Impact Wrestling – March 22, 2018

Impact Wrestling
Date: March 22, 2018
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Sonjay Dutt

It’s time to find out what happened last week in Feast or Fired. Tonight is the opening of the briefcases and that means three people are getting title shots while a fourth is getting fired. The firing isn’t the biggest surprise in the world but there’s still some interest elsewhere. Let’s get to it.

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Thursday Night Thread

According to PW Insider, WWE is in talks with Hulk Hogan for a potential return to the company. WWE responded with the statement: “We have had discussions with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) about how he can help others learn from his mistakes, however, he is not under any contract with WWE.”

Vader has said that he is to have “full blown open heart surgery” on Monday.

Mick Foley has endorsed Kane (or more accurately Glenn Jacobs) for mayor of Knox County.

You know what to do…

Missed opportunity – Bryan VS Roman

So we know they are higher on Roman Reigns than they ever were on Daniel Bryan. Well, they blew their opportunity. They should've have Roman win the match against Brock, then do the over the top celebration and have a bunch of legends come out to congratulate him. Then, as Daniel Bryan congratulates him, have Roman turn, sucker punch him, and then give him a crazy beat down.

Everyone would be shocked because they kept the news that he was cleared, a secret. Then we'd actually have our shocking moment that we rarely get anymore because of the internet.

Then boom, bryans first feud is set up against newly minted uber heel Roman Reigns, and they are set through summerslam.

Missed opportunity.

​Yeah, turn the guy who they've spent four years building up as the top babyface, leaving them with nothing on RAW and the hope that Bryan won't be concussed again.  I'm gonna say that's not great long-term planning.​

Austin Turn: Did you know?

Hey Scott,
Lots of love for WM X7. Did you know beforehand that Austin was going to turn? Did Meltzer or anyone else report it in advance? And whether or not you knew before, what was your reaction in the moment?

​Yeah, everyone had known since around Royal Rumble I wanna say, it wasn't a well-guarded secret or anything.  However, to see them actually pull the trigger at Wrestlemania was kind of mind-blowing, kind of like the Hulk turn but without the financial upside.  ​

Wrestlemania Main Event

Hi Scott,

Does DBry's announcement change the main event of Mania this year? I'm not saying he should be in it. Much to my dismay, the tag match with Shane, Sami, and KO actually makes a lot of narrative sense and a tag match is a solid way to hide rust.

But if DBry is around does the crowd go into business for themselves during Reigns/Lesnar if that's the main? Are they happy if Styles/Nak finishes the night? What happens? What should happen? What's the meaning of life?

​Styles v. Nakamura should open because then it can get lots of time and they'll have a super-hot opener for the show.  I'd put the Bryan tag match midway through, let him go over clean and let the crowd get all the YES stuff out of their system and again I must stress for the love of Christ PUT HIM OVER CLEAN.  Then that way there's at least another 2-3 hours before the Reigns match and everything should be cool.  I'd even put the Bryan match on second to keep him far away from Roman.
Either way, they've got a hell of a card here.  ​

March Bashness 2018 Supreme 16

Hey Scott,


Just in time for the Sweet 16 today, here’s the latest with March Bashness 2018.

There were some surprises for sure especially with one bracket losing its No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. I had some fun figuring out how some of these teams would advance. I’ll be curious to see what BOD voters think this time.


Thank you again for sharing!

​Super cool tournament!  Demolition v. Money Inc would have been a pretty boss match in real life, too.  ​

Brian Pillman II

My editor at Sporting News, the esteemed Joe Rivera, interviewed the son of Brian Pillman, who is now breaking out on his own as a wrestler.

Also, be sure to check out my new column this morning, about five wrestlers who suffered career-ending injuries, and then came back anyway.  Because wrestling.  Fair warning:  I wrote it as a normal text list, but it got edited into a slideshow, so IT’S NOT MY FAULT.  Joe has requested that all hatred be directed at him, by following @SN_Wrestling on Twitter and venting frustration there.  Also, I make fun of Kerry Von Erich some more, so it’s probably worth reading for that.


If WWE is going to build guys to lose to put someone over, why can't they be built like Kassius Ohno? The guy is basically NXT's resident loser but at the end of every match he's in I feel like he's actually ENHANCING talent unlike other guys like Curt Hawkins who I don't even know if he's actually good or not because his matches are always less than the time it takes to fully heat a pop tart.

Spoiler for you:  He's not good.  
I like Kassius and I'm glad he's happy having great matches and putting guys over without the grind of the road.  I just wish the initial relationship between him and WWE had gone better, because he kind of wasted a few years doing the indies before coming back again.  

Working with the Flairs

Hey Scott,

I doubt you have time anymore to check out the gluttony of wrestling books, but I’d highly recommend Second Nature. Co-author Brian Shields talked with The Wrestling Estate about working with Ric Flair and Charlotte and the 10-year anniversary of Ric’s WWE retirement. Charlotte found it very helpful to journal before speaking with Brian, but of course, there’s no chance in hell Naitch is sitting down to put pen to paper. 
Hope your readers enjoy.
Thanks as always,
John Corrigan



Daniel Bryan’s Future

Hi Scott,

According to Meltzer, WWE plans on Daniel Bryan working close to a full-time schedule. If he is able to get through these next few months without an injury, how do you think he should be used? He pretty much solidified himself as WWE's top babyface in his first night back. They have to keep him strong, 
right? He is going to be the most popular guy in the company!

​If he's gonna be full-time and he's healthy, he should be the champion, period.  ​

The SmarK Rant for Smoky Mountain Wrestling–02.19.94

Secret Audio


The SmarK Rant for Smoky Mountain Wrestling – 02.19.94

Hey, something different for a Thursday. Even though this is being written on Wednesday. You know what I mean. Anyway, these are all over the 94 Observers, so we might as well cover what’s on the Network, since it’s a pretty limited selection for whatever reason. I mean, they own the entire collection and Cornette was obsessive about keeping his tapes, so why not just dump it all on there?

Taped from Jellico, TN

Your hosts are Bob Caudle & Dutch Mantell.

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Wrestlemania 1 retrospective

One of those shows that kind of gets a pass for historical purposes, but serves better as an intriguing artefact as opposed to a wrestling show

Amazing the sort of throw away stuff they'd stick on Manias back in the day. That being said, with all the filler scheduled for this year, maybe we've come full circle

Well, wrestling IS cyclical.