I just had a revelation.
I think that, if TNA wanted to do something innovative, yet realistic for themselves as a brand, they’d strike up some kind of deal with Netflix.
Bare with me.
If TNA did a TNA Network for $9.99 a month, most wrestling fans probably wouldn’t be quick to jump on it. Not just because it looks like TNA’s slow, painful death is looking like it may be over soon, but rather because TNA hasn’t been producing a product that has been super captivating since the decade began. They’re struggling to get on TV somewhere, but as of right now, that’s not looking like a possibility after Destination America gives ‘em the boot.
I just think it may be time for TNA to be a bit more realistic and downsize significantly. Instead of attempting to run shows in bigger arenas and baseball stadiums where they’re likely losing a lot of money, they should go the route of say, Ring Of Honor and PWG, run in smaller venues, but bring in the same quality performers. That way, they’re still making their money, but they’re able to pay the wrestlers on their roster substantially.
Right now, TV has become an afterthought to so many people. It’s more like background noise. Most people of this generation aren’t turning their TV’s on to watch them, but rather to have as background noise while they’re on their laptops, cell phones, computers, etc. And, what people are talking about is what’s on Netflix. Netflix has categorically become one of the biggest “networks” in entertainment, and now that they’re able to produce their own shows, more and more people are subscribing to the service in order to watch shows such as Daredevil, Orange Is The New Black, and House Of Cards, to name a few.
If TNA had a weekly presentation on Netflix, released on the same day every week at the same time and available for archive, not only would fans have access to the shows on a weekly basis, but they could watch them at their leisure and even go back to watch previous episodes. No idea what’s going on in the storylines? Go back a few episodes and catch up on the action. Of course, this would have to be something Netflix approved as you can’t just “hop on” to Netflix, but I think it’s worth a shot and both parties would benefit. Imagine fans who want Netflix but aren’t necessarily trying to jump on it, but now TNA’s on there, so they wanna keep following the show, and the benefits to having Netflix are that you get all these other shows with a subscription. With less to worry about by way of getting a TV slot, getting into
bigger buildings, etc, I think this could be a few small ways to improve
the TNA product. Essentially, start all over again, but rebuild toward a better product and a better future.