IMPACT Wrestling’s Rosemary has discussed the impending knockouts Ultimate X match and how long, exactly, the idea has been in the works.
In a recent interview with Inside The Ropes’ Adam Morrison, the former IMPACT Knockouts World Champion pulled back the curtain on IMPACT Wrestling’s inaugural knockouts Ultimate X match, which is due to take place at the Anthem-helmed promotion’s Hard To Kill pay-per-view on 8 January.
“The Demon Assassin” revealed when the idea of the match was first discussed:
“It’s been something. We saw somebody post about it recently, but this is something that we have been trying to plant the seeds for all the way back in 2017. We have had several knockouts over the years express interest in being in Ultimate X. 2017, who was there? It was us and Chelsea [Green] and Allie and Sienna and several other girls that would have possibly shown interest in this. So, in 2017, we were already planting the seeds in that, planting the seeds that the girls could do this, that the girls could try this.
Rosemary went on to discuss the many other stipulations that the knockouts have partaken in:
“The knockouts have had Monster’s Ball, the knockouts have had Full Metal Mayhem, the knockouts have had Six Sides of Steel, several different iconic TNA/IMPACT matches, but the Ultimate X… when people think of TNA, what they really pioneered, the Ultimate X is what a lot of people saw first and sold them on that.”
First held in August 2003, the Ultimate X match has been pivotal to IMPACT’s success over the years, particularly in the X Division. Hard To Kill will mark the 45th edition of the match, with the most recent instalment going down at Slammiversary this past July. There, Josh Alexander retained the X Division Championship in a critically-acclaimed bout.
Joining Rosemary in the match will be the reigning Digital Media Champion, Jordynne Grace, Rachael Ellering, Tasha Steelz, Chelsea Green, and one of IMPACT’s newest signings, Lady Frost.
You can read the full interview here.
IMPACT Wrestling Hard To Kill 2022, airing live on FITE TV, takes place on Saturday, 8 January at 8pm EST, which is 1am on Sunday, 9 January for UK viewers. Additionally, a Countdown to Hard To Kill special should begin around 7pm EST (midnight for those in the UK).