Impact Wrestling had been teasing a number of stars showing up at Slammiversary for weeks and in sheer numbers, they certainly delivered.
The first surprise of the night was a fantastic one in the opening contest of the night.
The Rascalz had issued an open challenge that many, including us, assumed would be answered by Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (More on them later)
In fact, the challenge was answered by one of the greatest teams in company history, The Motor City Machine Guns!
The guns won the bout and then set up a match for this week’s Impact on AXS against The North, who successfully defended their tag team titles at the PPV against Sami Calihan and Ken Shamrock.
The next star to make an appearance was the man who in his mind is the most prestigious free agent in wrestling, Heath Slater.
Clearly carrying on in a comedy role, Slater looked fantastic and almost stole the show across various segments, including re-uniting with his old SmackDown partner Rhino.
In the main event, just as we thought Rich Swann would be the only mystery entrant, we were treated to the appearance of former TNA World Champion, ‘The World Class Maniac’ Eric Young.
Young came up short in the match that was won by Eddie Edwards. He is clearly being positioned very strongly going forward as his character didn’t have a shred of the comedic about him. Young is getting serious.
But that wasn’t the end of the night of surprises. As Mad Man Fulton and Ace Austin beat down the new champion Edwards, The Good Brothers hit the ring and made the save.
We knew Gallows & Anderson would be appearing at the PPV due to an earlier announcement so this one wasn’t so much a surprise, more a confirmation.
There was still time for one more though. Right at the end of the show, a very brief video aired of none other than EC3. The former Impact Champion had been teasing an appearance for weeks so the biggest surprise here was that he wasn’t actually in the arena. It is great to see Dixie Carter’s kayfabe nephew back where he has done far and away the best work of his career.
That’s quite a list and Impact certainly delivered on the theme of the night.
Slammiversary was a hugely enjoyable show and worked as a statement of intent and as a soft reset of sorts.
It will be fun to see what the company does with this influx of new/returning talent.