NEWS ITEMS: Jericho comments on Omega announcement, Impact viewership for first TV show in Ottawa, New Japan TV deal in India

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho (photo credit Adam Marantz © PWTorch)


-Impact Wrestling last night on Pop TV drew 250,000 viewers, down from the 275,000 last week, below the 2017 average of 289,000, well below the year-ago same-week viewership of 319,000, and slightly below the ten-week rolling average of 256,000. This came four days after their annual biggest PPV, “Bound for Glory,” and was the first show from a new set of tapings in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Check out Mike McMahon’s detailed report on last night’s telecast HERE.

-New Japan Pro Wrestling is set to air in India on a new network. Discovery Communications has announced that they have agreed to a deal with the promotion to broadcast New Japan Pro Wrestling on their new Indian channel DSport, which launched earlier this year. This will bring NJPW to over 70 million homes across the nation, a level comparable to Impact Wrestling’s potential U.S. market on Pop TV of 75 million homes. By comparison, the USA Network (Raw and Smackdown) is available in 96 million homes in the US. Impact Wrestling taped episodes of their weekly show on a tour in the country earlier this year and Jinder Mahal’s push in WWE has been a part of that company’s promotional push in India. Besides New Japan Pro Wrestling, DSport also airs Ring Of Honor and Lucha Underground in India. [Thanks to PWTorch reader Humanshu D]

-On SiriusXM’s Busted Open radio today, Chris Jericho talked about his upcoming match at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom. He said his match with Kenny Omega is a throwback to the ’80s when superstars would go overseas for matches and that this match pushes promotions to think more and be more creative, which ultimately is good for the pro wrestling business. He said that he vs. Kenny Omega happening in Japan is truly a special, once-in-a-lifetime match and has a unique mystique about it happening in Japan rather than the United States. (Busted Open with Dave Lagreca & co-hosts Bully Ray & Larry Dallas can be heard weekdays from 2p-4p Eastern Time only on SiriusXM Rush Channel 93 and is available any time on demand on the SiriusXM App.)


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