As we have all said many times, the wrestling industry needs fresh ideas to appeal to younger fans, and most importantly it needs to draw back all the millions of older fans who have not returned since the demise of WCW and the original ECW.
Let’s take a look at the PPVs or specials that could be introduced to continue to build interest in company and start generating a buzz about the wrestling world again. Thus bringing back the much sought after 90s wrestling fan.
Now I’m not on about reinventing the wheel, but I thought I’d share my PPV ideas including a change to holding SIX LIVE TNA PPVs a year at two month intervals. I believe this will allow story-lines and feuds a easier and more natural build, key moments (match ups) and ultimate climax moment as opposed to the present format. I look at the gap between Slammiversary (June) to Bound For Glory (October) some four months as just to long to not have a PPV event.
A change again from the current big four PPV format they have. The build into their recent PPVs has not been as we would hope, so a change to a more frequent PPV calendar will hopefully allow them to be built up better with matches and story lines
. As well as not having to hold up story lines for three or four months so matches can be held at a PPV to bring about a conclusion in a feud. Continue to hold the Destination X, HardCore Justice and others as impact specials as the TV audience is vital to a wrestling company’s success. Below I’ve suggested names, marquee matches, the month held and also a suggested location.
February – Genesis
Located in New York to underline where TNA have gone through a Genesis type change. I like Biblical names for PPVs and Genesis has been used by TNA for a few years now. Use this PPV to underline the kick-off to the year and as a stepping stone to build onto Aprils Lockdown PPV.
We’ve seen with Dixie’s feud with Bully Ray that TNA can and will take a long-term view on story-lines so this event can be a builder which delivers a cracking start to the year and entertaining match ups that leave enough on the road to lockdown.
April – Lockdown
This premier event needs no introduction and as this year, should be all steel cage all of the time. Locate it in a city with a hard reputation such as Detroit or ECW’s home of Philadelphia in USA or take it to abroad to Manchester, Glasgow or Sheffield in the UK.
The possibilities are endless here for this marquee event in the wrestling world. Headline it with the lethal lockdown match as you pitting the two competing teams but lead it into the World Title match as having it as second fiddle cheapens the title.
June – Slammiversary
Located in Alabama where it all began a little over 14 years ago, or take it back to TNA’s spiritual home in Tennessee at the Asylum. What TNA did this year with the Von Erich’s appearance was brilliant as it brought the nostalgia feeling back for Texan wrestling fans ensuring a hot crowd all night. Slammiversary is a unique event where TNA can show clips of the event going back years and touch upon star of years gone by.
Don’t fall into the trap WWE do and focus too much on part timers and instead they should put the spotlight on stars such as EC3 and Bram, and allow younger stars to be built up to ensure future years can be fruitful. Headline of course with the TNA World Title on the line in the King of the Mountain match – dropping the penalty cage but keep the eligibility to win pin rule.
August – Beach Battle
This should be located on a beach in warm states such as California or Florida in a similar vein to WCWs Bash at the Beach in 1995 where Flair lost to Savage and Hogan beat Vader in a cage match. Pick a beach and City where they hold the event and have a fallout Impact a few days later again on the beach or baseball ground so almost like a mini residency. Don’t make the same mistake WCW did with Hog/Road Wild but keep admission prices low like $15 for walk ups and general admission but sell guaranteed ring sides for $75 and pre sell about 1500 of these including the along the ring entrance.
That will ensure a hardcore fan base around the ring and where the camera will mainly be located. Keep the card simple and make use of a summer time crowd and play up to it. Allow a UK style festival feel with food vendors, fair rides and maybe look to tie in with a bank holiday weekend which naturally brings more visitors to the seaside resorts than at normal weekends.
October – Bound For Glory
This year’s Bound for Glory hits Tokyo in Japan and is going to have to go some to be a better show than their recent impacts and of course rival Slammiversay in terms of the in ring product. There has been no Bound For Glory series this year which leaves a hole leading into Tokyo, but it may not be a bad move as the recent years series have suffered from scatty matches, league tables and lack of consistency, so it isn’t a bad thing.
Likely match ups from what we can gather are Low Ki Vs Samoa Joe for the X division Title, Wolves Vs Hardyz Vs team 3D, Tag Team Title decider and Booby Roode Vs Bobby Lashley for the World Title. Of course that is me just speculating from taping results.
Bound for Glory has to be massive with a big set, pyro’s and a buzzing crowd. It needs to continue from now with the Toyko announcement that’s kicked it off, right up to October when it airs Use impact and social media to look back at Bound for Glory moments and have current roster shoot on their goals on TNA’s biggest stage. In future years they could be guaranteed in Ireland, UK or Australia a huge event, that would rival anything they have done thus far in their 12 years.
Just Imagine Bound for Glory 2015 live from the O2 in London. Continue along their current track and it will be a sure to sell out with a recorded “fall out” impact the next night in Cardiff, Birmingham or Manchester. Again massive attendance will be present with both events putting out a massive buzz for the wrestling world. Above all build the match ups on Impact and Xplosion in the lead up weeks and months so it feels like a must see PPV that can’t be missed!
December – Click & Tweet B@ttle Boom
It’s not rocket science the way the wrestling world moves now is via public reactions at the events, online and via twitter and Facebook. WWE is calling this now this their “reality era” and to be fair it’s true. Tommy Dreamer alluded to this on Impact in Pennsylvania, when he came face to face with Dixie Carter. Social media has changed the face of wrestling. In fairness to TNA, they do well with their social media outlets and can be seen as fan friendly and very interactive.
Not only do they take a greater interest in social media than the WWE they use it as means of advancing storylines and interacting with the fan base. So why not use it to as an end of year PPV with matches, stipulations and competitors chosen by the fans in attendance and online. Allow fan polls online and in the arena, plus have fans in the weeks, days before hand Tweet or Facebook Dixie or the wrestlers with ideas for them to do on the broadcast. For instance have MVP, Lashley and King argue over a cream suit colour clash in ring, and have MVP order those in the arena to remove any gold necklaces or chains so his stands out more! heck, its only a skit idea!
Hold the event in Canada or Australia where wrestling events by TNA and WWE have been neglected in recent years and where wrestling has a long history that should ensure a healthy attendance and general media interest. On a side note it would be a great method to launch an App this December, Dixie!
I’ve also thought about future PPV Themes, ideas and names which can be used either as a live PPV special or a One Night Only taping and of course as a SpikeTV impact special such as the HardCore Justice special.
Painful Reunion is a night where ex-stars make a comeback to take on the present stars or each other in matches that have had significance in the past. As we have covered in past articles nostalgia is a powerful thing and as I’ve said before wrestling is no different, in fact Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair have both been living off this for the last 15 years or so.
Revelations could be an event where team mates or stable members from past and present decide they want to fight each other as a way to prove who the strongest team member is. Imaging Robbie E vs Jessie in a Bro-Mans match up or Homicide Vs Hernandez in a LAX showdown.
Money Talks / Feast or Fired could be similar to a Jokers Wild or the WWE’s Money in the Bank type PPV but with a tournament set up ending with a Four corners Pole match with the cases at the end with title shots, hair cut, t-shirts, money or the dreaded pink slip.
United We Stand! The idea behind this is to use both present and former talent in 2 Vs 2, 3 Vs 3 and lastly 4 Vs 4 match ups in their respective current or former stables. It won’t happen but 4 live Kru Vs the Gathering or Main Event Mafia Vs Team Canada. Options are endless in terms of elimination, cage, ultimate X, lethal lockdown matches that lead into a final match. This culminates in a winning team with a cash prize, contract, title shot or trophy.