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Old 07-13-2015, 10:54 AM
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Default TNA's International TV Deals: What Happens in September?

As of this writing TNA is looking to be finishing up TV tapings for the 2015 year very soon, and their deal with Destination America looks to be ending in a few weeks. When that happens, unless TNA can broker a deal with a new cable network, they will no longer be airing as a weekly wrestling program in the United States. TNA talents have revealed that a number of them are contracted through February 2016, and international TV deals have been announced in recent months. We've seen TNA downsize over and over, going from a touring live show featuring homegrown stars and former WWE talents, back to the GUTS Arena in Orlando with very few known stars, indy talents and some older WWE names. As a fan of wrestling it will be difficult to watch TNA go through this change, and harder if TNA doesn't survive it. Personally I'd like to see TNA attempt digital distribution. Flipps, Crackle, Netflix or Hulu would be much better homes for weekly wrestling than deep cable and that's the direction people are going in these days. If TNA no longer broadcasts in America, expect ROH to take over the #2 promotion spot for sure.
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The long and short answer is: we don't know.

We just don't. We have no idea how they'll react, what they'll do, whether they'll be able to negotiate a new home/deal much in the manner they did when Spike dropped them (and they effectively ran "best of" shows for a month plus before the move) or whether or not they're even being dropped.

This is all being based on a single report that was leaked months back. We simply have no idea what is going on. It's why I've said repeatedly that when it comes to TNA shutting down or retracting its roster or what have you, I take a purely fan perspective. I don't care. It's not my business. That's for Dixie Carter and the big wigs to figure out. For me, I'm just here for the show. I don't care about how or why the broadway show functions. Just that it's there for me to enjoy. And if it isn't, it isn't. But until it isn't, this is the mentality I have to operate with. Enjoy the ride. Until it's over. If it's over.
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Here is what I believe and actually ECIII summed it up pretty nicely in an interview he did the other day...

" Will TNA be out of business after September?

“No. Why would I think that? We’re internationally in so many markets. Domestically, do I know what the direct future holds? I have a pretty good idea, and I think we’re going to be just fine. But people have been saying this company has been going out of business for 13 years and it continues to go. We’re doing some of our best work now and the people doing it won’t let it fail.”

If he has a backup plan in case TNA goes under:

“Why do I need one? I just said no. TNA isn’t going anywhere.” "

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This is an interesting situation..As to what network TNA could be on in 2016 and beyond, I dunno..Maybe FX or another network such as that...Though, as is noted, TNA is very popular in other countries, such as England, Brazil and India(not to mention Ring Ka King in India involved TNA heavily as well).

Even though TNA obviously needs to boost its domestic revenue in the US, besides getting a creative team which actually writes consistent storylines, another suggestion would be to hold shows(house shows, IMPACTs and PPVs) in other areas of the US, such as in California(ie San Francisco, LA, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Oakland, etc) or in Oregon/Washington state.

Another thing is that TNA could do more tours visiting other countries...They obviously are adored in the UK, there's British Bootcamp, TNA visits the UK yearly, etc Hence, why not have TNA visit India yearly doing a tour through cities such as Varanasi, New Delhi, Mumbai, etc The same can be said for Brazil and China, due to TNA having TV deals in both of those countries..TNA holding shows in Beijing or Sao Paulo along with visiting at least 6 cities in both China and Brazil yearly would be something long overdue.
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As of this writing TNA is looking to be finishing up TV tapings for the 2015 year very soon, and their deal with Destination America looks to be ending in a few weeks. When that happens, unless TNA can broker a deal with a new cable network, they will no longer be airing as a weekly wrestling program in the United States. TNA talents have revealed that a number of them are contracted through February 2016, and international TV deals have been announced in recent months. We've seen TNA downsize over and over, going from a touring live show featuring homegrown stars and former WWE talents, back to the GUTS Arena in Orlando with very few known stars, indy talents and some older WWE names. As a fan of wrestling it will be difficult to watch TNA go through this change, and harder if TNA doesn't survive it. Personally I'd like to see TNA attempt digital distribution. Flipps, Crackle, Netflix or Hulu would be much better homes for weekly wrestling than deep cable and that's the direction people are going in these days. If TNA no longer broadcasts in America, expect ROH to take over the #2 promotion spot for sure.

And ROH being in second place would mean what exactly? WWE will never feel threatened by them the way they seem with TNA. And it would be a HUGE GAP between first place and second place.

Second, way too many of the current TNA guys have been way too confident about TNA and DA. So they must know something.

And, TNA always seems to have a card up their sleeve with these types of situation.

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What happens everything stays the same nothing changes but maybe Total Nonstop Action becoming Global Force Wrestling as Jeff and Dixie are re-working together and last time Pre-Hogan, TNA Was doing great. Viacom made TNA an afterthought and had them Shove MMA down ppl's throats w/o any kinda promotions for TNA at all. As far as Hogan everybody was always asking Terry about the WWE and the Old Days and not TNA while he was there plus Terry shoulda Promoted them all lil better. So Intrnatl Deals are til 2018-2020 at least so Globally they'll be still on but Domestically in the USA The Discovery Family might move them to The Discovery Channel's Main Channel.
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The current situation TNA is facing is for the American Market only as far as I know. They have various deals throughout the world which may still be for a couple more years. That means that unless those guys also cancel TNA or TNA tries to get out of its contract, they will still remain a TV show.

I live in India I think they signed a new contract here with Sony Six just a few months ago so we might keep getting the show. The best option would be for them to take the show internationally and tape it there in a cheaper market, not London, because that would be quite beneficial to them as far as cost cutting would go. They could continue to tape months worth of TV in a matter of a few days and then go home.

However, being a fan of TNA, I sincerely hope it does not go under and that it continues to air on Destination America until it finds a better network.
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The main Cable PayTV provider in Australia decided not to renew TNA's constract as of Slammiversary. So no TNA in Australia atm other then online
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If TNA does lose it's USA contract then I would assume that the tapings will still be shown in the other countries until the end of year which gives TNA 3 months to find another home or fold.
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The long and short answer is: we don't know.

We just don't. We have no idea how they'll react, what they'll do, whether they'll be able to negotiate a new home/deal much in the manner they did when Spike dropped them (and they effectively ran "best of" shows for a month plus before the move) or whether or not they're even being dropped.

This is all being based on a single report that was leaked months back. We simply have no idea what is going on. It's why I've said repeatedly that when it comes to TNA shutting down or retracting its roster or what have you, I take a purely fan perspective. I don't care. It's not my business. That's for Dixie Carter and the big wigs to figure out. For me, I'm just here for the show. I don't care about how or why the broadway show functions. Just that it's there for me to enjoy. And if it isn't, it isn't. But until it isn't, this is the mentality I have to operate with. Enjoy the ride. Until it's over. If it's over.
I agree, as fans it's best to enjoy a product you support regardless of who is paying the talent. In TNA's case they're not paying the talent on time, and they're cutting ties with a lot of their roster. As a fan of wrestling, I'm more concerned about talent I've invested in over the years watching and I'm more concerned about where I can watch AJ Styles and Bobby Roode wrestle, not what 3 letters represent the program or what type of camera is used to record it. To me, I'm not sure what TNA represents and whether or not I will want to watch it in the future judging by the current state of the company.

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Here is what I believe and actually ECIII summed it up pretty nicely in an interview he did the other day...

" Will TNA be out of business after September?

“No. Why would I think that? We’re internationally in so many markets. Domestically, do I know what the direct future holds? I have a pretty good idea, and I think we’re going to be just fine. But people have been saying this company has been going out of business for 13 years and it continues to go. We’re doing some of our best work now and the people doing it won’t let it fail.”

If he has a backup plan in case TNA goes under:

“Why do I need one? I just said no. TNA isn’t going anywhere.” "

pretty simple honestly.
Great quote from EC3, a hugely talented main eventer experiencing his first championship run during the lowest point in the company's existence. I hope that he is continually built up with better booking. Unfortunately he is veering into Magnus territory as the chickenshit heel champ, he needs to be booked as the best wrestler who happens to be a heel. I think EC3 is the best thing going in TNA, though.

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And ROH being in second place would mean what exactly? WWE will never feel threatened by them the way they seem with TNA. And it would be a HUGE GAP between first place and second place.

Second, way too many of the current TNA guys have been way too confident about TNA and DA. So they must know something.

And, TNA always seems to have a card up their sleeve with these types of situation.
ROH might end up getting the production money TNA was getting from DestAm, remember if DestAm cancels TNA now they can keep some of the audience of TNA by producing a 2nd hour of ROH with better production and lighting.

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What happens everything stays the same nothing changes but maybe Total Nonstop Action becoming Global Force Wrestling as Jeff and Dixie are re-working together and last time Pre-Hogan, TNA Was doing great. Viacom made TNA an afterthought and had them Shove MMA down ppl's throats w/o any kinda promotions for TNA at all. As far as Hogan everybody was always asking Terry about the WWE and the Old Days and not TNA while he was there plus Terry shoulda Promoted them all lil better. So Intrnatl Deals are til 2018-2020 at least so Globally they'll be still on but Domestically in the USA The Discovery Family might move them to The Discovery Channel's Main Channel.
A TNA/GFW merger or "invasion angle" benefits GFW far more than it benefits TNA. Dixie wanted an invasion angle and she got it, Jarrett got handed the biggest and best kind of free promotion for his new brand. Personally I think it's within the realm of possibility that TNA is cancelled from DestAm in September and the first GFW tapings in the Orleans Arena will air after ROH.

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If TNA does lose it's USA contract then I would assume that the tapings will still be shown in the other countries until the end of year which gives TNA 3 months to find another home or fold.
Correct, TNA will still have deals in other countries and they're doing a lot of production this month, rumored to be taping episodes up to December. If they lose an American TV deal, they lose a revenue stream. Money has recently been a bigger problem for them. It's crucial that TNA keeps its TV deal in the states to keep making the show at the level that they currently do.
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