In one of the featured matches from Impact Wrestling this week, Eddie Edwards defeated Sami Callihan with a pinning combination. Callihan, visibly upset at the result form the match, proceeded to attack Edwards after the bell.
During the course of Callihan’s attack, he placed a chair on top of the American Wolf and hammered it with a baseball bat. Unfortunately, the bat only grazed the chair and ended up striking Edwards in the head. The incident resulted in Edwards suffering a broken nose and orbital bone.
This is exclusive behind the scenes footage of @TheEddieEdwards moments after @TheSamiCallihan brutally struck him in the face with a baseball bat. It includes alternate angles of the incident that weren't seen last night and is tough to watch. pic.twitter.com/RdxAWM6DMG
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 2, 2018
the Fallout from Sami Callihan’s Attack on Eddie Edwards
Edwards spoke to TMZ Sports after the incident. He mentioned after it happened he got out of the ring and up the ramp as soon as possible. Impact has been airing footage of the incident since Thursday night and it has garnered plenty of passionate responses online.
Former Impact Wrestling authority figure (for one set of tapings anyway), Jim Cornette, weighed in on what happened.
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
This hurts Jimmy…. I’ll just keep watching my bank account go up. https://t.co/EAY7JVKSKG
— Callihan Death Machine (@TheSamiCallihan) March 2, 2018
Veteran of the independents and WWE developmental, Kassius Ohno, also chimed in with his feelings on the botched spot.
Really? Really? There is ZERO correlation between how much money you make & what happened in that ring. You should be embarrassed. ASHAMED.
— KASSIUS (KASH-US) (@KassiusOhno) March 3, 2018
Impact Wrestling “Cross Roads”
Next week, Impact Wrestling presents “Cross Roads”, a PPV style television show featuring 4 championship matches. Eddie Edwards is scheduled to team with Lashley on the show but that match might be in jeopardy now. They were scheduled to take on a team associated with Sami Callihan, Ohio versus Everything.
- Impact World Championship
Austin Aries (c) vs. Johnny Impact
- Title vs Title
Taiji Ishimori (X-Division Champion) vs. Matt Sydal (Grand Champion)
- Tag Team Championships
LAX (c) vs. the Cult of Lee
- Knockouts Championship
Laurel Van Ness (c) vs. Allie
- oVe vs. Lashley and Edwards
There is renewed interest in Impact Wrestling right now. Excitement over the new management team and what it can mean for the promotion moving forward has peaked fan interest. Don Callis has stressed it will take time, however, for the new management’s vision to become reality for Impact.