You know, I never thought I'd be doing a post about TNA, but based on the news I saw today, I gotta talk about this one. According to TMZ and wrestling site F4Wonline.com, Spike TV will not be renewing their TV deal with TNA, leaving the company with about 3 months to shop for a new deal with another network. Now, I've always made it clear that even though I've seen a good number of individual matches from the company, I was never a fan, mostly because I've always been a "WWF/E man", plus I was never impressed with any of the Impact episodes I did take the time out to watch. I say all of this to make the following points:
1) If TNA does not land a TV deal before their current deal with Spike TV expires (something they shouldn't wait until the last minute to do), simply put, they're done. Without national TV, (I don't want to say the company would be worthless), it would be very difficult and somewhat impossible to function, especially in a business where one of the most important things is making money. I feel we're long past the point where a wrestling company can thrive and survive on the internet and word of mouth alone.
2) It'll be a sad situation all over again to see another set of employees out of work, much similar to when WCW went out of business in 2001.
3) It will not be good for the wrestling business to see another company close its doors and turn into another monopoly.
For the record, even though I'm not a fan, I never said I wanted TNA to go out of business, even with all of their flaws. The one thing that'll always stand out to me was their attempt to go head to head with WWE Raw in early 2010. While it was commendable that they even tried such a thing, it was a bit laughable at the same time, so it wasn't a surprise to me when they retreated back to Thursday nights after being slaughtered in the ratings. Overall, I hope that they will secure a new TV deal, because like I and many others have said, without TV, they're done. Going back to the wrestlers for a bit, I'm sure some, if not all, would go to either ROH, the Independent scene, or even ply their trade internationally. It's no guarantee that the WWE would take any of them, considering that the backstage feeling is that they're not interested in any TNA talent, plus the company is seriously cutting costs across the board due to the WWE Network. Can you imagine WWE at this point acquiring another promotion?? Wow, and to answer my own question, several weeks ago I pictured TNA programming on the WWE Network. I hope this doesn't happen, but with the unpredictable nature of the wrestling business, anything can happen.