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.
Spike TV airs the final live edition of TNA IMPACT on their network. The event features Havok vs Kim vs Terrell, Melendez vs King, and Ion vs Manik vs Tigre Uno vs Low Ki.
TNA reports ratings are down 24% for first Wednesday episode of IMPACT. The event drew 852,000 viewers for SpikeTV.
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.
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.
Carter appears on Ring Rust Radio to discus current events in TNA, during the dicsussion she comments on the SpikeTV negotiations for the IMPACT program.
Every two years I go through this. This is just the first public negotiation I’ve ever had. I think social media has really changed this kind of thing. I’m used to every two years negotiating with Spike and negotiating with other networks. This time is absolutely not any different. We’re still talking with them, but there are other people, thank God, that are interested in our product. I want to grow this brand; I want to grow it domestically. I want us to be able to start having the kind of success domestically that we’re having internationally. I’m not going to stop and none of us are going to stop until we get there. I’m real excited to see and I think we’ll know sooner than later what’s going to happen.
Russo claims SpikeTV is a bad partner and has never promoted TNA properly in the time the promotion has stayed with the network.
Spike TV has NEVER correctly promoted TNA since they’ve been on their network for the past 9 years.
SpikeTV cancels TNA wrestling’s flagship program, Impact. The show has struggled to maintain ratings for many years. TNA owner Dixie Carter claims to be in negotiations with the network in hopes of renewing their contract.
Executives of the network comment that they are in ongoing negotiations with TNA over the potential renewal of the wrestling company’s flagship program, IMPACT. The program is not in the current lineup for the fall season.