TNA Wrestling has announced they will soon be leaving Universal Orlando to film their television shows at different cities around the U.S. The last two shows to be taped in the Universal Soundstage known as the “Impact Zone” will be Feb. 28 and March 7, 2013.
TNA has filmed the majority of their Impact Wrestling television shows and pay-per-view events for the past eight years in Soundstage 21 just behind the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster at Universal Studios Florida.
“This is a tremendous step forward for TNA,” stated TNA President Dixie Carter. “Fans from around the world have been coming to us at Universal for more than eight years to be a part of the ‘Impact Wrestling’ audience. It’s now time for us to take the ‘Impact Wrestling’ television cameras to them. This is a very important next evolution for the company, and I’m excited that the backdrop to the show will feature our great fans in larger arenas around the country and world.
“We are so grateful to Universal for being such fantastic partners and look forward to finding other ways to work together in the future,” Carter added.
While the shows at Universal were free for park guests and non-park guests to attend, the company sometimes struggled to fill the stands. The move to different cities is expected to bring a fresh audience to each taping.
It’s unknown what will fill the empty soundstage, or if TNA will make any returns to Universal.
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Here’s the announcement from TNA President Dixie Carter: