WEEKLY OVERVIEW – IMPACT WRESTLING (thru 1/12): Homecoming Preview! Top stories of week, major show lineups, live event results, schedule of live events, noteworthy social media posts, more

By Landon Pipkin, PWTorch Contributor



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•Top Stories of the Week

  • At Homecoming, Impact announced that they will Simulcast Impact episodes on Twitch TV… LINK
  • Earlier this week, Ed Nordholm made it public that Impact Wrestling is open to working with AEW. LINK
  • Next week on Impact, Rich Swann will defend his X-Division title against Trey Miguel. LINK
  • Impact management held a backstage meeting with talent in Nashville to address rumors of a possible sale. It’s reported that management was positive and reassuring that Impact was not and is not for sale. LINK
  • Backstage reporter McKenzie Mitchell has left Impact Wrestling as she gave her notice during Homecoming weekend. LINK

•Live Event Results

1/6/2019 – IMPACT WRESTLING “HOMECOMING” PPV EVENT
NASHVILLE, TENN. AT THE FAIRGROUNDS

  1. Rich Swann defeated Jake Crist, Ethan Page, and Trey Miguel – Ultimate X Match for the vacant X-Division Championship
  2. Allie & Su Yung defeated Kiera Hogan & Jordynne Grace – Tag Team match
  3. Eddie Edwards defeated Moose – Falls Count Anywhere match.
  4. Sami Callihan defeated Willie Mack – Singles match.
  5. Eli Drake defeated Abyss – Monster’s Ball match.
  6. LAX (c) defeated The Lucha Bros – Impact World Tag Team Championship match.
  7. Taya Valkyrie defeated Tessa Blanchard (c) – Impact Knockouts Championship match. Gail Kim was the Special Guest Referee
  8. Johnny Impact (c) defeated Brian Cage – Impact World Championship match

Check out my detailed report HERE.

1/7/2019 – IMPACT WRESTLING TV TAPINGS
NASHVILLE, TENN. AT THE FAIRGROUNDS

SPOILERS

1/11/2019 – IMPACT WRESTLING TV TAPINGS
Mexico City, Mex. At Frontón México

SPOILERS

1/12/2019 – IMPACT WRESTLING TV TAPINGS
Mexico City, Mex. At Frontón México

SPOILERS


•Upcoming Major Show Line-up

TBA


•Upcoming Events

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: (1/11 Impact Wrestling)

Impact Wrestling from Jan. 11, 2019, from The Asylum, in Nashville, Tenn. Aired on Pursuit/Twitch.tv at 10 p.m. EST.

Announcers: Josh Matthews and Don Callis.

(1) Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix defeated Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz (9:00)

(2) Willie Mack defeated Sami Callihan (10:40)

(3) Tessa Blanchard defeated Cali Collins (2:20)

(4) Killer Kross defeated Johnny Impact (13:00) – No disqualification non-title match.

See detailed report HERE.

•LATEST PWTORCH LIVECAST COVERING IMPACT

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•Impact in the Media

  • In a recent interview, Tessa Blanchard spoke about her 2019 Goals, her thoughts on Chris Jericho, and Impact’s move to Pursuit. In regards to the move to Pursuit Channel, Blanchard said that Impact isn’t trying to compete with anyone and that Impact is, simply, an alternative. LINK
  • Ed Nordholm talked with Impact fans and media during Homecoming weekend. During the press conference, Nordholm was asked if Impact would have similarities to the attitude era. Nordholm said, “The limitations of a prime time broadcast program are to find the edges that are in line and maybe sometimes you get too close to the fire and get burned, and maybe we’ll be criticized for not going far enough… I don’t think we’ll see the Attitude Era.” LINK

•Social Media Scene


•Closing Commentary

At Homecoming, Impact announced they will simulcast episodes of Impact live on Twitch every Friday night. In return, Josh Mathews said they wanted to reach 15,000 paid subscribers by March 1st, 2019. Subscribers are paid supporters of a Twitch channel and there are three price tiers for subscribers to choose from: $4.99/month, $9.99/month, and $24.99/month. You can also link an Amazon Prime account and subscribe for free. With all that being said, you can watch Impact completely free on Twitch (you just won’t get a subscriber badge and ad-free viewing).

I applaud Impact management for recognizing that moving to Pursuit was a downgrade (whether they admit it or not) and something else needed to be done. Twitch is a popular site with millions of viewers a day, and Impact already runs monthly Twitch specials on their channel.

Unfortunately, Impact wants 15,000 paid-subscribers by March 1st, 2019. When I was watching Impact this week, the highest viewership number was 11,000. So, as you can tell, the original paid subscriber goal is clearly not possible at this time. My guess is Impact has under 5,000 subscribers on Twitch right now, and reaching close to 10,000 subscribers would be quite the accomplishment.


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

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