8 Most Valuable Assets WWE Could Take From A Deal With Impact Wrestling
7. Brand New (Old) Matches
With every fleeting reference to Impact Wrestling's potential relationship with WWE, there exists the need to analyse what the former even really is in 2018.
Aforementioned access to a roster of brand new faces (and a few old ones) only goes as far as the wrestlers themselves, with the bulk of talent working independently with the organisation compared to the contracted few. But WWE could take advantage of some other useful copyrights should they seize the entire company.
For better and worse, TNA was a spiritual successor to WCW for many of its formative years, and its experimentation with unique match types was at least an alternative to a bone-dry WWE even when the concepts devolved into catastrophes. Whilst Vince McMahon would be insane to revisit Vince Russo's ridiculous Reverse Battle Royal, giving 'King Of The Mountain' a roll-out on Raw could be an awful lot of fun. Hell In A Cell only bookends the show with a cage, Lock Down would offer it up for the whole evening. Elevation X reimagined the Scaffold Match, whilst Ultimate X would do more for the Crusierweights than three bland minutes on a Tuesday Night.
That common denominator shouldn't go unnoticed. The bones of the X Division remain TNA/Impact's finest innovation - their "It's not about weight limits, it's about no limits" tagline was clunky but effective. WWE could do worse than take a deep dive into what made their current WWE Championship rivals so great in the first place.
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