Impact Wrestling has uploaded a clip from the all-out brawl between Johnny Impact and Alberto el Patron that ended this week’s show. Their rivalry was reignited at Sunday’s Bound For Glory pay-per-view when Patron returned to the promotion and cost Johnny the world title in his main event match against Eli Drake.
The full segment – which was really quite good and you should go out of your way to see the whole thing – featured some crazy spots including numerous weapon shots, fighting outside of the arena and a massive dive off a 15-foot structure by Johnny Impact (aka Mundo/Morrison). Patron came back to deliver a vicious beating of his own, sinking in a brutal cross armbreaker over the top rope to do some serious damage to his rival.
The November 9th episode of Impact Wrestling drew approximately 250,000 viewers in the wake of their annual Bound For Glory pay-per-view. Numbers are down a little over 7% from last week’s go-home show, despite several big debuts, the television return of Alberto el Patron, and Eddie Edwards defending the GHC Heavyweight Championship.
This week’s show was the first in a large set taped in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada which could end becoming the promotion’s new home. It was recently announced that Impact Wrestling would be leaving the United States and its usual taping location at Universal Studios, instead of relocating closer to Canadian parent company Anthem.
In terms of competition, Impact was up against NFL Thursday Night Football (13.10mm viewers), The Big Bang Theory (13.8mm), the 300th episode of Grey’s Anatomy (8.13mm), Big Bang spinoff series Young Sheldon (12.39mm), and CBS sitcoms Mom (8.69mm) and Life in Pieces (6.53mm) in the final hour.
According to PWInsider.com, the ‘WWE 24’ special on Bill Goldberg will premiere on WWE Network on Monday, November 13th.
Additionally, WWE is currently working on a ‘WWE 24’ special for The Hardy Boyz.
Brandi Rhodes Added to Y2J Cruise
Chris Jericho has announced that Brandi Rhodes, wife of Cody Rhodes, has been added to Jericho’s Rock ‘N Wrestling cruise next year:
“chrisjerichofozzyExcited to announce that @thebrandirhodes is joining @jericho_cruise as the first representative of the @rohwomenofhonor roster! She’ll be wrestling, signing your stuff and meeting/greeting you…and it’s all inclusive with ur reservation! Book your cabin now for as low as 150 bucks NOW at chrisjerichocruise.com”
For those unaware, Owens and Zayn did not finish their segment on WWE Smackdown this week as planned, something that reportedly “infuriated” Vince McMahon and resulted in the two talents being removed from the rest of the WWE tour and sent home. You can read more details on the situation at this link.
It’s worth noting that on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, which you can listen to via F4WOnline.com, host Bryan Alvarez addressed an erroneous report making the rounds regarding the current Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn situation.
The report claimed there was some kind of incident which recently took place on a tour bus, during which Kevin Owens was overheard complaining loudly. According to Alvarez, the report is untrue, and the reason Owens and Zayn were sent home was specifically the creative incident which took place following their segment on WWE Smackdown in Manchester this week.
Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks Comment on “Being The ELITE”, Life on the Road
The three members of The Elite appeared on an episode of Colt Cabana’s podcast “Art Of Wrestling”(AOW) Thursday to talk about their wildly popular YouTube show Being the Elite and Colt’s new Children’s Book, entitled “Wrestling Dreams“.Being The Elite debuted in May of 2016, and the trio comment on how it started as Vine clips, and has greatly evolved since then.
On spending money for the show, upgrading equipment:
“We feel like we should put money into the show….we’re perfectionists, much like we are in the ring. We care about our quality, we care a lot about the product we put out. And sometimes we have to make sacrifices for the sake of that quality, whether it’s sacrificing possibly our health, possibly our time, possibly our sanity, sometimes our money. But it’s something we’re willing to do for the sake of what put out to the public and the people. It’s our art.”
They also commented on how they don’t have to put too much thought into wrestling anymore and they take more time into film making/making their show. The team gets a “big high” when posting the show, more than after a wrestling match. They described that there is a feeling of accomplishment, especially not knowing how it’s going to be received, especially because what they think is funny is not necessarily going to be funny to other people.
Kenny Omega, on how he is separated when he’s in Japan and the Young Bucks are Traveling:
“I felt like I was sent on a learning excursion away from the show and I had felt like just sad and lonely and apart from the group because these guys had come up with such good content that I was not a part of and people were wondering ‘where am I for the invasion, where am I for the Flip Gordon Stuff?” And it’s like, of course I want to be there, but all I can do is either my real life stuff when I’m on tour or I can aid with like a phone conversation here and there, but I can’t physically be in the seats.”
They also talked about vlogging on the road, but people also saying how the episodes are repetitive, and how it challenged them to be creative and come up with new ideas and new content. They realized that people were enjoying short clips but they are still trying to come up with new ideas and going back to vlogging/storylines. It is essentially a journal about their lives.
They also spoke about Kenny being late to the game with Twitter and having T-Shirts, having a lot of self doubt even as to question “Do you think people will buy my shirts?” Colt remarks about the plethora of shirts being sold at Pro Wrestling Tee’s for all the Bullet Club members.
On new people joining the Bullet Club:
“We can’t control who joins “The Club”. We have influence, but Gedo’s got final say in all of that. It’s a New Japan thing.”
“If you really want to know what is a brainchild of us, that’s Being The Elite”
Kenny Omega spoke also reflected on his matches with Okada, and how his “critically acclaimed” matches were able to help out the entire group. Colt commented about how Omega’s return to the United States received an overwhelming ovation and they commented that since we live in a digital age, wrestling fans have really turned around and have supported them and support more than just is pushed on them.
They later transitioned into getting heat from those same online people, and the more popular they get, they also receive more and more heat and how they sometimes deliberately post things on social media just to get heat, burring the lines of their characters versus their real life personalities in order to keep fans guessing.
Kenny Omega also made a very controversial statement regarding WWE and their talent how they have “the machine” behind them, while they are self made and did it from the ground up.
“I”m going to catch a lot of heat for saying this right here, right now. I think what all these people need to understand: Whether they like it or not, and whether they like to admit it or not, is all three of us, we could go where they are and do what they do, and do it better. But they could never come and do what we do.”
You can listen to the entire interview here, or click on the player below: