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The Only Reason Anyone Would Buy TNA…

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…is not because of Kurt Angle. And you don’t have Hulk Hogan to kick around (for now).

The only reason anyone would buy TNA is because it is a turn-key operation with a Spike TV contract. That’s the only redeeming quality that the Carter empire has at this point.

It’s not a big money-maker. It’s TV ratings always stay static. The company struggles to promote profitable live events and has to retreat back to Orlando to save money. When you are a company that is more concerned about cost savings rather than earning power, you know you are on the wrong side of the curve. WWE can worry about both savings & earning power because they have demonstrated an ability to manage both factors well. TNA has not figured out what earning power is, yet.

The one way to earn money, however, for the Panda Energy empire is by selling the company. Cash out and see if you can recover any money previously lost. Ah ha, but what if the reports are true that the Carters will sell part of the operation? There’s no point in purchasing the company if you are an outsider to their inner circle, then. A report claims that they would only consider selling to someone in their inner radar and that they don’t want a bidding frenzy involving outsiders. Translation: we’re committed to selling but we’re just not committed enough to getting out of the limelight. This is what happens when money marks become intoxicated with putting themselves over on television. Dixie Carter should heed the tale of the late Herb Abrams.

So, TNA has unloaded contracts of stars like Hulk Hogan & Mickie James. AJ Styles remains in a tenuous position. Makes the balance sheet look better if you wanted to flip the company. The problem is that if the Carters, who laughingly (reportedly) don’t want people to know that they’re considering selling TNA, want to flip TNA then perhaps their markish friends might be star-gazers who want the Hogans of the world under contract. Never mind the fact that the rumor mill claims Hogan wants one more run in WWE and never mind the fact that Eric Bischoff apparently is working from home. Great paid gig if you can get it.

What the reports about the Carters only willing to sell part of the company remind me of is an axiom that too many people learn the hard way in the wrestling business: even rich people hate losing money. When they start losing money, they become delusional. They start putting themselves over on television. They try to convince themselves that maybe they can sell off a piece of their nirvana and maintain some ownership so they can keep some power. Then they lose more money and realize that the jig is up and they enter into a fire sale with no leverage. Much like the collapse of WCW (assets sold to WWE), PRIDE (assets sold to UFC), and New Japan (assets sold by Inoki to Yukes who then sold to Bushiroad), TNA is headed down the same path.

So why would someone buy TNA simply for the Spike television contract? Because the death of WCW scared away so many major television executives from ever investing in wrestling again that it’s become harder & harder for upstart promotions to cut TV deals where the networks have a stake in the company’s success. TV networks will gladly take your money if you’ll buy the time (like TNA had to with Fox Sports Net) but they are not believers any more in wrestling if you’re not named WWE. Ring of Honor is gaining clearance in more markets because Sinclair Broadcasting is involved in ownership. It’s what makes ROH a fascinating experiment to watch in the future. Reticence from television executives who see pro-wrestling as a low rent product with a highly liberal, but poor (and young) demographic makes the television contract that TNA has with Spike all the more valuable in terms of a fire sale.

Right now, we’re witnessing the internal conflict that a money mark has to deal with when their dream is costing them severely. Dixie Carter brags about making other people money on television when she can’t make money with her own company. The question is who she sells to and what happens to TNA next. One intriguing option would be Sinclair Broadcasting buying TNA and obtaining the Spike TV contract to integrate TNA into the Ring of Honor fold (or vice versa). It actually would make the most sense in terms of consolidation. If such a possibility was to arise, WWE would have to jump in and make an offer. Would they kill TNA? Probably. They would either make TNA another farm property or else replace TNA entirely with NXT.

WWE buying out TNA would kill the company. Sinclair Broadcasting buying out TNA would create a merger with ROH that would give us a real alternative to Stamford. A Carter family friend buying TNA but letting Dixie hang out would simply prolong the inevitable, which is TNA’s death and eventually the death of the Spike TV contract.

The one situation Dixie Carter would find dreamy is selling off a majority stake in the company to… Spike TV. Why? She would convince herself that Viacom would allow her to continue her charade as being a power broker both on and off camera. Kind of like how Bjorn Rebney envisioned himself as a kingmaker when Viacom purchased Bellator. We’ve seen how that situation has turned out.

The clock is ticking.

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  • TrollNonstopAction

    LOL I swear this guy gets more and more angry at TNA by the day…
    U mad Zach?
    U mad at TNA being the 2nd biggest wrestling promotion in the US?
    U mad that nobody cares about puroresu, that there’s no demand at all, that there’s never been?
    U mad that a big company like Sinclair bought ROH two years ago and they actually got worse? U mad that nobody watches them?

    • Tsall13

      Lol second biggest?? You’re more delusional then the Carter’s… their biggest ppv sold less then 20000 buys and barely filled the floor seats on the opposing camera side… if you think that’s a second to WWE then maybe they need you running it as well… so that idiots like you who get happy bout shít sales and slow declines in ratings can kill it faster being excited bout barely beating out a WWE house show ticket wise… spike signed them cause they want the lead in ratings for mma shows not cause they draw money for them… they can care less if TNA prospers or dies out they just want the rental fee for the waste of two hours they take on Thursday night’s… can’t wait to see Vince in a TNA ring taking a big shît right in the middle then whipping his ašs with every inch of canvas…

      • Damian Starr

        Great English there… I vaguely made out that you are pissed and are a blatant WWE purist

        • Tsall13

          Lol wow hurt me soo bad by calling out my typing over a phone… how original by all you delusional TNA fans cause you can’t manage to make a case for why TNA is so great in you’re idiotic minds… Styles can’t even sell out a high school gym but you all still get on you’re knees for him… at least you will all be able to catch him jobbing in WWE soon…

      • TrollNonstopAction

        Oh look, another butthurt WWE fanboy, hi! :)
        TNA ratings have stayed pretty much constant for 6 years, unlike WWE which lost 1 million+ viewers. That’s why Spike is always happy to have TNA. They tried so many times to put their MMA junk and all the rest into TNA to promote it, but they still get nothing from that pit, while TNA always pulls out their top 3 best ratings.
        It doesn’t matter how hard you try to deny it because that’s the only way you can defend the WWE “entertainment” (lol) snoozefest shows, TNA is the second biggest pro wrestling promotion in the USA, and can certainly give that PG excuse for pro wrestling a valid alternative.
        Here, maybe this will help you bear the facts:

        • Tsall13

          Lol yea keep telling yourself that… so called wrestling fans like you need to hop on the Dixie train along with her and find you’re ways of a bridge… Styles stealing Punks story line is just as much of a joke like you tools are…. he still won’t ever be on Punks level or even Hornswoggles in popularity…

          • TrollNonstopAction

            U mad at TNA doing that storyline right after WWE screwed it beyond any possibility despite copying it from ROH huh? LOL Punk “walking away” with no contract and coming back two weeks later… and getting buried by HHH and Kevin Nash (WTF)… and that Summerslam losing 50.000 buys just like this year with all your IWC indy gods headlining… and so on.
            Are YOU a better wrestling fan than me? Why? Because you watch WWE, the big old wrestling company that doesn’t even want to hear that word on their shows anymore and makes shows for kids? LOL

          • Tsall13

            It has nothing to do with who headlines what ppv it’s the fact that wwe have to many ppvs and at 50 a piece no one wants to waste the money when they don’t have it… but no matter what mania outsells everything tna has ever put out over their amazing 10+ year run in just one event… ROH numbers are the same as tna numbers… only difference is ROH actually turns PROFIT!

          • TrollNonstopAction

            Yep, and Dancing With th Stars gets 5 times the viewers of RAW. Doesn’t make it any better.

          • Tsall13

            Completely different types of entertainment on tv so they can’t be compared in any way… it’s like saying football beats raw in ratings every Monday as well… can’t compare shows not in the same competing line of work… remember what happened to TNA when they switched to Monday’s… ooo yea it got derailed and yanked just as quick as you blinked… that’s a comparison not a show stacked with celebrities against a wrestling promotion…

  • D.M.T

    Lol Zach Arnold is obsessed with TNA. All he does is talk crap about them.

    • Sean Patrick

      Well, in his defense, there’s not much to praise them for. I’m sure TNA is happy to be mentioned anywhere for any reason.

      • TrollNonstopAction

        Well, if he hates TNA and loves puro, why diesn’t he write about that instead of TNA? Is he forced to do so? If I have a choice I’d much rather talk about what I like.
        He’s just obsessed with TNA and looking for that extra page view.

  • Abudadein

    Zach Arnold is in desperate need of a course in writing. Check out this sentence structure: “What the reports about the Carters only willing to sell part of the company remind me of is an axiom that too many people learn the hard way in the wrestling business: even rich people hate losing money.” I love how he pretentiously went to his thesaurus to find the word ‘axiom,’ only to place it in the middle of this run-on mess of a sentence.

  • Damian Starr

    Why would vince HAVE to to make an offer if ROH and TNA proposed a merger? Like he’d care? Although a TNA/ROH merger would be awesome and would maybe one day be a legit threat to WWE years down the line

  • Iron Mike Sharpe

    I love how Zach trolls you TNA fan boys… their product is hot garbage and 95% of the world knows it. Outside of the women’s division and a couple rasslers (Aries and Roode) it’s a bunch of has been and never was there.

    • TrollNonstopAction

      Basically, like the WWE, minus the women’s division and the highflying which they hate. So, hot garbage covered with chocolate and sugar. Doesn’t sound any better
      U mad at 1 million+ every week enjoying something that doesn’t come out of Vince’s ass?

      • Edynol

        Yep. TNA is the garbage no one wants and WWE is the garbage people are willing to dig through the dumpster for because it actually has value. WWE still beats TNA.

        • TrollNonstopAction

          What value? Learning to dance from Tensai and Brodus Clay?

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            OK TNA mark stop hating on the WWE.

          • TrollNonstopAction

            Awww you travelled all the way down here…

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            LOL….

          • Edynol

            Yes. It is very difficult to find decent dance instructors for plus-size men and women. Very good. You’re getting there! :)

          • TrollNonstopAction

            I miss a detail though. What does it have to do with pro wrestling?
            Enlighten me.

          • Edynol

            Why, like ballet, it keeps you fit and is a great way to stay in shape, which is a must in pro wrestling. :) You’re welcome.

      • Lara_P1

        some people are morons and will never accept TNA is indeed the 2nd largest wrestling organization in the US.

        • Iron Mike Sharpe

          That’s like being the 2nd best college football program in Nebraska. In the end you probably suck and are partially retarded.

        • Edynol

          I accept it. But so what? It’s like a fat kid coming in 2nd in a two man race. You’re still the loser.

  • Z….

    Does this guy do anything other than type up bash TNA articles? lol

  • YoungAngryMan

    WWE is trash.
    TNA is trash.
    WWE is valuable trash, with a huge following.
    TNA is just trash, with a following of 5K – 4999 = 1

    Thank me later.

  • YoungAngryMan

    BTW. You guys download the WWE App yet? All you gotta do is take out your smart phone, open the App store, and type in “WWE App”.

    Thank me later.

  • Warren Roby

    Wrestling in general is getting less and less interesting. If the WWE were smart with ECW and WCW then the market would still be enormous. Maybe buying TNA and giving the reigns to someone who has something different but safe could create another Monday night war down the track. WWE needs something to push there boundries and make the create better products for us to watch.

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