Former Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne will return to the ring at Impact Wrestling's Slamiversary PPV on July 18th, Rayne revealed on tonight's episode of Impact. Rayne has been taking a break from wrestling during the pandemic to join her husband, Josh Matthews, on commentary in place of Don Callis. But Rayne will get back in the ring to enter the women's gauntlet match (a battle royal) to determine the next number one contender for the Knockouts Championship. Jordynne Grace holds that title and is set to defend it against Deonna Purrazzo at the PPV.
Rayne, a five-time Knockouts Champion, revealed the news during her Locker Room Talk segment on Impact. Impact's Slammiversary is shaping up to be a star-studded PPV. In addition to Madison Rayne's return to the ring, a number of former Impact stars and fired WWE midcarders are being teased to make appearances at the show.
Below is the recap of the segment from our Impact Wrestling report, which is currently in progress (I'm writing this article during a commercial) and will be out in the morning.
Time for Locker Room talk with Madison Rayne, who doesn't have Johny Swinger with her. Why? Because Swinger can't handle the guest tonight. She runs down the guest's many accolades. You can see where this is going. The guest is Madison Rayne. Rayne interviews herself. The big news is: Rayne will be returning to the ring to compete in the gauntlet match at Slammiversary which will decide the number one contender for the Knockouts Championship. Tasha Steelz and Kiera Hogan interrupt and make fun of Rayne for talking to herself. Havok and Neveah show up to talk trash with Hogan and Steelz. It devolves into a brawl, as you might expect.
You can watch the segment on Impact's Twitter account. What do you think about Madison Rayne's return to the ring?