It was rumoured as soon as Anthem Entertainment, owners of IMPACT! Wrestling, acquired AXS TV that IMPACT! would move from Pursuit Network to AXS and joined NJPW and WOW Wrestling as the wrestling content on the sports network. It has now been made official in a press release issued by AXS
“Immediately following IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest pay-per-view event of the year Bound For Glory, which takes place on Oct. 20 in the Chicago area, IMPACT! will begin airing weekly on AXS TV. The program will continue to simulcast globally on IMPACT Wrestling’s official Twitch channel.
IMPACT Wrestling is a perfect fit for AXS TV’s slate of live sporting events and combat sports content,” said Ed Nordholm, Chief Corporate Officer of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and President of IMPACT Wrestling. “The newest addition to our growing portfolio of media assets, AXS TV’s audience perfectly aligns with our passionate IMPACT Wrestling fan base, and this move increases the reach for our weekly program with distribution in over 50 million homes. We could not ask for a better home and are excited by the opportunities to work with Mark Cuban and Anschutz Entertainment Group, our partners in AXS TV, to bolster IMPACT Wrestling’s presence in the market, as we continue to deliver action-packed and innovative weekly programming featuring some of the most athletic and gifted stars in the professional wrestling industry.
Showcasing top professional wrestling stars such as IMPACT World Champion Brian Cage, plus Rob Van Dam, Rhino, Moose, Eddie Edwards, Sami Callihan, Rich Swann, Michael Elgin, the high-flying X-Division and the Knockouts, including Gail Kim, Tessa Blanchard, Taya Valkyrie, Tenille Dashwood, Rosemary, Madison Rayne and Su Yung, IMPACT! has been a leading destination for professional wrestling fans, televised globally in 120 countries since its inception in 2002, while growing its popularity and reach on YouTube, Twitch, Pluto and social media platforms.”
This is a big move for IMPACT! who has recently lost its fanbase due to a move to Pursuit with rumours that the company was barely pulling in 5 figures worth of viewers. They now join a network that handles the US distribution of New Japan Pro Wrestling, who IMPACT! have wanted to work with for a long time, as well as women’s wrestling show WOW. One wonders what changes will come to IMPACT! as the company is in a period of transition after losing LAX and choosing to focus extensively on former ECW stars recently.
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