TNA Taking iMPACT! On The Road

TNA iMPACT!

TNA iMPACT!

TNA Wrestling have announced that iMPACT! on Spike will be going on the road and taped for the first time in Fayetteville, North Carolina next month. TNA  Dixie Carter confirmed on her Twitter that TNA iMPACT! would be taped on the 24th February 2011 in Fayetteville, NC but did not confirm location. An announcement is expected soon at www.tnawrestling.com.There has been talk for a while about taking iMPACT! out of Orlando to test how the product would do in front of a fresh audience. 

There has only been one episode of iMPACT! taped outside of Orlando, and that was the live special from the Hard Rock Café. That show featured Mick Foley and the debut of the Main Event Mafia.

The move to North Carolina would be a test to see how the tapings do outside of Orlando, but they would also still tape in the Impact Zone, since they lease the building from Universal Studios.

I personally feel this is a great move in some ways for the company. The iMPACT! Zone whilst a stable location, is now filled with regulars who’ve seen it all and become very cynical, i don’t think the reactions of the iMPACT! Zone crowd truly reflect the consensus of the viewing public, TNA realise this, their Live Event business is doing great and they’ve seen some of the reactions talent have been getting on the road in comparison with at the iMPACT! Zone.

Having iMPACT! at larger arena’s should in a way allow the viewer to accept the product as a big deal. Its a lot easier when watching a show to buy into a moment and make it feel big when you see a large crowd going wild about it in the arena. The crowd is a key element in pro wrestling television and at times can make or break a show.

There’s the added bonus of a touring iMPACT! simply giving further evidence to the casual viewer that TNA Wrestling is national entity and true competition to the WWE.

However, this is not to say i have personal reservations over the move. TNA’s ability to draw on the road on a consistent basis is questionable. People can harp on about the added revenue from having the show at arena’s around the country but there’s no guarantee their going to fill those arenas and the added costs of shipping the set, production equipment and personnel, not to mention leasing the arena, will also add up.

The biggest downside to this would be the effect it would have on the talent. Listen to interviews with ex-WWE talent who have jumped to TNA and you’ll here a common theme in their explanations for what attracted them to the company – the schedule! TNA’s ability to record 2/3 shows in a week, in a central location in sunny Florida, is a world away from the rigors of being on the road on a regular basis, TNA should be careful not to rock the boat too much in this aspect and take away an attracting factor for big name talent.

Personally, and it’s just my opinion, i hope they don’t jump into the deep end with this. I’d like to see TNA air Live 3hr special iMPACT’s on the road every once in a while to test the waters, with other episodes being taped at the iMPACT! Zone as usual, until such a point as they are sure it can be a success financially.

The important thing here is they are trying. They are showing us that their not afraid to try new things, even if they get their fingers burnt occasionally ala the move to Monday nights. This is a bold move and one i hope pays off for the company. I look forward to watching  on the 24th, i hope you are too.

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About Ray Mullan
Ray Mullan is a longtime wrestling fan and Owner/Editor of TNA UK . Also a contributing writer to a number of other online wrestling media including 1Wrestling.com, Wrestle Zone UK & Lords of Pain.

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