It seems safe to assume that Impact Wrestling will never break big. A modicum of success is probably the best that can be hoped for.
That’s OK. There’s still money to be made. Still a product to be sharpened.
The money mark has tried the Hogan/Bischoff way of doing things. It’s cost her a pretty penny, with zero tangible results. Now she's inexplicably spending even more by taking the TV show on the road. BAD IDEA.
It’s time to try the Jarrett/Lawler way of doing things: Cut payroll until you show profit. Trim the fat. You’re not running a charity. YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO MAKE MONEY. For a wrestling promotion, there is no greater good.
Impact did a 1.2 last week. With the roster adjustments I suggest, Impact would still do 1.1s and 1.2s while slashing expenditures and streamlining the product. A smaller roster means more concise booking and better character development.
It should, anyway.
All talent listed (except Aces & Eights) is on the talent roster posted at ImpactWrestling.com. I thought some are gone already, but most of those are so bad they deserve to be fired twice.
IN-Abyss, A.J. Styles, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, Chavo Guerrero, Christopher Daniels, Hernandez, James Storm, Jeff Hardy, Kazarian, King Mo, Kurt Angle, Magnus, Matt Morgan, Robbie E, Samoa Joe, Zema Ion.
Those are your regulars. Others could be (and would be) brought back occasionally on a per-night basis. But build around those 18 wrestlers. (King Mo is excess baggage, but he keeps Spike happy, and Bellator’s probably paying the freight.)
OUT-Aces & Eights (all of ‘em), Alex Silva, Brooke Hogan, Chris Sabin, Christian York, Christy Hemme, Crimson, Doug Williams, Garett Bischoff, Gunner, Hector Guerrero, Hulk Hogan, Jesse Sorenson, Jessie Godderz, Joey Ryan, Kenny King, Mr. Anderson, Rob Terry, Rob Van Dam, Rockstar Spud, Sam Shaw, Sting, Taz, Wes Brisco, Willie Urbina.
That’s over two dozen paychecks 86’d. A ton of money saved, and the promotion wouldn’t suffer. NOT ONE BIT.
My announce team is Mike Tenay and Todd Keneley. Jeremy Borash handles interviews and ring announcing.
All of the Knockouts get ditched, but are brought back per-night as needed. It’s not like they can go anywhere else and work. If you feel the need to keep 2-3 under contract, fine. I’m not sure it makes any difference which three.
Let’s address some of the terminated:
There it is: A blueprint for making money. Or at least losing less. You might say it wouldn’t make Impact better. I say it couldn’t possibly make it worse.