In this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer had some notes on Impact Wrestling including the return of a former Knockouts Champion, the future for Josh Alexander and Moose and getting out of Nashville, TN, for a while.
Meltzer noted that a story was going around that Moose had received a main roster offer from WWE, but turned it down to stay in Impact. He said there were talks as Moose’s deal was running out, but the WWE offer would be NXT first and not one where he would go right to the main roster.
Meltzer said that former Knockouts Champion Chelsea Green has been heavily talked about as returning to the company with her even hinting on social media about bringing back her old Laurel Van Ness character. Green was released from WWE in April and was last in Impact in 2018. Adding to that possibility is that at next Saturday’s Slammiversary, Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo will defend against a mystery opponent and part of the marketing for the show is new faces debuting or returning. Additionally, Green is engaged to Impact’s Matt Cardona.
Meltzer said there’s a plan for a bigger push for X-Division Champion Josh Alexander after what he’s been able to do during his title reign. “That doesn’t mean he’s winning or losing at Ultimate X (at Slammiversary), but just that he’s figured bigger into overall plans,” he wrote.
Meltzer also said Impact is looking at moving their TV tapings to Las Vegas in front of fans later this year in a “relatively small building.” They have been running out of Skyline Studios in Nashville, TN, with no fans during the pandemic. Slammiversary will be at the same venue, but their first show with fans back in attendance.