IMPACT Wrestling‘s Slammiversary started with a bang and ended the same way. On a night that included the return of the Motor City Machine Guns, the debut of Heath Miller (FKA Heath Slater), three new champions, the injury return of Rich Swann, and the return of Eric Young, IMPACT perhaps saved the best for last. Promising to appear at Slammiversary, the newly signed Good Brothers were on hand to make their debut with the company as babyfaces, saving the newly crowned world champion Eddie Edwards from yet another beat down at the hands of Ace Austin and Madman Fulton. As the Good Brothers and Edwards stood in the ring, all attention moved toward the monitors where EC3 with his brand new logo and theme appeared via video as the PPV went of the air.
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Intrigue for Tuesday’s IMPACT on Axis has to be at an all-time high as the company has entirely reset its landscape with new champs and new players, all of whom bring a combined level of nostalgia and freshness to their IMPACT returns or debuts. The Good Brothers and EC3 especially have already gotten fans talking about what will await this coming week and beyond. In fact, IMPACT has already confirmed that EC3 will be on Tuesday’s show, marking his return to the company where he built his name recognition and reputation from 2013-18.
When the clock struck midnight on their WWE non-compete clauses, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson wasted no time in announcing their next steps. Many thought that would be a return to New Japan Pro Wrestling based on teases by the duo, or even AEW based on the pre-existing relationships between the Good Brothers and the Elite. But no, Gallows and Anderson didn’t choose either of those options. Instead, they opted to bring their team to IMPACT Wrestling to officially shake up what now looks like one of the best tag divisions in all of wrestling. For Gallows, this marks a return to the company where he spent parts of 2011-15, most notably as a member of Aces and Eights. Slammiversary marked the IMPACT debut for Anderson, who is most known for his time in NJPW.
EC3, who has been teasing his next steps by name dropping all of the major promotions in recent months through promos on Twitter, waited a little bit longer than the midnight expiration date to reveal his post-WWE home. And to many, this should come as no surprise. Not only was IMPACT the most likely destination for the former two-time world champion and storyline nephew of former owner Dixie Carter, but it’s the right destination for all parties involved. In IMPACT, EC3 built a character that made him one of the most talked about stars outside of WWE. Enjoying a streak of being “unpinned and unsubmitted” for quite some time (nearly three years to be exact), EC3 was one of the lone bright spots for the company during one of the most harrowing times in its history.
While EC3 did not make a physical appearance at Slammiversary, there will no doubt be eyes on Tuesday’s show because of his video and the simple fact that he’s back home where he’ll be able to make the best, well, impact. Returning to IMPACT, EC3 will be able to show the persona he never got a real chance to display in WWE. The same goes for the Good Brothers, who were disappointingly misused in WWE. In IMPACT, they’ll have a chance to be the guys they once were in NJPW, and perhaps even better as they step into a brand new landscape full of opportunity and some of the top buzz of any wrestling company right now.
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