TNA Epics

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TNA Epics
TNA Epics.jpg
Genre Sports entertainment
Professional wrestling
Created by Dixie Carter
Presented by Mick Foley
Country of origin United Kingdom, United States
No. of episodes 14 (1 unaired)
Production
Running time 1 hour per episode (44 minutes plus commercials).
Release
Original network Bravo (2009)
Spike (2010)
Extreme Sports Channel (2010)
Original release May 15, 2009 – April 15, 2010

TNA Epics was a professional wrestling television program for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling that aired on Spike in the United States and Bravo in the United Kingdom.[1] The show was hosted by Mick Foley[2] and showed matches and events from the history much like WWE Vintage. In December 2009, Dixie Carter announced in an interview that Epics would be debuting on Spike in January 2010.[3] The second season began on Thursday, January 14, 2010.[4]

History[edit]

Beginning on Bravo (2009)[edit]

TNA Epics originally aired on Bravo in the United Kingdom before being broadcast in the United States.[5] The show was announced on May 8, 2009 as a chance for UK TNA fans to see classic TNA matches and events for the first time since TNA signed with Bravo and Classic TNA shows ceased being shown on The Wrestling Channel.[citation needed] On June 26, 2009, the air time of TNA Epics on Bravo was moved from Fridays at 10pm GMT to Saturdays at 11pm, meaning that TNA Epics would now be shown following the UK showing of TNA Impact![6] Epics disappeared from television in the UK when the July 11, 2009 episode which was set to feature "The Best of Jeff Hardy in TNA" was taken off the television listings before being set to air.[7] The status of the show remained unknown until it was announced to be cancelled on August 2, 2009, less than three months from its inception. However, the developed episodes are still available on television in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.[8] However, Bravo showed replays of the episodes of TNA Epics at a new time of Saturdays at 8pm, before the TNA Impact! broadcasts, and on September 26, 2009, the previously unaired episode "X-Division Insanity, Part 1" was shown.[9]

TNA Epics on Spike (2010)[edit]

On December 3, 2009, TNAWrestling.com posted a video interview with TNA president Dixie Carter. She announced that a "new show", TNA Epics would debut on Spike. It was later revealed that the show would begin on January 14, 2010, and air on one Thursday per month. On February 19, 2010, it was announced that the March 18th edition of TNA Epics, featuring the X-Division was dropped from Spike's schedule.[10] But, the show was later announced to be moved to Monday Nights following iMPACT! with the dropped episode being aired on Spike following TNA iMPACT! on March 15.[11] However, the episode was once again moved to the following night, Tuesday March 16.[12] Since April 2010, the current status of the show is unknown and no further episodes have been announced.

TNA Epics on Extreme Sports Channel (2010)[edit]

On Friday November 19, 2010, TNA Epics began re-airing on Extreme Sports Channel in the UK. At this time Extreme was already home to TNA's Monthly Pay-Per Views and weekly syndicated show Xplosion. Epics aired back to back double episodes every Friday night on Extreme Sports Channel, following TNA Xplosion at 10pm and 11pm. The show's run on Extreme ended on December 31, 2010 when TNA's contract with Extreme Sports ended and all TNA programming moved to Challenge.[13]

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (2009)[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1 "Best of Six Sides of Steel" May 15, 2009 (2009-05-15)

A look back on some of the best Six Sides of Steel Matches in TNA history, featuring:
- AMW vs. Triple X from Turning Point 2004
- LAX vs. A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels from Bound for Glory 2006

- Barbed Wire Six Sides of Steel: Christian Cage vs. Rhino from November 16, 2007, edition of TNA Impact!
2 "Best of the X-Division Championship Matches vol. 1" May 22, 2009 (2009-05-22)

A look back on some of the best early X Division championship matches in TNA history, featuring:
- First-ever X Division Championship Match: Four Way Double Elimination match from June 26, 2002

- Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels vs. A.J. Styles from Unbreakable 2005
3 "Best of Slammiversary" May 29, 2009 (2009-05-29)

A look back on some of the best matches from TNA's summer anniversary events, featuring:
- A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels vs. America's Most Wanted from Slammiversary 2006
- Team 3D vs. Rick Steiner and Road Warrior Animal from Slammiversary 2007

- A.J. Styles vs. Kurt Angle from Slammiversary 2008
4 "King of the Mountain Ladder Matches" June 5, 2009 (2009-06-05)

A look back at the first three King of the Mountain Ladder matches, a match that has made TNA what it is today. Featuring:
- Jeff Jarrett vs. Raven vs. A.J. Styles vs. Ron Killings vs. Chris Harris from June 2, 2004
- Raven vs. A.J. Styles vs. Sean Waltman vs. Monty Brown vs. Abyss from Slammiversary 2005

- Jeff Jarrett vs. Christian Cage vs. Sting vs. Ron Killings vs. Abyss from Slammiversary 2006
5 "Knockouts" June 12, 2009 (2009-06-12)

A look back at some of the best women's wrestling matches in TNA history, featuring:
- Knockout Championship Gauntlet from Bound for Glory 2007
- Awesome Kong vs. Gail Kim from the January 10, 2008, edition of Impact!

- First-ever Queen of the Cage match from Lockdown 2008
6 "The Hogan Controversy" June 19, 2009 (2009-06-19)
A look back to a controversial incident in October 2003 when Jeff Jarrett travelled to Japan to attack the legendary Hulk Hogan! Includes rare footage from the brawl with Hogan as well as the fallout that enrupted involving Jimmy Hart, Rick Steiner and Sting.
7 "The Best of the World Heavyweight Title Matches, Part 1" June 27, 2009 (2009-06-27)

A look back to some of the early World title matches in TNA, featuring:
- Raven vs. Jeff Jarrett from April 30, 2003
- A.J. Styles vs. Jeff Jarrett from Hard Justice 2005

- Raven vs. Rhino from Unbreakable 2005
8 "The Hardcore Wars, Part 1" July 4, 2009 (2009-07-04)

A look back on historic barbaric matches in TNA, featuring:
- Rare footage of the bloody Raven scalping at the hands of Shane Douglas and James Mitchell from September 17, 2003
- Full Metal Mayhem: Abyss vs. Jeff Hardy from Against All Odds 2005
- Team 3D and Rhino vs. Jeff Jarrett and America's Most Wanted from Genesis 2005

- Barbed Wire Massacre: Abyss vs. Sabu from Turning Point 2005
9 "The Best of Jeff Hardy in TNA" UNAIRED[14] (UNAIRED[14])

A look back on some of the best matches in TNA from Jeff Hardy, one of wrestling's most popular superstars, featuring:
- Jeff Hardy vs. Monty Brown from the October 15, 2004, edition Impact!
- Jeff Hardy vs. Scott Hall from Final Resolution 2005

- Falls Count Anywhere: Jeff Hardy vs. Abyss from Destination X 2005
10 "X-Division Insanity, Part 1" September 26, 2009 (2009-09-26)

A look back at some of the most daredevil, crazy, high-flying X Division matches in TNA history, featuring:
- Jerry Lynn and Amazing Red vs. Triple X (Christopher Daniels and Elix Skipper) vs. Chris Sabin and Jonny Storm vs. Jason Cross and Shark Boy from April 9, 2003
- A 22 man X Division Gauntlet for the X Division Championship from August 2004

- A 20 man X Division Battle Royal from Victory Road 2004

Season 2 (2010)[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1 "Kurt Angle" January 14, 2010 (2010-01-14)

A look back on some of Kurt Angle's greatest matches in the six-sided ring. Matches include:
- Kurt Angle vs Samoa Joe from Genesis 2006
- Last Man Standing Match: Kurt Angle vs AJ Styles from Hard Justice 2008

- Kurt Angle vs Jeff Jarrett from Genesis 2009
2 "Sting at Bound for Glory" February 11, 2010 (2010-02-11)

A look back on Sting's victories on TNA's biggest pay-per-view of the year. Matches include:
- Sting vs Jeff Jarrett from Bound for Glory 2006
- Sting vs Kurt Angle from Bound for Glory 2007

- Sting vs Samoa Joe from Bound for Glory 2008
3 "X-Division Insanity, Part 2" March 16, 2010 (2010-03-16)

A look back at some of the most daredevil, crazy, high-flying X Division matches in TNA history. Matches include:
- Samoa Joe vs Christopher Daniels vs A.J. Styles from Unbreakable 2005
- Steel Asylum Match from Sacrifice 2008

- Ultimate X Match from Bound for Glory 2009
4 "The Best of Mick Foley" April 15, 2010 (2010-04-15)

A look back on Mick Foley's greatest moments in TNA. Matches include:
- Lethal Lockdown: Sting's Warriors vs Jarrett's Army from Lockdown 2006
- Mick Foley vs Kevin Nash from Hard Justice 2009

- Mick Foley vs Sting from Lockdown 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rothstein, Simon; Aldren, Mike (May 8, 2009). "TNA Wrestling to launch new TV show called Epics on Bravo in the UK". London: The Sun UK. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  2. ^ "TNA Launching new show called "TNA Epics" with Mick Foley as Host". Pro Wrestling News Now. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  3. ^ "TNA Wrestling: The Complete Interview with Dixie Carter". TNA Wrestling. Archived from the original on December 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Date for TNA Epics on Spike". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  5. ^ Rothstein, Simon; Aldren, Mike (May 8, 2009). "TNA Wrestling to launch new TV show called Epics on Bravo in the UK". London: The Sun UK. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  6. ^ "TNA Epics Moving to A New Timeslot". TNA Revolution. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  7. ^ "No TNA Epics scheduled this week on Bravo". TNA Revolution. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  8. ^ "The Future of TNA Epics?". TNA Wrestling News. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  9. ^ "TNA Epics September 26, 2009". Yahoo! TV UK. Retrieved 2009-09-27. [dead link]
  10. ^ "TNA Epics on 3/18 dropped". WrestleView. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  11. ^ "3 hours of TNA on March 15th". WrestleView. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  12. ^ "TNA Epics moved yet again". WrestleView. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  13. ^ "TNA Epics now airing on Extreme Sports Channel". TNA UK. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  14. ^ "Upcoming TNA Epics episodes (some which never got aired)". TNA Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-18.