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Brace for IMPACT: Dixie Carter to make appearance at Slammiversary

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Dixie Carter Slammiversary

Dixie Carter to make appearance at Slammiversary

Dixie Carter, the former TNA president for many years and major television character, will be making an appearance at this weekends Slammiversary according to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi.

Hopefully it’s to announce her induction into IMPACT’s Hall of Fame.

Wrestling journalists and fans alike have spent a lot of time over the years talking about—or even celebrating—her failures, but Carter deserves a lot of credit for what she did for the company.

Dixie Carter was not a perfect executive and had flaws, but TNA/IMPACT enjoyed their greatest success under her watch. She took the company off death’s door, cleaned it up, moved them to Orlando, and eventually secured them a television deal on Spike TV.

Carter also landed IMPACT many deals on international networks, and, to this day, IMPACT is seen in more countries than bigger companies like AEW and NJPW. Carter kept the company afloat for 15 years, employed some of the greatest stars in history, and provided us some unforgettable moments. Her downfall was spectacular and played out in the media, but enough time has passed. It is long overdue to give Carter her flowers.


Five reasons to watch Slammiversary

5. Nostalgia galore! This years Slammiversary is the 20 anniversary of the company, and IMPACT will be celebrating the good stuff and making fun of the bad stuff (see: Reverse Battle Royal). Former TNA stars will be returning plus all throughout the show the company will be taking a look back at the history of TNA.

4. Queen of the Mountain: The King of the Mountain match returns and for the first time will feature the Knockouts. The last King of the Mountain match took place in 2015. These type of matches are typically a wild convoluted mess that leave the audience more confused than anything else but they are mostly entertaining.

3. Honor No More vs. IMPACT Originals: While some folks were a little disappointed that Nick Aldis was added as one of the surprise opponents, if you take a look at the talent involved, this has the making of a classic. This could end up being the match of the night and given the possibility of a surprise or two, could be the most talked about.

2. Ultimate X: Ace Austin, Alex Zayne, Jack Evans, Speedball, Kenny King, and Trey Miguel are set for the third Ultimate X of 2022, and this should top them all. Most of the guys are out of their minds and I’m honestly a bit nervous to see it.

1. Big match Josh Alexander: Alexander defends his title against one of the most enduring IMPACT stars of the last 20 years in Eric Young. Young is tremendous and very underrated. Every big match that Alexander has been in since 2021 has over delivered, and I expect nothing less than a classic world heavyweight title match between these two.


IMPACT! on AXS TV review

The June 16 episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV was very middle-of-the-road. The show-closing angle between Alexander and Young was good and the Speedball-Miguel match was awesome. Other than that, it was mostly skippable, with lots of hype videos to get us ready for Slammiversary.

HITS:

  • Main event contract-signing: This is a tired trope that every American company continues to employ, but here, it worked. Young and Alexander both delivered awesome promos before getting into a brawl. Violent By Design took out Scott D’Amore and left Alexander bloody to close the show.

  • ‘Speedball’ vs. Trey Miguel: My gosh, both these guys are so good. Miguel picked up the victory to gain momentum heading in to Slammiversary. If you only care about good matches, skip the rest of the show and put this one on.

  • Briscoes over IWGP Champion Jay White & Chris Bey:  Yet another reminder that IMPACT tapes their shows well in advance: The new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Jay White, wrestled his last IMPACT match for now. This was decent, and the Good Brothers were funny on commentary.

MISSES:

  • Aces and Eights vs. Honor No More: Aces and Eights’ return was a miss. Wes Briscoe and Garrett Bischoff were essentially IMPACT enhancement talent, so why IMPACT would bring them back and feature them on television is beyond me. It was clear neither men had been in the ring since they’d left IMPACT almost a decade ago. D’Lo Brown hitting his signature moves on Honor No More was a lot of fun though.

News:

  • IMPACT is still struggling to sell tickets to Slammiversary. As of June 15, they’ve only sold 449 of 704 tickets per WrestleTix. IMPACT is giving away free tickets to the television taping the night after Slammiversary at the Fairgrounds in Nashville.
  • WrestleTix is also detailing sales for the Against All Odds and Southern Hostility events at Center Stage in Atlanta on July 1 and 2. Against All Odds has distributed 256 tickets and Southern Hostility has 244 out. The venue is set up for 791. Tickets went on sale June 13.
  • IMPACT announced a new interview series hosted by Tom Hannifan called Outside the Ropes. The show will air on IMPACT Plus and their YouTube subscription service. You can stream the first episode featuring Trey Miguel for free.
  • Tommy Dreamer teased on Busted Open that there would be some big news coming out of Slammiversary about more places to watch IMPACT content. Gail Kim also stated the on the Battleground Podcast that “fans would be surprised about big plans in terms of where we want this company to go and just be more exposed to a bigger audience”. No one should get their hopes up about this and its a good idea to temper expectations.

Ratings

The June 16 episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV  averaged 108,000 viewers with a 0.04 demo. Total viewership is down from last weeks 121,000, but the demo is up from 0.03. Viewership was expected to be down significantly going up against game 6 of the NBA Finals, so the demo rising is a good sign.  The episode was ranked #120 the Showbuzz Top 150, slightly up from #121 last week.


IMPACT Ratings 2022

Date Total Viewership Demo Notes
June-16 108,000 0.04 Slammiversary Go-Home; #120 on Showbuzz
June- 9 121,000 0.03 Honor No More vs. MCMGs and Kazarian; #121 on Showbuzz
June-2 116,000 0.03 Morrissey/PCO vs. Maclin/Moose; #120 on Showbuzz
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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