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    Just as teased by the series of commercials that aired over the past few weeks, a number of former WWE superstars — all of whom were released by the company in April due to coronavirus-related budget cuts — either made their Impact Wrestling debuts or returns at the Slammiversary pay-per-view on Saturday night. As recapped by Forbes, Heath Slater was the first ex-superstar to debut at Slammiversary, doing so just 12 days after he made a final appearance for his former employer on Monday Night Raw and got involved in the feud between Dolph Ziggler and current WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. Now billed simply by his first name, Heath attacked Rohit Raju before reuniting with Rhyno, who he had partnered with when they became the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions in 2016. He was, however, asked to leave the building by Impact executive Scott D’Amore due to coronavirus precautions. I told you all to watch the hell out….. @IMPACTWRESTLING pic.twitter.com/SJ3rvOiFZv — HEATHXXII (@HEATHXXII) July 19, 2020 During his time in WWE, Eric Young initially achieved success as the leader...
    According to WrestlingNews.co, Tessa Blanchard may have signed a contract with WWE. The report also notes that she could make her debut at the next Evolution show. As the article states, Pro Wrestling Unlimited recently announced that WWE could be set to host another all-women’s pay-per-view on August 30. The first Evolution show took place in 2018, but the event may not have been a one-off show after all. If the show goes ahead, Blanchard is expected to show up and surprise fans. However, the former Impact Wrestling star is reportedly keeping quiet about her future plans at the moment. This could be to keep her reported arrival in WWE a secret. WrestlingNews.co‘s sources haven’t heard anything about Blanchard joining the company, but the outlet speculates that Blanchard signing with WWE could be getting kept under wraps from within the company. As The Inquisitr previously reported, Blanchard has been linked with a move to WWE since parting ways with her former company. WWE officials have reportedly “sent out feelers,” but it remains to be seen if she’s responded to them....
    According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, by way of WrestlingNews.co, Bully Ray — who WWE fans know as Bubba Ray Dudley — has been released from his Ring of Honor contract. The report states that the WWE Hall of Famer wasn’t offered a new deal because ROH isn’t in a position to do so at the moment. The company reportedly isn’t entering into any contract negotiations with employees while the pandemic is ongoing. Danhausen is the exception, for reasons Meltzer didn’t mention. Meltzer also stated that Ray might be re-signed when the company decides to start running shows again. ROH is also interested in bringing back Alex Zane and Tony Deppen, whose contracts expired when the pandemic hit. Ray’s free agent status also means that he’s free to sign with other companies. As WrestlingNews.co noted in another report, Impact Wrestling is cornering the free agent market at the moment. Some recent WWE releases are reportedly on the company’s list, but Ray’s history with Impact Wrestling — which led to him becoming a Hall of Famer there as...
    With little more than two weeks remaining before Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary pay-per-view, yet another former WWE superstar hinted at an appearance at the event, despite previous rumors linking him to a move to All Elite Wrestling once his noncompete clause expires. On Thursday night, former Monday Night Raw star Curt Hawkins — now going by his real name of Brian Myers — took to Twitter to share a video of himself posing in a slightly tweaked version of his old ring gear and a facial mask, which he removed midway through the clip. The video ended with Myers’ name displayed next to a large “M” logo, with his “Pro Wrestler” occupation and his birth year appearing below his surname. What stood out, however, was Myers’ caption, which hinted at “freedom” coming on July 18 — the same day as Slammiversary‘s scheduled airdate. Freedom is coming.July 18th. pic.twitter.com/1gfkNTbAnB — Brian Myers (@myers_wrestling) July 3, 2020 The new clip was shared weeks after it was first reported that Myers, together with longtime friend and on-and-off tag team partner Matt Cardona (formerly...
    In the latest in a series of videos posted on his social media accounts since his WWE departure in April, EC3 appeared to hint at a potential move to All Elite Wrestling, dropping multiple references to the company’s talents in a newly uploaded clip. On Wednesday night, EC3 took to Facebook to share a new video promo, which featured the 37-year-old wrestler ostensibly talking about the state of the world amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but also mentioning the names and monikers of several AEW wrestlers, as well as some of the company’s tag teams and factions. Readers can watch the video in question here. “We are living in unprecedented times with lockdowns, quarantines, terror in the streets. We are living an American nightmare,” EC3 said, subtly referencing Cody Rhodes’ moniker. “From coast to coast, Maine to So Cal, uncensored chaos and confusion reigns supreme. You walk outside and it feels like you’re in the jungle, boy! You fear the revolt is coming to you if you don’t adhere to the group thinking.   WWE As further quoted by...
    Former WWE superstar Heath Slater seemed to hint at his next big career move on Tuesday, as his latest social media activity suggests he might be signing with Impact Wrestling and making his debut for the company at its upcoming Slammiversary pay-per-view on July 18. In a Twitter post shared on Tuesday morning, Slater shared a five-second clip of himself working out on an exercise bike, with his face mostly obscured by the lack of lighting and dark background. The date “July 18” and the words “coming soon” were displayed on the screen in the brief video, while the former SmackDown Tag Team Champion’s caption succinctly told his followers to watch out for something. Together with dozens of other wrestlers, Slater was released by WWE in mid-April as part of the company’s budget cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a former main roster talent, the 36-year-old is in the final weeks of a 90-day noncompete clause that is set to expire on July 15. This would allow him to legally sign with Impact right in time for this year’s...
    It appears that former WWE superstars Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson may soon be making their debut on Impact Wrestling, close to three months after the popular tag team was included in a massive series of layoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday night, Sportskeeda‘s Gary Cassidy took to Twitter, where he reported that Gallows and Anderson’s long-rumored move to Impact is a “done deal.” While it’s unclear when the duo will make their debut, Cassidy added that they are expected to appear at this year’s Slammiversary on July 18 or “shortly after,” given that they are in the final weeks of a 90-day noncompete clause. Additionally, Cassidy wrote that Gallows and Anderson’s apparent deal with Impact also allows them to work with New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where they enjoyed great success as part of the Bullet Club stable with future WWE superstars such as AJ Styles and Finn Balor. In a separate report, Wrestling Inc. wrote that the former WWE Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions have already taped some content for Impact Wrestling’s Impact Plus on-demand streaming service,...
    Tessa Blanchard could be on her way to WWE, according to a new report. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, by way of WrestlingNews.co, the company has “sent out feelers” to the former Impact Wrestling World Champion. Blanchard — who was released by Impact Wrestling earlier in the week — has reportedly been on WWE’s radar for quite some time. Meltzer stated that she wasn’t signed to a developmental deal in the past due to her reported attitude issues, even though she did compete on some episodes of NXT as an enhancement talent in 2016. In 2017, she was also a participant in the Mae Young Classic tournament. However, the nature of Blanchard’s release and previous controversies might discourage some companies from wanting to work with her. She was reportedly let go from Impact after failing to send in promos for the company’s weekly television show. Blanchard was advertised for the main event at this year’s Slammiversary pay-per-view, and her inability to send in the promos reportedly forced Impact officials to re-configure entire shows as a result....
    Impact Wrestling’s biggest event of the entire year is coming up soon, and they’re making a hard play for two former champions in WWE. In the middle of April, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were released by WWE in a cost-cutting measure due to the coronavirus pandemic. With Slammiversary less than three weeks away, Impact is doing everything they can to have the former Raw Tag Team Champions appear. Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Impact is heavily pursuing Gallows and Anderson, and they want them soon. Their 90-day non-compete clause for WWE will expire in mid-July, just in time for Slammiversary on July 18. The promotion says that on that date, “the world of Impact Wrestling will change.” The deals offered to Gallows and Anderson are said to be “incredibly strong,” and they’d give a lot of freedom. Impact would reportedly allow them to also work for New Japan Pro Wrestling once the global lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions is in place. NJPW is where many thought that the tag team would eventually end up since it was their home...
    TESSA Blanchard has been sent packing by Impact Wrestling after allegedly using a racial slur. Here's more on the controversial wrestler who became the first female to win a men's championship belt. 7 Tessa Blanchard recently made wrestling historyCredit: US Sun 7 Tessa Blanchard has been stripped of her titleCredit: Instagram Who is Tessa Blanchard and how old is she? Blanchard is the daughter of retired wrestling star Tully Blanchard - and granddaughter of wrestling pioneer Joe Blanchard. The 24-year-old Blanchard was born in North Carolina and currently resides in Long Beach, California. "Tessa Blanchard is a professional wrestling superstar and former WOW World Champion with greatness in her veins," according to Women of Wrestling. She has held championship titles all over the world and was the first American to win the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship in Mexico, WOW notes. Blanchard was crowned Impact World Champion in a historic triumph in January. She became the first woman to capture a men's belt by thwarting Sami Callihan. 7 She has found much success in her career, but also controversyCredit: US...
    PWInsider learned on Friday that Michael Elgin has been removed from all future episodes of Impact Wrestling programming. It is believed that the wrestler has been fired from the company, as he’s been removed from the roster page and his merchandise is no longer up for sale on the website. Elgin, who was informed of his release earlier today, was already undergoing a suspension prior to being removed from the company. The 33-year-old has been embroiled in the #SpeakingOut movement after multiple women came forward and accused him of misconduct and inappropriate behavior. The company previously stated that Elgin would remain employed until all investigations pertaining to the accusations had been carried out. The accusers alleged that he sent unwanted lewd photographs to them, and his release suggests that the company may have found sufficient evidence to support those claims. Elgin has still to comment on the latest development, but PWInsider notes that it’s unlikely that he’ll return to the company at a later date. All ties appear to have been severed, once and for all. Now that Elgin looks...
    CONTROVERSIAL wrestling history-maker Tessa Blanchard has stripped of the world title and axed by IMPACT Wrestling. The 24-year-old, daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard, became the first woman to win a men’s male championship when she defeated Sami Callihan in January. 2 Tessa Blanchard has stripped of the world title and axed by IMPACT Wrestling Now she has had the title taken off her after having her contract terminated. In a statement, the promotion said: “IMPACT Wrestling has confirmed that it has terminated its relationship with Tessa Blanchard and stripped her of the IMPACT Wrestling World Championship.” No further details have been released with Tessa yet to comment. It comes just weeks after Blanchard was accused of using a racial slur and bullying which she denied. Blanchard tweeted: “Hey women, try supporting one another. Cool things happen.” In response, former IMPACT wrestler Sienna, aka Allysin Kay, said: “Remember when you spat in a black woman’s face and called her the N-word in Japan? Was that you “supporting women“? The AUDACITY of this tweet.” Blanchard hit back, saying “Not...
    According to PWInsider, Impact Wrestling has terminated Tessa Blanchard’s contract and stripped her of her World Championship. Impact Wrestling confirmed the news in a statement that was published by the outlet. The friction began after Blanchard didn’t send promos for an episode of the weekly television shown. The requested footage was to have been edited into a sit-down interview with Josh Mathews via satellite. When Blanchard didn’t send her footage, the company reportedly had to re-edit the episode at the last minute. Blanchard also hasn’t appeared at any company events since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but she was expected to wrestle at the upcoming Slammiversary pay-per-view. The plan was to have her defend the World Championship against Trey Miguel, Eddie Edwards, Ace Austin and a mystery opponent who was rumored to be Michael Elgin. However, as noted by Wrestling Inc, Elgin has been suspended by following misconduct allegations made against him last week. It remains to be seen what the plans will be for the title match moving forward. It’s possible that it will become a Triple Threat...
    Impact Wrestling announced on Monday that it has fired Joey Ryan and Dave Crist and suspended Michael Elgin, days after all three performers were accused of sexual misconduct via the #SpeakingOut movement on social media. “IMPACT Wrestling confirms that it has terminated its contracts with Dave Crist and Joey Ryan, effective immediately,” read a statement issued by the company, as quoted by Forbes. “In addition, it has suspended Michael Elgin pending further review of allegations of misconduct.” As noted by Forbes, Impact’s decision to part ways with Ryan came a few days after he responded to the initial misconduct allegations made against him by posting a statement on Twitter, where he admitted that he has been receiving counseling for his personal issues since 2018. However, this was soon followed by several more allegations, as multiple independent wrestlers replied to Ryan’s statement and detailed other incidents in which the 40-year-old purportedly behaved in an inappropriate or sexually abusive manner. In addition, Ryan’s former tag team partner, WWE NXT superstar Candice LeRae, took to Twitter on Monday to issue a statement that...
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