Saturday, August 27, 2011

To Make Money.....

I've been giving this some thought for quite some time and I've come to some conclusions about how best to save TNA and fans alike some hard earned dollars....allow me to elaborate....

TNA is spending upwards of 500,000 bucks apiece for guys like Hogan, Flair, and Sting. Other top talents command almost as high a paycheck from the top. I say let a few contracts expire. Let Sting, Flair, and Scott Steiner celebrate their last matches respectively and, if they wish to stay employed in the white tower after the ring work is finished, drop them down a ways on the pay scale to free up monies for new talents and the like. Younger talents could really benefit from having a coach of the caliber of a Ric Flair or a Sting to guide their steps.

Cut out 4 PPV's per year. Let's say that each Pay Per View costs 400,000 dollars to put together; that's including pyro, stage prep., lights, sound, etc. Cutting over 1 million dollars in PPV sounds like a lot to ask, but I have to point out that each PPV costs 35 bucks a pop for the fans in the US. I don't know very many people hardcore enough to spend that kind of money these days on a PPV only to be watched once. Cut a PPV each quarter and then rearranging what PPVs remain to look something like this...

Live Special------PPV------PPV-------Live Special-------PPV------PPV----

With the live special format, you could make it a limited interruption 2 hour live event as a ramp to build toward the next coming PPV. Putting those dollars to use in this way might coax some into spending the 35 bucks for a PPV because there are fewer of them and at the end of each quarter would be one of the big four. Lockdown, Bound for Glory, and two more yet to be named or rearranged.

My last thought is to create something new or bring back something old. Think about BorderWars, as introduced in my last column or WarGames from way back when. I'm talking about something to attach to another PPV to make it stand out as one of the big four. Survivor Series has its main event with two teams of 5. Royal Rumble has a battle royal. Wrestlemania is where feuds die and begin. SummerSlam is where feuds intensify. It just tends to work that way. TNA's formula needs to wax and wane opposite where WWE does in order to garner some interest during down time.

All I ask is that you think about it.....


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