Brian J. Diamond, Spike TV Senior Vice President spoke to the Miami Herald about TNA. Some of the the highlights included having Hulk Hogan in TNA, the decision to give live on January 4th opposite WWE RAW, and whether IMPACT will move to Monday night’s permanently.
Regarding Hulk Hogan: ”Hulk Hogan is a name that transcends wrestling into the pop culture. So adding him to the mix was the icing on the cake. Hulk is an amazing guy. He is revered by wrestling fans and people around the world, and it was an incredible acquisition. We are so proud and excited to have him as part of the team.”
Regarding the live January 4th show: “It was tremendous. Obviously we were going head-to-head with WWE. It was not in our anticipation that we were going to beat them in the ratings, but the fact that we did what we did on that night and basically planted the flag and said, `We’re going to go with this.’ It was a big deal.”
Will TNA IMPACT move to Monday permanently: “It’s something we’re looking at right now. Obviously, the success of Jan. 4 lends itself to that, and after that success, it’s making us take pause and consider that. As to when and how and where, that remains to be seen, but that result on Jan. 4 made us look at it and say, `Maybe we’re onto something.”’