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TNA Impact! (stylized as "TNA iMPACT!") is a professional wrestling television program for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) that currently airs on in the United States and Canada on Spike, and airs on Bravo and Virgin1 in the United Kingdommarker. TNA Impact is filmed at the Impact!marker Zonemarker (Soundstage 21 at the Universal Studios Floridamarker theme park of Universal Orlando Resortmarker in Orlando, Floridamarker). Tapings of the show are held biweekly on Mondays and Tuesdays and admission is free. The show's current opening theme is "Cross the Line" by AD/AM.

History

Fox Sports Net era: May 2004 - May 2005

In May 2004, TNA announced that they had negotiated a television deal with Fox Sports Net (FSN) where they would get a one-hour timeslot on Fridays in most markets, putting TNA on unrestricted cable and satellite for the first time. TNA began taping TNA Impact that month and aired the first episode on June 4, 2004. Impact was also syndicated throughout Canada (on RDS) and Europe (on The Wrestling Channel and, also later, both Eurosport Bravo and Bravo 2). TNA's contract with FSN expired in May 2005 and was not renegotiated, with the last episode airing on May 27, 2005. The series as a whole gained little success, averaging a 0.2 household rating.

Webcasts

TNA was left with no television deal and, therefore, had no means of promoting their monthly pay-per-views (although Impact did continue to air on certain regional networks in place of TNA Xplosion). On July 1, TNA began offering new episodes of Impact through their website, first using BitTorrent downloads, then by streaming through RealPlayer. To save on production costs, four hours of Impact were recorded in a day and made available throughout the subsequent month.

Spike era

At the same time, TNA began seeking a more profitable television outlet, finally negotiated a Saturday night timeslot with Spike TV, now known simply as Spike, and started airing Impact on October 1, 2005. Two episodes were taped every other Tuesday, airing them on the subsequent Saturday. TNA's syndication contracts for Impact on local TV channels, from after the FSN contract, were converted to contracts for TNA's syndicated show, TNA Xplosion. They are no longer paying for the timeslot, though Spike controls their advertising revenue. Because of viewership growth, Impact was moved to Thursdays in April 2006, and later to an earlier primetime slot in November. Tapings were moved to Tuesdays.

In June 2006, episodes of Impact became available at the iTunes Store.

Two hour expansion

Impact expanded to two hours on October 4, 2007, still starting at the same time.

On January 17, 2008, Spike presented an event entitled "Global iMPACT!", which featured TNA wrestlers in matches against talent of New Japan Pro Wrestling.

On March 27, Impact! aired live for the first time in the show's history in its regular timeslot.

Announced in a release on TNAwrestling.com on April 2, 2008, TNA came to terms on a deal that had "Impact" airing in Australia starting April 5. Up until then, TNA had only broadcast their monthly pay-per-view events on Main Event. Impact now airs every Saturday at 10:00 p.m and every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m on FOX8.

On October 23, 2008, TNA aired its first Impact! outside of the Impact! Zone in Orlando. It was broadcasted from Las Vegas, Nevadamarker. TNA also made the transition to HD and announced that all Impacts! after this would be broadcast in High Definition.

Content

Television ratings
Channel Avg. rating
FSN 0.2
Spike 0.7
Spike 0.9
Spike 1.0
Spike 1.3
Spike 0.2
Impact generally features four to seven matches over the course of the two hour show, as well as numerous interviews and segments interspersed between the matches. Due to the nature of the wrestling business, advertisements for merchandise and upcoming pay-per-view events often serve as bookmarks for the commercial segments.

When Impact was on Fox Sports Net, all matches had a time limit (10 minutes for normal singles matches and 20 for tag team matches and the main event) and the station's Fox Box was used. In the event of a time limit draw, the winner was determined by the NWA Championship Committee, a group consisting of three veteran wrestlers. Since leaving the channel, TNA discarded the time limit concept, but in the third quarter of 2009 TNA brought back the time limits.

Roster

Commentators

Commentators Dates
Mike Tenay and Don West June 4, 2004 – August 13, 2009
Mike Tenay and Taz August 20, 2009 - present


Management Director

Special Episodes

Episode Title Date Rating Note
Live Impact! March 27, 2008 1.0
Live HD Impact! October 23, 2008 1.1
Impact! 200 July 30, 2009 1.3
Super Impact! October 15, 2009 0.94


Recurring segments

Segment Type Host(s) Years active Notes
Rough Cut Interview segment TNA Roster February 2008 - April 2009
$25,000 Fan Challenge Wrestling Challenge Awesome Kong
w/Raisha Saeed
May 2008 - July 2008
Karen's Angle Interview segment Karen Angle July 2008 - October 2008
O.D.B.'s Angle / Trash Talking with O.D.B. Interview segment O.D.B. November 2008 -
Hardcore History 101 Interview segment Mick Foley February 2009 - April 2009
Off the Wagon Challenge Wrestling challenge Beer Money, Inc.
(Robert Roode and James Storm)
February 2009 - April 2009


International broadcasters

In addition to being broadcast on Spike in the United Statesmarker, TNA Impact! is also broadcast internationally in many different countries.
Country Network Ref
Australia Fox8
Austriamarker, Germanymarker and Switzerlandmarker Sky Deutschland
Canadamarker The Fight Network
Denmarkmarker Canal 9
Francemarker W9
Indiamarker and South Asia ESPN Star Sports
Israelmarker EGO Total
Italymarker GXT
Mexicomarker 52MX
Portugalmarker Sport TV
Irelandmarker and United Kingdommarker Virgin1 and Bravo


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