|Presented by||Mike Tenay (2002–2008, 2013–2014)
Jeremy Borash (2008–2016)
Josh Mathews (2015–Present)
|No. of episodes||725 (as of August 12, 2014)|
|Location(s)||Tennessee State Fairground Sports Arena (2002–2004)
Impact Zone (2004–present)
Various arenas (2013–2014)
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||1 hour per episode (45 minutes plus commercials)|
|Original network||Sun Sports (2002–2006)
Extreme Sports Channel (UK: 2010)
Challenge (UK: 2011–2017)
My5 (UK: 2017–present)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original release||October 5, 2002|
Xplosion is a professional wrestling television program produced by the Impact Wrestling promotion, featuring both highlights from the flagship television program of the same name and exclusive taped matches. It is currently produced only for international markets with no broadcast distribution in the United States.
Format and history
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.
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.
In addition to the format changes, Xplosion received a new logo, graphics and theme music performed by Taproot. At the May 16, 2011, tapings, Desmond Wolfe was announced as the new Xplosion Commissioner. He would however serve in the role only for a month, before being released from his TNA contract.
Xplosion received a new logo and graphics with In This Moment's "The Gun Show" used as its 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 personalities, as well as updates on everything, including coverage of its flagship series Impact Wrestling and exclusive interviews with TNA personalities.
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. beginning December 2013 Rockstar Spud was a new addition to the broadcast team as color commentator replacing long term color commentator Mike Tenay who thereafter stood in for Rockstar Spud in 2014 from time to time when Spud could not make the tapings.
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. 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). During this time Rockstar Spud was replaced with Josh Mathews. The final Xplosion shown on Wednesday evening on Challenge was November 11, 2015. Thereafter Xplosion only aired on Saturday mornings in the UK. During 2015 in the spring long term host Jeremy Borash step down from the post and handed the reigns to Josh Mathews temporarily until September, 2015 when he briefly took it back over until October when Josh Mathews took over permanently, However, in 2016 Borash returned as color commentator alongside Josh Mathews. Recently the Spin Cycle returned by popular demand. By June, 2016 Jeremy Borash returned to running the show solo. However in August, 2016 Borash moved to ring announcing and The Pope joined full time after replacing Mathews in the past.
In early 2017, TNA Wrestling changed its name officially to Impact Wrestling, to reflect this change, the show gradually became known as simply 'Xplosion' instead of 'TNA Xplosion' - with the TNA logo rarely featuring in archived footage.
|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 – November 6, 2013|
|Jeremy Borash and Gilbert Corsey||November 13, 2013 – November 20, 2013|
|Jeremy Borash and Rockstar Spud||December 25, 2013, January 8, 2014 - December 3, 2014, December 17, 2014, April 12, 2015|
|Jeremy Borash||December 10, 2014, December 31, 2014, January 7, 2015, June 11, 2016, June 18, 2016 – August 2016|
|Rockstar Spud||December 24, 2014|
|Josh Mathews||July 8, 2015 – August 15, 2015, September 30, 2015 – January, 2016|
|Jeremy Borash and Josh Mathews||January 14, 2015 – July 1, 2015, August 22, 2015 – August 2016, September 10, 2016|
|Jeremy Borash and EC3||September 16, 2015, September 23, 2015|
|Josh Mathews and Jeremy Borash||January 2016 – June 2016, August 2016,- December 2016,|
|Jeremy Borash and D'Angelo Dinero||April 9, 2016|
|D'Angelo Dinero||July 2016|
|Josh Mathews and The Pope||August 2016 - March 2017|
|Jeremy Borash, Josh Mathews and D'Angelo Dinero||March 2017 - present|
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