Friday, July 29, 2011

The Rumor Killer....

Spike TV is in the middle of a 're-branding', or so it's being called. With the new target demographic Spike intends to go after, it has been speculated that Impact Wrestling could be a casualty of this move. Having said that, Impact Wrestling's rating number show that it's the number one rated show on the network. As the federation on the rise, it helps that WWE Superstars are mentioning TNA by name in their media as well as in radio or talk show settings. Sheamus made a direct reference on a radio interview just a couple of days ago; Jeff Hardy made mention of TNA on The Hardy Boys "Twist of Fate" DVD released while under contract with WWE....it helps expose viewers of the WWE product to an alternative wrestling show.

Here is the heart of the matter, TNA wasn't mentioned at length during the press conference to discuss the future of the network, which is good news for the TNA product on air. In fact, I still believe there are plans to put on another 2 hour show in the coming calendar year, but that has yet to be confirmed by the officials in TNA.

Despite the lack of mention by those in power at Spike, it seems to me that Hogan, Bischoff, and company need to have a plan B to move with in the event that things turn south in the midst of the Spike reboot. I always pray for the best and plan for the worst. Spike would be hurting for the ratings TNA has been able to consistently provide. Critics can scoff and say all kinds of things, but when TNA hasn't folded after nearly 10 years of business and they show no signs of stopping what they do best, I'm not worried about their future.

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