Impact Wrestling held their Under Seige pay-per-view event this weekend. The show was hosted by Josh Alexander defending the Impact World Championship against NJPW’s Tomohiro Ishii in a hard-hitting affair as well as the Briscoes winning the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championships. The company hoped to build on the momentum of the PPV in its next round of TV tapings, but it didn’t go as planned.
Rumors have been circulating online about ticket sales for their television taping in Newport, Kentucky. The greater Cincinnati area didn’t seem very interested. The seats moved incredibly slowly before the event.
On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained how bad things were going. It was noted that Impact Wrestling was trying to give away free tickets to the event at an independent show four hours away from the venue. The promotion was desperate to get bodies in seats.
“They did TV today. So it was Josh Alexander and Eric Young for the championship and then they announced a King of the Mountain women’s match, so that was part of what was done today. They had a really bad lead for today’s TV taping, like very, very poor. To the point that there was a show, they were in Kentucky, and there was a four-way show hours away, I can’t remember what city it was in. It could be like Michigan or something.
They were handing out free tickets to a show four hours away on Friday night, an independent show attended by many Impact wrestlers. And when I heard that, I was like, “If you give out free tickets to a show four hours from here for a TV taping,” it’s like… I mean, whatever. That’s what they were doing.
Impact Wrestling has put on some really great wrestling shows. The lack of strong national TV exposure and many big names choosing to sign with AEW or WWE has hurt fan interest. It’s not the first time the Impact has struggled to draw. We’ll have to wait and see if the promotion can bounce back again.
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