IMPACT WRESTLING HITS & MISSES 19/07/11

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…

THIS WEEKS HITS

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

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RIC FLAIR RETURNING TO THE RING?

Ric Flair: Will we see him go toe to toe with Angle or renew his rivalry with Sting?

Ric Flair: Will we see him go toe to toe with Angle or renew his rivalry with Sting?

The Albany Herald in Albany, GA has an article up on Ric Flair, which you can read at http://www.albanyherald.com/sports/.

Flair commented on his return to TNA, stating the following… “I don’t know for sure, but it will be either Sting or Kurt Angle. It just depends on whoever wins between them on Aug. 6. You got the scoop right there, brother.”

Ric Flair’s lawyer has confirmed that Flair’s online store has been up and running for a while. She also stated that Ric Flair is off of TNA TV due to a rotator cuff injury.

TNA XPLOSION REPORT – 20/07/2011

TNA Xplosion Championship Challenge: D'Angelo Dinero vs. Alex Shelley

TNA Xplosion Championship Challenge: D'Angelo Dinero vs. Alex Shelley

TNA Xplosion
Wednesday 20th July 2011 – 10pm on Challenge

Originally posted on 1Wrestling.com

THIS WEEK ON XPLOSION:
Alex Shelley d. “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero in the Xplosion Championship Challenge Tournament
TNAOnDemand Match of the Week: Kurt Angle vs. Sting from Hard Justice 2009.
TNA Spin Cycle: Featuring Austin Aries, Tara, Magnus & Douglas Williams
TNA Rewind: Sting vs. Mr. Anderson from this weeks Impact Wrestling

Ray Mullan reporting for 1Wrestling.com. IMPACT Wrestling’s internationally syndicated program – “TNA Xplosion” goes prime time on Challenge TV in the United Kingdom following strong ratings. Find out what happened as “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero and Alex Shelley faced off for a place in the next round of the Xplosion Championship Challenge… Read more of this post

IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT: “MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE” – 19/07/11

IMPACT Wrestling: “Midsummer's Nightmare"

IMPACT Wrestling: “Midsummer's Nightmare"

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

THIS WEEK ON IMPACT WRESTLING:
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 1Wrestling.com, 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

TNA UK TV RATINGS – WEEK ENDING 10TH JULY 2011

IMPACT Wrestling on Challenge

IMPACT Wrestling on Challenge

The UK TV Ratings are in for the week ending 10th July 2011 and it’s further good news for IMPACT Wrestling on Challenge!

According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board – IMPACT Wrestling scored a huge 216,000 viewers, for the Tuesday 5th July “Please Stand Up episode headlined by a Sting vs. Scott Steiner main event.

Sting: New "Crazed" side to his character has proved a hit with UK viewers.

Sting: New "Crazed" side to his character has proved a hit with UK viewers.

This was down 20,000 from last weeks all time high viewership record of 236,000 but was nonetheless a very strong showing. This extends IMPACT Wrestling streak as the top rated wrestling program on UK television to 14 consecutive weeks.

It would be appear that IMPACT Wrestling on Challenge is beginning to consistently break the 200,000 mark and rank number 1 each week on Challenge, something I’m sure both IMPACT Wrestling and BSKYB/Challenge will be very pleased with.

The saturday night replay made the top 10 again this week, with its airing on Challenge+1 garnering 30,000 viewers.

TNA Xplosion, featuring a Jeremy Buck vs. Shannon Moore “Xplosion Championship Challenge” match, 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, Play Your Cards Right, drew 128,000 viewers, meaning TNA Xplosion falls somewhere below that figure.

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

Challenge
w/e 10 July 2011

1 TNA PRESENTS IMPACT WRESTLING (TUE 2200) 216
2 CATCHPHRASE (SUN 1832) 151
3 BULLSEYE (FRI 2301) 142
4 CLASSIC WHO WANTS TBA MILLIONARE (THU 2100) 142
5 CLASSIC WHO WANTS TBA MILLIONARE (TUE 2100) 142
6 IN IT TO WIN IT (TUE 1959) 141
7 CLASSIC WHO WANTS TBA MILLIONARE (FRI 2059) 135
8 BULLSEYE (FRI 2330) 130
9 CLASSIC WHO WANTS TBA MILLIONARE (WED 2100) 128
10 CATCHPHRASE (SAT 1831) 128

WWE’s RAW, posted 118,000 viewers, down 34,000 viewers from last week. WWE’s other flagship show “Smackdown” drew 112,000 viewers, this was up 16,000 viewers from last weeks airing.

Weekly Ratings Summary:

1 TNA PRESENTS IMPACT WRESTLING (TUE, Challenge , 2200) 216,000
2 WWE LATE NIGHT RAW – LIVE (MON, Sky Sport 3, 2600) 118,000
3 WWE LATE NIGHT SMACKDOWN (FRI, Sky Sports 2, 2230) 112,000
4 TNA PRESENTS IMPACT WRESTLING (SAT, Challenge+1 , 2201) 30,000
5 TNA XPLOSION (TUE, Challenge, 2400) Under 128,000

Weekly Ratings Wins so far (2011)*:
IMPACT Wrestling – 18
WWE RAW – 2
WWE Smackdown – 2

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

WHAT’S MY ANGLE?: “ANDERSON’S REIGN”

Shouldn’t Roode be the one getting the push?

So Mr Anderson joins Immortal, smart move I guess. Immortal has needed a lead heel since the departure of Jeff Hardy and I guess Anderson fits the bill.

I have been a little disappointed in Anderson of late in truth, he is one of the best in the business on the mic but I’m not convinced he brings much else to the table.

This could be a little harsh, I myself thought his original title reign was a little short and thought he deserved a little more time to show us what he could do and now that he holds the title, for me something about it seems a little flat. Read more of this post

BOUND FOR GLORY 2011: COMING OCTOBER 16TH TO PHILADELPHIA, PA

Bound For Glory 2011

Bound For Glory 2011

TNA Entertainment announced yesterday via IMPACTWrestling.com and ESPN.com that their flagship Pay-Per View event – “Bound For Glory” will take place this year live worldwide on pay-per-view from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia October 16. Tickets go on sale July 22 and start as low as $15.

Fans can also purchase the Bound For Glory Ultimate Fan Xperience for $199, which includes access to “Bound For Glory, “TNA Fan InterAction,” plus a special VIP-only entrance to “Bound For Glory,” and a special “Before The Glory” dinner event with IMPACT WRESTLING superstars. For more information visit ShopTNA.com

The location of October’s “Bound For Glory” was announced on ESPN.com’s Page 2, by ESPN SportsCenter anchor Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) and his special guest, Sting. To watch the interview with Sting, click the link: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6767212

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