|Opening theme||"Megatron" by Crazy Town|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||12|
|No. of episodes||593 (as of November 25, 2015)|
|Camera setup||Multicamera setup|
|Running time||120 minutes (inc. commercials)|
|Original network||Fox Sports Net (2004–05)
Urban America Television (2005)
Destination America (2015–present)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original release||June 4, 2004– present|
|Related shows||TNA Xplosion
Impact Wrestling: Unlocked
TNA Wrestling's Greatest Matches
Impact Wrestling (formerly known as TNA iMPACT!) is a professional wrestling television program produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Starting in 2015 the show began to air weekly on Destination America in the United States.
The show debuted in the United States on Fox Sports Net on June 4, 2004, but after TNA's contract was not renegotiated in May 2005, the show was left without a television network to broadcast on. The show began broadcasting episodes via syndication in limited markets on Urban America Television (replacing TNA'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.
The show first began airing episodes on Saturday nights, however in April 2006 the show was moved to Thursday nights. It briefly moved to Monday nights in 2010 and to Wednesday nights in 2014 until its final broadcast on Spike. It aired on a Wednesday night in January 2015 on Destination America then it moved to Friday Nights. On June 3, 2015, Impact Wrestling moved back to Wednesday nights.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Fox Sports Net era (2004–2005)
- 1.2 Webcasts (2005)
- 1.3 Spike TV era (October 2005–December 2014)
- 1.4 Destination America era (2015)
- 1.5 Pop TV era (2016)
- 2 Content
- 3 Special episodes
- 4 On-air personalities
- 5 Champions
- 6 International broadcasters
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Fox Sports Net era (2004–2005)
In May 2004, TNA 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 TNA on unrestricted cable and satellite for the first time. TNA 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 TNA'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.
TNA 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 TNA Xplosion. On July 1, TNA began offering new episodes through their website, first using BitTorrent downloads, then by streaming through RealPlayer. To save on production costs, four hours of the show were recorded in a day and made available throughout the subsequent month.
Spike TV era (October 2005–December 2014)
At the same time, TNA 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. TNA's syndication contracts for the show on local TV channels, from after the FSN contract, were converted to contracts for their syndicated show, TNA Xplosion. They were no longer paying for the timeslot, though Spike controlled their advertising revenue. 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. In June 2006, episodes became available at the iTunes Store.
Two hour expansion (2007–present)
Due to further viewership growth, Impact! was expanded to two hours on October 4, 2007, still starting at the same time of 9pm. On January 17, 2008, Spike presented an event entitled "Global Impact!", which featured TNA wrestlers in matches against talents from New Japan Pro Wrestling 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 TNAwrestling.com on April 2, 2008, TNA 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, however, 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. On October 23, 2008, TNA 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. TNA 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)
On January 4, 2010, the show went head-to-head for the first time with TNA'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. TNA 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. 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.
On February 15, 2010, TNA made the announcement that Impact! would move to Monday nights beginning on March 8, 2010. 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. 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). 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.
Return to Thursday Nights (2010–2011)
On May 3, 2010, TNA announced that the show would be returning to Thursday nights beginning on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 9:00pm Eastern. Commenting on the move in an announcement posted on the TNA 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 TNA audience is on Thursday nights where we are confident it will be among the most-watched shows with young men". In the same announcement, TNA 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 TNA and the fans. We are looking forward to delivering what the fans are asking for".
On June 24, 2010, Spike TV expanded “TNA Thursdays” to three hours with the addition of TNA Reaction (stylized as TNA ReAction or, alternatively, as TNA ReACTION), which became a regular one-hour docu-series immediately preceding TNA iMPACT! from 8:00pm–9:00pm Eastern. ReAction focused on the stories and characters of TNA Wrestling and previewed the upcoming episode of TNA iMPACT! TNA Impact! was also re-branded as Thursday Night Impact due to its return to Thursdays. TNA Wrestling president Dixie Carter announced on January 13, 2011, that on February 24, 2011, TNA would be holding Impact! tapings at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Re-branding to Impact Wrestling (2011–2014)
On May 3, 2011, at the tapings of the May 12 edition 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 TNA Wrestling's website, tnawrestling.com, to be renamed impactwrestling.com. On July 11, 2011, it was announced that TNA 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. On January 6, 2012, TNA announced the first international Impact Wrestling tapings would be taking place on January 28 at the Wembley Arena in London, England.
On May 17, 2012, TNA 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. The live schedule was later extended first through September, and then through the rest of 2012. On January 31, 2013, TNA announced that they would begin taping Impact from different venues around the United States starting March 14, 2013, from the Sears Center in Chicago. TNA officially terminated its lease with Universal Studios Orlando Florida in late March 2013 and left the Impact Wrestling Zone.
On March 14, 2013, TNA introduced a new universal HD set which is used for all weekly programming. On May 30, 2013, Impact Wrestling went back to its old start time of 9pm and in July 2013, TNA 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 TNA changing their monthly PPV format to a quarterly model.
On October 24, 2013, TNA 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. TNA also announced a new programming initiative called IMPACT365 - Where Action Never Ends, in which cameras provide unprecedented access to the lives of the TNA Superstars. 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. The show took place at The Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. TNA 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. Soundstage 19 and 20 were only temporary venues for Impact Wrestling tapings. Since June 10, 2014 TNA 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, TNA brought back the six-sided ring permanently.
Final months on Spike (July–December 2014)
On July 28, 2014, TMZ reported that Spike would not renew TNA's contract. TNA president Dixie Carter and Spike subsequently released independent statements claiming that negotiations were ongoing. TNA's contract was due to expire in September. 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. Spike spokesperson David Schwarz told The Christian Post that increasing competition from other sports programs prompted the move from Thursday nights. 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 TNA 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 December 24.
Destination America era (2015)
On November 19, 2014, TNA 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. After premiering on Wednesday, January 7, Impact moved to its permanent slot on Fridays on January 16.
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 and TNA Wrestling's Greatest Matches, a series featuring the best matches in the company's history, made its U.S debut on Saturday, January 10. After switching timeslots numerous times, both shows were cancelled in May. Impact will begin airing on Wednesdays beginning in June.
Also in May, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Destination America had decided to cancel Impact by late September 2015. TNA vehemently denied the report, stating: "These false statements constitute defamation and if necessary we will seek all legal remedies available to us." 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.
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 and discussions regarding 2016 were ongoing.
Pop TV era (2016)
|Channel (timeslot) ET||Years||Avg. rating|
|FSN (Fri. 3pm)||2004||0.2|
|FSN (Fri. 4pm)||2005||0.3|
|Spike (Sat. 11pm)||2005–06||0.7|
|Spike (Thu. 11pm)||2006||0.9|
|Spike (Thu. 9pm)||2006–07||1.0|
|Spike (Thu. 9pm; 2hrs)||2007–10||1.2|
|Spike (Mon. 9pm; 2hrs)||2010||0.7|
|Spike (Mon. 8pm; 2hrs)||2010||0.9|
|Spike (Thu 9pm; 2hrs)||2010–12||1.1|
|Spike (Thu 8pm: 2hrs)||2012–13||1.0[A]|
|Spike (Thu 9pm: 2hrs)||2013–14||1.0[B]|
|Spike (Wed 9pm: 2hrs)||2014||0.8|
|Destination America (Fri 9pm: 2hrs)||2015|
|Destination America (Wed 9pm: 2hrs)||2015|
|Pop (Tues 9pm: 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. 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. In the event of a time limit draw, the winner was determined by the NWA Championship Committee, a group consisting of three veteran wrestlers. Since leaving the channel, TNA discarded the time limit concept.
|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 – present
|Live Impact!||March 27, 2008||1.0||First live Impact! show|
|Live HD Impact!||October 23, 2008||1.1||First live HD Impact! filmed outside of the Impact Wrestling Zone.|
|Impact! 200||July 30, 2009||1.3||200th episode of Impact! on Spike.|
|Super Impact!||October 15, 2009||1.0||Special 3 hour episode of Impact! leading up to Bound for Glory.|
|New Years Knockout Eve||December 31, 2009||0.6||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||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||A pay-per-view show on free TV|
|Before the Glory||October 7, 2010||1.3||Special live episode of Impact! leading up to Bound for Glory.|
|Impact from London||February 2, 2012||1.15||Special episode of Impact Wrestling for the first time in London, England.|
|Destination X||July 18, 2013||1.16||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 (2015)||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 (2015)||June 10, 2015||330,000||Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for Destination X.|
|Bell to Bell||July 1, 2015||267,000||Special episode of Impact Wrestling where the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, TNA Knockouts Championship and World Tag Team Championships were all defended.|
|No Surrender (2015)||August 5, 2015||327,000||Special episode of Impact Wrestling used as a replacement for No Surrender.|
|TNA vs GFW Supershow||August 12, 2015||270,000||Special episode of Impact Wrestling Featured the rosters from TNA and GFW.|
|Turning Point (2015)||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||TBA||Special episode of Impact Wrestling Celebrating the show's 600th episode.|
The show features various on-air personalities including the wrestlers themselves, ring announcers, divas, commentators and on-screen authority figures. Impact Wrestling also has had various recurring on-air segments hosted by members of the roster.
|Rough Cut||Interview segment||TNA 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
|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.|
|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||TNA Roster||April 2012 – June 2013||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
|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.|
|Setanta Sports Africa
South Africa Supersport 4
|France||Ma Chaine Sport|||
|MENA||FX Middle East|||
|Trinidad and Tobago||CNC3|||
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- A. ^ Ratings from 31 May 2012 - 30 May 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 6 June 2013 - 14 August 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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