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Inside The Wheelhouse: TNA 0.84 rating? Where’s the war?

I was in the middle of doing The Wheelhouse show when the ratings for the March 15 TNA Impact were released and didn’t get a chance to look at it until I got home to read an e-mail from the great Eric Gargiulo. In it he sent me the ratings for TNA Impact and WWE Raw from the past Monday March 15th shows. WWE Raw received a 3.7 rating while TNA Impact in show #2 of the Monday Night Wars II headed by up by Eric Bischoff & Hulk Hogan received a 0.84 rating, the lowest rating for TNA Impact in four years.

As I figured TNA had a lower rating then last week’s show but I didn’t think it would be in the .8’s! I think re-runs of the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” on Nick at Nite at 2am receive higher ratings that TNA Impact right now. Don’t hold that statistic to me, I can already hear TNA fans going “that isn’t true!” It’s all in jest but I digress.

Are the red flags waving in Nashville at the TNA offices and at the Spike TV section of the Viacom building yet? You would think right? They paid in what I’m sure is millions of dollars to bring in Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, The Band etc. You wouldn’t think so after reading Dixie Carter’s now infamous twitter page tonight after the announcement of the rating came out. Here is what she wrote:

“Although its classic David v Goliath, 1 stone will not bring down our giant, it’s a different day. It’ll take time & commitment, we have both.” – Dixie Carter (via her twitter page)

You have time & commitment do ya? Does Spike TV have the same kind of time and commitment as you do Dixie? Because if they don’t your off of a network and don’t have an outlet to take down Goliath.

This isn’t breaking news to TNA this rating has been getting worse and worse since January 4th when TNA pulled in their biggest rating of all-time. Everyone in TNA was jumping up and down like a room full of kindergarten’s being greeted by the ice cream man. You would have thought that they had already won the Monday Night War the way they were acting. That’s how ridiculous it was.

We talked about the Impact rating from last week’s show (March 8th) at length on my podcast “The Still Real to Us Show” co-hosted by fellow Camel Clutch Blog’s Eric Gargiulo. I’m not going to go back in time and discuss that rating again. At the time I was shocked that was how TNA rated back on the 8th, this time around I am not as shocked.

I read the spoilers because I had little interest in tuning into the show this week. I’m sure the TNA defenders will use that as another reason as to why the rating was so low. Are you sure it has nothing to do with the inconsistencies with the booking of TNA? Or how maybe, just maybe fans of the TNA product are fed up with the same old wrestlers being shoved down our throats ten years ago being shoved down our throats yet again?

TNA took everything they laid their foundation with for 8 years and threw it out the window the minute they brought Hulk Hogan on board to “shake up” their product. How does Hulk shake up the product? By bringing in Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, The Nasty Boys, Bubba the Love Sponge, Sean Waltman, Scott Hall, Sean Morley and Mr. Anderson. Last I checked wrestling fans and more importantly TNA fans weren’t clamoring for one last run for The Nasty Boys, to see Bubba the Love Sponge on TV and to get another chance for Scott Hall to no show a TNA event.

This is slowly becoming more and more of a joke every week. I wouldn’t be surprised if we soon see bets on how low the TNA rating will be in Las Vegas next week. TNA will be live next week so I’m sure the rating will do better right? Maybe it will move from a 0.84 to a 0.94. I’m a believer! You can do it TNA! Let’s beat the ratings of Impact from the Fox Sports days!

Something is not working right now in TNA obviously. This situation Dixie Carter got her organization into by bringing Hogan & Bischoff into the fold was a make or break situation. They can either fight the situation and make their product entertaining or continue to go down with their sinking ship.

You can point the finger at Vince Russo, but as Eric Gargiulo brought to my attention on last week’s “Still Real to us Show”; the finger must be left to be blamed to Dixie Carter, Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan. Those three and more then likely Hogan & Bischoff, have the final say on what we see on Monday nights. Clearly what we’ve been seeing lately is some of the worst things TNA has produced in four years according to the ratings of course.

Spike TV executives are not going to let this continue happen for much longer as they have invested a lot of time and more importantly money into the TNA product. Spike TV & TNA want to beat the USA Network & the WWE in the ratings game. They didn’t air on Monday Nights because they are the “little engine that could.” They did it to make a point and climb the ladder of the Wrestling game. It is another form of “Survival of the Fittest” and right now they are most definitely the hunted.

To me they are even behind Ring of Honor’s Monday program that I watch on YouTube because I can’t get HDnet! No offense to ROH, their product is by far much more entertaining then the TNA product right now. Spike TV call up Cary Silkin and bring ROH to the worldwide fan base because the way it’s looking right now TNA won’t survive till 2011.

What is TNA’s excuse this week? I’m sure it will be that they were taped. But even so most wrestling fans read spoilers including spoilers for NXT & Smackdown. You know the two other WWE shows not named Raw that are doing better then your program. What will TNA’s competition be next? Hell maybe they can take on WWE’s AM Raw that airs at 2am on the USA network.

This is one of the worst wars I have ever seen so far in the Wrestling business and I know it’s still early for me to say this in Week 2 but this is horrible. If TNA makes a comeback they will look back at this period of time and remind all the haters (including the one writing this blog) how they came back from a 0.84 rating to out-do the WWE on Monday Nights. I don’t know when or how that can happen right now and I think TNA is feeling the same way right but won’t let on that they feel that way as we speak.

The heat will be on this coming Monday March 22nd in Orlando, Florida. The WWE is doing their “go home” show to Wrestlemania 26. TNA and their fans need to stop blaming the “Road to Wrestlemania” as well for their problems. This has been getting worse for weeks and weeks. Plus have you been watching the same show I have been? It’s horrible and un-entertaining.

The only war that seems to be happening on Monday Nights right now is TNA Impact taking on VH1’s replay of the Tool Academy. TNA needs to improve fast or the Spike TV executives will be calling Dixie Carter, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff into their offices rather quickly. Things are at least getting most definitely getting interesting during the Monday Night Wars II.

If you have any questions or comments for Eric Gargiulo and I for this week’s “The Still Real to us Show” please e-mail us at [email protected]

Jeff Peck is the producer for the “Wheelhouse Radio” program that airs every Sunday – Thursday @ 8pm ET/5pm PT at www.blogtalkradio.com/thewheelhouse and at www.errorfm.com @ 2am ET/11pm PT

Jeff also co-hosts “The Still Real to us show” with Eric Gargiulo which can be available at www.wheelhouseradio.com and can be downloaded in the “Real Guy Radio” section of the site. There you can also download many different shows including “The Wheelhouse”, “24 on 24” and “Lost: Smoke Monsters and You.”

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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