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Brace for IMPACT: The Fallen Angel returns to the IMPACT Zone

“Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels back in the IMPACT Zone

In the closing moments of this weeks IMPACT! on AXS TV, “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels returned to the IMPACT Zone for the first time since he departed the company in 2014. He arrived to help Josh Alexander and Christian Cage fight off a post match attack from Madman Fulton and Ace Austin. He faces Fulton next week. Daniels is a TNA original, first appearing in the promotion in 2002. He is a four time X-Division champion and a two time tag team champion.

Daniels, 51, currently works for AEW as a part time talent, producer, and in talent relations. He and his partner Kazarian were forced to disband their SCU team earlier this year as part of a stipulation when they lost a tag team title match against the Young Bucks. The return to IMPACT appears to be a part of a “Second Coming” of the Fallen Angel character. If Daniels is looking to rebuild the character prior to returning to AEW TV or if he is planning to wrestle here for the forceable future remains to be seen. AEW is overloaded with talent and I just don’t see where he fits there. With IMPACT he could be featured in top programs and have great matches with a new crop of talent.

X-Division title tournament announced

IMPACT EVP Scott D’Amore opened the show this week and announced that due to Josh Alexander relinquishing the title, a new X-Division champion will be decided in a tournament that takes place over the next few weeks.  The format is unique in that there will be a series of three triple threat matches, and the winner of each will go on to Bound for Glory and compete for the title. The first match takes place next week with Laredo Kid vs Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel, which on paper sounds incredible.

Also announced for BFG is the return of the “Call Your Shot Gauntlet”, which is 20-man “Royal Rumble” style match except when the match is down to the final two competitors, they compete in a regular match where you need to win by pinfall or submission .he winner can challenge for any title in the company. Brian Meyers and Rich Swann are the first two names added.

IMPACT! on AXS TV review

This week’s episode featured the fall out from Victory Road and began the road to Bound for Glory. For the most part this was a mediocre episode at best but the main event and show-closing angle made up for it. The show opened up with Scott D’Amore in the ring and there was utter silence in the studio. Not sure who is directing this show but opening to complete silence is never good when there is people in the audience. The fans in attendance are hardcore and would do whatever is asked of them, so asking them to make a little noise to open the show would not have been difficult.

HITS

Swinger’s Palace: Swinger continues to be worried that his illegal casino will have to fold once IMPACT returns to Las Vegas. In an effort to get Scott D’Amore to change his mind about going to Vegas, Swinger told Dino (John E. Bravo) to write the following:

“Dear Mr. D’Amore, It has come to my attention. That you have purchased IMPACT from Bob Carter’s daughter (BABE)”. He said much more but I was laughing so hard I couldn’t hear it. He closed the letter “Sincerely, J.J. Dillon”. Swinger should get an Emmy.

Josh Alexander vs. Ace Austin: A very good man event that really saved the show from mediocrity. These two have wrestled a couple times before and have great chemistry. I could see them having a pay per view main event down the road. Alexander picked up the decisive victory which made total sense.

Return of the Fallen Angel: Very cool to see an all time great IMPACT wrestler return home. Very excited to see what in store for Daniels in IMPACT.

David Finlay vs Hikuleo: A decent match with Finlay picking up the win. El Phantasmo returned to help his Bullet Club mates Bey and Hikuleo beat down FinJuice.

Mickie James – Deonna Purazzo segment: Great stuff here by two total pros. IMPACT finally announced that James and Purazzo will face off at BFG for the Knockouts title. Huge match for that show.

MISSES

Rohit Raju vs Chelsea Green: Terrible inter gender comedy and a complete waste of Raju. Cardona seemingly ended the feud with another great match between the two at Victory Road, but for some reason they are still dragging it out.

D’Amore-Cage-Alexander opening: The show opening to complete silence was eery and weird. Not sure if I was the only one that noticed but Cage seemed off here. The segment lasted forever and was very WWE.


Ratings

The September 23 episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV averaged 117,0000 viewers with a 0.03 demo. It ranked #140 in the Showbuzz Top 150 this This is up from last weeks 105,000 and 0.02.  Dark Side of the Ring averaged 214,000 with a 0.07 rating for the Chris Kanyon episode.

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
19-Aug 126,000 0.04 #122 in Top 150
26-Aug 93,000 0.03 Did not chart
2-Sept 126,000 0.04 #129 in top 150
9-Sept 111,000 0.03 #125
17-Sept 105, 000 0.02 Did not Chart
23-Sept 117,000 0.03 #140

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