Call me crazy, but I'm a sucker for old school, tried-n-true wrestling tropes — many of which have found their way back to Impact over the last two weeks that have officially begun the Callis & D'Amore regime.
The four-sided ring, though smaller than I'd like, is clearly the biggest return to normalcy, but beyond it, I've noticed so many small tweaks that when added up measure to meaningful change for the brand.
In no particular order, here's a bunch of positive changes I've noticed:
- The mid-walk promo Sydal cut two weeks ago as he came to the ring for his opening match against Bahh—a real throwback to the 90's style of television that did this routinely. Not to mention the strong style match they put on to open the night – another WCW-like reminder.
- I'm loving the spooky vignette's for Brian Cage. This is something TNA did really well in during the 2000 aughts but got away from for a while, likely due to their tapings being so far in advance. They did a great job with Cody's appearance prior to Bound For Glory a year or so ago, though.
- The Aries "media availability" that aired this past week in which he appeared in front of a step and repeat to answer questions from the media. This is something done often in Japan and is a unique touch that might be a newer feature but feels old.
- The Moose promo from this past week that felt like it was channeling the Hogan/Savage/Okerlund era. Mitchell asks Moose a key question, and he draws all his attention and energy to the camera, not her. Lets it all out, and ends with a classic threat/promise and his "Moose" catchphrase. Again, classic wrestling.
- Last, but not least, they're finally going back to calling their World Title the World Heavyweight Championship. "Global Championship" stunk to high hell of the failed GFW merger, and was, frankly, a mouthful. Especially for the brief time the company was known as Global Force Wrestling. Whether it was GFW or Global Force, it was effectively the Global Force Wrestling Global Championship. Just awful. Impact World Championship is a significant improvement, and well on brand with the shift back to Impact. Eventually, I'd love to see them replace the title entirely. But for now, this works.
There are definitely other aspects to this, but what are some of the small tweaks you've noticed and loved?