Earlier this week it was announced that AAA and Lucha Underground stars Drago and El Hijo del Fantasma (aka King Cuerno) would be participating in IMPACT Slammiversary's Tag Team Title Match, taking on Champions LAX and two other, as-yet-unnamed international teams.
Today, we found out who those international teams are.
One of them is Garza Jr. and Laredo Kid, who have been competing in IMPACT since the reboot back in March. They will be representing Mexican promotion The Crash.
The other team is Naomichi Marufuji and Taiji Ishimuri of Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan.
Here is what IMPACT had to say about them in the press release on their website:
Marufuji has competed in multiple promotions during his illustrious career, including New Japan Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and Ring of Honor. He is a former three-time GHC Heavyweight Champion, and the only man to win Junior Heavyweight Championships in all three major Japanese promotions.
Ishimori holds the distinction of being the longest-reigning GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion for Pro Wrestling NOAH. He has been wrestling professionally since 2002, is one of the best high-flying wrestlers, and has been a singles and tag-team champion.
“It’s an honor to welcome Marufuji and Ishimori to The Impact Zone. I know the fans will be awestruck with what these two can do inside the six-sided ring,” said Jeff Jarrett, who is the founder of GFW/IMPACT Wrestling and now serves as the company’s Chief Creative Officer.
“Bringing Marufuji and Ishimori to Slammiversary is just the next step in this long-term relationship with unlimited potential between GFW/Impact Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH,” said Scott D’Amore, Vice-President of International Relations for GFW/IMPACT Wrestling. “I’m confident that the two companies will have a wide-ranging talent-exchange, and the ultimate goal is co-branded shows with GFW/Impact Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH.”
Slammiversary is this Sunday at 8/7c and Fightful will have full live coverage, news updates and a post-show podcast, also covering the NJPW G1 Special (which Fightful will also cover live).