Four NEW stars work Impact Wrestling episode

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 3/27/20

Four stars from locally-based New Era Wrestling — Parrish’s Bubba Cagle, Oakman’s Cody Windham, Birmingham’s Mike Jackson and Jasper’s Dawson Kimbrell — recently worked an episode of Impact! Wrestling, which left a lasting impression in each athlete’s lives.

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Four NEW stars work Impact Wrestling episode

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Four stars from locally-based New Era Wrestling — Parrish’s Bubba Cagle, Oakman’s Cody Windham, Birmingham’s Mike Jackson and Jasper’s Dawson Kimbrell — recently worked an episode of Impact! Wrestling, which left a lasting impression in each athlete’s lives.

Each NEW star found themselves gifted with a unique and enriching look at the workings and execution of the globally-televised promotion, which is seen on the AXS TV network.

The episode, taped in early March in Atlanta, will air at 7 p.m., on Tuesday.

Cagle, the current NEW champion, was involved in a number of scenes leading into an angle involving wrestling and MMA legend Ken Shamrock along with former Impact World Champion Sami Callahan — as well as using the opportunity to see how the company operates backstage.

“What really impressed me the most was how personable and professionally everyone was. People came up, introduced themselves and were extremely helpful anytime I had a question,” Cagle said. “There’s a lot of listening that goes on — people want to hear creative ideas, which I found to be very wise. I found everyone to be very generous with their time and easy to work with.”

Cagle also stated that the wrestlers backstage were impressed with the performance of Jackson, whose career spans back to the days of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), which evolved into World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

“All the wrestlers backstage were watching the monitor when Mike was in the ring and were cheering and going crazy when he was doing moves like walking along the top rope,” Cagle said. “He got a huge reaction and really won over the backstage.”

Windham was involved in filming a vignette with former Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion Rosemary after his previous work with the legendary Tommy Dreamer. The opportunity gave Windham a look at how a wrestling promotion is operated on a much bigger scale. “It was a bit chaotic on how they run on two days worth of material, but it gives you a real sense of what they do to make things work in a TV production,” Windham said. “I walked away really impressed with their operations.”

Like Cagle, Windham found the atmosphere backstage at the Impact tapings to be friendly, courteous and professional.

“In my opinion, they have a top-notch locker room.  Everyone there is nice and respectful. They happily joke around and have fun socializing with you,” Windham said. “There’s no sense of a huge ego with anyone  — no one there acted as if they were better than you. I felt extremely welcomed.”