As noted yesterday, the TNA “One Night Only” shows that were taped over the last several days will air through the end of 2015. These shows were done on a low budget and they did not bring in much outside talent unless they were based in the area. There were no storlyines and the shows just consisted of themes each night.
TNA comes off as a failed number 2 promotion in the United States. It doesn’t help them that the TV show comes off like a 1990 AWA show with the lighting making it seem like no one is there. After the first show on Destination America there was criticism of the lighting on the shows from fans. TNA management said that it was a work in progress and they were working on improving the lighting. Well, it’s been 6 weeks and the shows still look dark and very low budget. The show in Glasgow had more fans there and the atmosphere was better but you could only see the first couple of rows of fans unless they did a crane shot to pan the crowd. TNA’s current deal with Destination America pays them much less than their old deal with Spike TV but if they can afford to offer Alberto El Patron $400,000 to sign with them then I can’t see why they can’t put money into upgrading their production.
Dave Meltzer noted that last year’s Bound For Glory did less than 10,000 buys. Given that the Lockdown show, which was their number 2 show of the year on pay-per-view at one point, was aired as a special episode of Impact, it would appear that TNA is out of the live pay-per-view business. The reason they are doing these taped shows is to fulfill overseas contracts since the deals require monthly three hour specials. The buys for the One Night Only shows on pay-per-view are next to nothing. The numbers are so low that nobody charts them.
The TNA Gut Check show that was taped on 2/16 may be the least watched show in TNA history. That show featured a mix of TNA roster talent wrestling people that are not on the roster. In most cases they are names that most people have probably never heard of. Tevita Fifita (formely Camacho in WWE) won the Gut Check tournament so that means he gets a TNA deal. He is the son of WWE Legend Haku/Meng so that explains why Haku was there.
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