Destination America has cancelled TNA Impact Wrestling, according to reports.
Per Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the network has decided to cancel Impact Wrestling and all other TNA programming from late September, 2015.
While the ratings for Impact Wrestling are decent, it’s understood that the network execs don’t consider the numbers good enough to justify the cost of continuing the series into another season.
Additionally, a number of the cable network’s advertisers specifically did not want to advertise during Impact Wrestling.
It should be noted that when the word was sent out, it was stated specifically that TNA would remain on Friday nights, with original episodes, until that point, and informing people for the fall season plans for Friday nights. Just days later, they were moved to Wednesday.
The decision was meant to be kept secret, very much like Spike kept secret publicly last year its decision to drop TNA for months after the decision was made and reported. It doesn’t serve the station or the promotion any good to publicly cancel the show this far in advance. The public acknowledgment was expected to come around the time the station listed its 2015-16 television season prime time lineup with the launch of up front advertising.
Those who were informed of the cancellation have not been told at this point anything different several days after the change of date was announced. But things obviously have changed, at least to the degree of moving days. So this story is very much ongoing.”
Can Impact Wrestling somehow get out of the cancellation choke-hold? Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the status of the series.