By Ryan K. Boman, Editor in Chief
Impact Wrestling hasn’t had a foray into the world of pay-per-view since Bound for Glory, back on November 5th. As the promotion heads into tonight’s Redemption 2018, it looks a lot different than it did six months ago.
The company, now under new management, is coming off a highly successful joint venture with Lucha Underground on WrestleMania weekend in New Orleans, albeit without main-eventer Alberto el Patron, who went AWOL on them— again.
Impact recovered quickly, and still managed to pull off one of the best cards they have had in recent memory. (In the aftermath, the company released el Patron the next day)
Besides Alberto, also gone are prominent names like EC3, Bobby Lashley, Tyrus, and James Storm, replaced by a wave of future stars, now led by powerhouse Brian Cage.
And, so it goes: Out with the old… In with the new
The ‘new’ are names like not only the aforementioned Cage, but also Su Yung, KM, Kiera Hogan, and oVE, as Impact has stacked the roster with some of the most buzz-worthy names from international wrestling. Now, the focus is on creating fresh stars, many of whom will have prominent roles at Redemption tonight.
With Don Callis and Scott D’Amore fully entrenched and the gameplan set, it should be interesting how things shake out, in what appears to be an impressive card. Fans who want to get a glimpse of the ‘new’ Impact, will receive a healthy sampling of what The Owl has in store, as we set the table for for the reminder of 2018.
WHEN: Tonight, 7 PM
WHERE: ORLANDO, FL
WHERE TO WATCH: FITE.TV
KIERA HOGAN VS. TAYA VALKYRIE
DRAGO VS AEROSTAR
TAIJI ISHIMORI VS DEZMOND XAVIER VS EL HIJO DEL FANTASMA VS BRIAN CAGE VS DJZ VS TREVOR LEE
IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP
ALLIE (C) VS SU YUNG W/ BRAXTON SUTTER
HOUSE OF HARDCORE MATCH
OVE (THE CRIST BROTHERS & SAMI CALLIHAN) VS MOOSE, EDDIE EDWARDS AND TOMMY DREAMER
IMPACT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
LAX (SANTANA & ORTIZ) VS THE BIG BAD DADDIES (ELI DRAKE & SCOTT STEINER)
IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
MATT SYDAL (C) W/JOSH MATHEWS VS PETEY WILLIAMS
IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:
AUSTIN ARIES VS PENTAGON JR VS FENIX