Hello, and welcome to the return of weekly Impact Wrestling coverage on With Spandex. And also welcome to me, LaToya Ferguson, your new recapper and—hopefully—friend. Much like with WWE, I’ve had my ups and downs (and intense desires not to watch) with Impact, but if we’re measuring just how much love is in my love-hate relationship with this particular promotion, I’d have to say I still very much feel more love than hate. Sports entertainment is a charming, weird mistress, after all, and the company formerly known as TNA (TNA! TNA!) hooked me the second I channel-surfed onto Kevin Nash explaining to a young Alex Shelley how all he ever wanted to do is give back to the business.
So now I’m here, 11 years later, giving back to the business in my special way: Nonsense words about a nonsense performance art on what may or may not be a nonsense television network. (Just kidding. I love Pop TV. Schitt’s Creek is excellent, and Nightcap gave us the real Gwyneth Paltrow.) Hopefully you join me on this exploration of potential Impact re-greatness. As you can probably tell, I named this “The ACES & EHs of Impact Wrestling,” because … Well, do I really need a reason to do a terrible Aces & Eights pun?
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