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What’s up with Matt Cardona?

Matt Cardona lost the IMPACT Digital Media Championship at a Wrestling Revolver show to Rich Swann on May 28 in Las Vegas. The match has been built for weeks on television, but one would think it would have happened during an IMPACT taping. The problem is, since IMPACT left Poughkeepsie, NY on April 24, Cardona has not been to a taping. The next IMPACT events he is advertised for are the tapings in in Atlanta, GA on July 2, and in Louisville, KY on July 15 and 16. He is also being advertised for a GCW show in Los Angeles, CA on July 15th, which would conflict with the Louisville shows. Now it appears he may have torn his bicep during his match with Blake Christian at a GCW show this weekend. He had to miss some events scheduled after the match.

Cardona has completely turned his career around post-WWE and is now a legitimate draw on the independent scene. His heel persona has worked for every company he has been a part of since making the switch. He is very in-demand which is why his IMPACT dates are more few and far between these days. If I’m IMPACT, I lock the guy in and make it worth his while to get priority on all his dates. Cardona is really a guy they could get behind but because they don’t know when he will show up, they can’t really tell the kinds of stories and build long term programs around him.


IMPACT! on AXS TV review

This weeks IMPACT! on AXS TV was another really good episode that flowed really well. The matches were good to great and all the promos worked for me. Eric Young’s momentum heading in to Slammiversary continued this week in the main event. While he was a surprising, and some would say underwhelming contender, the company has done a nice job building him up. Young and Violent By Design defeated The Briscoes and Josh Alexander, with Young pinning Mark Briscoe.  Ultimate X also took more shape as Trey Miguel was added to the match after his victory over Alex Shelley.

HITS:

  • Throwback intro video:  This was tremendous and a great way to celebrate IMPACT’s TNA roots. Also anytime we get a reprieve from “We Own The Night” is a big win.

  • Trey Miguel qualifying for Ultimate X with win over Alex Shelley: The match started off slow but about six minutes in they cranked it up a couple notches and had themselves a damn good match. Miguel won with a magistral cradle and left it open for a rematch in the future.

  • Sabin and Kazarian go to a double DQ: I typically hate double DQ’s, but I guess that’s what IMPACT had to do to get an AEW guy on their show. Kind of chicken shit and I’d rather they just didn’t bring the AEW stars over if that’s how it has to be. But Kazarian and Sabin turned back the clock and had an excellent match until Honor No More interfered. Good news is, its leading to Kazarian teaming with The Motor City Machine guns to take on Honor No More and that should be awesome.

  • Masha squashes Havok: While I didn’t like how they got to the match, I love that Masha squashed her first real test. Now IMPACT needs to begin telling Masha’s story so we can find out her “why”.
  • Violent by Design beat the Briscoes and Josh Alexander: Very good main event with Eric Young picking up another much needed win. The Briscoes came off like such big stars here and got the crowd going in this one.

MISSES:

  • Moose and Sami: I’m so bored with Sami’s hacker stuff. Moose cut a promo on Sami backstage and then the screen starts to scramble and the camera shakes. But the screens behind Moose didn’t and the poor guy was forced to pretend to be frightened while special effects were added in post production. Weak.

  • PCO still being a heel: PCO has been disconnected from Honor No More for awhile while he focused on his feud with JONAH. He is very over as a babyface from that program. But this week he was back with Honor No More, helping them to beat down Sabin and Kazarian. So he was a villain this week again. But next week he is teaming with babyface W. Morrissey against Maclin and Moose. I’m beginning to wonder if the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing in this company sometimes. Its unnecessarily confusing and reeks of Vince Russo.

News:

  • Ace Austin is now 5–1 in the Best of the Super Juniors. He has really been impressing everyone over there. Austin even defeated Junior Heavyweight champion Taiji Ishimori, which is crazy.
  • Josh Alexander and “Speedball” Mike Bailey apparently tore the house down at Wrestling Revolver in Las Vegas on May 28.

  • Mia Yim told Denise Salcedo that she wants to retire in IMPACT. I hope she doesn’t mean six months from now when her contract expires.
  • IMPACT will be debuting at the historic Center Stage in Atlanta for Against All Odds on July 1 and a television taping on July 2. This is where WCW used to tape WCW Saturday Night and several other shows in the early ’90s before moving to a soundstage in Orlando.
  • IMPACT also officially announced their return to the Parishtown Hall in Louisville, KY on July 15 and 16 for TV tapings.
  • Slammiversary ticket sales are up to around 350 tickets out of 704. Ric Flair’s upcoming final match promoted by Conrad Thompson in conjunction with Starcast in July at the Nashville Fairgrounds, which is the same venue as Slammiversary, sold out in a couple hours.
  • Scott D’Amore is matching all donations to Don West’s Go Fund Me, that was set up to help with his hospital bills as he fights cancer


Ratings

The May 26 episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV  averaged 125,000 viewers with a 0.03 demo. Total viewership is up from last weeks 119,000.  The demo rating is down from 0.04. The show was ranked #130 the Showbuzz Top 150, down from #93 last week.

According to Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, IMPACT’s total average viewership for the month of May is up 4% from May 2021. However it is down 13% in the 18–49 demo.


IMPACT Ratings 2022

Date Total Viewership Demo Notes
May-26 125,000 0.03 VDB vs Josh Alexander/Briscoes; #130 on Showbuzz
May-19 119,000 0.04 Briscoes vs VBD; #93 on Showbuzz
May-12 125,000 0.03 Gauntlet for the Gold; #116 on Showbuzz
May-5 108,000 0.04 Under Siege Go Home
Apr-28 107,000 0.02 Moose vs. Alexander; NFL Draft competition
Apr-21 112,000 0.03
Apr-14 123,000 0.04
Apr-7 89,000 0.02
Mar-31 149,000 0.04 Bullet Club vs. Motor City Machine Guns 2
Mar-24 100,000 0.02 Mickie vs. Tasha
Mar-17 68,000 0.02 Josh Alexander vs. Matt Taven
Mar-10 94,000 0.03 Sacrifice fallout
Mar-3 131,000 0.04 Sacrifice Go-home; #133 on Showbuzz
Feb-25 111,000 0.03 No Surrender fallout; #141 on Showbuzz
Feb-17 109,000 0.03 Bullet Club vs VBD; #131 on Showbuzz
Feb-10 117,000 0.03 W. Morrissey vs Brian Myers; #145 on Showbuzz
Feb-3 114,000 0.02 Bullet Club vs IMPACT
Jan-27 182,000 0.05 #104 on Showbuzz; PCO vs Chris Sabin
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” show

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