Brooke Hogan Joins “Impact Wrestling” on May 31st

May 18th, 2012 by gulatis

BROOKE HOGAN TO JOIN TNA’S “IMPACT WRESTLING” ON SPIKE TV STARTING THURSDAY, MAY 31

New York, NY, May 17, 2012 – Television personality and recording artist Brooke Hogan is joining the cast of the highly-rated weekly wrestling program, TNA’s “IMPACT WRESTLING” starting Thursday, May 31 on Spike TV.  Brooke’s role will be as the Executive in Charge of the female wrestling division, The Knockouts.  Brooke will join a star-studded cast of the biggest names in professional wrestling, including her father, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan. TNA’s flagship series, “IMPACT WRESTLING,” telecasts on Spike TV and is one of the network’s top-rated series on Thursday nights with young men and currently ranks among the top shows on cable in its timeslot with Men 18-34.

In addition to overseeing the traditional duties of the Knockouts Division, Brooke will bring a new energy and direction to the role, working with the girls in a variety of capacities.

“I have really gotten to know Brooke by working with her on her music career this past year and a half,” said Dixie Carter, President of TNA Wrestling. “When we did talk wrestling, I not only loved her passion and knowledge of it, but the fresh, creative ideas she would come up with.  She is very savvy. I asked if she would consider teaming up with me in this capacity while she also worked on her music, and I was thrilled when she said ‘yes.’  A big personality runs in her genes, obviously, and I know she is going to take an already exciting division of Impact Wrestling to another level.”

Brooke is heading to New York next week for a media tour to promote her addition to the IMPACT WRESTLING team.  Brooke will also promote “IMPACT WRESTLING’s” move to 8 PM and that the series will telecast LIVE for the summer starting Thursday, May 31.   TNA’s 10th anniversary SLAMMIVERSARY pay-per-view-event is set for June 10th in Dallas, Texas.

The TNA roster features many of the top names in wrestling, including the aforementioned Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, Sting, James Storm, Rob Van Dam, and the lovely and lethal Knockouts.

Brooke Hogan, a native of Tampa, Fl, is a successful television personality, singer and songwriter.  Brooke starred in two acclaimed non-scripted shows on Spike’s sister network, VH1, including “Hogan Knows Best” and the spinoff, “Brooke Knows Best.”  Both were #1 rated shows for the network.  Brooke has also released two albums, “Undiscovered” in 2006, which peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “The Redemption” in 2009.  Her song, “Everything To Me,” peaked at #1 twice on Billboard’s Top Single Chart.  Hogan’s film credits include “Little Hercules in 3D,” “Sand Sharks,” and “Devour.”

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

 

About TNA Entertainment:

TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held sports entertainment company based in Nashville, Tennessee that specializes in events, products, numerous TV properties, merchandise and music, as well as, the management and promotion of professional wrestlers.  In addition, TNA produces monthly PPV events and over 100 live shows a year.  The product is the world’s most innovative experience in professional wrestling and is broadcast in over 120 countries.  For more information, please visit www.impactwrestling.com.

 

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Press Contacts:

David Schwarz     Spike TV       212-767-8639           david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

Jules Wortman     TNA              615-244-5557            jwortman@tnawrestling.com

KING MO, BELLATOR AND TNA WRESTLING JOIN FORCES FOR UNPRECEDENTED ALLIANCE ON SPIKE TV

May 10th, 2012 by gulatis

KING MO, BELLATOR AND TNA WRESTLING JOIN FORCES FOR UNPRECEDENTED ALLIANCE ON SPIKE TV

 Former Light Heavyweight Champ to Fight for Bellator in 2013 And Join the Stars of TNA Wrestling This Summer

 New York, NY, May 10, 2012 – In an unprecedented move, one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts, “King Mo” Lawal, has signed a deal to compete in Spike TV’s two major sports properties, Bellator Fighting Championships and TNA’s IMPACT Wrestling. “King Mo” will join the stars of TNA this summer and resume his mixed martial arts career next year when Bellator Fighting Championships moves to Spike TV from its current television home, MTV2.  The deal was jointly announced today by Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV along with Bjorn Rebney, Chairman & CEO, Bellator Fighting Championships and Dixie Carter, President, TNA Entertainment.

“‘King Mo’ is an incredible athlete and a great addition to the Bellator family.  He immediately adds prominence and star-power to our light heavyweight division,” said Rebney.

“‘King Mo’ is the perfect athlete for this type of alliance.  He is the real deal in MMA, and his bold personality and world class wrestling accomplishments are unparalleled.  I’m confident he will have a major impact in both sports,” stated Carter.

Lawal (10-1-1) launched his mixed martial arts career in 2008, and after four straight wins, he faced off against his toughest challenge, renowned fighter Mark Kerr.  “King Mo” knocked out Kerr in the first round, and eight months later he defeated Gegard Mousasi in a Light Heavyweight world title fight.  Lawal also holds an impressive KO victory against multiple Brazilian jiu-jitsu world championship winner Roger Gracie in September 2011.

“This deal is a dream come true for me,” Lawal said. “Bjorn and Dixie have given me the opportunity to engage in my two great loves, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, at the same time.  And, to have it all on Spike TV is really buttercream icing on a big ol’ cake – not that whipped cream stuff either!”

Lawal rose to grappling acclaim as a NCAA Division I All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University in 2003 and a three-time U.S. National Champion (2005, 2006, and 2008) in the 84 kilogram division.  In 2007, as a member of the US National team, he brought home a gold medal at the Pan American Games and a silver medal at the World Cup.

A native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Lawal lives in San Jose, Calif. and trains with the prominent American Kickboxing Academy.

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

About Bellator Fighting Championships:

Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago.  Bellator’s founder/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment professional with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production, television production, fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.

About TNA Entertainment:

TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held sports entertainment company based in Nashville, Tennessee that specializes in events, products, numerous TV properties, merchandise, music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers.  In addition, TNA produces monthly PPV events and more than 100 non-televised live events around the globe a year.  TNA Wrestling is the world’s most innovative experience in professional wrestling and is broadcast in over 120 countries.  For more information, please visit www.impactwrestling.com.

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Press Contacts:

David Schwarz           Spike TV         212-767-8639           david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

Joe Fernandez           Bellator          312-329-1199           joe@bellator.com

Jules Wortman          TNA                615-244-5557            jwortman@tnawrestling.com

Spike TV / TNA Entertainment Announce Multi-Year Extension

April 5th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV AND TNA ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR EXTENSION TO ITS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

 The Highly-Rated “Impact Wrestling” Maintains Its Home On Spike TV On Thursday Nights

New York, NY – April 5, 2012 – Spike TV and TNA Entertainment have agreed upon a multi-year extension on their strategic partnership, maintaining Spike TV as the exclusive U.S. television home of the emerging sports-entertainment property.

The deal was announced today jointly by Kevin Kay, Spike TV President and Dixie Carter, TNA Entertainment President.  TNA wrestling debuted on Spike TV in July, 2005.  Over the last seven years, the ratings for TNA’s “IMPACT Wrestling” have grown from an average of 700,000 viewers at launch to nearly two million today.

“Dixie Carter and her team at TNA have done a phenomenal job in developing stars for an exciting, high-action brand that resonates with Spike’s audience,” said Kay. “We are excited to further our partnership and will continue to build and invigorate the franchise together.”

“We are thrilled that Spike TV will be IMPACT Wrestling’s home for years to come,” said Carter.  “The dedication that Kevin Kay and the network have shown us in building our brand is what makes this announcement even more meaningful for me.  And look for some exciting things to happen on IMPACT in the near future.”

TNA’s flagship series, “IMPACT Wrestling,” airs weekly on Spike TV and is one of the network’s top-rated series.  The show has evolved into must-see-tv on Thursdays with young men and currently ranks among the top shows on cable in its timeslot with Men 18-34.

The roster features many of the biggest names in wrestling including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Booby Roode, Sting, James Storm, Rob Van Dam, and the lovely and lethal Knockouts.

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

About TNA Entertainment:  

TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held sports entertainment company based in Nashville, Tennessee that specializes in events, products, numerous TV properties, merchandise and music, as well as, the management and promotion of professional wrestlers.  In addition, TNA produces monthly PPV events and over 100 live shows a year.  The product is the world’s most innovative experience in professional wrestling and is broadcast in over 120 countries.  For more information, please visit www.impactwrestling.com.

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Press Contacts:

David Schwarz    Spike TV       212-767-8639           david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

Jules Wortman    TNA              615-244-5557            jwortman@tnawrestling.com

SPIKE TV UNVEILS 2011 COMIC-CON LINE UP

July 13th, 2011 by leungm

SPIKE TV UNVEILS 2011 COMIC-CON LINE UP

FEATURING A PANEL AND A VIRTUAL MOBILE SCAVENGER HUNT BASED ON THE

NETWORK’S HIT MULTI-PLATFORM SERIES “DEADLIEST WARRIOR” AND

AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS BY TNA WRESTLERS AT SPIKE TV BOOTH

 

 “Deadliest Warrior – Vampires Vs. Zombies” Panel On Thursday, July 21 From 10:00-11:00 AM

 Featuring Legendary Horror Director And Writer Wes Craven,

 World War Z Novelist Max Brooks, Comic Book Author And Novelist Steve Niles

And The Hosts Of “Deadliest Warrior”

 

  “Deadliest Warrior” Virtual Mobile Fan Scavenger Hunt For iPhone And iPads In Partnership With GoldRun At Comic-Con Kicking Off On Thursday, July 21

 

TNA Wrestlers Kurt Angle And Mickie James Confirmed For Autograph Signings At Spike TV Booth On Friday, July 22 And Saturday, July 23 At 1:00PM And 3:00PM At Booth #3945

 

Spike Games To Feature The New “Deadliest Warriors: Legends” Video Game And Host A Tournament At the Spike TV Booth From Thursday, July 21 Through Sunday, July 24

 

NEW YORK, NY – July 13, 2011 – Spike TV is taking its hunt for the “Deadliest Warrior” to San Diego Comic-Con.   The network announced today its plans for the “Deadliest Warrior – Vampire vs. Zombies” panel on Thursday, July 21 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, the launch of a new “Deadliest Warrior” augmented reality mobile app available on iPhones and iPads beginning Thursday, July 21 and a hosted video game tournament at the Spike TV Booth for its new “Deadliest Warrior: Legends” game.  During Comic-Con, Spike will also host an autograph signing with TNA wrestlers Kurt Angle and Mickie James on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at 1:00PM and 3:00PM, respectively, at Booth #3945.

Thursday, July 21: “Deadliest Warrior – Vampire Vs Zombies” panel (Room 25ABC) 10:00 -11:00AMPanel Features WES CRAVEN (“Scream,” “Nightmare on Elm Street”), MAX BROOKS (Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z), STEVE NILES (30 Days of Night), RICHARD “MACK” MACHOWICZ (“Deadliest Warrior” host), DR. ARMAND DORIAN (“Deadliest Warrior” host), RASHA DRACHKOVITCH (“Deadliest Warrior” executive producer), ROBERT DALY (“Deadliest Warrior”) and moderator GEOFF BOUCHER (LA Times writer, HeroComplex.com founder)

Vampires and Zombies have terrorized and tantalized their way through pop culture for decades – from “Dracula” to the “Twilight Saga” to “Walking Dead.”  SPIKE TV and its “DEADLIEST WARRIOR” franchise are going to finally answer the question – which of these mythical creatures would come out on top in a fight to the finish?  “DEADLIEST WARRIOR” steps outside the confines of history for this groundbreaking fantasy episode destined to rouse heated debates amongst fans in the blogosphere for months.  The special episode features an array of icons of film and fiction who are authorities on the topic.  Through these expert interviews, scientific tests and careful analysis, it will be determined who would win in a battle to the death between these two iconic groups, Zombies and Vampires. The “DEADLIEST WARRIOR ” team of Richard “Mack” Machowicz, Dr. Armand Dorian, Rasha Drachkovitch, Robert Daly and special guests Wes Craven, Max Brooks and Steve Niles will be on hand for this special Comic Con panel to make their case for who is, indeed, the fiercest. Acclaimed Los Angeles Times writer and HeroComplex.com founder Geoff Boucher will serve as moderator. 

Thursday, July 21:Deadliest Warrior” Virtual Mobile Scavenger Hunt .  Spike TV has partnered with GoldRun to allow Comic-Con attendees to interact with various augmented reality (AR) warriors.  Throughout Comic-Con, attendees will get to enter the world of “Deadliest Warrior.”  Fans will get to hunt and capture the series warriors during the “Deadliest Warrior “ Scavenger Hunt.   Users are encouraged to take a picture with the warriors and upload them to the Warrior’s Den Facebook page.

“Faceoff” – Attendees to the Spike TV booth will get the opportunity to “Conquer Warriors” by striking a fighting pose with the AR character.  A new warrior will be released each day (Joan Of Arc, George Washington and Ghengis Kahn.).  Designated iPads will stream the action to the booth’s monitors.  Players will be prompted to upload these photos to their Facebook profiles as well as the Warrior’s Den Facebook page.

“Warrior’s Wardrobe” – Through this portion of the application, participants at the Spike TV booth can become George Washington or Ghengis Kahn by taking a picture of themselves with virtual props; George Washington’s wig and tricorn hat or Ghengis Kahn’s helmet. A slideshow of the best images rotate on the monitors at the Spike TV booth. 

“Vampires vs Zombies Face-off” – this component of the app allows Comic-Con attendees to take photos of zombies, vampires, floating body parts and animated blood at the “Deadliest Warrior” panel. Players can then present their pictures for exclusive giveaways at the Spike TV booth.

Thursday, July 21- Sunday, July 24 – Deadliest Warrior:  Legends” Video Game Tournament.  Throughout Comic-Con, fans can swing by the Spike TV booth to play the recently launched “Deadliest Warrior” video game.   Attendees can put their metal where their mouths are and battle the fiercest warriors in history with all new weapons, interactive environments, hand-to-hand combat and new finishing moves.  Prizes include DVDs, t-shirts, posters and more.

Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 – TNA Wrestler Autograph Signing at Spike Booth #3945.   Kurt Angle will sign autographs on Friday, July 22 at 1:00PM.  Mickie James will sign autographs on Saturday, July 23 at 3:00PM.    

Deadliest Warrior” returns with 10 one-hour episodes on a new night with more unprecedented matchups, including the first female warrior and first fantasy matchup, beginning Wednesday, July 20 (10-11PM, ET/PT) on Spike TV.

Deadliest Warrior” is produced by 44 Blue Productions, Inc. with Rasha Drachkovitch and Tim Warren serving as executive producers.  Sharon Levy, Tim Duffy and Jeff Savaiano are Spike TV’s executives in charge of production. 

Spike TV is available in 99.6 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. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.   Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos. 

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Contact:  

Aileen Budow              212.767.3952              aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Melissa Sugiura          310.407.4729             melissa.sugiura@mtvstaff.com

IMPACT WRESTLING

February 12th, 2011 by Craig Tinsley

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Hulk Hogan Steps Back Into The Ring On TNA iMPACT!

March 1st, 2010 by SPIKE Press

HULK HOGAN STEPS BACK INTO THE RING ON ‘TNA iMPACT!’ MONDAY, MARCH 8
LIVE ON SPIKE TV

Wrestling Legend And Pop Culture Icon Will Face Ric Flair On Live Network Television For The First Time In Almost A Decade

New York, NY (March 1, 2010) – Legendary pop culture icon Hulk Hogan will face his longtime nemesis Ric Flair for the first time in almost a decade on network television.  The match will air live on “TNA iMPACT!” on Spike TV Monday, March 8 (9:00-11:00pm ET/PT).

The highly-anticipated bout will feature Hogan teaming with TNA Superstar Abyss to battle Flair and his protégé, TNA World Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, in a special tag-team match.

“Since I partnered with Dixie Carter and debuted on January 4, we have taken TNA to amazing new levels,” said Hogan. “I’ve got a score to settle with Ric Flair, and there’s no better time to do it than Monday night, March 8, when we change the wrestling world forever.”

Hogan’s return to the ring will headline the official move of “TNA iMPACT!” to Monday nights, after being televised for nearly four years on Thursday nights. Spike TV’s highly-rated, two-hour weekly series will be live every other week and emanate from the “TNA iMPACT! Zone” at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

“This is a new beginning for TNA,” Carter said. “We’ve worked hard to get here, and I’m confident that if people tune in to TNA for the first time on March 8, they won’t be disappointed.”

The first-ever Monday live “TNA iMPACT!” three-hour special broadcast ran on Spike TV head-to-head against WWE RAW on Monday, January 4,  2010, and drew a franchise-record 2.2 million viewers and set ratings records in every demographic. Two wrestling companies have not broadcast head-to-head weekly since the “Monday Night Wars” in the late 1990s between WWE and WCW.

“TNA iMPACT!” features many of the biggest names in wrestling including Hogan, Flair, Mick Foley, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash and Team 3D, as well as the hottest young talent in the industry:  Styles, “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero and “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan.

Since its founding in 2002, Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling has become the world’s fastest-growing professional wrestling company, currently airing in over 120 countries worldwide.

About TNA Wrestling

“Cross The Line” to TNA Wrestling.  TNA Wrestling is the most innovative experience in professional wrestling today.  Join the TNA World Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Hulk Hogan, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Sting, Mick Foley, “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero, “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan, the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts and the no-limits X-Division inside the ring on “TNA iMPACT!” Monday nights on Spike TV.
TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville, TN.

About Spike TV

Spike TV, is available in 98.6 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. Spike TV’s Internet address is Spike.com, and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at spike.com/press.

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Media Contacts:

David Schwarz     Spike TV                   212.767.8639        david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com
Steven Godfrey   TNA Wrestling            615.244.5557        sgodfrey@tnawrestling.com

HULKAMANIA IS COMING BACK TO MONDAY NIGHT ON “TNA iMPACT!” LIVE JANUARY 4 ON SPIKE TV

December 7th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

Hulk Hogan’s First Live Appearance On Spike TV’s “TNA iMPACT” Will Be In A Special

3-Hour Live Episode Monday, January 4 At 8:00 PM ET/PT

Las Vegas, NV — December 5, 2009 – The biggest name in professional wrestling history, Hulk Hogan, will make his first live appearance on Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling’s “TNA iMPACT!” in a live 3-hour special on Spike TV Monday, January 4, 2010 at 8:00PM ET/PT. Hogan and TNA President Dixie Carter attended “The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights” Finale in Las Vegas where Hogan made the announcement in an interview with Joe Rogan.

“TNA iMPACT!” will be going against “WWE Monday Raw” on USA Network, the first time two wrestling companies have broadcast live head-to-head since the “Monday Night Wars” in the late 1990’s between WWE and WCW.  This “iMPACT!” special will broadcast live from the TNA iMPACT! Zone at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fl.
Hogan’s first appearance inside the six-sided ring of TNA Wrestling will follow weeks of speculation after Hogan and Carter announced their partnership on October 27 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hogan has hinted in various media interviews that he’ll have multiple surprises in store for TNA Wrestling fans.
“I knew when I signed with TNA, that it would be important to make a statement with the first episode. Going head-to-head on January 4th, makes the statement loud and clear: Game on!” Hogan said.

“TNA is kicking off 2010 in the biggest way possible with the biggest name in the history of our sport. Hulk Hogan is a pop culture icon, and his arrival will change not only TNA, but the entire professional wrestling landscape. We’re firing that first shot,” Carter said.

Joining Hogan for the three-hour live “iMPACT!” will be TNA World Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, “The Boss” Bobby Lashley and “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan.

“TNA iMPACT!” will resume its normal timeslot on Thursday, January 7th at 9:00 PM ET/PT with an encore viewing of the live “iMPACT!” special.

About Hulk Hogan

HULK HOGAN (Terry Bollea) is one of the most sought-after, instantly recognizable celebrities in the world.  He is a twelve-time professional world wrestling champion – six titles with WWE and six with WCW — and the winner of the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991. He has appeared in several movies, including “Rocky III,” was the co-host for NBC’s “American Gladiators,” and is the executive producer, judge, and host of “Hulk Hogan’s Championship Wrestling” on CMT.  Hogan is a frequent guest on every major talk show, such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Larry King Live,” “The Tonight Show,” “Live with Regis & Kelly,” “The Today Show,”and “The View.”

About TNA Wrestling

“Cross The Line” to TNA Wrestling. TNA Wrestling is the most innovative experience in professional wrestling today.  Join the TNA World Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Sting, Mick Foley, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, “The Boss” Bobby Lashley, “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan, the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts and the no-limits X-Division inside the six-sided ring of “TNA iMPACT!” every Thursday night (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on Spike TV.

TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville, TN.

About Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 98 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. Spike TV’s Internet address is Spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Media Contacts

Stephen Godfrey  TNA Wrestling       615.244.5557             sgodfrey@tnawrestling.com  
David Schwarz       Spike TV                 212.767.8639          david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

Hulk Hogan Joins TNA Wrestling

October 27th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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HULK HOGAN JOINS TNA WRESTLING

Legendary Wrestler and Pop Culture Icon Returns To The Ring With
Fast-Rising Wrestling Organization

NEW YORK, NY, October 27, 2009 – “Hulkamania” is back! The biggest name in professional wrestling history, Hulk Hogan, is joining TNA Wrestling, the fast-rising wrestling organization and home to one of cable television’s highest rated shows for young men, TNA iMPACT!.  The announcement was made today by TNA Wrestling in conjunction with Spike TV at a press conference held in New York City.


Hogan’s specific role in TNA will be announced in the near future.
 
“Hulk Hogan is one of the world’s top pop culture icons and the biggest superstar in the history of professional wrestling. We are truly excited to welcome him into the TNA family,” said Dixie Carter, President of TNA Wrestling.  “Our goal is to become the biggest professional wrestling company in the world.  Hulk defines professional wrestling and we look forward to partnering with him in a variety of ways as we continue to grow TNA worldwide.”
 
The deal was negotiated between TNA and Hogan’s business partner Eric Bischoff of Bischoff Hervey Entertainment Television.  BHE TV will be working with TNA to develop new programming extensions of the TNA brand.
 
“I’m thrilled to be jumping back into the world of professional wrestling,” said Hogan.  “My fans have been asking me to return to the business for many years on a full time basis, but the timing or the opportunity has never been right until now.  TNA Wrestling is a great company with an already excellent fan base and business.  I firmly believe now is the time for TNA to jump to the next level in their development and I’m here to help make that a reality.”
 
“Hulk Hogan adds yet another level of star power that positions TNA iMPACT as Spike TV’s version of ‘Must-See TV’ on Thursday nights,” said Kevin Kay, president of Spike.
 
Hogan most recently penned an autobiography with Mark Dagostino, “My Life Outside The Ring” with St. Martin’s Press.

About Hulk Hogan

HULK HOGAN (Terry Bollea) is one of the most sought-after, instantly recognizable celebrities in the world.  He is a twelve-time professional world wrestling champion – six titles with WWE and six with WCW — and the winner of the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991. He has appeared in several movies, including “Rocky III,” was the co-host for NBC’s “American Gladiators,” and is the executive producer, judge, and host of “Hulk Hogan’s Championship Wrestling” on CMT.  Hogan is a frequent guest on every major talk show, such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Larry King Live,” “The Tonight Show,” “Live with Regis & Kelly,” “The Today Show,”and “The View.”

About TNA Wrestling

“Cross The Line” to TNA Wrestling. TNA Wrestling is the most innovative experience in professional wrestling today.  Join the TNA World Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Sting, Mick Foley, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, “The Boss” Bobby Lashley, “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan, the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts and the no-limits X-Division inside the six-sided ring of “TNA iMPACT!” every Thursday night (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on Spike TV.

TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville, TN.

About Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 98 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. Spike TV’s Internet address is Spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Media Contacts

Stephen Godfrey        TNA Wrestling          615.244.5557                sgodfrey@tnawrestling.com  
David Schwarz            Spike TV                 212.767.8639                david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com
Jaime Cassavechia     BHE                        212.333.7728 x.108       jaimec@susanblondinc.com
Matt Schlosberg         HighWater Group      212.338.0077 x.1021     matt@highwatergroup.com

 

Spike TV And TNA Wrestling To Present Special Programming In October

October 7th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV AND TNA WRESTLING TO PRESENT
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING IN OCTOBER

“Global Impact 2” Premiere Thursday, October 8 at 11:00 PM, ET/PT

“Super iMPACT!” Premieres Thursday, October 15 Starting At 9:00 PM, ET/PT

New York, NY, October 6, 2009 – Spike TV goes to the mat with Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling with two special programming events in October.

On Thursday, October 8 at 11:00 PM, ET/PT, immediately following the regular weekly telecast of TNA “iMPACT!,” Spike will present “Global Impact 2,” a one-hour special featuring an international showdown between TNA Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling from the world-famous Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. 

“Global Impact 2” matchups include “Main Event Mafia Vs. New Japan Main Event” featuring Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Mashahiro Chono and Riki Choshu vs. Giant Bernard, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and Karl Anderson; “IWGP Tag Team Championship Match” with Team 3D going up against Togi Makabe and Toru Yano and “IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match” featuring the Motor City Machineguns vs. Yujiro and Tetsuya Naito.

The following week, on Thursday, October 15, Spike will present a three-hour (9:00 PM – Midnight, ET/PT) super-sized installment of “iMPACT!” as the superstars of TNA make their final preparations before TNA’s “Bound For Glory” pay-per-view event taking place that weekend.  

The main event on Spike that evening will feature two of the biggest stars in TNA, as “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles wrestles for the first time since becoming TNA World Champion in a Grudge Match against the leader of the Main Event Mafia, Kurt Angle. Also, “The Boss” Bobby Lashley takes on “The War Machine” Rhino in a Stretcher Match.  “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan takes on Booker T. from the Main Event Mafia.  “Super iMPACT!” will also give wrestling fans a behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest stars in TNA as a preview of the AJ-Sting, Mick Foley-Abyss, Lashley-Samoa Joe and Matt Morgan-Kurt Angle matches at “Bound For Glory.” Viewers will see the warriors away from the ring, training, with family, with unprecedented access.

“Cross The Line” to TNA Wrestling.  TNA Wrestling is the most innovative experience in professional wrestling today.  Join TNA World Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, “The Boss” Bobby Lashley, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, “The Icon” Sting, Mick Foley, the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts and the no-limits X-Division inside the six-sided ring of “TNA iMPACT!” every Thursday night (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) only on Spike TV.

TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.
Spike TV is available in 98 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. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Press Contacts:
Debra Fazio-Rutt    Spike TV (NY)     212-767-8649          debra.fazio@spiketv.com
Steven Godfrey        TNA (Nashville)    615-244-5557        sgodfrey@tnawrestling.com

 

Spike And TNA Wrestling Extend Partnership Through 2012

August 18th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV AND TNA WRESTLING EXTEND PARTNERSHIP THROUGH 2012

Deal Includes New Weekly Installments Of “TNA: iMPACT!” And
 The Addition Of New Original Series Of Specials

New York, NY, August 18, 2009 – Spike TV and Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling have agreed to a new, three-year extension of their partnership, it was announced jointly today by Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV and Dixie Carter, President of TNA Entertainment.

The deal, which begins October 1, 2009, includes three new years of TNA’s weekly “iMPACT!” show as well as the addition of a new original series of one-hour specials.  Each special (title TBD) will feature the biggest personalities and highlight some the greatest awe-inspiring bouts in the history of TNA, many of them never-before-seen on basic cable.  TNA Entertainment will produce 10 one-hour installments.

“TNA: iMPACT!” is coming off its highest-rated and most-watched quarter on Spike TV.  During 2Q09, more than 1.8 million viewers on average tuned in to “TNA: iMPACT!” on Spike each week.  Overall, “TNA: iMPACT!” saw an impressive 31% overall growth compared to YAGO, with double digit increases in the key demographics of M18-49 (+33%) and P18-49 (+40).*

“With the tremendous success and record ratings we have achieved over the past three years, we are very happy to continue as Spike TV’s wrestling partner,” said Carter.  “We are excited to continue our relationship with the fantastic team that has supported TNA from the very beginning and look forward to even greater success with all of our TNA programming on Spike TV.”  

“TNA Wrestling has consistently delivered strong ratings in key male demographics and has continually grown its weekly audience.  In the past year alone, “iMPACT!” has seen a remarkable increase of 30% in overall growth,” said Kay.  “We are excited to not only continue but also expand our relationship with the world’s fastest growing wrestling organization.”
 
“Cross The Line” to TNA Wrestling.  TNA Wrestling is the most innovative experience in professional wrestling today. Join the TNA World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Sting, Mick Foley, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, Booker T, the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts and the no-limits X-Division inside the six-sided ring of “TNA iMPACT!” every Thursday night (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) only on Spike TV.
TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

Spike TV is available in 98 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. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Press Contacts:
Debra Fazio-Rutt    Spike TV (NY)     212-767-8649        debra.fazio@spiketv.com
Steven Godfrey    TNA (Nashville)    615-244-5557        sgodfrey@tnawrestling.com

* LIVE+MC data = 2Q09 vs. 2Q08