Impact Wrestling will be moving to a new home in January 2019, leaving POP to join the Pursuit Channel, which in the press release it is described as “the most widely distributed outdoor network and one of the fastest growing channels in the country.”
The move will happen on Friday, January 11 with the first Impact following the Homecoming pay-per-view. The show will keep its current time slot of 10PM EST, which is not the ideal time.
“Pursuit Channel is a natural fit for IMPACT!” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. “It has a passionate viewership base that correlates strongly with our core audience, and is one of the few broadcast destinations that is expanding its footprint, enjoying a 15% increase in broadcast distribution this year alone. With IMPACT Wrestling coming off a tremendous year of audience growth globally and positive fan engagement, we look forward to leveraging our respective resources to bring fans more of the wrestling content they want to see tougher, edgier action.”
Impact’s current deal with POP expires at the end of the year and the two had an agreement to keep the show on the air until a new home was found.
“Pursuit Channel is pleased to welcome IMPACT Wrestling into our Friday night lineup of popular shows,” said Rusty Faulk, CEO and founder of Pursuit Channel. “IMPACT Wrestling programming is perfect for our audience, which enjoys adventurous content to feed their wild side. We look forward to a long partnership and providing our fans with new and exciting world-class content while expanding IMPACT Wrestling’s audience to a new base.”