TNA, which saw it’s flagship iMPACT! show do a 1.2 cable rating on Thursday (according to Nielsen Media Research and WrestlingObserver.com; PWTorch.com called the rating a 1.17 and TNA’s third-highest ever), is “working with the idea” that they’ll have two hours this fall, according to PWInsider.com. The site goes on to report that TNA’s Dixie Carter and Jeff Jarrett were in Los Angeles late last week meeting with Fox executives. Word is that if TNA stays with Spike, the network will move UFC programming to Wednesdays to make room for two hours of iMPACT! on Thursday nights. Sources have told PWInsider.com that Fox and TNA have discussed a deal that would have TNA shows on multiple networks owned by the media conglamorate, with a show perhaps airing live each week. Fox and parent company NewsCorp own the following entities, which in my opinion makes this interesting to say the least: Fox Broadcast Network, MyNetworkTV, FX, Fox Sports Net, Fox Reality, FUEL TV, MySpace and much more.
Also according to the site, former WWE Divas Shelly Martinez (Ariel) and Nidia are being talked about for possible additions to a women’s division. Obviously, with two hours, one would think TNA would be more open to adding a new championship.
In other TNA news, there’s an interview with Jay Lethal about his “Black Machismo” gimmick (and a conversation he had with the real Macho Man) here.