Just to recap ….. here are the latest reports on
TNA iMPACT! being cancelled from SpiketTV:
UPDATE x 4: The Wrestling Observer
notes that a number of media sources are now confirming that Spike TV will not
be renewing iMPACT! Wrestling when the contract expires in just over two
There were reports that Carter positioned to her
staff at a meeting on Friday or Saturday that they were leaving Spike on their
own volition due to a lack of promotion, but others have confirmed Spike had
told Carter they were not going to offer a new deal.
The decision came days after Spike found out that
Vince Russo was still working for TNA.
At this point direct sources at Spike did not respond
to questions from just after the meeting and most within TNA, including talent,
were not aware there was any issue until today when rumors started
This puts the company in grave position. They have
UTA representing them in an attempt to get a new television deal, but unless
they could get a deal that pays similar to what they were earning on Spike,
financially, the company that had been struggling financially with the Spike
payments, would not be in good shape.
This past Thursday’s episode was the highest audience
for the series since April of this year.
UPDATE x 3: Here is the full
TMZ.com article regarding the split between TNA and SpikeTV:
Wrestling’s flagship show “Impact Wrestling” could soon be without a home —
Spike TV quietly let the league know it’s not renewing their TV contract … TMZ
Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the deal
… tell us Spike execs contacted TNA President Dixie Carter this week to break
the news — and the following day Carter informed members of her inner
TNA’s current deal with Spike reportedly runs through
October. It’s unclear at this point when “Impact Wrestling” will stop airing on
We’re told there’s no bad blood, and Spike gave TNA
such advance notice so it would have time to shop for a new TV deal.
TNA’s show debuted on Spike TV in October 2005 — and
helped the league rise to #2 on the wrestling scene … behind the WWE.
We’ve called TNA and Spike for comment … so far, no
UPDATE x 2: According to TMZ,
Spike TV “quietly” informed TNA that they would not be renewing their TV
contract. Sources close to the situation state that Spike TV executives that
contacted TNA President Dixie Carter this week to break the news, with Carter
breaking the news to members of her inner circle the next day.
TNA’s contract reportedly runs through October, but
at this time it is not clear if they will run episodes through then or not.
Spike TV reportedly told TNA of the news now to allow them to shop for a new TV
TNA iMPACT! debuted on Spike TV back in October of
UPDATE: WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross
sent out the following very interesting tweets on Sunday night:
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) July 28,
Rampant rumors out of NYC re: Spike/TNA relationship being
very much in jeopardy. Hope scuttlebutt is wrong. Pulling for @IMPACTWRESTLING
Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) July 28,
ORIGINAL: Okay so take this as a
rumor for now, but it’s a pretty big rumor and is getting some traction around
the internet, thus our reporting it to you. Dixie Carter held a meeting at TNA
headquarters in Nashville on Saturday and it concerned the results of a meeting
with Spike TV representatives on Thursday afternoon.
According to sources, multiple people close to both
TNA and Spike TV have told them that Spike doesn’t want to renew its contact
with TNA, which would mean that iMPACT! would be cancelled if they can’t find a
new network very quickly. There’s no word on whether the negotiations are still
trying to work out a last-minute deal or not.
TNA’s deal with Spike is reportedly set to expire in
October. It’s important to note that the show is still under contract to air in
other countries, but whether that would be economically feasible without the
revenue from an American cable network or not is up in the air.
More on this story, obviously, as we learn