Over the last few months in several media interviews prior to Impact Wrestling's debut on Destination America in the states, Dixie Carter has been making a point of the fact that Impact will be changing and the audience will be seeing some new styles and presentation of how their TV product is presented.
She also made it clear that wrestling fans wouldn’t be seeing those changes on any of the live shows, either impact or pay-per-view because the magic and effects will mainly be created in post production at TNA's studio in Nashville.
At the first pre-recorded Impact of 2015, viewers started to see some of the promised changes that Dixie has spoken about. TNA have been experimenting with certain things, including the use of green screens for various video packages and Impact adverts for other Discovery owned channels.
TNA are starting to experiment with the use of a body camera on wrestlers and referees to bring the audience slap bang in the middle of the action. Similar cameras are used in F1, Cricket (Helmets, Wickets) and Ice Hockey.
The promotion has been changing the way they light certain aspects of their show, based on certain sports events.
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The most obvious sign of this is the ring and arena lighting used over the last two shows. They have taken some inspiration from the way boxing arenas and basketball games (particularly the NBA's LA Lakers) are lit.
The changes are going to be done gradually, so the fans are eased in, but as Dixie has said they want to be unique and different from other televised wrestling.
Behind the Scenes
Despite taking a lot of criticism over the last few months about the on-screen direction of the company, head of creative John Gaburick is said to be fostering an atmosphere where wrestlers are genuinely listened to and that their views and ideas are taken into account.
This rings true with Rockstar Spud saying in many media interviews that he has an active role and say in his on-screen persona and direction. Along with all others on the roster having the same input on their characters.
This is a stark contrast to Vince McMahon's damning statement on his current talent, when he appeared on Steve Austin's podcast. Gaburick wants talent to feel that they can speak up and push their careers and the company forward. Many football supporter groups use the #ForwardTogether on social media if their club is in financial or relegation trouble, and that united sentiment and attitude is just what TNA needs if it is to combat the WWE's dominance.
GiveMeSport is hearing that everyone in the office, the locker room and behind the scenes is feeling very positive about the direction the company is heading in.
Coupled with this morale is said to be high as the stars of TNA return to work after an extended end-of-2014 break and that’s not a bad thing as they head to UK on their biggest annual tour.