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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Adam Cole

On the latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Adam Cole and Tony Schiavone call a 45-minute truce to give Adam a chance to tell the story of his debut at AEW ALL OUT! He talks about arriving incognito, holing up in a trailer all day, and the incredible “pop” from the crowd when he finally made his entrance. Adam runs through his first conversation with Tony Khan, the moment he made his decision to sign, his first AEW DYNAMITE match against Frankie Kazarian, and his love of the AEW locker room. He also recounts his resurrection on “Being The Elite,” reuniting with his old friends, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, the circumstances surrounding his loss to Negative1 (in an unsanctioned match), and the origin of “Adam Cole BayBay!” Plus, Adam talks all things video games including his favorite games and consoles, the first game he ever beat, the character he’d most like to hit with a Panama Sunrise, and how he became a video game collector! Check out the full episode below.

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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Tony Khan

This past weekend was AEW All Out, an incredible landmark event that changed the face of AEW and pro wrestling as a whole. AEW CEO, GM, and Head of Creative Tony Khan returned to the AEW Unrestricted podcast to break down the event’s unbelievable matchups, which included all four Championships being defended, a 21-woman Casino Battle Royal, CM Punk’s historic return to the ring against Darby Allin with Sting, Chris Jericho’s potentially career-ending match versus MJF, an epic bout between Jon Moxley and Satoshi Kojima, and the AEW in-ring debut of Paul Wight. Read on for the full episode and key quotes from Khan.

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New IMPACT World Champion Christian Cage To Appear In The IMPACT Zone

In the opening match on the premiere episode of AEW Rampage, Christian Cage won the IMPACT Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship from Kenny Omega. On the heels of this high-energy bout and feel-good moment, Christian Cage is returning to The IMPACT Zone as the promotion’s new champion. Does this mean that Christian will be defending his newly acquired title at Bound For Glory in October? I sure hope so! Below is the full press release with all of the details.

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IMPACT Wrestling Report: Slammiversary Review

This past Saturday, July 17, IMPACT Wrestling welcomed back fans for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it did so with one of the biggest shows of the year: Slammiversary on FITE. This year’s event marks the 19th anniversary of IMPACT Wrestling, formerly TNA Wrestling. As many of you know, I’m writing a book about the first 20 years of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. But now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look at this year’s Slammiversary!

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IMPACT Wrestling Report: Rebellion Review

Last night was Rebellion! We got the historic main event featuring AEW World Champion Kenny Omega in a Title vs. Title Match against IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann, as well as a slew of additional bouts that resulted in a fast-paced and, ultimately, satisfying show that I rank among some of the greatest wrestling PPVs I’ve ever seen.

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Jordynne Grace Discusses Rebellion Mystery Tag Team Partner

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the formidable Jordynne Grace for my books about the history of IMPACT Wrestling, and the first topic we tackled was this Sunday’s major PPV: Rebellion on FITE. Not only is this show stacked with matches featuring numerous bouts for the various championships in IMPACT Wrestling, but it also includes Fire N Flava defending their Knockouts Tag Team Titles against Jordynne Grace and a tag team partner chosen for her by the recently retired Jazz.

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Watch For FREE: IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion

Sunday (April 25) IMPACT Wrestling returns to PPV with Rebellion on FITE! This event has a stacked card, with a historic main event featuring AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann in a Title vs. Title Match. Someone is going home with all the gold, and the only way to find out who is to tune in. FITE was kind enough to give me a PPV code to give away so one lucky winner can watch Rebellion for FREE! If you want a chance to be that person, follow the rules in the tweet below. I’ll announce the winner on Twitter this Saturday (April 24). Good luck!

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John E. Bravo on IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion Main Event

I had the pleasure of speaking with the incomparable John E. Bravo last night and, among other topics, we discussed AEW collaborating with IMPACT Wrestling and the big main event taking place at the Rebellion PPV on April 25: AEW World Champion Kenny Omega vs. IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann.

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Rhino on IMPACT Wrestling Returning to Thursday Nights

Tomorrow night is the big night: IMPACT Wrestling returns to Thursdays! This is the night of the week where TNA iMPACT achieved iconic status in the world of pro wrestling, at one point reaching two million fans a week. Today, I spoke with IMPACT Wrestling veteran and member of Violent By Design, Rhino. He shared with me his thoughts on IMPACT’s big move back to Thursday night.

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IMPACT World Champion vs. AEW World Champion PPV Match Announced

Last night, IMPACT Wrestling dropped its biggest bombshell since collaborating with AEW. This Saturday’s main event, during the IMPACT Plus exclusive special Sacrifice, between IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann and TNA World Champion Moose will unify those titles. IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore shocked the world even more when he announced that the winner of this title unification bout at Sacrifice will go head-to-head with AEW World Champion Kenny Omega in a title vs title match on April 24 at the IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion pay-per-view.

Just like the main event at Hard to Kill in January featuring Kenny Omega, this is another groundbreaking first for IMPACT Wrestling; and it’s a historic event in the world of professional wrestling, creating a sense of unpredictability that hasn’t been seen or felt since the height of the Monday Night War in the 1990s between the WWF and WCW. Below is the full press release from IMPACT Wrestling with all of the details. Make sure to tune in to Sacrifice this Saturday, and order Rebellion now because both of these events will forever alter the professional wrestling landscape.

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