Impact Wrestling Slammiversary Preview (7/18) – Impact Knockouts Championship #1 Contenders Gauntlet Match – Havok vs. Nevaeh vs. Rosemary vs. Madison Rayne vs. Susie vs. Taya Valkyrie vs. Kiera Hogan vs. Tasha Steelz vs. Kimber Lee vs. Alisha Edwards vs. Kylie Rae
There’s been a lot building for this year’s Slammiversary, and it looks like Impact Wrestling is looking to take advantage of the WWE’s bloodletting with the biggest push for a pay-per-view we’ve seen in years. They’ve restocked their roster, making their Knockouts division one of, if not the best women’s division in professional wrestling.
So, it’s only natural that the Knockouts take part in what could be a groundbreaking for a new beginning for the company. If the recent tag match with these participants is anything to go by, we’re in for an awesome match.
Eleven of the top women athletes will be taking part in the Gauntlet for the number one contender position or the Knockouts Championship. The match has all of the Knockouts in Impact Wrestling except for Jordynne Grace and Deonna Purrazzo, who are in the Knockouts Championship Match that night.
The list includes newcomers as well as Impact Wrestling vets, with the most surprising entrant being Madison Rayne, who’s been great on commentary with her real life husband, Josh Mathews. While she wants to prove she still has it, the rest of the lineup includes plenty of storyline animosity like Nevaeh and Havoc’s feud with Tasha Steelz and Kiera Hogan. Rosemary and Taya Valkyrie want to push Susie into becoming Su Yung, but Susie’s friend Kylie Rae has been trying to keep Susie in place. Alisha Edward and Kimber Lee have been building up impressive losses of late and look to prove themselves similar to Rayne.
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This is a great chance for them all to prove they belong and earn the right to face the Knockouts Champion, but first they have to survive the battle royal portion of the gauntlet.
Yep, some different rules than we’ve used to seeing in other companies, Impact Wrestling adopted a battle royal with all the women competing, and the final two then in a pinfall or submission type of finish to leave no doubt who the winner is.
At least, that’s the hope. When it comes to this match, it’s difficult to predict who will win, but we feel it’ll be Kylie Rae going by how she was the focus of the ten person tag match this past week. Of course, Su Yung’s been coming closer and closer to coming out, so if Susie does change, she’ll add a whole new angle. In fact, given how they prerecord their shows, it wouldn’t surprise us if Rae and Susie are the final two, but Rae can’t stop Su Yung from emerging. That along would be an awesome angle to see, and one we feel they’ve bene building to. Will Rae be able to defeat her friend, or will the Demon Queen surprise everyone?
Who is your choice to win? Let us know in the comments below.
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