As many of you know by now, Alberto El Patron appeared to have won the Impact Championship at Thursday night’s Impact Wrestling tapings. I say that he “appeared to” because it was played up as a controversial finish but Alberto did leave with the belt in his hand. PWInsider reports that someone one else was going to be in Alberto’s spot but they could not agree to terms.
Former WWE/TNA World Tag Team Champion Bubba Ray Dudley (aka Bully Ray) was said to be extremely close to returning as a top name and he was going to be the person challenging for Lashley’s championship. A big money offer was made but the deal could not be worked out in time so they went with Alberto. The deal to get Alberto was said to have been done a day or two before the tapings.
I am sure that Alberto is being paid well because he is commanding top money on the independent scene and he has said before that he would only sign with Impact if the money terms were to his liking. Drew Galloway was the original plan for their new champion. They apparently talked with Bubba and another top name before eventually making the deal to get Alberto.
The matches taped on Thursday night will air on this coming Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling on Pop TV.