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Soundstage 20
Location Universal Studios Florida
Owner Universal Parks & Resorts
Operator Universal Parks & Resorts
Capacity 1,400
Opened 1990
Tenants
TNA Wrestling
Soundstage 19
Location Universal Studios Florida
Owner Universal Parks & Resorts
Operator Universal Parks & Resorts
Capacity 800
Opened 1990
Tenants
Family Double Dare
TNA Wrestling

The (TNA) Impact Zone,[1] also known as the (TNA) Impact Wrestling Zone [1] is the professional wrestling nickname for a sound stage in Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Florida. Its nickname was derived from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's (TNA) Impact Wrestling weekly television series, which broadcast live from this venue. Between 2004 March 7, 2013 TNA taped their broadcasts from Soundstage 21. However, TNA Wrestling officially terminated its lease with Universal Studios at the end of March 2013[2] and began to tour nationally. TNA returned to Universal Studios on November 21, 2013, but rather than going back to Soundstage 21, it went to Soundstage 19, which is smaller and holds less people than Soundstage 21.[3] TNA announced that starting with their March 13, 2014 Live broadcast, Impact Wrestling will be filmed on sound stage 20,directly behind sound stage 21, the original TNA Impact Zone.Sound stage 19 was a temporary venue for Impact Wrestling tapings.[4]

History[edit]

Soundstage 21
The TNA Impact Zone [1]
The TNA Impact Wrestling Zone [1]
Location Universal Studios Florida
Owner Universal Parks & Resorts
Operator Universal Parks & Resorts
Capacity 1,400
Surface Concrete 80% and polystyrene 20%
Opened 1990
Tenants
Nickelodeon GUTS
World Championship Wrestling
RollerJam
XWF
TNA Wrestling

Soundstage 21 was originally known as the Extreme Arena and was used for the game shows Nickelodeon GUTS and Global GUTS from 1992-1995. In 1996 World Championship Wrestling began taping their syndicated wrestling shows WCW Pro and WCW Worldwide from Soundstage 21, now dubbed the WCW Arena. (Before then they had been taped at Disney-MGM Studios.) WCW continued to tape the shows and a few episodes of WCW Saturday Night until 1998 when Pro was canceled and Worldwide was taped before WCW Thunder.[5] In 1999 the Roller Derby show RollerJam was filmed from the building now called the RolllerJam Arena. They left after their show was canceled in 2001 and another wrestling company called the XWF began taping their shows there.[6]

In May 2004, TNA announced that they would be starting their first nationally airing television show, TNA Impact on Fox Sports Net. They also announced that they would be airing this show from Universal Studios as part of an agreement reached with the theme park. Accordingly, TNA leased Soundstage 21 for the purposes of putting on wrestling events for an indefinite[citation needed] period of time. TNA also moved several of its main offices down to Orlando from their original home in Nashville.

From June 2004 to March 2013, TNA taped its flagship show, Impact Wrestling as well as its secondary show Xplosion from the Impact! Zone. They also aired every monthly pay-per-view in company history from that location until October 2006 when Bound for Glory was broadcast from the Compuware Arena in Detroit. They also hosted a special viewing of The Best Damn Sports Show Period that was entitled the Best Damn Wrestling Event Period.

As part of the agreement with Universal Studios, TNA were not allowed to charge entrance to events held at the Impact Zone. This led TNA to look for alternative venues to host some of their monthly pay-per-view events.

In August 2006 at Hard Justice, a fire sparked in the rafters of the Impact Zone. The fire was the result of pyrotechnics igniting a burlap sandbag. The soundstage was evacuated for approximately 20 minutes while the Orlando Fire Department inspected the resultant damage and the building in general. Afterward, the audience was allowed back in and the show resumed with only one match cancelled.

On January 31, 2013, TNA Wrestling announced that they would be taping their weekly show, Impact Wrestling from different venues around the United States with the first live show on March 14, 2013 from the Sears Centre Arena in Chicago. The final two episodes of Impact Wrestling filmed at this location were on February 28, 2013 and March 7, 2013.[7] After this, TNA Wrestling cleared out the venue and ended the Universal Studios contract after these shows.

TNA returned to Universal Studios in Soundstage 19 with its first show back on November 21, 2013. A smaller version of the road set debuted that night along with new lighting structures and new seats in the smaller venue that is 16,500 square feet.[8]

Format[edit]

Tna universal modified HD set

In May 2011, TNA rebranded TNA Impact! to Impact Wrestling.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Footage, Photos, & Complete Recap From Thursday's IMPACT WRESTLING". Impactwrestling.com. 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Mike (2013-02-08). "End of a TNA era next month and more TNA news". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Mike (2013-10-18). "TNA IMPACT WRESTLING TAPING UPDATE: PROMOTION RETURNING TO OLD HOME?". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  4. ^ insdier, tna (Feb 18, 2014). "TNA Announces New Soundstage Venue For Impact Tapings In Universal Orlando". tna Insider. Retrieved Feb 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling". Thehistoryofwwe.com. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  6. ^ "Buff Bagwell's Bio Page". Therealbuff.com. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  7. ^ "Road show for TNA Impact Wrestling". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. 2013-02-01. Archived from the original on 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  8. ^ "November 21: Orlando, FL (IMPACT LIVE)". 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  9. ^ Caldwell, James (2011-05-15). "Caldwell's TNA Sacrifice PPV results 5/15: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of live PPV - Sting vs. RVD, four title matches, Chyna PPV return". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 

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