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Which newly released WWE stars could land in IMPACT?

Which newly released WWE stars could land in IMPACT?

Which newly released WWE stars could land in IMPACT?

18 WWE superstars were released this week, citing budget cuts as the reason. Main roster stars  Keith Lee, Mia Yim, Nia Jax, Karrion Kross, Eva Marie, Lince Dorado, Gran Metalik, Harry Smith, and B-Fab are on 90-day non-compete clauses. NXT stars Scarlett (Bordeaux), Ember Moon, Franky Monet (Taya), Jessi Kamea, Katrina Cortez, Jeet Rama, Oney Lorcan, Trey Baxter (Blake Christian) and Zayda Ramier are on 30-day non-competes.

Taya, Yim, Kross, Scarlett, and Christian have ties to IMPACT. Taya, one of the great knockout champs of all time, left IMPACT in early 2021 and would be welcomed back with open arms. My gut tells me that she will return. Yim and Christian could land in IMPACT for some dates and bounce around the indies.

Kross and Scarlett attempted to burn the company down in order to get out of their contracts in 2019. Kross specifically went public stating that he was being underpaid and did not approve of being asked to “blade” during a match against Eddie Edwards. Scarlett stated that because her pay was so low she to move in with her parents. Shortly before going public word got out that NXT was interested in both. Needless to say, I don’t think they will be returning.

Keith Lee is the biggest name on the list and if IMPACT were to sign him, would be an immediate main event player. Moose versus a super likable babyface like Lee could do great box office. They may have to fight off AEW to sign him. Same goes for Ember Moon. Lorcan is a very talented wrestler and would fit nicely here. Harry Smith attempted to come in a few times but was denied due to his contractual obligations with NJPW and MLW.


IMPACT! on AXS TV review

While the wrestling world was thinking about the talents from WWE had just lost their job, IMPACT aired another solid episode. The show featured a big trios main event with Moose, Morrissey and the debuting Minoru Suzuki taking on Josh Alexander, Eddie Edwards, and Matt Cardona. There was not much buzz due to attention being focused elsewhere. The show also had a good four way X-divison match, a TNA Knockout nostalgia bout, and an excellent match between Chris Sabin and Madman Fulton.

HITS

  • Moose, Morrissey, and Suzuki vs. Alexander, Edwards, and Cardona: Very fun main event with the heels getting the win. Eddie being pined is a head scratcher but we will see where this goes. Suzuki looked awesome as usual. Matt Cardona was also quite impressive and his encounter with Suzuki was quite good. If you aren’t a regular IMPACT viewer and need 20 minutes to kill, its worth a watch.

  • Laredo Kid vs. Taurus vs. Steve Maclin vs. Rohit Raju:  A typical fast paced x-division match to open the show. It was nice seeing Laredo Kid getting a win with a title shot at Turning Point. Maclin attacked Trey Miguel and Kid after the match. I certainly hope they aren’t just going to give him a title shot even though he just lost.
  • Chris Sabin vs Madman Fulton: Sabin is a legend and Fulton looked great here.
  • Mickie James vs Madison Rayne: Minor hit. Wrestling wasn’t great but James overcoming Kaleb with a K’s interference was a nice story.
  • Eric Young squash match: Young returned to the ring for the first time in six months. He squashed a local guy and it was awesome. Check out Young’s piledriver, it’s a thing of beauty.

MISSES

  • The IInspiration and Decay get spooky: There were several segments here featuring spooky Decay and attempts at comedy by the IInspiration. I like sci-fi comedy in movies but not wrestling for the most part. To their credit, the IInspiration had some funny moments, but there were just too many scenes. Also the sound quality and production was atrocious.
  • Good Brothers–FinJuice match: The wrestlers in the match were technically proficient, however the whole thing was completely uninspired. This tag division needs new life and bad. The Bullet Club hit the ring and punched, kicked, and stomped everyone’s dicks in the match, which was funny.


News

  • IMPACT removed TJP, Taylor Wilde, Tommy Dreamer, Petey Williams, and No Way from their roster page. TJP was not under a contract and is working everywhere; he will be back eventually. Wilde has stepped away for personal reasons and is likely to return when ready. Dreamer has not returned from suspension. Williams auditioned for a WWE producer position. No Way was never a long term addition. Could IMPACT be clearing up room for WWE and ROH talent?
  • Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter stated that Jonah Rock (FKA Bronson Reed) is expecting to sign with IMPACT.
  • Hard to Kill will emanate from the The Factory at Deep Ellum (formerly The Bomb Factory) on January 8. Its the same venue as the 2020 Hard to Kill event. The website states capacity is 4,300 for concerts. I’d expect them to set it up for 1,500–2,000 seats. Tickets go on sale November 12.
  • Fightful Select reported that Juice Robinson’s New Japan contract expires in January of 2022. I could see Juice testing the waters and IMPACT should make a play for him. He has been stale in his tag team with Finlay and could use a new direction.
  • Speedball Bailey told Sports Illustrated that he will be available to debut in IMPACT in early 2022.

Ratings

The November 4 episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV averaged 118,000 viewers with a 0.02 demo according to Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics. Once again, the show did not make the Showbuzz Top 150. Total viewership is up from last weeks 100,000 but the demo is  down from last weeks 0.03. Going unopposed from Dark Side of the Ring did not have a major effect. I assumed the viewership would rise much more but its very similar to the previous weeks.

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
16-Sept 105, 000 0.02 Did not Chart (head to head with Dark Side)
23-Sept 117,000 0.03 #140
30-Sept 115,000 0.03 #142
7-Oct 111,000 0.02 Did not chart
14-Oct 89,000 0.03 Did not chart
21-Oct 93,000 0.02 Did Not Chart
28-Oct 100,000 0.03 Did Not Chart (Final Dark Side)
Nov-4 118,000 0.02 Did Not Chart

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