For the first time since 2005, Delirious will return to an Impact Wrestling ring at next Friday's Victory Road in one of five new matches announced Thursday.
The former ROH fixture will challenge "Speedball" Mike Bailey for his X-Division title. The news was revealed by Scott D'Amore on Thursday's show after Bailey defended his title against Mascara Dorada.
Delirious was an early member of the NWA-TNA era roster from 2003 through mid-2005. His last match was against Samoa Joe in 2005.
Frankie Kazarian will also make his return to the promotion at Victory Road as part of a triple threat match under "revolver" rules with an X-Division title shot at October's Bound For Glory on the line. The match will include Kazarian, Kenny King, Laredo Kid, Alex Zayne, Mia Yim, Trey Miguel, Black Taurus and Yuya Uemura.
Kazarian made his return to Impact in 2021 after a seven-year absence, making five appearances through June 2022. PWInsider reported he will be making multiple appearances going forward.
Mickie James will continue her run toward what she hopes is a Knockouts title shot as she faces Gisele Shaw. In a recent promo, James said she will continue in Impact until she loses at which point, she will retire.
As part of the build to October's Bound For Glory, Impact World Champion Josh Alexander will team with Heath & Rich Swann to take on Honor No More's Eddie Edwards, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven.
Bennett & Taven defeated Alexander & Swann Thursday by DQ in a match that involved interference from Edwards and Heath. Alexander defends the title against Edwards at Bound For Glory.
Also on Thursday's show, it was revealed that Max The Impaler is Masha Slamovich's choice to take on Jordynne Grace at Victory Road. This will be Max's Impact debut.
Slamovich will challenge Grace for the Knockouts title at October's Bound For Glory, but under a "Pick Your Poison" stipulation, she got to select a Victory Road opponent for Grace.
Additionally, Killer Kelly will take on former Knockouts Champion Tasha Steelz. Kelly targeted Steelz soon after returning to Impact and the two went face-to-face Thursday after Kelly's win over Alisha.
Here's the new lineup for Victory Road, set for Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, September 23rd on Impact Plus/Ultimate Insiders:
- Steve Maclin vs. Sami Callihan vs. Moose in a barbed wire massacre match
- Knockouts Champion Jordynne Grace vs. Max The Impaler in a non-title match
- X-Division Champion MIke Bailey defends against Delirious
- Mickie James vs. Gisele Shaw
- Josh Alexander, Heath & Rich Swann vs. Eddie Edwards & The OGK
- Killer Kelly vs. Tasha Steelz
- Frankie Kazarian vs. Kenny King vs. Laredo Kid vs. Alex Zayne vs. Mia Yim vs. Trey Miguel vs. Black Taurus vs. Yuya Uemura for an X-Division title shot.