OVW holding benefit tonight for Tough Enough alum Matt Cappotelli, Impact viewership with key metrics, Heenan collection and podcast

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

Bobby Heenan (art by Joel Tesch © PWTorch)


-Many former OVW students and famous wrestlers will gather tonight for a special fundraiser for Matt Cappotelli who is facing a recurrence of brain cancer. The brain cancer is back and a portion of it is inoperable. “The fans can expect expect tomorrow to have a wonderful show, a real family-oriented show to bring your wife, kids, grandma or grandfather and have a great time for a great cause to help a great person,” said professional wrestler Al Snow. Attend the event at Davis Arena  (4400 Shepherdsville Road in Louisville, Ky.). There will be a 5:30 p.m. meet-and-greet. The bell time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and every penny is expected to go toward Cappotelli’s medical expenses. STORY LINK

-Thursday’s episode of Impact on Pop TV drew 277,000 viewers, a rebound from the last who weeks which drew some of Impact’s lowest all-time viewership numbers of 239,000 and 227,000. It was still below the 294,631 2017 average. The ten-week rolling average headed into this week was 283,000. The year-ago viewership was a full 100,000 higher. The 2016 average through this week was 360,000.

-Impact Wrestling’s “Global Forged” talent search segment featuring Impact creative executive Scott D’Amore is available online, which included three Great North Wrestling wrestlers Max Testosterone, HANNIBAL, Eve, and Ad Hutchinson, among others, talking about their goal of getting chosen for an Impact Wrestling contract. Watch the segment HERE.

-WWE has put together a collection of Bobby Heenan clips in their latest WWE Network Collection HERE. Be sure to also check out the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from Friday featuring two lengthy interviews discussing Bobby Heenan’s career, first with longtime Nick Bockwinkel fan club president and former AWA announcer Mick Karch who followed Heenan’s career closely from the start in 1969 through his departure in 1984. Then Sean Mooney, who worked with Heenan for years during their time in the WWF on Prime Time Wrestling and doing interviews together. Access that episode HERE or subscribe in iTunes HERE.

NOW CHECK OUT THIS REPORT: Smackdown Rating: Did ratings surge for Vince McMahon headbutt last week lead to a sustained increase this week? (w/Keller’s Analysis)

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