New IMPACT Wrestling President Scott D’Amore spoke with Kathleen Saylors of the Windsor Star about IMPACT’s return to Windsor for the first time in 3 years.
IMPACT was scheduled to hold the very first company LIVE special, Lockdown, from St Clair college in Windsor back in March of 2020, which is when real lockdowns started due to COVID.
More than three years later, the first live pay-per-view wrestling event will take to the ring this weekend, the president of the professional wrestling company said.
“We’re happy to return three years later, almost to the day, with Friday night’s event,” said Scott D’Amore, president of Impact Wrestling. “Windsor has been a hotbed for wrestling for decades.”
The two shows, planned for Friday and Saturday nights at St. Clair College, are Sacrifice and Sacrifice Fallout. Friday’s show will be a live pay-per-view event, and Saturday’s show will be filmed for later airing. IMPACT announced yesterday via their social media that Friday’s Sacrifice event is SOLD OUT, however, fans can purchase tickets for Saturday night’s set of TV tapings, though D’Amore said tickets are going fast.
Some of the key talent performing this weekend includes Rhino, a two-time world champion, the Motor City Machine Guns, Bhupinder Gujjar, Aiden Prince and Gisele Shaw – some of whom have been visiting with the Windsor Spitfires hockey team ahead of the events.
Windsor has always been a welcoming city for wrestling, D’Amore said, in part because of its location — sandwiched between Chicago, Detroit and Toronto — and because of the city’s roots.
“I think Windsor always became a pretty convenient geographical stop,” D’Amore said. “When you look at the history of Windsor, what you see is a hard-working blue-collar town of people … we love our hockey, we love our wrestling.”
D’Amore said if you’re not a die-hard wrestling fan, you might have some preconceived ideas about pro wrestling — but both fans and newbies alike will be wowed by the show.
“A lot of times people have preconceived notions about professional wrestling, and from doing this now for over 30 years, I think if anybody — wrestling fan or not — were to come out, I don’t know anybody who hasn’t walked away going ‘What an unbelievable thing.’”
“You have larger-than-life characters. You have some of the most amazing athletic performers going out there and doing things that you just didn’t think the human body could do. If you’re a wrestling fan, you’re going to be blown away. If you’re not a wrestling fan, you’re going to be blown away.”
Anthem Sports & Entertainment acquired IMPACT Wrestling back in 2016, at which time they hired Scott D’Amore as an Executive Vice President of the company.
Last week, on March 13, 2023, Scott was promoted to President of IMPACT Wrestling.
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Matches announced for 3/24 LIVE Sacrifice event:
IMPACT Knockouts Title
- Mickie James (c) vs Jordynne Grace
6 Man Tag Team Match
-Josh Alexander/Rich Swann/Frankie Kazarian vs Time Machine (MCMG + Kushida)
IMPACT X Division Title
-Trey Miguel (c) vs Lince Dorado
IMPACT Wrestling Tag Team Titles
-Bullet Club vs TMDK
IMPACT Digital Media Title
-Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers
-Jonathan Gresham vs Mike Bailey
Busted Open Match
-Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer
-Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal + Savannah Evans vs “The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo
-Kenny King vs PCO
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Matches announced so far for Sacrifice Fallout on 3/25:
Knockouts Singles Match
-Miyu Yamashita vs Killer Kelly
-Eddie Edwards vs PCO
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