Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Invades Japan

January 15th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING INVADES JAPAN FOR GROUNDBREAKING ‘GLOBAL IMPACT’ SPECIAL ON SPIKE TV

TNA Goes Worldwide As Part Of A 3-Hour Event
This Thursday, January 17 On Spike TV Starting At 9 PM ET/PT

New York, NY, January 15, 2008  – Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling will defend its reputation as the best pro-wrestling action in the world when it travels halfway around the globe to invade the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan as TNA presents “Global iMPACT!,” a one-hour television event this Thursday, January 17 at 11:00 PM, ET/PT, following “TNA iMPACT!” (9:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT) only on Spike TV.

“Global iMPACT!” promises professional wrestling fans unprecedented access to the in-ring action from Japan as well as a backstage pass to all the behind-the-scenes events as two distinct cultures collide in a one hour television event unlike any other in the history of professional wrestling. Fans will get a first-person perspective as cameras will follow the superstars of TNA before and after their matches, through press tours, airports and hotels and showcase life on the road.

“TNA is excited to bring our American audience a pro wrestling experience unlike anything previously seen on television,” TNA President Dixie Carter said. ‘Global iMPACT’ is a chance for wrestling fans to witness the partnership between TNA and IWGP Japan and celebrate the best professional wrestling action in the entire world.”

Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, the reigning TNA and IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, will defend his worldwide reputation as “the greatest athlete in pro wrestling” against challenger Yuji Nagata, who holds the third-longest world title reign in IWGP history. Nagata will attempt to once again become IWGP Champion in front of his home crowd in Tokyo.

Angle will be joined by TNA superstars “The Instant Classic” Christian Cage, “The Phenomenal” A.J. Styles, Abyss, Team 3D, Tomko, Petey Williams and the Steiner Brothers, as they take on the best professional wrestlers Japan can offer.

For more information on “Global iMPACT” and TNA Wrestling, visit www.tnawrestling.com

TNA Wrestling delivers a distinct brand of high-risk, athletic entertainment. TNA’s roster includes the biggest names in wrestling today, such as Kurt Angle, Booker T, Kevin Nash and Christian Cage, as well as the hottest new stars in the business: A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe and the Motor City Machineguns.  TNA features the innovative six-sided ring and the high flying “X-Division,” as well as concept matches such as “Ultimate X,” “King of the Mountain,” “Six Sides of Steel,” “Lethal Lockdown” and “Elevation X,” considered the most dangerous match in professional wrestling.  TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville, TN.  For more information, visit www.tnawrestling.com.

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. 

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CONTACT:

Salil Gulati        Spike TV        212-767-8705        salil.gulati@spiketv.com
Steven Godfrey    TNA Wrestling    615-244-5557        sgodfrey@tnawrestling.com

The Pros Are Back on Spike TV!

January 9th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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THE PROS ARE BACK ON SPIKE TV!

NFL Superstar Ricky Williams Headlines An All Star Cast In Season Three
Of Spike TV’s Hit Series “Pros vs. Joes”

Allan Houston, Charles Oakley, Warren Moon, Joe Carter, Kurt Angle, Derrick Coleman And Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker Among Athletes Featured

Episodes Taped At Legendary Sports Venues Including The Rose Bowl,
The Orange Bowl, The Superdome and RFK Stadium

Los Angeles, CA – January 9, 2008 – Many of sports’ biggest names from the last two decades are getting their chance to payback all the loud-mouth fans and cocky couch potatoes who tormented them during their careers in season three of Spike TV’s hit series, “Pros vs. Joes.” The new season premieres on Spike TV with a special episode on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 11:00pm ET/PT featuring TNA superstar Kurt Angle. 

After the special episode, the series will resume its regular timeslot on Thursdays at 11:00pm ET/PT beginning January 24. In each of the 10 episodes this season, regular guys compete in a variety of different sports against an incredible array of sports legends.  Unlike in previous seasons, Spike TV shot the series at four iconic stadiums: The Rose Bowl, The Superdome, The Orange Bowl and RFK Stadium. The sixty-four contestants, or “Joes,” this season are grouped into four regional brackets, with the regional winners meeting at the Rose Bowl for the finale.  The final four contestants of this season’s “Last Joe Standing” will compete for a six-figure cash prize.

For the first time, this season of “Pros vs. Joes” will feature a superstar athlete in the prime of his football career, former Heisman trophy winner, NFL All-Pro and current Miami Dolphin, Ricky Williams on Thursday, January 31 at 11:00pm ET/PT.  Williams taped the episode in October, before re-joining the Dolphins in November.

The impressive roster for Season 3 includes a list of sports heroes ranging from Heisman trophy winners to World Series heroes to hockey and boxing hall-of-famers to an Olympic gold medalist. They include: Brady Anderson, Jamal Anderson, Kenny Anderson, Kurt Angle, Jessie Armstead, Joe Carter, Derrick Coleman, Paul Coffey, Sean Elliott, Nick Van Exel, John Franco, Arturo Gatti, Jeff George, Allan Houston, Rocket Ismail, Al Leiter, Charles Oakley, Christian Okoye, Dan Majerle, Marty McSorley, Warren Moon, John Randle, Mitch Richmond, Bob Sapp, Jimmy Smith, Pernell Whitaker, Ricky Williams, and Rod Woodson.

The series is hosted by former USC running back and Los Angeles sports television/radio personality, Petros Papadakis. “Pros vs. Joes” is produced by MY Entertainment and Mess Media. Serving as executive producers are Michael Yudin, President of MY Entertainment; Joe Townley, COO of MY Entertainment; and Scott Messick, President, Mess Media; Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are Executives in Charge of Production for Spike TV.

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. 

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James Remar and Mario Van Peebles Star in Spike Original Movie “Sharpshooter”

January 8th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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JAMES REMAR AND MARIO VAN PEEBLES STAR IN SPIKE ORIGINAL MOVIE “SHARPSHOOTER” PREMIERING SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 AT 10 PM

“Sharpshooter” Will Premiere In HD Slated Under The “Spike Guy Movies” Umbrella

New York, NY, January 8, 2008 – James Remar (“Dexter”) and Mario Van Peebles (“Ali”) star in the Spike original movie, “Sharpshooter,” premiering on Sunday, January 27 from 10 p.m. – 12 midnight (ET/PT) on Spike TV.  “Sharpshooter” premieres in HD and is slated under the “Spike Guy Movies” umbrella that will air throughout 2008.

“Sharpshooter” is a tense, explosive, action film that centers on Dillon (Remar), a government-hired assassin who agrees to take on one last job, only to learn he has been set up.  Dillon is one of the best snipers in the Special Ops forces, but lately all he wants is to retire and live a peaceful life.  Upon returning from what he believes is his last mission, his government contact, Flick (Van Peebles), pleads with him to take on one last mission: take down a nuclear arms deal.  When the operation goes awry, Dillon suddenly finds the tables have turned and he has now become the hunted.  While dangerous arms dealers and rogue government forces scramble to track him down, he’s caught in a race to find out who has set him up and why. 

“We are pleased to be working with RHI Entertainment to bring great action films to Spike TV,” said Bill McGoldrick, vice president of development, Spike TV.  “With strong performances by James Remar and Mario Van Peebles, this explosive thriller delivers what our audience craves.”   

RHI Entertainment presents an Alpine Medien Production in association with Larry Levinson Productions.  “Sharpshooter” is directed by Armand Mastrioanni, written by Steven H. Berman and produced by Kyle Clark and James Wilberger.  Nick Lombardo, Kevin Bocarde and Michael Moran serve as co-executive producers.  Robert Halmi, Jr. and Larry Levinson serve as executive producers. 
 
Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. 

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Press Contact:    
Melissa Leung        Spike TV/LA    310/407-4729        melissa.leung@spiketv.com