NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 18, 2014) – TNA, today, announced seasoned broadcaster Josh Mathews will join Taz to form the new IMPACT WRESTLING announce team. With Mathews doing play-by-play and Taz color-commentary, the new IMPACT WRESTLING announce team will debut during the LIVE broadcast of IMPACT WRESTLING on Destination America from New York City on Wednesday, January 7 at 9/8c.
“Josh Mathews is a dynamic talent who brings great energy and experience to commentating,” said John Gaburick, TNA’s Executive Vice President of Television. “I’ve had the pleasure to work with Josh for many years and know he, alongside Taz, will captivate fans and enhance the viewing experience.”
Raised in Indiana, Mathews moved to New York as a teenager to pursue his professional wrestling career and quickly established himself as a leading voice in sports entertainment and professional wrestling.
“I was amped up when I heard the news Mathews would be joining me to announce IMPACT WRESTLING on Destination America,” said Taz. “Our goal is to be the best announce team in wrestling today, combining Mathews’ work ethic and experience with mine alongside the best roster in wrestling. I am looking forward to sitting next to my friend and new announce partner on January 7 in New York City.”
“I’m elated to join TNA and be the new voice of IMPACT WRESTLING alongside my friend and three-time World Champion Taz,” said Mathews. “I’d like to thank Dixie Carter and John Gaburick for this incredible opportunity. Mike Tenay is a legend in this business and I am humbled to build on the body of work he has established over the past 12 years on IMPACT. To have my voice attached to the amazing athletes who do what they do better than anyone in the world is a dream come true.”
IMPACT WRESTLING debuts on Destination America with a special LIVE broadcast on Wednesday, January 7 from 9-11 PM ET, televised from New York City’s legendary Manhattan Center. IMPACT WRESTLING will move to its permanent time slot on Fridays from 9-11 PM ET beginning January 16 on Destination America. And, IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED with Mike Tenay premieres in its permanent time slot on Saturdays from 10 AM-Noon ET beginning January 17.
TNA Superstar Robbie E has been profiled by Muscle & Fitness Magazine as he gears up for two milestones in his career. First, this Friday, he and Brooke - #TheWrestlers - compete for $1 million dollars on the finale of The Amazing Race! Then, in January, Robbie E and the rest of the stars of IMPACT WRESTLING embark on their maiden voyage as part of the Destination America family. IMPACT debuts LIVE on January 7th, before premering in it's NEW timeslot, Fridays at 9PM EST, on January 16th!
In Muscle & Fitness, Robbie E breaks down his training regimen for The Amazing Race and what he's doing to pursue the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Read the full story NOW on MuscleAndFitness.com!
IMPACT WRESTLING BECOMES “UNLOCKED” WITH BRAND NEW TELEVISION SERIES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 16, 2014) – TNA Entertainment will deliver a new concept in professional wrestling with the premiere of IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED, Saturday, January 17 at 10AM EST on Destination America. This new weekly series hosted by “The Professor” Mike Tenay will dive deeper into the most recent episode of IMPACT WRESTLING with exclusive content and never-before-seen footage.
During IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED viewers will get an enhanced experience as the screen comes alive with match facts and stats, as well as bonus commentary and exclusive footage taking fans deeper into the intriguing characters, captivating stories and fascinating personal lives of the TNA Superstars.
“Fans are constantly asking me what goes on behind the scenes,” said Tenay. “The appetite is strong for interesting factoids and an insider’s perspective. We will explore everything from why World Champion Bobby Roode uses his Roode Bomb finisher to how Taryn Terrell uses her stuntwoman background when defending her Knockouts title. IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED will offer a distinctive and stimulating viewing experience unmatched in professional sports.”
In addition, each week during IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED, Tenay will reveal the IMPACT WRESTLING Top 5, a power ranking of the top five heavyweights in TNA. This new ranking system is sure to spark controversy, debate, and most importantly, competition.
IMPACT WRESTLING debuts on Destination America with a special LIVE broadcast on Wednesday, January 7 from 9-11 PM ET, televised from New York City’s legendary Manhattan Center. IMPACT WRESTLING will move to its permanent time slot on Fridays from 9-11 PM ET beginning January 16 on Destination America.
This is it, bro!!
This Friday is the finale of the 25th season of The Amazing Race!!!! It has definitely been the most special season because I was part of it... Duh!!! Hello??? Anyway...
We made history this week. Only the second team ever to have a speed bump and still come in first place. Worst to first, bro!! Sounds good to me!
After breezing through the speed bump and staying positive, we shot some hoops even after I got a vicious eye poke from one of the other players. Still though, bro, we killed it!
Next, we hit a detour and I had to take coconuts and carry them around to their proper homes in a market. It was hot and far BUT... I'm hot too, bro. So, I got it done!! BOOM!
It's all about #TheWrestlers this season and I don't think anyone could deny that! This Friday, Brooke and I will take home 1-million dollars... FO SHO, BRO!
What does the season finale hold?? 4 teams. Only one winner! City of Angels. It's on!!!
Cheer us on with your very own #TEAMBRO t-shirt, bro! Available now at ShopTNA.com!
DESTINATION AMERICA PINS DOWN DEBUT DATE FOR IMPACT WRESTLING
-- Impact Wrestling Debuts with a Special Live Broadcast on Wednesday, January 7
Before Moving to Its Regular Time Slot on Fridays Beginning January 16 --
(Silver Spring, Md.) – Brace for IMPACT! Destination America iskicking-off the New Year as the new destination for professional wrestling following the announcement that Discovery Communications and TNA (Total Nonstop Action) Entertainment have signed an exclusive broadcast deal bringing IMPACT WRESTLING to the only network dedicated to celebrating the people, places and stories of the United States. IMPACT WRESTLING debuts on Destination America with a special LIVE broadcast on Wednesday, January 7 from 9-11 PM ET, televised from New York City’s legendary Manhattan Center. IMPACT WRESTLING will move to its permanent time slot on Fridays from 9-11 PM ET beginning January 16 on Destination America.
“We’ve been listening to what fans have to say and, with their feedback in mind, IMPACT WRESTLING’s live debut on Destination America will be nonstop, in-your-face action with no filters, big personalities, and epic battles,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “Wrestling is a national pastime that combines dynamic entertainment with intense crowds, and we can’t wait for IMPACT WRESTLING’s passionate fans to bring their ‘fandemonium’ to Destination America in January!”
“A week after the ball drops in New York City, fists will fly as IMPACT WRESTLING begins a new era with our LIVE debut on Destination America,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “IMPACT WRESTLING will be the most compelling two hours of wrestling on television.”
The special live broadcast on Wednesday, January 7 will feature a main event for the richest prize in IMPACT WRESTLING: the World Heavyweight Championship, Roode vs. Lashley III. A decisive rematch in this epic trilogy, reigning champion Bobby Roode defends the title against dominant former heavyweight champion Bobby Lashley to prove who’s the best in IMPACT WRESTLING. Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Gail Kim, Ethan Carter III (aka EC3), and all the stars of IMPACT add to the explosive debut. An encore will follow from 11 PM-1 AM ET.
Destination America welcomes IMPACT WRESTLING with a marathon on Wednesday, January 7 from 9 AM-9 PM ET, looking back at the biggest moments and most heated rivalries, leading into the special live broadcast from 9-11 PM ET.
IMPACT WRESTLING on Destination America premieres in its permanent time slot Friday nights from 9-11 PM ET starting January 16, immediately followed by an encore from 11 PM-1 AM ET. Miss a matchup or just can’t get enough? Check out IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED on Saturdays from 10 AM-12 PM ET beginning January 17 for a reloaded edition of the previous week’s IMPACT WRESTLING that will be a whole new viewing experience featuring extra content and never-before-seen footage.
Just now, TNA President Dixie Carter debuted the new IMPACT WRESTLING logo, which the company will use beginning with IMPACT's debut on Destination America. Carter also promised even more big news coming later today. Stay tuned to IMPACTWrestling.com for more news as it becomes available!
As IMPACT Wrestling prepares to land on Destination America in 2015, we wanted to spend sometime with the superstars themselves and see where they go when they aren’t trying to win championships, pummel each other or find a good restaurant on the road.
Where do they call home?
Where does Robbie E like to tan? What is Dixie Carter’s favorite Texas hangout? Beginning tomorrow and spanning the next few weeks, we will bring you 'Destination: Home' excusively on IMPACTWrestling.com.
As the end of the year nears, IMPACT WRESTLING prepares to move to Destination America in January. Also, IMPACT looks back at the best moments of 2014! Tune into Spike tonight at 9/8c for an action-packed "Best of 2014" edition of IMPACT!
You will see shocking moments, such as the reunion of The Hardys, the Tag Team Series, Bully Ray finally catching Dixie Carter, the debut of HAVOK, Austin Aries uses Option C, Team 3D's TNA HOF induction, title changes, The Great Muta and much more!
Also, tell us your favorite moment of IMPACT this year on social media. Head to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #BestOf2014 to tell us your pick!