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Major update on TNA’s TV talks; Dixie Carter guarantees to be on TV in January

As we noted earlier, Dixie Carter indicated to wrestlers at the Bethlehem shows that TNA would be on TV on January 7th. The Wrestling Observer reported that she guaranteed that they would be on TV by then. That would be the first Wednesday after the current Spike TV deal expires. Sources in the television industry do not believe that a deal has been signed but they are in very serious talks. It’s expected that there will be a deal made and that the show will stay in their current Wednesday night timeslot. If the deal goes through then the plan would be to do a live show on January 7th from the Manhattan Center in New York City.

It’s not known which station they are closing the deal with. The amount that TNA would get for their deal is also unknown. A number of people close to the situation say that they are confident that TNA will continue on next year but nobody knows who will be on board or at what level. No one knows how the budget will look like and if they will be running as a bare-bones company, a company at the level of ROH, or as a company that has a solid budget like they’ve had in the past.

TNA has been talking with four stations (two of those include Velocity and WGN America). Another one is not a cable station. The belief is that the other network that they’re talking to is CMT. That’s the same network that airs Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.

TNA’s Jason Hervey tweeted the following today:

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