While it's still too early to start making TNA themed tombstones, the news that dropped yesterday that Spike TV would not be renewing their deal to air TNA Impact on their network this October is troubling information for the struggling Carter-helmed promotion.
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.
We're told there's no bad blood, and Spike gave TNA such advance notice so it would have time to shop for a new TV deal.
TNA's show debuted on Spike TV in October 2005 -- and helped the league rise to #2 on the wrestling scene … behind the WWE.
We've called TNA and Spike for comment ... so far, no word back.
So what does this mean for wrestling fans? Well, that depends. If you're on a strict wrestling diet of solely WWE content it doesn't mean much. If you're one of the few people that enjoys the TNA product it could be as devastating to you as Community's demise was to me. If you're someone that reviews TNA Impact for the internet like Danielle Matheson, it could mean you have one less thing to write about on Friday mornings. TNA isn't the powerhouse that WWE is so it's influence has never been that far reaching, but for people that want an alternative but are too lazy to seek out Chikara it could be a real bummer.
Personally though, I don't really mind. In the 2014 TJR staff predictions column I actually said they would be dead by the end of the year, so that should give you an indications as to what my impression of the company is. Still, if TNA goes under that means a lot of talented people are going to be out of work and that really sucks. I don't ever want to see people lose their jobs and have to wonder where they next paycheck is going to come from, but when you're part of an organization that's as poorly run as TNA is it's your fault if you don't have a Plan B in place.
Who knows, maybe TNA will get picked up by Yahoo and they'll get a six season and a movie deal. Shyeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt.
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