It was revealed yesterday that TNA lost their television deal with Challenge, the channel that has been broadcasting TNA, since January 2011. Challenge issued a statement saying that as of January 2017, they would not be broadcasting TNA anymore, and they wished them the best of luck for their future.
This is a huge blow to TNA, for whom the UK deal and the India deal are big money markets, apparently more than they even make on their domestic network.
TNA issued a statement citing a bizarre reason for losing their vital TV deal in the UK – Spoilers. Here is a snippet from their statement:
“In today's world, spoilers are inevitable. We've heard from the amazing fans in the UK and know you do not want to wait 3-5 days to watch the program after it airs in the US.”
They then proceeded to tell fans in the UK to await an announcement:
“Our goal is to broadcast Impact Wrestling in the UK as close to the US premiere as possible. We look forward to announcing that opportunity soon, so stay tuned.”
TNA just lost their second most important television deal (the first being the one with India’s Sony Six), which could mean more and more trouble for them, as they have also possibly lost an opportunity to do tapings and live events there. They were even supposed to have tapings in India last year, but it was cancelled. This was back in November 2015.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported at the time, that the talents were told the tour was cancelled, due to “logistical issues” and “safety concerns”, and that it would take place sometime in 2016, but as we’ve seen, that did not happen.
Here is a clip from Solomonster Sounds Off regarding the logistical issues of TNA from last year:
After the last minute “postponement” of their India tour, TNA talent had to scramble around to work and find weekend bookings. TNA told the talent that they would be paid regardless.