Preview Tuesday’s IMPACT Wrestling on Challenge!

TONIGHT on IMPACT WRESTLING at 10pm on Challenge TV, it’s the aftermath from last weeks Sacrifice Pay-Per-View event as the road to the June Slammiversary epic event begins! Can’t watch IMPACT WRESTLING on Tuesday? Make sure to set your V+/SKY+ to record it!

At Sacrifice, Sting retained the World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam – and now Sting must defend the gold against Mr. Anderson at June’s Slammiversary! What does Mr. Anderson have in store for Sting this Thursday? Sunday’s Sacrifice ended with Anderson claiming he has something in store for Sting on this weeks broadcast.

Has Kurt Angle finally ended the war against The Jarretts after he and Chyna beat them on Sunday night at Sacrifice? Tune in Thursday night for the latest!

Plus, Mick Foley is the new Network Consultant, and he’s promised more changes coming to IMPACT WRESTLING this Thursday night! What does Foley have in mind after last week’s big announcement? And how will Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan react? Tune in and find out!

All this and much more on Thursday’s IMPACT WRESTLING – plus news on Slammiversary as TNA celebrates 9 years of action!

SPIKE TV AND TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION (TNA) WRESTLING RELAUNCH FLAGSHIP PROGRAM AS ‘IMPACT WRESTLING’

Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling and Spike TV announced today that TNA’s flagship program would be rebranded as IMPACT WRESTLING, beginning Thursday, May 19 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on SPIKE.

With the debut of “TNA iMPACT!” in 2005, TNA and SPIKE have partnered to bring U.S. television audiences the most exciting professional wrestling in the world today. TNA iMPACT! has been averaging 1.8 million viewers this year and ranks among the top programs on cable with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 in its timeslot. In 2011, TNA is up 11% in HH rating vs.Q1 2010 and 9% in viewership of persons 2+.

“While the name change is subtle, it is also very powerful. TNA is proud to be in the wrestling business, and not afraid to say it. And, to emphasize our commitment we have added the word ‘wrestling’ to our already well-known ‘iMPACT!’ brand,” said  TNA chief marketing officer Al Ovadia.

In addition to rebranding IMPACT WRESTLING, TNA is launching the tagline, “WRESTLING MATTERS,” a statement that reflects every aspect of TNA Wrestling, from program content to marketing to live events.

“We wanted a branding initiative that was scalable and could extend across all platforms,” added Ovadia. “We asked our fans what it was about professional wrestling that they found most compelling. We learned it was no single aspect, their passion for wrestling was all-consuming. Whether it’s the in-ring action, backstage brawls, the feuds or classic dramatic conflict of good vs. evil, it’s the entire experience that makes ‘wrestling matter.’”

“TNA is a proven ratings winner on Thursday nights for Spike, delivering a consistently large audience of hard-to-reach young men,” said Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, sports and specials, Spike TV. “We feel the new IMPACT WRESTLING branding message will resonate with our audience who crave the action-packed wrestling that only TNA can provide.”

Effective immediately fans can visit http://www.IMPACTWRESTLING.com for exclusive news and content on the stars of IMPACT WRESTLING. Fans can also access over 300 hours of TNA programming at http://www.TNAOnDemand.com.

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About Ray Mullan
Ray Mullan is a longtime wrestling fan and Owner/Editor of TNA UK . Also a contributing writer to a number of other online wrestling media including 1Wrestling.com, Wrestle Zone UK & Lords of Pain.

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