Hulk Hogan may need a ninth back surgery with the amount of crap he has been shoveling on a recent media tour in regards to TNA Wrestling. In a recent appearance Hogan blames a lack of Spike TV “awareness” on low TNA buyrates and ratings.
Hogan has recently made himself available on a media tour. Hogan has appeared in a number of outlets talking a lot of TNA Wrestling. The boys at Live Audio Wrestling asked Hogan about TNA’s inability to increase buyrates and Impact ratings. No, it wasn’t bad booking, lack of creativity, or a stale product that Hogan blames on TNA’s struggling business. Hulk Hogan blamed one of the few friends TNA has left, Spike Television.
Come again? It isn’t the TNA product that is turning fans off, it is not the TNA talent that is turning fans off, it is Spike TV? TNA Impact hovers at around a 1.2 rating which goes up and down by the week, averaging about 1.5 million viewers a week. Those numbers have remained pretty steady since TNA returned Impact Wrestling to Thursday nights.
By comparison, WWE RAW did a 3.18 rating last week which was its lowest in awhile. On the low week, the WWE averaged 4.95 million viewers. Well according to Hogan the difference in numbers comes from the USA Network’s “awareness right? Not so fast Hulkamaniacs.
Not so fast Hulkamaniacs. As of January 2011, Spike TV was available in 99.5 million homes – or 85.8% of the country. In comparison, USA Network is available in 99.95 million homes – or 86.2% of the country. So the idea that Spike TV’s lack of awareness is to blame at all on declining business is just laughable.
I won’t even bring up the fact that Spike TV airs the Ultimate Fighting Championship, yes the same UFC that recently drew an estimated 750,000 buys for UFC 126.
In 2007 TNA averaged over 26,000 North American buys per pay per view with lower ratings and a much lower payroll. The 2009 numbers saw a few TNA shows generate over 40,000 buys. The numbers have been declining ever since, starting with 2010. It should also be pointed out that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have been in control of TNA Wrestling creative for over a year with declines and slight improvements from time to time in ratings and buyrates.
Of course I wouldn’t expect Hogan to come on a radio show and take full responsibility for the failures of TNA Wrestling’s product. I also wouldn’t expect someone in the real world for rewarding Hogan and Bischoff’s consistent lack of progress but both have received new contracts and for Bischoff a promotion.
But hey, I am sure a TNA billboard in Stamford, CT will solve everything.
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