Destination America has pulled the plug on TNA Impact Wrestling effective sometime in September.
TNA President Dixie Carter has apparently not let the wrestlers know about this turn of events yet, but this is not going to be good for the troubled organization. Being cancelled two times in two years is not good. Not being able to pay their talent is not good either.
The rumor mills are turning on what could possibly happen with the talent. But what can be made known is that advertisers on the Discovery Channel owned affiliate did not want their ads run on Impact. Destination America has also said they could not justify putting out the cost to air the wrestling program any further. This comes shortly after the organization said they were moving to Wednesday nights.
According to Dave Meltzer of F4Wonline.com and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the network was disappointed with Impacts ratings and they had an ‘out clause’ of their deal with the organization. It was believed that the move to Wednesday’s from Friday’s was to help TNA with their ratings issue, but alas it was not the case.
“Just days before the move was announced, Destination America made the decision to cancel TNA Wrestling, with the time frame given at the end of the third quarter (roughly the last week of September, when the current television season ends). Key people at the Discovery Channel network were informed of the decision at that point," Meltzer said.
"The word internally was that while they considered the ratings good, the ratings were not good enough to justify the cost of the programming. The other problem was that so many regular station advertisers specifically did not want to advertise on the show.
..Those who were informed of the cancellation have not been told at this point anything different several days after the change of date was announced. But things obviously have changed, at least to the degree of moving days. So this story is very much ongoing.”
TNA has already lost one of their biggest names. That being the recent quitting of Samoa Joe who recently signed a deal with WWE and debuted on NXT’s Unstoppable show. What will come of all the talent that is still there? This is especially the case with a few members of the roster being former WWE competitors that left on bad terms: Matt and Jeff Hardy and Kurt Angle, just to name a few.
There are a good few of these guys that would fit in amazingly on the WWE roster, however. Guys like Austin Aries and Bobby Roode would have a phenomenal career ahead of him if signed. For that matter we would possibly get to see a return of The Dudleys and Kurt Angle. The possibilities are beyond endless, but for the time being we have until September.
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