Pop TV has decided not to air the Barbed Wire Massacre Match between oVe & Sami Callihan and LAX & Homicide. It will instead be aired on Twitch according to Konnan.
Pop TV deemed to violent, will be shown on Twitch— Konnan (@Konnan5150) January 12, 2018
As you can see below, Impact has been advertising the much anticipated match by saying that it will be shown on Pop TV. Of course that was until things changed a few days ago.
For the first time in a decade. For only the third time ever.— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 12, 2018
Barbed Wire Massacre.
oVe and LAX settle their bitter grudge in the most brutal violent way imaginable. You do not want to miss this next week. #IMPACTonPOP pic.twitter.com/Gt1Zi0fLg1
While some Impact fans may not like that the match won't be on Pop TV, the network has to make sure that they don't violate any rules by showing something that ends up being too violent and bloody, especially when we're talking about a match that will include barbed wire.
Fans will have to settle for watching the match on Twitch this coming Thursday night, which is a nice alternative as the company just announced that they now have a partnership with Twitch. This means that they'll be streaming wresting content 24/7, according to ProWrestlingSheet.com.
Impact wrestling released a press release that states that “The IMPACT Wrestling Channel will launch on Wednesday, Jan. 17 with a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week stream of content that leads up to the debut of Barbed Wire Massacre III on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET immediately following the weekly premiere of IMPACT! on Pop.”
“The IMPACT Wrestling Channel on Twitch will feature exclusive content, including monthly live events and house shows featuring top stars in professional wrestling.” The release continues, “The channel will also feature lifestyle programming showcasing IMPACT Wrestling stars outside of the ring – from diets and workouts to relationships and travel. Twitch will also air IMPACT Wrestling’s live event at WrestleCon in New Orleans, La. on Friday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. CT.”
The Impact wrestling shows that will air on Twitch will be Live Audio Wrestling with new host Jeremy Borash, ‘Nuff Said with host Tyrus talking about politics, wrestling, sports and pop culture and Mathews’ Megacast with host Josh Mathews talking about Impact.
When it comes to the barbed wire match, things could have been worse. Impact could have canceled it. Then again, they've hyped the match up too much to abort it now. Instead they took another route and now have a brand new way of reaching new wrestling fans that they've never reached before.
There is always a chance that the executives at Pop TV could change their minds with regards to similar matches in the future if this even turns out to not be as violent as they had thought.
Feel free to comment below and give us your thoughts on Pop TV not allowing the Barbed Wire Massacre Match to be broadcasted on their network. Also are you looking forward to watching it on Twitch?