sami and Pentagon were confronted in a Steel Cage where Sami took the mask off Pentagon, and from there he launched the Pentagon challenge of the mask against hair in the purest Mexican style. In recent weeks Sami and oVe have been destroying independent wrestlers thus threatening Pentagon until in this previous show Pentagon Jr. has made clear his intentions for this fight.
X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Matt Sydal (c) vs. Cage
After Cage faced Matt Sydal for the championship in an Impact show and the fight was interrupted by the intervention of Kongo Kong. Cage ended his small rivalry with Kongo Kong to finally refocus on Matt Sydal and the X-Division championship and Cage said he did not want another opportunity in an Impact show, if not in Slammiversary where he will win the championship and return the prestige to division X.
5150 STREET FIGHT: LAX (Ortiz and Santana) with Konnan vs. The OGz Hernandez and Homicide with King
Since King joined the LAX group under Konnan’s absence, this brought a change to the Impact Tag Team Champions. Since the return of Konnan, he distrusted from the first moment of King and his intentions and created many conflicts in the group, until finally the internal war in LAX broke out and King formed OGz with the return of the original LAX, Homicide and Hernandez. Konnan finally agreed to fight between both tag teams at Slammiversary with the stipulation 5150 Street Fight.
HOUSE OF HARDCORE MATCH: Eddie Edwards vs. Tommy Dreamer
Eddie Edwards has become what he wanted to destroy, and it’s in the reflection of Sami Callihan. That is why he blames Tommy Dreamer after costing him his fight against Sami himself as he ended up fleeing because of him. Eddie Edwards heel turn and now he appears for all the promotions and for the Impact shows attacking all the fighters with objects and destroying them because he feels more extreme than ever, but his biggest victim has been Tommy Dreamer, who ended up challenging him a House of Hardcore match at Slammiversary where both want to close a chapter of their rivalry.
Allie vs. Tessa Blanchard
This rivalry is born after an attack by Tessa Blanchard on Allie in a tag team match. Tessa could not stand the return of Allie or even help Madison Rayne in her fight when she faced her. In the last weeks, both have been showing their differences and in Slammiversary they will face each other to show who is more prepared to position themselves as a next contender for the Knockouts Championship.