Impact Wrestling (Founded: 2002) started off as a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Under the NWA banner, they were a division known as Total Non-Stop Action (TNA). NWA-TNA started off as a weekly Pay-Per-View telecast. However, having people pay each week to watch the product in 2002 was sure to be a death knell for the company. Therefore, they dropped the NWA, became TNA and moved to Spike TV.
The Rise of TNA on Spike TV
On Spike TV, TNA made a lot of wise business moves. They started to capture the imagination of viewers with their X Division and showcased some of the top stars of yesterday and tomorrow. Their roster was a who’s who in wrestling that included:
- Kurt Angle
- AJ Styles
- Samoa Joe
- CM Punk
- Jeff Jarrett
- Monty Brown
- Christopher Daniels
For years, they stayed the course, growing a loyal fan base. However, the company decided to try and become a product it wasn’t, a WWE-lite. Enter Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff.
The End of TNA on Spike
TNA started a flagship show on Spike TV known as Impact. They tried to go head-to-head on Mondays against WWE much like WCW did in the 1990s. With Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff leading the TNA ship, the indie company tried to spark a new Monday Night War. This endeavor failed horribly.
The company shelled out millions to host a live show and lure in old wrestling talent. In the end, they alienated their fan base. Panicked, TNA brought on a man who wrote for WWE during its great success and also wrote for WCW during its demise–Vince Russo.
Vince Russo was brought on in secret because Spike officials didn’t want anything to with the man. He had worked for TNA once before and did a lot of damage. Not to mention, he helped put WCW out of business. However, TNA owner, Dixie Carter, brought him on secretly. Once Spike TV found out, they wanted nothing to do with TNA and refused to negotiate a new contract.
Name Changes and New Homes
In hopes of bringing new life to TNA, they dropped the tacky name and adopted Impact Wrestling. Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Dixie Carter, and Vince Russo all left the company. They moved their operations to Destination America and then POP TV. With each move, they saw a decline in ratings. However, there was also an improvement in television.
Impact Wrestling has crafted a small core following as they now are on Pursuit. With new writers and management in former pro wrestlers Don Callis and Scott D’Amore, the offices in Nashville, Tennessee were moved to Ontario, Canada. Now on a new channel, Impact repurposes new content and their massive vault with a Twitch channel.
Impact Wrestling on Twitch
Impact is one of the first wrestling organizations to try this type of service out. So far, it is working out wonderfully for them. Their channel includes live streams of their Impact show on Pursuit for those who can’t get the channel in their cable package.
In addition, Impact Wrestling produces original content for their 87,500 plus followers.
The Impact Wrestling schedule is as follows:
IMPACT! Replay – Mondays from 6 – 8 PM ET
Behind The Lights with Anthony Carelli: Wednesdays from 4 – 6 PM ET
Xplosion: Wednesdays from 7 – 8 PM ET
IMPACT! Wrestling: Fridays from 10 PM – Midnight ET
You can also co-stream with Impact Wrestling on Twitch with either OBS or XSplit.