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Old 03-02-2017, 09:43 AM
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IMPACT Wrestling Announces New U.K. TV Deal with Spike UK

TORONTO | LONDON – Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. announced today a new broadcast deal for IMPACT Wrestling to be televised exclusively on Spike UK, making its flagship weekly show available throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

From Spring 2017, IMPACT Wrestling, TNA pay-per-views, including One Night Only specials will be available on Spike UK, and TNA Xplosion exclusive to My5, which is part of the Channel 5 stable available on Sky TV (160), Freeview (31), Freesat (141), Virgin Media (154) and other DTT platforms.

New episodes of IMPACT Wrestling will premiere on Friday nights, quenching the appetite of U.K. fans to view IMPACT Wrestling within hours of the US premiere broadcast.

“Since our acquisition of IMPACT Wrestling, growing the brand in the UK has been one of our most important initiatives,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Spike UK to fill this important spot in their programme schedule and look forward to rebuilding our presence in the UK market. As one of the hottest wrestling scenes in the world right now, we look forward to taking an active role in the market, both on television and with live events.”

Anna-Belen Dunlop and Kris Graham, Acquisitions and Channel Managers of Spike UK, added: “We are excited that Spike will be the new exclusive home of IMPACT Wrestling in the UK With Anthem’s new leadership and founder Jeff Jarrett back, this is a watershed moment for the franchise, which is a perfect fit for our Spike audience.”
Cheers to the Impact Wrestling fans of UK. Anthem as well as Jeff Jarrett are taking some decisions which look pretty good to me at this moment. Bringing back people who made TNA successful in the past is a good decision as well.

I hope that Sony Six starts airing live here. Till then, happy for UK.
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A nice progressive move, I don't know how Jeff Jarrett does it but already he's shown that he has a better business brain than Dixie Carter & whoever else was involved in TNA's commercial decision making/brokering.
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This really has me wondering if this can't possibly grease the wheels for an eventual return to Spike in the US. I believe they're entering their final year with POP, but I admittedly know too little about how television actually operates in this regard to say for sure one way or the other.
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Spike here in the States is about to be rebranded as the Paramount Network sometime later this year. I have no idea what that is going to entail, but there were a lot of reports that Spike wanted to distance itself from wrestling around the time they dropped TNA.
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That was true at the time, absolutely, but I wonder if things have changed, and does that apply to Spike UK?
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