Various: Steve Maclin on Match with PCO at Impact Under Siege 2023, Dark Side of the Ring Ratings, Indies

Steve Maclin Comments on His NO DQ Match with PCO at Impact’s Under Siege 2023 Event

Denise Salcedo held a recent interview with Steve Maclin. One of the topics discussed included Maclin’s thoughts about his No Disqualification match with PCO for the Impact World Championship at this past May’s Impact Under Siege 2023 event.

“To know it was ‘No DQ’ and to know who my opponent was, I knew we were going to go out and try to do something different that people haven’t seen in a long time. I can relate it to almost like Shawn Michaels and Mankind at Mind Games in 1996, where that was one of those matches where, ‘Holy shit, this evolved both talents.’ So, this is a way to showcase the best that he is and the best that I am and my adaptability as well because I feel like I can get in the ring and work with anyone now. That’s one of those things where whatever situation you put me into, I’m going to take that opportunity and try to knock it out of the park. I think I’ve been trying to do that and I think we did that at Under Siege.”

Maclin also revealed that Impact officials had rejected some of the ideas him and PCO had for spots for their match.

“We were told a few of those. It’s just one of those things where he and I had enough trust in each other. We’ve worked before. It was one of those things where we just wanted to make it the best match possible, whether it stole the show or not. I thought the PPV as a whole was as strong as anything from start to finish and that was one of those things where we were the only match with a stipulation or weapons used and it built to it. It really was mayhem for all. I’m just proud of it. Walk away from it and think, ‘Okay, don’t have to do that one for a while.

Staple gun was one of those things where it just, okay, yeah, staple gun. You would think the cinder block and sledgehammer but staple gun just skeeves me out.

There was a point in the match where I went and wiped my forehead a little bit, which I shouldn’t have done anyways, and it looked like a big loogie of skin on my hand. I was like, ‘Ew!’ I just watched it hit the mat and it even made a splat sound. I was like, ‘That was gross.’ Just a big blob of skin, but it was pretty cool to have that.”

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Dark Side of the Ring Ratings – June 6, 2023 – Up

Tuesday’s episode of Dark Side of the Ring drew 155,000 viewers on VICE TV, up from last week’s 147,000 viewers.

It was #104 on cable for the day with a 0.04 rating in the 18-49 demographic, down from last week’s 0.05 rating.

This episode focused on Magnum T.A.

More Tuesday ratings: ShowBuzz Daily

Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

As noted before, wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik, real name Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, passed away on Wednesday. WWE, NWA, and others from around the wrestling world paid their respects to the life and legacy of Vaziri on social media.

Big Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced that Yuji Okabayashi will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from his wrestling career starting this July. (English translation via

As noted before, Ultimo Dragon has been absent from Dragon Gate since thus past May due to his current suspension over his constant refusals to agree to work a singles match against Diamante for the company.

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced that Togi Makabe is among the cast for the upcoming Kingdom III: Flame of Destiny film that is currently scheduled to be released on July 28th in theaters in Japan.

NJPW also recently announced that they will be officially revealing the group blocks for this year’s G1 Climax at their New Japan Road event on June 10th in Chiba, Japan.

NJPW also recently announced a new match for the card of their NJPW Strong Independence Day Night 1 event on July 4th in Tokyo, Japan:

  • El Desperado & mystery partner vs. Jon Moxley & Homicide

Game Changer Wrestling recently announced a new match for the card of their Ride or Die event on June 23rd in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Sawyer Wreck & Joey Janela vs. BUSSY (EFFY & Allie Katch)

Prestige Wrestling recently announced a new match for the card of their All Rise event on July 23rd in Asbury Park, New Jersey:

  • Maki Itoh vs. Trish Adora

Major League Wrestling recently announced a new match for the card of their Never Say Never 2023 event on July 8th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • Microman & The Mane Event (Midas Black & Jay Lyon) vs. FBI (Little Guido & Ray Jaz) & Jesus Rodriguez

In a recent interview with the Haus of Wrestling, Kevin Von Erich confirmed recent reports that his sons Marshall and Ross’ contracts with MLW had expired and both are currently free agents. Von Erich stated “The contract they had with MLW is up June 1. Nothing bad to say about MLW. They are a wrestling operation that was a fusion, they have the Lucha Libre style from Mexico, and they had all the wild stuff. I never would do barbed wire, or broken glass in the ring, come on. That’s not the sport that my Dad taught me, you know? Wrestling in the ring with busted glass and stuff like that.