Impact Wrestling has certainly stretched its nine lives since the company’s inception in 2002. Over the past 16 years, the company has acquired a number of legendary talent such as Sting, Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Ric Flair, and Scott Steiner to help become a legitimate competitor with the WWE. However, due to a poor backstage morale, delayed paychecks, and switching over from one station and timeslot to the other, the vitality of the brand has continued to fade over the past several years.

In 2010, TNA made the bold, but eventually embarrassing, move to Monday Nights in an attempt to compete with WWE Raw. Somehow, the company felt as if their momentum was strong enough to run simultaneously with the juggernaut of Raw. Moreover, that the quality of the product would be strong enough to lure WWE viewers away from Raw, cause more people to watch their product due to being on Monday nights, or both. In the end, neither worked, and the experiment ended after just two months.

Recently, Impact Wrestling has acquired more former WWE top talent, via former ECW and Intercontinental Champion John Morrison (Johnny Impact), and former WWE, World Heavyweight, and United States Champion Alberto Del Rio (El Patron).

El Patron is also a Royal Rumble winner and a Money in the Bank ladder match winner. You can view his MITB cash-in below.

Alberto Del Rio cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase

El Patron was recently interviewed by PWInsider about his current run in Impact Wrestling. El Patron praised the company, stating that he does not have issues with people not getting along backstage. He also made a very interesting statement regarding head-to-head competition with WWE again.

Impact Wrestling will be in New Orleans during WrestleMania 34 weekend to run a show at The Sugar Mill venue on April 6 for WrestleCon. While El Patron is excited about this new venture from Impact, he did express that he would have preferred something a bit different.

“For me, it’s always great to do something, a special something with the company,” said El Patron. He would add, “I wish we could have the show somewhere else, a bigger, better show than the main company out there the same day, but the situations are different right now. So, it’s gonna be pretty good to be there, competing against all the other companies.”

El Patron would also stated that 2018 will position Impact Wrestling to be a solid #2 company, and the company with bring in more money and be as popular as ever.

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