TNA Impact Wrestling will now air once again in Canada exclusive to the Fight Network. It's almost like it's timed to perfection by the Fight Network and TNA to ensure they are capitalising on Wrestlemania and the spiked interest in wrestling.
Since Impact's move to Destination America from SpikeTV earlier this year, Canadians had to tune in to Impact Wrestling's YouTube channel instead of their TVs. So this is a move that will no doubt please wrestling fans across the pond, who've been without the number one wrestling alternative to the WWE.
With news in recent weeks of international broadcasting deals being brokered in Brazil, Finland, Germany and now Canada, it will expand the company and their flagship show can now be seen in over 125 countries around the world. It starts this coming Friday 3rd April in the 9pm (Eastern) time slot and at the same time as their southern neighbours in America.
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Despite this, it has meant Canadians have missed the huge six weeks of UK taped shows which brought huge surprises, title changes and big storyline moves.
Canadian fans unfortunately won't notice a huge amount of difference between the former SpikeTV era and the present Destination America era. This despite Dixie Carter's assurances in the media interviews during December and January of big changes and post production magic upcoming on Impact. Presently the most obvious sign of this is the ring, arena lighting and split screen commentary.
GiveMeSport has been told by TNA that the changes are going to be done gradually, so the fans are eased in. Dixie has said they want to be unique and different from other televised wrestling, which at present is the WWE, however with Jeff Jarrett’s incoming Global Force Wrestling announcing TV tapings in May, June and July in Las Vegas, they may need to up their game in the face of new competition.
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Beginning this Friday, April 3, Fight Network will premiere TNA’s two-hour flagship weekly program IMPACT WRESTLING every Friday night at 9 p.m. ET. The roster features wrestlers like Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Lashley, Bobby Roode, MVP, EC3, James Storm, the high flying X Division, Gail Kim and the lovely and lethal Knockouts, and many more.
Premiering on Saturday nights at 11 p.m. ET, TNA Xplosion features explosive matches, a look back at historical matches, as well as pop culture roundtable discussions, plus recaps of IMPACT WRESTLING.
“TNA has been a staple and innovator in the professional wrestling business for the past decade, providing countless memorable matches and moments, while spawning the careers of new stars and showcasing all-time greats in the industry,” said Chad Midgley, VP of Content at Fight Network.
“We’re excited to become the official Canadian broadcast partner. In addition to airing the popular IMPACT WRESTLING weekly show, we’ll be reliving some of the organization’s unforgettable history on the Greatest Matches series.”
“We can’t wait to be back in living rooms across Canada starting this Friday. Our fans across Canada have been vocal and incredibly patient as we worked to find a fantastic broadcast partner for IMPACT WRESTLING,” said Dixie Carter, president of TNA Wrestling.
“The good news is Fight Network has picked up other TNA programming like Xplosion and Greatest Matches, so fans in Canada will now have more access than ever to the best pro wrestling entertainment in the world, including TNA Superstars and Canada’s own Bobby Roode, Gail Kim and Eric Young.”
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