For the ten Superstars released from WWE on April 15, free agency presents the opportunity to forge new and exciting opportunities for themselves.
Speaking with the Wrestling Perspective Podcast, Scott D'Amore commented on the potential for talents such as Samoa Joe and Chelsea Green to re-emerge in IMPACT Wrestling. He believes it to be a possibility, making reference to last year's Slammiversary where Eric Young, Heath Slater, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson all appeared.
The Co-Executive Vice President of Impact Wrestling originally signed Samoa Joe to IMPACT (then TNA) back in 2005 and would love the opportunity to work with him again. He said the following:
"I think you look at what we did at Slammiversary last year with all the buzz, and I think there's an opportunity here. There's some great talent and they’ve got this hiccup in their career. We've all been there probably where we've been let go and they've got the opportunity to do like so many of the people did last year and forge new opportunities and different and in some ways better opportunities for themselves.
Look, in 2005 when I got put in charge of the creative for TNA I knew there was one guy that I wanted, and that was Samoa Joe, and I worked very hard getting on the phone because WWE wanted him as well. Myself and Mike Tenay, who's an amazing, amazing dude that I know some of you have met and got to be around, we just knew Joe was different and special and we wanted to have him there. That was 2005, we were able to get him and do some pretty damn cool stuff. I got mad respect for Samoa Joe and would always love an opportunity to work with him again, both because of his unbelievable talent and his unique charisma and also because he's just a good dude.
So many of that other talent. you look at it, whether it's Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, whether it's Chelsea Green, you know, there's just so much there and I just got to say, I think there's a chance that some talent's going to move around and you're just going to have to stay tuned and be careful what I say, but maybe some conversations have started.”
During Rebellion, IMPACT announced that Slammiversary will return in July. No official date was given for the event. In the teaser for the show, recently released WWE superstars Samoa Joe, Chelsea Green, and Mickie James were shown. Footage of Kazuchika Okada and Tetsuya Naito from their stints in IMPACT was also shown.
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