TNA superstar Robbie E provided us with a look at the new Impact Wrestling logo for the company’s debut on Destination America. I personally really liked the current Impact Wrestling logo and this one feels a little “1990s Geocities” to me, but new is new.
TNA will begin taping episodes of Impact Wrestling for broadcast on Destination America in January, according to the company. The Manhattan Center will host three consecutive nights of television tapings on January 7th through the 9th.
TNA has found a nice home away from home in the Manhattan Center, where the crowds are undoubtedly better than those at the Impact Zone. According to Dixie Carter, it was a no-brainer to return to New York City for TNA’s debut episodes with new television partner Destination America. “With the explosive sold-out crowds in New York City this past summer, returning to the Manhattan Center for three huge events as IMPACT WRESTLING debuts on Destination America was an easy decision,” she said in the company’s press release announcing the news.
The final first-run episode of Impact Wrestling aired on Spike TV last Wednesday. Ahead of the company’s move to Destination America in 2015, TNA has released details on the final four episodes of Impact, which will be compilation specials airing on the usual night and time of Wednesdays at 9pm ET.
“Best of Impact Wrestling 2014″ will air on December 3rd and 10th and “Countdown to the All-Time Best TNA Moment” will air on December 17th and 24th.
Tomorrow’s episode of Impact, “Thanksgiving Throwdown,” will air exclusively on TNA’s YouTube channel and will also be available on-demand through Black Friday. According to the company, the special will feature “the best Turkey Bowl matches in TNA history and offers viewers ShopTNA Black Friday deals, including a free replica TNA World Heavyweight Championship belt for one lucky shopper.”
In a tweet this afternoon, Dixie Carter says TNA’s negotiations with Spike TV are ongoing.
Dixie Carter has been known to stretch the truth and not live up to expectations in the past, so take this with a grain of salt. The flip side, of course, is that TMZ may not be correct in their original report. Spike TV may have told Carter they do not intend to renew the Impact Wrestling deal as it currently stands, meaning a ratings boost or lower dollar figure could possibly sway them.
TMZ is reporting that Spike TV will not renew its deal with TNA and will no longer air Impact Wrestling when the current contract expires. According to their sources, the deal will run out in October, with no clear indication as to when the final episode of Impact Wrestling will air on Spike.
The news is obviously a huge blow to TNA and could not have come at a worse time. The figure WWE got for its television rights from NBC Universal was well below expectations, meaning TNA would almost certainly have to settle for a lesser deal than its current figure with Spike TV if it finds a new television partner.
This is a wake up call for TNA. The company’s only hope is to keep improving – the show has been better in recent weeks – until time runs out in October, with the idea that another network – large or small – will come calling, knowing that a viewership of one million a week is hard to find on cable. The only problem will be finding that network.
AMC recently agreed to a deal with Billy Corgan for a wrestling program. Spike and its parent network, Viacom, are out of play. NBC and Universal aren’t a fit since they have the rights to WWE. FOX and ABC could be interested, since they were in the hunt for WWE rights, but Raw and Smackdown bring in higher viewership numbers – and, by extension, advertising dollars – than Impact Wrestling.
TNA has time to figure something out but in the world of television, where deals are struck sometimes years in advance for new programming, it’ll be hard to find a solution in just a few months.
TNA once again loosely borrowed a page from WWE’s book on last night’s Impact Wrestling, with Eric Young winning a gauntlet match in the opener to earn a World Title shot later in the night, where he would go on to defeat Magnus to win the belt.
The night also saw the return of Dixie Carter in her “Triple H heel authority figure” role, with Bully Ray playing the role of Daniel Bryan, telling her that it’s all about what he fans want, not what she wants.
Magnus defeated Samoa Joe in a Falls Count Anywhere match and Bobby Roode defeated James Storm in a “Florida Death Match” after Gunner threw in the towel on last night’s Turning Point episode of Impact Wrestling.
Magnus advances to face Kurt Angle in the semifinals, while Roode will take on Jeff Hardy. The semifinal matches won’t take place on next week’s taped edition of Impact, though, as Dixie Carter announced during last night’s show that we’ll get a Team Angle v. Team Roode 4-on-4
Survivor Series elimination tag match.
The tournament for the vacant TNA World Heavyweight Championship continued on last night’s episode of Impact Wrestling, with Kurt Angle defeating Austin Aries in a submission match to advance to the second round. Angle will face the winner of Magnus v. Samoa Joe.
There will be two championship tournament matches on next week’s Turning Point-themed live episode of Impact. Bobby Roode will take on James Storm in a Bull Rope Match, while Magnus and Samoa Joe battle in a Falls Count Anywhere contest. Both of those match types come courtesy of the “Wheel of Dixie” stipulation.
Also scheduled for next week’s Impact: Abyss v. Joseph Park, which will involve either Abyss not showing up or a ton of shenanigans.
Earlier in the week, TNA President and horrible actress Dixie Carter teased that a “former World Title holder” would be returning to the company on Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling. Wednesday, she revealed in another video that the “mystery man” wasn’t former champions Kevin Nash or “Wildcat” Chris Harris, even though either of those choices would have been far better than the actual guy returning: Adam “Pacman” Jones.
Technically, Jones is a “former World Title holder,” capturing the TNA World Tag Team Championship in 2007 during his one-year suspension from the NFL as part of “Team Pacman” along with Ron “R-Truth” Killings.
The catch? Pacman didn’t actually wrestle in the match, since his NFL contract – even though suspended – would not allow him to engage in physical contact.
Either way, a former World Title holder did return on Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling, as Jones and Bengals teammate DeQuin Evans hit the ring after being confronted at ringside by Christopher Daniels and Kazarian.
Jeff Hardy defeated Chris Sabin in a Full Metal Mayhem match on last night’s episode of Impact Wrestling to advance in the TNA World Heavyweight Championship tournament.
Hardy will face the winner of the James Storm v. Bobby Roode match. It was also announced that the Kurt Angle v. Austin Aries match, which will take place on next Thursday’s Impact, will be a submission match as part of the “Wheel of Dixie” stipulation.