Hug Like a Champ
PWInsider.com said:It appears TNA's run on the Fox Sports Network will end with this Friday's episode of Impact!, scheduled for 5/27 at 4 PM. Impact! is not listed for the following Friday 6/3 on Fox Sports, with the timeslot instead filled by "The World Series of Darts."
There are no listings for TNA anywhere on Fox Sports' schedule for the months of June and July, which is as far as the schedules are posted on The Fox Sports website. TNA had taped two episodes of Impact! at the last taping at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida on 5/17, so with nothing "in the can" so to speak, it appears that the company will be going dark, with the exception of their scheduled PPVs this summer.
In recent weeks, there have been a lot of rumors about the future of TNA's home on television. While no one seems to be certain for sure, the story making the rounds within TNA was that some sort of announcement would be made within the next 7-10 days about their TV situation.
I do know that conversations had been ongoing with WGN and Spike TV in recent weeks, with many inside TNA believing that WGN was the stronger of the two possibilities. There has been nothing but optimism from those I have spoken to within the company, so for their sake, hopefully that optimism won't be for naught.
That's not to say all signs have been negative for the future of the company. Last week, TNA signed both NWA champion AJ Styles and X-Division champion Christopher Daniels to new deals through 2007 and also announced plans for an August PPV event, titled Sacrifice. There are still dates listed at Universal Studios through 7/19 as well, although that could change given their TV status.
Positive or negative, PWInsider.com will have more on TNA's TV situation as it develops.
***iMPACT! TO STREAM ONLINE STARTING THIS FRIDAY - iMPACT! ALSO TO BE AVAILABLE IN SELECT MARKETS
(Nashville, TN) June 24, 2005 - TNA Entertainment, LLC announced today a deal with Real Broadcast Network to stream “iMPACT!” online. The first broadcast will debut this Friday, June 24, 2005 at 4pm ET.
The online broadcasts will be available free to TNA Wrestling fans in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
On Friday afternoon beginning at 4pm ET, fans who visit the TNAwrestling.com website will be provided a link to click on to watch “iMPACT!” in streaming format, much like watching it on television. The “RealPlayer” will be required to view “iMPACT!”. All online broadcasts will be archived for fans to watch at their convenience.
TNA also announced that “iMPACT!” would be available in the following markets:
Sun Sports in Florida: Friday at Midnight
Time Warner Cable of New York City: Tuesday 8PM on channel 94
Augusta, GA: WBEK Saturday 8PM and Tuesday 9PM
Cedar Rapids, IA: KWWF Friday 8PM and Sunday 7PM
Urban America TV: Tuesday 10PM and Saturday 1AM
RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading creator of digital media services and software including Rhapsody®, RealPlayer 10, and casual PC-based and mobile games.
TNA Slammiversary Results
Simon Diamond and Trytan def. Sonny Siaki and Apolo
Shark Boy def. Amazing Red, Delirious, Elix Skipper, Jerrelle Clark and Zach Gowen in an X Division Six Way Match
Shocker def. Alex Shelley
Ron Killings def. The Outlaw
The Naturals def. Team Canada to retain the NWA Tag Team Championships
Samoa Joe def. Sonjay Dutt
Bobby Roode def. Lance Hoyt
America's Most Wanted def. 3Live Kru
Christopher Daniels def. Chris Sabin and Michael Shane in a Three Way Elimination Match to retain the X Division Championship
Raven def. A.J. Styles, Abyss, Monty Brown and Sean Waltman to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Jeff Hardy (Suspended)
Kevin Nash (Injured)
Larry Zbyszko (Director of Authority)
Tag Teams and Stables
3 Live Kru (BG James, Konnan and Ron Killings)
America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm)
Apolo and Sonny Siaki
Buck Quartermain and David Young
Jerrelle Clark and Mikey Batts
Team Canada (A-1, Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Johnny Devine, Petey Williams and Scott D'Amore)
The Elitists (Jeff Jarrett, Monty Brown, The Outlaw)
The Naturals (Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens)
Mike Tenay - Voice of TNA/Play-by-play Commentator
Don West - Color Commentator
David Penzer - Ring Announcer
Jeremy Borash - Backstage Interviewer
Shane Douglas - Backstage Interviewer
NWA World Heavyweight Champion
Raven (June 19, 2005) -
NWA World Tag Team Championships
The Naturals (April 26, 2005) -
TNA X Division Championship
Christopher Daniels (March 13, 2005) -
No Surrender - July 17, 2005
Sacrifice - August 14, 2005
Unbreakable - September 11, 2005
Bound for Glory - October 23, 2005
Genesis - November 13, 2005
Turning Point - December 11, 2005
Fridays, 4 p.m. ET, TNAWrestling.com
So... yeah. Hi again, all. I've decided to do this as I think it's an interesting time period in TNA before everything went to shitsville. Finding a new home for TNA in the 'backstage' backdrop seems like an intriguing starting point for me and with the roster as it's constructed, I like to think there are plenty of possibilities on the table. I'll be posting as much as I can from time to time. Not going to have any sort of limit or restraint on myself and gonna go at my own pace.
We'll get off and running soon enough.