With all the movers and shakers in the world of professional wrestling, it seems that it has become a literal arms race in finding the best talent to make your roster better. Between WWE, AEW, New Japan and Impact, there is plenty of opportunities to go around. But while three of the aforementioned companies have made significant moves, IMPACT has relatively stayed out of the fight… until now involving Ace Romero and Joey Ryan.
Fresh off their big Bound For Glory event, IMPACT has made two huge signings.
First, after stating his free agency from his Lucha Underground contract earlier this year, Joey Ryan has officially re-signed with the Anthem-owned company. Joey quickly made his debut during the Call Your Shot gauntlet match and made this tweet public afterward, via his official Twitter account:
It made the most sense. @IMPACTWRESTLING has been the most consistent wrestling program on TV for the past 2 years, I get to keep all of my indie dates and best of all, they let me be me. https://t.co/giuGvN8Qwt
— Joey Ryan (@JoeyRyanOnline) October 21, 2019
But the company was not done, as before Bound For Glory went on air, IMPACT announce via their Twitch stream that Ace Romero has signed as well, a 3-year deal, and was subsequently added to their X Division Championship match as the last entrant. Ace, a competitor formerly seen in MLW and as an entrant in AEW’s Casino Battle Royal at Double or Nothing.
I just signed an IMPACT WRESTLING CONTRACT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING IN. CHICAGO!!!
TOMORROW NIGHT IM BOUND FOR GLORY!!!!! @IMPACTWRESTLING https://t.co/J8lb273vR3
— ACEY (@THEBIGACEY) October 20, 2019
We will keep you updated on all future signings here on Pro Wrestling Post.
Ace Romero is a great pick up here for IMPACT. A big man who can move is already over with much of the wrestling community and is already taking big spots for the company. I fully expect him to have a breakout career in IMPACT.
Joey Ryan surprises me a bit. Yes, he has plenty of friends in AEW, and many of us expected him to sign there. But the IMPACT signing, from a brand standpoint, is a better fit. As he stated, he keeps his gimmick, which I am sure could’ve not gone well with the TNT brass eventually, and keeps his indie dates which have to include his Bar Wrestling shows.
For IMPACT, they not only get an impressive big man in Ace Romero, but they may also have just gotten a leg up on new talent as I am sure Joey Ryan will make plenty of suggestions on other signings of talent from Bar and other promotions. This has to be a big victory for D’Amore and the IMPACT brass.