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Brace for IMPACT: Josh Alexander contract status in question, may miss No Surrender

JOsh Alexander contract status

Will Josh Alexander re-sign with IMPACT?

Josh Alexander may miss No Surrender

Josh Alexander’s contract status is in question and he may miss No Surrender. Alexander’s contract expires in February and apparently has not re-signed.  He announced this morning on Twitter that he is taking bookings on February 18–20, which are the dates of IMPACT’s No Surrender and television tapings. There is currently a story between him and Scott D’Amore where he threatened to leave the company if he didn’t get a title shot.

Could this be a story? It could be, but having him promote open dates like this made me curious, to say the least. He also removed all IMPACT information from his Twitter profile.

If IMPACT fails to re-sign their top babyface it would be a disaster. I feel like all this will get resolved, though, and he’ll stay.


Giselle Shaw signs with IMPACT

The “Quintessential Diva” Giselle Shaw has signed with IMPACT Wrestling. Shaw is the current Progress Wrestling Women’s champion and has held titles in independent promotions around the world. This is a great signing.

When rumors swirled that a new Knockout was coming in, I assumed we were going to get one of the many released WWE talents. Instead, they plucked one of the top indy stars in the world. Not that I have anything against the likes of Taya, Ember Moon, Tegan Knox, etc.. But I like their current trend of focusing on new faces like Masha, Lady Frost, and Shaw. Its more cost effective and separates them from simply being the home of WWE re-treads. Giselle freshens up and bolsters an already stacked Knockouts roster.


IMPACT! on AXS TV review

Another week, another excellent episode of IMPACT. The company has really hit its stride this month. The “Ring of Honor Five” has been given their official name in IMPACT. The group of Mike & Maria Bennett, Matt Taven, PCO, and Vincent will be called “Honor No More.”

The crew continued to wreak havoc on the IMPACT roster during this weeks episode. Honor No More initially purchased tickets to the event but was invited in to the VIP section by Scott D’Amore. They promised not to start trouble, but are huge liars and did anyway. The crew attacked Josh Alexander and Charlie Haas at the conclusion of the main event and were chased off by Team IMPACT. It looks like we are headed for a big showdown.

The Honor No More storyline is one of the most intriguing stories in wrestling right now. There appears to be a mole in IMPACT and figuring it out who is going to be fun. After watching this week, Scott D’Amore and Eddie Edwards are my top two candidates. Why would D’Amore invite them? Eddie Edwards has yet to lay a hand on these guys and we have not seen them attack him on camera. The best part is that I could be completely wrong.

Either way, we have gotten some of the best IMPACT episodes in a long time and it all centers around this “invasion” story and ROH in general.

HITS

  • Jonathan Gresham vs. Steve Maclin:  Just a fantastic match that everyone should go out of their way to watch. While I have not been a huge proponent of Pure Rules in the past, thus match utilized them perfectly. Maclin struggled with the rules by using up his rope breaks early on. Gresham also used up his rope breaks early but that played in to the finish perfectly, as he was able to pin Maclin while holding on to the ropes in a figure four.
  • Josh Alexander vs. Charlie Haas: The match was hurt a bit by Haas suffering a concussion in the middle of the match, but was still good, nonetheless. Haas had not wrestled in almost a decade but looked like he could still go.
  • Tasha Steelz vs Chelsea Green: The in-ring work was ok and I think was helped by editing. Tasha looked great here in victory and closed with a good promo towards Mickie James who was on commentary. James and Green thwarted an attack from Steelz and Evans after the match.
  • Cardona challenging Jordynne Grace: Matt Cardona was revealed as the next challenger to Jordynne Grace’s Digital media Championship. He issued the challenge after Grace’s victory on BTI over Lady Frost. They are finally planting the seeds for a Cardona heel turn. This is the perfect spot for him.
  • Morrissey killing The Learning Tree: Morrissey laid down a disrespectful beatdown on both Zicky Dice and VSK. Good fun squash. After the match Morrissey threatened Moose again, so D’Amore gave hhim a title shot at No Surrender despite not being able to keep his emotions in check.
  • Gallows and Doering vs. Rhino and Heath: OK match that hopefully ends this whole feud. Crowd was super in to Rhino.

MISSES

  • The Influence vs. Havoc: Originally this was a tag match but the Influence injured both of Rosemary’s shoulders. Well one of them, the Influence attacked one shoulder and then as she was leaving she was clutching the opposite shoulder. The match was not good. The IInspiration promo that aired “via satellite” after was really funny though. They made fun of Madison Rayne retiring every year and that since it was January that it might be time for another retirement party.

NEWS:

  • Moose will defend his IMPACT World Title against W. Morrissey at No Surrender next month. Tasha Steelz will also challenge Mickie James.

  • Without giving away spoilers, Jay White and G.O.D. will be wrestling at No Surrender as well. Good to see these guys sticking around awhile.
  • Fightful is reporting that IMPACT is getting a significant budget increase this year which means production values will be improving and we will see bigger stars coming in.
  • William Regal took to Twitter to shoot down a fake tweet that said he had signed with IMPACT.
  • PW Insider is reporting that COVID hit the IMPACT tapings hard as several talents and employees were unable to make it.
  • Don West’s cancer has resurfaced and he is undergoing chemotherapy again.
  • In more sad news, Konnan underwent a heart procedure recently and is in need of a kidney transplant due to issues stemming from COVID-19.

Ratings

The January 20 episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV averaged  126,000 viewers with a 0.03 demo.  Viewership up from last week’s 110,000 with the demo staying at 0.03 (37,000). The show ranked 144 in the Showbuzz Top 150. This is the sixth week in a row that saw viewership increases which has to be great news for AXS and IMPACT. This was their most watched episode since November 18 (129,000) when Josh Alexander faced Minoru Suzuki. The news keeps getting better because more cavalry is on the way in the form of The Bullet Club. Jay White, Tama Tonga, and Tanga Loa worked the tapings this passed Friday and Saturday Night and will be sticking around awhile.

Average viewership for January 2022 so far is are way down from the previous January (160,000) but up from December (80,000). The current 10 week average viewership is 91,000 with a 0.02 demo.

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s return to AXS averaged 88,000 viewers with a 0.03 demo with a rerun of the infamous Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega match from Wrestle Kingdom 12 in 2018. Holding on to that demo and most of IMPACT’s viewership is a great sign for things to come.


IMPACT Ratings 2022

Date Total Viewership Demo Notes
Jan-20 126,000 0.03 Josh Alexander vs Charlie Haas; #147 on Showbuzz
Jan-13  111,000 0.03 Deonna Purazzo vs Rok-C. #144 on Showbuzz
Jan-6 104,000 0.02 Hard to Kill “go-home”

Brace for IMPACT is now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts

Brace for IMPACT, hosted by JD Oliva and myself on the Fight Game Media Network, has been given its own feed on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and all other podcast apps. The show had been exclusive to Fight Game Media Network Plus on Patreon since March. Our weekly free show will recap IMPACT! The uncut, uncensored, ad-free version will continue on Patreon where we not only review the weekly show, but we will recap all the IMPACT Plus specials, pay-per-views, break down all the news and headlines surrounding IMPACT, Q-and-As with the listeners, classic match and event reviews, plus much more.

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