The latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter claims that the future of TNA Wrestling is uncertain. As previously reported, the company’s television contract with SpikeTV is coming to an end in 2015, and the word within the company is superstars and officials alike are uncertain as to what TNA will look like next year.
Most of those closely associated with TNA are confident that the company will continue to exist in 2015, but are unsure of how the organization will look, operate, and promote itself. According to the report, no one knows who will still be working for the company, if they’ll have a television program, whether or not they’ll basically downgrade to being an independent promotion like Ring Of Honor, or what.
Budgetary concerns are still very much a reality in TNA. Large cuts, some of which have already been made to the budget, may change the face of TNA Wrestling completely depending on if or what kind of television deal the company is able to secure.
TNA has had to release top talent over the last 24 months such as Sting, Hulk Hogan, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, and more due to budgetary concerns, and more releases seem to be on the horizon. Bully Ray was the latest major player in the company to not sign a long-term deal with the company. Although initial reports claimed that he was done with TNA, he has since signed a contract extension for far less than what he was making before.
Samoa Joe is the next superstar on his way out of TNA. No long-term, big money deal has been offered to the TNA mainstay either, which disappoints many TNA fans. Joe has been one of the backbone talents for the company over the last 10 years. Much like Styles however, Joe could possibly make more money on the independent circuit than in TNA currently.
Without a TV deal locked down for 2015, many are concerned for the longevity of TNA Wrestling. While they will still be in existence next year, the future remains uncertain for the struggling company.
This does NOT sound good for TNA. At all.