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Global Impact! was a free online professional wrestling show produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) that took place in 2006. Global Impact!, which was hosted by TNA interviewers Jeremy Borash and Christy Hemme, featured "exclusive footage, interviews, news updates, matches and more." It was recently revived as a series of special episodes on Spike TV.

History

Original Segments

Global Impact! originated in TNA in 2005 as segments displaying the worldwide "impact" of TNA, with an unseen Jeremy Borash providing a voiceover. These segments included TNA performers appearing in promotions and tours of different countries, and various happenings in TNA.

Online Show

On April 24, 2006, TNA announced that it would be converting Global Impact! into a weekly webcast show as of May 3, 2006 as part of an agreement between TNA and YouTube. Jeremy Borash was announced as the onscreen host, with Christy Hemme to co-host the inaugural broadcast. TNA website manager Bill Banks (who helped launch similar online shows such as WWE Byte This! and WCW Reload) was expected to have a large behind-the-scenes role.

This agreement would be short-lived after high viewership caused the YouTube Server to crash, future episodes were hosted on TNA's official website. On August 19, 2006, the show was put on hold with no real reason given. Instead, TNA switched to providing information in the form of an audio podcast.

Television Revival

On December 14, 2007, Spike TV issued a press release which included the fact that TNA will have a one-hour special in January entitled "Global Impact". The show will feature taped matches involving TNA wrestlers competing at the Wrestle Kingdom II New Japan Pro Wrestling,Tokyo Dome show on January 4, including Kurt Angle facing Yugi Nagata for the IWGP Third Belt Championship.

The show aired on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 11:00pm-EST following the weekly episode of TNA Impact. According to TNA's recent contract renewal with Spike TV, it is expected that this will be the first of several occasional special-airing shows.

DVD Release

On February 28, 2008, TNA released the first Global Impact special from Japan on DVD. Unlike the on air broadcast, it contained the 7 full length matches that TNA stars participated in during the January 4th Tokyo Dome Event. It also contains backstage interviews from before and after the event.

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