•Top Stories of the Week
- Thursday’s Impact Wrestling episode, drew 140,000 viewers which is the best rating received since the change in time slots to 10 p.m. EST. (SOURCE)
- Impact Wrestling’s Youtube channel reached two million subscribers this past week. In celebration of this achievement, Impact has released multiple full events for free. See link for a full list. LINK
- The Ultimate X field is set for Homecoming as Jake Crist, Ethan Page, Rich Swann, and Trey Miguel have all qualified. (SOURCE)
- Eddie Edwards will face Moose in a falls count anywhere match at Homecoming. (SOURCE)
•Live Event Results
12/14/2018 – Ohio vs. Everything, Rockstar Pro Arena, Dayton, Ohio
(1) Zachary Wentz defeated Jeremiah
(2) The Killer Death Machines (Jessicka Havok & Nevaeh) defeated Samantha Heights & Allie
(3) Moose defeated Mad Man Fulton
(4) LAX (Santana & Ortiz) defeated The Dirty (Brandon Edwards & Austin Mannix), The Besties In The World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) – Triple Threat match for the Impact World Tag-Team Championships.
(5) Jon Murray defeated Stone Rockwell
(6) Trey Miguel defeated Kevin Bennett, Clayton Gainz, Matt Sydal, Ace Austin, Ron Mathis – Mosh Pit Scramble
(7) Eddie Edwards defeated Larry D
(8) oVe (Sami Callihan & Dave Crist & Jake Crist) defeated The Night Ryderz (Aaron Williams & Dustin Rayz & Alex Colon) – oVe Rules match.
•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: Homecoming in Nashville
January 6, 2019
Nashville, Tenn. at the Fairgrounds
- Johnny Impact (c) vs. Brian Cage – Impact World Championship match.
- Tessa Blanchard (c) vs. Taya Valkyrie – Impact Knockouts Championship match.
- Jake Crist vs. Ethan Page vs. Rich Swann vs. Trey Miguel – Ultimate X Match for the vacant X-Division Championship.
- LAX (c) vs. The Lucha Bros – Impact World Tag Team Championship match.
- Eli Drake vs. Abyss – Monster’s Ball match.
- Eddie Edwards vs. Moose – Falls Count Anywhere match.
(More matches haven’t been announced, but are listed HERE.)
1/6/2019 – Homecoming, The Asylum, Nashville, Tenn.
1/7/2019 – Impact Live, The Asylum, Nashville, Tenn.
1/11/2019 – Impact Live, Gran Casino Fronton, Mexico City, Mexico.
1/12/2019 – Impact Live, Gran Casino Fronton, Mexico City, Mexico.
1/25/2019 – Battle of Brooklyn, St. Pats CYO Sports, Brooklyn, N.Y.
1/26/2019 – One Night Only: New Beginnings, Holy Family Academy, Hazleton, Pa.
2/2/2019 – Brace for Impact, London Music Hall, London, Ont.
2/15/2019 – Impact Live, Sam’s Town Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
2/16/2019 – Impact Live, Sam’s Town Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
2/17/2019 – Impact Live, Sam’s Town Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
3/22/2019 – Impact Tapings, St. Clair College, Windsor, Ont.
3/23/2019 – Impact Tapings, St. Clair College, Windsor, Ont.
4/4/2019 – Culture Clash 2019, 9112 144th Place, Queens, N.Y
•Latest TV Highlights: (12/14 Impact Wrestling)
Impact Wrestling from Dec. 14, 2018, from Sam’s Town Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Aired on Pop TV at 10 p.m. EST.
Announcers: Josh Matthews and Don Callis.
(1) Rich Swann defeated Dave Crist (w/oVe) – Ultimate X qualifying match
-In the Ring, Josh Mathews interviewed Taya Valkyrie and Knockouts champion, Tessa Blanchard. Mathews then announced that Impact officials signed Gail Kim to be the special guest referee for their match at Homecoming.
(2) Trey Miguel defeated Trevor Lee – Ultimate X qualifying match
-Backstage, Su Yung and Allie cut a promo.
-Konnan told LAX that he would not be ringside with them at Homecoming.
(3) Fenix (w/Pentagon) defeated Santana (w/Ortiz)
-Backstage, McKenzie Mitchell interviewed Killer Kross. Johnny Impact interrupted the interview and told Kross to stay away from him and his wife.
-Eli Drake visited Raven in the mental hospital.
(4) Jordynne Grace defeated Ruby Raze (w/Katarina)
(5) Brian Cage vs. Moose ended in a no contest when Eddie Edwards attacked Moose.
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 breaks down this week’s edition of Impact Wrestling! With Andrew Soucek on assignment, Mike takes listener emails and also plays a scenario game for what’s more likely in 2019 for Impact Wrestling. Mike also looks at Cage vs. Moose, Fenix vs. Santana, and the overall build for the Homecoming PPV on Jan. 6. Is Impact running best-of episodes the next two weeks a good idea? What’s in store for Impact in the new year?
•Impact in the Media
- The Rascalz were featured on this week’s episode of the Impact Wrestling Press Pass. They discussed their goals for 2019, Tag-Team aspirations, high flying moves, holiday plans and much more. LINK
- Sami Callihan joined Anthony Carelli and Alicia Atout on Behind the Lights. Callihan talked about working independent shows and helping out young and upcoming wrestlers. He also mentioned that one of his favorite places to wrestle is in Germany for wXw. LINK
- Konnan was featured on this week’s episode of the WINCLY Podcast with Nick Hausman. Konnan mentioned that Impact needs a “better” TV home to get back on track. He also gave his thoughts about the concrete jungle match at Bound for Glory. Konnan revealed that he was supposed to give his signature clothesline in the match, but after seeing how dangerous the ring became he scrapped that plan. LINK
- During WrestleCade weekend, Johnny Impact spoke with Michael Wiseman of Wrestling Inc. He said working with Impact Wrestling has given him more freedom to do things he wants to do. Impact mentioned he still sees Miz, Dolph Ziggler, and Zack Ryder a few times a year. He also didn’t rule out a reunion tour with The Miz, but said he is happy with his current situation. LINK
•Social Media Scene
BREAKING: At #IMPACTHomecoming we're going to turn them loose!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 14, 2018
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 10, 2018
What the hell are you talking about we are clearly posing for a pic. https://t.co/CYb3demZdD
— MR IMPACT WRESTLING (@TheMooseNation) December 10, 2018
— John Morrison (@TheRealMorrison) December 11, 2018
— MR IMPACT WRESTLING (@TheMooseNation) December 13, 2018
— Alisha (@MrsAIPAlisha) December 15, 2018
— The DRAW (@TheSamiCallihan) December 11, 2018
Impact Wrestling has recently brought in talents such as Jordynn Grace, Willie Mack, and The Rascalz, but they have also seen the departures of Austin Aries and Trevor Lee. Impact has to make more key signings in 2019 in order to stay somewhat relevant.
My first choice would be signing indy wrestling phenomenon Sammy Guevara. On TV in the United States, he has worked primarily for MLW and made a few sporadic appearances for Impact. Currently, he is signed to Aro Lucha, but it seems they have gone through a rough patch and it may be a while before they run more shows. I’m not sure how much Aro Lucha taped, but I would assume its 2-3 months of episodes. If Sammy Guevara can sign with a company, Impact should aggressively go after Guevara. He has unlimited potential and could easily fill the void left by Austin Aries.
MLW and Impact seem to have some sort of working relations as The Lucha Bros, Rich Swann, and Sami Callihan have all worked for both promotions in 2018. If nothing changes and this is the same for 2019, it would be cool to see Tom Lawler come in and challenge for the world title. Maybe we could see MLW and Impact have talent exchanged for a program and then return to their home promotion.
As I stated last week, 2019 is going to be a very interesting year for the wrestling industry. If Impact isn’t willing to be open-minded and spend money, it could be the beginning of the end. Also, the next two episodes of Impact will be “best of” episodes. What a way to kill any momentum they had going into the Homecoming PPV.
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