Spike TV will not renew its long-running carriage deal with TNA Wrestling, sources close to the companies said, confirming a TMZ report.
TNA, which has aired its Impact Wrestling series exclusively on Spike for the past nine years, is actively talking to other as yet defined distributors about carrying the series, according to sources. Impact Wrestling, a competitor to the various WWE wrestling shows on several networks, has pinned down strong ratings for Spike, averaging more than 1.2 million viewers in the past month alone. TNA officials did not comment on the situation.
Spike, which has carried TNA’s weekly series Impact Wrestling series since 2005, will go in a different direction on Thursday nights. Spike officials would not comment on the matter.