Don Callis Talks Impact Wrestling Having Clean Finishes In PPV Main Events

Don Callis hosted the Killing The Town podcast after Slammiversary and interviewed IMPACT World Champion Austin Aries. You can listen to the podcast here, Wrestling Inc. reader Himanshu D send us these highlights from Callis:

Callis on Austin Aries vs Moose:

"It reminded me a lot, and this is one of the reasons why when we booked this, of course this comes up, 'well, you know, straight wrestling match'. For me, and I tend to put things into an ECW context because that's kind of my background. I'm like 'Austin Aries is Shane Douglas'. Amidst all the chaos and all the craziness, a great professional wrestler goes in, outwrestles his opponent and wins. That's what Shane used to do. And you know he would use like tables here and there or whatever but sure, that was the thing, and it worked. Now you have to have a guy like you were Shane in his heyday to be able to pull that off. But I thought it delivered a 100% and I love the fact that you didn't have all the bells and whistles 'cause it was different. Because as you know when you have a card you don't want chocolate cake for every meal. You want to mix it up."

The main event following up two great matches:

"It is a good problem to have because you want people to leave and be brought back to, 'well this is great wrestling. This is athletic. This is psychology. This is all of that stuff.' And that by the way is the hardest thing to imitate or duplicate is what you guys do. You could have people go out and do hardcore matches, it wouldn't be as good as what we saw last night, but top flight, athletic wrestling is hard to duplicate."

The clean finish in the main event:

"That's the thing, as we're talking about this, if you're in that booking room, it's easy to go down the rabbit hole of 'well, we're gonna be sending people home unhappy because the heel's up, maybe we should do a screw finish' and when Scott and I came here in January, one of the things that we both felt very strongly about is clean finishes. Clean finishes and if people don't wanna do jobs, we're happy to have a discussion. But then that's just not gonna work here. My thing last night was, and even yesterday we're talking like 'well maybe we should have the thing' and I'm like 'No. He's the best wrestler in the world. He beat the guy with his finish. It's an athletic contest. There's nothing wrong with that. It's a great match that people will be happy to see.'"

The story they were telling with Moose:

"And it's the perfect example of when it's done right, everyone benefits. I think Moose benefited huge from that last night. He looked great. The story that we got to tell as announcers, because it's what you guys were painting out there is Moose literally went all in on everything, and maybe he took it a little far and did the Undertaker dive and crashed and burned. He went all in on that, he took a chance and the guy who's the smart veteran took advantage of that on the floor and it was too much to overcome. That's the sports story that people understand."


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