Sunday, November 29, 2020

TNA In Talks With Several Cable Networks To Air Impact In 2016

TNA Wrestling has been talking with with as many as four cable networks to air Impact Wrestling in 2016.

Earlier this year, Dave Meltzer broke the news that Destination America would be dropping Impact as soon as possibly could, which would have been the end of September. Months went by without a statement from TNA or Destination America, painting a bleak outlook for the fledgling wrestling promotion.

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Dixie Carter told Sports Illustrated last month that Impact would remain on Destination America through the end of 2015 and negotiations to extend their run into 2016 are currently “ongoing.”

At this point, TNA is in a bad spot with virtually no leverage to land a favorable TV deal for next year. Impact Wrestling is generating roughly 1/3 the viewership they had towards the end of their run on Spike TV. While Destination America’s limited exposure is partly to blame, the fact remains that the brand is badly damaged and they won’t be able to count on much revenue from a TV deal.

There’s also the issue of TNA not having any more episodes of Impact in the can — and 3 more months of television to fill. However TNA is able to produce 12 more weeks of Impact episodes, it doesn’t seem like they will have a ton of momentum heading into 2016 to even make the case for a good TV┬ácontract.

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