It doesn't look like Impact Wrestling will be on AXS any time soon, a move that looked to be a big one for them if it worked out.
Rumors of the two side working on a deal emerged earlier this month, but never ended up materializing. When Fightful reached out to several wrestlers in the company, some even suggested AXS buying Impact. As it turns out, the opposite was pitched.
Fight Oracle (also known as Front Row Brian) posted a thread revealing news, which was later confirmed by Voices of Wrestling, who originally reported the story.
Some news regarding the rumored @AXSTV + @IMPACTWRESTLING deal. AXS declined Impact’s interest. Impact/Anthem then floated buying AXS from AEG, Mark Cuban, R Seacrest Media, CBS +CAA. I don’t know how they could afford it. Would need huge private equity $. Seems like a Hail Mary— Fight Oracle (@fightoracle) July 24, 2019
AXS is not interested in exploring a buyout with Anthem. Things appear very unstable at Anthem Media. Employees on edge.— Fight Oracle (@fightoracle) July 24, 2019
Forgot to mention ... AXS declining interest from Impact/Anthem is the reason for the Twitch press release. An attempt to save face. The timing is no coincidence.— Fight Oracle (@fightoracle) July 24, 2019
Impact just announced a new deal with Twitch, and as of now they remain on the Pursuit Network. The company has had a rough go of their television deals in recent years, going from Spike TV to Destination America to Pop TV to Pursuit, and also running on Twitch.
Fightful has reached out to both AXS TV and IMPACT about the report, but have not heard back as of yet.