TNA was founded in June 2002 by Jeff and Jerry Jarrett. After only a few months, the company nearly went bankrupt when Panda Energy purchased the company and placed Dixie Carter in the role as President.
Originally, TNA Wrestling aired weekly with a 2-hour PPV format on Wednesdays. This format was used from 2002-2004. In 2004, TNA signed a TV deal with Fox Sports to air IMPACT. Later in 2004, TNA switched to a monthly PPV format. The TV deal with Fox Sports lasted for a year after which TNA aired IMPACT on the internet. Months later, they signed their most successful deal with Spike.
After starting on Saturdays in a one-hour slot, IMPACT eventually moved to a 2-hour spot on primetime every Thursday Night. They would try out other days of the week (including what would later be known as the Monday Night Massacre) and eventually settled on Wednesdays in 2014. In 2015, TNA’s relationship with Spike ended.
The much smaller TNA signed with Destination America soon after and aired on the network in 2015. TNA signed with Pop TV in late 2015 and began airing on the network every Tuesday starting in January 2016.
Some of the biggest names in professional wrestling have wrestled in TNA’s signature Six-Sided Ring. These names include: Hulk Hogan, Sting, Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, Team 3D, AJ Styles, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, Samoa Joe, The Hardys, Kurt Angle and so many more. Names such as Sting, Kurt Angle, Team 3D, Jeff Jarrett and Earl Hebner are included in TNA’s Hall of Fame (created in 2012).
IMPACT Wrestling is a mix of storyline and action based entertainment. The company’s focal point is its Heavyweight Division and the World Heavyweight Title and the secondary King of the Mountain Title. They are also home to a Tag Team Division which has been headlined by teams such as America’s Most Wanted, Beer Money, Motor City Machine Guns, Team 3D, The Wolves and more.
TNA’s attraction divisions include the Knockouts, TNA’s women’s division and the X Division, a modern day cruiserweight division with the identity of having no limits.
Along with IMPACT Wrestling on Tuesdays, TNA also airs secondary programming. Xplosion airs in international markets, British Boot Camp features UK talent fighting for a TNA contract and has aired two seasons. TNA also airs their PPV programming.
Since 2013, TNA’s PPV format was reduced. TNA airs two major PPVs in the form of October’s Bound For Glory and June’s anniversary show, Slammiversary. Lockdown (TNA’s all steel cage PPV) moved to TV in 2015. TNA also has smaller themed shows as part of the One Night Only Series.
TNA’s biggest symbol is their six-sided ring (which is pretty unique to them). The ring has stiffer ropes which allow for more springboard moves. It also changes the steel cage into TNA’s patented Six Sides of Steel, a more violent version of the steel cage.
IMPACT Wrestling has a talented mix of established and rising stars. Names currently on the roster include EC3, Lashley, Matt and Jeff Hardy, Drew Galloway, The Wolves, Beer Money, the high-flying stars of the X Division and lovely and lethal Knockouts such as Gail Kim, Awesome Kong, the Beautiful People and the Dollhouse.
Bound For Glory- Known as TNA’s crown-jewel PPV, BFG airs in October and features some of the biggest matches of the year.
Slammiversary- TNA’s anniversary show airs in June and is one of TNA’s two major PPVs. From 2005-2009 and then again in 2015, the show featured the King of the Mountain Match.
Lockdown- Originally a PPV, Lockdown became a TV special starting in 2015. This show is an all Steel Cage event which is headlined by the Lethal Lockdown Match. It airs in February/March.
Destination X- A TV special featuring the Option C gimmick. Destination X features TNA’s X Division.
Bell to Bell- This TV special focuses in-ring action.
Joker’s Wild- A One Night Only PPV. Joker’s Wild randomly pairs up partners in a one-night tournament. Winning teams advance to a Gauntlet Battle Royal where the sole winner will win a check for 100,000 dollars.
World Cup- A One Night Only PPV. The World Cup has four captains select teams made up of the TNA roster. Every win gives the team points. The two teams with the most points compete in an Elimination Tag Team Match where the winning team takes home the World Cup.
Xtravaganza- A One Night Only PPV where the entire show is based on the athletes of the X Division.
Hardcore Justice- A One Night Only PPV where every match is a hardcore match.
Rivals- A One Night Only PPV themed on revisiting rivalries from the past.
Gutcheck- A One Night Only PPV where prospective talent competes against the stars of IMPACT. Those prospects who win their matches advance to an elimination match where the winner earns a TNA contract.
Knockouts Knockdown- A One Night Only PPV themed around the Knockouts. Current and prospective TNA Knockouts fight to win the Queen of the Knockouts Crown.
Option C- Created in 2012 by Austin Aries, Option C allows the X Division Champion to exchange the title for an opportunity at the World Championship. The match happens at the Destination X special while the X Title is vacated. A new X Champion is then crowned.
One Night Only- A PPV series featuring themed PPVs. This series of PPVs air during the months where Slammiversary and BFG doesn’t air and usually are much less expensive than their counterparts.
World Title Series- A massive tournament to determine a new World Champion or challenger. It begins in group play where blocks of four wrestlers compete in round-robin style matches. A win earns 3 points, a draw earns 1 point. The top two scorers from each group advance to a single elimination tournament. The winner of that wins the World Title Series.
Signature Match Types
Ultimate X- The high-wire spectacle sees two sets of cables cross high above the ring. Wrestlers need to climb the scaffolding and then cross the cables to grab a championship or red X in the center of the ring. Ultimate X is known as TNA’s most innovative match.
Lethal Lockdown- TNA’s version of Wargames takes place in the Six Sides of Steel structure. It is a war between two teams. The match starts with two members. Every few minutes an alternating member of each team enters. After all participants are in the match, the ceiling lowers and weapons are available to use. This match is a trademark of the Lockdown show.
King of the Mountain- The reverse ladder match is known for its complexity and strategy. Five men begin the match. They must pin or submit an opponent to qualify to hang the championship. When a man is pinned or submitted, he must go to a penalty box for two minutes. After someone has qualified they must take the championship, climb a ladder and hang it above the ring. The person who does that wins the match.
Hardcore War- Lethal Lockdown without the cage. Two teams compete where two men start. A new wrestler enters every few minutes. In Hardcore War, a wrestler is allowed to bring a weapon with them.
Monster’s Ball- The signature of the “Monster” Abyss. Monster’s Ball is a match where weapons aren’t only allowed but encouraged. Weapons you might see in this match include thumbtacks, barbed wire, glass, tables and Abyss’ trusty barbed wire 2x4, Janice.
Gauntlet Battle Royal- Every man for himself. A wrestler enters every 2 minutes. Eliminations occur when a wrestler is thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the floor. When it gets to the final two participants, the match can only be won by pinfall or submission.