The following press release was issued by TNA Wrestling tonight:
HULKAMANIA IS COMING BACK TO MONDAY NIGHT ON ?TNA iMPACT!? LIVE JANUARY 4 ON SPIKE TV
Hulk Hogan’s First Live Appearance On Spike TV’s ?TNA iMPACT? Will Be In A Special 3-Hour Live Episode Monday, January 4 At 8:00 PM ET/PT
The biggest name in professional wrestling history, Hulk Hogan, will make his first live appearance on Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling’s ?TNA iMPACT!? in a live 3-hour special on Spike TV Monday, January 4, 2010 at 8:00PM ET/PT. Hogan and TNA President Dixie Carter attended ?The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights? Finale in Las Vegas where Hogan made the announcement in an interview with Joe Rogan.
?TNA iMPACT!? will be going against ?WWE Monday Raw? on USA Network, the first time two wrestling companies have broadcast live head-to-head since the ?Monday Night Wars? in the late 1990’s between WWE and WCW. This ?iMPACT!? special will broadcast live from the TNA iMPACT! Zone at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fl.
Hogan’s first appearance inside the six-sided ring of TNA Wrestling will follow weeks of speculation after Hogan and Carter announced their partnership on October 27 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hogan has hinted in various media interviews that he?ll have multiple surprises in store for TNA Wrestling fans.
?I knew when I signed with TNA, that it would be important to make a statement with the first episode. Going head-to-head on January 4th, makes the statement loud and clear: Game on!? Hogan said.
?TNA is kicking off 2010 in the biggest way possible with the biggest name in the history of our sport. Hulk Hogan is a pop culture icon, and his arrival will change not only TNA, but the entire professional wrestling landscape. We?re firing that first shot,? Carter said.
Joining Hogan for the three-hour live ?iMPACT!? will be TNA World Heavyweight Champion ?The Phenomenal? AJ Styles, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, ?The Samoan Submission Machine? Samoa Joe, ?The Boss? Bobby Lashley and ?The Blueprint? Matt Morgan.
?TNA iMPACT!? will resume its normal timeslot on Thursday, January 7th at 9:00 PM ET/PT with an encore viewing of the live ?iMPACT!? special.