Meltzer Says Impact Has Been Canceled

Obviously take this with a pound of salt, but allegedly Destination America has canceled the show and it’s done in September.  Apparently the ratings have been strong but not strong enough to warrant the money put in.  No word on if this is true or if it’s going to stand up going forward, but if there’s truth to this, TNA is in major trouble.  Again.

16 comments

  1. Killjoy says:

    Its allegedly because advertisers don’t want it. You’ve gotta be shitting me. What a load of shit. Either the workers of this station are stupid as fuck or this story is nonsense. What in the fuck did this network expect? That every single house with the channel tunes in? TNA can’t push the ratings any higher.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    If TNA goes under, there’s a very, very long and detailed column to be written about what caused it, and the words Destination America aren’t going to be in it.

    Eric Reply:

    My guess is that initials like HH and EB would be involved though….

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Oh maybe once or a few thousand times. Dixie will be in there too. I agree that she comes off as a very sweet lady, but she seems like one of the most incompetent wrestling bosses ever.

    Eric Reply:

    Oh she’s incredibly sweet. Maybe one of the most well mannered people I’ve ever met. I can’t speak to her business acumen for wrestling and it’s likely not insanely high but I’d argue the bigger issue, and this is the issue in every company not named WWE, is that you need ONE voice above them all. TNA went through like 35 in 10 years with 5-7 at once usually. That’s not the formula to success and until any company figures that out, they’re all likely to fail.

  2. klunderbunker says:

    I can buy that to a degree, but at the end of the day, Dixie was in charge when all these stupid decisions came down. That’s on her and not anyone else, just like it’s on Vince in WWE.

  3. Killjoy says:

    Yeah, but we’re talking the cancellation of it on this particular station. We all know Dixie’s a bit of a moron. But just what exactly did TNA do wrong here? They did exactly what they were supposed to do. The highest rated show on the channel. It’s available in around 500,000 houses. About 350,000 tune in every week on a Friday. The death slot of all things. And to this station, it’s not good enough. What?

    klunderbunker Reply:

    On Destination America? Nothing. This isn’t the result of the last five months. it’s the result of the last several years of screwups and boneheaded decisions that cost them their core audience. If those fans hadn’t been taken for granted, they might have stuck around on Spike and Destination America wouldn’t have happened.

  4. Heyo says:

    Here’s a good one for you: Which company were Hogan and Bischoff more directly responsible for killing, WCW or TNA?

    klunderbunker Reply:

    TNA. Bischoff and Hogan weren’t entirely directly responsible for that one.

    Heyo Reply:

    What I was thinking. WCW is really hard to track, given you can blame it on a dozen guys and have good reasons for each one. TNA….yeah.

    But HOW did they kill TNA? I don’t want to depress myself reading a thousand reviews explaining it.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    You can’t put the blame squarely on their feet. They were in on it but it wasn’t just them, or anyone for that matter.

    Hogan and Bischoff, who had backstage authority so it’s not just their characters, were responsible for things like Garrett Bischoff on TV, the shift of focus away from AJ and the smaller guys to the latest NWO rehash to bringing in a bunch of WWE rejects that had no business being around. It didn’t help that for a time, the top feud was Sting/Hulk Hogan vs. the Dudleys. Yeah, the matches could have been good (most of them weren’t), but that sounds like a joke of a fantasy, not something you air on national TV.

    The promotion stopped being about TNA and growing the company and became about getting Bischoff and Hogan all the publicity and TV time they could have. It was all about the two of them and everyone else was a distant third.

    Eric Reply:

    And then obviously from a business perspective, you’re paying those two tons of money, plus all the “big acquisitions” they brought in and none of them really improved business. Ratings didn’t jump, PPV numbers didn’t jump (I know I know, “we don’t have proof!”), nothing about business improved greatly with the increase in spending and in the world of business, if you spend more and make the same, you profit less. That’s not a good thing.

  5. CrazySole says:

    Such a shame if true, TNA’s product has been really good since their broadcast began on Destination America. I feel their gonna have a hard time finding a new home, I doubt WGN will take them after TNA rejected them for Destination America.

  6. Jay H (the real one) says:

    I feel bad for the Wrestlers more than anything else. Its amazing what TNA could have been with guys like AJ Styles,Samoa Joe,Christopher Daniels,the X-Division,had a solid Tag Division,the KOs (although I think now its a joke and the NXT Divas are miles better),etc. Instead they piss it all away i think beginning of the end started on January 4th 2010 with the arrival of Hogan & Bischoff plus thinking they had a shot at being the next rival to the WWE. From there with a few exceptions it started going downhill and they never have recovered. They have no House Shows or any PPV left outside of Slammiversary and Bound For Glory,I know the One Night Onlys but by the time they air they have no barring on any Storylines.

    I know some have said the Shows have gotten better on DA and they have to a certain extent but something is still just off in the presentation to me. I don’t know what it is if its the Announcing from a closet in Nashville somewhere,being back in the Impact Zone again,or what it is.

    At the end of the day TNA has nobody to blame but themselves and I think Dixie Carter may go down as the worst Wrestling boss/owner/president ever next to Jim Herd.

  7. Wim says:

    I don’t believe this can be true. I realize the competition in tv is gruesome but for a small network to drop a (for them) big contract like this after only 5 months doesn’t make any sense. They should at least give it a year before making further decisions.