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#21 Posted on 6.2.06 1700.10 Reposted on: 6.2.13 1701.03
The way I see it, if they get 2 hours, they can showcase more people and have longer matches every week. The X guys are getting cut off so much more now than they did when they had the weekly PPV's when they first started.
But I look at it this way, it took TNA 4 months of broadcasting on SpikeTV to give them an official, regular prime time slot on Thursday. Its still only an hour, so the next short term goal for them is to get a second hour.
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#22 Posted on 6.2.06 1838.31 Reposted on: 6.2.13 1838.31
Originally posted by wannaberockstarThe primetime slot will definitely be good, in terms of increasing awareness to the brand, but I wish Spike would of given them an extra hour - they need to have more time to build out storylines and develop interest in their characters.
I don't think the door's shut on an eventual expansion to two hours, but I can see where Spike's coming from on this--as much as TNA wants to create their version of Nitro nownownow, the network doesn't have any reason to believe such a show won't be an embarrassment in the ratings. TNA needs to take what they can get and prove that they deserve a second hour by earning some 2.0s and 3.0s.
I am, however, disappointed that the Saturday timeslot will end up being a replay of the Thursday show. TNA could have turned that into a B-show that would have helped to alleviate the cramped feeling on Impact.
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#23 Posted on 6.2.06 1857.12 Reposted on: 6.2.13 1857.30
The problem for TNA is that there's almost no way that you can build up to a monthly pay per view with only four or five hours of TV to set the card and push the matches. TNA does a good enough job of this, but the flipside is that TNA has to go with lots of squash matches so they can show more wrestlers to build to the PPV. A two hour show would definately help to improve Impact's pacing, but their roster may be too thin to sustain two hours of TV each week. Plus there will inevitably me more pressure to do what the WWE does by giving away "pay per view caliber" matches for free. After all, people might watch one hour of mainly squash matches, but at two hours it becomes WCW Saturday Night circa 1998 (and I say this not having a problem with the format of Impact right now).
The ideal situation for TNA at this point would be one hour a week, preferably in prime time, and about four to eight PPVs a years so that they aren't so rushed and interchangable (which they seem like now).
(edited by BigSteve on 6.2.06 2004)
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