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: