On the final edition of this series of Press Pass, Hooked On Wrestling joined other wrestling journalists in conversation with two former IMPACT World champions, Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan, hosted by Josh Mathews.
Prior to the event officially beginning however, it was announced via Press Pass that IMPACT Knockouts Champion & ‘The Virtuosa’ Deonna Purrazzo has signed a new long-term deal with IMPACT Wrestling. This move further backs Purrazzo’s ambition to keep on top of the IMPACT Knockout’s division for a long time, as she made clear was her intention on Press Pass last week, which is available on our site now.
Edwards maintained a calm and professional attitude throughout, even whilst Callihan threw every verbal jab possible in his direction, and in the direction of one Josh Mathews. If Edwards wasn’t fired up enough already, he’ll be chomping at the bit now. The two discuss their rivalry, Ken Shamrock’s place in it and what’s in the future of both IMPACT Stars.
With the pressure building for you in the lead-up to your BFG match with Ken Shamrock, and after Tuesday night and being trapped in the ankle lock, how are you feeling going into Bound For Glory?
Edwards: With this match on Saturday looming, it’s far from ideal to get jumped from behind and locked in the Ankle Lock, but this is nothing new to me. Sami Callihan, as he’ll tell you, hit me in the face with a baseball bat and I was still there the next week. It will be a bittersweet night for Ken, first going into the Hall of Fame and then losing to Eddie Edwards.
Callihan: You’re so selfish. I’ve been here a few minutes and I already feel disrespected. Josh, you gonna do anything here? You’re all making me feel like a clown.
(To Edwards) Do you consider your match this Saturday against Ken Shamrock your most challenging opponent ever?
Edwards: No, not strictly. Every time I have a ‘next match’, that match is always my most challenging. It isn’t a specific opponent, it’s just my next competition, that’s the most challenging.
In terms of mine and Sami’s rivalry, I’ve gone to hell with him, we fought in the woods, I got beaten up with a baseball bat; those things are challenging and now he’s gone and got somebody else involved in our business. I deeply respect Shamrock and what he’s done before, I was a guy that looked up to him, but not since he got involved with Callihan. I even bought his book and had him sign it for me, because I did admire him and wanted to be like him, but things have changed. I’m looking forward to facing him, he is a legend and will be a Hall of Famer at that time, it’ll be an honour to beat a Hall of Famer on my journey back to the World Championship.
(To Callihan) What have you learned working with Ken Shamrock?
Callihan: Okay first of all; you’re such a mark Eddie. ‘I got Ken Shamrock to sign my book’, I bet you paid for it too, didn’t you? It was given to me, Shamrock gave me a copy and signed it for me FOR FREE.
This isn’t about me or you anymore it’s about Ken Shamrock. My beef with you has nothing to do with you and him. I want Shamrock to be my best friend at this point; good old Ken, #KenSAMrock. I’m doing all this for him, because for the last few years he’s been a little bitch, and I’m the guy who’s gonna get him out of his rut.
(To Callihan) How does not being in the main event of Bound For Glory help to prepare you and Ken Shamrock coming into this fight with Eddie Edwards?
Callihan: I don’t know if you know this, but I’m ‘The Draw’ Sami Callihan. Anything I’m part of is the main event. Look at IMPACT over the past three years, anything Sami Callihan does is the most buzzworthy and talked about thing on the entire show. This year will be no different.
I get to kill two birds with one stone, I’ve helped Ken Shamrock remember the vicious killer that he is, and I get to watch him break Eddie Edwards’ ankles so it’s a good win-win for me. All I have to do is sit back.
(To Edwards) How do you prepare for the antics of Sami Callihan as he’s in the corner of your opponent during this match?
Edwards: Sami and I have done this plenty before. He’s not going to bring anything new to the table, which is exactly why he had to bring in Shamrock. His old friends? They’re all gone now. He’s finding new friends and new minions to do his dirty work.
I’m prepared for anything he could do, because he’s unpredictable. Once you’ve seen that enough times, you can prepare for it, and I am prepared. You need to prepare to watch me beat down Shamrock. Thankfully, you’ll have plenty of time for it, because you aren’t on the show in a match.
Callihan: How? How can you prepare for the unpredictable? What’re you gonna do when I pull a dinosaur out from under the ring?
Edwards: I love a t-rex, give me a t-rex.
(To Edwards) Do you feel threatened by this match due to the potential of it turning into a 2-on-1 situation?
Edwards: Straight up, I don’t care if it’s 2-on-1, or 3-on-1 it doesn’t matter to me. Sami can & will try to do as much as he can, but in the end it’s not going to be enough. I have a good friend, he’s called Kenny, maybe he’ll be around just in case. Or maybe Tommy Dreamer is, who knows? Who knows what I’ve got up my sleeve.
I’m not interested in Sami at this point, I’m focused on Shamrock, he’s a legend in this business and in MMA. He’s going into the Hall of Fame, whilst Sami stands on the side; a footnote. That’s all Sami really is.
(To Callihan) If you could add a stipulation and bring yourself into the match, what would you choose?
Callihan: Ken Shamrock is still the most dangerous person on the planet. If I could pick a stipulation I would pick a Fight to the Death, so I can finally see Eddie Edwards die in the middle of the ring.
(To Edwards) As a tag team specialist yourself, do you have any thoughts regarding the 4-way tag team match this weekend at Bound For Glory?
Edwards: Looking top to bottom at the card for Bound For Glory, it’s so stacked. I have faith, everytime we have a PPV we go out there and kill it and this Saturday will be no different.
The four-way tag is going to be great, four of the best tags in the world. In the match are combinations of opponents we never thought we’d see, In IMPACT or anywhere, such as MCMG vs. Good Brothers. My money is on the Motor City Machine Guns.
(To Callihan) You’re somewhat responsible for Eddie’s change of character since you brutalised him months ago. Do you think Eddie should be grateful to you , considering he has been World Champion since then?
Callihan: 100%, Eddie should thank me for his entire career at this point. Before me, he was just a ‘Lone Wolf’ or whatever you want to call him. Since I’ve come into Eddie Edwards’ life, he’s become a bigger & better human being. He owes me a steak dinner. I guarantee that one day Eddie Edwards will look me in the eye and thank me for what I’ve done.
(To Callihan) Jimmy Jacobs predicted a win for Shamrock because you’re in his corner, do you think Eddie would win if you were in HIS corner?
Callihan: Anyone can beat anyone, if I’m in their corner. The proof is in the pudding, when you look at IMPACT Wrestling, anything I’ve touched has been successful. People can love or hate me, but at the end of the day anything Sami Callihan does is 100% grade ‘A’ awesome.
(To Edwards) Going against somebody with the fighting background that Ken has, do you take any lessons from training with Dan Severn?
Edwards: Totally, I’m glad Idid that back in the day. I was lucky to do that back in the day & I have carried it with me. Everything I’ve learned in my career is going to come into play against Ken. I don’t know what he’s gonna do, he’s a pro wrestler AND an MMA fighter. I’ll use anything I have in my back pocket, even something we my not have seen recently.
(To Edwards) Where does Ken Shamrock rank on the list of your most dangerous opponents ever?
Edwards: He’s the World’s Most Dangerous Man, I truly believe that. Sami’s been saying he’s trying to turn Ken back into the killer that he is, and I know what Shamrock is capable of. It’s a mix-up of styles for me too, which is new. It is challenging. He’s gonna bring something that I’ve never faced before. I’m looking forward to it.
With you both having such storied careers, is there anything specific you have yet to achieve that you want to before you retire?
Edwards: I want to end Sami Callihan. That’s my go-to, I’d really enjoy doing that.
Callihan: I want to end Eddie Edwards. Being IMPACT World Champion Ii’ve done, and it’s not enough but if I could END Eddie Edwards, I would retire a satisfied man.
Thank you for following our coverage on the IMPACT Press Pass series in the lead-up to Bound For Glory.
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