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For the professional wrestling promotion that recently adopted this name, see Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
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Impact Wrestling
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.jpeg
Impact Wrestling logo used beginning March 2017
Genre Professional wrestling
Created by Jeff Jarrett
Starring Impact roster
Opening theme "Sinister" (instrumental) by Dale Oliver
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 14
No. of episodes 669 (as of March 9, 2017)
Production
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time 120 minutes (inc. commercials)
Release
Original network Fox Sports Net (2004–2005)
Webcast (2005)
Urban America Television (2005)
Spike (2005–2014)
Destination America (2015)
Pop (2016–present)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release June 4, 2004 (2004-06-04) – present
Chronology
Related shows TNA Xplosion
TNA Today
Impact Wrestling: Unlocked
TNA Wrestling's Greatest Matches
External links
Website

Impact Wrestling (formerly known as Impact!, which was stylized as iMPACT!,[1] and commonly referred to as either Impact on Pop or simply as Impact) is a professional wrestling television program produced by the Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions promotion.

The show debuted in the United States on Fox Sports Net on June 4, 2004, but after Impact Wrestling's contract was not renegotiated in May 2005, the show was left without a television network on which to broadcast. The show began broadcasting episodes via syndication in limited markets on Urban America Television (replacing Impact Wrestling's syndicated show Xplosion) and on the Internet between June 24 and September 16, 2005, before securing a deal with Spike TV, with the first show airing on October 1, 2005.

Impact first began airing episodes on Saturday nights, before later moving to Thursday nights in April 2006. It briefly moved to Monday nights in 2010 and to Wednesday nights in 2014 until its final broadcast on Spike. In 2015, the show moved to Destination America, initially airing on Friday nights before moving back to Wednesday nights on June 3, 2015. Its final broadcast on Destination America was December 16, 2015 at 11:00 pm ET.

As of January 5, 2016, Impact Wrestling airs weekly on Pop in the United States, now airing on Tuesday nights.[2] Starting July 21, 2016, the show moved to Thursday nights and to a new time slot at 8:00 PM ET.[3]

History[edit]

Fox Sports Net era (2004–2005)[edit]

In May 2004, Impact Wrestling (then known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling) announced that they had negotiated a television deal with Fox Sports Net (FSN) where they would get a one-hour timeslot on Fridays in most markets, putting Impact Wrestling on unrestricted cable and satellite for the first time.[4] Impact Wrestling began taping TNA Impact! that month and aired the first episode on June 4, 2004. Impact! was also syndicated throughout Canada on RDS and Europe on The Wrestling Channel and later both Bravo and Bravo 2 in the United Kingdom, as well as Eurosport. After 51 shows Impact Wrestling's contract with FSN expired in May 2005 and was not renegotiated, with the last episode airing on May 27, 2005. The series as a whole gained little success, averaging a 0.3 household rating.

Webcasts (2005)[edit]

Impact Wrestling was left with no television deal and, therefore, had no means of promoting their monthly pay-per-views, although Impact! did continue to air on certain regional networks in place of Xplosion. On July 1, Impact Wrestling began offering new episodes through their website, first using BitTorrent downloads, then by streaming through RealPlayer.[5][6] To save on production costs, four hours of the show were recorded in a day and made available throughout the subsequent month.[7]

Spike TV era (October 2005–December 2014)[edit]

The Impact Zone in 2007

At the same time, Impact Wrestling began seeking a more profitable television outlet, finally negotiated a Saturday night timeslot with Spike TV, now known simply as Spike, and started airing Impact! on October 1, 2005. Two episodes were taped every other Tuesday, airing them on the subsequent Saturday.[8] Impact Wrestling's syndication contracts for the show on local TV channels, from after the FSN contract, were converted to contracts for their syndicated show, Xplosion. They were no longer paying for the timeslot, though Spike controlled their advertising revenue.[9] Because of viewership growth, Impact! was moved to Thursdays in April 2006, and later to an earlier primetime slot in November. At this time tapings were moved from Tuesdays to Mondays.[10] In June 2006, episodes became available at the iTunes Store.[11] though they have since been removed.

Two hour expansion (2007–present)[edit]

Due to further viewership growth, Impact! was expanded to two hours on October 4, 2007, still starting at the same time of 9pm.[12] On January 17, 2008, Spike presented an event entitled "Global Impact!", which featured Impact Wrestling stars in matches against talents from New Japan Pro-Wrestling[13] and on March 27, 2008, Impact! aired live for the first time in the show's history in its regular timeslot. Announced in a release on Impact Wrestlingwrestling.com on April 2, 2008, Impact Wrestling came to terms on a deal that had the show airing in Australia starting April 5. Up until then, they had only broadcast their monthly pay-per-view events on Main Event in Australia. The contract expired in March 2011 and was not renewed,[14] but in May 2011 the show was picked up by Australian Network FuelTV, which began airing it every Saturday at 8:30 pm AEST, starting on June 11.[15] On October 23, 2008, Impact Wrestling aired its first Impact! filmed outside of the Impact Wrestling Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was broadcast from the The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Impact Wrestling also made the transition to HD for this broadcast and announced that all future episodes would be broadcast in high definition.

Move to Mondays (2010)[edit]

On January 4, 2010, the show went head-to-head for the first time with Impact Wrestling's rival-promotion WWE's flagship show Raw. This would be the first time since March 2001 that two major wrestling promotions went head-to-head in a Monday night television ratings competition. Impact Wrestling advertised the debut of Hulk Hogan and his return to professional wrestling, while WWE promoted the return of Bret Hart to Raw, who last made an appearance in November 1997 before the Montreal Screwjob.[16] On this night, Impact! was watched by more than 3 million viewers for the opening hour, towards the end of the show, the viewership declined to 2.2 million viewers, this was the highest viewership in the show's history; Raw was watched by 5.6 million viewers, the most since August 2009.[17]

Impact! was permanently moved to Monday nights on March 8, 2010.[18] The show would air live on a bi-weekly basis and be taped for the following week. On the March 8 edition, Impact! debuted their new theme song.[19] Beginning with the April 12, 2010 show, Impact! was aired at 8:00pm Eastern on Spike TV. This change was made as a result of the increase in ratings from the March 29, 2010 show (which aired at 9:00pm Eastern) and the April 5, 2010 show (which aired at 8:00 pm Eastern).[20] The final Monday Impact! scored a 0.8 rating and was then moved back to Thursday nights, the reason for the return to Thursdays was due to reduced television audience figures on Mondays.[21]

Return to Thursday Nights (2010–2011)[edit]

The show returned to Thursday nights on Thursday, May 13, 2010.[22] Commenting on the move on the Impact Wrestling website, Brian J. Diamond (Spike TV's Senior Vice President of Sports and Specials) said, "The fans have spoken and with their input we have determined the best time slot to maximize the Impact Wrestling audience is on Thursday nights where we are confident it will be among the most-watched shows with young men". In the same announcement, Impact Wrestling president Dixie Carter was quoted as saying, "Our fans made it clear that they preferred the Thursday night time period. By moving to Thursdays, this is a win/win opportunity for both Impact Wrestling and the fans. We are looking forward to delivering what the fans are asking for".[22]

On June 24, 2010, Spike TV expanded “Impact Wrestling Thursdays” to three hours with the addition of Impact Wrestling Reaction (stylized as Impact Wrestling ReAction or, alternatively, as Impact Wrestling ReACTION), which became a regular one-hour docu-series immediately preceding Impact Wrestling iMPACT! from 8:00pm–9:00pm Eastern. ReAction focused on the stories and characters of Impact Wrestling Wrestling and previewed the upcoming episode of Impact Wrestling iMPACT![22][23] Impact Wrestling Impact! was also re-branded as Thursday Night Impact due to its return to Thursdays. Impact Wrestling Wrestling president Dixie Carter announced on January 13, 2011, that on February 24, 2011, Impact Wrestling would be holding Impact! tapings at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.[24]

Re-branding to Impact Wrestling (2011–2014)[edit]

On May 3, 2011 at the tapings of the May 12 episode of Impact!, the show was re-branded Impact Wrestling with the slogan "Where Wrestling Matters", with the color scheme changing from red and black to blue, white and gray. This led to the URL of Impact Wrestling Wrestling's website, Impact Wrestlingwrestling.com, to be renamed impactwrestling.com.[1][25][26] On July 11, 2011, it was announced that Impact Wrestling would hold Impact Wrestling tapings on August 25 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on September 21 at the Knoxville Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee, and on October 26 at the Macon Coliseum in Macon, Georgia.[27] On January 6, 2012, Impact Wrestling announced the first international Impact Wrestling tapings would be taking place on January 28 at the Wembley Arena in London, England.[28]

On May 17, 2012, Impact Wrestling announced that Impact Wrestling would air live through the summer of 2012, starting on May 31, when the show moved to a new time slot at 8pm ET.[29] The live schedule was later extended first through September,[30] and then through the rest of 2012.[31] On January 31, 2013, Impact Wrestling announced that they would begin taping Impact from different venues around the United States starting March 14, 2013, from the Sears Center in Chicago. Impact Wrestling officially terminated its lease with Universal Studios Orlando Florida in late March 2013 and left the Impact Wrestling Zone.[32]

The 2013–2014 Impact Wrestling set, introduced on March 14, 2013; however, the stage was since phased out in the summer of 2014

On March 14, 2013, Impact Wrestling introduced a new universal HD set which is used for all weekly programming.[33] On May 30, 2013, Impact Wrestling went back to its old start time of 9pm and in July 2013, Impact Wrestling announced that they would broadcast five Impact Wrestling specials in 2013 starting July 18, 2013 with Destination X. This was followed by Hardcore Justice, No Surrender, Final Resolution and Turning Point. These specials replaced the PPV events of the same name following Impact Wrestling changing their monthly PPV format to a quarterly model.

On October 24, 2013, Impact Wrestling announced they will be returning to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida on November 21, 2013 due to the high cost of production on the road. Impact tapings would be filmed from soundstage 19, rather than at the original Impact Wrestling Zone at soundtage 21, but there will still be select tapings on the road from time to time, such as the Genesis Impact Wrestling special on January 16 and January 23, 2014 from the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Impact Wrestling also announced a new programming initiative called IMPACT365 - Where Action Never Ends, in which cameras provide unprecedented access to the lives of the Impact Wrestling Superstars.[34] This has been used to make announcements for upcoming shows and for starting new angles and storylines.

On January 30, 2014, for the first time, Impact Wrestling was broadcast live in the UK on Challenge before it aired in the US.[35] The show took place at The Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Impact Wrestling announced that they will be changing soundstages at Universal Studios Florida again starting with the March 13, 2014 live broadcast of Impact Wrestling. The new soundstage will be soundstage 20.[36] Soundstage 19 and 20 were only temporary venues for Impact Wrestling tapings. Since June 10, 2014 Impact Wrestling has taped Impact Wrestling from The Sands Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom in New York City. On July 17, 2014, after a poll made on the Impact Wrestling website, Impact Wrestling brought back the six-sided ring permanently.[37]

Final months on Spike (July–December 2014)[edit]

On July 28, 2014, TMZ reported that Spike would not renew Impact Wrestling's contract.[38] Impact Wrestling president Dixie Carter and Spike subsequently released independent statements claiming that negotiations were ongoing.[39] Impact Wrestling's contract was due to expire in September.[40] On August 14, Carter announced that Impact Wrestling would move to Wednesday nights and on August 20 announced that Impact Wrestling would continue on Spike for the remainder of 2014, adding that negotiations were still on going.[41] Spike spokesperson David Schwarz told The Christian Post that increasing competition from other sports programs prompted the move from Thursday nights.[42] The show ceased airing new televised events after the November 19 edition of Impact Wrestling, with the final episodes of 2014 being dedicated to Best of Impact Wrestling clip shows, before resuming events on January 7, 2015 with a live show from The Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom in New York City. The last episode of Impact Wrestling broadcast on Spike aired on December 24, 2014.[43]

Destination America era (2015)[edit]

The set used in the Impact Zone on March 13, 2015

On November 19, 2014, Impact Wrestling announced that it had reached a deal with Discovery Communications to move its programming, including Impact Wrestling, to its network Destination America in January 2015.[44] After premiering on Wednesday, January 7, Impact moved to its permanent slot on Fridays on January 16.[45]

Along with the move to Destination America, the show got a new logo, graphics package, theme music, and stage. Former WWE employee Josh Mathews was also added to the commentary team. A brand new weekly series hosted by Mike Tenay, Impact Wrestling: Unlocked, premiered on Saturday, January 17[46] and Impact Wrestling Wrestling's Greatest Matches, a series featuring the best matches in the company's history, made its U.S debut on Saturday, January 10.[47][48] After switching timeslots numerous times, both shows were cancelled in May.[49][50]

Also in May, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Destination America had decided to cancel Impact by late September 2015.[51][52] Impact Wrestling vehemently denied the report, stating: "These false statements constitute defamation and if necessary we will seek all legal remedies available to us."[53] The following week Destination America announced that they had signed a 26-week trial deal with Ring of Honor that would see Ring of Honor Wrestling air as Impact's lead-in which began on June 3.[54] Impact subsequently began airing on Wednesdays starting in June.[49]

On June 3, D'Angelo Dinero officially joined Josh Mathews as a new addition to the commentary team for Impact Wrestling. In a September interview with Sports Illustrated, Dixie Carter indicated that Impact would remain on Destination America for the rest of the year which ended on December 16, 2015.[55]

Pop TV era (2016–present)[edit]

On November 19, 2015, it was announced Impact Wrestling will air Tuesdays nights on Pop beginning January 5, 2016.[56][57] With the show's move to Pop, it got a new graphics package, theme music (including "Roustabout" by The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan), and stage. Impact Wrestling moved to Thursday night beginning July 21, 2016, to avoid airing directly opposite WWE Smackdown, which moved to Tuesdays.[58]

The logo used from January 2015 to January 2017

On January 5, 2017, Anthem Sports announced that they would be purchasing majority control of the company and that Dixie Carter was stepping down as Chair; she will retain a minority stake & join the advisory board for Fight Media Group. Anthem announced the creation of Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC as Impact Wrestling's new parent company, which was formed after Anthem's purchase.[59][60]

In February to March 2017, key stars such as Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Champions Matt and Jeff Hardy, Drew Galloway, Mike Bennett, Maria Kanellis, and Jade left the company.[61][62][63][64] Matt's wife, Reby Sky, said that the Hardys only received new contract offers five days before their ongoing contracts were set to expire, leaving them feeling snubbed and bullied.[65] Galloway told of a similar situation, saying he would have stayed if the company had offered him the same contract "three weeks earlier" as it was a "very very good one"; he rejected it as the offer was too late for him.[66] Wrestling commentator Jim Ross declared that since Galloway and the Hardys were part of "the top level of the roster" it was "inexcusable for any company to allow these high level negotiations to crash and burn as they did".[67] PWInsider reported that Impact had used cease-and-desist letters in an attempt to prevent 'Broken Universe' material from being used by the Hardys in rival company Ring of Honor, which might not "endear" them to fans as that the Hardys were "talents who had given a lot to Impact in recent years" who had become "the most popular act" on Impact Wrestling.[68]

Impact Wrestling announced that Impact Wrestling would air on Spike in the UK from April 21. This would be the first time since December 2016 that Impact Wrestling would air in the UK after they lost their deal with Challenge.

Content[edit]

Channel (timeslot) ET Years Avg. rating
FSN (Fri. 3pm) 2004 0.2[69]
FSN (Fri. 4pm) 2005 0.3[70]
Spike (Sat. 11pm) 2005–06 0.7[71]
Spike (Thu. 11pm) 2006 0.9[72]
Spike (Thu. 9pm) 2006–07 1.0[73]
Spike (Thu. 9pm; 2hrs) 2007–10 1.2[74]
Spike (Mon. 9pm; 2hrs) 2010 0.7[75]
Spike (Mon. 8pm; 2hrs) 2010 0.9[75]
Spike (Thu 9pm; 2hrs) 2010–12 1.1[74][76]
Spike (Thu 8pm: 2hrs) 2012–13 1.0[77][78][A]
Spike (Thu 9pm: 2hrs) 2013–14 1.0[79][80][B]
Spike (Wed 9pm: 2hrs) 2014 0.8[81]
Destination America (Fri 9pm: 2hrs) 2015 0.35
Destination America (Wed 9pm: 2hrs) 2015 0.28
Destination America (Wed 11pm: 2hrs) 2015 0.16
Pop (Tues 9pm: 2hrs) 2016 0.25
Pop (Thu 8pm: 2hrs) 2016–

Generally, the show features four to seven matches over the course of the two hours, as well as numerous interviews and segments interspersed between the matches.[82] Due to the nature of the wrestling business, advertisements for merchandise and upcoming pay-per-view events often serve as bookends for the commercial segments.

When the show was on Fox Sports Net, all matches had a time limit (10 minutes for normal singles matches and 30 minutes for title matches) and the station's Fox Box was used.[83] In the event of a time limit draw, the winner was determined by the NWA Championship Committee, a group consisting of three veteran stars. Since leaving the channel, Impact Wrestling discarded the time limit concept.

Roster[edit]

Commentators[edit]

Commentators Dates
Mike Tenay and Don West June 4, 2004 – August 13, 2009
Mike Tenay and Jim Cornette December 14, 2006
Mike Tenay and Taz August 20, 2009 – October 18, 2012
October 25, 2012 – November 8, 2012 (second hour)
June 6, 2013 – July 11, 2013
August 15, 2013 – November 19, 2014
Todd Keneley and Jeremy Borash October 25, 2012 – November 8, 2012 (first hour)
Todd Keneley, Mike Tenay and Taz November 15, 2012 – May 30, 2013
Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash November 1, 2012 (second hour)
July 18, 2013 – August 1, 2013
January 30, 2014 – February 6, 2014
Jeremy Borash and Taz August 8, 2013
Josh Mathews and Taz January 7, 2015 – April 10, 2015
Josh Mathews and Al Snow May 1, 2015
May 29, 2015
Josh Mathews April 17, 2015 – April 24, 2015
May 8, 2015
Josh Mathews and Mike Tenay May 15, 2015
Josh Mathews and D'Angelo Dinero May 22, 2015
June 3, 2015 – March 29, 2016
April 12, 2016 – March 2, 2017
Josh Mathews and Jeremy Borash March 15, 2016
March 29, 2016 – April 5, 2016
December 15, 2016
Josh Mathews, D'Angelo Dinero and Jeremy Borash March 9, 2017 – present

Management Director[edit]

Special episodes[edit]

Episode title Date Rating Note
Live Impact! March 27, 2008 1.0[84][85] First live Impact! show
Live HD Impact! October 23, 2008 1.1[85] First live HD Impact! filmed outside of the Impact Wrestling Zone.
Impact! 200 July 30, 2009 1.3[86][87] 200th episode of Impact! on Spike.
Super Impact! October 15, 2009 1.0[86][88] Special 3 hour episode of Impact! leading up to Bound for Glory.
New Years Knockout Eve December 31, 2009 0.6[86] 4 Hour All Knockout edition of Impact! Also featured the Top 3 PPV matches of 2009 as voted by the fans.
Monday Night Impact! January 4, 2010 1.5[89][90] Live 3 hour edition of Impact! airing on a Monday Night before and during WWE's flagship show Raw.
The Whole F'n Show August 12, 2010 1.2[91] A pay-per-view show on free TV
Before the Glory October 7, 2010 1.3[92] Special live episode of Impact! leading up to Bound for Glory.
Impact from London February 2, 2012 1.15[93] Special episode of Impact Wrestling for the first time in London, England.
Destination X July 18, 2013 1.16[94] Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Destination X.
Hardcore Justice August 15, 2013 and August 22, 2013 0.99 / 1.03 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Hardcore Justice.
No Surrender September 12, 2013 1.08 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for No Surrender.
Turning Point November 21, 2013 0.95 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Turning Point.
Final Resolution December 19, 2013 1.06 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Final Resolution.
Genesis January 16, 2014 and January 23, 2014 1.08 /1.21 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Genesis.
Impact from Scotland January 30, 2014 1.14 Special episode of Impact Wrestling for the first time live in Glasgow, Scotland.
Champions Showcase July 10, 2014 1.02 Special episode of Impact Wrestling where the X Division, TNA Knockouts Championship and World Tag Team Championships were all defended.
Destination X July 31, 2014 1.02 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Destination X.
Hardcore Justice August 20, 2014 0.65 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Hardcore Justice.
No Surrender September 17, 2014 0.88 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for No Surrender.
Lockdown February 6, 2015 0.52 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Lockdown.
TKO: A Night of Knockouts April 24, 2015 0.46 An all night of Knockouts Special episode of Impact Wrestling.
Hardcore Justice May 1, 2015 0.52 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Hardcore Justice.
May Mayhem May 29, 2015 413,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling.
Destination X June 10, 2015 330,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Destination X.
No Surrender August 5, 2015 327,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for No Surrender.
Impact Wrestling vs. GFW Supershow August 12, 2015 270,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling Featured the rosters from TNA and Global Force Wrestling.
Turning Point August 19, 2015 323,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Turning Point.
#WinnerTakeAll September 16, 2015 258,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling where the TNA and GFW feud culminated in a Lethal Lockdown match where the winner takes complete control of TNA.
Impact Wrestling 600th Episode January 12, 2016 255,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling celebrating the show's 600th episode.
Lockdown February 23, 2016 297,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Lockdown.
Revenge April 5, 2016 272,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling.
Sacrifice April 26, 2016 332,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Sacrifice.
May Mayhem May 24, 2016 359,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling.
Gold Rush June 14, 2016 296,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling where the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, TNA Knockouts Championship, TNA King of the Mountain Championship, TNA X Division Championship and World Tag Team Championships were all defended.
The Final Deletion July 5, 2016 410,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling with the main event featuring Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy, the winner receiving legal rights to the Hardy name.
Destination X July 12, 2016 358,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Destination X.
Ascension to Hell August 18, 2016 355,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling where the No. 1 Contender Tag Team Ladder Match for the TNA World Tag Team Titles.
Turning Point August 25, 2016 373,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Turning Point.
Delete or Decay September 8, 2016 337,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling and the sequel to Final Deletion with the main event featuring The Broken Hardys vs. Decay.
Road to Glory 2016 September 29, 2016 365,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling with the main event featuring a 4-on-4 Lethal Lockdown match between Team Lashley and Team Ethan Carter III where the winner pick the stipulation for their Bound for Glory match
Thanksgiving Edition November 24, 2016 165,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling
Total Nonstop Deletion December 15, 2016 329,000 Special episode of Impact Wrestling which was taped from Matt Hardy's house
Genesis January 26, 2017 Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Genesis.

On-air personalities[edit]

The show features various on-air personalities including the stars themselves, ring announcers, knockouts, commentators and on-screen authority figures. Impact Wrestling also has had various recurring on-air segments hosted by members of the roster.

Recurring segments[edit]

Segment Type Host(s) Period active Notes
Rough Cut Interview segment Impact Wrestling roster February 2008 – April 2009 A in-depth interview about someone's life and career in professional wrestling. Also used as a video package interview to hype feuds between two or more wrestlers on occasion
$25,000 Fan Challenge Wrestling challenge Awesome Kong
with Raisha Saeed
May 2008 – July 2008 A fan entered the ring to compete with Awesome Kong. If they won they get $25,000 and the TNA Knockout Championship. The contest ended when Taylor Wilde defeated her.
Karen's Angle Interview segment Karen Angle July 2008 – October 2008 Karen hosted a talk show interview segment. The segment came to an end when it was announced on Impact! that Karen was taking time off to focus on her family.
O.D.B.'s Angle
Trash Talking with O.D.B.
Interview segment O.D.B. November 2008 – December 2009 Took the place of Karen's Angle after she left the company.
Hardcore History 101 Interview segment Mick Foley February 2009 – April 2009 Behind the scenes stories from Foley's career.[95]
Off the Wagon Challenge Wrestling challenge Beer Money, Inc.
(Robert Roode and James Storm)
February 2009 – April 2009 Open challenge for Beer Money's TNA World Tag Team Championship. If the challengers lost by pin or submission, the wrestler who was pinned or submitted is fired.
Double J Double M A Open Challenge MMA challenge Jeff Jarrett December 2010 – January 2011 An open challenge hosted by Jeff Jarrett, where any fan who could make him submit in a mixed martial arts match, would win $100,000.
Championship Thursday Title match Hulk Hogan September 2012 – December 2012 Once a month, a championship was put on the line and four challengers met with Hogan to convince him to give them the title shot.
Gut Check Challenge Wrestling challenge Jeremy Borash April 2012 – July 2013 A challenge held once a month, where two wrestlers from the independent circuit wrestled each other, with three judges picking one of them and voting whether they should be signed to a contract based on their performance.
Open Fight Night Wrestling challenge Impact Wrestling Roster April 2012 – June 2013, January 2017 – present Once per month, all matches on Impact Wrestling are open challenges where a member of the TNA roster can call out any other TNA wrestler.
Gail Kim's Open Challenge Wrestling challenge Gail Kim
with Lei'D Tapa
November 2013 – January 2014 Gail Kim issued a challenge to every woman outside of the TNA Knockouts Division to come and face her. If Kim is defeated she promised another match with the TNA Women's Knockout Championship on the line. The contest ended when the returning Madison Rayne defeated her.
Bram's Open Challenge Wrestling challenge Bram June 10, 2015 – June 28, 2015 Bram issued a challenge to every past TNA wrestler to come and face him, At Slammiversary XIII Bram defeated Matt Morgan in a street fight in what was the last open challenge match.
Fact of Life Interview segment Eli Drake April 2016 – present Eli Drake interviews members of the TNA roster. Used to instigate and continue feuds and to further storylines.

Champions[edit]

International broadcasters[edit]

In addition to being broadcast on Pop in the United States, the show is also broadcast internationally in the following countries.[96]

Country Network Ref
Canada Canada Fight Network [97]
India India Sony SIX [98]
South Africa South Africa Supersport 4 [99]
United Kingdom United Kingdom Spike [100]

Notable former international broadcasters include:

Country Network Ref
Australia Australia Fox8 / FuelTV / MainEvent
(Last aired: 27 June 2015)[101]
[102][103]
Brazil Brazil Esporte Interativo [104]
Chad Chad
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
Ghana Ghana
Nigeria Nigeria
Sudan Sudan
Uganda Uganda
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Setanta Sports Africa [105]
Denmark Denmark Canal 9 [106]
France France Ma Chaine Sport [106]
Germany Germany DMAX [106]
Israel Israel EGO Total
Italy Italy Fight Network Italia [107]
Poland Poland Orange Sport [108]
Portugal Portugal Sport TV [109]

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A. ^ Ratings from May 31, 2012 – May 30, 2013 (8pm broadcast dates) added together to get 52.13 and divided by the amount of weeks (52) to get the average ratings figure for this period of 1.0025, rounded to 1.0
B. ^ Ratings from June 6, 2013 – August 14, 2014 (Thursday 9pm broadcast dates) added together to get 59.83 and divided by the amount of weeks (61) to get the average ratings figure for this period of 0.9808196721311475, rounded to 1.0

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