As announced today on ImpactWrestling.com 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 I’m guessing that they won’t be completely devoid of current storylines, but they will be outdated with them being taped in antecedence.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.