TMZ has just reported Sunday night that TNA’s Impact Wrestling television program on Spike TV has been cancelled and will be off the network lineup sometime in October when their contract ends.
While Spike TV decides how to fill two hours of programming on Thursday nights, TNA hopefully has made some inroads to begin negotiations to find a new TV home.
Now, with this announcement comes what really irks me about the polarizing Internet Wrestling Community, and how they will use this announcement to give TNA a premature “funeral” after being on television for over 10 years on Fox Sports Net and Spike TV.
Let’s talk about what this means for those wrestling podcasts hosted by simply put…TNA haters. The same ones who are simply critical of the TV product and assume they have the ultimate solution how to blow up the current incarnation of the product and start all over. The ones that compare WWE as the New York Yankees and TNA as a minor league baseball team. I say to you take all your pot shots and bury Dixie Carter, Vince Russo, and all of the repeated boneheaded moves that TNA has made. Talk about how they have never turned a profit, and how they have never grown an audience in the 10 years they were on the air. Talk about all the bad storylines and gimmicks, their WWE like approach and their WWE-developed stars that found a home in TNA after being future endeavored by WWE.
I hope you get to laugh and giggle and snort to your heart’s content along with all of your listeners. Have a celebration or a wake on your show, go ahead.
But ask yourselves this….seriously….what was so wrong about just simply being content with having an alternative to WWE on TV. WCW might have been a laughing stock at the end but it was at least to me another entertaining wrestling show on TV, whether it was a train wreck or an occasionally good episode with a different roster and a different product.
Sorry guys, but I will choose to reflect on how a load of talented wrestlers and their devoted fans will now be led to slaughter and ridicule at the feet of the IWC because they think WWE is the only product that matters and that there is no room for any other large scale promotions. Tonight is a sad night to be a wrestling fan that loves Wrestling good or bad.
Tuesday night, I will take a good chunk of time to discuss the TNA TV cancellation, and I welcome your feedback on the Wrestling is Real Podcast. I will post the episode for download early Wednesday morning.
Regardless of any diehard or casual wrestling fan’s reservations of this announcement, I for one hope that either TNA finds a new cable home or Ring of Honor starts shopping around and fill the void. I for one hope that ultimately will not mean an inevitable end for TNA -KOP