The WWE Network has long been my favorite paid app on my Roku. I usually can’t get enough pro wrestling. Impact Wrestling has been long considered the #2 wrestling promotion and recently announced their own standalone on demand app for $7.99 a month.
While I love wrestling, I can’t see paying for a second app from Impact. The good news is that I can catch Impact Wrestling action via a linear stream for free on Pluto TV. This past week Pluto re-branded their Pro Wrestling Channel as the Impact Wrestling channel. Pluto for those unfamiliar is a free linear streaming service that offers ad supported channels containing content from a wide variety of genres.
More info on the new channel from Impact Wrestling:
IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., announced today that it will be launching the IMPACT Wrestling Channel on Pluto TV, the leading free Internet television service in America. Available on the Pluto TV app by tuning to channel 204, the IMPACT Wrestling Channel gives fans instant, 24-hour access to shows and series from the extensive IMPACT Wrestling catalogue.
Programming for the channel will include the flagship IMPACT! show, which features top professional wrestling stars including World Champion Eli Drake, Bobby Lashley, the high-flying X-Division, the lovely and lethal Knockouts, and talent from international partner promotions such as Johnny Impact, Naomichi Marufuji and El Hijo del Fantasma. The IMPACT Wrestling Channel will also run the original weekly show Xplosion, pay-per-view events on a second window, plus over 1,000 hours of original programming showcasing classic content featuring household industry names like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and many more.
“Digital growth has been a top priority in our global expansion strategy,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. “With our launch on Pluto TV, IMPACT Wrestling fans can now access our live feed 24/7 on the IMPACT Wrestling Channel, bringing them more content and exclusive coverage of their favorite professional wrestling stars from past and present.”
“We are proud to partner with IMPACT Wrestling to bring world-class professional wrestling programming to fans for free,” said Tom Ryan, CEO of Pluto TV. “This partnership further establishes Pluto TV as the premier destination for passionate wrestling fans nationwide.”
Xplosion will premiere Friday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET and run weekly on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET. The show features exclusive original matches, recaps from the latest episodes of IMPACT!, classic matches from the past and exclusive interviews with IMPACT Wrestling personalities.
The Pluto TV app is available via web at http://www.Pluto.tv or on any mobile, tablet or connected living room device such as Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation or Xbox, as well as most Smart TVs, including Samsung, Vizio, Sony and Hisense.