Impact Wrestling will soon be searching for a new home in terms of television once again as it is set to end its relationship with Pop TV.
Only two years ago, it seemed almost inevitable that we were witnessing the final days of Impact Wrestling. Well, back then the company was still called TNA. After well over a decade of trying and failing to be on the same level as WWE, the promotion was set to go under.
The company kept changing its names, had a multitude of different owners in a short amount of time, the whole thing was a mess. However, here we are in 2018, and Impact is still here. Not only is it still here, but its wrestlers are putting on some of the best in-ring action the promotion has staged in years. There's a problem, though.
Despite how good the product is, no one is watching. That's because Impact's weekly show currently finds itself on a rather obscure channel, Pop TV. Not only that, but Pop decided to move Impact to a not very glamorous new time slot recently. 10 pm EST on a Thursday night. That has seen the dwindling viewing figures for Impact fall even further. The promotion is now lucky to break the 100,000 mark in terms of viewership on any given week.
The time slot switch appears to have been the last straw for Impact. PWInsider is reporting that the promotion is now looking to move away from Pop and strike up a deal with another company. That will be easier said than done. However, as touched upon above, Impact is now in a better position product-wise than it has been for a long time. They will undoubtedly be hoping that plays in their favor.
Smaller wrestling promotions will have likely been given new hope by the deals WWE recently struck with Fox and the USA Network. If bigger networks are willing to pay money like that for pro wrestling, perhaps Impact can persuade someone a few rungs lower to take a chance on them. More power to them, and hopefully come 2019, Impact will be on a more popular channel that's easy to find.