Friday, June 1, 2018

IMPACT Wrestling issues open challenge to UK promotions for Manchester showdown

IMPACT Wrestling has invited the UK's top companies to put forward their best talents for an inter-promotional showdown in Manchester.

The American promotion makes its long-awaited return to these shores with a full live show at Wrestling MediaCon 2018 later this year.

IMPACT will host the huge event at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester on September 9 - its first British show since January 2016.

And today it revealed every match at 'IMPACT vs the UK' will feature a global superstar from its roster against a top European talent.

The U.S. company has issued a blockbuster open challenge to any UK promotion willing to take them on, in what is a first for IMPACT.

IMPACT Wrestling president Ed Nordholm said: “Since we last came to the UK almost three years ago, we have seen how much the UK wrestling scene has evolved.

“We are excited to return to the UK to demonstrate that IMPACT Wrestling has the best talent anywhere in the world, so we’re issuing an open challenge to any UK promotion to bring their best wrestlers to face the very best from IMPACT Wrestling on September 9 in Manchester.”

A Wrestling MediaCon spokesman said: "There are many fantastic UK promotions out there and we are expecting a lot of interest in this challenge from IMPACT Wrestling.

Any UK promotions interested in accepting IMPACT Wrestling’s challenge are invited to contact Wrestling MediaCon at info@wrestlingmediacon.com.

It will be very interesting to see which company comes forward and whether it leads to a long term partnership, similar to IMPACT's existing alliances with Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Noah, Mexico's Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide and fellow American outfit Lucha Underground.

IMPACT's rival WWE is already affiliated with top British companies PROGRESS Wrestling in England and Scotland's Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW), which would preclude them from any deal.

IMPACT's top talents including Johnny Impact, Eli Drake, Moose, Sami Callihan, Eddie Edwards and Matt Sydal are expected to appear.

London's acclaimed Revolution Pro Wrestling - which has ties to New Japan Pro Wrestling - will also present a two-day tournament over the Wrestling MediaCon weekend on September 8 and 9.

There will be guest matches from America's National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), Newcastle-based Defiant Wrestling and Hull's New Generation Wrestling (NGW).

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