While Impact Wrestling continues to (arguably) improve creatively, the current state of TNA is grim. Spike TV has yet to renew their contract beyond 2014. Furthermore, the company has recently lost top talent, and had other major wrestling names flat-out refuse new deals.
But amid the controversy, Impact Wrestling is moving to a new night. TNA issued the following statement:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 20, 2014) – TNA President Dixie Carter issued the following statement today:
“IMPACT WRESTLING will remain a vital part of Spike TV’s programming on Wednesday nights, 9/8c, through the end of the year. Negotiations remain ongoing beyond this time frame.”
Tonight marks IMPACT WRESTLING’s official move to Wednesday nights. Tune in at 9/8c for the most anticipated night of hardcore wrestling on television. One of TNA’s most popular annual Pay-Per-Views “Hardcore Justice,” will be featured tonight, free on Spike TV.
Dixie Carter and co. were careful to use phrases like “vital part of Spike TV’s programming” and “Negotiations remain ongoing.” It is widely believed that no TV deal for Impact Wrestling could prove to be the nail in TNA’s coffin. However, with rumors emerging that WWE Smackdown is looking to jump to Thursday nights, maybe a mid-week slot isn’t so bad.
Do you think the move is going to boost Impact Wrestling numbers? What does this say about the state of professional wrestling?
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