Things have looked shaky in TNA Impact Wrestling over the last year. The company lost icons like Hulk Hogan, Sting and company founder Jeff Jarrett. They lost homegrown original talents like A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels. While it looked like the end might be coming, Deadline reported on Thursday that TNA Impact Wrestling signed with United Talent Agency (UTA), which could lead to bigger and better things.
UTA has a client list which includes names like Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie and Channing Tatum from the movie world as well as television creators like Alan Ball (“True Blood”) and David Chase (“The Sopranos”). TNA Impact Wrestling President Dixie Carter said that they hoped to use the partnership to expand the wrestling business as well as building new ventures and properties.
TNA Impact Wrestling is also looking at possibly shopping around for a new television deal. There has been a lot of fear backstage when it comes to the deal with Spike TV. With Spike as one of the options for the WWE when a new deal is done there, nothing has been done to renew the TNA deal. The last time the TV contract was coming due, the new deal was already done by now. The current Impact TV show brings in an average of 1.4 million viewers a week, one of Spike TV’s highest rated shows.
This good news comes at an important time. Backstage rumors said some TNA veterans were waiting to see how Christopher Daniels would deal with the low ball negotiations that send AJ Styles packing. Christopher Daniels posted a Twitter update yesterday that said he was now a free agent, meaning his contract with TNA Impact Wrestling expired and he chose not to re-sign. Chris Sabin also recently left and Frankie Kazarian sounds like he will follow.
Add to that the reports from PWS on Wednesday that stated TNA wrestlers were frustrated with the creative team, and it sounds like discontent is rising. There are some who feel that TNA management is keeping too many secrets from talent. There are also those who feel the main writer is in over his head. While these may just be a small number of vocal individuals, the number of wrestlers leaving is alarming.
The new TNA Impact Wrestling deal with UTA mentions a number of their biggest stars, including Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, James Storm, MVP, Magnus, Eric Young and Gail Kim, so there is still talent on hand. The future of TNA Impact Wrestling will depend on their next television deal. However, signing with UTA might be the best news to come in a long time for the wrestling promotion