Aerostar vs. Drago was a fast-paced opener to get the crowd excited, Scott Steiner and Eli Drake’s Impact World Tag Team Title victory over LAX was more entertaining than it had any business being (complete with a top-rope Frankensteiner), and Brian Cage threw people around in his Six-Way match.
Earlier today, Impact announced that Taya Valkyrie, who just lost her feud with Rosemary, would be facing Kiera Hogan at Redemption.
It will be exciting to see what Blanchard can do in an increasingly competitive Knockouts Division, which recently added Su Yung, who immediately worked her way into a title shot against Allie.
Blanchard should see a similarly quick rise in the division, though I would hope that Impact allow her to develop a rapport with the fans as a legitimately hateable heel before giving her an initial (and perhaps lengthy) run with the prestigious Knockouts Championship.
Needless to say, this is huge news, and many fans who thought Blanchard would sign with WWE will likely wake up to a surprise on Monday morning.
A big name on the Independent circuit, it is unclear if Blanchard has agreed to formal terms with Impact, and these details have a way of being difficult to parse out.
This is an exciting addition to the Impact roster, and we’ll see what role she plays in the upcoming tapings that will follow the Redemption PPV.
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