It’s official – TNA Wrestling will present a special 3-hour live edition of TNA iMAPCT! on Monday night, January 4th, 2010. The show will go head-to-head with WWE Raw for the first time ever and will feature the TNA Wrestling debut of Hulk Hogan. Here’s the official announcement that took place during UFC’s Ultimate Fighter finale on Spike TV and below that, a press release from TNA:
The press release:
HULKAMANIA IS COMING BACK TO MONDAY NIGHT ON â€œTNA iMPACT!â€ LIVE JANUARY 4 ON SPIKE TV
Hulk Hoganâ€™s First Live Appearance On Spike TVâ€™s â€œTNA iMPACTâ€ Will Be In A Special 3-Hour Live Episode Monday, January 4 At 8:00 PM ET/PT
The biggest name in professional wrestling history, Hulk Hogan, will make his first live appearance on Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestlingâ€™s â€œTNA iMPACT!â€ in a live 3-hour special on Spike TV Monday, January 4, 2010 at 8:00PM ET/PT. Hogan and TNA President Dixie Carter attended â€œThe Ultimate Fighter Heavyweightsâ€ Finale in Las Vegas where Hogan made the announcement in an interview with Joe Rogan.
â€œTNA iMPACT!â€ will be going against â€œWWE Monday Rawâ€ on USA Network, the first time two wrestling companies have broadcast live head-to-head since the â€œMonday Night Warsâ€ in the late 1990â€™s between WWE and WCW. This â€œiMPACT!â€ special will broadcast live from the TNA iMPACT! Zone at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fl.
Hoganâ€™s first appearance inside the six-sided ring of TNA Wrestling will follow weeks of speculation after Hogan and Carter announced their partnership on October 27 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hogan has hinted in various media interviews that heâ€™ll have multiple surprises in store for TNA Wrestling fans.
â€œI knew when I signed with TNA, that it would be important to make a statement with the first episode. Going head-to-head on January 4th, makes the statement loud and clear: Game on!â€ Hogan said.
â€œTNA is kicking off 2010 in the biggest way possible with the biggest name in the history of our sport. Hulk Hogan is a pop culture icon, and his arrival will change not only TNA, but the entire professional wrestling landscape. Weâ€™re firing that first shot,â€ Carter said.
Joining Hogan for the three-hour live â€œiMPACT!â€ will be TNA World Heavyweight Champion â€œThe Phenomenalâ€ AJ Styles, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, â€œThe Samoan Submission Machineâ€ Samoa Joe, â€œThe Bossâ€ Bobby Lashley and â€œThe Blueprintâ€ Matt Morgan.
â€œTNA iMPACT!â€ will resume its normal timeslot on Thursday, January 7th at 9:00 PM ET/PT with an encore viewing of the live â€œiMPACT!â€ special.