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TNA is a professional wrestling company owned and operated by The Carter family. The brand offers television tapings of live events and pay-per-views.

12 Dec, 2014
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Debut on Destination America press release

Announcement

TNA issues a press release including details on their Destination America television debut.

Destination America welcomes IMPACT WRESTLING with a marathon on Wednesday, January 7 from 9 AM-9 PM ET, looking back at the biggest moments and most heated rivalries, leading into the special live broadcast from 9-11 PM ET. IMPACT WRESTLING on Destination America premieres in its permanent time slot Friday nights from 9-11 PM ET starting January 16, immediately followed by an encore from 11 PM-1 AM ET. Miss a matchup or just cant get enough? Check out IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED on Saturdays from 10 AM-12 PM ET beginning January 17 for a reloaded edition of the previous weeks IMPACT WRESTLING that will be a whole new viewing experience featuring extra content and never-before-seen footage.

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Huffington Post interview

Interview

The American Wolves talk to the Huffington Post to discuss if they have any future plansto leave TNA for WWE. Richards responds:

I’m extremely happy where I’m at right now. I can never say never. I can tell you that I’d never go into their developmental system and I’m not saying that because I think I’m better than anyone there (I would say the developmental system has better talent than the actual roster). It’s not conducive to my lifestyle and that’s all. I’m not trying to put down their product, I have nothing bad to say to them but I’m happy where I’m at. I kind of lost my fire for wrestling and being in TNA, I got that fire back.

4 Dec, 2014
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Huffington Post interview

Interview

Carter talks to the Huffington Post about TNA’s new television deal and goals for 2015.

My big focus for 2015 is to further distinguish our product from anybody else’s out there. What can we do better and what have we been doing great that we can take to another level. We’re going to be announcing in the coming weeks some realty exciting changes to our show and that’s a big part – trying to make our brand much more distinctive than not just WWE but other wrestling companies around the world.

3 Dec, 2014
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The Swerve interview

Interview

Angle is a guest on The Swerve to discuss Sting, Hulk Hogan and deciding to stay with TNA.

At this point in my career, I can’t really do a full-time schedule. I need to look at how they want to take care of me, what they want to do with me, what’s important to them should be important to me and everything I do has meaning. Most important is the invested interest. Secondly, making sure I keep my life straight and that I spend time with my family. Thirdly is basically financial situation. It’s not that I’m in dire need of money. Thank god I made a lot in this business. At the same time, the amount of money speaks volumes with what they want to do with you and how they want to utilize you. is the money important for a financial standpoint? No. Is it important on how important you are to the company? Yes. I want to make sure it’s a best suit for me.

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Main Event Radio interview

Interview

Abyss talks to Main Event Radio about his time in TNA, working with James Mitchell and young talent in TNA.

 TNA has a bunch of guys who are on the cusp of breaking through. Ethan Carter, EC3, I really think is a star. A guy who has great acumen and awareness. Everything he does he strives for perfection. The Bromans are two great athletes, an incredible tag team together. Rockstar Spud. We have a good group of young guys who are really making their mark and are going to continue to.

25 Nov, 2014
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First tapings for new channel set

Announcement

TNA wrestling announces it’s first official round of television tapings for new home, Destination America, will take place January 7th, 8th and 9th at the Manhattan Center in New York. Carter comments:

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

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Final Spike TV airings press release

Announcement

TNA issues a press release on the final airings of IMPACT on Spike TV. The final three episodes will not be live events but compilation episodes featuring the best matches of TNA history. Carter comments:

For the past 9 years, TNA and Spike have partnered to deliver the best professional wrestling in the world to our fans week in and week out. Before the move to our new home on Destination America in January, we wanted the final four episodes on Spike to celebrate the best moments for this incredible year of IMPACT and the greatest moments in TNA’s history.

19 Nov, 2014
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Announces new television deal

Announcement

TNA and Discovery Communications issue a press release on TNA moving to the Destination America channel in January of 2015. The release reads:

Our partnership in this uniquely entertaining franchise with TNA IMPACT WRESTLING provides a significant addition to Destination America’s programming strategy. The enduring, cross-generational enthusiasm of pro wrestling is felt by millions of fans around the country, from coast-to-coast and throughout the heartland.  We are delighted to bring this beloved American pastime to the one and only network dedicated to celebrating the unique spirit of the U.S., Destination America.

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Issues statement on TNA departure

Makes Statement

Spike TV issues a statement on parting ways with TNA Wrestling .

Our partnership with TNA Wrestling will officially come to an end with our last telecast on December 24. Dixie Carter and her team have been incredible partners to work with over the past 9 years, delivering high-action entertainment and strong ratings. As Spike continues to evolve into a network reaching a broader audience, we continue to look across our schedule to find opportunities to add original scripted and non-scripted programming that appeals to a wider demographic. On behalf of everyone at Spike, we would like to wish Dixie and TNA all the best and continued success.

12 Nov, 2014
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V2 Wrestling interview

Interview

Hernandez is a guest on the V2 Wrestling podcast to discuss his time in TNA and his thoughts on the company.

As long as the Carters have billions of dollars, that company will never go away. I just think the infrastructure just needs, you know, how you snake a toilet? They have Jeff Hardy, you had Sting, Kurt Angle, the best up and coming talent (like) Austin Aries, Roode, Styles, all these guys that could do anything, and you let every former WWE employee that served coffee to Vince McMahon try to be the boss time after time after time.

23 Oct, 2014
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Sports Vibe interview

Interview

Kim talks to Sports Vibe about TNA transitioning back to a six-sided ring.

People don’t like change. I was fortunate enough to wrestle in that ring before so I knew it was going to take time to get used to. We’re still getting used to it. But honestly, we left it to the fans and it was certainly an overwhelming decision. I think it makes us different but at the beginning when we got it back, we could feel it physically on our bodies. Luckily, we have a great ring crew and we addressed the issue by working on it for us. It’s great now and it’s just a matter of getting used to where you are in the ring. I honestly think in a couple months nobody will realize.

21 Oct, 2014
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Under the Mat Radio interview

Interview

Omega talks to Under the Mat radio about his time in WWE and how Japanese fans would react to TNA.

Not to knock TNA but there’s too much hokey talking and segments that don’t really involve wrestling. Of course everyone in TNA speaks English so if there’s an angle going on they won’t be able to understand it. TNA has a talented roster but when I looked at it seems as if everyone was rushing it’s like the time is given to the talking and when it happens in the ring everyone rushes to the finish. In Japan it’s the opposite when you talk make it quick and tell your story in the match.

19 Oct, 2014
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Digital Spy interview

Interview

Snow talks to Digital Spy about TNA returning to using a six sided wrestling ring.

The six-sided ring is not that controversial to me. I don’t know what the controversy is. It’s two more sides. I think it’s a great identifier for TNA. You’re flipping through the TV channels and you see it, it stands out. It looks different, catches your attention. It might captivate somebody to watch for a few moments, and who knows, we may have another audience member.

11 Oct, 2014
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Busted Open interview

Interview

Edwards is a guest on Busted Open Radio to discuss TNA, tag team wrestling in today’s world and Bound for Glory.

You can’t force chemistry, you can’t force teams to work and build together. You got to have guys that are willing to work and that want to work together and tag together and have that connection and if they don’t have it, it is just not going to work.

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Impactwrestling.com interview

Interview

Tessmacher talks about how her TNA wrestling career helped her prepare for CBS’s The Amazing Race:

I truly thought being a professional wrestler and athlete was going to help a lot more than it did. In the end, being strategic and also having luck on your side is really what keeps you in the race. I think, at first, because of our appearance teams wanted to target us. We are pretty, loud, and all around amazing. I would want to target us as well. But, most then realized that Rob and I were directionally challenged and not the brightest of the bunch and forgot a lot about us as a threat. However, sometimes that can be a strategy too!

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Impactwrestling.com interview

Interview

Jackson speaks about the difference between wrestling in TNA and competing in MMA:

I’ve been telling everyone how hard training for wrestling is. Some of the best athletes in the world wrestle. Even going back and forth on the ropes hurts. It’s tough as hell, but I really have a lot of fun with it. You get to be a big kid again and entertain people. It’s what I love to do.

3 Oct, 2014
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Announces Malaysian TV deal

Announcement

TNA announces SingTel mio Sports 1 will air IMPACT and  Xplosion throughout Singapore and Malaysia. Dixie Carter comments:

We are delighted that wrestling fans in Malaysia and Singapore can now join those in Japan, Thailand and 120 other countries around the world in enjoying the very best in professional wrestling each and every week.

24 Sep, 2014
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Ring Rust Radio interview

Interview

Robbie E. is a guest on Ring Rust Radio to discuss TNA, The Amazing Race and Bound for Glory.

When you think of me and when you think of Brooke, you think of two of the wildest and craziest people in wrestling. I think we are perfect for reality TV. We are the perfect two people to race around the world and do a whole bunch of crazy stuff. It is going to be a wild and exciting 12 weeks. You’re going to see Robbie E. do things you probably didn’t think he would ever be willing to do. Let’s just say I don’t like animals.

20 Sep, 2014
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Huffington Post interview

Interview

Hardy talks to The Huffington Post about teaming with Jeff again and wrestling Team 3D.

Its good fun! It’s like a time warp. It’s so strange. We’ve been separated and we haven’t been in the ring with those guys for about 12 years. You know as soon as we start working with them, we start having memories of old matches we had in Peoria Illinois – random cities across the world, it’s a great dose of nostalgia.

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Grantland.com interview

Interview

Carter talks to Grantland.com about her failed negotiations with AJ Styles.

I hate that we lost AJ. Are you listening? I hate it. I felt like we gave him a great offer. I really did. I felt like we gave him a great offer and I think he made a mistake.

15 Sep, 2014
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Submission Radio interview

Interview

Ortiz talks to Submission Radio about his short time in TNA and meeting Hulk Hogan.

During the time I was there I got a chance to meet Hulk Hogan. I was really happy with that, but I mean right now my main career is fighting. I mean I love to fight and that’s what I wanna do. That’s with Bellator.

11 Sep, 2014
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Busted Open interview

Interview

Melendez talks to Busted Open about his dreams as a child, his service in the United States military and professional wrestling.

The military was where I was going to go, that was my goal. I could remember I was in high school at the time my father was working in downtown Manhattan, were the World Trade Centers were and couldn’t get into contact with him for several hours, and we eventually met back at the house, and all I could remember was him covered head to toe in white debris and that image really burned into my mind, and just looking at him standing in the door way and it infuriated me because they brought the fight over here, and I am like I am going to bring it back over to you. It just added fuel to the fire more for me to get into the military.

3 Sep, 2014
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TNA online waging game announcement

Announcement

MX Digital announces agreement with William Hunt to produce six online waging games including one based on TNA Impact Wrestling.

Placing six of our branded games with William Hill represents the most significant distribution agreement for our company and a major step forward in establishing MX Digital in the marketplace.

1 Sep, 2014
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Piper’s Pit interview

Interview

Anderson is a guest on Piper’s Pit to discuss WWE, TNA and wanting to perform since childhood.

The first movie I remember seeing as a kid was E.T. I went to see it with my mother and I wanted to do that. I see some actor and I wanted to tell a story and entertain like that.

24 Aug, 2014
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Camel Clutch Blog interview

Interview

Williams talks to The Camel Clutch Blog about retiring from professional wrestling and if he ever thinks he’ll wrestle again.

I hear about all of these guys getting concussions and neck injuries, and I watch their wrestling style, and I realize my wrestling style’s a little bit harder than that, because I’m taking German suplexes on the neck, and piledrivers and whatever. I’m like, ‘Man, I’m gonna be 33 years old; maybe I’d better get out now, and not have to be in a wheelchair when I’m older.

21 Aug, 2014
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Impact in Africa through 2019

Announcement

TNA will continue to air IMPACT through 2019 due to an agreement with SuperSport, the continent’s leading sports broadcaster.

We have had a wonderful relationship with SuperSport since first airing on the channel in 2011 and we look forward to attracting more fans to our entertaining programming. This multi-year deal with SuperSport is one more example of TNA’s remarkable international growth as we continue executing our global brand and programming strategies.

20 Aug, 2014
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Impactwrestling.com interview

Interview

Love talks to Impactwrestling.com about her most recent return to TNA and Velvet Sky.

It was magical, it felt so great to be back in front of the fans in an Impact Wrestling ring! This is my life, this is what I do and I felt right at home.

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Between the Ropes interview

Interview

Carter sits down with Between the Ropes to discuss current events in TNA.

There is a lot of chatter and I think a lot of misinformation but I know that Spike and TNA are in constant negotiations and I leave that to them. What I do know is that we have an awesome product that is continually getting better each and every week so if it’s Spike, if it’s somewhere else we are an asset and will continue moving forward and I’m very confident in our future as a company.

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The Guardian profile

The Guardian profiles Terry’s TNA and body building careers as well as his short time with WWE.

Wrestling was always a dream of mine. I was approached by a WWE scout and was asked to attend try outs at Earls Court in London.

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SpikeTV announcement

Announcement

TNA announces that IMPACT will continue to air through the end of 2014 on Wednesday nights on SpikeTV. The statement also says that negotiations are ongoing for deals after that.

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.

16 Aug, 2014
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Broken leg

Injury

Richards suffers broken leg during live event in Pennsylvania. The injury will keep the star out of action for the time being.

15 Aug, 2014
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Kayfabe Commentaries interview

Interview

Bourne talks to Kayfabe Commentaries to discuss his future plans in wrestling and to share a story of Terrell.

This lovely young blonde was very, very new to wrestling. They get her in the ring, she trained, she’s athletic, so put her in the ring and have her do matches. We did matches I think on Tuesday nights at this bar called Bourbon Street. We had a little 16 foot ring set up in the building and there would be shows weekly. This particular night, Taryn Terrell is in a mixed tag match. It was a God awful match. At the end, I believe she did a facebuster. The girl of course lands down, that’s the finish, you go to cover. She (Taryn) basically grabbed the leg, tried to pin her while she was face down, trying to get that 1-2-3 on a face down opponent. My brain exploded. At the time I was much more cynical about people who weren’t awesome at wrestling. I had a good laugh at that too. I think she just went for the pin, she didn’t know the difference. She was that fresh to it.

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105.9 The Xin interview

Interview

Angle sits down for interview to discuss his future career plans and where he plans to go when his TNA deal is up.

My contract is up September 21st. I’ll say this, TNA has been really loyal to me. At the same time I want to do what’s right for me.

 

14 Aug, 2014
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Wrestle-1 interview

Interview

Tajiri talks to Wrestle-1 in sit down interview to discuss WWE and TNA.

I really didn’t know much about the organization. I’ve been offered to come to TNA in the past but would turn it down because of my promised association with the WWE. The organization is great.

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Moves to Wednesday nights

Announcement

TNA announces that IMPACT will now air on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.This move is largely due to direct competition with the NFL. Dixie Carter:

Moving Impact Wrestling to Wednesday nights gives existing fans and new viewers an opportunity to both enjoy wrestling and live sports even more throughout the week.

13 Aug, 2014
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Ratings statement

Announcement

TNA issues statement on their website boasting higher ratings and the largest viewership since February.

The Aug. 7 episode of IMPACT WRESTLING, TNA’s flagship program airing Thursday nights at 9/8c on Spike TV, drew 1.6 million viewers (P2+, +3 Rating), the largest audience since mid-February of this year. The episode was also up against six nationally or regionally televised NFL pre-season games, the first of the NFL season.

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