I have to say that I am actually really happy that I've been able to keep doing this series weekly, because it's becoming less of a chore and instead something I actually enjoy watching on a weekly basis. This week's episode of Impact made me feel like I was watching some classic studio wrestling from back in the territory days which is something that has been missing from pro-wrestling nowadays. Like I've mentioned in the past as long as Impact doesn't go to far over board with the outlandish and crazy stuff they have really good product and have been building some positive momentum. I'd also be adverse to not mention Ken Shamrock in his 50's has a better look some of the youngsters in wrestling right now, because even in his 50's Ken could still kick my ass.
With the biggest PPV event of Impact's year less than a month away it's time to narrow the focus and move our attention to the main event of that night. Impact World Champion Brian Cage is by far the most freakisly athletic talent for his size in wrestling period. Other than MJF and Baron Corbin the "Draw" Sami Callahan is the only pure heel in wrestling. In reality he didn't need to anything to get heat, but whacking Melissa Santos with a bottle and breaking it over her head on wedding day man.... Callahan is the best heel Impact Wrestling has had in over a decade no doubt about that. Callahan wanted the "Machine" after this week I'm interested let's see where this goes as October 20 draws closer!!
It's been a long time since I wrote two articles about Impact Wrestling in the span of a week especially both of them being positive. However, it's been a while since enough good news has been written about the wrestling promotion to warrant such attention. Right now the parent company of Impact Wrestling to be making moves in the business world in attempt to help grow the reach of the sports and entertainment networks. According to a Multichannel News article previously Anthem's networks were available in about 45 million homes in the US and Canada with the deal now done for AXS TV that moves the number up to about 150 million homes worldwide, including about 110 million homes served by multichannel video programming distributors.
In a quote taken from the previously mentioned Multichannel news article: “We want to grow with as much proprietary content as we can,” Asper said, adding that the company's other major purchase -- Impact Wrestling in 2017-- was made in part for its 3,000-hour library of classic wrestling matches. “That’s a very important part of our growth plan, owning content. We believe owning the content and putting it on our channels, but also having it on other people’s platforms as well. I call that untethered vertical integration.”
I have been a fan of Impact Wrestling for over a decade at this point and I have never heard management speak so positively and highly of Impact Wrestling in the history of the company. Speaking of putting Impact in a different position this purchase opens more eyes for Impact Wrestling as AXS has more of a reach than Pursuit did, but this isn't the end of expanding for Impact Wrestling. I wanted to split these articles up, because there was a lot of information to go through and I wanted to make sure it was easier to follow.
This was one of those shows where it was a mixture of both good and bad things so let's focus on the good and ignore the bad. Impact has a hard time with not going to far with angles not really thinking about how difficult it would be to suspend our disbelief. Even though most wrestling companies don't focus on this aspect of wrestling anymore even though suspension of disbelief is still one of the most important parts of investing in wrestling. Admittedly, though the good parts of the show did overshadow the bad parts of the show making for a solid show.
The one part that I wanted to focus on is the continuation of Ace Austin vs Eddie Edwards feud mixing things up by bringing Alisha Edwards back in the feud, using his injury from last week as a source of pity. I said this last week that I hated this feud at first and things changed last week with them attempting to get sympathy for Ace after the injury. Now they are adding more depth to the feud as Ace is now looking like a devious heel looking to take advantage of the well meaning lady. I know that I am very interested in this feud, because when I can put aside the bad stuff and focus on the good that means they have my attention. Tessa vs Sami has my attention to, but since there really wasn't any major advancement for this feud on this show Austin vs Eddie got the focus.
One thing that I haven't done in a very long time is talk about current Impact Wrestling. Even though I haven't always tuned in on Youtube or on Television I have been watching more since Don Callis & Scott D'Amore took over the direction of the company and they have straightened out Impact for the better. Overall if I could watch Impact I probably would but with the move to a new channel I don't currently get the channels, but that's why I love the fact that they do the highlights for each episode. Side note as I think it will continue to build for the next few weeks, but the return of Mahabli Shera was really put over by Josh Matthews as a big deal and the expansion of Gama Singh's group is a pleasant sight, because it's different.
The two moments from Impact that I wanted to focus on first included a feud that I didn't really like or understand when I first saw it. However, now I get it and I like what Ace Austin and Eddie Edwards are doing together as the purpose the feud seems a little clearer now with it being similar to either respect must be earned type of thing or young vs old type of feud. I also feel like Eddie might be drifting either toward a heel or a tweener after the attack on Ace as it seemed like they were trying to get some sympathy on the youngster.
The other part I wanted to mention was the main event which included Sami Callahan, Tessa Blanchard, Tommy Dreamer, and Jake Crist. I for one love the direction Impact has gone with Sami and think he is unlike anyone else in wrestling right now. As far as the brawl that ended the show I don't mind inter-gender wrestling as long as it is still believable once you loose the believably factor I checked out. I enjoyed the ending and like that you could feel the intensity. I hope for the best from Impact Wrestling especially with the wrestling war around the corner between WWE and AEW.
On Tuesday, July 19 the landscape of pro-wrestling will change once again when the long time B show of the WWE Smackdown goes live on Tuesday nights on the USA Network. With this being the case it has lead to some to question if this means that Impact Wrestling will be switching days or moving from Tuesday to prevent "war" between Smackdown and TNA that may transpire. I am aware at this point the idea of being both a WWE & TNA may be foreign to someone you, but they do exist and they are called wrestling fans you know people who just like it because it's pro-wrestling.
I will say that in most every fascet of the sports and pop culture world the idea of competition is a good thing especially in pro-wrestling just look at the Monday Night Wars. I am not saying that seeing Smackdown and Impact go head to head on Tuesday nights will lead to another Monday Night Wars but what I am saying is that a new war doesn't have to happen on Monday. Last year we had 4 companies running their television shows on the same day in ROH, TNA, House of Hardcore, and NXT this would later bring the day to be called Wrestling Wednesday and fast forward a year we still have ROH, Lucha, NXT on Wednesday. But now TNA has jumped to Tuesday and will have a partner very soon as Smackdown will be heading to Tuesday nights on July 19. I honestly think this could be a good test for TNA and I hope that they are both ready for the test and excited about it cause I know I am.
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