A new report recently in the Figure Four Weekly Newsletter indicates the pay-per view numbers for Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling are looking very bleak. The newsletter is stating the company’s May Sacrifice PPV and TNA Slammiversary PPV events both had an estimated 8,000 buys each. In 2005 and 2006, TNA was averaging around 25,000 to 30,000 buys for their pay-per view events.
TNA has lost their pizzazz and no longer stand out as a ‘different kind of wrestling company.’ Some could blame the economy which does play a part in how fans want to spend their hard earned dollars, but overall bad booking, too many hands on the product (i.e. Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan) along with recycled storylines such as the nWo/Wolfpack reunion and new ECW Invasion angle that was already tried unsuccessfully in World Wrestling Entertainment has fans hesitating about spending $34.99 on a product that in the early stages was billed as an alternative. TNA has turned more and more into World Championship Wrestling just before it was sold to Vince McMahon in early 2001.
TNA has to be losing large amounts of money on their pay-per views as the cost of running these events do not come cheap each month. TNA desperately needs to find a way to revamp their PPV schedule. If not, find a way to get out of the PPV business altogether. What TNA could do to change the way they do PPV’s is go back to how it was done in the 1980’s and early 1990’s when both WWE and WCW ran PPV events once every three months and these were the big events such as The Royal Rumble, Starrcade, etc. The other alternative is to drop PPV events and work out a deal with Spike TV to air once a month live events outside of Orlando on the network with limited commercial interruption with a ‘Clash of Champions’ like feel to it.
If Jeff Jarrett and Dixie Carter do not find an alternative plan, the poor pay-per view business could be cost the company millions of dollars they could use elsewhere to improve the product such as taking a gamble on Paul Heyman and newly re-vamped creative team. TNA still has potential, but with the current direction, they are deemed for possible further failure.
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