July 15th and 16th will be two really important days for Impact Wrestling. The Canadian federation will give life to its next sessions of TV tapings useful to record the useful material to get ready for its next special, Emergence on August 12 at the Cicero Stadium in Chicago.
Just in view of this new session to be held in Old Forester's Paris town in Louisville, KY will be ready to make its debut in the company a well-known name of international level. Coming from Japan with titles conquered everywhere, considered as a legend for the Junior category, arrived in WWE in 2019 and recently released, we are talking about KUSHIDA.
The wrestler will make his actual debut for the company, a new addition that renews the strength of the relationship between Impact and New Japan Pro Wrestling, as also seen with AEW ahead of Forbidden Door.
KUSHIDA is ready
Will KUSHIDA have an interest in the X-Division title under his eyes? It is a suggestion of sure interest given that the current "Speedball" champion Mike Bailey has already been able to give great performances, the first in his very first defense titled Against All Odds against Trey Miguel and, more recently, last Thursday facing in a one on one (always with the title up for grabs) another rookie, this time former AEW and former member of the Dark Order, Alan Angels.
Mike Bailey vs KUSHIDA would therefore be ideal to satisfy the h*ttest fans in the Impact world who, precisely with regard to the last episode, can "cheer" thanks to a 19% increase in television ratings. Obviously, the numbers of AXS TV are not in the least comparable to those registered on USA Network, TNT, TBS or FOX, but it does well believe in the appreciation of the product.
As mentioned, the next Impact special will be Emergence, another summer event now in its third edition and about to offer a great show like its predecessors. For the moment the card only includes a title match with Jordynne Grace called to defend his Knockouts World Champion belt won at Slammiversary (just like Mike Bailey with the X-Division title) against the new # 1 contender fresh from victory over Deonna Purrazzo, former WWE Mia Yim.
Speaking on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained that it was obvious the former NXT Superstar would not renew his contract. He further reported that those in WWE believe he will return to NJPW in June: “He is done," said Meltzer.
"His contract expired. It was not a secret that he wasn’t going to stay. I know in WWE, the belief is that he starts with New Japan in June. That’s what they believe, and it’s probably the case. So, yeah, he signed a three-year deal. Kind of wasted three years of his career I think. [The deal was up] this week."