Spike TV Keeps TNA On Life Support A Little Longer

By Sean Ross Sapp
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TNA Wrestling has had it’s share of up and downs — mostly downs. The last year hasn’t been kind to the company, and as of a few weeks ago, it seemed as if the promotion may be out of business altogether by the end of the year. That won’t be the case, however, as Spike TV has extended TNA’s flagship “Impact” program through the remainder of 2014. However, it may just be delaying the inevitable.

Impact was originally scheduled to run on Spike through September, which would have put them just a few weeks short of their annual ‘extravaganza,’ Bound For Glory. It seem as if TNA didn’t even know what their TV situation would be, as the matches they taped to air through September didn’t hint at any major matches for their show.

With such a crucial point in the life of TNA coming up, shouldn’t a little foresight take place? Nah, that’s just not TNA’s style.

In the past 13 months, TNA has lost AJ Styles, Sting, Jeff Jarrett, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Matt Morgan and Mickie James, and looks poised to see the exits of both Bully Ray and Kurt Angle. No individual star TNA has featured has ever been a needle-mover per say, but public perception is sure to fall if they keep abandoning their top stars. Yet through thick and thin, Spike TV has been there. It was TNA that wasn’t loyal.

Spike TV wanted to extend TNA’s deal. They actually wanted to buy 10 percent of the company, a move in which Dixie Carter denied. The numbers for the proposal aren’t available, but it’s apparent that the acquisition would have been a good one, as it would have ensured TNA a TV spot and vested interest in their brand. All of this despite TNA employing Vince Russo against Spike TV’s wishes.

This wasn’t the first time TNA was offered a hand to pull them off of the ledge. Country music star Toby Keith and TNA founder Jeff Jarrett wanted to buy the company last year. The hang up on the whole deal? The Carter family wanted their daughter Dixie to remain in the same role she had– the one that helped drive the promotion into the ground.

Instead of a solid foundation, TNA Wrestling faces uncertainty. The saddest thing is that it’s all their own fault.

It really seems as if any bad decisions that can be made in TNA, are made. The signings of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff was supposed to catapult Impact Wrestling into the forefront, but they almost killed off all momentum. Nepotism, drastic unwanted changes, and questionable contracts took much needed resources from a fledgling TNA company and funneled them all into the trash can.

TNA can move to Wednesday nights in an effort to boost an audience. They can reduce the number of pay-per-views. They can also cut costs at every opportunity at the expense of their established stars. None of this matters if the same people in the same positions make the same mistakes.

TNA has had a helping hand reach out multiple times. Just like a self-destructive person, TNA ignores it so they can go down their same old unsuccessful path.

Sean Ross Sapp is a contributor for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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