After teasing a “phenomenal opponent” for Ethan Page last night as part of The North’s long-standing rivalry with The Good Brothers, IMPACT viewers were treated to as close to an AJ Styles return as possible while the TNA legend is under an exclusive WWE contract.
Karl Anderson would lay down the introduction, “Listen, the Big LG might not be here, brother, but the Good Brother never rolls alone, and I’ve got an opponent. Are you ready? ‘Cause it’s an absolutely phenomenal choice.” Then AJ Styles’ iconic IMPACT theme would hit, while Page looked hesitant in the ring before “The Weenominal One” would make his entrance.
Swoggle would even pick up the win over Ethan Page via roll-up, meaning The North wouldn’t get a rematch at the IMPACT Tag Team Championships.
Gallows and Anderson previously joked to myself how they were trying to convince AJ to return:
“Ultimately, we’re going to talk AJ Styles into coming back to IMPACT. That’s what we’re doing every single day. We’re texting him and telling him to come back.”
Meanwhile, I asked The Good Brothers whether they’d had any success in an exclusive interview for Inside The Ropes.
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