A big change has been announced for the ongoing eight-man IMPACT Wrestling Number One Contenders Tournament.
The promotion announced via a "BREAKING" Twitter post that Ken Shamrock is out of his originally scheduled opening round tournament bout against Rhino on this week's edition of IMPACT On AXS TV.
Replacing "The World's Most Dangerous Man", who is out of the tournament due to the attack with a steel chair that he suffered from Michael Elgin on last week's show, will be Ace Austin.
BREAKING: @ShamrockKen is unable to compete in the #1 Contenders Tournament as a result of @MichaelElgin25's attack last week.@The_Ace_Austin will replace Shamrock and face @Rhyno313 in the First Round TOMORROW at 8/7c on @AXSTV!#IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/WymjMMmVVI
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 18, 2020
In addition to the Ace Austin vs. Rhino first round match, Michael Elgin and Sami Callihan will also meet in the remaining opening round bout on this week's edition of IMPACT Wrestling.
The Elgin/Callihan winner will move on to face Trey Miguel in the semifinals of the tournament, while the winner of Rhino/Austin match has Hernandez waiting for them in the semifinals on the other side of the bracket.
The man who emerges victorious in the finals of the IMPACT Wrestling Number One Contenders Tournament will go on to challenge the reigning title-holder, Tessa Blanchard, in a one-on-one match with the IMPACT Wrestling World's Heavyweight Championship on-the-line.
With that now known, featured below is an updated look at the advertised lineup heading into the 5/19 episode of IMPACT On AXS TV this week:
IMPACT WRESTLING ON AXS TV PREVIEW (5/19/2020)* Ace Austin vs. Rhino (#1 Contenders Tournament First Round)
* Sami Callihan vs. Michael Elgin (#1 Contenders Tournament First Round)
* Suicide vs. Moose
* Willie Mack (C) vs. Johnny Swinger (X-Division Championship)
* Crazzy Steve vs. Dave Crist
* XXXL vs. TJP & Fallah Bahh
Check out the complete "Cold Open" video package that will kick off this week's episode of IMPACT Wrestling via the video embedded below from the company's official YouTube channel.
The brackets have CHANGED for #IMPACT Wrestling No. 1 Contenders Tournament after Ace Austin moves in & #MMA/#UFC legend Ken Shamrock moves out against Rhino -- FULL #ImpactWrestling lineup + COLD-OPEN Video for #IMPACTonAXSTV
LINK: https://t.co/bKus74JRbN pic.twitter.com/2FjDSH5rFh
— Matt Boone (@MattBoone1984) May 18, 2020
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