TNA recently lost their TV deal in the U.K. on Challenge due to declining ratings, and it appears they’re having trouble finding a new channel to air Impact Wrestling.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, TNA knew the deal was in trouble and started looking into other UK networks in the summer. TNA executives had one meeting with a pay channel in the U.K., Premier Sports, but the channel declined. Premier Sports reportedly did their research and didn’t like how TNA executives handled their departures from Spike TV and Destination America. With Premier Sports officially out of the running, it’s unknown if Impact Wrestling will get picked up in the U.K. at all.
TNA’s only major source of revenue now is their TV deal in India, which pays them approximately $5 million annually. According to the Observer, that deal may also be in jeopardy because there’s a clause that requires TNA to tour India annually. TNA canceled last year’s tour of India and hasn’t been there this year.
The Challenge TV deal was worth slightly over $1 million per year to TNA.