UPDATED: Spike TV Has Reportedly Cancelled Impact Wrestling
Posted by Larry Csonka on 07.28.2014
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UPDATE: F4wonline.com reports that Dixie Carter told her staff last week that TNA made the decision to leave Spike TV. Other sources, including TMZ who broke the story, are reporting that Spike TV informed her that they would not be renewing the deal. It's hard to say at this point if TNA really did decide to leave Spike TV, or if that is what they told staff after they have been told by Spike TV that they were not renewing Impact. The decision from Spike TV came days after Spike found out that Vince Russo was still working for TNA.
While there had been rumors about this situation, many within TNA (including the wrestlers) found out about the news tonight when the TMZ report came out.
The official word from TNA right now is: "We have not signed an extension and are still in negotiations."
411's Jack McGee discusses this whole story, including the Vince Russo aspect, in more detail in his op-ed piece about TNA's future here.
ORIGINAL: According to TMZ, Spike TV "quietly" informed TNA that they would not be renewing their TV contract. Sources close to the situation state that Spike TV executives contacted TNA President Dixie Carter this week to break the news, with Carter breaking the news to members of her inner circle the next day.
TNA's contract reportedly runs through October, but at this time it is not clear if they will run episodes through then or not. Spike TV reportedly told TNA of the news now to allow them to shop for a new TV deal.
TNA Impact debuted on Spike TV back in October of 2005.