WWE Impact Live

Impact is averaging around 300,000 weekly viewers on Pop TV.  The average viewership on FS1? 180,000 viewers.

Why wouldn’t they purchase Impact for peanuts and replace the 205 Live taping after Smackdown with Impact Live? You have a program that is currently getting around 300k viewers on a horrible 3rd rate network that most people don’t even know exists. They’ve proven they can maintain that number with a horrible stigma attached to them and without the WWE machine behind them. You’re replacing one irrelevant brand (205) with another irrelevant brand (Impact) but with the potential to make money. Really nothing to lose.

You now have a 3rd live tv brand to shop around to networks, FS1 in particular which jump at the chance of at least 300k viewers after losing UFC programming. You now own the tape library instead of constantly having to go to Anthem to license the footage. You get all of the Impact contracts and mix them with the 20 guys on 205 Live to form your roster. 

Realistically though, the TNA library is the only thing they’ve got worthwhile to offer.  WWE has already picked off any of the talent they actually want, and if anyone cared about the Impact brand they would have found a better TV deal already.  I can see buying them and sticking them in the Network, but not seriously using them as a real brand.  



Go to the 37 minute mark. And, of course, that’s the finish. They even nix the 3rd fall ’cause Gunkel is F’d yo.

Old news,bro.  I reviewed that match as a part of the Hidden Gems rant ages ago.  But yes, Lou Thesz was a bad mamma jamma and I’d also highly recommend his autobiography. 

Takeover: Chicago II

Takeover: Chicago II
Date: June 16, 2018
Location: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson

It’s time for a sequel and that means things might not be quite as good as it was before. However, the card looks very strong here with all five matches having the potential to steal the show. The main event will likely be Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano II in a street fight, which is completely different than an unsanctioned match. Let’s get to it.

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NXT/WWE weekends

Got a two parter for you.

1. When was the last time that WWE and NXT ran shows on the same weekend and the WWE show was better? Has that even happened since they started running the Takeover specials. 

2. Do you think that Vince cares at all that developmental keeps showing up the main roster? I mean, I know, he just inked a crazy big money deal. So obviously it’s not keeping him up at night, but do you think he’s even aware? 
1.  I wanna say NXT San Antonio because that wasn’t my favourite Takeover by any means.  But the Rumble wasn’t like a blowaway show or anything.  
2.  I don’t think Vince is even aware. Clearly he doesn’t follow what the stories and characters that HHH is producing based on main roster runs.  

Saturday Night Takeover thread

Hey all, tonight is NXT Takeover Chicago II with Aleister Black vs Lars Sullivan headlining and Garagano vs Ciampa in a rematch.  I’m leaving town for a family gathering tonight and won’t be back until tomorrow night, so there will be no rant until Sunday night.  Money in the Bank…I dunno.  Not really my priority.


Talk about the show and any other Saturday night stuff here!

Smackdown – January 15, 2004

Date: January 15, 2004
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Attendance: 6,000
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

With less than two weeks to go before the Royal Rumble, it’s still the Hardcore Holly Show around here. Thankfully there’s some other stuff going on to balance it out, but he’s an anchor on the momentum that the show could have. Other than that though we have Chris Benoit and John Cena having rockets strapped to their backs, which could be very entertaining. Let’s get to it.

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Bobby Eaton


I’ve message a few times regarding the dangerous alliance and midnight express, but I wanted to get to the point and ask what you thought of Bobby Eaton.

I don’t know why I’m such a fan of him. Perhaps it’s remembering his quality work with the dangerous alliance, or that he just had a manner about him that he seemed like a decent guy…

I don’t know. I just hold him in High regard, and it’s only after hearing stories in later years about how nice he is that I lament he isn’t brought up very often, when o feel he could make for a good addition to the rotating we’re documentary interviews.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

​Yeah, Bobby Eaton has long been cited as the nicest guy in the business by everyone who worked with him at the time, and he’s a really underrated guy as far as moving heavyweights into a more aerial style.  Jim Cornette of course has a million hilarious stories about him in shoot interviews, like all the two-bit gyms they’d run where Bobby would get so high on the legdrop that he’d hit his head on the light standards and stuff like that.  I’ve heard his health was REALLY bad as of late, but he seems like he’d be a neat guy to do one of those Table for 3 deals if they could find Dennis Condrey and Stan Lane and sit them all down.​