Backstage Concern In TNA Regarding WWE SmackDown Possibly Moving To Thursday

There was said to be a lot of concern backstage at the TNA Impact Wrestling television taping on August 6th, as the rumors that WWE SmackDown may be moved to Thursday nights — which is the night Impact Wrestling airs — began to spread on the internet.

Combined with the fact that talent has yet to hear anything official regarding the company’s future on Spike TV, the feeling was that many were panicking about their jobs and the future of TNA.

As things stand now — several days later — there has still yet to be any official word as to what the future holds for TNA on the cable channel.

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  • Matt Boone

    Matt Boone has been a huge wrestling fan since the Attitude Era. He writes for and

    • kev365

      is this vinnies way to kick them when they are down ?? tna used to be decent then lost interest once the old timers from wwe came over on prob high wages then hogan, flair came and was the start of the down fall. shame still some good talent there and wwe could do with the x division

      • Sigma ?

        Stomping on roaches.

    • God’s Diamond

      Even if you are a dork usually there’s an activity on Friday so Thursday is a good viewing night.

      • brad


      • omega riddler

        Yeah, they just record it and watch it on the weekend

    • pwnez

      It seems to be one problem after another with TNA.

      • Gotstodobetter

        I highly doubt it is a problem especially how yall think people are still tuning in to SD.

        • K Dot

          About a million more people watch SD than TNA

        • pwnez

          LOL! People actually do watch SD. Move it to Thursdays and they will tune in to watch SD over Impact.

          • Hellaluyeah

            Doubt that many TNA fans will watch Smackdown! over TNA. Smackdown! is a watered down RAW, which already is a watered down version of its former self. RAW is barely watchable with all those squash-matches and other matches with predictable outcome filling the three hours in between the good stuff. Smackdown! really needs to be put out of its misery. Nothing exciting ever happens on that show…..

    • Tazz

      If they do make a move to Thursdays they have to move NXT as well since its the same night

      I bet wwe is doing this to out the final nail in the coffin of tna

      • Gotstodobetter

        Sure they are you acting like SD is something special lol

        • nBonThaBeat

          Smackdown is special.

        • Steve Cold Stone Austin

          smackdown is better than that so called competitor called tna

        • GodsLoyalSon

          Well Smackdown is a consistent wrestling show while TNA is a company that at one time struggled to beat ECW for three years straight. So I ask you this, if a failed experiment could get better ratings while TNA was at its best, what hope do they have against a show that most people have been watching for ten plus years?

    • ricky

      It doesn’t matter what day TNA is on. Atleast when they go out of business they are only making about 12 wrestlers unemployed seeing as you never see anyone different week after week.

    • Cena Swallows

      Idk man this cuts into my Here Comes Honey Boo Boo time ….

    • Castle

      I’m tired of this promotion. It’s a parody of pro wrestling.. I don’t take the wrestlers seriously, nor the championship titles. The whole thing is a complete joke to me. And the things they put in this show. The bad storylines, the uninteresting characters, the fact that most of their talent with the exception of Kurt Angle, Bully Ray, and Jeff Hardy are a bunch of nobodies. Those goofy looking fans don’t help matters either.. it looks like a collection of the goofiest bunch of dudes that NYC has to offer. Funny how TNA doesn’t appeal to anybody else in NYC…. not the yuppies from Midtown, not the hipsters from SoHo or the flat iron district, nor the hip hop urban hick geeks from Harlem or Da Bronx.. They manage to appeal to the comic bookers, the video gamers, and the porn0o watchers..

      The whole crowd has this geeky vibe to it. This goober vibe… I can’t explain it further but it’s annoying. Sometimes the crowd makes the show, and both feed off each other. I can’t get into it either way. TNA’s show is awful, and the crowd is awful. The old ECW crowd never looked this geeky. Back then it looked like an over sized bar crowd. A bar on the other side of the tracks with guys you didn’t want to mess with. Not saying there wasn’t a geeky bunch in there, they weren’t many. I cringe everytime I see one of these goober type fans get close ups on the camera and scream. You rarely see attractive hot women in that crowd, the way you’d see them in WWE when they come to NYC. And NYC has A LOT of hotties. TNA only attracts the same type. That goofy/geeky type that chant “we are wrestling” , and “you still got it” at hasbeen wrestlers(like Tommy Dreamer) or never was wrestlers (like Matt Hardy). It has such a goofy vibe, and makes the whole thing feel so campy. It’s very hard to describe, but TNA turns me off. I don’t even see it as second rate, I see it as worse. It’s beyond amateurish, from production, to booking, to characters etc….

      I’m glad that midget Rockstar Spud isn’t taking up tv time anymore. I don’t watch this crap regularly, but when I was watching week by week , I saw this dork… this goober on my tv with that ridiculous bow tie and that goofy facial expression. I couldn’t stand it! TNA is so bad, if I were to put both TNA and WCW Thunder from 2000… I’d probably watch Thunder. Because at least even though WCW was booked horribly that year, the characters were still interesting and I was actually invested in them. Steiner, Goldberg, Jarrett, Nash, Sting, Shane Douglas, Vampiro, Mike Awesome, DDP, Billy Kidman, Sean O’Haire and Jindrak, Chuck Polumbo, The filthy animals, Scott Steiner, Booker T etc….. I knew all of these guys and enjoyed what they produced in the ring. All of them were interested and had charisma and made you care.
      I see guys like Magnus, Bram, Gunner, Sam Shaw, Kenny King, Sanada, etc… and I’m not emotionally invested. I don’t even care what titles they win, since I don’t care about the titles at all. Those belts might as well be made of cheap TIN. And the tag teams.. The Bro Mans is a joke, so the Wolves are basically on their own. They might as well fight and beat each other. Anderson and Gunner, Bram and Magnus.. all made up tag teams to make up. The latter has more chemistry, but nonetheless.. the tag division is still weak. I used to feel bad for Bobby Roode. I wanted to see this guy in WWE badly. I knew he was good enough to be a part of a Wrestle Mania. But I don’t feel bad for him anymore. He obviously likes being in that sh#t hole. Samoa Joe is another one. Getting older and spinning those wheels. He’s won three versions of that X division title belt now and is still going nowhere. I don’t feel sorry for him in the least.

      Austin Aries on the other hand, I feel bad for. He’s too good for this garbage company. Austin Aries belongs at a WM. And the reason why I feel bad for him is because he tried out, and wants IN the big leagues. Unfortunately he got rejected, but he wanted in. That’s the point. James Storm….. keep spinnin’ them wheels too. Sorry ’bout yo damn luck! Yeah real sorry. Dude is already sporting a sh#t load of white hair already.
      There is nothing in TNA worth watching nor is any of it bada$$ in nature. Everything looks like comedy, and very much like a SNL parody of a wrestling show.

      • Person

        I’m glad I’m not alone in my wondering how Rockstar Spud all of a sudden got so much support amongst the TNA Mutants. I keep seeing comments from some TNA fans about how “Oh, Rockstar Spud is one of the most underrated heels around! He’s great!”. However, from the few times I’ve watched him on Impact, all I could think was “……Meh. He’s pretty much a generic mid-card heel at best, nothing really stands out with this guy”.

      • SomeInternetGuy

        I stopped watching TNA after Austin Aries lost the TNA title years ago. It was already awful but Aries was the only thing I cared about at that point.

        Dixie Carter does not know even the fundamentals of the professional wrestling business.

    • GN-0015

      Here’s my advice: move Impact to Monday so an annihilation wouldn’t look as embarrassing. That way you can have better excuses when your show got super low ratings due to “extremely stiff competition on Monday nights”.

      • Gotstodobetter

        Yeah because everybody is tuning in to watch SD smh

        • nBonThaBeat

          Yup everybody is.

          • yrabadi

            I’m obvs in the minority but I’d likely watch IMPACT over smackdown if I had to choose. I get three hours of WWE programming every Monday and half the time that’s an hour too much as it is.

            Nothing crazy good ever happens on Smackdown. Smackdown is basically where they try things out for the following RAW… Half the time it’s rematches from the previous smackdown on RAW.

            I dunno… TNA has their fair share of problems but at least it’s only two hours a week of programming… WWE is over-exposure in my opinion.

            • Bushwald Sexyface

              I dunno. If you gave me the option to watch either Impact or Smackdown or death, I’d probably go walk in front of a truck on the interstate.

        • sideshowRaheem

          About 2.7 million are tuning in to Smackdonw on a weekly basis. Even if TNA got a new tv deal going up against both WWE Smackdown and the new CBS Thursday Night Football would absolutely kill their rating.

    • Dusty’s Discarded Polka Dots

      SmackDown ain’t that great, so maybe peeps tuning in on a Thursday night would think, “hmm, I might just flip over n check out impact”, so if TNA can put on some great stuff to rival, what is basically RAW Lite (you listening Dixie), then they may well end up with some new viewers .. get ready for the Thursday Night Wars

      • nBonThaBeat

        Doubt it.

        • Dusty’s Discarded Polka Dots

          a boy can dream…

      • MachoViper

        WWE would start putting on much better Smackdowns and shut TNA out.

        • Dusty’s Discarded Polka Dots

          If you build it, they will come

    • Undertaker316

      nxt is already getting better ratings that impact wrestling

      • Steve Cold Stone Austin

        of course nxt is getting better ratings tna is nothing but dub cee dubew recycled storylines and a wannabe ecw

    • Ayatollah of rock N rolla

      Is it finally the demise of TNA? It seems like they’ve had horrible odds in the past but wouldn’t go down.

    • Steve Cold Stone Austin

      steve cold stone austin could not give a sh it about that piece of trash promotion called tna

    • The Real Fan

      TNA be like

      • satishwarne708

        NO NO NO NO ah ****

    • Donkey Kong

      Take it away Undertaker….

    • thingschange12 .

      Why are they concerned? They have yet to secure a TV Deal

    • MachoViper

      I guess you have to look at what Spikes next highest rated show is and how many viewers will be lost. I think SD would take at least a quarter of Impacts. PLUS I think that WWE would start stacking shows just to put the boot in.

    • askbillmitchell

      Let me put all the TNA talent’s mind to ease. SPIKE won’t renew, and WWE is most likely moving to Thursday nights to speed up the death process. Please begin submitting your resumes to other promotions as soon as possible.

    • Mrs. Ambrose #MNW

      Thursday Night War’s.

    • Donny Octave

      I eagerly await Dixie Carter’s comment here, reassuring everybody that it’s okay, and TNA will be just fine in the end.

    • Hershey Maxwell Barber

      Maybe if they go head to head, Smackdown will actually be worth watching again.