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IMPACT News: IMPACT Continues Low Viewership Trend This Week (8/9/18)

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Last night’s episode of IMPACT featured a World Championship match in which the Austin Aries retained his title against Eddie Edwards thanks to an assist from Killer Kross.

This week’s episode of IMPACT brought in 168,000 viewers which is down from last week’s show that brought in 248,000 viewers which is a new low for 2018. This episode is also the second lowest in the show’s 16-year history since mid-December from last year.

Last night’s show was ranked #127 on the Cable Top 150 while last week was ranked #138.

When it came to the 18-49 demographic the show that topped the night was the NFL preseason. Both games were ranked #1 and #2, bringing in 3.4 million viewers total. When looking at the night as a whole, the FOX News show Hannity topped the night, bringing in 2.2790 million viewers.

Here is the breakdown for the last four episodes of IMPACT:

July 19th Episode: 275,000 viewers
July 26th Episode: 299,000 viewers (post-Slammiversary episode)
August 2nd Episode: 248,000 viewers
August 9th Episode: 168,000 viewers

Source: Showbuzz Daily 

Ja’Von’s Take: The last time that IMPACT had 300,000-plus viewers in ratings was the July 5th, 2018 episode. It seems that IMPACT is in a ratings lull as for the past two weeks they have had record lows. When it comes to the wrestling business ratings are not the end-all, be-all. IMPACT has continued to put on great shows this year and fans have been stoked about all the great matches. Ratings will continue to be low for a while as we head into the football season, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. Let’s see what the YouTube numbers are like before we begin to panic.

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WWE News: Triple H Comments On New Performance Center Recruits

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Earlier today we told you about the new recruits to the WWE Performance center. (You can read about there here) Now, Triple H has commented on the new recruits.

Jason’s Take
This is a very interesting performance center class and it is one I am very excited about. Mia Yim is an extremely eexperienced wrestler, and should add some well needed depth to the NXT women’s division. She has taken on some of the best including Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb, and Sara Del Ray.

Chelsea Green was released from Impact earlier this year in what I thought was a head scratching move. She has the ability to work both heel or face and do it very effectively.

Matt Riddle is the obvious centerpiece of this training class. He has long been rumored to be signing with WWE and now it has finally happened. I do not see Riddle lasting in NXT for very long before moving up to the main roster.

 


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WWE News: FOX Wants Changes To Smackdown

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FOX has spent a large amount of money to acquire the rights for Smackdown in 2019. Now, in the latest addition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter, Dave Meltzer is reporting that FOX wants Smackdown to be more sports oriented and less comedy based.

The plan currently for Fox is to have a weekend sports block that begins on Thursday night with coverage of the NFL, Smackdown on Friday, NCAA Football on Saturday, and NFL on Sunday.

It will be interesting to see what direction WWE and Vince McMahon decides to take. Fans have long wanted an end to the PG Era of WWE.

Jason’s Thoughts
Even though WWE may most likely change their product, I don’t see a move towards the attitude era. The Smackdown brand has been the stronger brand as far as talent is concerned. The story lines and character development are much better than what is on RAW. It would be great to see more wrestling out of Smackdown as I feel potentially it can beat RAW in the ratings.

 


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WWE News: WWE Reportedly Eyeing Germany For Next Regional Brand

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The highly anticipated NXT UK finally premiered on the WWE Network yesterday, the next step in Triple H’s long-term plans for global development of not just NXT, but the company overall.

Previously, ‘The Game’ has spoken about his vision of opening something similar to the wrestling territory days of old, but with WWE having Performance Centers across different countries. Now that NXT UK has launched, it looks like the company has already been working on its next possible venture.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Germany is next on WWE’s agenda, as the company is currently looking into creating a product similar to NXT UK. As was noted back in late-August, the company will be holding tryouts in Cologne in November (read that here) and it’s being said the reason for doing it is to begin building for a new brand.

We’ve also noted how WWE is interested in signing Austrian star WALTER, however due to his commitments with Germany’s wXw it would only be likely should he sign a deal similar to NXT UK Superstars Pete Dunne or Tyler Bate (check that out here). Now of course, this would allow the company to sign WALTER while he’s able to be home more, which was reportedly also a sticking point. Additionally, Performance Center coach Robbie Brookside has been working with wXw of late, reportedly with the hopes of the company utilizing wXw much like they do PROGRESS in the United Kingdom with regards to putting on shows.

 

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