More On TNA's Major Change In Direction, Where Impact Will Be Taped After Tonight

TNA Wrestling issued a press release on Thursday, confirming the news that many of us had been expecting. The company will return to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida to tape Impact beginning on November 21, 2013. As part of the announcement, TNA announced two new wrinkles:

  • Rather than simply airing 2 hours of television each week, they'll show wrestlers outside of the ring, at live events and document their day-to-day as part of their "Where Action Never Ends" creative direction.
  • Additionally, Universal Studios will serve as the training facility for talent moving forward. They'll also be introducing new talent as they have with Ethan Carter III and Lei'D Tapa.

In the announcement, TNA put over international growth and the strength of their portfolio. They labeled Bound for Glory as one of their "highest-attended" pay-per-view events to date.

Alex Barie initially posted the press release at this link.

TNA will tape the next two weeks of Impact Wrestling tonight in Salt Lake City, Utah before heading to Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday, November 7, 2013. There, the company will tape the November 7th episode of Impact and the November 14th episode. The company will then return to Universal Studios for a set of Impact tapings on November 21, 2013. They'll also book tapings from the park in December.

The tapings aren't believed to take place at Sound Stage 21, the former Impact Zone, where the company departed back in March. While I have more, below is my initial reaction to the change:

  • Charlie

    Are they allowed to lie about that? I’m talking about the attendance..I mean, everyone has seen the pics, the stories. No one is going to take them seriously when they lie to their fans.

    • Jay El Bee

      But it might not be a lie, I don’t what the attendance was for BFG was but they obviously ran the show in a building to big for them.

    • NomDePlume_

      The photo of the hard camera side, where tickets were not even sold? The show legitimately sold over 3000 tickets, with some reports stating the total attendance was closer to 4000. There were SmackDown photos from last week circulating which were much more alarming, especially since it is the WWE machine failing to draw to such a degree. If you actually watched BFG, then you know the attendance was more than respectable in reality.

      • BabaBooey

        One of them is the show of the year for the promotion, the other is 1 out of 52.

  • Any idea what this will mena for the TV tapings that were scheduled for Scotland? will they still be taping TV?

  • Stoney

    It’s always one step forward and 50 steps back for TNA

  • David

    What does them returning to Universal do to the WWE Hall of Fame building? Do you think this kills that deal?

  • WrestlingFan4Life

    TNA’s major problem is Dixie Carter. If Jeff Jarrett were still running things, we’d be seeing a much different product today. Dixie just doesn’t know how to run a wrestling company.

  • Evelyn L. Ford

    The press release also was put together by renowned liar, Dave Meltzer, who also said that OVW and TNA are splitting; I hope he’s not lying about that, what with the way that OVW/TNA people have just been so very rude to me; I HATE BOTH OVW AND TNA, so WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Evelyn L. Ford

    Also, OVW has been giving talent to WWE, so who could blame them?