Originally Posted by Thomas Batista
You are stuck in the past and with ideas that just flat out have proven do not work. TNA at one point had over 2 million people watching their show. The 1/4/10 episode of Impact was one of the biggest. TNA has sold out Wembley arena and has had over 5,000 people attend shows in the states. At the end of the day this isn't about promoting. That is red herring that the un informed like to toss out. At the end of the day its about the product. creating a shoddy product turns off the base. If the base if turned off then you can promote you ass off...it won't matter.
You are also forgetting that its the 21st century and not the 20th. TNA was NEVER going to start another MNW for several reasons and it has NOTHING to do with promotion, but rather the state of pro wrestling. Right now there are WWE fans and wrestling fans. Plain and simple. There are people who will watch WWE and only WWE and people who will watch everything. The only people flipping back and forth on Mondays were TNA fans...WWE fans were watching exactly what they wanted to watch. WWE fans aren't asking for another MNW and they don't care...they are watching the product they want to watch. TNA's goal since day one was to be on Mondays. Why? Because they are out-of-touch and don't realize the landscape.
People always talk about marketing and promoting and hide behind that without providing specifics. I am not going to pretend that there are not areas that can be improved, but to honestly pretend that if TNA ran some more ads then there would be another MNW is just 100% out-of-touch. 100% mate. I don't believe you will have TNA's ratings increased based off your last two posts, because your ideas are THE SAME IDEAS TNA HAS BEEN USING THE LAST 11 YEARS and look at the current state of the company. The only way for TNA to move forward is by having someone at the front who realizes that the business has changed and is OKAY WITH THAT FACT and wants to move the business in a different direction. This is what happened with ECW and Paul Heyman and Bischoff and WCW and Russo and WWE. A person who knows that the current landscape is not for a MNW and that 'name' talent does DICK for ratings, buy-rates, attendance, etc. Someone who can look at 1997 and see that WWE took a bunch of unknowns and WCW mid-carders and made them STARS while WCW was holding on to the guys WWE made famous in the mid-late 80's and early 90s and putting them at the top of the card. Someone who can look at WWE in the early 2000's and see that WWE gave the ball to guys who NEVER MADE IT BIG ANYWHERE ELSE AND WHO NO ONE KNEW in Lesnar, Batista, Orton, and Cena and see what they did for WWE's business.
Yes..TNA needs to do somethings, but rehashing 90's staples is not it. Walking about and tossing out the words 'promoting' and 'marketing' without providing ANYTHING SUBSTANTIAL is alos not the resolution. Please tell me your million dollar marketing and promoting ideas that will get TNA's into the 2's in 6 months, because they havent figured out how to do that in 11 years.
The irony is that the January 4th show that drew those 2 million viewers was the only one they ever promoted properly. Then they gave up. Thus, you proved my point.
TNA shows draw 5,000... but only on PPVs in wrestling hotbeds. WWE can draw 5,000 to a house show in Nowheresville. Why? They promote it.
TNA sells out Wembley Arena? Great. WWE sells out the MEN, the O2 and have sold out Wembley STADIUM. How? They promote their fucking shows.
There's a reason the job is Wrestling Promoter and not Wrestling Sit Around With Thumb Up Arse Hoping.
Vince has a fanbase of tens of millions, yet his company are still out there promoting every minute of every day. TNA has a fanbase of maybe a million, yet they don't even take out ads in the newspaper when they come to town. It's a fucking joke. There are indy promotions drawing bigger crowds than TNA, the so-called #2, are getting for house shows.
Until they start promoting, everything else is pointless arguing. If TNA wanted to succeed, they'd make some genuine fucking effort.