TNA Xplosion

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TNA Xplosion
TNA Xplosion Logo.jpg
TNA Xplosion logo
Genre Sports entertainment
Professional wrestling
Created by Dixie Carter
Starring TNA roster
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 717 (as of June 18, 2014 (2014-06-18))
Production
Location(s) TNA Asylum (2002 – 2004)
TNA Impact! Zone (2004 – present)
Various arenas (2013 - present)
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 1 hour per episode (45 minutes plus commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel Sun Sports (2002 – 2006)
Extreme Sports Channel (UK: 2010)
Challenge (UK: 2011 – present)
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run October 5, 2002 (2002-10-05) – present

TNA Xplosion is a television program produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), featuring both highlights from Impact Wrestling and exclusive taped matches. It is now produced only for international markets, no longer airing in the United States.

It currently airs in Asia and the Middle East on ESPN Star Sports, In Israel on EGO Total, and is available on Challenge in the UK.[1][2] It previously aired in Canada on Fight Network.


Format and history[edit]

2002-2008[edit]

Xplosion was launched on November 27, 2002 as TNA's only regular cable show and featured exclusive matches from the TNA Asylum as well as exclusive interviews with all the TNA Wrestling personalities.

On November 18, 2004, the show became a recap show of the previous week's Impact! in light of alterations in the taping schedule. However, Xplosion resumed airing exclusive matches (billed as "Xplosion Xclusives") once more on October 7, 2005 in addition to recapping Impact!. The "Xplosion Xclusives" also aired on the now-ceased TNA Global Impact! internet show.
All of the matches seen on Xplosion are taped ahead of time along with Impact!. Matches normally feature wrestlers who rarely appear on Impact!. Occasionally, wrestlers may make their debut or return on Xplosion and angles have also taken place.

Since May 2006, the hosts of the show are ring announcer/backstage reporter Jeremy Borash and SoCal Val. Airing of Xplosion in the United States ceased at the end of 2006, although some of the exclusive matches could be seen on TNA Today.

2008-2014[edit]

Beginning on December 22, 2008, "Xplosion Xclusive" matches are broadcast as web matches on the TNA website and TNA's YouTube page. The show was revamped at the June 14, 2010, tapings of the 300th episode of Xplosion, becoming more of an original program instead of a highlight show, with Jeremy Borash working as the lead play-by-play commentator.[3] This was confirmed by Dixie Carter, who announced that Xplosion would be re-fitted to feature new and exclusive matches with the TNA personalties, as well as updates on everything TNA, including coverage of its flagship series Impact!, saying “TNA features more talented superstars than ever before in company history, so it made sense to refresh Xplosion and make it a more important part of the TNA brand.”

In addition to the format changes, Xplosion received a new logo, graphics and theme music performed by Taproot.[4] At the May 16, 2011, tapings, Desmond Wolfe was announced as the new Xplosion Commissioner.[5] He would however serve in the role only for a month, before being released from his TNA contract.[6]

Xplosion received a new logo and graphics with In This Moment's "The Gun Show" used as it's official theme until mid-2012. The show became more of an original program instead of a highlight show, with Jeremy Borash working as the lead play-by-play commentator next to Mike Tenay (sometimes with special commentators). The show features new and exclusive matches with the TNA personalties, as well as updates on everything, including coverage of its flagship series Impact Wrestling and exclusive interviews with TNA personalties.

Xplosion also features the Spin Cycle, where Jeremy Borash has a Q&A session with various TNA stars in front of a live crowd. As of 2013, TNA started showing matches from the early years of TNA and matches prior to the upcoming TNA PPV.

2014-present[edit]

Challenge and TNA decided to repackage Xplosion. The all-new version airs weekly on Saturdays at 9am from May 31, 2014. The show has been reformatted with families in mind and to purposely differentiate itself from TNA’s flagship post-watershed programme Impact Wrestling. It is still hosted by Jeremy Borash and features a mix of new matches, classic bouts and the hilarious ‘Spin Cycle’ panel debates. The show also continues to be shown in its current late night time slot of 11pm on Wednesday evenings (or 1am on Tuesday nights when there is a TNA PPV event shown on the Wednesday).

Commentators[edit]

Commentators Dates
Mike Tenay and Don West October 5, 2002 – August 13, 2009
Mike Tenay and Taz August 20, 2009 – June 7, 2010
Jeremy Borash and Taz June 14, 2010 – February 29, 2012
April 25, 2012 - May 1, 2012
Jeremy Borash and Eric Bischoff March 7, 2012 – April 18, 2012
Jeremy Borash and Pat Kenney May 8, 2012 – October 31, 2012
January 1, 2014
Todd Keneley and Jeremy Borash November 7, 2012 – June 5, 2013
Jeremy Borash and Mike Tenay June 12, 2013 – present
Jeremy Borash and Gilbert Corsey November 13, 2013 – November 20, 2013
Jeremy Borash and Rockstar Spud December 25, 2013, January 8, 2014 - January 15, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TNA Signs UK Media Distribution". TNA. Archived from the original on 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  2. ^ "TNA XPLOSION - TNA'S ONE-HOUR SYNDICATED SHOW". TNA. Archived from the original on October 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  3. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-06-14). "TNA News: TNA revamping Xplosion show with new format and lead announcer". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  4. ^ "TNA Relaunches "Xplosion" Program". TNAwrestling.com. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  5. ^ Tedesco, Mike (2011-05-16). "Spoilers: Impact Wrestling for May 19". WrestleView. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  6. ^ Martin, Adam (2011-06-17). "Report: Desmond Wolfe released from TNA". WrestleView. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 

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