Impact Wrestling confirm move after Anthem Sports bought majority share in AXS TV owner, HDNet.
Impact have officially announced that they are moving to AXS TV on Tuesday, October 29th.
In addition, to lead up to its debut, AXS TV will showcase IMPACT Wrestling’s pay-per-view events of 2019, broadcasting of Homecoming (October 1), Rebellion (October 8) and Slammiversary XVII (October 15) in their entirety and hosted by Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore and the voice of IMPACT Wrestling Josh Mathews. Finally, on October 22, This Is Impact!, a preview of the weekly series, profiles on IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest stars and exclusive matches.
In a statement, Impact said:
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, a 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 Oct. 20 in Chicago, IMPACT! will begin airing weekly on AXS TV. The program will continue to simulcast globally on IMPACT Wrestling’s official Twitch channel.
They will be moving from their current channel, the Anthem owned Pursuit.
Ed Nordholm, Chief Corporate Officer of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and President of IMPACT Wrestling spoke on the move, saying:
“IMPACT Wrestling is a perfect fit for AXS TV’s slate of live sporting events and combat sports content. 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.”
AXS TV is also the North American home of New Japan Pro Wrestling and WOW Wrestling.