Impact Wrestling's weekly TV show will stream on Twitch starting this Friday, the same day it debuts on its new channel, Pursuit.
Impact Wrestling will be hoping to build on what was a big 2018 in 2019. That year started for them this past Sunday with via Homecoming, its first PPV of 2019. Johnny Impact successfully defended his Impact World Championship in the night's main event, and his wife Taya Valkyrie became the Knockouts Champion for the very first time in her career by defeating Tessa Blanchard.
There's no time to stop and smell the roses for Impact, Valkyrie, and the rest of the Impact Wrestling locker room, though. That's because this Friday, the promotion's weekly TV show will be debuting on its new home, Pursuit. For a while now, the show has aired on Pop on Thursday nights. Even though Pursuit is also a relatively unheard of landing spot, Impact will be hoping for a ratings boost following the move.
The company has also announced via a recent press release that Pursuit will not be the only place fans can watch its weekly show starting this Friday. Twitch users will also be able to watch the two-hour show at 10 pm EST, the same time that it'll be airing on Pursuit. That's a potentially big step forward for Impact as it pointed out in the press release, the promotion has greatly increased its digital audience in 2018.
For those of you that have caught any of it, there is no denying that Impact's in-ring action has improved over the past 12 months. However, its TV ratings continue to drop. That's because, as mentioned above, Pop is not exactly widely available. While Pursuit might not fix that issue, perhaps the combination of a channel change and streaming on Twitch will do.
Only time will tell whether the moves coming for Impact Wrestling at the end of this week will help the company take the steps it needs to in 2019. True fans of wrestling will want the promotion to excel and improve. The more success various companies have, the better the business is for the people within it and those of us watching at home. As Jim Ross always says, for a wrestling promotion to be successful it needs talent and TV. Impact has the former, now it is focused on nailing down the latter.