TNA Wrestling has announced they will be taping Impact from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida in March, April and May. The following dates are currently set for the theme park later this year:
MARCH 13 – IMPACT LIVE
MARCH 14 – IMPACT Taping
MARCH 15 – IMPACT Taping
APRIL 10 – IMPACT LIVE
APRIL 11 – IMPACT Taping
APRIL 12 – IMPACT Taping
APRIL 26 – One Night Only Taping
APRIL 27 – TNA Pay-Per-View Event
APRIL 28 – IMPACT Taping
APRIL 29 – IMPACT Taping
MAY 7 – IMPACT Taping
MAY 8 – IMPACT Taping
MAY 9 – IMPACT Taping
This comes fresh off the news that Universal Studios had become part of WWE's negotiations with NBC Universal for a new domestic television deal, as the New York Postreported on Friday that a physical Hall of Fame from the theme park could be added to sweeten their deal with the company. Negotiations for a physical WWE Hall of Fame from Universal Studios hit a stumbling block last year when WWE requested they have exclusive access to the park.
Universal, who have enjoyed a good working relationship with TNA, balked at the idea of exclusivity unless WWE agreed to tape a show there. This was believed to be a deal breaker and we hadn't heard anymore regarding the physical WWE Hall of Fame at the theme park until the report from the New York Post on Friday.
When TNA hadn't announced any dates from the theme park, the thinking was they were essentially blackballed out until WWE made a decision. The news of the tapings doesn't mean a deal for a physical WWE Hall of Fame is dead. Until WWE signs an agreement with Universal, the park is free to host whoever they want. However, multiple sources within WWE have stated the company would want to be the only wrestling promotion in the theme park should they agree to have their physical Hall of Fame there.