Jeremy Borash feels the same.
“It’s how I started watching wrestling – with my dad,” he says. “I don’t think I’d be here [in TNA] if we hadn’t had that show. And I didn’t have a whole lot in common with my dad, but one thing we did was we’d go to the wrestling together, and we’d watch the wrestling together every Saturday morning. I’m so excited about it.”
And now TNA’s establishing themselves in that market with a relaunch of Xplosion, to air on Challenge at 9am on Saturday mornings.
“It’ll be the first time in this country’s history that there’ll be a free-to-air show on Saturday mornings, which is very cool,” he says.
“We saw a big pick-up in our last tour with more families than ever. I think it’s time for families to be able to sit down and watch the show on television, parents and kids enjoying the wrestling together – it’s like a good animated movie that everyone wants to see.”
It’ll be focused on the X Division, but expect some Knockouts action as well (the women will be suitably attired as well rather than donning the ridiculously skimpy outfits we’re used to seeing them in).
“It’s the two most popular elements with kids,” he says.
Plus there’ll be Rockstar Spud.
“He tests great with kids,” says Borash, with an expression of mild surprise, and then jokes, “They’re like, ‘I’m as tall as he is!’ No, they relate to him really well.
“Eventually he’s going to have his own segment – it’ll be Spud across America. We travel together, and trainwrecks just follow him everywhere…”
Some might be slightly surprised that this is something TNA are keen on doing since they’ve long been the more “edgy” of the two global mainstream promotions, happily taking on risque storylines and airing more violent action.
“We do have to be careful on that,” he admits. “These will be kid-friendly characters, the matches will be kid-friendly, but it won’t be so sanitised that adults don’t want to watch it.
“There’ll be Spin Cycle – I was inspired by Celebrity Juice, and it’s a format people are used to here. Everybody who does it genuinely wants to be there and is genuinely having fun doing it. They’ve got an open pass to be as wacky as they want on that show.”
And will Xplosion be part of next year’s ever-popular TNA UK Tour – or is there any chance of it running its own smaller venues?
“We’ve got a couple of things planned,” says Borash. “If we’re going to try anything, it’ll be here [in the UK] first – whatever works here usually works everywhere else.
“When I daydream, I think about how it would be if this blew up, and we could take our own talent around 2,000-3,000-seat venues. That would be great. I’d love for it to happen – and if fans want it, it will happen.”
TNA Xplosion airs on Challenge as from this Saturday (May 31st) at 9am.