Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Apr 15, 2012
Backstage Update: TNA iMPACT! On The Road?, More

Backstage Update: TNA iMPACT! On The Road?, More

Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Word is that TNA currently has no plans to tape iMPACT! Wrestling on the road in the near future. Heading into the summer months, the plan is to tape all TV at the Impact Zone in Orlando.

The reason for this is due to the inability to move ratings when the show travels, as well as the extremely high production costs for taping outside of the Impact Zone.


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34 Responses to “Backstage Update: TNA iMPACT! On The Road?, More”

  1. I can hear hearts breaking. I guess going on the road to get better ratings is out f the question for now lol.

  2. mattcasdorph says:

    Amazing how blind TNA is, Do they not realize what a big problem Orlando is?

    • rawuncutnxrated says:

      They should just hire you… you're the solution that will make them money. Dumb f*ck.

      • mattcasdorph says:

        Well maybe I don't know what I'm talking about.. 4 other people agreed with me, and your the dumb f*ck.

        • rawuncutnxrated says:

          Wow.. 4 people.. that's a lot of people. Of course who cares if it was all 7,000 that ordered Victory Road. Maybe if you shot yourself in the head, then they would too.

          • mattcasdorph says:

            You know, if you put as much effort into being constructive as you do being a full blown @sshole, but may actually reach the heights of the lowest of mankind, now take your small penis, inbred, "I watch wrestling so I can rub one out" @ss to a different site and bother someone else.

          • rawuncutnxrated says:

            Why? I like bothering you. You are the smart one that knows how to fix TnA, why Dizzy hasn't hired you yet is beyond reason. A little FYI, I don't have to put any effort into being a full blown asshole, and I don't want to be constructive, I would rather tear you down, but that won't take much effort either.

          • mattcasdorph says:

            Your not tearing me down, Your just making yourself look worse

  3. andy3323 says:

    I'd love to see them on the road, every week at that, but on the same note you want the ratings up and solid proof that the money will roll in when you are spending as much as it costs to go on the road. If it was between staying in the impact zone for now or taking a chance on possibly losing tons of money on the road and putting TNA in a bad spot all around, then I say hold off on the road, heck think about how long WWE had Raw in the same venue, ECW was in the same venue, and WCW was in the same studio for a long time, at least I believe I am recalling the WCW one correctly, that is back when I started watching on a regular basis, was a bit younger.

    If someone turns off the show because they think the venue is low budget or not what they expected and don't care about the show itself in terms of wrestling and storylines, well…..odds are they weren't going to be a long term or loyal fan or they have their priotities out of whack.

    • lee4tammy says:

      people forget that ecw was more or less taped in 2 places for nearly all of hardcore tv

      the ecw arena and the manhatten centre

      wcw taped at the dare i say the impact zone for saturday night thunder and world wide

      the thing is though ecw was able to draw the same solid amount of fans each week around 1500 same as impact zone

      tna should go back to the asylum providing the can draw each week or like i said in another post

      if tna are staying in the impact zone then they should make the capacity closer to 2 thousand starting by putting more peole around the ring and behind the static camera to make them look bigger

  4. planetcrush says:

    It'd be really awesome if TNA could just buy/lease their own arena somewhere around the New York/Philly area to use for TV tapings and PPVs (since they probably won't be leaving Orlando anytime soon). You would get out of the hellhole that is Orlando and be able to charge for attendance. Then they wouldn't have to worry about moving production all over when they do TV tapings. However, this will probably never happen since TNA seems dependent on Universal providing the Impact Zone for them tape television shows. The Orlando crowd is just killing me. If 8 years ago when TNA went to Orlando you would have told me they would still be in Orlando I would have thought you were crazy. It shows an alarming lack of progression in the past 8 years.

    • Pipboy86 says:

      I definitely thought they would be out of the Impact Zone for all pay per views by now. I hated it when TNA moved from Nashville because it was in driving distance for a lot more fans than Orlando. Florida is one of the most out of the way places imaginable for for everyone outside of Florida. Which is consequently why they get locals and tourists. Nashville was pretty ideal because of it's proximity to Old wrestling stomping grounds like Atlanta, St Louis, Memphis, Louisville and a little further away the Western Carolinas. Almost everywhere in contrast, is nothing short of a full fledged mini vacation drive from Orlando and their taping schedule makes that suck. I got used to the idea of the Impact Zone for television on the premise that we would eventually begin to see TNA on the road with PPV's and that just hasn't materialized and has actually taken a step backwards since 2010. Some days it is almost like what is the point of trying to follow TNA closely? At best you might get one lousy house show a year in your area. It is no wonder that TNA has trouble growing a fan base. They don't produce a unique enough product anymore, to attract an ECW style cult willing to go the extra mile.

      • Triple f says:

        Pigboy86, While I totally agree with your general assessment, you’ve buried one silly point among a bunch of great ones. Florida is “out of the way”? 99.9999% of EVERYWHERE “out of the way” to 99.9999% of the entire global population. You could have left that one out.

  5. Dante_Cross says:

    I would have thought TNA would understood that going on the road IS NOT meant to help ratings in the sense that "Oh we went to Virginia and taped, ratings will be awesome now."

    Going on the road is meant to advertise your product and let your brand be seen and showcased nationwide. If you go to different places, you gain new fans and thus more people tuning in in the long run.

    • Bigmike885 says:

      problem is they dont have the money to support themselfs going on the road right now..its a double edge sword..they need to go on the road to get new fans, but they will go broke doing it before they gain enough veiwers to make it worthwile..

      • Pipboy86 says:

        It definitely says something about the overall financial stability of TNA. You pull back when things are bad. It may even be that TNA is not in dire financial straits, rather that Bob and Janice Carter are tired of letting Dixie play fast and loose financially in regards to TNA. Maybe if not for a lot of the incredibly wasteful things over the years like big money being paid to outside talent, most of which completely bombed and the failed Hogan/Bischoff MNW 2.0, TNA would be in a better position to take the risk of having the show on the road to grow a paying fan base.

      • Triple f says:

        BM885, Totally wrong on this one, Mike, Panda Energy has more than enough money to put this company on the road from now to Armageddon! Even if NO ONE showed up and bought a ticket! The money is there, the commitment to the project is not,

        • Bigmike885 says:

          that why TNA doesnt have the funds…TNA is funded by a parent company that doesnt give to squats about it. Panda isnt going to dump loads of money into TNA. They let Dixie have her fun with it, but they're not going to lose tons of money for it (and FYI..most wrestling promotions LOOSE money long before they turn a profit..hell until 1997 WCW had never turned a profit under turner). So yes..your point is right, PANDA has the money..TNA does not.

  6. HolsG says:

    Going on the road won't be making much profit for them (considering they need to hire the venue etc.) but i would love to see them do an outdoor event, that's one reason i want them to tour the UK in summer

  7. MRPC says:

    Maybe be more innovative in taking the show out of the Impact Zone to somewhere that there will be a crowd anyway (festival events perhaps?) such as WCW did for their 'Spring Breakout' editions of Nitro on the beach or the Road Wild PPV's at Sturgis rally etc…

    • Bigmike885 says:

      Problem with that is they make no money of those (WCW didnt get a dime for Sturgis, I lived 20 miles from there and worked all the events, no tickets sold. All money made was made by PPV sales. not sure about the spring break ones) TNA cant afford for that to happen with moving costs and everything

  8. Ritalsoviet says:

    Must to admit than Impact zone in Orlando look better than before. May they just need to create more special to move people from outside in Orlando.

  9. lee4tammy says:

    i still think taping in england would be profitable

    they had very small production and a solid 8-10 thousand crowd

    instead of taping 2 shows at once they could have put on an extra night on to make more money

  10. lee4tammy says:

    tna are putting on a live ppv in a real arena so why cant they maybe record impact there 2moro

    it would save on all the production as it would be already set up

    they could say to all the fans who bought a ticket for the ppv that for an extra $10 or $20 they can stay with the same tickets for the day afters tapings and tickets not sold sell to public at full price

    • rawuncutnxrated says:

      Because they don't want to film on a Monday afternoon in an empty arena. That's the beauty of Orlando.. people are already there for Disney. No one is going to go back to Impact in the same place they just paid to watch Lockdown the night before.

      • Bigmike885 says:

        Why not?..WWE does it every year with Wrestlemania.

        • rawuncutnxrated says:

          You can't compare TnA to WWE. Its just not fair, but to do it for one second. TnA Victory Road got 7,000 buys, Wrestlemania got 1,100,000 buys. Just looking at that shows you can't compare. Mania brings in people from other countries just to see the show. Its almost as the next night on Raw is more for the hometown folks because Mania was a world wide event. Even if WWE doesn't sell out the night after Mania it doesn't look like it. Where as when Lockdown was in St. Louis a while back they were giving away tickets at the gate the morning of.

          I'll give you a pass, but come on. You can't compare ANY wrestling event to Mania.

  11. Roid Master says:

    WCW rose and fell in about 10 years after the Crockets sold the company. I have no problem with slow growth if it means the company will be around for a long time. It would be nice if they did Impact on the road occasionally but it is still way better than that crap McMahon's machine is turning out.

  12. donutmanbill says:

    in my opinion, and I hope I don't get too many people hating me for sharing my opinion, I don't think the issue is so much 'where' the show is taped but rather the product itself they are taping.

    A following is not going to happen without excitement and the absolute only way to build that is by signing new talent. Please remember back to the old ECW shows, on an ECW show nobody knew what was going to happen, it was chaos and a big part of that excitement was "Who's gonna show up in ecw" was it Terry Gordy? Was it Terry Funk , was it Marty Jannetty? and the same thing is true with WWE, without the new additions they keep adding there would be very little excitement there either.
    The key to building a great wrestling show is surprise
    and please be honest, when's the last time TNA had a real surprise? The ECW Invasion was probably the last one and that was a GREAT step forward in my opinion…
    they need new talent coming in and unpredictable action on the shows…
    then it won't matter where the shows are taped and they can get the money needed to go on the show when they want…

    I said it before and I'll say it again…bring in Sid and Nash…imagine a feud with Sid and Morgan…
    please do something soon with Morgan and Joe, they have both hinted at going to WWE…we can't afford to lose more guys like this!!!

  13. rawuncutnxrated says:

    I guess if they made more money on PPV's they could afford to travel around. Then again, someone told me TnA doesn't care if it makes money on PPV's since its all about ratings. Ratings that doesn't get them paid… hmmm. Sounds like a wonderful business model.

  14. skatermattie says:

    For the past few years TNA Lockdown has beatin the competition of wrestlemania. TNA Lockdown has always been the underdog PPV, but always becomes succssful in the end. With alot on the line this year I really hope TNA can do it again. I know I'll be supporting tonights lockdown PPV %100 with my hard earn money. Because I'm a real TNA Wrestling fan. I also hope maybe all TNA PPVs can at least be on the road!

    • Bigmike885 says:

      What do you mean by Beating the competition of wrestlemania?..I sure hope you mean by quality and not buys..because its not even close..and i dont think lockdown this year will come close to Wreslemania in terms of quality.

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