Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Jun 6, 2014
Vince Russo Blogs On TNA’s Problems & Financials, More

Vince Russo Blogs On TNA’s Problems & Financials, More

Vince Russo has posted a new blog entry, discussing the issues with TNA wrestling. Here is an excerpt of that blog…

“In my opinion, having worked there, what’s hindering TNA more than anything right now, are major factors that lay “outside” the ring. Again, the creative is all subjected, and can be adjusted — if need be – but the financials — the costs to operate — are FACTUAL, much like TV numbers.

For starters, and I don’t need to tell anybody this, including the brass at TNA — trust me, they know — the environment inside the “Impact Zone” is not ideal for what TNA is attempting to put across your TV screen every week. Universal Studios is a “tourist” attraction, so primarily, TNA is drawing “tourists” to watch IMPACT, not die-hard “wrestling fans”. The truth is, many of those people attending might just be wanting to get out from under the scorching Florida sun. As you know, attendance to IMPACT is free, so there is no cost if you’re just looking to stay in the shade for a few hours. But, this isn’t anything that anybody doesn’t know. We all see it every Thursday night. But, no one knows first hand how much an audience can affect your show than me.

You see, when you write a wrestling show, you’re writing it knowing that the fans “cheer” here, the fans “boo” there — that’s how you write any wrestling show. Well, at Universal, you’re not always getting the response your writing for, simply because many of your customers are simple not die-hard wrestling fans. Also, add to that, the performers get FUELED by you — the fans. The less “true” wrestling fans rooting you on — less gas in the tank. That’s just human nature. Unfortunately, in getting back to the facts, at this point in their business plan – Universal Studios is the best route for TNA to take. Are they aware of all the problems? They certainly are, and there is no doubt in my mind that if they had the ability right now to change that – they would – simply because – why wouldn’t they?

But, aside from the lackluster, vacationing crowds, I think there is a much bigger problem that TNA is faced to deal with every week. And, this is the problem that very few fans watching from home either realize, or understand. THE SCHEDULING. Again, due to the FACTS – the FINANCIALS – TNA works under a rigorous schedule that not many fans are aware of. In order to work within their current budget, TNA is forced to shoot MULTIPLE shows, or parts of shows, per night. Unlike the WWE, who has the luxury to just shoot one show – be it three hours – in one night, TNA is usually filming at least a show AND A HALF during that same time. Again, having been a part of it, this leads to numerous problems that have a diverse effect on the end product.

For starters – you have to write accordingly. In other words, many times the writers can’t write their “dream” show, because they have to look at how many times EY wrestled in one night, or, how many in-rings did MVP have. They have to adjust to not wear the performers out on a nightly basis, but also to protect the audience response — whatever there is — from sending a guy out through the curtain too many times. So from the beginning — the writing is being affected to compensate for the work schedule. Again — it is what is it, and they are all working as hard as they can to make it “work” providing the circumstances.”

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6 Responses to “Vince Russo Blogs On TNA’s Problems & Financials, More”

  1. NARDDAWG says:

    Orlando does suck, same people everytime

    • Mr. Excitement says:

      I remember in the early days there was a Jamaican guy sitting on an elevated row in the middle. He was there every week always swinging a white towel. Sometimes felt like I was watching the same Impact episode every week. lol

  2. Get_Carter says:

    What are TNA's options? Taking the show out on the read every week and trying live broadcasts has almost bankrupt the company. TNA is still trying to recover – cutting talent left and right, slashing salaries and hiring the cheapest performers possible.

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      Going on the road was disastrous to the company, and they were simply better off staying in Orlando, despite what many thought. I said it myself from the beginning that it wouldn't have done any good going on the road, and behold I was correct.

      The problem with TNA right now, is they have nothing to offer the fans. They've done very little innovative things to the industry in years, and they've become a WWE lite, rather than offering something new.

      • JoeWrestling says:

        Of course it's been financially disastrous to go on the road, but I guess it was the only play available if it were going to be possible to grow TNA according to the original business plan to fill the void WCW left. Of course, it's not a good business idea to even run a wrestling company at the end of the day. I'm not sure the problem with TNA is they offer nothing innovative, they've offered plenty, if nothing else they've offered many great talents onto TV that wouldn't have been seen. The real problem TNA has is there is not much demand for wrestling, and on top of that WWE has greatly flooded the market with supply of wrestling TV with RAW, Smackdown, Pre and Post shows, YouTube exclusive content, Main Event, Superstars, NXT, Total Divas, Legends House, etc. It is so saturated that these mainstream wrestling fans have had enough, they don't even want to bother trying to watch additional products. I'd say 75% of mainstream fan don't have the desire to watch anything past RAW and Smackdown. On the other end, the Indy wrestling market is also flooded with DVD and iPPV options for cheap. They are flooded with supply on both ends, and content is cheap. There's no margins to make profit or demand for it. It's similar to how UFC has flooded the market with now shows every week, sometimes 2 shows a week, sometimes 2 shows a day. How can any other MMA product truly grow in this kind of market?

  3. sephstorm says:

    Wow, honestly this is really good from Russo.

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