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Breaking News: Major Changes to TNA Wrestling’s Pay-Per-View Schedule

As announced today on today, TNA has changed their pay-per-view strategy for 2013.

Going forward, only four old TNA pay-per-views will remain in Genesis, Lockdown, Slammiversary and, of course, Bound for Glory. All the other pay-per-views will be replaced with taped “One Night Only” three hour specials that will premiere on the first Friday of each month. The first two taped specials will be the Joker’s Wild Tag Team Tournament and a TNA X Division X-Travaganza.

The TNA X-Travaganza special will feature X Division stars from the past and the present with the one night only returns of Petey Williams, Amazing Red, Matt Bentley, Jimmy Rave, and Jerry Lynn. This show is confirmed to feature an Ultimate X match and an X-Scape Cage match.

The Joker’s Wild Tag Team Tournament will feature current TNA stars being paired up randomly with the winning teams advancing to an epic main event 12-man gauntlet match with the victor receiving $100,000.

Dixie Carter said the following:

“The Pay-Per-View industry has changed so much in the last decade. The traditional pay-per-view wrestling model needed to evolve and we believe this strategy will positively impact not only the Pay-Per-View events but the weekly television programming as well.”

This certainly changes up the landscape of TNA a lot with every episode of Impact now leading up to four big pay-per-views. News broke out in late 2012 that TNA was planning on changing their pay-per-view schedule, but I had no idea that it was going to be this drastic. Something that might be lost in the shuffle is Destination X being gone, so that apparently nulls out the “Option C” stipulation put in place by Austin Aries and Hulk Hogan last year.

While I’m sure that I will enjoy these One Night Only specials, I’m not sure about them being taped and how that will work out. I’m guessing that they won’t be completely devoid of current storylines, but they will be outdated with them being taped in antecedence.

This is both a good move and a bad move by TNA as it is incredibly risky, but can either work out extremely well or completely fail.

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  • Kevin Berge

    Wait… what happens to Destination X then? I like the idea overall though I don’t like the loss of Destination X but keeping Genesis. This is good for the company for sure. Just wondering what happens to Option C.

  • Veronica Huerta

    Yes, this is such great news! thanks for the share!

    • Brett Chandler

      No problem.

  • Chris Langford

    I’m really unsure because it’s not like TNA is the most well-off company financially and they tend to make long angles really stale quickly. (Aces & 8’s) With only 4 PPVs now they have to make sure that they are A+ Shows.

    P.S. I knew they would fucking find a loophole to get out of option C.

    • Brett Chandler

      Yeah, Option C wasn’t going to last, haha. And, I agree. If they’re only going to have four REAL pay-per-views, they better be great.

  • Magic Sean

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Love it. That’s all

    • Brett Chandler

      I see.

  • JacobStachowiak

    TNA went with my 4 ppv idea!!!! YES! THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!

    Its not fucking like anyone’s gonna buy 12 or even 10 of their ppvs, might as well make 4 bigs ones and make them must-buys.

    • Brett Chandler

      Good point. Thanks for reading, Jacob.