In case you missed IMPACT Wrestling’s Bound For Glory pay-per-view this past Sunday night, Eli Drake had issued an open challenge leading up to the show, calling out any “stupid idiot from New York” to face him.
Of course, this led to speculation that current IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho would finally be arriving in IMPACT Wrestling which in turn led to disappointed fans when the man who answered Drake’s challenge was James Ellsworth.
Since Ellsworth’s surprise appearance, there’s been a lot of talk regarding original plans for the match as Dave Meltzer speculated on the newest Wrestling Observer Radio that Ellsworth very well may have been a late replacement not for Jericho, but for Low Ki instead. Last month, it was reported that IMPACT had reached out to Low Ki about appearing at their New York shows (which it wasn’t indicated if that meant Bound For Glory or the following television tapings), however the reigning MLW World Heavyweight Champion declined (check out that story here).
To clarify the situation regarding plans for Eli Drake’s Open Challenge, today PWInsider reports that Ellsworth has been the planned opponent for at least several days and he was not a last minute replacement. Additionally, SEScoops is reporting today that Ellsworth was offered a contract with IMPACT Wrestling, however he turned it down as he is still on “WWE’s radar”. Ellsworth is reportedly set for tonight’s SmackDown 1000 in Washington D.C.
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