Hallo Hallo Café reviews…will not be seen tonight as I am doing a double feature mini review on two things: MNL48 Presents Chain and Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary XVIII.
First, a little bit of info of what we’re dealing here today: MNL48 presents is a series of YouTube miniseries under the MNL48 banner. So far, there are two miniseries that were released under this giant series: 2020 Vision and Chain with Bye, Us still in production as of this writing.
Meanwhile, Slammiversary is one of the flagship pay-per-view shows under the Impact Wrestling brand (formerly Total Nonstop Action Wrestling or simply called TNA Wrestling) and this iteration of the PPV is one of the most hyped up one in the history of the company.
A lot of announcements came in on the road to this event, namely the sudden announcement that Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson signed with Impact Wrestling and this came out as huge news for wrestling fans as months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Wrestling Federation (yes yes, I know it’s WWE but they’re the same company, marks.) making a controversial move of “future endeavoring” a lot of people under their employment in the midst of a worldwide crisis.
With the rise of All Elite Wrestling in popularity, one must think that some of those wrestlers will sign a contract to AEW as All Elite is the equivalent of Pro Wrestling NOAH becoming the new number two promotion circa 2000 as Impact/TNA is the equivalent of AJPW circa 2000, who used to be the number two promotion.
I’m not saying that AEW is as good as Misawa-era NOAH but you get the point.
This also comes at a time that a lot of people on the Impact camp were let go due to the #SpeakingOut controversy as well as, you get it, COVID-19 and this includes their world heavyweight champion Tessa Blanchard, who was already in a bad relationship with the management due to reports of her being a locker room bully to the point of calling another female wrestler the no-no word for African Americans, in Japan.
So that leaves Impact no choice but to change their booking plans and the supposed five-way dance for the Impact WHC turning into a four-way dance with the fourth man becoming a mystery.
With that stuff out of the way, let’s get on with the reviews.