PWTorch.com is reporting that TNA Impact Wrestling on Thursday, May 23 2013 scored a 1.07 rating. The rating is a 28 percent increase from last week's year-low 0.84 rating.
The rating was the highest since a 1.11 rating on April 4, breaking a six-week streak of Impact shows scoring below a 1.0.
Impact averaged 1.379 million viewers, up 30 percent from a year-low average of 1.054 million viewers last week. It was also the most viewers since April 4.
On cable TV Thursday night, Impact ranked #31 in overall viewers, #15 in males 18-34, and #18 in males 18-49.
Impact was boosted by a two-tenths increase in males 18-34 and one-tenth in m18-49. But, teen males were flat with last week.
One year ago this week, Impact scored a nearly identical 1.08 rating.
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WORKOUT ALONGSIDE ‘THE CHARISMATIC ENIGMA’ JEFF HARDY AS TNA DEBUTS A REVOLUTIONARY TRAINING PROGRAM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 24, 2013) – Looking for a new way to boost your workout? Need new motivation to get up and get moving toward a healthier you? Then it’s time to check out the latest evolution in fitness with the “Always Evolve” fitness app, featuring your favorite TNA Superstars!
TNA Wrestling has teamed up with Always Evolve to create one of the most revolutionary fitness applications on the market. With Always Evolve CEO Larry Johnston’s “5-and-Hold Workout” at its core, the “Always Evolve” app combines the workout program with motion-capture and 3D modeling technology, allowing the user to exercise alongside their favorite TNA Superstars.
The app, launching today, will debut with “The Charismatic Enigma” JEFF HARDY as your workout partner. The Hardy avatar will lead you through the four-week “Always Evolve” workout regimen, which activates all types of muscle fibers -- slow-, intermediate- and fast-twitch muscle groups. The “Always Evolve” program derives its benefits from a workout that consistently alters tempo and changes angles, thereby maximizing muscle recruitment.
The app also features different programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced users, along with goal-setting and nutritional guidance from a certified nutritionist.
Future modules of the “Always Evolve” app will feature additional TNA Superstars including CHAVO GUERRERO JR., ROB TERRY and MISS TESSMACHER, giving fans the chance to alternate workout partners as they see fit...and as they see gains in their own fitness.
The app, scaled for both smartphone and tablet use and available for iOS and Android devices, sells for $4.99 and is available at your respective device’s app store by searching TNA ALWAYS EVOLVE.
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Results from Thursday's LIVE IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast on SpikeTV from Tampa, Florida |
- IMPACT opened with condolences to all those affected by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma
- "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan kicked off the broadcast from his hometown of Tampa, talking about AJ Styles joining the Aces and Eights before bringing out "The Icon" Sting. Sting and Hulk talked about the World Title main event at Slammiversary, with Sting saying that if he could't win the title, he didn't deserve another shot. Unexpectedly, Brooke Hogan came out and told her father and Sting that they shouldn't take the blame for what Bully Ray and the Aces have done to TNA, because she caused it. Brooke was about to resign, but Hulk cut her off - and then Bully Ray's music hit! The World Champion told Hogan and Sting that HE runs TNA, and that he still loves Brooke and would NEVER remove his wedding ring - which drove Brooke to tears.
Note: Check back Friday for footage and photos from Thursday's IMPACT
- In his return to TNA, the mysterious masked Suicide defeated Joey Ryan and Petey Williams! Suicide will compete in the Ultimate X Match at Slammiversary for the X Division Championship against titleholder Kenny King and Chris Sabin!
- Sam Shaw was supposed to face Alex Silva in the Gut Check Tournament, but the Aces and Eights music hit with Wes Brisco coming out to congratulate Shaw on advancing to the final - because the Aces annihilated Alex Silva in the parking lot! With the other Aces members joining in, they attacked Shaw before Magnus came out to help Shaw! Magnus then challenged Brisco to fight him right there!
- Magnus defeated Wes Brisco by disqualification after the other Aces and Eights interfered! As the Aces were beating down Magnus, Samoa Joe made his return to help Magnus and chase off the Aces!
- Footage was shown of AJ Styles arriving on a motorcycle!
- In a huge PPV caliber match, Kurt Angle renewed his rivalry with Mr. Anderson! The two superstars went to war and the act was back-and-forth as Angle eventually got the momentum…until AJ Styles appeared at ringside! Angle's attention turned to AJ, giving Anderson the opportunity to low blow Angle from behind and roll him up for the pin and win! After the bout, Styles left while Anderson celebrated his win over the Olympic gold medalist.
- "Cowboy" James Storm came out to pick his tag team partner for the World Tag Team Title match at Slammiversary. World Tag Team Champions Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez were watching at the Spanish commentary booth. However, before Storm could get to business, Bobby Roode and Austin Aries came out to talk trash, followed by Bad Influence - who offered Storm a spot on their team (which Storm obviously declined). Shark Boy - also making his surprise return - and Robbie E also came out to try and convince Storm, with Robbie E already ready with team names. However, Gunner made his surprise return - hitting the ring and annihilating both Robbie E and Shark Boy! Gunner went face-to-face with Storm, who told Gunner he would "See him at Slammiversary" and shook his hand! Storm's tag team partner at Slammiversary will be Gunner!
- In Knockouts action, Mickie James defeated Velvet Sky to regain the Knockouts Championship! During the bout, Velvet went for a flying headscissors, but hurt her knee further with the move. Seeing her opportunity, Mickie clipped Velvet's knee and hit her with a DDT and the pin to win the championship!
- Finally, it was time for AJ Styles to join The Aces and Eights! In the ring with all of the Aces and Eights, they presented AJ with his booker vest and officially patched him into the gang while Kurt Angle watched on! After AJ put on his vest, a furious Kurt Angle hit the ring and was immediately attacked by the Aces! Bully Ray gave AJ a hammer to smash Angle, who went down in agony! HOWEVER, when the Aces turned to the crowd to celebrate, AJ attacked THEM with the hammer as well!!! Before the Aces knew what was happening, Styles left the ring and went up the ramp as IMPACT went off the air! AJ isn't a member of the Aces and Eights….but he apparently isn't with TNA either! Just when we think we know the answers, AJ changes the question! Will Styles explain his actions next week?
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While not much is known at this time about Amish Abe; His opponent Jason Static is a mainstay in the New England Pro Wrestling scene and has had previous dark matches with both TNA and the WWE. You can check out a highlight reel of Static below:
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- Dixie Carter is celebrating her 15th anniversary to her husband Serg, who also works within the company. Congratulations to them!
- On top of adding Suicide to the TNA Roster page, a Suicide twitter account was launched. The account is @iamSUICIDE
- A number of wrestlers and executives from TNA will be paying a visit to Hogan's Beach Restaurant after tonight's TV Tapings in Tampa.
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Shark Boy is backstage and is expected to work tonight's taping. We haven't heard who would be portraying Suicide, so it's a possibility, as is Chris Daniels and Kazarian, who have previously portrayed the character.
Gunner, who has only been used sporadically in the last few months, is also backstage and will be wrestling tonight.
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IMPACT WRESTLING takes the social conversation and turns it into a battle Thursday nights with its new #IMPACTFanBattle.
Each week, two twitter challengers will “face-off” on twitter in a “battle” of the best online commentary – perhaps your stellar play-by-play skills…or your killer color commentary - about the night’s #IMPACTLive. During the #IMPACTFanBattle, @IMPACTWRESTLING will retweet the some of the best tweets from our two competitors while keeping an open eye for potential challengers for the next week’s competition!
The #IMPACTFanBattle wages on Thursdays during our IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast on Spike TV. Then, at the conclusion of each night, we leave it to your peers to vote on who had the best tweets – and ultimately decide who will face a new challenger next week the reigning champ of the #IMPACTFanBattle! Got mad twitter skills and earn the respect of your peers two weeks in a row? We’ll send you a prize pack from ShopTNA.com!
Want to be a part? We’re looking NOW! Tweet out this article with the hashtag #IMPACTFanBattle and we will set our eyes on you. Once IMPACT is on the air, we will pick one of you tweeting with #IMPACTLive and put you into battle with the reigning champion.
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