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Brace For IMPACT: Christian Cage wins IMPACT World Title

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Christian Cage comes home

On the debut edition of AEW: Rampage, Christian Cage defeated Kenny Omega to win the IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship. Cage will now go on to Emergence on Friday, August 20 on IMPACT Plus to defend the title against Brian Myers.

“Captain charisma” left WWE in 2005 and signed with TNA, quickly becoming one of their headliners. He was the first big star that left WWE willingly to sign with TNA. Cage won the TNA/IMPACT world championship (actually called NWA back then) twice before leaving in 2008.  It was in TNA where he found himself as a main eventer and world champion, years before achieving those successes in WWE.

Christian Cage is the new IMPACT World Champion

While we will not have accurate ratings information until Monday, this was likely the most watched IMPACT championship match since the Spike TV years. This was a great way to create brand awareness for IMPACT and a good use of the AEW partnership that is seemingly getting stronger. The partnership also saw the Good Brothers also retained their tag team titles on Dynamite this week.

Getting Christian in IMPACT is another big win for Scott D’Amore, who does not get enough respect. I’m not sure how long he will stay but fans should enjoy it while they can. Cage is not a proven pay-per-view draw like Omega but he could certainly help jumpstart IMPACT’s ratings, which are currently averaging their lowest recorded viewership since the move to AXS.

Is this the end of Omega in IMPACT?

With Christian winning the championship one has to wonder if this spells the end of Kenny Omega and Don Callis in IMPACT. Omega has several nagging injuries and is eventually going to have to take some time off. My guess is that the Omega-Cage match at All Out will become a title vs title match and that Omega wins it back.

If Omega is done with IMPACT I will personally feel cheated. There are so many more matches left for him in the company that we didn’t get to see. Specifically, matches against Eddie Edwards and Josh Alexander have to happen at some point.

IMPACT! on AXS TV Review

This weeks episode ended the streak of really good shows since Slammiversary. There were more good segments than bad, but the bad outweighed the good for me this week. IMPACT also put a major emphasis to promote big shows from other companies. We saw segments, angles, and promos to bring attention to this weeks Resurgence show from New Japan, last nights AEW: Rampage, and the upcoming NWA: Empowerrr show.

HITS

Josh Alexander smashing Daivari: Even in a glorified squash match, Josh Alexander was impressive. He really looks like he is one of the best wrestlers in the world.

Tenille Dashwood vs. Taylor Wilde: This was a good match but the real story is that Madison Rayne returned to help Tenille Dashwood defeat Taylor Wilde. Madison is a great character who is at her best as a heel. Hopefully this means that Dashwood and Rayne are a tag team, and that Wilde gets a partner and we can really beef up this Knockout tag division.

Bullet Club (Jay White & Chris Bey) vs. FinJuice: The action was great while it lasted. FinJuice hit the Doomsday Device on Bey and were about to win when White attacked with a chair. White then focused his beat down on Finlay to promote this weekends Resurgence show.

Christian Cage promo: Cage absolutely nailed his promo, talking about his title match with Omega at Rampage and highlighting his history with IMPACT. This was his first appearance, albeit backstage, in the company since he randomly showed up at Slammiversary 2012 while under contract to WWE.

Don Callis + Kenny Omega promo: These two are the greatest wrestler-manager act in wrestling right now. They complained about collusion between Tony Khan and Scott D’Amore and Callis claimed that he is The Godfather of “Machiavellian machinations”, not McMahon, Gagne, Eddie Graham, Watts, or Heyman.

MISSES

Su Yung and Kimber Lee: This was not good. Yung and Lee interrupted a Kiera Hogan promo, that was not good either. Lee attacked Hogan in her new demon character, that actually saw get the best of her. Yung, to help Lee get the upper hand, seemingly used telepathic powers (according to Stryker) to instruct Lee to put on her glove and execute a mandible claw. Im embarrassed that I wrote that.

Battle Royal: These matches typically are not good, but after the ring emptied out a big there was some good action. Unfortunately, Brian Myers winning ruined the whole thing. He has been treated as an undercard comedy geek for months and now he is getting a title shot on an IMPACT Plus special against Christian. Myers is a good wrestler, but no one takes him seriously due to the presentation. Ace Austin would have been a much better choice. Putting him in the ring with Christian, even in a loss, would have upped his stock greatly.

Quick hits:

  • The IIconics posted pictures on their Instagram that they are currently in Nashville. Could be for another reason, but the IMPACT tapings begin this Sunday.
  • Moose and the Good Brothers are wrestling on tonights NJoA: Resurgence show.
  • Deonna Pupazzo will wrestle Faby Apache at AAA’s “Triplemania” tonight. Follow Luchablog on Twitter for ways to watch.

Ratings rise

Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics reported that the August 12 episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV averaged 122,000 total viewers, up 18% from last week. The 18–49 demo held strong with a 0.04 rating. The rise came against a hot “Field of Dreams” MLB game between the Yankees and White Sox, as well as NFL preseason. 122,000 viewers is up 10% from the Q3 average but down 21% from Q1.

IMPACT Ratings 2021

Date Total Viewers 18- 49 Demo Rating Notes
5-Jan 148,000 0.04
12-Jan 161,000 0.05
19-Jan 147,000 0.03
26-Jan 186,000 0.05
2-Jan 173,000 0.05
9-Feb 153,000 0.04
16-Feb 197,000 0.06 FinJuice Debut
23-Feb 170,000 0.04
2-Mar 134,000 0.03
9-Mar 144,000 0.04
16-Mar 146,000 0.04
23-Mar 116,000 0.04
30-Mar 148,512 0.04 Final Tuesday Night Episode
8-Apr 168,000 0.06 Thursday Night Debut, head to Head with NXT
15-Apr 132,000 0.04
22-Apr 145,000 0.05
29-Apr 120,000 0.05 NFL Draft Night
6-May 123,000 0.04
13-May 112,000 0.03
20-May 109,000 0.04
27-May 140,000 0.06
3-Jun 143,000 0.04
10-Jun 124,000 0.05
17-Jun 111,000 0.03
24-Jun 111,000 0.03
1-Jul 69,000 0.02 Technical glitch w/TV Guide
8-Jul 120,000 0.03
15-Jul 109,000 0.02
22-Jul 104,000 0.04
29-Jul 113,000 0.02
5-Aug 103,000 0.04
12-Aug 122,000 0.04

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