Vince Russo has posted a new wrestling blog on his official website, PyroandBallyhoo.com, where he gives an in-depth look at the issues and obstacles TNA has to deal with on a regular basis. Russo's blog is an attempt to show fans a detailed look at TNA's business model — one that makes it extremely difficult for the writers of "any" television show, not just pro wrestling.
Russo mentions that it's not Creative that is the problem in TNA because that's all "subjective", but rather, it's the things you don't see play out on screen, including the rigorous taping schedule, the "tourist" fans of the Impact Zone and other factors.
Personally, I think it's one of Vince Russo's best blogs since he debuted his new site, and certainly worth the read, whether you agree or disagree with him.
Check out a snippet below:
"In my opinion, having worked there, what’s hindering TNA more than anything right now, are major factors that lay “outside” the ring. Again, the creative is all subjected, and can be adjusted — if need be – but the financials — the costs to operate — are FACTUAL, much like TV numbers.
For starters, and I don’t need to tell anybody this, including the brass at TNA — trust me, they know — the environment inside the “Impact Zone” is not ideal for what TNA is attempting to put across your TV screen every week. Universal Studios is a “tourist” attraction, so primarily, TNA is drawing “tourists” to watch IMPACT, not die-hard “wrestling fans”. The truth is, many of those people attending might just be wanting to get out from under the scorching Florida sun. As you know, attendance to IMPACT is free, so there is no cost if you’re just looking to stay in the shade for a few hours. But, this isn’t anything that anybody doesn’t know. We all see it every Thursday night. But, no one knows first hand how much an audience can affect your show than me.
You see, when you write a wrestling show, you’re writing it knowing that the fans “cheer” here, the fans “boo” there — that’s how you write any wrestling show. Well, at Universal, you’re not always getting the response your writing for, simply because many of your customers are simple not die-hard wrestling fans. Also, add to that, the performers get FUELED by you — the fans. The less “true” wrestling fans rooting you on — less gas in the tank. That’s just human nature. Unfortunately, in getting back to the facts, at this point in their business plan – Universal Studios is the best route for TNA to take. Are they aware of all the problems? They certainly are, and there is no doubt in my mind that if they had the ability right now to change that – they would – simply because – why wouldn’t they?
But, aside from the lackluster, vacationing crowds, I think there is a much bigger problem that TNA is faced to deal with every week…"
You can check out Vince Russo's new blog in its entirety by CLICKING HERE.