Impact Xplosion
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Also known asXplosion
GenreSports entertainment
Professional wrestling
Presented byMike Tenay
(2002–2008, 2013–2014)
Jeremy Borash (2008–2016)
Josh Mathews (2015–2020)
Matt Striker (2020–2021)
StarringImpact roster
No. of episodes856
Production
Production locationsTennessee State Fairground Sports Arena (2002–2004, Early 2019)
Impact Zone
(2004–2017, 2018–2019)
Various Arenas
(2013–2014, 2017–2021)
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time1 hour per episode (45 minutes plus commercials)
Release
Original network
Picture formatNTSC, PAL
HDTV 1080i
Original releaseOctober 5, 2002 (2002-10-05) –
March 6, 2021 (2021-03-06)
Chronology
Related showsImpact! (2004–present)
Before the Impact (2021–present)

Xplosion is a professional wrestling television program that was produced by the Impact Wrestling promotion. It featured highlights from the flagship television program of the same name and exclusive taped matches. It was mainly produced for international markets, and in its later years was with broadcast distribution on Impact Plus on a few days' delay in the United States. The show was cancelled in 2021 after almost twenty years of broadcast. It was replaced by Before the Impact.[1] Despite this, archived episodes are still broadcast in Africa and India.[2]

Format and history

2002–2010

Xplosion was launched on November 27, 2002, as TNA's only regular cable show, featuring exclusive matches from the TNA Asylum, as well as exclusive interviews with all the TNA Wrestling personalities.

On November 18, 2004, the show was revamped as a recap of the previous week's Impact! in light of alterations in the taping schedule. However, Xplosion resumed airing exclusive matches (billed as "Xplosion Xclusives") once more on October 7, 2005, in addition to recapping Impact!. The "Xplosion Xclusives" also aired on the now-ceased internet show TNA Global Impact!.

All matches seen on Xplosion were taped alongside Impact!. Matches normally featured wrestlers who rarely appeared on Impact!. Occasionally, wrestlers may have made their debut or return on Xplosion and angles also took place.

Airings of Xplosion in the United States ceased at the end of 2006, although some of the exclusive matches could be seen on TNA Today. Starting on December 22, 2008, "Xplosion Xclusive" matches were also streamed on the TNA's website and YouTube channel.

2010–2014

The show was revamped at the June 14, 2010, tapings of the 300th episode of Xplosion, featuring more original matches instead of a highlight show, with Jeremy Borash and Mike Tenay on commentary.[3] In addition to the format changes, Xplosion received a new logo, graphics package and theme music performed by Taproot.[4]

Xplosion also features the Spin Cycle, where Borash had a Q&A session with various TNA stars in front of a live crowd. In 2013, TNA began including matches from the early years of TNA and matches prior to the upcoming TNA PPV.

Beginning in December 2013, Rockstar Spud replaced long term color commentator Mike Tenay, who thereafter stood in for Spud in 2014 from time to time when Spud could not make certain tapings.

2014–2016

Xplosion was again reformatted beginning with the May 31, 2014, episode. The show was reformatted with families in mind, as it aired on Saturday mornings in the UK. It was still hosted by Jeremy Borash and features a mix of new and classic matches. The Spin Cycle segment also returned for a time.

2017–2021

In early 2017, TNA changed its name to Impact Wrestling; and to reflect this change, the show gradually became known as simply Xplosion (instead of TNA Xplosion) - with the TNA logo rarely featuring in archived footage. It later was renamed Impact Xplosion. On October 10, 2017, Impact Wrestling launched its streaming service, the Global Wrestling Network (now Impact Plus), with Xplosion as one of its programs. This made the program available in the US for the first time since 2006. Xplosion was taped along with Impact and was streamed on Wednesdays 7PM ET on Impact Wrestling's Twitch Channel, as well as simultaneously uploaded to Impact Plus.

Xplosion was cancelled on March 26, 2021. It was replaced with BTI: Before The Impact, a show airing before Impact on AXS TV that serves as a preshow for that night's episode of Impact which also includes a preshow match.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ Clark, Ryan (2021-03-26). "Impact Wrestling Officially Cancels Xplosion - Details". eWrestlingNews.com. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
  2. ^ "TV Guide | e.tv". www.etv.co.za. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  3. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-06-14). "TNA News: TNA revamping Xplosion show with new format and lead announcer". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  4. ^ "TNA Relaunches "Xplosion" Program". TNAwrestling.com. Archived from the original on 2010-06-24. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  5. ^ "411Mania".