Before the Impact
Before the Impact logo
Also known asBTI
GenreProfessional wrestling
Presented byJosh Mathews
Gia Miller
George Iceman
StarringImpact roster
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes141
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time60 minutes
Original release
NetworkAXS TV (2021–2022)
Impact Plus (2022–2023)
ReleaseFebruary 16, 2021 (2021-02-16) –
October 19, 2023 (2023-10-19)

Before the Impact, or simply BTI, is a professional wrestling streaming television program produced by the American promotion Impact Wrestling (now Total Nonstop Action Wrestling) that premiered on February 16, 2021, on AXS TV in the United States, owned by parent company Anthem Sports & Entertainment. The show was previously on Impact's streaming service, Impact Plus, as well as the promotion's YouTube channel and Facebook page.[1]

BTI is a pre-show airing before the weekly broadcast of the TNA's flagship show, Impact!, that features recaps, previews, and an exclusive match.

The show was cancelled in 2024 and its final episode aired on October 19, 2023. It was replaced by a revival of TNA Xplosion, after the company reverted to the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling name.[2]


On February 10, 2021, Impact Wrestling announced the launch of a new program called Before the Impact, which will lead into the weekly Impact! broadcast.[3] Josh Mathews serves as both senior producer and co-host, alongside Impact interviewer Gia Miller, and, previously, Nashville sportscaster Jon Burton. BTI features previews of upcoming matches, interviews with the Impact roster, behind-the-scenes access, and an exclusive match.[3] Insider George Iceman hosts a segment called “Iceman’s Intel”, which features news relating to the upcoming Impact episode.[3]

The first BTI match featured Decay (Black Taurus and Crazzy Steve) (accompanied by Rosemary) facing XXXL (Acey Romero and Larry D).[4] BTI would first crossover with Impact! on their June 3 episodes, when Josh Alexander faced T. J. Perkins for the X Division Championship in Impact Wrestling's first-ever 60-minute Iron man match. The match began on BTI and concluded in the opening minutes of Impact!.[5]


Main article: List of Impact Wrestling personnel

The wrestlers featured on BTI take part in scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers are portrayed as heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.


Commentators Dates
Matt Striker and D'Lo Brown February 16, 2021 – May 20, 2021
July 22, 2021 – January 6, 2022
Josh Mathews and D'Lo Brown May 27, 2021 – July 15, 2021
Tom Hannifan and D'Lo Brown January 13, 2022
Tom Hannifan and Various Guest Commentators January 13, 2022 – January 20, 2022
Tom Hannifan and Matthew Rehwoldt January 27, 2022 – October 19, 2023

Broadcast history

On April 8, 2021, BTI, along with Impact!, would move to Thursday nights.[6]

Beginning with the January 20, 2022 episode, BTI moved to Impact Plus and Impact's YouTube channel and Facebook page.[1] The move coincided with the return of New Japan Pro Wrestling programming to AXS TV.[7]

Channel Time slot Years
AXS TV Tuesday 7:00pm February 16, 2021 - April 1, 2021[6]
Thursday 7:00pm April 8, 2021 – January 13, 2022[8]
Impact Plus Thursday 7:00pm January 20, 2022 – October 19, 2023[1]


  1. ^ a b c IMPACT! on AXS TV Preview: January 20, 2022 – IMPACT Wrestling; archived February 10, 2022
  2. ^ Miller, Haley (2024-01-14). "TNA Wrestling Announces the Return of Fan-Favorite Show". Retrieved 2024-01-14.
  3. ^ a b c "IMPACT WRESTLING ADDS NEW WEEKLY TV SHOW "BEFORE THE IMPACT"". Impact Wrestling Staff. February 10, 2021. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  4. ^ "Decay Victorious Over XXXL on First Ever Before the IMPACT". Impact Wrestling Staff. February 16, 2021. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  5. ^ "Impact Wrestling Results (6/3): Sami Callihan Vs. Moose, Historic Iron Man Match, More". Wrestling Inc. June 3, 2021. Retrieved July 31, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "IMPACT Wrestling Moving To Thursdays". March 25, 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  7. ^ "NJPW Returning To AXS TV With New Episodes In March". Fightful. January 4, 2022.
  8. ^ IMPACT! on AXS TV Preview: January 13, 2022 – IMPACT Wrestling; archived February 10, 2022