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The sad state of Impact Wrestling, more wrestlers expected to leave soon

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The sad state of Impact Wrestling, more wrestlers expected to leave soon



Impact Wrestling is looking to dig themselves out of a hole and they have a long way to go before they can get anywhere near to their glory days on Spike TV. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that there were about 350 fans at the Impact Wrestling TV tapings on Monday and Tuesday and they struggled to fill seats for the entire week of tapings.

There were people in the company saying that Bound For Glory sold out over 1,100 tickets but the reality is that the pay-per-view, their biggest show of the year, drew just 650 fans. The people in attendance at the tapings were comprised of fans that were paid $50 to $75 to be there. Yes, Impact Wrestling hired a casting agency to find actors to fill in seats and cheer as if they were real fans. Others that attended were comped with free tickets and there were very few fans that actually bought a ticket to be there.

The fans that were paid to be there were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements because Impact did not want the word to get out about the casting call. Word got out because the casting agency posted (and later deleted) on Twitter and Facebook. One “fan” noted that he was told that his payment (via e-mail transfer) would come within two weeks.

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Ed Nordholm was at the tapings and spoke with fans after the shows. As seen in the tweet below, Nordholm told one fan that he is working on rebuilding the brand and working on re-establishing working relationships.

It was obvious that there was a lot of cost-cutting this week as fans were asked to help set up the ring and set before Bound For Glory. Also, the Impact Global Championship still had the GFW side plates on it and it looked like they used a sticker to cover up the center “Global Force Wrestling” logo. James Storm is the latest name to leave the company and more names are expected to be gone before their next tapings in January.

The 11/9 episode of Impact Wrestling drew 250,000 overnight viewers which has to be considered a disappointment for them because the number was down from last week’s 275,000 viewers and this past week’s show was the first show after Bound For Glory.

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