Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Sudbury Canada
Re: The future of TNA in your hands...
For the record I believe that TNA is doing great things right now, but in the spirit of this thread this is my response.
1. Who would be your face(s) of the company?
-AJ Styles: Quite simple. He is still the face of the originals in TNA Wrestling.
-Austin Aries: Has everything going for him to be the top tweener in the company like the Rock was in WWE. He is young enough to keep the company moving forward.
-Mr. Anderson: He still has a lot of charisma and can encompass everything that was great about the Attitude Era.
-Jeff Hardy: Give notoriety to the company and brings it to the level it needs to in order to compete with WWE. He has the rockstar/underdog image that fans want.
-Bobby Roode: Definitely the top heel in the game, he has the attributes to be at the same level as Triple H, or even Ric Flair.
2. Who would be your other main-eventers?
3. Would you change how storylines are done? Or do you like the long term linked in storylines that make sense that the current booking team are doing?
A mix of long and short term storylines that have a beginning and an end. I would like to see more booking of special stipulation matches for feuds and bringing back classic elements that haven't been done in wrestling on a regular basis (ie. Lumberjack Matches, Battle Royals, Steel Cage Matches, No Holds Bared Matches)
4. What aspect of the company would you focus on internally (i.e. Tag division, X-Division, certain gimmick matches etc)?
I wouldn't focus on any one aspect, but would rather focus on the broader picture. How can each division be made to look different from it's counterpart? What makes the X Division unique? What makes the Knockouts unique? From there I would establish a format that gives each segment of the show something completely different. An X Division match would look different than a regular singles match.
5. How would you go about marketing TNA/IW within a decent budget (as TNA doesn't seem to agree with throwing money at it)?
Television Commercial spots during prime time shows that promote TNA Wrestling. Get ads going during WWE RAW and SD, as well as during other sports broadcasts. Encourage wrestlers to do interview segments on live popular talk shows in order to hype TNA programming. There's nothing wrong with AJ Styles going on the Talk and hyping Bound For Glory.
Magazines purchase ads in fitness magazines, sports magazines, and other popular newstands.
Radio When TNA is coming to towns, invest in local radio ads and interviews that hype the house show. Build on the house show as a can't miss event.
6. How would you attempt to get new fans and bring more awareness to the company?
Affordability Make TNA tickets and PPVs affordable for families. More people would buy if the PPVs cost less money to order I would sell PPVs for $25.00/$35.00 HD. Also have special offers for ticket sales at house shows (eg. First 200 people purchasing tickets would immediately be upgraded to Ringside seats)
Television Specials By cutting down PPVs during key months, TNA has the opportunity to really challenge WWE on their own playing field. For instance, I would put a TNA Live Wrestling Special on the same night as Wrestlemania. Give Fans a PPV quality show that they don't have to pay for up against WWE's big PPVs.
ExposurePartner up with other groups that can help market the company. By doing great philanthropy work the company would look good and would be able to get more exposures. Have wrestlers do signings and get the opportunity to do public speaking and other ventures that will promote the hell out of the company.