Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Jul 28, 2014
The Latest On TNA – Gone From SpikeTV, Meetings, & More

The Latest On TNA – Gone From SpikeTV, Meetings, & More

Just to recap ….. here are the latest reports on TNA iMPACT! being cancelled from SpiketTV:

UPDATE x 4: The Wrestling Observer notes that a number of media sources are now confirming that Spike TV will not be renewing iMPACT! Wrestling when the contract expires in just over two months.

There were reports that Carter positioned to her staff at a meeting on Friday or Saturday that they were leaving Spike on their own volition due to a lack of promotion, but others have confirmed Spike had told Carter they were not going to offer a new deal.

The decision came days after Spike found out that Vince Russo was still working for TNA.

At this point direct sources at Spike did not respond to questions from just after the meeting and most within TNA, including talent, were not aware there was any issue until today when rumors started flying.

This puts the company in grave position. They have UTA representing them in an attempt to get a new television deal, but unless they could get a deal that pays similar to what they were earning on Spike, financially, the company that had been struggling financially with the Spike payments, would not be in good shape.

This past Thursday’s episode was the highest audience for the series since April of this year.

UPDATE x 3: Here is the full TMZ.com article regarding the split between TNA and SpikeTV:

TNA Wrestling’s flagship show “Impact Wrestling” could soon be without a home — Spike TV quietly let the league know it’s not renewing their TV contract … TMZ has learned.

Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the deal … tell us Spike execs contacted TNA President Dixie Carter this week to break the news — and the following day Carter informed members of her inner circle.

TNA’s current deal with Spike reportedly runs through October. It’s unclear at this point when “Impact Wrestling” will stop airing on Spike.

We’re told there’s no bad blood, and Spike gave TNA such advance notice so it would have time to shop for a new TV deal.

TNA’s show debuted on Spike TV in October 2005 — and helped the league rise to #2 on the wrestling scene … behind the WWE.

We’ve called TNA and Spike for comment … so far, no word back.

UPDATE x 2: According to TMZ, Spike TV “quietly” informed TNA that they would not be renewing their TV contract. Sources close to the situation state that Spike TV executives that contacted TNA President Dixie Carter this week to break the news, with Carter breaking the news to members of her inner circle the next day.

TNA’s contract reportedly runs through October, but at this time it is not clear if they will run episodes through then or not. Spike TV reportedly told TNA of the news now to allow them to shop for a new TV deal.

TNA iMPACT! debuted on Spike TV back in October of 2005.

UPDATE: WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross sent out the following very interesting tweets on Sunday night:

ORIGINAL: Okay so take this as a rumor for now, but it’s a pretty big rumor and is getting some traction around the internet, thus our reporting it to you. Dixie Carter held a meeting at TNA headquarters in Nashville on Saturday and it concerned the results of a meeting with Spike TV representatives on Thursday afternoon.

According to sources, multiple people close to both TNA and Spike TV have told them that Spike doesn’t want to renew its contact with TNA, which would mean that iMPACT! would be cancelled if they can’t find a new network very quickly. There’s no word on whether the negotiations are still trying to work out a last-minute deal or not.

TNA’s deal with Spike is reportedly set to expire in October. It’s important to note that the show is still under contract to air in other countries, but whether that would be economically feasible without the revenue from an American cable network or not is up in the air.

More on this story, obviously, as we learn more.


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13 Responses to “The Latest On TNA – Gone From SpikeTV, Meetings, & More”

  1. h00serdaddy says:

    Here comes GFW!!! Before you say it I know there was supposedly a clause that GFW couldn't pursue Spike TV but we haven't seen the fine print. Quite possibly that may have been only if TNA had a current contract with Spike because I honestly don't see how TNA could restrict GFW from airing on Spike if they don't have ties to Spike anymore or for that matter consider the wording. If I recall it said Jarrett couldn't pursue Spike but that doesn't mean Spike TV can't pursue GFW.

    Just saying it seems awfully coincidental that Spike is dropping them shortly after GFW is starting up.

  2. h00serdaddy says:

    Here comes GFW!!! Before you say it I know there was supposedly a clause that GFW couldn't pursue Spike TV but we haven't seen the fine print. Quite possibly that may have been only if TNA had a current contract with Spike because I honestly don't see how TNA could restrict GFW from airing on Spike if they don't have ties to Spike anymore or for that matter consider the wording. If I recall it said Jarrett couldn't pursue Spike but that doesn't mean Spike TV can't pursue GFW.

  3. Peckar says:

    I seriously doubt finding out Russo was still with the company had any bearing of the decision made, whatsoever.

    • fritiz1 says:

      Yah, Russo was with TNA for nearly their entire run on Spike and I doubt they would care. Whatever the reason I hope TNA can land some place positive to help continue the positive momentum they have built in recent months.

    • tnadude says:

      Yeah, personally, I can't stand Russo – but there's no chance in h3ll those details are accurate.

      None whatsoever.

  4. rockinrollinroo says:

    what a shit year for us, losing aj styles, sting and hogan now spike dumps us! spike probably interested in jarretts gfw could be a reason for not signing a new deal. anyway on a plus side a better channel like espn may pick us up, we still can enjoy tna until bound for glory then worry about it after that.

    • geneticfreak26 says:

      Part of Jarrett's release agreement with TNA is that he wouldn't negotiate with SPike for a tv deal with GFW. Most likely, That would have to wait until after TNA's contract runs out I think at a minimum, plus any no compete clauses. By then GFW should already have a deal elsewhere.

      • fritiz1 says:

        Jarrett did not have a release agreement with TNA actually he resigned and walked out free and clear. Even if he did I doubt his mythical promotion had any bearing on Spikes decisions.

    • Bigmike885 says:

      I never understood why anyone would think ESPN would pick up TNA?..EPSN doesn't pick up anything that's second rate (sorry, but they're not the number one company..at least in terms of popularity)..EVERYTHING espn puts out gets bigger ratings that impact..IF another network picks up Impact it will not be espn.

  5. tsoutheast says:

    IMPACT will find a home.

    • Bigmike885 says:

      name ONE network that pick them up..WWE couldn't find a better deal, and spike (one of the lowest rated networks out there) might drop them..looks like internet only for TNA.

  6. Kyle says:

    That’s a big bag of meh from me… I use to watch TNA, but the horrible storylines, the inconsistency of those storylines, the flipping from heel to face all the time, and then bringing in a bunch of ex WWE guys…still…. The started going down hill b4 HH and Bitchoff, but those two really help open the hole, on a sinking ship.

  7. fernan says:

    Good bye TNA nice knowing ya when you look at the facts and see

    that depended on bringing back ecw or trying to recreate it will get you

    no where in thia buisness TNA never understood to stand out from WWE

    to be a different promotion not to be the same thing as them and using

    old post attitude era guys to get ahead times change and things change

    if you dont change you get left behind its no surprise sting ,aj styles there

    best stars left because of how TNA was being run now its only a matter of

    time before Triple H starts taking some of TNA best guys and find a way to

    make WWE better like they say buisness is about to pick up!

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