There was especially anger over the reports because Destination America had two representatives in Nashville all week working on creative plans with Billy Corgan, John Gaburick and the rest of the creative team that went well into the end of the year and early 2016.
At one point yesterday, the plan was to film an interview where Josh Mathews would sit down with Dixie Carter to respond to the reports, but that was scrapped in favor of the statement that was issued. Discovery is expected to push TNA's move to Wednesdays across all of their networks over the next several weeks.
TNA issued the following statement on Thursday regarding IMPACT WRESTLING:
"It has come to our attention that several internet news sources have falsely attributed statements to TNA, its executives and broadcasting partner. These false statements constitute defamation and if necessary we will seek all legal remedies available to us."
Billy Corgan tweeted: "It wouldn't be so bad if the whole truth was being reported and the person reporting wasn't being worked by a sloppy angle. And let's remember that I speak from experience, having had things written about me by Meltzer that he never got a statement from me about."
Bob Ryder added: "For almost 13 years some people have predicted we were about to go out of business. It's no more true today than it was then. #StandUp"