TNA Wrestling held a major meeting backstage before this week’s “Impact Wrestling” television taping. According to PWS on Oct. 24, they announced to the employees that they will stop touring with the “Impact Wrestling” show and return to Florida for a stable location for the tapings.
This has been rumored for a few weeks now, and when TNA began to cancel events in numerous locations, it was just a matter of time before the announcement was revealed.
While touring the country with “Impact” is a great idea, and makes them seem more like the WWE when it comes to importance, it cost the company too much money and has damaged their reputation. With rumors of tighter purse strings by the Carter family, the choice to stop touring with the TV show was a no-brainer.
The TV tapings will return to Universal Studios Florida. The company will also record a large number of shows in batches, much like Ring of Honor does, and kick out most shows through the end of January before the end of the year. That will save money on production costs, but will ruin the experience for fans since the shows who find spoilers online.
With all the shows pre-taped, it will also likely severely damage the television ratings since results can be found online.
The word is that the morale in the company is positive following the announcement and there is word that the new format will allow wrestlers to create deeper characters, although how that works is still unclear.
The one downfall is that there will be no live events during this time, so talent is trying to book indie appearances, which is hard since TNA Wrestling won’t allow them to appear on other company’s iPPV or DVD events.