Some pretty cool news today. You’re welcome. Also, some ROH Spoilers, so be aware, and WrestlingINC.com makes my shit list AGAIN.
Drago/Cuerno at Slammiversary – The World Tag Team title match for Slammiversary has been announced, as it’ll be a four way match, featuring LAX defending their titles against three other teams. We know that NOAH will have two wrestlers present for the match but Impact just dropped a bombshell today, announcing Lucha Underground and AAA stars, Drago and King Cuerno (competing as El Hijo De Fantasma) will be in the match as well. This is interesting as Konnan once said he won’t work any shows with AAA talent, as he runs CRASH in Mexico and they’re feuding with AAA. However, it’s believed some kind of deal was struck for this match. It should also be noted that many believe Drago and Fantasma/Cuerno are still under contract with Lucha Underground, which makes this a big to-do.
Mexican Wrestling Stars Set to Debut at Slammiversary 15
El Hijo del Fantasma, Drago Team Up for Shot at World Tag-Team Championship
NASHVILLE | MEXICO CITY – IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., announced today that it will bring two superstars from Mexico-based Lucha Libre AAA (AAA for short) to participate in Slammiversary 15 on July 2, a live pay-per-view filmed on the backlot at Universal Studios Florida.
AAA stars El Hijo del Fantasma and Drago will team up at Slammiversary in a 4-way match for the IMPACT Wrestling Tag-Team Championship, now held by the Latin American Xchange (LAX). The match will also feature talent from two other international promotions.
El Hijo del Fantasma (Spanish for Son of the Ghost) is a second-generation wrestler who has been wrestling since 2000, following the wrestling boots of his father, El Fantasma.
Drago, who has been wrestling professionally since 1998, has won multiple tag-team championships and is regarded as one of the most colorful, charismatic and creative wrestlers ever.
In March 2017, IMPACT Wrestling announced a landmark alliance with AAA, including a talent exchange between the organizations and other opportunities to collaborate in their respective markets. The high-flying lucha libre style synonymous with AAA events was an early influencer of IMPACT Wrestling’s X-Division, which has produced some of the most memorable matches in professional wrestling history.
“I have worked with the founder of AAA, Antonio Pena, and his family for 15 years,” said Jeff Jarrett, who is the founder of IMPACT Wrestling and now serves as the company’s Chief Creative Officer. “Slammiversary is 15 years in the making, and we are thrilled to have these two AAA stars be part of the show. I am sure the fans who have never seen them before will be so impressed. AAA has been a revolutionary wrestling promotion at the forefront of lucha libre wrestling in Mexico. We are looking forward to taking the working relationship between IMPACT Wrestling and AAA to the next level later this year, and fans can look forward to more collaborations between the two promotions through the rest of 2017, including Bound For Glory in November.”
Dorian Roldán, the owner of AAA, said he is thrilled to be expanding the relationship between the two promotions during a milestone year, as AAA celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017, while IMPACT celebrates its 15th anniversary at Slammiversary.
“I feel really proud to send Drago and Hijo del Fantasma to participate in this important show, that is IMPACT Wrestling’s 15th anniversary, not only for the importance of this promotion worldwide, but also because of the high quality entertainment they offer to thousands of people in each of their presentations, live and on TV. I’m completely sure that AAA and IMPACT Wrestling have a long and bright future together, where great battles, and extremely intense matches will be achieved,” Roldán said.
TripleMania is the biggest annual event promoted by AAA, commemorating the anniversary of the company’s founding. The show has been promoted for 20 years with 27 shows in total under the TripleMania banner.
TripleMania XXV is scheduled for August 26 in Mexico City, highlighted by Psycho Clown against Dr. Wagner Jr., in a mask vs. mask match. Several IMPACT Wrestling stars will also appear on TripleMania XXV, Jarrett confirmed.
For more information, please visit www.impactwrestling.com.
Mike Tenay turns Down TNA – Impact Wrestling and Jeff Jarrett reached out to one other name before naming Robert Flores as the lead announcer for the pay per view. Apparently Jarrett reached out to former announcer Mike Tenay to pair him with Don West but according to the Observer, he turned down the deal. Tenay was working with Play.it and at times was writing freelance work, most notably for the Los Angeles Kings, but as of right now he appears to be completely retired from all activity.
Double Turns for ROH – Skip this if you don’t want spoilers, but according to Chris Featherstone of WrestleZone.com, The Addiction went full heel in their latest t.v. tapings, which forced Cody Rhodes, the new ROH World Champion, to turn face in what many are saying was an epic double turn. Cody Rhodes is going up against Okada this weekend in an attempt to become the only man to hold both the ROH World and IWGP Heavyweight Championships.
El Patron/Paige not broken up – Despite WrestlingINC reporting that Alberto El Patron and Paige have ended their engagement, PWInsider is claiming that is NOT the case, and that WrestlingINC’s LONE SOURCE (a major no-no in journalism) was wrong. WrestlingINC hasn’t pulled the story down because they’re tools.
Quick Hits – Lita to call the action with Jim Ross for Mae Young Classic. Lil Yachty and LaVar Ball in talks to appear on RAW.