Chris Bey officially joins Bullet Club
For the fist time since Adam Cole from ROH joined the faction in 2016, a non-NJPW contracted star has joined the Bullet Club. After defeating NJPW’s Juice Robinson, Chris Bey was officially invited by Jay White to join the Bullet Club. This is a big step in the young career of Bey, who is one of IMPACT’s brightest shining stars. This also solidifies just how serious the partnership between NJPW and IMPACT is, which is a great sign.
The former X-division champion Bey is the perfect choice from IMPACT to join the faction. He is young, brash, hungry, and ultra-talented. Bey can add to their core group stationed here in the states and put on great performances. This also puts a bigger spotlight on Chris Bey, who IMPACT has earmarked for stardom since he signed in 2020.
— Chris Bey (@DashingChrisBey) August 6, 2021
IMPACT on Twitch era comes to an end
With the addition of IMPACT’s newest premium streaming platform “IMPACT: Insider” on YouTube, the company has ended their relationship with Twitch. The weekly show would air in real-time and allowed other streamers to co-stream their show. Anywhere from 4,000 – 10,000 viewers watched weekly, peaking at over 50,000 viewers during the Omega debut. Good news is, the new service is available world wide and will not be geo-blocked in any countries.
Cord cutters who want to watch in almost real time have to pay $0.99 a month to watch the show which will start around 35-45 minutes late, due to it airing commercial free. IMPACT Plus subscribers still can watch on demand immediately after it airs on AXS, for free. This week many people had issues accessing the feed, which is common with this promotion. Only 1,600 people watched the show on the new service as of 6 hours after airing.
IMPACT! on AXS TV Review
Another week, another solid edition of IMPACT. Since Slammiversary, the shows have been good to great. Unfortunately the ratings have not reflected that. This week we saw an excellent main event with the returning Frankie Kazarian, Chris Bey upping his stock by joining Bullet Club, and Jake Something finally getting his due. Great show from top to bottom.
Chris Bey joining Bullet Club: As mentioned above, this was a big moment for Bey and IMPACT. Bey and Juice had a fun opening match with Bey getting the victory after Robinson was distracted by White and Finlay fighting on the outside. The crowd erupted when Bey was granted his Bullet Club shirt.
Jake Something vs. Rohit Raju vs. Daivari vs. Trey Miguel: This whole match was designed to make Jake look like a formidable challenger for Josh Alexander’s X-division title and it worked. He hit all his big moves on everyone and came across like a star.
Rachel Ellering and Jordynne Grace vs. Fire ‘n’ Flava: Grace and Ellering looked great here in their new gear and are really coming along as a tag team. Hogan got pinned and ended up getting turned on by Tasha Steelz and the debuting Savannah Evans, who is a monster. Boy, they got over Hogan leaving the company pretty quick.
Steve Maclin: The marine destroyed a young man named Frontman Jah and it was awesome.
— 𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐕𝐞𝐧 (@WrestlingCovers) August 6, 2021
Frankie Kazarian, Eddie Edwards, and Sami Callihan vs. Kenny Omega and the Good Brothers: How great was it seeing Frankie in an IMPACT ring. Kazarian was treated like a legend, and in IMPACT he is. Eddie picked up the victory by pinning Karl Anderson. This is the second time Edwards has gotten a win in a tag match against Omega. They have to be building a match between the two and I’m all for it.
Tenille Dashwood— “All about me:” A complete miss. While Dashwood’s matches have improved lately, these skits have to go. Taylor Wilde claiming that Tenille and Kaleb got the border patrol to not let her in to the country by reporting her as a suspicious person did tickle me though.
- Bronson Reed, Bobby Fish, Jake Atlas, Ari Sterling (Alex Zayne), Kona Reeves, Leon Ruff, Stephon Smith, Tyler Rust, Zechariah Smith, Asher Hale, Giant Zanjeer, and Mercedes Martinez have all been released by WWE. They are all signed with NXT and have 30 day non-compete clauses in their contracts. Of this group, the most surprising is Reed. He is a big, talented, charismatic monster that wows a crowd. If I’m IMPACT, I call him ASAP and don’t let him get off the phone without a deal.
- Jay White, Juice Robinson, and David Finlay will be staying in the states for the foreseeable future. They will not be competing in this years G-1, meaning we could see them sticking around IMPACT much longer.
- Moose will take on Tomohiro Ishii on August 14 at the NJoA: Resurgence show.
- IMPACT revealed in their “IMPACT: Insider” chat on YouTube that tickets for the Bound For Glory pay-per-view in Las Vegas will go on sale in mid-September.
- Sami Callihan has a new show on IMPACT Plus and IMPACT Insider called “Sami Callihan Uncensored.” This week it features a classic indie match between AR Fox and Fenix.
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