The Change from TNA to Impact Wrestling
I am sure that most of you would know, TNA is a Professional Wrestling Brand. It is the WWE's biggest rival in terms of sales, buys and superstars. Most superstars on this brand come from the WWE. To name a few:
*Mr. Anderson (Previously Known as Mr. Kennedy)
....and many more. For those of us who love the industry, we know that TNA had always had a violent screen. Glass tables and sledgehammers were used on a regular basis. It is entertaining to watch, but what about the trauma that the guy/girl has to go through to get over it, not including the fact that it could give them an injury.
TNA was found by Jeff Jarrett and Jerry Jarrett on the 10th of May, 2002.
On May 3, 2011, at the tapings of the May 12 edition of Impact!, the show was re-branded Impact Wrestling with the slogan "Where Wrestling Matters", with the colour scheme changing from red to blue, white and gray. This led to the URL of TNA Wrestling's website, tna wrestling.com to be named impactwrestling.com.
The company broadcasts its events on television and the Internet fifty two weeks a year with over a million weekly viewers on its primary television program, Impact Wrestling on Spike. TNA also gains revenue from live events, product licensing, and direct product sales. In 2002, Panda Energy International and its head executive, Robert Carter, purchased a controlling share (71%) in TNA from Co-Founder Jerry Jarrett. In 2009, Carter and Panda Energy acquired the rest of TNA (28%) from its Vice-President and Co-Founder, Jeff Jarrett, placing Carter as Owner and Chairman of TNA. Carter's daughter, Dixie is president of the company.
TNA headquarters is located in Nashville, Tennessee; its operating company TNA Entertainment, LLC. operates out of Universal Studios, Florida in Orlando, Florida. The company previously bore the name "NWA Total Nonstop Action" as, at the time of its formation, it was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance(NWA). TNA was granted exclusive rights to both the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Tag Team Championships. TNA abdicated from the NWA in 2004, but was permitted to continue to use the championships until the NWA abrogated their contract agreement with TNA in May 2007, after which TNA created its own championship titles.
In 2004 TNA became the first American wrestling company to make exclusive use of a hexagonal wrestling ring(as opposed to the more conventional square ring). In 2010 the company reverted back to the original square ring which the company used in the Asylum years. The organization also employed the unconventional rule that a championship's can change hands as the result of a disqualification or count out, but has since phased out this rule. TNA's programming is broadcast in more than 120 countries all over the world reaching a global audience.
The concept of TNA originated shortly after the end of World Championship Wrestling(WCW) in 2001. Bob Ryder, Jeff Jarrett, and Jerry Jarrett went on a fishing trip and contemplated their futures in the business of wrestling. The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) remained at that time, the only wrestling product on U.S. national television- WWF had purchased WCW in March 2001, and Extreme Championship Wrestling had filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in April 2001. Ryder felt that this situation led many television stations to regard wrestling as bad for business and suggested a company that does not need television, but rather just goes straight to PPV. Of the three, only Jeff Jarrett took the discussion seriously (the other two thought of it as "just fishing talk"). The Jarrett's found the help they needed, and the company put on its first show on June 19, 2002. This night, however, in a dark match just before they went on the air, a 450 lb. wrestler named Cheex hit the ropes with so much force that one of them broke. The estimated repair time was 30-60 minutes, which they did not have because the schedule called for them to go live in a few minutes, whether the ring was ready or not. Backstage, the producers shuffled the schedule so that some non-wrestling segments went first to give the ring crew some more time, but they did not have many of them. The ring crew fixed the rope with the help of Ron and Don Harris, and everyone went live hoping for the best.
In November 2006, TNA started holding select pay-per-views outside of its central filming location, the TNA Impact Wrestling in Orlando. In April 2006, TNA announced a partnership with YouTube where TNA supplied YouTube with exclusive video content in exchange for hosting, leading to the production of internet shows. In January 2007, TNA's mobile content deal with New Motion, Inc. led to the introduction of TNA Mobile and mobile fan voting. TNA has also launched the TNA U program to help promote the brand and has started airing podcasts through YouTube which they call TNA U TV.
On June 21, TNA launched an online video vault subscription service, where subscribers could watch past pay-per-views by choosing either one of three payment options.
On October 23, 2008, TNA made the transition to HD and since then all Impacts! and pay-per-views are broadcast in High Definition. In addition, TNA introduced a new HD set that included new lighting and several very large -high-resolution screens. This set is currently used for all Impacts! and pay-per-views, even though it has been altered several times.
On November 7, 2011, TNA announced that it had reached a deal with Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) to become TNA's official training and development territory. In December 2011, TNA debuted their new India based subsidiary promotion Ring Ka Ring. Initially, TNA's weekly PPV show operated as the company's main source of revenue, in place of monthly PPV events used by other promotions. These shows started on June 19, 2002 and were held mostly at the Asylum in Nashville, Tennessee. After 27 months and 111 PPVs, TNA felt that they had enough of a fan base to begin holding a weekly television show and monthly three-hour PPV's. The last weekly PPV was held on September 8, 2004.
TNA Xplosion was launched on November 27 2002 as TNA's first regular cable show and featured exclusive matches from the TNA Asylum as well as exclusive interviews with TNA Superstars. On November 18 2004 the show became a recap show of the previous week's Impact! In light of alterations in the taping schedule. However, Xplosion resumed aiming exclusive matches (billed as "Xplosion Xclusives") once more on October 7 2005 in addition to recapping Impact! The "Xplosion Xclusives" also aired on the now-ceased TNA Global Impact! internet show internet show. Airing of Xplosion in the United States ceased at the end of 2006 although some of the exclusive matches can be seen on TNA Today.
TNA began airing TNA Impact! (officially typeset "TNA iMPACT!") on June 4, 2004 on Fox Sports Net. After TNA's contract with Fox Sports Net was not renewed the following year, TNA was forced to broadcast Impact! from their official website, while seeking a new television outlet.TNA later secured a deal with Spike TV and aired its first episode on October 1, 2005. Impact! expanded to a two-hour format on October 4, 2007. On February 15, 2010, TNA made a new deal with Spike TV which moved Impact! to Monday nights. The first episode took place March 8, 2010.
In December 2009, Dixie Carter announced in an interview that TNA Epics, which had recently aired its first season exclusively in the United Kingdom, would be debuting in the United States in January 2010. The second season began on Thursday, January 14, 2010. TNA Epics showcased matches and events from the history of TNA Wrestling, much like WWE Vintage Collection. The show was hosted by Mick Foley, and aired on one Thursday each month on Spike, until April 2010, On April 12, 2010, TNA wrestling aired a pilot episode of their new show TNA Reaction, which is a documentary-style show that presents an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the stars of TNA speaking about taking on their rivals.
On May 3, 2010, TNA announced that TNA Impact! would be moved back to Thursday nights re-branded as "TNA Thursdays". At the same time the company also announced that Spike had picked up Reaction, which would start airing weekly prior to each episode of Impact!, starting June 24. The premiere date for Reaction was later changed to July 15, when it would start airing after Impact! instead of before it.
Apart from their weekly shows in Universal Studios, TNA started running house shows on March 17, 2006. In August 2007, live-events coordinator Craig Jenkins stated that TNA intended to stage eight pay-per-views and 96 house shows outside Orlando, Florida in 2008. In 2008 TNA conducted its first tour of the UK, with most shows selling out. 2009 saw the promotion first touring Germany. On July 2, 2010, MCU Park hosted a live Total Nonstop Action Wrestling house show, which also has broken TNA attendance record and is currently the most attended live TNA house show in the USA with an almost capacity crowd of 5,550 TNA fans.
TNA originally used a traditional four-sided square ring. In 2004, in an effort to make themselves different from other United States professional wrestling promotions, TNA switched to a hexagonal ring. In 2010, they returned to using a four-sided ring. The six sided ring returned for one night on July 10, 2011, at Destination X. Also, although TNA runs some house shows and a few PPV events in arenas, TNA holds most of its events at a set location (Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida) as opposed to an arena, presenting more of a rustic regional feel to the events.
Since its origin, TNA has featured a high-flying, high risk style of wrestling called its X Division. Rather than emphasizing the fact that most wrestlers who perform this style are under 220 lb. (100 kg) by calling it a cruiserweight division, TNA decided to emphasize the high risk nature of the moves that these wrestlers perform, removing all restraints on its wrestlers, allowing them to perform almost stunt like wrestling moves. Originally, there was no upper weight limit on the X Division or its title, though in practice, most of the wrestlers in this division have been cruiserweights, with Samoa Joe, billed at 280 lb. (130 kg), Kurt Angle, billed at 230 lb. (100 kg), and Abyss, billed at 350 lb. (160 kg), being notable exceptions. To further emphasize this point, the slogan "It's not about weight limits, it's about no limits" was used to describe the division. Although it was de-emphasized throughout 2007, the X Division is generally regarded as one of the key attractions of TNA and was replicated in several other promotions. In August 2011, the division was given a 225 lb. (102 kg) weight limit.
On April 26, 2010, Eric Bishoff appeared on Impact! to unveil the TNA Championship ranking system. According to Bischoff, the system combines several factors to determine the #1 contender for the TNA Heavyweight Championship. These factors include the overall performance and achievements throughout a wrestler's career, the TNA win/loss record of the wrestler, and online voting by the fans, which takes place on the promotion's website. It was also announced that a "TNA Championship Committee" had been set up to make the final decision based on these factors. The committee consisted of TNA President Dixie Carter, Hulk Hogan, and Bischoff himself.
The ten wrestlers chosen to appear on the first ballot were Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, D'Angelo Dinero, Sting, Jeff Jarrett, Abyss, Rob Terry, Desmond Wolfe, and A.J Styles. The first round of voting ended on May 3 and was won by Desmond Wolfe, who received his title shot that night on Impact! Against Rob Van Dam. The second round started that same night. New names included in the new poll were Matt Morgan, Brother Ray, Brother Devon, Rhino and Hernandez. The first Top 10 ranking was revealed on May 20, with Sting claiming the number one spot. On the second Top 10 ranking Abyss, Jeff Hardy, and Mr. Anderson were tied for the top three spots. A month later Abyss claimed the top spot. The ranking system was abandoned shortly thereafter.
As of 2011, Bruce Prichard operates as the head booker of TNA, with the collaboration of Dave Lagana and Matt Conway. When TNA first launched, it billed the on-air authority figure as a representative appointed by the National Wrestling Alliance. It did this for storyline purposes only, however, and the actual "representatives" already worked in some capacity for TNA. From February 19, 2003, TNA had no active authority figure until July 23, 2003 when Erik Watts made his return to TNA as the Director of Authority. Watts started feuding with Don Callis (TNA Management Consultant), ending with Watts forced to quit. On February 18, 2004, TNA named Vince Russo the new Director of Authority, a position to be held until November 7, 2004 when Dusty Rhodes defeated and replaced him. The NWA Championship Committee, established in 2004, comprised of a group of wrestling veterans who acted as arbitrators, determining a winner in the event of a time-limit draw. The committee consisted of Harley Race, Larry Zbyszko and Terry Funk, with Funk later replaced by Roddy Piper without ever having appeared on TNA television. After Race and Piper left TNA, the committee essentially ceased to exist as a physical on-screen body, although Zbyszko continued to be referred to as a member of the committee while simultaneously acting as an on-screen authority figure, booking matches and giving title shots. As of October 2011, Sting is the current on-air authority figure.
TNA wrestlers are forbidden by contract from working for WWE, but are free to perform non-televised work for any other independent wrestling promotion, domestic or international. Many TNA wrestlers perform regularly for various promotions on the independent circuit in addition to TNA's weekly shows. The top TNA stars have guaranteed contracts but the majority of TNA wrestlers are paid on a per appearance basis. Like any other wrestling company, TNA wrestlers are classified as independent contractors and are not entitled to form workers' unions or employer health coverage.
TNA has also expanded into other areas with the development of a video game with Midway Games, titled TNA Impact!, released in 2008. In May 2011, Namco Bandai released a TNA game for mobile phones, iPhones and the iPad.
The current theme for Impact Wrestling is "Sinister Rise Above" by Dale Oliver.
My Opinion: TNA was always one of my favourite professional wrestling brands to watch. When they changed the name from "TNA" to "Impact Wrestling", and changed the catchphrase to "Wrestling Matters", it got me and some of my mates angry. It took that unique Black & Red Logo to a Blue & White one that does not look as catchy as it did. I also think this change changed the era in which TNA operates. Like the WWE, I think TNA has gone soft. I think its name should change back, and it should be as violent as it used to be, not that I like that concept, though we can all admit, regardless of whether we like it or not, it is a lot more unique and entertaining than it is currently.
All my information was from my own knowledge, Impact Wrestling and TNA Wikipedia's & The Impact Wrestling site.
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