The problems for TNA continue as Challenge TV announced on Tuesday morning that they will no longer air TNA programming as of January 1, 2017. This is a huge deal for TNA because their two international deals were the only big revenue sources left for TNA. They only TV revenue left is their TV deal in India.
TNA is saying that they chose to leave because fans have told them about having to deal with spoilers before the show airs in the UK. Of course, that ignores the fact that TNA tapes their shows weeks in advance and the American audience can easily read spoilers online.
Here is Challenge TV’s statement: “We know that many TNA fans will be disappointed to hear this, but we wanted to let you all know that as of January 2017, Challenge will no longer be the home of TNA in the UK. TNA has been a huge and important part of Challenge’s story over the years and we will treasure some great moments like the British Bootcamp and UK tours. We have been proud to bring UK viewers coverage of TNA and have huge respect for the company and its fans. TNA is packed with great talent and we know they will continue to do great things — we wish them all the best.”
Here is the statement from TNA: “We are proud to have had such a great relationship with Challenge, and appreciate how the channel brought Impact Wrestling to our avid viewers through the years. In today’s world, spoilers are inevitable. We’ve heard from the amazing fans in the UK and know you do not want to wait 3-5 days to watch the program after it airs in the US.”
“Our goal is to broadcast Impact Wrestling in the UK as close to the US premiere as possible. We look forward to announcing that opportunity soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we hope you continue to watch Impact Wrestling on Challenge, Sunday nights at 9pm, as well as Xplosion and pay-per-views and follow us on social media. Thank you.”