As I mentioned about a week ago Impact Wrestling are currently negotiating a new TV deal and are likely moving off POP TV for a new station in early 2019. It is very interesting to see how different the negotiating period has been compared to when they left Spike TV a few years ago. Now based on reports it seems like POP and Impact Wrestling have a great relationship as POP is allowing Impact to remain on the station until early 2019 as I mentioned earlier.
Currently, Impact is in talks with SyFy, TruTV, and WGN for a television deal after their current contract expires. According to a recent edition of the PWTorch Livecast one thing that drove a wedge between Impact & Pop is the wrestling company's desire to return to a prime-time slot and Pop's unwillingness to give them the spot. It seems like Impact will likely head to whichever station will give them a prime-time slot and it would be interesting to see SyFy land the company knowing their history with the WWE. Also an interesting note if Impact does end up on the SyFy network it would be the first time that the WWE & Impact are on stations owned by the same company. Though it might not seem like a big deal I feel like it would be interesting having both Impact & WWE on channels owned by NBC Universal.
In my opinion, I think any of these three channels or maybe a mystery one could be in the running for Impact. Specifically though I'd go for either WGN America or SyFy due to their past history with having wrestling programming on the network. In hindsight though I think SyFy or TruTV would help Impact more as they are more nationally known stations on television. Overall 2019 promises to be another interesting year for wrestling and this is just adding fuel to the fire.
At one point I remember when this was a "major" news story every other day when the company was leaving Spike TV a few years ago. Luckily this time around it is not as much of a questionable situation and if anything it is total opposite situation. Following the companies stay on Destination America which is where they headed after Spike TV they moved to another channel and that was POP TV aka the former TV guide network. Prior to POP picking up Impact Wrestling they had given television time to Vegas Independent wrestling company Paragon Pro-Wrestling. Now in reality during there time on POP we saw Impact almost hit it's end when Dixie Carter finally sold the promotion.
The last two years have been full of ups and downs for the company with the promotion having seemingly found stability and a foundation to rebuild the promotion. At this point it has been an extremely long amount of time since we last saw a negative story about the promotion which was common place at one point. As far as where they stand with POP television at the point and though the relationship seems in a good place it doesn't seem like the company will resign.
Overall Impact Wrestling still has television in both the UK and Canada, but as of early 2019 they will loose television in the United States. The latest news points to Impact & POP coming to a short term extension to keep the promotion on the channel until late winter or early spring, but after that is uncertain. For those who may not follow Impact the company recently was moved to a different time slot and has seen a drop in viewers because of it. Looking at the possible places for Impact to move that is one thing I am unsure of due to nobody reporting anything about possible new homes. However, if I had to guess the Fight Network might be a possible spot considering it is also owned by Anthem Sports & held an ownership interest in Impact at one point.
As always wrestling gives us both great memories and memories we try and forget, but with the amount of moments worth remembering that have happened we are bound to forget some. The same could be said about some talent that were very much underrated during their career or never at the top of a company during a run this unfortunately makes it easier for fans to forget certain talent. These two are very different talent and had two very different careers while they worked in this great business. Also sometimes we encounter those that deserve to be remembered and acknowledged. I would like to wish a very big Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating their special day today and especially to the one featured below.
Some feuds never end and others need a little help to continue as a way to allow fans a break from seeing the old stuff. One problem in wrestling is when a feud has been going for a while fans get tired of the same match and sometimes a feud just needs a punch in the air. In some cases a breath of fresh air can be enough to keep a feud going for months at a time even the company plays there cards right. After months of a developing blood feud between the original LAX faction of Homicide & Hernandez with King (Eddie Kingston) against the reinvented LAX faction with Santana, Ortiz, and Konnan. Now the feud really kicked off when it was reveled that Kingston was the one behind the attack of Konnan and we then saw the shocking returns of both Homicide & Hernandez.
Following the blow-off of the feud at Bound for Glory though the blood feud came to an end with LAX moving one way and the OGz going another way. Though the "bosses" told both teams to stay away from each other but they didn't mention friends or protégées. This now opened the door for an interesting feud between the OGz and Pentagon/Fenix who were mentored and heavily influenced by Konnan since very early on in their careers. At this point I don't know if these two teams will revisit the feud they had at one point, but if they did it will likely be in a couple of months. If they did revisit this feud though after the OGz & Los Lucha Brothers feud there will be another layer on a feud that already had deep roots to begin with.
Overall this is one of the many ways that Impact Wrestling has improved the outlook of their product this year as they have shifted focus to pay more attention the wrestling. Comparing the WWE & Impact Wrestling it is incredible the differences between the companies with one focusing more on week to week & the other actually having long term overarching stories. Take a guess which one Impact falls under, fact is Don Callis, Anthem, and Scott D'Amore are slowly turning Impact into a stable wrestling company again and it is amazing to watch them do it.
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