Last week it was reported that Sammy Guevara had heat from people within All Elite Wrestling (AEW) for voicing his complaints at a storyline he was supposed to come in and be part of in IMPACT Wrestling.
In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer explained that Sammy Guevara was supposed to work the IMPACT tapings this month as a babyface, but “he didn’t like the creative”.
Meltzer explained that Sammy Guevara even pitched winning the X-Division Championship and returning to AEW with the title after leaving the Inner Circle, an idea that those high-up within IMPACT Wrestling weren’t exactly keen on it.
Chris Jericho came up with the idea that IMPACT ran with alongside Don Callis, and the belief was that Sammy Guevara voicing his concerns at the storyline made the former AEW World Champion look bad. IMPACT were also reportedly “mad” at AEW for sending talent over, and then having the talent not like the storylines that had been agreed for them.
The belief is that while “everything appears to be smoothed over now”, peopled in IMPACT were “not happy at first with how it went down”, and Meltzer explained that it’s unlikely Guevara will be working with IMPACT anytime soon.
The spot that Sammy Guevara would have occupied instead went to Black Taurus, so fans who are curious about what IMPACT would have had Sammy do for them should look at how Black Taurus is booked over the next few weeks/months.
Sammy Guevara was supposed to be at these tapings at one point. The deal was he would appear here while he quit the Inner Circle. Obviously he’s coming back as a babyface to feud with the Inner Circle. They were taping 2/9 to 2/11 and Guevara came. The basic details were that he didn’t like the creative. One person in Impact said the creative wasn’t very good and he shouldn’t have liked it. It appears, since Black Taurus was put in his spot that his debut would have been in a six-man tag with Ace Austin & Chris Bey vs. Willie Mack & Josh Alexander & Trey Miguel, but that’s not confirmed. Taurus was put in his spot and Taurus is scheduled to team with Austin & Bey as a heel on next week’s show, but that doesn’t lock it in. We don’t know the details of the creative past he was going to win three matches at the tapings that just took place. Guevara suggested winning the X title. One story is that he wanted to win the title, and then return to AEW as having just won the title in Impact. He’d never lose it and it would go up in a tournament. Impact didn’t like that idea. Chris Jericho was the one who put the angle together with Don Callis. It made Jericho look bad to Impact because he and Callis came up with the idea and then Guevara didn’t want to do it. Scott D’Amore told Guevara that they didn’t need him when he arrived in Nashville if he doesn’t follow the plans that had already been agreed to. Impact was really mad about AEW sending talent over, them putting plans in place and then the talent wouldn’t do what was planned. Everything appears to be smoothed over now but there are those in Impact who said that the company was not happy at first with how it went down and could have impacted relationships. Guevara isn’t expected to be coming back here. When he didn’t like the idea, they put Black Taurus in his spot, so whatever Taurus is doing on the next TV’s would be close to what they wanted Guevara to do. It was only to be a short term deal for Guevara to begin with, just on the current tapings to give the idea he was with Impact and getting a push likely to lead to a “surprise” babyface return on AEW