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.
It has been a while since I just plucked a random wrestling video off of Youtube, but seeing this pop up was something couldn't leave alone. In the past this is one of the storylines I wish I was writing in a more serious way than I was because I would've loved to breakdown how this storyline was done and why it could've been better. The first time around the Main Event Mafia slowly came together during the year 2008 and in my opinion this one of the reasons that the 2007-2009 period was the peak period for Impact Wrestling.
Below we see the attempted reformation of the Main Event Mafia as an answer to the Aces and Eights faction. At this point though the Aces and Eights story was boarding on the cusps of a flop and needed a shot in the arm to bring the angle back to where it use to be. In the end things didn't come together because of Kevin Nash and Booker, T resigning back with WWE at this time derailing the plans, but this was still early in arch for the story. In my opinion, this story was one of the last big angles for TNA when they were on Spike as they would end up leaving Spike the following year.
As the anniversary of Impact Wrestling draws closer and we continue to look back I've stumble upon a gem from what was a dark time in Impact Wrestling's past. For the most part 2009-2011 was a very unmemorable period of time in the world of wrestling expect for a few bright spots. One of those bright spots was Jay Lethal's feud with Fortune and specifically his impression of Ric Flair. In my opinion, there is nobody in wrestling that is better at impressions then Jay Lethal he's not only has the voice down, but had the mannerism down to a tee.
The segment on the left took place during the feud and it led into the match on the right. Now there is no doubting that AJ Styles and Jay Lethal are two of the best wrestlers in the world to this day, but at this point Jay hadn't broken yet and AJ was still a step below the newest former WWE star in the company. Overall this should've been Jay's path to the main event and becoming a star in Impact Wrestling, but there was just more going on behind the camera then we knew for that to happen. Either way though both Jay & AJ put on display just how good they are why both men have become household names in the world of wrestling.
To change things up a bit we are looking at some of the most random returns in the history of Impact's yearly anniversary event. I remember back in the day when Christian made his return to the company as his appearance came about after Impact allowed WWE to borrow Ric Flair for the Hall of Fame that year. It was random seeing Christian, but seeing the older returns especially Animal made me remember those moments a little clearer. Also it put on display just how many years that Impact Wrestling has been in business, can't believe it's been 17 years.
I am very happy for everyone that is a part of Impact Wrestling that they will be celebrating another year in business very soon. It's just surprising or maybe testament to those who have been in charge that they cared so much about the company that they wouldn't let it not survive. In my opinion, people not giving up on Impact is the reason that Impact has made it this far and stuck around this long, because they still do have their loyalists. Even though the old faces are gone the new faces have seemingly brought a sense of stability back to Impact Wrestling.
As the countdown continues to the seventeenth anniversary event for Impact Wrestling it's time to look back at some of the great moments and memories of the last few years so far. Over the years one of the Impact's biggest yearly events has produced not only some of the best matches, but has also produced some of the most talked about moments in the history of the company. Even though in my opinion, the King of the Mountain concept was unique enough and usually was one of the better matches on the card and even though things do change in wrestling I think this is something that could've been brought back.
However, we aren't going to be looking at a King of the Mountain match at least this time around, but will be looking at one of the top modern feuds in the companies history. Following their departure from Ring of Honor it was one of the most talk about topics in wrestling at the time where Eddie and Davey would end up. Even though they would have a short tenure in NXT they would end up with Impact Wrestling and would become the leaders of the tag team division.
Looking back it was clear at the time that more than likely the reason for this was because Davey decided that he was going to be retiring soon and wanted to feud with Eddie before he hung it up. This was a very intense, quick brawl but it didn't disappoint at all. This was also the first time that I saw Alisha Edwards compete and I was impressed by how good she was knowing she doesn't have a ton of experience in the ring. Either way this was one of the few bright spots of a very tough time for the company and something we can look back at fondly.
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