The last first-run Impact show on Spike aired yesterday, nine years and one month after the first episode on the network aired on October 1, 2005.
TNA moved to Spike after WWE moved back to USA Network, freeing up a wrestling time slot on the growing network. TNA had no television deal since June of that year after they were dumped from Fox Sports Net but Spike quickly came to the rescue.
Two years after their Spike debut, Impact expanded to a two hour show, with Spike showing big confidence in the company after a good ratings run.
An ill-fated move to Monday nights in March 2010, head to head with WWE’s Raw, quickly backfired two months after the move from Thursdays and TNA announced that Impact was moving back to its original day and time slot in May.
The show remained on Thursdays until August of this year when it was moved to Wednesday night due to increased competition from other sports shows that night.
To sign off their original episodes run from Spike, TNA crowned two new champions last night with Low Ki winning the X Division title and Taryn Terrell winning the Knockouts title.