Backstage News On TNA’s Future & WWE’s Interest In Their Tape Library

Posted by Brad Davis July 29, 2014 8 Comments

The major story this week (until WWE releases the latest WWE Network subscriber count on Thursday) is TMZ.com’s report that Spike TV is currently not planning to renew TNA Impact Wrestling.

With TNA’s future in jeopardy if they are unable to reach an agreement with Spike and Viacom, speculation has begun as to whether WWE would be interested in acquiring TNA’s tape library.

On the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, it was said that WWE would likely make an offer to TNA, if the company were to shut down. The going rate for tape libraries is approximately $500 per hour of footage. TNA has approximately 1,000 hours of Impact Wrestling footage, so an offer of $500,000 is what they would likely receive.

In response to the TMZ report, TNA President Dixie Carter tweeted that she is currently still in negotiations with Spike TV and the new of Impact’s cancellation was premature. When contacted for a statement, Spike TV said they do not comment on matters related to “ongoing negotiations.”

As for why TMZ.com ran the story, it’s possible that TNA tried playing hardball in hopes of landing a good TV deal and somebody at Viacom leaked the news to “call their bluff” and essentially put TNA in checkmate. Without a national television clearance, TNA would likely go out of business. The company would then attempt to shop Impact Wrestling around to other cable networks, but they are not in a powerful negotiating position.

Especially without major names like Hulk Hogan and Sting, TNA has very little leverage to land another lucrative TV deal, despite their consistent viewership above 1 million viewers per week.

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    • Kevin Naethe

      I think Dixie needs to work a deal and have Vince be a partner and they can have TNA stay its own show but the wrestlers would go back and forth, would help more of a story line, some TNA wrestlers vs WWE would be sweet.

      • Robert

        If he didn’t do that with WCW, I doubt he would do it with TNA. And he owned WCW.

        • Koolaid

          He did it with ECW never know then again with all the cuts because of the wwenetwork idk if WWE can handle half of those salaries if they wanted.

          • Robert

            That’s true. I don’t see Vince helping out TNA unless he outright owned them like ECW, though.

            • Koolaid

              Yeah and I’m pretty sure vince revamped ecw he only did it because it was more of an unique product than WCW was but yeah once people didn’t see what use to be ECW in vinces revamp it became a disaster. Although Heyman and RVD before the ECW revamp made wwe very interesting.

        • Guest

          There’s the fact that most of TNA’s roster are former WCW,ECW, WWE wrestlers with very few of TNA’s roster being TNA Orginals.

      • KevinT1149

        Yeah but if Vince aqured it a WWE vs. TNA thing would be cool just keep TNA around long enough to do something with. When Vince bought out WCW I think he missed a oppitunity to create a better storyline with the whole invasion thing. If they decided to keep WCW up for another year he could have went back and forth with WWE invading WCW as well. It would have been pretty cool story but then again he would be competing with himself on Monday Nights.

    • Guest9384594862840593636

      JBL: Maggle! Maggle! Whats Trixie Cartwright doin’ here on Raw?

      Cole: I dunno John. Maybe shes twerkin!

      King: Heheheh. Im a pedophile who wears ridiculous clothing and makes Dad jokes. What are we talking about again?

      See what I did there with the Trixie Cartwright thing? Genius.

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