TNA Impact Wrestling Announces New Two-Year Deal With Challenge TV

- TNA Impact Wrestling issued the following press release:

TNA IMPACT WRESTLING has signed a two-year deal with Challenge TV, keeping the UK’s highest-rated wrestling show on free television until the end of 2013. TNA IMPACT WRESTLING will continue to be broadcast every Sunday night at 9pm on Challenge, just three days after it airs in the United States. TNA’s monthly PPV events – including Lockdown, Final Resolution and Bound For Glory – and spin-off show TNA Xplosion will still be shown on Wednesdays at 10pm.

Challenge TV is broadcast throughout the UK and Ireland and can be found on Freeview channel 46, Sky channel 125 and Virgin Media channel 139.

A delighted Dixie Carter, President of TNA IMPACT WRESTLING, said: “Our first year on Challenge TV has seen us double our viewership in the UK and Ireland – and we are really looking forward to another two years of even greater success.

“Our wonderful fans have made us the most-watched wrestling programme in the UK and we’re pleased this new agreement also gives them the security of knowing they can always watch us on the same channel every week – Challenge TV.

“We cannot wait to celebrate with our fans in person in Nottingham, Manchester and London on the TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT Tour from January 26-28!”

Barbara Gibbon, Challenge’s Head of Channel, added: “We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to consolidate our relationship with the TNA team.

“Over the past year these programmes have become an important destination point in the Challenge schedule because they are much loved by its many fans.”

Fans can catch the stars of TNA IMPACT WRESTLING – including Sting, Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, Mr. Anderson, AJ Styles, Velvet Sky and Mickie James – as part of the 2012 MAXIMUM IMPACT IV Tour of the UK.

Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena, the Manchester Evening News Arena and London’s Wembley Arena will host live events from January 26-28.

Tickets for the shows are on sale now and can be bought from www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk / 0844 826 2826.

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  • Logan

    The only Reason its Better in the UK is that is at 9PM on a SUNDAY Night and In The US its Thursday night ?

    Raw is Live @2 AM (9PM EST)
    NXT is on Friday Mornings @1AM
    Superstars is on @8 Sat Morn on Sky One and Then 9AM the Next day
    Smackdown is On @10 PM Friday Night

    Most PPVS are Free on Sky Sports 3 & HD The "Big Four" Are the only ones we pay for

  • @RatedMKD

    "…the UK’s highest-rated wrestling show on free television…"

    That's not much of an achievement to be touting. At best, WWE only ever has Superstars and maybe one of those recap shows made specifically for international markets on free UK TV. Even then, there seems to be some weeks where there's no free WWE programming at all. Or maybe it's just on at such awkward times that I miss it. Either way, this quote is along the same lines of Hornswoggle boasting about being WWE's most popular leprechaun character.

  • @RatedMKD

    Having said that, it is very refreshing to read positive news reports about TNA, hopefully they keep coming!

    • Alex

      Positive and TNA used in the same sentence? My brain just melted trying to process that. lol

  • Logan

    The only Reason its Better in the UK is that is at 9PM on a SUNDAY Night and In The US its Thursday night ?

  • ted

    the only reason tna draws goos tv ratings in the u.k. is because it is on FREE tv while wwe hAS THEIR programming on sky tv which is a pay channel.

    dixie crowing about tna in the u.k. just shows that she is a delusional bimbo who only runs a rassling promotion because her daddy paid 250,000 dollars for it back in 2002 and he continues to fund tna because he does not want his bimbo daughter working for panda energy.

  • Darren

    I wish pepole would stop being so negative about TNA it's not like WWE is any good anymore with it's PG crap. Good on TNA i for one am happy to here about the deal. I just wish ROH would get a tv deal and then we would be sortted.My main thing is MMA but when it comes to pro wrestling i have been watching since 1989 and i would rather watch TNA than WWE anyday Sure the company has it's problems but nobody gives them credit for the good stuff they do if pepole went for the positve and not the negative maybe the company would get somewhere,but thats the problem with the world today.