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Old 12-30-2016, 10:55 AM
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With the expected January 1st announcement that Anthem Sports & Entertainment is the impending owner and operator of TNA/Impact Wrestling, with the soon-to-be former magnate Dixie Carter effectively out of power, what are your actual expectations for TNA and the TNA brand heading into 2017?

There are a number of concerns still on the table that are in need of resolve, including whether or not the TNA acronym is going to stick around, how committed Anthem will be to PopTV given the mediocre ratings TNA/IW is averaging (just as they averaged with Destination America), what will happen with Challenge dropping TNA in the UK, as well as the Jeff Jarrett return rumors, the expiring contracts of Drew Galloway and Eli Drake, and the combination rumor of the impending contract expiration of Matt Hardy, along with the reports he is expected to be tapped for more creative influence/control in the new year.

The way I see it, having new ownership is a great first step, but any anticipation that Anthem S&E will be a bottomless bank vault is short-sighted and just plain wrong. Just how much they'll open the coffers to talent acquisition and retention remains to be seen, though I do think they'll take a healthy approach.

The real key for me is actually Jarrett, given his current relationship with GFW and the speculation that the two could revisit the idea of effectively merging TNA and GFW under the same banner.

I've made no bones about how much I think the TNA brand is dead and how much it needs to be buried and reborn under a new name. A GFW merger could be a solid second step to take where subsequent steps could continue to be taken to reinvigorate the new-ish brand.
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They need to rebuild their reputation. That means getting rid of the TNA name, and perhaps cutting all ties with Dixie. Her backdoor dealings have let a real sour taste in everyone's mouth.

Merging with Jarret could be good depending how they do it. I don't know how much resources Anthem has, but if they can at least do a taping schedule similar to what Raw use to do in the mid 90's, that's a start. Have 1 live show, and then tape the rest of the month's show. Another live show next month, etc, etc. Maybe try to rotate a few different venues if possible.

The ratings are what it is. As long as they are on these small, obscure networks, getting over 500k is going to be a challenge. Not to mention more, and more people are cutting the cord, and going strictly with streaming/over-the-air TV.

They got a really good roster at the moment. The talent is there, it's just a matter of showcasing it.
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1. They'll finally tour India, if only to avoid losing SonySix, their only revenue stream.

2. You won't see Anthem throwing money around. So don't expect Cody Runnels, Ryback Reeves, Stu Bennett (Wade Barrett) and Alberto PAtron to show up as company saviors. (Evidence: If Anthem were planning to open the checkbook, they'd just pay off the Audience of One lawsuit.)

3. Marathon taping sessions four to six times a year. Looking at what they've announced for January, and making guesses:

Jan 5 Impact Jan 5, 12
Jan 6 ONO January
Jan 7 Early: Impact Jan 19, 26
Jan 7 Late: ONO February
Jan 8 Early: Impact February 2, 9
Jan 8 Late: ONO March
Jan 10: Impact February 16, 23
Jan 11: Impact March 2, 9
Jan 12: Impact March 16, 23

Rinse, lather and repeat in MArch, June and September. Maybe March, June, August and October so you can do Bound For Glory.

4. They haven't cancelled the One Night Only PPVs. Does that mean they're important to SonySix and/or Anthem, or that Anthem just hasn't been able to take control yet? PPV has never been a TNA strength, and I suspect that Challenge UK was a major reason that they went to One Night Only's rather than just killing the worthless PPVs.

5. Dixie Carter will be out of power, but will still be on television as a character.

6. There will be no new TV deal in the UK.

7. "Impact Wrestling" will replace TNA in branding all but the oldest content.

8. The house show tours will either not be announced, be cancelled, or draw terrible attendance and lose money.
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2017 should be a complete re-branding of TNA. The people that are gonna wanna watch TNA are people that aren't interested in the "WWE style" wrestling and are looking for something different. That being said TNA has that right now with the Grand Championship and its unique rules. If Anthem wants to get this product back to something positive they should use the Grand Championship and match style and use it as a platform for the new company.

First, change the name from TNA to something like GCW (Grand Championship Wrestling). Then follow that up by announcing that all matches will be singles or tag team matches contested under the 3 round format , except change the round length from 3 to 5 minutes.

This gives you 3 championship opportunities , 2 singles titles being the GCW Heavyweight and Jr. or Light heavyweight belts and a GCW tag team championship.

An idea that I think could work would be to pitch the show to Netflix , Hulu , or the Fite Network. They could hold several week long tournament style events which could be taped and edited together as a 10 to 12 episode season with each taping event resulting in a "new season" for the company to upload to the network while also saving money while establishing this new product.
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They're losing a lot of talent...

Drew has already indicated his contract ends in Feb so likely to head back to WWE and with Matt giving Jeff his name back, it's pretty clear he's headed back to WWE, whether Matt follows or not.
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Rebrand TNA with a refreshing acronym. TNA is a Survivor but the image is quite bad.

Better in-ring product. EC3 Vs. Lashley was the match of the year for me in TNA.

Quit over saturation of finishers.

Give more time to the midcard and X-Division.

Push guys like Trevor Lee, Marshe Rockett, Caleb Konley in X-Division.

Don't let go of talented wrestlers like Drew Galloway, Eli Drake etc.

Less focus on Hardyz.

Less focus on the on-screen Authority figure.

Sign some talented indy wrestlers.

At this time, TNA is totally dependent on its main event scene. X-Division is what made TNA different from WWE. Better booking of Knockouts did the same. I admit that main event scene is good. But X-Division and Knockouts Division need to get more better.

The importance of X-Division at this point can be seen quite clearly. The title match for this division wasn't even announced for the biggest event of the year as in Bound For Glory before the event actually happened.

I do want TNA to succeed...
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It's kind of hard to know what to expect in regards to TNA and that's not a positive when you consider that the company has been in a financial downward spiral and a boardroom power struggle for what seems like forever.

With reports of TNA returning to live ppv events next year, one would think that Anthem is pumping some capital into the company. If so, that can be a positive provided that the cost of doing the ppvs is worth it, depending upon the number of buys, what share the ppv provider gets, etc.

In the grand scheme of things, my gut tells me not to expect a whole lot because, unless I'm mistaken, Dixie Carter is still CEO of TNA. I obviously don't know about all the various boardroom goings on in regards to Anthem and Dixie Carter, but I'm guessing that Carter as CEO still wields the same overall stroke she had before and that it isn't some sort of figurehead position. After all, if all the numerous reports are true, Dixie all but went out of her way to sabotage various buyout deals because those deals didn't call for her to retain any power or authority. I just have no faith in Dixie Carter whatsoever, she's made the wrong decisions too many times to count and I don't see that changing; as a result, I see TNA continuing to flounder and limp on much as it's been doing.
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In the grand scheme of things, my gut tells me not to expect a whole lot because, unless I'm mistaken, Dixie Carter is still CEO of TNA.
I don't think this is (will be) the case. The rumors are that Dean Broadhead is going to be in charge. Yesterday's rumor was that Dixie wanted to do one of the quarterly tapings on the India tour, "since we have to go there anyway" and Broadhead shot it down.

I think that Anthem's strategy was to hold enough TNA debt that Dixie Carter couldn't use Chapter 11 to stay in power. But given the history of how tightly Carter has clung to power in TNA, I expect that the sale includes a clause giving Carter a contract as a performer and an executive title. She'll stay as the onscreen GM, and/or a manager, ring announcer, anything to be on teeee veeeee.
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It's pretty much depends if they are able to keep what's left of their top guys or not. Those guys want to stay with TNA but you need to pay big bucks to keep them especially the hardy's because you know that wwe will do everything in their power to bring thme back when their contract are up in febuary or march.

Right now I think that the first thing that they need to do before changing anything on the product from is to make sure they have all the top talents sign for a long period of time and clean up the front office of tna ventures and pay all the ebt that they owes so that all te lawsuits go away. After getting rid of some of the incompetent employees in the front office then hire peoples that know what it takes to make the product profitable right now.

The main problem I think with tna right now is that wwe is doing tna better then tna, b that I mean that nxt is what tna was suppose to be before dixe went on and screwed everything up. So anthem as a lot of work to do but I'm not worry since they are the ones tha owned the fight network in canada and seeing what the were able to do with the network in such a sort period of time make me think that they know what they are doing and will do everything in their power to make tna profitable and by seeing how much tna programming their was on the network this week alone, I'm not worried for the future of the company
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I'm mainly hoping that Anthem injects more money into TNA than Sinclair is doing with ROH. TNA fans expect from the promotion. I wish they could get guys from the WWE, bring back the former TNA guys and get top indy stars.

I hope they get to a better network in the US and in the UK.

The whole presentation of the show should change. Hire a real competent booker Paul Heyman-style that injects real enthusiasm into the product.

Even though it was all the buzz in 2016, the whole Hardy stuff is not good for the growth of TNA. Do not reknew them. Focus on Galloway and Drake as far as re-signing.

JJ coming back could be good as he knew how to make things exciting from 02 to 09.

Please fire John Gaburick.
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