We are now only one more show away from the biggest event of the calendar year for Impact Wrestling and with expectations in place the go home show needs to put a final bow on everything set for the event. Callahan stepped up the rivalry between him and World Champion Brian Cage after hitting Melissa Santos with a bottle during her weeding to Cage a few weeks ago. They topped it this week by hand cuffing Cage to the ropes and hitting a pile driver on Melissa Santos raising the intensity of the feud even more then it did before and I'm loving it. It is extremely rare in modern wrestling for a promotion to play off raw emotion like they're doing here and I'm enjoy how different the build for this feud has been.
With Bound For Glory on October 20 the minor feuds are coming together with another spot filled in the multi man X-Division match. After Ace Austin cheated to defeat Eddie Edwards adding another layer to his feud with Eddie and a place to go after Bound For Glory ends and continue their rivalry. Also Tessa's never ending feud with OVE continued as her quest to become X-Division champion reaches it's final leg with next week being the go home show before Bound For Glory.
A week from today is Bound for Glory and the big steps don't end there for Impact Wrestling with a special recap on AXS TV on Tuesday, October 22nd, called "This is Impact" and it will recap Bound for the Glory. The following on October 29 it will be the night when Impact Wrestling moves to AXS TV capping one of the biggest months in modern wrestling on a high note.
With Bound for Glory right around the corner in about two and half weeks on October 20. This weeks episode was another building block episode for Impact not really focusing on one feud more than other ones. It is still odd seeing Ken Shamrock on a wrestling program again after almost two decades away from a major wrestling company. The only criticism is that neither Shamrock or Moose are the best at talking and even though there is tension in the feud I feel like having a fight would've been better off then having them talk.
As far as the other moments I like that they have chosen to let Tessa Blanchard challenge for the X-Division championship. It is possible that they could hold off Tessa's possible win saving the likely title victory for a one on one match but on the biggest PPV of the year is an ideal position. Brian Cage and Sami Callahan continue to raise the intensity of their ever developing rivalry going into their title match at Bound For Glory. At this point I am becoming more of a fan of Impact Wrestling, but they just need to stay focus and build for the biggest show of the year.
The last time I spoke about AXS was breaking down the deal between Anthem Sports and Mark Cuban which netted them controlling interests in HDNET and AXS TV. The one thing I didn't talk about is the upcoming move for Impact Wrestling to AXS TV from Pursuit. I know that it is still something new that I am writing about Impact Wrestling a lot more then I ever really have before which I am very happy about. As of this writing Impact will be moving to AXS TV on October 29 on Tuesday nights in the prime time 8-10 pm time slot. Just as Smackdown moves to Friday nights once more we will be having another wrestling show take their spot on Tuesday at 8 est.
Now everyone knows that October is the biggest month of the year for Impact with Bound For Glory the promotions biggest PPV taking place this month, so this is the perfect month to make the change. However, again Impact will be moving to AXS TV on October 29 not at the beginning of October. Instead you will have the normal Impact Wrestling program on Pursuit and preview specials on AXS building up to the move. This means Impact will have programming on two different channels for the first time ever. I don't think I ever remember seeing Impact in a more stable spot then they are in right now.
The biggest preview special will take place on October 22nd as it will be called "This is Impact" this special will recap Bound For Glory from the previous weekend. Take a look at this quote from Ed Nordholm (Cheif corporate officer of Anthem Sports and Entertainment and president of Impact Wrestling) “We are excited to showcase the incredible athleticism of our diverse talent roster on a larger platform across the country, providing AXS TV with over 100 annual hours of must-see weekly programming.” I'm extremely excited to see what the future holds for Impact Wrestling as wrestling has never been this healthy in my generation. It's a crazy time to be a wrestling fan!!!
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.
Even though both these men have gone to the WWE this makes this eleven year old match was a classic match from the past. In my opinion, this was the height of Samoa Joe's run in TNA as he had finally broken through as one of the top stars for the company leading the charge for the good guys against the Main Event Mafia. At this point Booker was nearing the end of his run in the company before he would return back to the WWE.
It is always fun to look back at Impact's past to remember all those that have walked through the door. Honestly this match speaks for itself as this was the very early days of the greatest rivalry in the history of Impact Wrestling. I will take this opportunity to also explain that even though the content has been lacking on this section it has nothing to do with my opinion of Impact Wrestling. The reason for the lacking coverage of the company is due to me being caught up with life, but now that the more important stuff is calm I can focus on the website once more. Stayed tuned some fresh content will be arriving very soon for this section and it will become active once again.
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. 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.
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