Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
– As noted earlier here on the website, the official WWE website continues its trend of acknowledging talent affiliated with TNA Wrestling as Tara, who was known as Victoria during her time with the sports-entertainment organization, is this week’s addition to the Alumni section. WWE writes of the accomplished wrestler, “A two-time Women’s Champion who stomped icons like Trish Stratus and Lita in brutal Hardcore Matches, Victoria broke ground in the Divas division with her take-no-prisoners style and Widow’s Peak finishing maneuver.”
This is the fourth consecutive week where WWE has spotlighted talent affiliated with TNA Wrestling. Kurt Angle was profiled last week, and the former Dudley Boyz were added two weeks ago. Mr. Kennedy was also recently added.
– TNA’s new road taping schedule for iMPACT! Wrestling is quite a bit more expensive than staying in Orlando was.
We’re told each set of iMPACT! tapings costs between $600,000 to $700,000. With the company running twenty-six tapings a year, that equates to $15 million to $17 million a year. The reason the cost is so high is due to production, renting 18-wheeler trucks for their ring/equipment, gas, travel expenses for a crew of 150+ people, renting the arena, plane tickets for the entire roster and crew, etc. It’s very easy for fans to say “take iMPACT! on the road” without factoring in all the costs that come with it. The company then depends on ticket sales and merchandise to “break even”. They are far from breaking even at the current time and are taking a major hit by taking the show on the road. Nonetheless, it’s what the fans want and is also what the company needs to do to have the company succeed in the long run.
The cost of taking iMPACT! on the road is also part of the reason they tape two weeks worth of shows in the same night.