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15 Jan 2008

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Invades Japan



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.

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