TNA celebrates 10 years of Impact on television


Yesterday it was the 10 year anniversary since the creation of the  TNA Impact television show which premiered on Fox Sports Net on June 4, 2004.

“Today marks 10 YEARS since Impact premiered 6/4/04 on Fox Sports Net. We’ve come so far & I’m excited where we are going,” wrote TNA President Dixie Carter. “Thanks to every person who ever supported TNA Impact Wrestling in any way. We’re grateful to the greatest fans. Stay tuned, big things ahead.”

Impact didn’t last long on Fox Sports Net with the last episode airing on the channel on May 27, 2005. Between June and October, TNA had no television home and resorted to air Impact online before the company signed a deal with Spike.

Impact started airing on Spike on October 1, 2005, with a one hour show before expanding to two hours two years later. A year later in 2008 TNA started broadcasting its flagship show in high definition.

In 2010, TNA started the year by moving Impact from Thursday to Monday to go head-to-head with Monday Night RAW. Hulk Hogan made his TNA debut on Monday, January 4, 2010, giving TNA its highest rating ever with over 3 million people watching the first hour and over two million people sticking for the second hour.

Impact moved permanently to Monday nights on March 8 of that year but the move lasted only two months before returning to its usual Thursdays time slot due to stiff competition from RAW.

In May 2011, the show was rebranded to Impact Wrestling and its colors were shifted to blue, white, and grey, from red and black.