WEEKLY OVERVIEW – IMPACT WRESTLING (thru 10/20): Bound for Glory fallout, contract singings, schedule, big event updates, social media, interview highlights, commentary

By Landon Pipkin, PWTorch Contributor


 •Top Stories of the Week

-At Bound for Glory, Impact Wrestling announced its next pay-per-view, Homecoming, Live from The Asylum on January 6th.

-Austin Aries contract with Impact Wrestling allegedly ended at Bound For Glory, reported ProWrestlingSheet.

-Jordynne Grace has signed a two-year deal with Impact Wrestling according to PWInsider.

-Sami Callihan has signed a new deal with Impact Wrestling according to PWInsider.

-Impact Wrestling has hired former WWE Executive Andrew Whitaker: PWTorch Report

-Impact Wrestling viewership drops below 200K for the third consecutive week: PWTorch Report


•Live Event Results

10/14/2018 – Bound for Glory, Melrose Ballroom, Queens, N.Y.

(1) Rich Swann & Willie Mack defeated Matt Sydal & Ethan Page – Tag team match.

(2) Eli Drake defeated James Ellsworth – Singles match.

(3) Tessa Blanchard (c) defeated Taya Valkyrie – Singles match for the Impact Knockouts Championship.

(4) Eddie Edwards defeated Moose (via disqualification) – Singles match.

(5) Eddie Edwards & Tommy Dreamer defeated Moose & Killer Kross – No Disqualification Tag team match.

(6) oVe defeated Brian Cage & Fénix & Pentagón Jr. – oVe rules match.

(7) LAX defeated OGz – Concrete Jungle Deathmatch.

(8) Johnny Impact (w/Taya Valkyrie) defeated Austin Aries (c) (w/Killer Kross & Moose) – Singles match for the Impact World Championship.

For a more detailed report and analysis check out Mike McMahon’s PWTorch Report.

*Spoilers*

10/15/2018 – Impact TV Taping, Melrose Ballroom, Queens, N.Y. – REPORT

10/16/2018 – Impact TV Taping, Melrose Ballroom, Queens, N.Y. – REPORT


•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: Homecoming in Nashville

Impact Homecoming
January 6, 2018
Nashville, Tenn. at the Fairgrounds

No matches announced.


•Upcoming Events

10/27/2018-10/31/2018 – Chris Jericho Rock N Wrestling Rager At Sea

11/11/2018 – Impact Vegas, Sam’s Town Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.

11/12/2018 – Impact Vegas, Sam’s Town Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.

11/13/2018 – Impact Vegas, Sam’s Town Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.

11/30/2018 – Gold Rush, Newark Pavilion, Newark, Calif.

12/1/2018 – One Night Only: Back to Cali, Salinas Pal Youth Center, Salinas, Calif.

1/6/2019 – Homecoming, The Asylum, Nashville, Tenn.


•Latest TV Highlights: (10/18 Impact Wrestling)

Impact Wrestling from Oct. 18, 2018, from The Melrose Ballroom in Queens, New York. Aired on Pop TV at 8 p.m. EST.

Announcers: Josh Matthews and Don Callis.

-In ring, Johnny Impact cut a promo stating he has always done things his way in life. Impact said anyone who he feels deserves a title shot will get a championship shot. Fenix came out and made his claim for deserving a world title opportunity. Impact agreed with him, setting up next week’s main event for the world title.

-Backstage, McKenzie Mitchell interviewed Tommy Dreamer. He challenged Moose to a match later tonight.

(1) Taya Valkyrie defeated Katarina

-Backstage, Matt Sydal was showing Ethan Page how to use his third eye.

-Outside the arena, Gama Singh walked up to Rohit Raju and hit him with a broom. Gama said Raju passed the first test, but next week he must pass the ultimate test, defeating him, Gama Singh.

(2) Ethan Page defeated Trevor Lee

-Backstage, Kiera Hogan found Allie, who dyed her hair dark. Hogan asked her if she was okay, and Allie said everything was great. Allie was jittery in this segment, something seemed off.

(3) Killer Kross (w/Moose) defeated Tommy Dreamer – via referee stoppage

-Backstage, McKenzie Mitchell interviewed Eli Drake. He said that what happened at Bound for Glory was a conspiracy. Drake said he would sue Impact for an unsafe work environment.

-LAX was at a bar celebrating their victory over the OGz. King approached them saying the bosses said they could keep a piece of New York, but LAX and the OGz had to stay on their designated sides.

(4) Allie (w/Kiera Hogan) defeated Alisha Edwards

(5) Brian Cage defeated Rich Swann – X-Division Championship Match

-After the match, Sami Callihan rushed to the ring and got in Cage’s face. Callihan pointed at the footage of him pinning Cage at BFG. Callihan tried to hit Cage but he countered and demolished Callihan with a lariat. The Crist brothers tried to make the save, but Cage drill clawed Jake Crist. Impact went off the air as Callihan and Dave dragged Jake backstage.

For a more detailed report and analysis check out Mike McMahon’s PWTorch Report.


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•Impact in the Media

-Eddie Edwards spoke with Kevin Kellam of Wrestlezone.com earlier this week. Edwards discussed what he’s most looking forward to with Impact Wrestling. He also commented on getting hit with a baseball bat by Sami Callihan earlier this year. (LINK)

-Brian Cage was interviewed this week by Nick Hausman of Wrestling Inc. Cage discussed his frustration with not defending his X-Division Championship at Bound for Glory. He also gave his thoughts on All In weekend and how he thought it went. (LINK)

-Don Callis was interviewed on the NotSam Wrestling Podcast this week. Callis told how he got back into wrestling after his retirement. How he became interested in Impact when Leonard Asper purchased the company. Callis also gave his insights on what he believes makes a great heel commentator.

-Impact Knockouts Champion, Tessa Blanchard joined the Busted Open crew after Bound for Glory this week. Tessa said she was at a lost for words when she saw what happened after the main event at BFG. She also reveals the best advice she received from her dad, stepdad, and grandfather. (LINK)

-Brian Cage was also interviewed on Busted Open this week where he discussed Bound for Glory, Austin Aries, and Bodybuilding. He compared the ending to BFG to the ending of UFC 229, in the sense that people are talking about the antics afterwards, not the actual PPV.

-Sami Callihan was a guest on Busted Open this week. In response to the Austin Aries controversy at BFG, Callihan said, “F— Austin Aries.” Towards the end of the interview, he claimed Impact management has faith in him and he wants to be apart of change within the company.


•Social Media Scene


•Closing Commentary

Impact viewership has dropped below 200,000 viewers for the third consecutive week. Coming off Impact’s biggest show of the year, Bound for Glory, this is a terrible look for the company. To make matters worse, starting next week Impact’s start time will be moved back two hours.

There are conflicting reports whether the Austin Aries controversy is a work or a shoot. If it’s a shoot and Aries has departed, Impact Wrestling has lost its biggest star. Maybe it’s a work and Impact has produced one of the best work/shoot angles in the history of wrestling. Only time will tell what really went on after the main event.

The recent additions of Ethan Page, Willie Mack, and Jordynne Grace will help bolster the Impact roster if used properly. But Impact needs extensive work done to its tag team division. It seems the LAX versus OGz feud has ended for now, but what team is next for a title opportunity? Moose & Killer Kross could be an option, but with Impact’s need for a heel challenger in the world title picture, I’m not sure how you justify Moose & Kross in a tag-team feud.

Hopefully, Impact will only see a slight drop in ratings as they move to 10 p.m. ET. next week. Unfortunately, it seems Pop TV has given up on Impact and without support from a TV network, this could be the beginning of the end for Impact Wrestling.

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Landon Pipkin has been a pro wrestling MMA fan for over a decade. e is from Raleigh, North Carolina. Find him on Twitter @pipkinbrand. Email: pipkinlandon@gmail.com

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