Here is an update on TNA’s TV situation. As noted a few days back, people at Destination America belived that they had a deal with TNA and people in the TNA office believe that an announcement would have been made this past Thursday. It could be that TNA is just waiting to wrap up with Spike TV on Wednesday so they could make their announcement.
Dave Meltzer confirmed today that Spike TV officials were openly talking about getting out of the wrestling business. The decision to get out of the wrestling business was made a long time ago despite what was being reported elsewhere and despite public statements by TNA and Spike TV. Spike was nice enough to keep them on their air past their original contract expiration date and they were nice enough to claim publicly that they were still in negotiations with TNA so TNA would not look bad.
Dixie Carter, John Gaburick, and PWInsider had claimed that they had been negotiating with Spike but that was never the case. Last night the word from TNA was that the “best of” shows would not be airing and that Wednesday would be the final show on Spike. However, a Spike TV source told Dave Meltzer that the 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17 “best of” shows were a go and the 12/24 and 12/31 shows were up in the air and they had not made a final decision on those two shows.
I reached out to Dixie Carter last night to get confirmation on everything but have not heard back as of this writing. I would asssume that we will find out something for sure on Wednesday’s Impact since they will not have any first-run programming to promote past that show. Spike TV will be airing a movie on Wednesday 11/26.