Joe broke the announcement from Dixie Carter earlier regarding their return to UK television, now TNA has issued and official press release:
Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling has announced a new television deal with Sky channel Challenge TV to broadcast TNA programming on Freeview from February.
Challenge TV – which is also available on the Sky and Virgin Media platforms – will screen flagship show “TNA iMPACT”, “TNA Xplosion” and all the monthly TNA pay-per-view events including “Lockdown” and “Bound For Glory”.
Wrestling fans can watch stars including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle and TNA World Champion Mr. Anderson every week on Challenge, which can be found on Freeview Channel 46 from February 1, Sky Channel 125 and Virgin Media Channel 139.
“TNA iMPACT” will air on the Tuesday night following US transmission at 10pm, with PPV events showing on the Wednesday after US broadcast. Challenge TV will also show catch-up episodes of “TNA iMPACT!” for those who missed them during TNA’s brief period off air. Full dates and details will be announced shortly.
TNA President Dixie Carter said: “We are delighted to have signed this deal giving all our incredible fans in the UK exactly what they’ve been asking for – professional wrestling back on free television.”
Barbara Gibbon, Challenge’s Head of Channel, added: “We’re thrilled to have agreed a deal to make Challenge the new home of TNA Wrestling in the UK where it has a huge fan base.”
The announcement of this new broadcasting agreements arrives as the “TNA Maximum iMPACT! 2011” Tour invades the United Kingdom.
Tickets for the shows can be bought from www.gigsandtours.com and via a 24 hour hotline on 0844 811 0051. Full details of the UK events are:
Thursday 27th January
Glasgow Braehead Arena
0844 499 9990
Friday 28th January
Manchester Evening News Arena
0844 847 8000
Saturday 29th January
London Wembley Arena
0844 815 0815