TNA Monday Night iMPACT! is no more. After less than 2 months going head-to-head with WWE RAW, it was announced on iMPACT! last night that iMPACT! is moving back to Thursdays on May 13th. Spike TV has also picked up the “TNA ReAaction” show, which will air right before iMPACT! starting June 24th as part of “TNA Wrestling Night” on Spike:
Here’s the official statement from TNA:
THURSDAYS TO BE BRANDED “TNA WRESTLING NIGHT” ON SPIKE TV
TNA Returns To Thursdays May 13 at 9:00pm
“ReAction” Joins “TNA Wrestling Night” On Thursday, June 24 At 8:00pm
New York, NY – Spike TV will launch the re-branded “TNA Thursdays,” featuring the “TNA iMPACT!” on Thursday, May 13 (9:00-11:00pm ET/PT).
“The fans have spoken and with their input we have determined the best timeslot to maximize the TNA audience is on Thursday nights where we are confident it will be among the most-watched shows with young men,” said Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, sports and specials.
Regarding the move to the Thursday time slot, TNA President Dixie Carter added: “Our fans made it clear that they preferred the Thursday night time period. By moving to Thursdays,” this is a win/win opportunity for both TNA and the fans. We are looking forward to delivering what the fans are asking for!”
On Thursday, June 24, Spike TV will expand “TNA Thursdays” to three hours with the addition of “ReACTION.”
“ReACTION” is a one-hour docu-series that will focus on the stories and characters of TNA Wrestling and preview the upcoming action-packed episode of “TNA iMPACT!” in a new format. The new show will kick off “TNA Thursdays” at 8:00 pm ET/PT (beginning June 24), and serve as the lead-in to “iMPACT!”.
TNA officials told the talents today that iMPACT is moving back to Thursday nights. The crew was told that TNA made the decision to move back to Thursdays, not Spike TV officials. While TNA officials handled most of the meeting, there was a Spike TV official there to confirm the information.
TNA as well as Eric Bischoff & Jason Hervey’s production team conducted most of the recent market research and were told that fans overwhelmingly wanted Thursday to be established as TNA’s night.
With the weekly addition of TNA Reaction at 8pm EST, Spike TV will be branding Thursday nights as “TNA Thursdays.”