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IMPACT Moves To Wednesdays, Tajiri Talks Doing TNA, Jeff Hardy Says WWE Wouldn’t Allow Willow

TNA Impact Changing Timeslots

In a sign that things have turned around in the TNA and Spike TV negotiations, Impact is officially moving to Wednesday nights. Considering WWE may be moving SmackDown to Thursdays, this was a smart move.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 14, 2014) – TNA today announced its flagship program, IMPACT WRESTLING, will make a permanent move to Wednesday nights at 9/8c on SPIKE TV beginning next Wednesday, Aug. 20.

“Moving IMPACT WRESTLING to Wednesday nights gives existing fans and new viewers an opportunity to enjoy both wrestling and live sports even more throughout the week,” said TNA President Dixie Carter.

IMPACT WRESTLING has enjoyed sustained ratings growth this summer, drawing over 1.5 million viewers each week this quarter, and is among the most watched cable series in key male demos in its timeslot.

One of the reasons Spike was considering dropping Impact is that although they draw a solid rating, other types of programming with lower ratings draw higher advertising rates. So in other words they could get a cheaper and less popular show but make more money.

Tajiri Discusses TNA Appearance

Former WWE star Tajiri who worked the second set of TNA NYC tapings as part of the crossover with Wrestle-1 from Japan, discussed his experiences with their official website:

Al Snow, Tommy Dreamer, Dudleys, Hardy Boys, Mr. Kennedy. TNA has lots of dominant former WWE stars. Very surprising to see them in TNA. I really didn’t know much about the organization. I’ve been offered to come to TNA in the past but would turn it down because of my promised association with the WWE. The organization is great. The backstage atmosphere is not the same as WWE. The scale of the venues is also different, the staff is tightly condensed but the level of wrestling has not changed from the WWE.

Jeff Hardy Discusses Willow Character

Jeff Hardy recently told Live Audio Wrestling that WWE would have never allowed him to use the Willow gimmick:

WWE would probably never do that because you know my face is my money maker. That’s what’s cool about it with me and being in TNA, a smaller planet in professional wrestling but they’re willing to take chances. As far as I’m concerned – I’m thankful they gave me that chance. Because – for me – I’m 36 years old now. Just to do that – to have these memories on video that will last forever. I can always say I brought Willow back and it wasn’t half bad.

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