TMZ is reporting that Spike TV has come to the decision to not re-sign TNA Wrestling‘s television contract to carry Impact Wrestling. Their television deal is set to expire in October of this year. While many were waiting for a confirmation that a new deal would be reached very soon, the news never came to fruition. Instead, the story of them splitting ways has been brought forward.
Below is TMZ’s report:
TNA 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 has learned.
Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the deal … tell us Spike execs contacted TNA President Dixie Carter late last week to break the news — and the following day Carter informed members of her inner circle.
TNA’s current deal with Spike reportedly runs through October. It’s unclear at this point when “Impact Wrestling” will stop airing on Spike.
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 word back.
You can read the story here.
It was announced back in April that TNA Wrestling has partnered up with UTA, United Talent Agency to help them further their marketing through various means of platforms like social media, merchandise, and even television. It was believed that they partnered so they could help TNA Wrestling secure the television deal with Spike TV.
One of the hardest jobs in running this website is deciding which news story we should run. The job of this website is not only supply you with opinion based articles for your entertainment, but to also give you news and information about TNA Wrestling/Impact Wrestling. We want to give you the very best coverage and the most accurate coverage. While we broke several exclusive news stories this year, I have decided to run this story. While I do want to state that this is a clear RUMOR because I can get more information on Monday, TMZ has been right on target with their wrestling/sports coverage! Last year there were crazy rumors of TNA going up for sale and several people trying to buy the company, but TMZ never reported on the story. While we can’t believe TMZ completely, we do have to understand the magnitude of this story, the spot on wrestling coverage from TMZ, and what this may mean for TNA Wrestling. I will certainly try to get more information and update the site when I do.