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TNA takes “Impact Wrestling” on the road



TNA TAKES THURSDAY NIGHT “IMPACT WRESTLING”
ON THE ROAD

Chicago tapped for televised live show to air on Spike TV

Nashville, Tenn. (Jan. 31, 2012) – TNA’s IMPACT WRESTLING today announced that it will begin filming all “IMPACT WRESTLING” programming on the road as part of their 2013 television programming strategy. “IMPACT WRESTLING” airs every Thursday on Spike TV (8/7 CT), and is regularly one of the network’s top-rated shows. The first live televised show will be March 14 from the Sears Centre Arena in Chicago.

For the past 8 years, “IMPACT WRESTLING” has been filmed on the largest soundstage at Universal Studios Orlando. The final two shows to be filmed from the “Impact Zone” at Universal will be February 28 and March 7.

“This is a tremendous step forward for TNA,” stated TNA President Dixie Carter. “Fans from around the world have been coming to us at Universal for more than 8 years to be a part of the ‘IMPACT WRESTLING’ audience. It’s now time for us to take the ‘IMPACT WRESTLING’ television cameras to them. This is a very important next evolution for the company, and I’m excited that the backdrop to the show will feature our great fans in larger arenas around the country and world.

“We are so grateful to Universal for being such fantastic partners and look forward to finding other ways to work together in the future,” Carter added.

“Taking ‘IMPACT WRESTLING’ on the road to the fans is yet another example of Dixie and her incredible team expanding their horizons to deliver the most exciting and action-packed wrestling product on the market,” said Spike TV President Kevin Kay.

Kicking off the start to “IMPACT WRESTLING” on the road will be the triumphant return to Chicago and the Sears Centre Arena on March 14. Chicago’s Sears Centre Arena was home to “Bound For Glory 2008” setting, at the time, the highest TNA attendance record.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 8 at the Sears Centre Arena box office and at www.SearsCentre.com. (Doors will open on Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m. and bell time at 7 p.m.)

TNA’s IMPACT WRESTLING will announce additional Thursday night “IMPACT WRESTLING” television tour dates in the coming weeks.


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12 Responses

  1. I'maPaulHeymanGuy says:

    YES! YES! YES!

  2. Timmy says:

    Yes! Of course the TNA haters will hate but this is a huge step for TNA. The first few years the impact zone was crazy with rabid fans….but these last few years they have been bored with the product down in Florida. Now when they move around they will get new fans who are gonna have a good time because they are a paying customer.

  3. Fisha695 says:

    If they are smart enough to book smaller venues (rather have to turn people away from a small venue then use tarps & camera tricks to mask a mostly empty large venue) it might work. The thing is though if they (or the fans) think that TNA is going to pull in attendance like the UK TV Tapings that just happened, it’s not gonna happen.

  4. Nick A says:

    I’m curious if they will do a live on the road show every week or if they will go back to the one live show and one pre-recorded show system they used before.

  5. Jempires One says:

    If you look at what WWE did in be early 1990s they did a lot of TV at high schools and other really small venues but used good sight lines and tricks to make it look bigger.

    TNA should adopt the same philosophy, go after small buildings that are 3,000 and smaller. Some bigger HS gyms. Heck make the tapings a fundraiser for local high school football teams or something.

    There is no reason why a national company with big names cannot draw. Big Time Wrestling and northeast Wrestling draw big crowds with just a big name or two.

    TNA should be able to consistently sell 1500 tickets if they can. And then paper another 1000 and have big crowds for US tapingz. They can’t because something is broken, but I am not sure what it is…

  6. Chris says:

    So it took them 8 years to figure out you can make more money taking IMPACT on the road instead of shared revenue at Universal Studios in Orlando?

  7. echo says:

    I was not expecting Impact to leave the Impact Zone altogether. I thought maybe one show a month on the road. This is impressive and a huge step forward for the company. Congratulations to TNA.

  8. Scott says:

    Hopefully it works for them, and it doesn’t turn into a case of losing money just leaving the door

  9. Randy Pena says:

    I’m really glad they are doing this as a long time WWE fan getting bored with them and beginning to be a TNA fan I really hope they come to Boston Mass so I can check it out.

  10. Science & Violence says:

    tnaaaaaa suxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxorts itrs all abot the wwe mann

  11. -J- says:

    good move brother!

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