Impact Wrestling (TNA), formally branded as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and TNA Wrestling, is a privately held American professional wrestling promotion based in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded by its former President, Jeff Jarrett, and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jerry Jarrett, in 2002 as J Sports & Entertainment, LLC (operated as NWA: Total Nonstop Action; a.k.a. NWA-TNA), it is the second-largest professional wrestling promotion in the United States, after WWE.
Panda Energy International purchased a controlling interest (71%) in the company in 2002 from Jerry Jarrett, re-incorporating it to TNA Entertainment, LLC in the process. Then, in 2012, Panda Energy divested itself of its stake in TNA. Jeff, the company's former Vice President, departed the company as Executive Vice President of Development/Original Programming on December 22, 2013, but remained as minority shareholder until his return on June 24, 2015. Jarrett's departure as minority shareholder, and therefore his complete departure from the company, came as a result of his return to the promotion, with the deal for his return including the transfer of his minority stake. According to reports, in 2012, when Panda Energy divested itself of its ownership stake in TNA, TNA's President and Panda Energy founder Robert Carter and President and Chief Executive Officer Janice Carter's daughter, Dixie Carter, acquired said stake, making her TNA's majority shareholder. Then, in 2015, when Jarrett sold his minority stake, Dixie acquired that as well, placing her as TNA's sole shareholder, along with her continuing as President.
According to a report, on August 7, 2015, TNA filed a new business name of Impact Ventures LLC. It was reported near the beginning of 2016 that Aroluxe Marketing, a Brentwood, Tennessee-based marketing agency, had taken a stake in TNA at the start of 2016 in return for providing partial funding, as well as taking over TNA's production operations. It was reported on June 6, 2016 that Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan acquired a minority stake in TNA from Dixie Carter, placing him as TNA's minority owner and Dixie's partner within TNA; however, it has since been clarified through a lawsuit Corgan has filed against TNA that he provided a loan to Dixie. Then, on August 12, 2016, TNA appointed Corgan as the company's new President and the transition of Dixie from President to the company's new Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer. It was reported on September 16, 2016 by the New York Post that Canada's Fight Network, through its parent company, Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corporation, had taken a stake in TNA. On November 4, 2016, the New York Post reported that Corgan had been removed as President, then on November 30, it also reported that Corgan had settled his lawsuit against TNA, with Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp acquiring the loans Corgan made to Dixie in the process.
In late November 2016, it was reported that, once Corgan's lawsuit was settled, TNA would go through a restructuring period that would see ownership change, with Anthem taking 85%, Aroluxe 10%, and Dixie Carter 5%. It has also been reported that the management structure would change as well, with Carter remaining as Chairwoman of TNA and a member of TNA's Board of Managers; Anthem's Executive Vice President Ed Nordholm being added to TNA's board, along with representing it on all major operating & restructuring decisions; and Aroluxe's CEO Jason Brown becoming the company's CEO.
On January 4 2017 CBS Corporation, which owns the Pop cable channel, joined Hulu's new live stream service to broadcast TNA. Anthem Sports and Entertainment purchased an 85% majority stake of TNA, re-incorporating TNA's parent company; Dixie Carter retained a 5% minority stake in the company, but resigned as Chairwoman after fourteen years with the company, and joined Fight Media Group's advisory board. Anthem's Executive Vice President, Ed Nordholm, became President of TNA's new parent company. On January 5, 2017, Jeff Jarrett was brought back by Anthem to serve as a consultant.
With new ownership came major changes. On March 2 2017 it was announced that the TNA Name would officially be dropped and phased out being replaced permanently with the "Impact Wrestling" name for both the Company and the TV Show.
The company previously bore the NWA-TNA branding — at the time of its formation, it was associated with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). TNA was granted exclusive rights to both the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Tag Team Championship. TNA withdrew from the NWA in 2004, but was permitted to continue to use the championships until the NWA abrogated the agreement in May 2007. TNA became the first American promotion to make exclusive use of a six-sided wrestling-ring as opposed to the more traditional four-sided ring.
Continued at.... The History of TNA / Impact Wrestling
- TNA Championship History
- Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship
- Impact Wrestling Grand Championship
- Impact Wrestling X Division Championship
- Impact Wrestling Knockouts Championship
- Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Championship
TNA Impact / Impact Wrestling (TV Show)Edit
Impact Wrestling (formerly known as TNA iMPACT!) is a television program produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Starting on January 5, 2016 the show began to air weekly on Pop in the United States.
The show debuted in the United States on Fox Sports Net on June 4, 2004, but after TNA's contract was not renegotiated in May 2005, the show was left without a television network to broadcast on. The show began broadcasting episodes via syndication in limited markets on Urban America Television (replacing TNA's syndicated show TNA Xplosion) and on the Internet between June 24 and September 16, 2005, before securing a deal with Spike TV, with the first show airing on October 1, 2005.
The show first began airing episodes on Saturday nights, however in April 2006 the show was moved to Thursday nights. It briefly moved to Monday nights in 2010 and to Wednesday nights in 2014 until its final broadcast on Spike. It aired on a Friday night from January 2015 on Destination America. Then, on June 3, 2015, Impact Wrestling moved back to Wednesday nights. It was announced on November 19, 2015 that Impact Wrestling will move to Tuesdays when it debuts on Pop on January 5, 2016. From the time of the announcement up to Impact Wrestling's debut on Pop, Destination America continued to air the show in its regular time-slot on Wednesday night; however, the December 16, 2015 airing of Impact Wrestling (which turned out to be the show's final broadcast on Destination America) was moved to 11pm ET.
Former PPV SpecialsEdit
The following are special televised episodes of Impact that were formally Pay Per Views
- Impact Wrestling: Destination X 2013
- Impact Wrestling: Hardcore Justice 2013
- Impact Wrestling: No Surrender 2013
- Impact Wrestling: Turning Point 2013
- Impact Wrestling: Final Resolution 2013
- Impact Wrestling: Genesis 2014
- Impact Wrestling: Destination X 2014
- Impact Wrestling: Hardcore Justice 2014
- Impact Wrestling: No Surrender 2014
- Impact Wrestling: Lockdown 2015
- Impact Wrestling: Lockdown 2016
- Impact Wrestling: Sacrifice 2016
- Impact Wrestling: Destination X 2016
- Impact Wrestling: Turning Point 2016
- Impact Wrestling: Genesis 2017