The following is the latest in a new series of weekly in-depth articles exclusive to PWTorch which will help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.
•Top Stories of the Week
- Impact Wrestling’s next PPV event is Rebellion and will take place on April 28, from The Rebel Entertainment Complex, in Toronto. LINK
- PWInsider reported that in May, Impact Wrestling will run two TV tapings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the 2300 Arena. LINK
- Impact Wrestling and Major League Wrestling have collaborated and decided to not run shows against each other on April 4th, 2019, during Wrestlemania weekend. Originally, Impact co-promoted a show with House of Glory that would run head to head with MLW’s Fusion TV tapings. Impact broke off from House of Glory and are now promoting “United We Stand” with WrestlePro on April 4th, 2019, at 11 pm in New Jersey. LINK
- Tickets for Rebellion in Toronto will go on sale March 4, 2019. LINK
•Live Event Results
2/2/2019 – Brace for Impact, London Music Hall, London, Ont.
(1) Kevin Bennett defeated Carter Mason and Sebastian Suave (w/ Anthony James) – Three-Way Match
(2) Rosemary defeated Xandra Bale, Dark Allie, KC Spinelli – Four-Way Match
(3) “Psycho” Mike Rollins defeated Cody Deaner
(4) Mark Wheeler defeated Kyle Boone
(5) Halal Beefcake (Idris Abraham & Joe Coleman) defeated The Pillars (c) (Tyson Dux & Brent Banks) – Elimination Tables Match for the SMASH Tag Team Championships
(6) The Rascalz (Trey & Wentz) defeated oVe (Jake & Dave Crist)
(7) Tarik (c) defeated Scotty O’Shea – SMASH Championship Match
(8) Johnny Impact (c) defeated Sami Callihan – IMPACT World Championship Match
Detailed results HERE.
•Upcoming Major Show Line-up: Rebellion in Toronto
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.
4/04/2019 – United We Stand, Rahway Rec Center, Rahway, N.J.
•Latest TV Highlights: (2/1 Impact Wrestling)
Impact Wrestling from Feb. 1, 2019, from Mexico City, Mex. At Frontón México. Aired on Pursuit/Twitch.tv at 10 p.m. EST.
Announcers: Josh Matthews and Don Callis.
(1) The Lucha Brothers & Taurus defeated LAX & Daga
(2) Kiera Hogan & Jordynne Grace defeated Dark Allie & Su Yung
(3) Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards defeated The Rascalz
(4) Psycho Clown defeated Fallah Bahh
(5) Moose & Killer Kross defeated Johnny Impact & Brian Cage
Detailed Results HERE.
•LATEST PWTORCH DAILYCAST COVERING IMPACT
PWTorch.com’s Mike McMahon and Andrew Soucek discuss the possibility of Dean Ambrose going to AEW. They also break down the results and news items coming out of MLW Superfight. Pentagon and Fenix are headed to AEW? They review Impact Twitch and YouTube numbers, and it looks like the Undead Realm is popular.
•Impact in the Media
- In a recent interview with Jim Ross, Tessa Blanchard confirmed that she will be with Impact Wrestling until 2020. Blanchard said, she is happy working with Impact and WOW and that she has never been motivated by money. LINK
- Eli Drake recently spoke with Wrestling and discussed his thoughts on wrestling’s landscape and his time with Impact Wrestling. Drake also mentioned that he likes when wrestling is geared towards adults. He said, If you look at WWE 1998-99, was it over the top? Sure it was, but they were still doing well.” LINK 1, LINK 2
- Scarlett Bordeaux was recently a guest on the WINCLY podcast with Nick Hausman. Bordeaux mentioned in the interview that she was initally considered for other postions before Impact decided to put her in the Knockouts Division. She also said that she was not surprised by all the attention her video with Scott Steiner got on Youtube. LINK
- On the WINCLY podcast, Taya Valkyrie revealed her thoughts on Scarlett Bordeaux and Jordynne Grace. She praised both wrestlers and said they each bring something unique to the Knockouts Divison. Valkyrie also mentioned she has always dreamed of being a world champion in an American federation and winning at Homecoming made that dream come true. When asked about being a world champion alongside her husband, Johnny Impact, she said, “It’s just really cool to be sharing in this moment with him especially since we’ve both worked so hard to get to this point individually through our careers and coming from different kind of parts of pro wrestling, it’s just really a great way to start 2019.” LINK 1, LINK 2
•Social Media Scene
NEXT WEEK ON IMPACT!
LAX vs. Lucha Bros for the World Tag Team Titles@PumaKingOficial vs. @TheSamiCallihan @AllieImpact vs. @HoganKnowsBest3 @Willie_Mack and @GottaGetSwann vs. @TheJakeCrist and @TheDaveCrist #IMPACT pic.twitter.com/he3E8REdlU
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 2, 2019
We're extremely excited to announce that our next PPV event – Rebellion – will come to you LIVE from The Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto on April 28th!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 2, 2019
Somebody call @peta.
— The DRAW (@TheSamiCallihan) February 4, 2019
Cool video! Thanks! https://t.co/frIeqLgYd8
— Tessa Blanchard (@Tess_Blanchard) February 3, 2019
When times were better and I'd miss impact to be at your wedding….but thanks! https://t.co/j4stxJk2Rn
— Brian Cage (@MrGMSI_BCage) February 2, 2019
Earlier this week, Impact Wrestling announced its next PPV event, Rebellion, which will take place on April 27th, 2019, in Toronto, Canada. Rebellion will be Impact’s second PPV of 2019 and will be the last PPV event before Slammiversary.
I attended the NJPW New Beginning USA tour in Charlotte on Friday night, which means I was unable to watch Impact live this week. Unfortunately, Impact doesn’t archive new episodes of Impact on Twitch, which left me with no options to watch Friday’s show. This has been a major issue for me ever since the change in networks. Most people, including me, have way better things to do on a Friday night than sit at home and watch an episode of Impact.
In my opinion, there is a simple solution to this problem, and that is to make new episodes of Impact available on the weekend. This seems like a very simple solution, and I’m not sure why it’s not being done. Maybe there are contractual obligations that are forcing Impact to wait weeks to release episodes of Impact, but Impact has been silent and has not addressed the problem. If it’s a way to drive traffic to the GWN app weeks after an episode is released, there is a solution to that problem as well. Simply, make episodes of Impact available as a VOD for all paid subscribers on Twitch. I doubt this will boost subscribers over their 15,000 subscriber goal, but it will definitely attract more paid users than the GWN app is.
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