Wednesday, March 11, 2015

'Tis the Season.....

Okay, it's Wrestlemania season, I get it. Meh, I really don't care about this one. Make that 5 or 6 in a row, but I digress. What I really want to talk about is the question of hold or fold. This week, news broke in news circles that talents behind the scenes in TNA are getting nervous. Why? When officials had the chat with the cast and crew a number of weeks ago in the days before the reboot, they were given the best case scenario; meaning that the TV partnership would be even more lucrative than it's turning out to be. With locked audiences and no ready growth since the first couple of weeks, it seems that we're right back where we started....and what's worse, TNA has announced that no live events are on the horizon AND April tapings have been cancelled and May tapings have been put into place, which means an extra month of nothing. No paychecks issued, no work at all beyond the tapings schedule.

In spite of the fact that a few top talents have just signed new deals with the company, the vast majority won't be gaining anything from this month of void. So the question becomes whether or not officials are ready to break the news to the talents on the locker room or if they are going to try and put together some live events to try and fill the gap. Bob Ryder, one of TNA's highest ranked execs tweeted that a few live events are coming, but the issue is that those events may not come until June at the earliest. Will it be enough to bolster some local fan support or will this simply be a case of a day late and a dollar short?

News outlets the net over are asking whether or not it might be time to close the book on this chapter in wrestling history and let things run their course. Right now, the independent circuit is as healthy as it's ever been and with Joe, Styles, Kaz, and Daniels making decent money per indy show, they can potentially make a better payday than if they were in TNA right now, so is packing up and closing the doors the right thing to do? I honestly don't know about those on the TNA roster, but for the fans of wrestling, I don't think so. Wrestling needs some variety on TV. Television is key here and TNA is the only show in town with a decently sized following online OR on TV.

What do you guys think? Hold or fold?

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