Impact!

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Impact!
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Premiere June 4, 2004 (as TNA Impact)
Airs Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Creator Jeff Jarrett
Network Fox Sports Net (2004-2005)
Spike (2005-2014)
Destination America (2015)
POP (2016–2019)
Pursuit Channel (2019– )
Style 120-minute professional wrestling program
Company Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC
Seasons 15
Episodes 756 (as of January 10, 2019)
Status Currently airing season 16
Origin USA

Impact! is the flagship television program of Impact Wrestling (formerly Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling, or TNA, until March 2017, then briefly Global Force Wrestling between June and September 2017), jointly headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Toronto, Ontario, which previously held the majority of its events at Universal Studios Florida theme park in Orlando, Florida. Impact tends to have a different booking style than World Wrestling Entertainment, as it tries to promote in-ring action over soap opera story lines whenever possible.

Although Impact (then TNA) ceased being officially affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance (a group of allied promotions in existence since 1948) in 2004, it continued to use the NWA World Heavyweight and World Tag Team Championships as their main titles through a licensing agreement with the NWA until the NWA withdrew recognition of the promotion's titleholders as NWA World Champions on May 13, 2007, from which point it began recognizing its own champions. The Impact X-Division Title, until 2007 the lone "in-house" title, is usually (but not exclusively) reserved for cruiserweight wrestlers. Following its merger with the original Global Force Wrestling (which had also been founded by TNA/Impact founder Jeff Jarrett), GFW championships began to be defended on Impact Wrestling, with its three top championships (GFW Global, GFW Tag Team and GFW Women's) eventually unified with their Impact championship counterparts while two other Impact championships (Impact Grand and Impact X-Division) were rebranded as GFW titles. The championships were rebranded back to Impact championships in September 2017 when Jarrett (who still owns the GFW name and trademarks) announced he was taking a leave of absence, and Impact announced on October 23, 2017 that it had terminated its association with Jarrett, thereby also ending the promotion's attempted rebranding to GFW.

Current Champions

Ring name Real name Notes
Johnny Impact John Hennigan Impact World Heavyweight Champion
The Latin American Xchange (Ortiz & Santana) Miguel Molina & Mark Sanchez Impact World Tag Team Champions
Rich Swann Rich Swann Impact X-Division Champion
Taya Valkyrie Kira Forster Impact Knockouts Champion

Alumni of Note

  • Chris Candido - Former NWA World Champion and former WWE and ECW Tag Team Champion; died on April 28, 2005 from a blood clot in his leg
  • Chris Harris - Former NWA World Tag Team Champion; left TNA Wrestling on January 11th, 2008 and now wrestles on the independent circuit
  • Curt Hennig - Former AWA World Champion and WWE Intercontinental Champion; passed away on February 10, 2003
  • New Jack (Jerome Young) - Controversial wrestling personality; Former ECW Tag Team Champion
  • Hacksaw Duggan (Jim Duggan) - Formerly appeared with Global Force Wrestling; also signed to a WWE Legends contract
  • The Sandman (Jim Fullington) - Hardcore wrestling legend; former ECW World Champion, released from WWE in 2007, now wrestles on the indy circuit
  • Ken Shamrock - UFC Legend; Former NWA World Champion and WWE Intercontinental Champion; retired from wrestling in 2004
  • Lex Luger (Larry Pfohl) - Former WCW World Champion; appeared in TNA from time to time, usually as Sting's friend
  • Larry Zbyszko (Larry Whistler) - Former AWA World Champion; currently signed to a WWE Legends contract
  • Monty Brown - Former NFL star; released from WWE in 2007 and subsequently retired
  • Paul London - Appeared on WWE Monday Night Raw; now competes on the indy circuit
  • CM Punk (Phil Brooks) - Indy wrestling star; Former Ring of Honor (ROH) World and Tag Team Champion and former World Heavyweight Champion (WWE); recently appeared on WWE Monday Night Raw, but retired in 2014 and is now involved in mixed martial arts
  • Randy Savage (Randy Poffo) - Wrestling legend and Slim Jim spokesman; multiple time WWE and WCW World Champion; died of a heart attack on May 20, 2011
  • "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (Roderick Toombs) - Wrestling legend; appeared in several feature films including "They Live" and "Hell Comes to Frogtown"; worked for WWE sporadically; recently appeared as a regular on Portland, Oregon station KPDX program Portland Wrestling Uncut; died of cardiac arrest on July 31, 2015
  • Steve Corino - Former ECW, NWA, and AWA World Champion and color commentator on Ring of Honor Wrestling; currently a WWE trainer
  • Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) - Wrestling legend; Multiple-time AWA, WCW, and WWE World Champion; star of the VH1 reality series Hogan Knows Best
  • Sabu (Terry Brunk) - Hardcore wrestling legend and nephew of hardcore wrestling pioneer The Sheik; former NWA and ECW World Champion; released from WWE and now wrestles on the indy circuit
  • Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Runnels) - Wrestling legend, multiple time NWA World Champion; former TNA creative head; died of stomach cancer and renal failure on June 11, 2015
  • The Naturals (Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens) - Former NWA World Tag Team Champions; Douglas retired in 2010 while Stevens now wrestles on the indy circuit
  • Scott D'Amore - Former TNA talent scouter and manager; currently the owner of Canadian indy promotion Border City Wrestling, which has used TNA/Impact stars for its shows through the years
  • Jerry Lynn - Former TNA X-Division Champion, now retired
  • A.J. Styles (Allen Jones) - Former three-time NWA World Champion, four-time NWA World Tag Team Champion, two-time TNA World Champion, two-time TNA World Tag Team Champion, six-time TNA X-Division Champion and two-time TNA Television champion, making him the most decorated star in TNA/Impact history; currently wrestles in WWE
  • Christopher Daniels (Daniel Covell) - Former six-time NWA World Tag Team Champion, two-time TNA World Tag Team Champion and four-time TNA X-Division Champion; currently wrestles in Ring of Honor

Fun Facts

  • Impact began its life as a "pay-per-view" promotion under the name NWA Total Nonstop Action - a live, two hour program was shown on PPV - in lieu of the traditional "television/monthly PPV" structure. TNA adopted the traditional programming structure in November 2004, over two years after the promotion debuted.
  • According to the book "The Development of NWA-TNA" by Jerry Jarrett, "TNA" originally stood for "Tuesday Night Attitude," which was the night the weekly pay-per-views were supposed to air. The PPVs were instead shown on Wednesdays nights.
  • Impact Wrestling's appearance on Pop is the fourth network for the show since its debut in June 2004. It was previously on Fox Sports Net from June 2004 to June 2005. It made its Spike TV debut in October 2005 and aired there until December 2014. After that, it aired on Destination America from January to December 2015.
  • In the summer of 2004, footage of Jeff Jarrett attacking wrestling legend Hulk Hogan was filmed in Japan. This angle was meant to set up "Bound For Glory," a three-hour PPV that was to air with the weekly shows. The show was postponed after negotiations with Hogan (and later, his arch-rival Randy Savage) fell through. The Hogan footage, which is now referred to "The night Jarrett took TNA to Hogan," was shown on TNA broadcasts for months afterward.