|Presented by||Mike Tenay (2002–2008, 2013–2014)|
Jeremy Borash (2008–2016)
Josh Mathews (2015–present)
|No. of episodes||790 (as of November 23, 2019)|
|Production location(s)||Tennessee State Fairground Sports Arena (2002–2004, Early 2019)|
Impact Zone (2004–2017, 2018–2019)
Various Arenas (2013–2014, 2017–present)
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||1 hour per episode (45 minutes plus commercials)|
|Original network||Sun Sports (2002–2006)|
Extreme Sports Channel (UK: 2010)
Challenge (UK: 2011–2017)
My5 (UK: 2017–present)
|Original release||October 5, 2002 –|
Xplosion is a professional wrestling television program produced by the Impact Wrestling promotion, featuring both highlights from the flagship television program of the same name and exclusive taped matches. It is currently produced for international markets with broadcast distribution in the United States on the Impact Plus on a few days' delay.
Format and history
Xplosion was launched on November 27, 2002 as TNA's only regular cable show and featured exclusive matches from the TNA Asylum as well as exclusive interviews with all the TNA Wrestling personalities.
On November 18, 2004, the show became a recap show 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 TNA Global Impact! internet show.
All of the matches seen on Xplosion were taped along with 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.
Airing 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 website and TNA's YouTube page.
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. In addition to the format changes, Xplosion received a new logo, graphics and theme music performed by Taproot.
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 started 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 the tapings.
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.
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 is taped along with Impact and is streamed on Wednesday’s 7PM ET on Impact’s Twitch Channel as well as being uploaded to Impact Plus the same day.
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