It has been a big week for IMPACT and Sami Callihan.
The story of Sami Callihan has changed a lot in the last 3 days. Yes, the wrestling world was already talking about him after his attack on Eddie Edwards – then, it was announced on a press call on Wednesday that Sami Callihan would face Eddie Edwards at the upcoming WrestleCon event Impact vs Lucha Underground. But wait, there’s more…
Before we go any further, there will be Spoilers from now on for the latest episode of IMPACT, from Thursday 15th March. If you haven’t checked it out already, I recommend you have a read of our review of the episode here.
WrestleTalk spoke to Callihan on Wednesday about the initial incident with Eddie Edwards and how it had affected him personally. In short, he couldn’t be happier with how things are going for him since the incident, “I’m making money” he said flippantly, he’s making a name for himself for sure.
Really? Really? There is ZERO correlation between how much money you make & what happened in that ring. You should be embarrassed. ASHAMED.
— Chris Hero (Is Back) (@ChrisHero) March 3, 2018
His anger perhaps gave away more than he was saying, as he ranted about Shane Douglas and Jim Cornette, among other ‘unnamed’ people in the industry who have spoken out about his recklessness.
OK, I just saw this for the first time– @TheEddieEdwards should have beat the shit out of this stupid fuck–he set it up shoddy, was careless with his shitty swing & they shouldn't have been doing it to begin with. Who the fuck "trained" @TheSamiCallihan ? I'm fucking hot. https://t.co/lpTIqxca29
— Jim Cornette (@TheJimCornette) March 2, 2018
In his conversation with us, Callihan admitted that he got some heat backstage for his actions.
“So many people said it was carless and unsafe, and that’s why I just really turned everything off and said you know what I don’t give a damn who I upset or who I offend, I’m sitting at the top and it’s a way better view at the top of the mountain than it is at the bottom trying to climb up. Now I’ve reached the top of the mountain and no-one is going to hold me down.”
During the Press call on Wednesday Josh Matthews announced that Callihan would face Eddie Edwards in an ‘I Quit’ match at WrestleCon. Once Callihan made it to the microphone he made it very clear that he wasn’t happy with that arrangement.
As it happens however, it won’t be Eddie Edwards vs Sami Callihan – it looks like Jeremiah Crane might make an appearance instead.
For those that don’t know, Jeremiah Crane is the alter-ego of Sami Callihan when he wrestles in Lucha Underground, the Mr Hyde to Callihan’s Dr Jekyl.
He went on to tell WrestleTalk, later in the call, that he was keen to wrestle Austin Aries again. Aries had beaten Callihan when he was younger and according to Callihan “He’s got one coming to him”. However, with Aries now fixed in his match with El Patron at Redemption, and Callihan distracted by a vengeful Edwards, it will likely be a while before they meet.
The night after we spoke to Callihan we saw him attempt to follow through with his promise to take over all of IMPACT as he prepared to mutilate Fullah Bahh as he had done to Edwards a few weeks earlier. Edwards however returned to the ring for the first time since the incident, lead pipe in hand to save the day.
To put aside the kayfabe for a moment, something I’m not convinced Callihan ever does, IMPACT have done a great job managing this incident and turning it into a genuinely interesting and accessible storyline – as with the best stories in wrestling, its based-on reality. As I said in my IMPACT review, this was the highlight of the wrestling week for me.
Are you ready to see how far Sami Callihan is willing to go?
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