THE PREDICTOR PREDICTS: IMPACT WRESTLING SLAMMIVERSARY 2021
Updated: Aug 16
By Don “The Predictor” Murphy (Twitter: @DonThePredictor)
It’s great to see fans attending wrestling events again! We’ve seen crowds at recent Ring of Honor and AEW shows and this weekend, I’ll be interested to see how fans react to the current WWE and Impact Wrestling products. And speaking of Impact Wrestling, it’s the annual Slammiversary show this coming Saturday night. I feel like this is one of those shows that’s built around one match, as opposed to having a series of compelling matches. Nevertheless, it should be a good night of action and here’s the thing about Impact – when they stick to straightforward wrestling, they do it well. It’s when they start entering into casino spoofs and “undead realms” that things can get a little wonky. With that said, let’s run down the card!
Kenny Omega retains the Impact World Championship over Sami Callihan in a “No Disqualification” Match: As much as Callihan seems to be the most likely candidate to defeat Omega for the title, I just don’t see it happening here. It’s interesting though – as intriguing as the partnership between Impact and AEW is, you’d never know it. Neither company ever really acknowledges it, which is unfortunate because I think they’d get more eyes on both products if they did some cross-promotion. In any case, this should be an excellent match and I believe the “No DQ” stip comes into play to give Omega the win, while protecting Callihan.
Chris Bey wins the Impact X Division Championship in an Ultimate X Match over Josh Alexander, Petey Williams, Trey Miguel, Ace Austin and Rohit Raju: Ultimate X matches are always exciting so match quality won’t be an issue. I can’t say I was a fan of the build where the babyfaces and heels took sides to give themselves an advantage. After all, it’s every man for himself, so it’s kind of irrelevant once the bell rings. I think it’s going to play out that Bey – although he sided with the babyfaces – is adamant that he’s on his own, is going to use that to take the win. And aside from Ace Austin, I think he helps give the title the most credibility.
Violent By Design defeats Rich Swann/Willie Mack, TJP/Fallah Bahh and The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) to retain the Impact World Tag Team Championship: If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I’m not a fan of multi-man title matches, let alone two on the same card. I think this was a play to get all the teams on the card, but I don’t see any reason to switch the titles at this point.
Fire 'N Flava (Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz) defeat Havok and Rosemary to retain the Impact Knockouts Tag Team Championship: For an organization that has such a good women’s division, they’re spinning their wheels with women tag teams. I feel like we just saw this and even if it’s new, I don’t see a reason to move the titles off of Hogan and Steelz without making the titles seem less meaningful.
A Mystery Opponent defeats Deonna Purrazzo to win the Impact Knockouts Championship: So, if you’re watching the clock, you may be looking to see who has a 90-day non-compete clause about to expire. We’ve seen other talents, like Chelsea Green and Tommy End, get around the 90 days, but in looking at the free agent women talent out there, I would guess that we’ll either see Peyton Royce or Ruby Riott emerge as the pick.
W. Morrisey defeats Eddie Edwards: I’ve loved how W. Morrisey has turned his life and career around. It’s been a great story so far and the way things are going, I could see him in the main event picture before too long.
Moose defeats Chris Sabin: Moose has been in the upper mid-card for some time now. Realistically, he should be in line to hold the Impact World Title, but it seems they’re moving him away from that now. This match seems a bit meaningless and without direction, but let’s see where he lands coming out of it.