Today, Dixie Carter shared a press release via her Twitter account declaring that iMPACT Wrestling will be returning to television screens in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland later this month. DMAX TV, which is parented by the Discovery Networks, will be carrying the show.
The 8-episode initial run will start Saturday, February 28 and will be announced by the popular team of Nic Heldt and Mike Ritter. The broadcast will be a one-hour version of iMPACT as opposed to the standard two hour format.
It appears that fans aren’t the only ones shocked by Samoa Joe’s decision to depart TNA. As we reported earlier, his contract came to its conclusion, and the two parties couldn’t come to an agreement. This is being viewed as a huge blow, by both fans and his colleagues.
Some of the TNA talent took to Twitter to express their disappointment. Below are a few highlights.
The multi-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion has been with the company since 2005, having also worked with Ring of Honor and other various promotions. At present he has been involved in a storyline with the “Beat Down Clan” faction that features MVP, Low-Ki, Kenny King, and himself.
Joe was also a Grand Slam and Triple Crown championship winner in TNA, and also carried the Ring of Honor title while with that promotion as well.
A bit later, John Gaburick took to his Twitter to comment on Joe’s departure. His tweet made it clear that Joe’s contract had expired, and the mutual decision was made to not renew it.
On expiration of @SamoaJoe contract, TNA and Joe have agreed to part ways. Joe will always be a member of our family & we wish him the best.
Last week, Lethal Lockdown saw the Beat Down Clan squaring off against Team Angle. Bobby Lashley made a surprise appearance to join with Angle, evening up the odds and giving Team Angle the win. Can Lashley and Angle continue to co-exist?
We are in Glasgow, Scotland, as Impact Wrestling kicks off.