Wrestling fans who have watched TNA wrestling for years have seen the decline in the product despite them trying different things to keep themselves going over that time. Today it was learned thru TMZ.com that SpikeTV executives informed TNA President Dixie Carter in recent days that the contract for Impact will not be renewed.
The report of TNA wrestling losing its vehicle, SpikeTV, to air it's weekly Impact wrestling broadcast was brought to us by our colleagues at WrestleZone here. Now long time TNA fans will remember that when they started the promotion in 2002 under Jeff Jarrett that TNA was a weekly pay-per-view broadcast. Having SpikeTV air it's weekly two hour Impact broadcast since October, 2005 has given the company a chance to showcase it's talent in an even better light. Unfortunately with SpikeTV informing TNA President Dixie Carter that after nine years they will not renew their contract it may be the death knell for TNA. Without a home for Impact, which happened once before after Fox Sports did the same to TNA in 2004, they will not have a network for fans to enjoy there product.
Now it's very possible that TNA will scramble and find themselves a new partner with which to have Impact be broadcast upon before the deal with SpikeTV expires sometime in October. It is also possible TNA will find a whole new avenue with which to air Impact, possibly on YouTube, or may be Netflix or Hulu. The problem is will diehard TNA fans pay to join such services to continue watching Impact upon?
Normally once TNA gets into the month of August, which is a few days away, they will start the build up towards there final pay-per-view of the year 'Bound for Glory.' Outwardly they will probably continue that process but inwardly TNA executives have to be nervous about knowing that SpikeTV no longer wants to broadcast Impact. We certainly hope TNA can find a new television partner, but without it could pro wrestling be left with only one major promotion, in WWE, in the near future.
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Tags: Bound for Glory, Dixie Carter, Impact, pay-per-view, SpikeTV, TNA, Wrestling, WWE, YouTube