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Brace For IMPACT: Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, Buddy Murphy to IMPACT?

Braun Strowman and Buddy Murphy likely to sign with IMPACT

Scott D’Amore teased the signings of Braun Strowman and Buddy Murphy during a live Twitch stream for Jade Chung. D’Amore, Chung, her fiance Josh Alexander, and George the Iceman were at a Toronto Blue Jays game during the stream, when the EVP of IMPACT stated “tune in this week when we announce the signing of Buddy Murphy.” A few seconds later a potentially inebriated D’Amore said “we are on the road to Braun for Glory” and referred to the term as an Easter egg. D’Amore appeared to be having some fun with the situation, but he knew what he was doing.

Neither were announced during IMPACT this week. Braun would be a huge upgrade in star power. What he lacks in in-ring ability he makes up in size, charisma, and notoriety. Murphy is a a fantastic worker and would fit right in with the X-division and could quickly slide in to the main event scene. Both men are eligible to sign August 31.

IMPACT interested in Bray Wyatt

In an interview with Jason Agnew on the Sunday Night’s Main Event podcast, Dave Meltzer revealed that IMPACT is very interested in Bray Wyatt. AEW also has interest. Of the three, he is the most coveted as far as star power goes, and is also the least likely. For what it worth, I believe Bray is much better suited for IMPACT than AEW. Wyatt may want to test himself in AEW and their style. But with two suitors he holds the leverage, and I am not sure IMPACT will enter in to a bidding war with AEW. For IMPACT, signing Bray would be a major boost in star power and could finally get themselves toys and merchandise back in to stores.

Is IMPACT ready to make a splash?

If IMPACT were bring in Strowman, Murphy, and Wyatt, they would distance themselves from the likes of ROH, MLW, and NWA, and NJoA as the third major company in the US. WWE has created a buyers market after flooding it with free agents after the recent roster cuts this year. IMPACT could be the largest beneficiary of this.

Anthem CEO Len Asper recently tweeted that a “big new distribution deal was coming soon.” If this means an upgrade in their US distribution or selling their streaming rights to a more competent provider this could firmly secure that number-three spot. Knowing the history of the company, this could end up being and announcement that they have gotten themselves a deal on Uzbekistan’s state television network at midnight. Time will tell but having a third viable promotion in the country as a safe landing spot for many of the free agents out there is best for the business overall.

IMPACT! on AXS TV review

This week’s show was very middle-of-the-road. There were several well-worked matches and a good angle that closed the show. However, any momentum they had from last weeks show was lost this week. Not that every show has to be blow away, but none of the excitement from last week carried over. Christian Cage, despite his legendary status is another guy on the show already. Tommy Dreamer was also back trying to challenge for a title.

HITS

Chris Sabin vs. Sami Callihan: Really good opener here with Sabin getting the surprise victory. This was the only match of the night with a truly clean finish. Moose attacked Callihan after the match and Eddie Edwards made the save. It feels like these same four guys have been feuding forever.

Chris Bey vs. David Finlay: Another great showing by Bey. Poor Finlay is taking quite the few “L” between New Japan and IMPACT lately. Bey, like a Bullet Club heel, won with the dreaded roll-up and feet on the ropes.

The Good Brothers vs. Willie Mack and Rich Swann: Despite the fact that I’m not really a fan of champions losing non-title matches, this was good. Swann finally reminded the audience that not only is he really good, he was the top guy in the company not long ago. After losing, The Good Brothers laid their opponents out in a vicious beating to close the show with a hot angle. This should set up a match at Victory Road and now I actually care about it.

MISSES

Christian Cage, Tommy Dreamer, Ace Austin interview: Again, not good. This was fine until Dreamer showed up to try and over-dramatize the moment. There were moments where Cage and Austin forgot what they were supposed to say and the editors didn’t clean it up. Austin tried to get in Cage’s head which led to Cage making a short joke. A brawl ensued. Dreamer takes on Austin next week, and if he wins he is inserted in to the main event at Bound for Glory. Yawn.

Taylor Wilde vs. The Influence (Madison Rayne, Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb With a K): This was not good. It’s unfortunate that IMPACT has many good womens wrestlers but they are booked in silly stuff like this. The Influence won, and Grace and Ellering made the save. They will have a trios match next week, of course.

NWA Empowerr segment. Mickie James is doing her very best to promote this show, but Purazzo vs Melina has stinker written all over it. James vs. Purazzo sounds great though, hopefully we get that at Bound for Glory.

Roll-up finishes: I don’t know if I need to track these as metrics but, there were two more on this show tonight. There were three at Emergence. They must be stopped.


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