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Brace For IMPACT: Braun Strowman likely headed to IMPACT

Strowman to IMPACT

Braun Strowman is heading to IMPACT

Braun Strowman likely headed to IMPACT

Sean Ross Sapp from Fightful Select is reporting that Adam Scherr, FKA Braun Strowman, is likely heading to IMPACT Wrestling soon.  From the report: Those within the company believe they’re going to land him and will be heading that way soon. Nothing is definite until he appears, but several in IMPACT think he’s headed there.”

The possibility was first revealed by Scott D’Amore on a live Twitch stream from Jade Chung about a month ago. If he does indeed sign, holding off until Bound for Glory makes the most sense. IMPACT likes to have surprises for their bigger shows and the former WWE Universal Champion would be the biggest free agent signing since Anthem took over the company.

Bray Wyatt not close to signing with IMPACT

Three days  after Bryan Alvarez stated on Wrestling Observer Live that he believed that Windham, FKA Bray Wyatt, would be signing with IMPACT, Sean Ross Sapp is reporting that IMPACT is not close to signing him yet. The report stated that “no deal with IMPACT Wrestling is in place, or close” and that the company “asked for a member of their roster familiar with him to reach outand see if they can work out a deal. While Scherr seems like a formality at this point and would be the biggest signing in Anthem-owned IMPACT history, Windham would be twice as big. Hopefully for IMPACT’s sake the deal gets done. Adding Windham would be an immediate boost to ticket sales, merchandise, app subscriptions, and pay-per-view buys.

Wrestle Week returns leading into Bound for Glory 2021

AXS TV will be celebrating IMPACT Wrestling once again with “Wrestle Week during Bound for Glory week from October 18 to October 23. Slammiversary 2021 will make its television debut on October 21 at 3 p.m. E. Considering AEW: Dynamite is postponed to Saturday that week, the Wednesday night 8pm time slot would have been an optimal time to debut Slammiversary.  IMPACT sent the following info via press release:

Los Angeles – (October 4, 2021) – AXS TV and IMPACT Wrestling celebrate the long-awaited return of the promotion’s flagship Pay-Per-View event, BOUND FOR GLORY, with a special edition of Wrestle Week—starting Monday, October 18 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Wrestle Week kicks off on October 18 with the return of Bad A$$ Movies With The Good Brothers, as the IMPACT World Tag Team Champions, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows, present Road House. The beloved 1989 action classic stars Patrick Swayze as a tough bouncer alongside Sam Elliott, Keith David and pro-wrestling icon Terry Funk.

Wrestle Week continues on October 21 with the broadcast premiere of the summer sensation SLAMMIVERSARY 2021, a spectacle that saw Sami Callihan go toe-to-toe with Kenny Omega in a No Disqualification Match for the IMPACT World Championship and Josh Alexander retain the X-Division Champion over four challengers in a classic Ultimate X match.

SLAMMIVERSARY is followed by an all-new episode of IMPACT!, where the stakes are higher than ever as champions and challengers alike strive to build momentum in the last show before BOUND FOR GLORY, which airs Saturday, October 23, live on pay-per-view from Las Vegas. After IMPACT!, stay tuned for the premiere of IMPACT In 60: Christian Cage—an in-depth retrospective compiling some of the reigning IMPACT World Champion’s most legendary IMPACT matches, including a look at his first World Championship victory over Jeff Jarrett.

Wrestle Week leads up to the BOUND FOR GLORY Pay-Per-View on Saturday, October 23, which kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on all PPV providers with This Is BOUND FOR GLORY—which is loaded with exclusive interviews. COUNTDOWN TO GLORY follows at 9:30 p.m. ET, and includes the culmination of the Digital Media Championship Tournament in a live six-way match to crown the inaugural IMPACT Wrestling Digital Media Champion.

Then, at 10 p.m. ET, it’s the moment pro wrestling enthusiasts around the world have been waiting for as BOUND FOR GLORY is broadcast live from Las Vegas, Nevada. BFG is IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest Pay-Per-View event of the year, headlined by Josh Alexander challenging Christian Cage for the IMPACT World Championship. Josh Alexander in mid-September relinquished the X-Division Championship when he confirmed he was exercising ‘Option C’ for a shot at Christian Cage and the IMPACT World Championship. Also at BOUND FOR GLORY, Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo will be in action, as well as the IMPACT World Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers, Moose, Rich Swann, Eddie Edwards, W. Morrissey, Rhino, Trey Miguel, Matt Cardona and Brian Myers.

BOUND FOR GLORY is available on Pay-Per-View in North America on InDemand, DISH, DirecTV, Vubiquity, Rogers, Shaw and Sasktel, and around the world digitally via FITE TV (order now).

Wrestle Week Schedule on AXS TV:
· Monday, October 18
-9 p.m. ET – Bad A$$ Movies With The Good Brothers: Road House
· Thursday, October 21
-3 p.m. ET – PREMIERE: SLAMMIVERSARY 2021
-7 p.m. ET – PREMIERE: BTI: Before the IMPACT!
-8 p.m. ET – PREMIERE: IMPACT!
-10 p.m. ET – PREMIERE: IMPACT In 60: Christian Cage

Pay-Per-View Schedule (available digitally and on all PPV providers):
Saturday, October 23
-9-9:30 p.m. ET – This Is BOUND FOR GLORY
-9:30-10p.m. ET – COUNTDOWN TO GLORY live
-10 p.m. ET – BOUND FOR GLORY 2021 Pay-Per-View


Ratings

The September 30 episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV averaged 115,0000 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 126,000 with a 0.04 rating for the FMW episode. This is way down from last weeks 214,000 with a 0.07 rating for the Chris Kanyon episode. MLW Fightland will air on Vice TV next week following Dark Side at 10 p.m. It will be interesting to see how they compare to IMPACT at a later time slot but on a much stronger station.

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
30-Sept 115,000 0.03 #142

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