In IMPACT news, apparently AEW’s Chris Jericho was a lot closer to joining IMPACT Wrestling than many realize. Jericho was super complimentary of the promotion and put over the brand, and it’s executives in a recent episode of his Talk is Jericho podcast. When talking about IMPACT, Jericho is quoted as saying;
I’ve been really impressed by IMPACT over the past year. I thought Don Callis and Scott D’Amore have really turned things around in that company. I really, really enjoy it, and I even thought long and hard about doing some shows there. I even had a meeting with Scott and Don in Toronto with Ed Nordholm; the offer they made was a great offer. That’s something funny, when I hear ‘all of these companies are vying for talent, free agents—WWE, AEW, New Japan, Ring Of Honor, MLW—dude, what about IMPACT? They’ve got money. They were going to spend some money on Chris Jericho. We had some great matches planned—Jericho versus Sami Callihan, Johnny Impact, Brian Cage—Rich Swann. I’d love to work with Rich Swann.
So, I honestly did talk to IMPACT and really, really thought about going there, and then Tony Khan came in with this offer, that’s the biggest offer I’ve ever been offered in my career. Then you have to stop and think—if you’re going to get this offer, you’re going to have some real focus. As big as the [Young Bucks] and Cody [Rhodes] are, Hangman Page, all of the guys that were ‘earmarked’ to go to All Elite, even if Kenny went there—he hasn’t yet—what if he did? There’s a lot of different ways this can go, and when Tony puts the money where the mouth is, now I really have to think, ‘do I really want to make this jump?
While IMPACT did lose out on the Hall of Famer’s talents, to hear him gush and put over IMPACT, it’s a really nice thing to hear. Maybe IMPACT and AEW will have a working relationship, something both brands have preached for.
For those worried about the companies future after a rumored attempt to sell to AEW’s Tony Khan, the company is full bore ahead. The promotion is returning to the Rebel Entertainment Complex in Canada according to PWInsider. That’ll probably be the next location for a ppv, and will happen in April. Due to the size of the venue, it’s unlikely they bring back Lockdown.
It’s also reported that IMPACT has eyes on Chicago, a town they’ve done very well in, and Philadelphia for future shows. I’ve heard the brand really wants to be back in the 2300 Arena, a place they’ve been only a few times prior. The 2300 Arena is of course the former home of ECW.
Finally in IMPACT news, Johnny Impact is taking the IMPACT World Title to Canada’s Alpha-1 Wrestling, and will defend it against MLW and AEW star MJF as well as IMPACT Wrestling’s Ethan Page.