Having just celebrated 10 years as a company, TNA is potentially facing the biggest set-back in their existence.
The United State’s number one satellite television provider, DirecTV, is planning to pull all Viacom channels from their network as of midnight today.
Viacom provides 26 channels to DirecTV including MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and Spike TV, which currently airs Impact Wrestling.
DirecTV serves television programming to over 30 million households in the United States and is the means by which the majority of Impact’s US viewers tune in.
If the plan is gone through with, TNA’s already declining audience—despite the increasing quality of the product—will be unable to tune into Impact Wrestling.
TNA has been on a roll since moving into their live timeslot, and both Slammiversary last month and Destination X this past week were excellent pay-per-views.
The company doesn’t deserve to face this major issue at the peak of their existence.
Not only is a large portion of the current viewerbase lost if this plan goes through, but so is the potential for Impact to draw new viewers and higher ratings.
If TNA is forced to find another carrier for Impact Wrestling, the company will be majorly set back, to put it mildly.
TNA’s roster have all taken to Twitter rallying their American fans into action with the line “No Spike TV means no Impact.”
As of this Thursday Spike TV had made arrangements for TNA to get a three hour timeslot instead of the usual two, with the new pre-show program “Rewind”.
For the moment, whether or not Impact will be shown on Spike through DirecTV this Thursday is entirely up in the air.
TNA urges DirecTV customers to get in contact with the provider and to voice their disapproval if they want to see Impact Wrestling this Thursday.