IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and one of the world’s largest professional wrestling organizations, announced today it has entered into an agreement to broadcast its flagship weekly two-hour program IMPACT! nationally across the U.S. on AXS TV, the leading music, sports, entertainment and lifestyle channel in which Anthem Sports & Entertainment recently acquired a majority interest.

Immediately following IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest pay-per-view event of the year ‘Bound For Glory’, which takes place on October 20 in the Chicago area, IMPACT! will begin airing weekly on AXS TV. The program will continue to simulcast globally on IMPACT Wrestling’s official Twitch channel.

IMPACT Wrestling Announces Move to AXS TV Wrestling TV IMPACT AXS “IMPACT Wrestling is a perfect fit for AXS TV’s slate of live sporting events and combat sports content,” said Ed Nordholm, Chief Corporate Officer of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and President of IMPACT Wrestling. “The newest addition to our growing portfolio of media assets, AXS TV’s audience perfectly aligns with our passionate IMPACT Wrestling fan base, and this move increases the reach for our weekly program with distribution in over 50 million homes. We could not ask for a better home and are excited by the opportunities to work with Mark Cuban and Anschutz Entertainment Group, our partners in AXS TV, to bolster IMPACT Wrestling’s presence in the market, as we continue to deliver action-packed and innovative weekly programming featuring some of the most athletic and gifted stars in the professional wrestling industry.”

Showcasing top professional wrestling stars such as IMPACT World Champion Brian Cage, plus Rob Van Dam, Rhino, Moose, Eddie Edwards, Sami Callihan, Rich Swann, Michael Elgin, the high-flying X-Division and the Knockouts, including Gail Kim, Tessa Blanchard, Taya Valkyrie, Tenille Dashwood, Rosemary, Madison Rayne and Su Yung, IMPACT! has been a leading destination for professional wrestling fans, televised globally in 120 countries since its inception in 2002, while growing its popularity and reach on YouTube, Twitch, Pluto and social media platforms.

After the announcement on Monday that Anthem acquired a majority interest in AXS TV, this news came as no surprise. In the USA, the show was losing some viewership as aired on Pursuit. AXS TV is a major wrestling network that handles the US distribution of New Japan Pro Wrestling and women’s wrestling show WOW. According to some media, the deal with NJPW is not set to expire soon, January 2021, and Anthem is “looking forward to getting to know them better” to build a strong broadcast partnership.

In Europe and all over the world, there’s no change in how to watch the show. In the UK, Impact airs every Friday night between 10 and 11.30PM on 5Star. Thanks to its partnership with Twitch, the show can be watched worldwide, on Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET. (2 AM BST the next day). Like said on Monday, the future is more than bright for Impact Wrestling and the talents are ready to support the company in this important move.

All pics courtesy of AXS, Impact Wrestling and Anthem

By Steph Franchomme

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