Impact Wrestling is holding a tournament to decide the new number one contender to Tessa Blanchard’s Impact World Championship.
The tournament was announced on this week’s episode of Impact. On the left side of the bracket, Rohit Raju vs. Trey Miguel and Sami Callihan vs. Michael Elgin are the first round matches. The first round matches on the right side of the bracket are Ken Shamrock vs. Rhino and Madman Fulton vs. Hernandez.
Raju vs. Miguel and Fulton vs. Hernandez will air on next Tuesday’s episode of Impact.
Blanchard was supposed to defend her title against Elgin and Eddie Edwards in a triple threat match at Rebellion, but neither Blanchard nor Edwards were able to attend last month’s Impact television tapings due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There was instead an angle where Elgin vowed to still be declared Impact World Champion at Rebellion night two last week. It led to Moose appearing with the old TNA World Heavyweight Championship belt, interrupting Elgin, and declaring himself TNA Champion. Moose defeated Hernandez and Elgin in a triple threat match in last week’s main event.
Moose was originally announced as one of the participants for the number one contender’s tournament, but he did an interview saying he was pulling himself out of it. Moose said he doesn’t care about the Impact World Championship and called his TNA World Heavyweight Championship the most prestigious title in professional wrestling.
Moose will defend the TNA title against Suicide on Impact next Tuesday. In his interview this week, Moose, whose story has been that he’s anti-TNA, said he deserves to be TNA Champion because of wins against former champions like Shamrock, RVD, and Rhino.