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Impact Wrestling announced today via press release to PWTorch.com and other media outlets that their weekly two hour show will be moving from Pursuit, with very limited reach on national cable systems, to AXS TV, which is available in over 50 million homes and is also home to other wrestling shows including New Japan and WOW. It will continue to stream live on Twitch, also.
They have not announced a night the show will air on, but all eyes are on Tuesday, Smackdown’s current timeslot which it vacates at the start of October when it moves to Fridays on Fox. Thursday is another possibility, although that would put it up against NFL and NBA games much of the year. It could also end up in a later timeslot immediately following Raw, Smackdown, or AEW and NXT. Impact moving to a stronger network creates five weeknight shows starting in October that will be first-run two or three hour programs. It’s easily the most original nationally distributed weeknight pro wrestling content in the industry’s history.
The show won’t premiere until after Impact’s Bound for Glory PPV event, which takes place Oct. 20. It seems like a missed opportunity not to debut on Tuesday, Oct. 1, the first Tuesday without Smackdown.
Impact touts its top stars as Brian Cage, Rob Van Dam Rhino, Moose, Eddie Edwards, Sami Callahan, Rich Swann, Michael Elgin, Gail Kim, Tessa Blanchard, Taya Valkyrie, Tenille Dashwood, Rosemary, Madison Rayne, and Su Yung,
The following are full details via the press release.
IMPACT Wrestling Announces Move to AXS TV
TORONTO – IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and one of the world’s largest professional wrestling organizations, announced today it has entered into an agreement to broadcast its flagship weekly two-hour program IMPACT! nationally across the U.S. on AXS TV, a leading music, sports, entertainment, and lifestyle channel in which Anthem Sports & Entertainment recently acquired a majority interest.
Immediately following Impact Wrestling’s biggest pay-per-view event of the year Bound For Glory, which takes place on Oct. 20 in Chicago, Impact will begin airing weekly on AXS TV. The program will continue to simulcast globally on Impact Wrestling’s official Twitch channel.
“Impact Wrestling is a perfect fit for AXS TV’s slate of live sporting events and combat sports content,” said Ed Nordholm, Chief Corporate Officer of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and President of IMPACT Wrestling. “The newest addition to our growing portfolio of media assets, AXS TV’s audience perfectly aligns with our passionate Impact Wrestling fan base, and this move increases the reach for our weekly program with distribution in over 50 million homes. We could not ask for a better home and are excited by the opportunities to work with Mark Cuban and Anschutz Entertainment Group, our partners in AXS TV, to bolster Impact Wrestling’s presence in the market, as we continue to deliver action-packed and innovative weekly programming featuring some of the most athletic and gifted stars in the professional wrestling industry.”
Showcasing top professional wrestling stars such as Impact World Champion Brian Cage, plus Rob Van Dam, Rhino, Moose, Eddie Edwards, Sami Callihan, Rich Swann, Michael Elgin, the high-flying X-Division and the Knockouts, including Gail Kim, Tessa Blanchard, Taya Valkyrie, Tenille Dashwood, Rosemary, Madison Rayne and Su Yung, Impact has been a leading destination for professional wrestling fans, televised globally in 120 countries since its inception in 2002, while growing its popularity and reach on YouTube, Twitch, Pluto, and social media platforms.
About Impact Wrestling: Impact Wrestling is one of the world’s largest wrestling entertainment properties, creating more than 300 hours of original content annually across television and other digital platforms. Impact Wrestling specializes in creating premium content, events, products, merchandise and music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers. Its highly successful flagship, Impact, is broadcast globally, including AXS TV and Twitch in the United States, Fight Network and GameTV in Canada, Sony ESPN in India, 5STAR and Fight Network in the United Kingdom, SuperSport in Africa, and MVStv in Mexico. Impact Wrestling is a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. For more information visit www.impactwrestling.com.
About AXS TV: Launched in 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban in conjunction with AEG, AXS TV has established itself as the premier destination for music and entertainment programming, and is the newest addition to the Anthem Sports & Entertainment portfolio. The network delivers an eclectic programming roster that includes original series, live concerts, music documentaries, live wrestling and mixed martial arts. AXS TV is currently available nationally in the United States and parts of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For a list of providers, visit www.axs.tv/subscribe. For more information, visit www.axs.tv.