Below you will find the top 5 differences between Impact Wrestling and WWE:
1. 4-sided ring Vs. 6-sided ring
One of the most obvious differences between the two promotions would be the ring itself.
While the WWE has always used the more traditional 4-sided ring, Impact Wrestling brought in the 6-sided ring which was a welcome change to most wrestling fans.
Fans could enjoy the match from many different angles which was very refreshing, to say the least.
2. TV Time
WWE has so much TV time every week compared to Impact Wrestling, and this can be a little overwhelming to the ordinary fan who is trying to keep up with things.
3 hours of RAW, 2 hours of SmackDown, 1 hour of 205 Live, and another hour of NXT make it a solid 7 hours of TV on a regular week in the WWE, this is quite a lot.
I mean, people have lives to live outside of wrestling, don’t they?
So, the WWE airs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights while Impact Wrestling does its show on Thursdays for the most part which is not so bad if you ask me what I think.
On the other hand, there are only 2 hours of content for Impact Wrestling each week, this does not leave a fan overwhelmed and always has them wanting more and eagerly waiting for next week’s show.
The WWE is also broadcasted nationwide on Cable TV and overseas as well while Impact Wrestling is only available in select homes that have AXS TV.
3. Creative Restrictions
Stars of the WWE are handicapped by major restrictions both in and out of the ring on what they can and cannot do.
Not only do they have detailed and scripted promos that they need to follow to a T, but their move set is also severely scripted which puts a heavy cap on their creativity.
In Impact Wrestling, the restrictions are way fewer in number with the wrestlers allowed to work in a manner that they are comfortable with, leading to better matches, creativity and the promos are more believable too.
4. The pace of matches
Matches in Impact wrestling are fast-paced, brutal and every match feels like a main event compared to all the normal stuff that we see in the WWE week in and week out.
The WWE has a lot more top-tier superstars compared to Impact wrestling with the likes of John Cena, Seth Rollins, Matt Riddle, etc.
And even though Impact Wrestling has decent wrestlers of its own, very few of them have the same star power as their peers in WWE.
What Happened in the ‘War’ between the WWE and TNA?
A little while back in 2010, folks over at the good old TNA felt that it would be a fantastic idea to move their Impact show from Thursday to Monday so it could directly compete with WWE’s Monday Night Raw.
The TNA, which was way smaller than the WWE at the time, felt that it could be a serious competitor as it had, at the time, the great Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff in its ranks.
And even though the move led to record-breaking ratings for Impact for about two months, the ratings went on to tank in May of 2010 and so Impact returned to its usual time slot on Thursday, with nothing but egg on its face.
Either way, I will still go on to commend the TNA for its willingness to try out new stuff and for having the courage to go head to head with the WWE.
We can only hope that they will come up with better ideas in the future if they are to have any IMPACT, pardon the pun, on the global wrestling industry that the WWE has had by the balls for very many years now.