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Brace For IMPACT: Is Sami Callihan the right choice to headline Slammiversary?

Against All Odds

Moose vs Omega

Against All Odds Preview

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The big story coming out of last night’s IMPACT! ON AXS TV was that Sami Callihan will not be added to the Against All Odds main event between Moose and Kenny Omega. That match will now be held at AEW’s home arena, Daly’s Place in Jacksonville, Fla. This will be the first time in the IMPACT-AEW collaboration that an IMPACT match was held on AEW turf.

While moving the Moose-Omega bout to Daly’s Place make’s it seem like a bigger match, most of the focus last night shifted to Callihan and Slammiversary. Of the two, Moose is the bigger star and on television has been protected. This Saturday night’s main even really should have been saved for Slammiversary. One has to wonder why it wasn’t. Its possible that Moose had not yet re-signed with IMPACT prior to the latest round of tapings.

Callihan set for Slammiversary main event

After being denied an opportunity at Against All Odds, Callihan was added to the Slammiversary main event where he will face the winner of the Omega-Moose match. Callihan competed in a number one contenders five-way may match at Under Seige and lost due to interference. A couple nights later on IMPACT he defeated Moose by DQ due to interference from the Good Brothers. The last time Callihan won a meaningful match on pay-per-view was July of 2019 where he defeated Tessa Blanchard in the Slammiversary main event. Here is his pay per view record since then:

  • Bound for Glory 2019: Lost to Brian Cage
  • Hard to Kill 2020: Lost to Tessa Blanchard
  • Rebellion 2020 (aired on AXS): Lost to Ken Shamrock
  • Slammiversary 2020: Lost to the North (teaming with Shamrock)
  • Bound For Glory 2021: Eliminated in the BFG Gauntlet
  • Hard to Kill 2021: Lost to Eddie Edwards
  • Rebellion 2021: Lost to Trey Miguel

Sami Callihan, while very very good, is one of the weaker possible contenders to Omega’s championship. He does have the ability to talk people in to being interested in his matches. IMPACT has an uphill battle if they want the audience to believe that Callihan is a threat to Omega.

IMPACT! on AXS TV review

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The Against All Odds go-home episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV was another down week. The whole show was highlighted by the opening segment with several newsworthy announcements, and book-ended by a very good brawl to close the show. Everything in-between was just kind of there and served the purpose of advertising their big show this Saturday.

HITS

Don Callis, Tony Khan, and Scott D’Amore segment: The slow build to Don Callis’ eventual departure continues. IMPACT EVP Scott D’Amore plays the role of authority figure very well. Callis was great as the slimy carnival barker. AEW’s Tony Khan looked awkward, subdued, rambled alot and did not seem as confident here in the ring with the seasoned performers. The segment as a whole was very well done and started the road to Slammiversary.

W. Morrissey vs. Willie Mack: The former Big Cass continues to impress with his victory over Mack. He was brutal and vicious and recorded a solid win over an established star. Morrissey beat down Mack for most of the contest until Mack was able to score some short-lived offense. Morrissey booted a chair in to the face of Mack for the win.

Rosemary vs. Havok: Minor hit only because Rosemary got a much needed victory prior to a title shot. The match was short and unremarkable.

Myers and Same Beale: I don’t know why, but this is hitting with me so far. The acting is poor and the comedy is campy. But I laugh.

Steve Maclin vignette: Maclin continues to show range and fire with these promos. Very interested in seeing what he becomes.

MISSES

All About Me: Tenille Dashwood’s interview segment featured Grace and Ellering this week. Kaleb had one funny line but the rest of this was not good. Grace and Dashwood are wrestling ths Saturday now.

VBD Promo:  Someone needs to let the production crew know that less is more. Their over-editing and zooming in on Youngs mouth why he randomly uttered “By Design” ruined what was actually a good promo. Young doesn’t need all the bells and whistles.

Eddie Edwards vs. Joe Deoring: This was surprising because you all know how much I love these two. The match was a miss only for the fact that it ended before it even got going. Edwards won by DQ when Deaner attacked him. These guys could have a special match one day if they are allowed to.


Ratings news

Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics acquired the latest television ratings for IMPACT. The June 10 episode averaged 124,000 total viewers with a 0.05 rating in the 18–49 demo. That is up from the previous week where they averaged 143,000 with a 0.04. Yes, they averaged less but the demo was up.

IMPACT Ratings 2021

  • 1/5: 148,000 viewers with a 0.04 rating
  • 1/12: 161,000 viewers with a 0.05 rating
  • 1/19: 147,000 viewers with a 0.03 rating
  • 1/26: 186,000 viewers with a 0.05 rating
  • 1/2: 173,000 viewers with a 0.05 rating
  • 2/9: 153,000 viewers with a 0.04 rating
  • 2/16: 197,000 viewers with a 0.06 rating (FinJuice debut)
  • 2/23: 170,000 viewers with a 0.04 rating
  • 3/2: 134,000 viewers with a 0.03 rating
  • 3/9: 144,000 viewers with a 0.04 rating
  • 3/16: 146,000 viewers with a 0.04 rating
  • 3/23: 116,000 viewers with a 0.04 rating
  • 3/30: 148,512 viewers with a 0.04 rating (final Tuesday night episode)
  • 4/8: 168,000 viewers with a 0.06 (Thursday night debut, head-to-head w/NXT)
  • 4/15: 132,000 viewers with a 0.04 rating
  • 4/22: 145,000 with a 0.05 rating
  • 4/29: 120,000 with a 0.05 rating (head-to-head with NFL Draft)
  • 5/6: 123,000 with a 0.04 rating
  • 5/13: 112,000 with a 0.03 rating
  • 5/20: 109,000 with a 0.04 rating
  • 5/27: 140,000 with a 0.06 rating
  • 6/3: 143,000 with a 0.05 rating

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