Sting becoming a 4 time TNA World Heavyweight Champion this week on Impact Wrestling

A little bit late this week but nonetheless, here is my weekly rundown of this weeks edition of Impact Wrestling Hits & Misses…


Evil Clowns
Since they are going down the “joker” thing with Sting, it only made sense they used the first part (minus the bus and they didnt shoot each other) of “The Dark Knight”. In a way im glad they didnt use this to introduce new wrestlers to our screens as that would have sucked, but using Fortune was great, as it kept the ongoing feud alive with Immortal alive by the clowns attacking members one by one, plus its quite funny to see Karen screaming and running in heels (should always look in the back seat of cars before getting into them). Gunner looked the strongest of Immortal by wanting to go out looking for them but didnt expect getting jumped by all 4 of them

Samoa Joe vs The Pope vs Robert Roode
Although I like the BFG Series and this week they have stated that there are 8 weeks left but they havent stated how many matches everyone will compete in? So someone like Crimson can have 10 matches but Gunner could have like 5 (in theory). However the match itself was good, playing up more to that Joe thinks he’s keeps gettng screwed by the referee. The match may have lasted 5 minutes or so but it kept all the action coming fast, which was good, the ending I thought was cleverly played out, The pope kicked off the apron and Joe constantly going for the 10 points in any match and it always backfires on him. Hopefully Joe bounces back soon and starts earning some points. Read more of this post



IMPACT Wrestling: “Midsummer's Nightmare"

IMPACT Wrestling: “Midsummer's Nightmare"

IMPACT Wrestling: “Midsummer’s Nightmare”
Tuesday 19th July 2011 – 10pm on Challenge

Immortal promised to gamble with peoples careers, Sting promised them he would leave with the title thanks to his “aces in the hole” (a bunch of creepy clowns in the rafters)
Bobby Roode d Samoa Joe & “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero to gain 7 pts in the BFG Series
The creepy clowns proceeded to pick off members of Immortal one by one!
Jeff Jarrett was back from Mexico to celebrate his birthday. He brought his own presents to the party, for the members of Immortal.
Austin Aries d. Shannon Moore after using a chain, is confronted post match by Alex Shelley
Tara d. Madison Rayne and revealed her “present” for Madison to be none other than Poison!
Kurt Angle cut a promo stating he had a bone to pick with Anderson after last year and he still wants to beat Sting as he never has, he’s ready for Hardcore Justice no matter who it is.
Mexican America d. The British Invasion to become #1 Contenders to the Tag-Team Titles
The clowns take out Gunner backstage and reveal themselves as none other than Fortune!
Bully Ray attempts to interfere in the World Title match but is taken out by yet another clown, who unmasks to reveal himself as Kurt Angle!
Sting d. Mr. Anderson to win the World Heavyweight Title!

Craig is off duty this week due to a family matter, so the following report comes courtesy of my good colleagues at, I urge you to check out the original piece here.

Jeff Jarrett was back from Mexico to celebrate his birthday. He brought his own presents to the party, for the members of Immortal. Plus, Sting got his rematch against Ken Anderson for the World title.

The show opened with a look at Sting’s odd behavior in recent weeks. Bully Ray told Ken Anderson that he was either with Immortal or against them. Immortal got a new member with Ken Anderson

This Week’s Episode: Mid-Summer’s Nightmare Read more of this post


IMPACT Wrestling: “The Anderson Ultimatum"

IMPACT Wrestling: “The Anderson Ultimatum"

IMPACT Wrestling: “The Anderson Ultimatum”
Tuesday 12th July 2011 – 10pm on Challenge

Immortal call out Mr. Anderson, letting him know he has until the end of the show to make up his mind as to whether he’s with Immortal or against them.
Crimson d. Bobby Roode  to gain 7 pts in the BFG Series
Kendrick gives Abyss his mask back, but pays the price!
Jack Evans d. Jesse Sorensen and Tony Nese to earn a spot at Destination X and a chance at an IMPACT Wrestling contract.
Douglas Williams gets the word out that he is issuing an open challenge at Destination X!
Velvet Sky d. ODB & Jackie in a handicap match meaning ODB & Jackie are gone from TNA.
Rob Van Dam d. Christopher Daniels, AJ Styles & Jerry Lynn in a Four Way Match.
Devon & D’Angelo Dinero d. Matt Morgan & James Storm in a BFG Series Match.
Hulk Hogan attacks Sting backstage, taking him out of the main event match.
Immortal (Bully Ray, Abyss, Scott Steiner & Gunner) d. Kurt Angle & Sting, after Mr. Anderson faked helping Angle and instead attacked him and joined Immortal!

Welcome to this weeks report for iMPACT Wrestling. Now I should tell you I have actually watched Destination X before I have sat down to do this report, so I will try to write this report without giving anything away.

We start this week show with a recap of last week where we see how Sting attacked Hulk Hogan. Read more of this post


IMPACT Wrestling: “Bischoff's Crimson Mask"

IMPACT Wrestling: “Please Stand Up"

IMPACT Wrestling: “Please Stand Up”
Tuesday 5th July 2011 – 10pm on Challenge

Hulk Hogan welcomes Scott Steiner to Immortal and asks Mr. Anderson to reconsider his offer of a spot within the group.
A joker like Sting attacks Hogan and Immortal, asking the “Real” Hulk Hogan to please stand up again. This sets up a main event match with Scott Steiner.
Devon d. Samoa Joe in a BFG Series match
Low Ki d. Matt Bentley and Jimmy Yang to earn a spot at Destination X and a chance at an IMPACT Wrestling contract.
Mickie James, Ms. Tessmacher & Tara d. Winter, Angelina Love & Madison Rayne in a Knockouts Elimination Match
Daniels and AJ Styles sign the contract for their main event bout at Destination X.
RVD & Jerry Lynn take exception to Daniels and Styles boasts at having “built the X-Division”, all parties agree to a one night only four-way match next week.
British Invasion demand a Number 1 Contenders match with Mexican America.
An update from Jeff and Karen Jarrett in Mexico. They promise to return soon and they are bringing a gift for every member of Immortal.
Sting d. Scott Steiner
Kurt Angle makes the save as Hogan and Immortal Jump Sting.

Welcome to another addition of iMPACT Wrestling and my review. We open the show with Hulk Hogan in the back welcoming Scot Steiner to Immortal. As Steiner goes on his way Hogan starts walking and you hear Sting laughing as Hogan walks up he see Sting on a massive TV. Sting looks more like the Joker again this week. Sting rambles more stuff at Hogan and it looks like he has got inside Hulks head. Read more of this post

TNA Slammiversary IX Report – 15/06/11

IMPACT Wrestling: “Mick Foley...You're Fired!"

TNA Slammiversary IX: New World Champion!

TNA Slammviersary IX
Wednesday 15th June 2011 – 10pm on Challenge

Quick Results:
James Storm and Alex Shelley (Representing Beer Money) d. The British Invasion to retain the TNA World Tag-Team Titles
“The Blueprint” Matt Morgan d. “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner
Abyss d. Kazarian & Kendrick in a three way match to retain the X-Division Title
Crimson d. Samoa Joe to continue his undefeated streak
 Mickie James d. Angelina Love to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship
Bully Ray d. AJ Styles in a Last Man Standing Match
Mr. Anderson d. “The Icon” Sting to become TNA World Heavyweight Champion!
 Kurt Angle d. Jeff Jarrett to retain his Gold Medal and become #1 Contender to the World Title

Welcome to my review of Slammiversary IX hope you enjoy it and as I said last night I haven’t seen any spoilers for this maybe 1 by accident so I have no idea what will happen. Firstly I must say a massive thanks to my wife Helen who over the last couple of days has become a wrestling widow while I have written these last 2 reports.

So the show opens with the usual type video hyping the show. Mike Tenay and Taz welcome us to this “historic” 9th annual Slammiversary, they run down the big matches for tonight. Read more of this post

IMPACT Wrestling Report: “Bischoff got Served” – 07/06/2011

IMPACT Wrestling: “Mick Foley...You're Fired!"

IMPACT Wrestling: “Mick Foley...You're Fired!"

IMPACT Wrestling: “Bischoff got Served”
Tuesday 7th June 2011 – 10pm on Challenge

Eric Bischoff & Hulk Hogan reveal that Mick Foley has been fired!
Karen Jarrett is rushed to hospital
Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner d. Kurt Angle & Matt Morgan
Confrontation between AJ Styles and Bully Ray
 Brian Kendrick and Kazarian wrestled to a non-finish following interference by Abyss
 Eric Young (“The Not-So-Great Muta”) d. Mr. Anderson
 Angelina Love w/Winter d. Miss Tessmacher
 Crimson d. Matt Hardy
 Alex Shelley takes Robert Roode’s place to defend the Tag-Titles at Slammiversary
 ODB attacks Velvet Sky

Welcome to this weeks report on Impact Wrestling. I’ll start by apologising if this report is slightly late online I have been very busy this week and not had time to view this weeks episode in advance so am writing this Tuesday evening not long before the show airs. One thing I am hoping for tonight is more wrestling than last week. If the don’t then “Wrestling Matters” will start to look silly and fast. Read more of this post

TNA UK TV Ratings – Week Ending 22nd May 2011

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

The UK TV Ratings are in for the week ending 22nd May 2011 and it’s further good news for TNA Wrestling on Challenge!

According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board – TNA iMPACT! scored a superb 197,000 viewers, for the Tuesday 17th May The Network’s Revenge episode featuring the surprise appearances of Mick Foley, Chris Harris and Chyna. The show was headlined by 25 Man Battle Royal  main Event won by Mr. Anderson. This was up 4,000 viewers on last weeks episode and means TNA Wrestling on Challenge continues to be the top rated wrestling programming on UK television for the seventh consecutive week and 11th time overall this year.

TNA Sacrifice, headlined by Sting vs. RVD - the most watched TNA PPV broadast ever in the United Kingdom.

TNA Sacrifice, headlined by Sting vs. RVD - the most watched TNA PPV broadast ever in the United Kingdom.

But the biggest ratings news of the week is in relation to the TNA Sacrifice PPV broadcast. The event, featuring a heavily hyped Sting vs. Rob Van Dam World Title matchup drew a record 204,000 viewers, meaning TNA Sacrifice is the most watched TNA PPV ever broadcast on UK television!

Sacrifice ranked 1st overall amongst all programming on Challenge for the week, with IMPACT in second place.

TNA Xplosion, featuring a Douglas Williams vs. Okada main event, ranked outside the top 10 highest rated programs on Challenge TV and thus i’m unable to confirm the exact viewing figures for the episode. However the lowest ranked of the top 10, Catchphrase, drew 124,000 viewers and thus Xplosion falls somewhere below that figure.

Here is the Top 10 ranked programs on Challenge for the week:

w/e 22 May 2011

2 TNA IMPACT (TUE 2158) 197
3 IN IT TO WIN IT (TUE 2059) 154
4 BULLSEYE (MON 2332) 152
5 BULLSEYE (MON 2301) 147
8 CATCHPHRASE (TUE 1934) 138
9 CATCHPHRASE (THU 1901) 131
10 CATCHPHRASE (WED 1930) 124

WWE’s RAW, headlined by a John Cena versus Jack Swagger No Holds Barred Match posted 110,000 viewers, down a whopping 43,000 viewers from last week alone.

And of even more concern for WWE is their other flagship show “Smackdown” which saw a 51,000 viewer drop with a show which featured a Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry main event. The show drew just 81,000 viewers.

WWE’s Over the Limit Pay-Per View, airing on Sky Sports 2, drew a decent 159,000 viewers for the event headlined by a Miz/John Cena WWE Title main event.

Here’s an overview of viewership for all wrestling programming for the week:

Weekly Ratings Summary:

1 TNA SACRIFICE (WED, Challenge, 2200) 204,000
2 TNA IMPACT (TUE, Challenge , 2158) 197,000
3 WWE OVER THE LIMIT-LIVE (SUN , Sky Sports 2, 2500) 159,000
4 WWE LATE NIGHT RAW – LIVE (MON, Sky Sport 3, 2600) 110,000
5 WWE LATE NIGHT SMACKDOWN (FRI, Sky Sports 4, 2203) 81,000
6 WWE LATE NIGHT BOTTOM LINE (MON, Sky Sports 3, 2201) 57,000
7 WWE AFTERBURN (SUN, Sky Sports 4, 0900) 34,000
8 TNA Xplosion (TUE, Challenge, 2400) Under 124,000

Weekly Ratings Wins so far (2011)*:

TNA iMPACT! – 11
WWE Smackdown – 2

*Based on first showing viewing figures, not inclusive of +1 or replay figures.

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