TNA Wrestling made history on the Thursday, Aug. 2 during its live broadcast of Impact Wrestling (8 p.m. EST Spike TV) by becoming the first entertainment company on Twitter to stream its ‘Backstage Access’ live via its YouTube partner on Impact's Enhanced Twitter Page at www.twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING.
Impact Wrestling is one of the pioneers in the field of social media with professional wrestling – whether incorporating live tweets from fans into the weekly television show on Spike in real time, interacting with fans during live pay-per-views with live Q&As, allowing fans to choose the main events and even allowing fans to help with the fate of whether or not a wrestling hopeful gets a professional wrestling contract.
“We've always tried to keep connected with our fans, and social media is a great way to do so,” TNA President Dixie Carter said in a release. “We've had a wonderful relationship with Twitter, and we're glad to be able to use its technology to bring the experience to our fans in a new way.”
The ‘Backstage Pass’ allows fans to interact with the superstars of Impact Wrestling who appear on the television show as the show happens by sending questions via Twitter using hashtags. The questions then are answered live via the live stream. The ‘Backstage Pass’ also provides continuous coverage of live action in the ring when the show goes to commercial.
• TNA Impact Wrestling, in conjunction with Direct Auto Insurance, continues its live summer series 8 p.m. EST Thursdays on Spike TV.
• The TNA Hardcore Justice pay-per-view is 8 p.m. EST Sunday, Aug. 12 from Universal Studios Orlando.
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