Total Nonstop Action Wrestling continues to evolve, and with a new TV name, a new TV deal and a new TV brand, the company prepares for its 10th anniversary with the Slammiversary pay-per-view on Sunday, June 10 at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.
Spike TV and TNA Entertainment recently agreed on a multi-year extension on their strategic partnership, maintaining Spike TV as the exclusive U.S. television home of the emerging property.
The previous deal with Spike was through the end of 2012, so the new deal extends the partnership after 2012..
Was there a Plan B?
“Absolutely,” Carter said. “We were very fortunate to have interest from a few very good networks, but in the end it made the most sense to stay with Spike. We’re very loyal, and they have spent a lot of money and effort and time in building our brand, and the deal was right. So we made the decision to stay there.”
“India is a different concept [compared to the United States and the United Kingdom],” Carter said. “It is trying to build Indian wrestlers and build a brand new property in a market that is growing so fast and does have a tremendous wrestling following.”
Jeff Jarrett, Dutch Mantell, Dave Lagana, Sonjay Dutt and Jeremy Borash are integral parts of the Ring Ka King process. Abyss, Chavo Guererro Jr., Bulldog Hart, Scott Steiner, Matt Morgan, Sir Brutus Magnus, Jimmy Rave, Raisha Saeed, Mickie James, Angelina Love and Zema Ion are known talent involved.
“It’s going good,” she said. “We’re on a network that the timeslot is probably not best for wrestling, and we’ve had a lot of serious competition. So we knew it was going to be tough going in, but it’s been very well received, and I think there’s a very strong opportunity for Ring Ka King to continue to be seen in India.”
Can this grow into something TNA develops in other countries?
“That is being discussed,” Carter said. “There are several places around the globe that we’re looking at right now. We may even take it into markets where ‘Impact Wrestling’ is not currently seen.”
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