As noted, Challenge TV revealed that they will no longer air TNA in the United Kingdom starting in January 2017. The Challenge TV deal was one of the two biggest revenue streams for the company, with the other being their TV deal with Sony Six in India.
TNA issued the following statement regarding losing the deal, and appear to blame spoilers for the cancellation. It should be noted that spoilers have been leaking for TNA since Impact Wrestling first started airing in 2004. The Challenge TV deal started in 2011, and Challenge renewed TNA for three years in 2014.
Below is TNA's statement:
We are proud to have had such a great relationship with Challenge, and appreciate how the channel brought Impact Wrestling to our avid viewers through the years. In today's world, spoilers are inevitable. We've heard from the amazing fans in the UK and know you do not want to wait 3-5 days to watch the program after it airs in the US.
Our goal is to broadcast Impact Wrestling in the UK as close to the US premiere as possible. We look forward to announcing that opportunity soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we hope you continue to watch Impact Wrestling on Challenge, Sunday nights at 9pm, as well as Xplosion and pay-per-views and follow us on social media. Thank you.
It should be noted that TNA could technically be dropped by Sony Six as well, since part of that deal was that they tour India once per year, which they haven't done.
@CallumW1995 contributed to this article.