TNA Wrestling will end the touring of it’s flagship television show ‘Impact Wrestling’ and return production to it’s former homer at Universal Studios in Orlando.
The news, which had been widely speculated in recent weeks, was revealed in a press release highlighting the company’s new 24/7 programming initiative, titled ‘Where Action Never Ends’. Fans will see content infused into IMPACT Live on Spike TV every Thursday from 9-11 p.m ET, with additional content filmed during the week andpresented online via social channels including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Universal Studios will serve as the hub for TNA’s programming strategy with shows primarily taping at their location, along with some IMPACT shows that will be filmed on the road from different markets. The first IMPACT show scheduled from Orlando will air live on November 21. It is likely the only editions of IMPACT to air outside of Universal will be those taped internationally.
“Bringing live events to our fans across the globe will remain a vital element of TNA’s business”, said TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter. “However, our renewed focus, as it relates to our television programming, will shift from live event touring to 24/7 show content, so that fans can really get to know our talent. And, in making Orlando’s Universal Studios our programming hub, we have the powerful combination of state-of-the art production facilities and incredible soundstages that will make it easier for us to launch this new production-intensive initiative. We will also be working with Universal to develop new and creative ways for park guests and fans from around the world to experience a unique TNA attraction.”
It was also revealed that Universal Studios will serve as the primary training facility for TNA talent moving forward, providing the opportunity to train and develop talent on an ongoing basis.