I predict they go out of business this time and there is no show.
I'd really like it if Billy was able to save the company one last time before buying it as the show has hit a nice little groove by becoming essentially irrelevant. The Hardy stuff and Lashley's work has been very good, but them they do stuff like bring in Sandow and Cody Rhodes because they can't help themselves.
TNA on The Network sounds very appealing to me. Good bye TNA, it has been a trip.
My hunch is Justin is going to end up disappointed again and they'll keep on going somehow. I think the idea that they'd definitely go out of business unless Dixie Carter sells to Corgan by Friday is mostly public pressure play to get the deal done. Someone else could swoop in and buy it, or even pay enough kick this can down the road once again, but they'll find a way to do a show like they usually find a way to do a show.
Originally posted by thecubsfanMy hunch is Justin is going to end up disappointed again and they'll keep on going somehow. I think the idea that they'd definitely go out of business unless Dixie Carter sells to Corgan by Friday is mostly public pressure play to get the deal done. Someone else could swoop in and buy it, or even pay enough kick this can down the road once again, but they'll find a way to do a show like they usually find a way to do a show.
The rumors on the Internets are that Dixie's sabotaging the sale to Corgan, who's offering more money than WWE. If so, she'd probably be the dumbest promoter ever... and hardly the first to prefer going down with the ship to selling out and admitting defeat.
You wanted the best, you got... the Out of Context Quote of the Week.
"And this has been your Comfortable with his Sexuality Update." (Stefonics)
Even if they sell to Corgan, the company is still dead considering he has no investors lined up, would be saddled with all the debt, and would, most likely, not have the video library to make money on.
Plus Corgan is even worse at the wrestling business than Carter; he's been involved in TNA for how long and none of his ideas have done anything to bring in new viewers. He'd probably bring in Alex Jones to be a GM or something.
TNA's believed to be getting money from their TV deal in the UK and a deal in India. They may also be getting a very tiny amount from Pop in the US, just enough to say they're not giving away the show for free.
However, the India deal is dependent on TNA touring India once a year, there's no plans to do it this year, and so the deal could be canceled. The UK deal might also be going away - TNA is much less active there this year than in year's past.
The PPVs have gotten almost no buys, though it's possible the recent ones have improved slightly. And TNA's already let go/lost anyone in charge of selling merchandise or live events.
(That's my problem with the idea that 'so many people are going to lose their jobs' - so many people have already lost their jobs, and most of the people working for the company came aboard at a time where they knew the company could go out of business at any time. I don't want people to lose money, but they've been bleeding out for quite a while.
Until I see Vince in the ImpactZone, I am going to be cautious about it. TNA going for a million dollar is a very low ball number. WWE really needs that library to do AJ, Joe, Roode and a few others for DVDs and Library Collections on the Network. I do think someone will talk Dixie out of selling to Vince considering most of the people she employs hates him.
Originally posted by lotjxUntil I see Vince in the ImpactZone, I am going to be cautious about it. TNA going for a million dollar is a very low ball number. WWE really needs that library to do AJ, Joe, Roode and a few others for DVDs and Library Collections on the Network. I do think someone will talk Dixie out of selling to Vince considering most of the people she employs hates him.
I doubt Vince would even show up. They'll send Regal to show how beneath them TNA is/was. And how many people that she really employs hate him? Not talking about the handful of wrestlers that left WWE over the years that will come back if the money is good enough.
It must suck for the crew & wrestlers to have no clue what's going to happen (again?) And the best case scenario is that your job is sorta-secure for another few weeks. I feel bad for them.
Vince should buy TNA and then send Sami Zayn there as Wrestler/GM and just make it his personal playground since they can't find any time for him on Raw. Sort of like that period of time where Sunday Night Heat was the Raven and Stevie show.
Originally posted by wannaberockstarJames Storm left on good terms with Triple H's blessing, so he'll most likely be back anyway once his contract is up.
WWE doesn't really need the Hardy's (and they won't pass wellness anyway).
TNA's reached out to the Hardys before when their contracts have come out and are expected to do so again. It's more the Hardys might be better off on their own than whatever deal WWE might offer.
WWE is having a tryout just this week with indie people - people I'm really happy to get a shot, and people who are deserving of that chance that I'm just shocked ever got looked at (Eddie Kingston!) - so I think we're at the point where anyone on the TNA roster would at least get a conversation about coming to NXT. They just might not liked the money or spot offered in the conversation.
You have to wonder if the constant additions of newer, younger talent means if we'll continue to see guys like Cody, Barrett and Sandow either leave on their own or just get cut because the WWE is infatuated with new toys. It's unfortunate there isn't anybody out there willing to snatch up TNA and make a serious play as a contender to WWE because it might be the best time ever to make a roster that has a combo of veterans still in their prime and upcoming talent.
So banks on the east coast will soon be closing for the weekend and there needs to be some money in Impact Wrestling's bank accounts to make Bound For Glory happen. As public as the potential sale situation has been, you'd think they'd announce within seconds of having funding on hand to make the production happen.
Oh, and in the last 20 minutes, TNA's twitter has announced that Drew Galloway is injured and out of BFG's main event.
Galloway has pulled himself from a bunch of events, and tv was already taped so there was no point in announcing that change earlier.
As far as "WWE not needing the Hardys", I'd argue they need the Hardys more than The Hardys need WWE. The Hardys kill it on the independent scene with appearances, merchandise and photo ops while working a schedule that allows them to ride dirt bikes and think up of amazing outlandish things. WWE on the other hand needs upper Midcard face talent and The Hardys still have enough of a fan following with money to burn on WWE Hardy Branded apparel.
Regarding the Cody, Sandow and Rybacks of the world I think you will see more guys leave on their own, but only after they establish some sort of name and lose all hope of upward mobility. It's risky though. Cody was going to do well because he is a gentleman with a great pedigree. Sandow looks like a school teacher who wrestles part time now and is either lost or broken because he has been bad and boring. I don't think Ryback will do as well as he thinks, but he could do pretty good as long as he is okay with not doing as great as he thinks. The real question I have is will you see more Sami Callihans? There are only so many spots and people will gamble that they can do better on their own with more freedom of course that comes with less security, but with enough NXT rub that more casual fans will take notice meaning more bookings and tshirt sales.
Here's an idea: If you have talented workers go out there and put on great fifteen-minute matches, then you don't have to write nearly as much backstage stuff, but you get paid the same. Here's another one: