Impact Wrestling is on a hot streak right now.
It has a new American home in AXS TV, the roster is pumping out quality wrestling every week, and some of the most talented wrestlers in the world call Impact their home.
And, as they head into their biggest pay per view of the year in Bound For Glory, I thought it would be a good time to look at which five Impact superstars should become World Champion before the end of 2020.
1. Ace Austin
Although only 21, Ace Austin has wrestling ability way beyond his years.
Since his debut on the March 8 episode of Impact Wrestling, where he defeated Jake Atlas, he has been an undoubted asset to the promotion.
Now, I’ll be honest, I had not heard of Austin before his Impact debut, but I’m sure as hell taking notice of him now.
Currently locked in a feud with Eddie Edwards, the sky is the limit for this high-flyer who learned his craft at the acclaimed CZW Dojo.
A run with the X-Division Championship could be on the cards in the near future, but the long-term goal for Impact management should be to build the company around young talent such as Austin with the aim of making him World Champion sooner rather than later.
2. Willie Mack
When I spoke to Willie Mack earlier this year he said he wanted to stay with Impact for as long as possible.
In fact, his words showed passion and determination to help the company grow.
He said: “I want to stay with Impact because of the way it’s coming up. I want to look back and be one of those guys who took the company back up to the forefront of wrestling. I remember watching Impact when it was weekly PPVs and you had to pay $12 every week. When you look back at that, you can see the company has picked up steam and momentum again. People have a lot of good things to stay about the product, rather than bad stuff, and it’s good to be a part of it.”
Although Willie hasn’t been at the forefront of the bigger storylines on Impact television, he has been showing how talented and important he is to the company every week.
The 32-year-old Missouri-native will be given a chance to shine at the BFG show, when he teams with Rich Swann to take on Rhino and RVD, and tag team champions The North in a triple threat championship match.
Mack and Swann would make a great championship team, and the run could be used to catapult Mack towards greater singles gold.
3. Sami Callihan
Well, this one is kind of obvious.
Sami has been the top guy in Impact for nearly two years. He’s beaten everyone, stolen almost every show and has been the talk of the wrestling for some time.
He will get his chance to pick up the World Championship at BGF when he takes on current holder Brian Cage.
The match will be the blow-off for one of the biggest feuds in Impact’s recent history and should – it really, really should – give Sami the recognition he so richly deserves.
Whether or not it’s this month, this year or next year, I would be more than shocked if The Draw is not World Champion at some point before the end of 2020.
And hey, with CallIhan as World Champion, who’s to say that ratings would start to creep up to the levels of AEW…?
4. Tessa Blanchard
OH this woman is incredible.
Back in August I detailed why putting Tessa back into the women’s division would be a step down for her – and I stand by that today.
She will get a shot at X-Division gold at BFG, and I seriously hope Impact pulls the trigger and makes that happen.
If she can make that run a success, which I know she will, then – if Sami Callihan is World Champion – the Option C clause could be used to put on one of the biggest matches in Impact’s history between the pair.
Tessa Blanchard could hold World Championship gold and nobody would, or should, find it unusual.
Find me a male wrestler on this planet that Tessa couldn’t beat?
She’s believable, tough as nails and as the pedigree to take Impact to new heights.
And it would definitely bring eyes onto the product.
I am yet to hear an argument against making her champion, other than “she couldn’t beat Brian Cage”.
Yes she could. I’d happily put money on that.
5. Fallah Bahh
YES. A COMPLETELY RANDOM PICK.
But come on, who doesn’t love Fallah Bah?
The 34-year-old is entertaining as hell, has great in-ring ability and puts smiles on fans faces.
Ok, granted if he won the World Championship, it probably wouldn’t be a long run, but he’s been one of the company’s hardest workers over the last few years and deserves that calibre of reward.
And hey, it Impact did pull the surprise trigger on Bahh, it would make headline news in the Philippines, where Bahh is billed from.
Positive news, positive champion, positive fan reaction.
Where’s the downside?
BAHH. BAHH. BAHH.
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