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Old 12-11-2012, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The future of TNA in your hands...

We have millions of different threads on here saying how to improve ratings etc etc etc, so this thread is swerving from that a little bit and is set up so you can put forward your view of how you'd run TNA/Impact Wrestling if YOU were in control.

1. Who would be your face(s) of the company?
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?
4. What aspect of the company would you focus on internally (i.e. Tag division, X-Division, certain gimmick matches etc)?
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)?
6. How would you attempt to get new fans and bring more awareness to the company?

I know it's quite an open thread and there's a lot to cover, but it's just something different to the constant bullshit about the ratings!
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The biggest and only thing that needs changing at this point is the name of the company. I would change it to Impact Wrestling. Coming from a die hard fan from day 1. and Marekting is really all they need to do thats not being done.

This company is doing everything right by me. Amazing self made top talent as the main eventers. Visually its starting to look great besides the IZ. Much better wrestling then the competition. They are working towards road shows and being live.
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The biggest and only thing that needs changing at this point is the name of the company. I would change it to Impact Wrestling.


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Old 12-11-2012, 01:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The brand is still not Impact wrestling. The belts are not Impact wrestling. I know i think its silly to advertise the website as impactwrestling and promote the wrestlers as impact wrestling stars. This just indicates to me they are probably slowly promoting that name to make it the entire brand.

imagine wwe changed its website to www.raw . com
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The biggest and only thing that needs changing at this point is the name of the company. I would change it to Impact Wrestling.
TNA CROSS THE LINE > IMPACT WRESTLING
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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?
Kurt Angle
Christopher Daniels
Bully Ray
James Storm

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.
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1. AJ Styles

2. Robert Roode, James Storm, The Pope D'angelo Dinero, Austin Aries, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle

3. Tough to answer, can't give a quick reply on that.

4. The X-Division as a foundation. Knockouts as an attraction for female audiences (not as sex appeal, but as actual woman athletes. Even though they can be used as both at times.) Tag division also heavily built as well.

5. Advertisements in big magazines could be an idea, or just commercials on other channels. Running deals like WWE used to with Slurpees and stuff of course.

6. Use Hogan as a promoting stand point on talk shows, LIKE HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE WHOLE TIME! Also strike some sort of deal to have a TNA wrestler guest on UFC/Strikeforce for a host.
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They'll always be a secondary company in the current climate because they have a combination of having no idea how to create stars, employing ex-WWE and WCW stars who will always be bigger than their home grown talent and wrestling inside a television studio. The infrastructure isn't there to improve business. Everyone thinks of TNA as a damaged brand. In 2005 they had Samoa Joe, Styles, Daniels, Roode, Storm, Aries and all these great talents. They are all still there and the likes of Sting, Hogan, Hardy are still the priority.

TNA's whole history has been built on the quick fix. 7 years ago they were a growing company and little by little were adding to their promotion. Looking at them now, pay-per-view buys are doing horrible numbers, TV ratings are the same as ever, they are still in the Impact Zone and they cant draw on the road. I have no idea how they could possibly turn TNA into anything other than what it is. All the company milestones haven't done anything either. They went to 2 hours and ratings didnt improve. They took Impact on the road and they rarely do TV tapings outside the Impact Zone anymore. They went to Mondays and they failed miserably. They went live and it changed nothing.
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They'll always be a secondary company in the current climate because they have a combination of having no idea how to create stars, employing ex-WWE and WCW stars who will always be bigger than their home grown talent and wrestling inside a television studio. The infrastructure isn't there to improve business. Everyone thinks of TNA as a damaged brand. In 2005 they had Samoa Joe, Styles, Daniels, Roode, Storm, Aries and all these great talents. They are all still there and the likes of Sting, Hogan, Hardy are still the priority.

TNA's whole history has been built on the quick fix. 7 years ago they were a growing company and little by little were adding to their promotion. Looking at them now, pay-per-view buys are doing horrible numbers, TV ratings are the same as ever, they are still in the Impact Zone and they cant draw on the road. I have no idea how they could possibly turn TNA into anything other than what it is. All the company milestones haven't done anything either. They went to 2 hours and ratings didnt improve. They took Impact on the road and they rarely do TV tapings outside the Impact Zone anymore. They went to Mondays and they failed miserably. They went live and it changed nothing.
With these statements it's clear you dont watch the show.

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