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 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.
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