Report: Spike TV To Cancel Impact Wrestling

TMZ is reporting that Impact Wrestling‘s television contract will not be renewed by Spike TV, effectively cancelling TNA‘s flagship show once the current contract ends. The report continues:
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.

The article also notes that Spike gave TNA advance notice of their decision so the company could potentially seek a television deal elsewhere. Click here for more.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

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  • Bob’s Diner

    The WWE Network could do with some original programming

    • Venom

      The rumor going around is that Spike never wanted Vince Russo involved with TNA and when it came out he was still working for them from home, thy didn’t like being lied to like that. All of this is because Russo, instead of emailing Mike Tennay, emailed the wrong Mike. The other Mike is also a wrestling reporter.

      • Bob’s Diner

        Indeed. I’m not sure why anyone would want Vince Russo working for their company in the first place – let alone wanting him so badly that you would hide it from the whole outside world. No sense made.

        Just like most things TNA

        Will be interesting to see if this turns out to be true

        • Venom

          Not sure what is the appeal of Vince Russo. It’s like the guy had incriminating photos of the higher ups and decided to blackmail for work. I mean I do feel bad if he has no other job training and they’re giving him a small job as a donation.

          But in this day and age where you’re well known you can easily start a podcast or YouTube show and make money. He may not be likable but I’m sure people would have turned in to listen to the crap coming out of his mouth.

          But if the reason TNA is getting cancel because of Russo, TNA has nobody to blame but themselves. They chose to lie to Spike.

          • 384

            Not the best story to wake up to, but regardless, if it’s true, TNA’s between a rock and a hard place. Somewhat on a funny note, Vince Russo killed WCW, and now he pretty much killed TNA. Why wonder about the guy’s infamy and pariah status?

          • Venom

            I think Vince Russo will be heading to Global Force Wrestling. Then we’ll let the streak continue.

            Russo was simply in the right place at the right time. Stole ideas from ECW and presented them on RAW. Somehow, when his contract expired, WCW paid him a lot to be head of creative for them and his ego blew through the roof. He even gave himself a George Steinberg gimmick where he talks behind the camera.

            I remember the weekend before the WCW reboot, Russo was a guest on the LAW. They asked him point blank if the Russo character will have a TV role and he flat out said he always had a policy to never take TV time away from the boys. Then the intro of Nitro he comes out and strips everyone of the titles and never left the TV screens.

            In the end, you tell a talentless hack he’s amazing he’ll believe it. Amd he thought he was a creative genius cause the person hiring at WCW told him so.

    • Simon Veitch

      As much as I had a laugh at this comment, you’re totally correct and if Vince did decide to continue TNA in some for on the WWE Network, it would certainly get people using the network a little more and give a reason for people to remain subscribed if there’s new content each week. Somehow though I feel that TNA would rather cease operating than work under WWE

    • Venom

      Maybe they’ll start the TNA Network!

  • jdl

    It makes a degree of sense, TNA brought in some of the biggest names in the history of the business and wound up shrinking their “impact” on television. If the hype of Hogan couldn’t pop ratings, why would Spike ever hope TNA stood a chance of growing? Of course some of that might have to do with being stuck on a network as abysmal as Spike TV, where .5 rating numbers are considered average.

    • Simon Veitch

      The biggest problem for TNA now, is that if SpikeTV doesn’t want them, who will take them, and what will happen with their Bellator deal of there’s no show to cross promote with?

      • jdl

        Don’t know, but the Bellator deal was negotiated through Spike and it hasn’t exactly contributed much to the product.

        As for where TNA should go… uhh, bankrupt?

        All jokes aside there are plenty of minor networks that would take them, and I’m sure they could negotiate a favorable deal somewhere. Maybe take themselves over the pond to England where they’re reasonable successful?

        • Simon Veitch

          Not a bad idea, will be interesting to see if they consider the effort to be worth it, a lot of people have been calling for TNA’s demise for quite some time, and I think it might be almost time to offer Vince the tape library, pay off any debts with the profit from sale and leave with hopefully some money to show for it all

      • John

        Viacom owns Bellator… They aren’t going anywhere.

  • Dave Barton

    TNA Hall of Fame…

    2012 – Sting (gone from TNA)
    2013 – Kurt Angle (heavily rumored to be leaving TNA)
    2014 – Team 3-D (one is already gone, and now the TNA show is in jeopardy)

    …nevermind that all 3 (technically 4) inductees already had worldwide stardom before even joining TNA, this is simply not a track record for a successful business model.

  • BIG M

    Had to happen eventually.
    Alright lads place your bets will Double J give Spike a call or will Spike be calling Jeff to sign GFW for a tv deal.

    • Simon Veitch

      JJ will call Spike, but I don’t see a deal happening honestly. If TNA couldn’t draw after all these years, what hope does a start up promotion have, regardless of who is behind it.

      • ldb

        I hope they get a deal somewhere. At least GFW will hopefully be Russo free.

  • Adam

    Hopefully this means Jeff will go back to the WWE.

    • Simon Veitch

      Given WWE’s financial situation lately, especially with the round of roster cuts they did, I have to wonder whether there would be much interest for anyone of TNA’s roster outside of Trainers for NXT or agents.

      • jdl

        WWE’s financial situation is not weak, they’re still quite strong. The company isn’t cutting costs because they’re in financial trouble, they’re cutting costs to ensure maximum profit and to make their stock more valuable by giving the impression they are operating with efficiency.

  • Lee McAndrew

    Very grim news

  • ken

    The Rise and Fall of TNA

  • ldb

    I hated what Dixie ,Russo, and Bischoff did to what JJ started. I hope they pull a hail mary and land a deal somewhere. I don’t want all those people to be out of a job no matter how bad someone doesn’t like them.

  • Tom Mayer

    Maybe it’s the merciful death it’s needed the past three years

  • Venom

    Does this mean TNA will copy WWE and start…. The TNA Network?

  • Derrick

    Obviously not good…we all know that Turner cancelling WCW programming ended up being the final nail in the coffin for them. Looks like GFW is now tasked being the next company to try and compete with WWE and become a viable option for guys in the business.

  • Tom Mayer

    When it comes to corporate suits investing in a wrestling company, unless they were fans or knew the business, they simply won’t know what to do with it. It’s one of those products that can’t be marketed using the “tried and true” product marketing tactics.

    To be successful in the wrestling business, you need a right mix of knowing *the* business, knowing *business*, knowing how to market the business, and having money to put into the business.

    If GFW is going to have suits investing into it, chances are, it’s probably going to be another failure, and JJ will have the carpet pulled out from under him again.

    I fear for when Vince McMahon passes away, because I have no faith in Triple H and Stephanie being another Vince McMahon.