WEEKLY OVERVIEW – IMPACT WRESTLING (thru 11/3): Impact viewership tops 100,000, Josh Matthews downplays timeslot change, schedule, big event updates, social media, interview highlights, commentary

By Landon Pipkin, PWTorch Contributor


•Top Stories of the Week

-Thursday’s Impact Wrestling episode, drew 105,000 viewers which is up 7 percent from last week’s all-time low of 98,000 viewers. (PWTorch Report)

-Impact announced that next week a special episode of Impact will air named, Final Hour.

-Jordynne Grace will make her Impact Wrestling debut next week at Final Hour.

-Impact announced a One Night Only PPV event, New Beginnings, which will take place on January 26th in Hazleton, Pa.

-Every episode of Impact from 2005 is now available on the Global Wrestling Network.

•Live Event Results


10/27/2018-10/31/2018 – Chris Jericho Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager At Sea (SPOILERS)

•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: Homecoming in Nashville

Impact Homecoming
January 6, 2019
Nashville, Tenn. at the Fairgrounds

No matches announced.

•Upcoming Events

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.

1/26/2019 – One Night Only: New Beginnings, Holy Family Academy, Hazleton, Pa.

3/22/2019 – IMPACT Tapings, St. Clair College, Windsor, Ont.

3/23/2019 – IMPACT Tapings, St. Clair College, Windsor, Ont.

•Latest TV Highlights: (11/1 Impact Wrestling)

Impact Wrestling from Nov. 1, 2018, from The Melrose Ballroom in Queens, New York. Aired on Pop TV at 10 p.m. EST.

Announcers: Josh Matthews and Don Callis.

(1) Rich Swann defeated Willie Mack

-Backstage, Sami Callihan invited Brian Cage to Ohio for a match. He stated the X Division title will be relevant when he wins it.

-In-ring, Gama Singh announced the “new” Desi Hit Squad, Rohit Raju & Raj Singh.

(2) The Desi Hit Squad (w/Gama Singh) defeated The Beach Bums

-Konnan told LAX he didn’t like Matt Sydal and his “hippie” things. He said tonight Sydal & Page will get what they asked for.

-From Rockstar Pro in Ohio, Sami Callihan defeated a Brian Cage Imposter. After the match, Callihan declared himself the new X Division Champion.

(3) Taya Valkyrie defeated Tessa Blanchard (c) via disqualification; Blanchard retained the Knockouts Championship.

-A video package aired promoting Johnny Impact vs. Killer Kross, next week, at Final Hour.

-Backstage, Brian Cage accepted Sami Callihan’s offer from earlier in the show. Next week, Cage will go one-on-one against Callihan.

(4) LAX (w/Konnan) (c) defeated Matt Sydal & Ethan Page to retain the Impact Tag Team Championship

-Backstage, Allie told Kiera Hogan that ever since she left the undead realm, she has felt a darkness and void inside of her. Hogan said they would finish this together, and she would be with Allie until the end.

(5) Pentagon Jr. (w/Fenix) defeated Homicide (w/King & Hernandez)

-After the match, the OGz hit the ring and beat up Pentagon Jr. & Fenix.

-A video package aired promoting Final Hour.

For a more detailed report and analysis check out the full PWTorch.com TV Report HERE.

•LATEST PWTORCH LIVECAST COVERING IMPACT: PWTorch.com’s Mike McMahon and Andrew Soucek discuss Impact Wrestling! They take listener emails on the GWN App, Desi Hit Squad, Killer Kross, and Willie Mack. They also talk about Tessa Blanchard retaining her Knockouts Title, LAX defending the tag titles, as well as Pentagon vs. Homicide and more! They open the show discussing Impact’s 98,000 viewership last week, and if this could be the beginning of the end for them on Pop TV.

-On Tune In Radio HERE
-On Apple Podcasts HERE
-Or search “Wade Keller” on your podcast app of choice

•Impact in the Media

-Josh Mathews discussed Impact ratings during a media call with Wrestling Inc’s, Nick Hausman. Mathews was very persistent in discussing the demographics, not the overnight rating. He also made it clear that Impact officials are not overreacting to the one-week rating. (LINK)

-Taya Valkyrie was the guest on this week’s Impact Wrestling Press Pass Podcast. She discussed her ups and downs of last year including, buying a house, becoming a US Citizen, and making her Impact return. (LINK)

-Eli Drake was interviewed by Alicia Atout on Gimmie Your Answers. He discussed disliking high-flying wrestling, thoughts on social media, and promos. (LINK)

-Eddie Edwards was interviewed on the Hairy Wrestling Fan podcast. Edwards discussed his roots with the UK wrestling scene, time with NOAH, and the baseball bat incident. (LINK)

•Social Media Scene



•Closing Commentary

Impact Wrestling aired footage from the Rockstar Pro Arena on this week’s Impact. Next week, Impact will also feature a match that was taped in the same arena.

In my opinion, it’s hard to perceive Impact as a “Major” professional wrestling company when its airing matches from an Indy show. The Rockstar Pro Arena is poorly lit and looks terrible on television. It’s difficult to take this company seriously when it’s being presented in this way.

Scott D’Amore and Don Callis have been running Impact for over a year now. It’s time they’re held accountable for how Impact is being run. Sami Callihan versus Brain Cage should have taken place at the Melrose ballroom, not the Rockstar Pro Arena. Hopefully, this is one of the last times Impact will air matches from an indy event.

On a positive note, since Bound for Glory, Impact’s TV show has been enjoyable to watch. The additions of Willie Mack and Ethan Page have freshened up the Impact roster. Jordynne Grace will also provide a new look for the Knockouts division, as she will make her debut next week. It’s a shame that so few people are watching Impact, as they have one of the best Women’s divisions in wrestling.


OR JUMP TO LAST WEEK’S IMPACT OVERVIEW: WEEKLY OVERVIEW – IMPACT WRESTLING (thru 10/28): Impact viewership crashes, Josh Matthews downplays timeslot change, schedule, big event updates, social media, interview highlights, commentary

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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