|TNA iMPACT! Zone|
|Location:||Universal Studios Florida|
|Owner:||Universal Studios Florida|
The TNA Impact! Zone (also once called the "Extreme Zone" at TNA's 2010 Hardcore Justice Pay-Per-View) is the professional wrestling nickname for Soundstage 21, a sound stage in Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Florida. Its nickname is derived from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's (TNA) Impact! weekly television series, which is taped at this venue.
In May 2004, TNA announced that they would be starting their first nationally airing television show, TNA Impact! on Fox Sports Net. They also announced that they would be airing this show from Universal Studios as part of an agreement reached with the theme park. Accordingly, TNA leased Soundstage 21 for the purposes of putting on wrestling events for an indefinite period of time. TNA also moved several of its main offices down to Orlando from their original home in Nashville.
Since June 2004, TNA has taped its flagship show, Impact! as well as its secondary show Xplosion from the Impact! Zone. They also aired every monthly pay-per-view in company history from that location until October 2006 when Bound For Glory was broadcast from the Compuware Arena in Detroit. They also hosted a special viewing of The Best Damn Sports Show Period that was entitled the Best Damn Wrestling Event Period.
As part of the agreement with Universal Studios, TNA is not allowed to charge entrance to events held at the Impact! Zone. This led TNA to look for alternative venues to host some of their monthly pay-per-view events.
In August 2006 at Hard Justice, a fire sparked in the rafters of the Impact! Zone. The fire was the result of pyrotechnics igniting a burlap sandbag. The soundstage was evacuated for approximately 20 minutes while the Orlando Fire Department inspected the resultant damage and the building in general. Afterward, the audience was allowed back in and the show resumed with only one match cancelled.
On October 23, 2008, Impact! began broadcasting in HD on Spike. The previous stage and two entrance ramps were removed. The new HD setup included new lighting and several very large high-resolution screens. The wrestlers all enter from the same stage, which enabled TNA to add around 400 seats to the Impact! Zone, which increased capacity to around 1,200 to 1,300 fans per night. The new stage retained the two tunnels, both leading up to it for the faces (left side) and heels (right side), but just one ramp going down to the ring.
Shows aired from the Impact! Zone
- TNA Impact! (June 2004 – present)
- TNA Xplosion (June 2004 – present)
- TNA Global Impact! (May 2006 – present)
- Victory Road (2004, 2006)
- Turning Point (2004 – 2006)
- Final Resolution (2005 – 2007)
- Against All Odds (2005 – 2007)
- Destination X (2005 – 2007)
- Lockdown (2005 – 2006)
- Hard Justice (2005 – 2006)
- Slammiversary (2005 - 2006)
- No Surrender (2005 – 2006)
- Sacrifice (2005 – 2006)
- Unbreakable (2005)
- Bound for Glory (2005)
- Genesis (2005 – 2006)
- TNA Today (2006 – present) (Mostly backstage, sometimes ringside)