Impact announced today that they have signed a U.S television deal with Pursuit Channel. The deal is not exclusive according to PWInsider.
The deal with Pursuit is simply a placeholder as Impact works on securing a larger deal contract with another network. If Impact does not score another deal, they essentially have Pursuit to fall back on. Anthem Entertainment, the parent company of Impact is a partner with Pursuit, hence why they decided to move there for the time being.
Impact Wrestling had the chance to continue airing on PopTV, which reportedly were paying them a fee of $1 million per year, plus an ad split of an addition $1-2 million. PopTV is shifting their their focus, and Impact feels that a move would be best for all parties.
Impact was in talks recently with TruTV, WGN, and SyFy, and details of if those discussions are continuing is currently unknown.
Pursuit has limited availability, and it’s expected that the program will reach lesser viewers for that reason. The company will air Impact at 10PM ET on Friday night’s.
Pursuit is a sister station of The Fight Network in Canada, which is owned by Anthem Entertainment, and will air Impact Wrestling at 10PM on Friday night’s as well.
Impact will be taping their first episode on 1/7 at the Nashville Fairgrounds, with an air-date of 1/11.
To see if you have access to Pursuit, check out their channel finder.
Recent WWE Trademark Filing Suggests Name Of New Show, Possibly On FS1
WWE has filed a trademark for the name “WWE After The Bell” with the United States Trademark Office on July 18, 2019.
The filing is classified under “Entertainment Services”, and is described as “an ongoing show about professional wrestling”. Although not confirmed, the new filing may be the name of WWE’s new weekly studio show airing Tuesday night’s on FS1.
Triple H made the announcement in April that WWE will begin airing the show once SmackDown moves to Friday’s on FOX. The weekly program plans to provide analysis on all things WWE, including RAW, Smackdown, and NXT. Triple H states they will not only provide analysis on the athletic component of WWE, but also the storyline aspect of the product.
Below is the filing details for “WWE After The Bell”
International Class 041: ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES, NAMELY, AN ONGOING SHOW ABOUT PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING; ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES, NAMELY, THE PRODUCTION AND EXHIBITION OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING EVENTS RENDERED LIVE AND THROUGH BROADCAST MEDIA INCLUDING TELEVISION AND RADIO, AND VIA THE INTERNET OR COMMERCIAL ONLINE SERVICE; PROVIDING WRESTLING NEWS AND INFORMATION VIA A GLOBAL COMPUTER NETWORK; SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT RENDERED LIVE AND THROUGH BROADCAST MEDIA INCLUDING TELEVISION AND RADIO, AND VIA THE INTERNET OR COMMERCIAL ONLINE SERVICE; PROVIDING INFORMATION IN THE FIELDS OF SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT VIA AN ONLINE COMMUNITY PORTAL; HBN PROVIDING A WEBSITE IN THE FIELD OF SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT; ORGANIZING AND STAGING ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS WITH WRESTLING FAN CLUB MEMBERS; PROVIDING ONLINE NEWSLETTERS IN THE FIELDS OF SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT; ONLINE JOURNALS, NAMELY, BLOGS, IN THE FIELD OF SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT; ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES, NAMELY, ON GOING TALK SHOW IN THE FIELDS OF SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT; PODCASTS IN THE FIELDS OF SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Intent to Use: The applicant has a bona fide intention, and is entitled, to use the mark in commerce on or in connection with the identified goods/services.
IMPACT Wrestling Renews Agreement with Twitch, Expands Weekly Content Production
IMPACT Wrestling issued the following press release
Flagship weekly show IMPACT! streams on Twitch every Friday at 10:00 p.m. ET
TORONTO – IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and one of the world’s largest professional wrestling organizations, announced today it has renewed and expanded the scope of its agreement with Twitch, one of the world’s largest live streaming video platforms, which includes the weekly premiere of the flagship two-hour show IMPACT!, streaming on Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET.
The renewal will include the production of more exclusive content on the Twitch platform (www.twitch.tv/impactwrestling
“Since debuting the weekly premiere of IMPACT! on Twitch this past January, we have been committed to growing the passionate professional wrestling community on the platform and the response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Ed Nordholm, Executive Vice President of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and President of IMPACT Wrestling. “We have grown our subscriber and follower bases significantly, while spreading our reach to new audiences. With our increased slate of exclusive content hosted by the likes of Melissa Santos, Don Callis and top IMPACT Wrestling stars, fans have been able to interact with our larger-than-life personalities like never before.”
“IMPACT Wrestling has quickly established itself as a leading wrestling channel on our platform”, said Jane Weedon, Director of Business Development at Twitch. “We are excited by the potential to expand on the content delivered by IMPACT Wrestling to the Twitch community, and their commitment to delivering live, shared, interactive and entertaining experiences for our audiences.”
IMPACT! showcases top professional wrestling stars such as IMPACT World Champion Brian Cage, plus Rob Van Dam, Moose, Eddie Edwards, Sami Callihan, Rich Swann, Michael Elgin, the high-flying X-Division and the Knockouts, including Champion Taya Valkyrie, Tessa Blanchard, Rosemary and Su Yung. Since its inception in 2002, IMPACT! has been a leading destination for professional wrestling fans, televised globally in 120 countries, while growing its popularity and reach on YouTube, Twitch, Pluto and social media platforms.
Report: Major RAW Reunion Segment Changed Due To Ricochet Injury
Seth Rollins was not WWE’s first pick for last night’s segment with DX and The O.C.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, Ricochet was originally planned to to be a part of the segment, and was pulled due to an elbow infection. The company was planning on using him as a fresh face to “get the rub” from DX and endorse him as a major player in the company.
Seth Rollins ended up working a match against AJ Styles, and being a part of the segment. It’s unknown how long Ricochet will be out of action.
It was also noted that Rikishi was originally supposed to give D-Von Dudley and The Revival a “Stinkface”, but was not medically cleared to perform any moves.
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