Impact Wrestling Slammiversary 2020 preview and predictions
Impact Wrestling is set for its biggest pay-per-view of the year tonight with Slammiversary 2020.
The 16th instalment of the American promotion's showcase event is set to include some of the very best talent from across the globe and features no less than five world championship matches.
The stacked card will showcase some very familiar faces – and if rumours are true, could also star a number of recently released WWE superstars.
Here is all you need to know ahead of the big event from Mirror Sport's Tony Quant.
Alisha Edwards vs Havok vs Kiera Hogan vs Kimber Lee vs Kylie Ray vs Nevaeh vs Madison Rayne vs Rosemary vs Susie vs Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie
#1 Contender Match for the Impact Knockouts Championship
This is certainly going to be a difficult match for anyone to stand out in but equally a great way for Impact to get a majority of their Knockouts roster a spot on the pay-per-view. The stakes are extremely high in this one and will be largely driven by the result in the Knockouts Championship match later on in the show.
With a prediction that sees Deonna Purrazzo lifting the Knockouts Championship, it is likely that the winner of this match will be someone who can immediately jump into a programme with Purrazzo and there is arguably no one more capable of doing that than Kylie Ray. She has oozed charisma and gained a lot of momentum behind her since signing with the promotion and is certainly someone who is more than capable to be heading up the talented Knockouts division.
Predicted winner: Kylie Ray
The Rascalz (Zachary Wentz & Desmond Xavier) vs TBC
Open Challenge Tag Team Match
With the recent news that Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson have signed contracts with Impact Wrestling it would be easy to assume that they will slot into this match against The Rascalz. But what better way to spark some further interest in this card than introducing another tag team to the mix in the form of Matt Cardona and Brian Myers?
The Rascalz are an established team on the Impact roster and so a defeat in this one is not going to have too much impact on their placing in the tag team division. Could they have utilised perhaps a lower ranked team in this spot? Perhaps, but arguably you want to book your new team strong and kicking things off with a win over The Rascalz definitely does that.
Predicted winners: Matt Cardona and Brian Myers
Willie Mack (c) vs Chris Bey
Singles Match for the Impact X Division Championship
The X-Division has always been credited for being the energetic and exciting division of the promotion and this title match is the epitome of that. Both Willie Mack and Chris Bey are incredibly gifted athletes capable of some amazing things which will hopefully ring true in this match.
Bey's association with Johnny Swinger in the lead up to this clash has certainly made for some entertaining TV segments, but it is likely that Swinger will play a part in the result of this match, costing Bey the opportunity and furthering the feud between the pair.
Predicted winner: Willie Mack
The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) (c) Vs Ken Shamrock & Sami Callihan
Tag Team Match for the Impact Tag Team Championship
Can Shamrock and Callihan finally put an end to the dominant championship run that has seen The North become the longest reigning Impact Tag Team Champions? This match will certainly not be for the faint hearted with the World's Most Dangerous Man Ken Shamrock gunning for revenge on the North who have so far used numbers to their advantage to get the upper hand on Shamrock.
In a match which is likely to be the most brutal of the evening, Callihan and Shamrock are going to have to work as a team to overcome the incredible tag team chemistry of The North, which is arguably going to be even too difficult for the World's Most Dangerous Man to overcome.
Predicted winners: The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander)
Moose (c) vs Tommy Dreamer
Old School Rules Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Whilst this match is billed as Tommy Dreamer versus Moose, do not be surprised if it will be changed during the show to replace Tommy Dreamer with former TNA Champion Eric Young, who is being heavily teased to appear for the promotion.
Moose is the self proclaimed TNA World Heavyweight Champion and has carried the belt with an air of arrogance, which opens up the opportunity for a real former TNA Champion to come in and steal his thunder. Young was criminally under utilised during his time outside of Impact and will likely return with a point to prove and what better way than to dethrone Moose of his self gifted TNA Championship.
Predicted winner: Eric Young
Jordynne Grace (c) vs Deonna Purrazzo
Singles Match for the Impact Knockouts Championship
Deonna Purrazzo has certainly made an Impact (pardon the pun) since returning at the back end of May and has had the Impact Knockouts Championship firmly in her sights. But the title is held by one of Impact's toughest women in Jordynne Grace, who has looked untouchable so far in 2020, seeing off all challengers.
Purrazzo has been able to get under the skin of Grace though which is something which nobody else has been able to do and therefore goes into this match with the upper hand. In what is likely to be one of the stand out matches of the pay-per-view, Purrazzo is certainly going to have to be on her a-game if she is able to prise the championship out of the grasp of Grace.
Predicted winner: Deonna Purrazzo
Ace Austin vs Eddie Edwards vs Trey vs TBC
Fatal Four Way Match for the Vacant Impact World Championship
With many changing parts putting this match at risk including the departure of former champion Tessa Blanchard, this bout has certainly been the most affected contest on the card. But as we enter Slammiversary, it's fair to say that Impact bookers have done as good a job as they could have to build intrigue in what is likely to be the main event of the show.
A steady feud has been built between two of the promotion's hottest acts with Ace Austin and Trey taking their rivalry to new heights, aided by The Rascalz and the man mountain Madman Fulton, who is more than likely to have a presence in this match. Eddie Edwards is an Impact lifer who is almost incapable of having a bad match and the addition of a mystery opponent, it's certainly an intriguing proposition to this fatal four way.
But who will it be? We have been teased for weeks with images of former TNA Champions, but my inclination is that this will be a swerve and we will see Miro, formerly known as Rusev, making his debut and taking the promotion forward in a role which always eluded him in WWE.
Predicted winner: Miro
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Alisha Edwards vs Havok vs Kiera Hogan vs Kimber Lee vs Kylie Ray vs Nevaeh vs Madison Rayne vs Rosemary vs Susie vs Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie – #1 Contender Match for the Impact Knockouts Championship
The Rascalz (Zachary Wentz & Desmond Xavier) vs TBC – Tag Team Match
Willie Mack (c) vs Chris Bey – Singles Match for the Impact X Division Championship
The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) (c) vs Ken Shamrock and Sami Callihan – Tag Team Match for the Impact Tag Team Championship
Moose (c) vs Tommy Dreamer – Old School Rules Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Jordynne Grace (c) vs Deonna Purrazzo – Singles Match for the Impact Knockouts Championship
Ace Austin vs Eddie Edwards vs Trey vs TBC – Fatal Four Way Match for the Vacant Impact World Championship
You can purchase Slammiversary, which will air live on Saturday, July 18, starting at 8pm ET (Sunday, July 19 1am GMT), at Fite.TV here
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