Many fans of WWE have been strongly vocal about displeasure for the product over the past several months, as WWE ratings continue to plateau in the 2s. Simultaneously, many wrestling companies are attempting to bring themselves to national prominence.
Whether it be Ring of Honor signing Alberto “El Patron,” Global Force Wrestling debuting with the successful “Wrestle Kingdom 9,” the emergence of Lucha Underground or other instances, the amount of options for wrestling is higher than ever. And TNA reportedly takes this as a theory of precedence for its programming.
According to PWInsider, the new mantra within the company is to strongly push itself as “the” alternative to WWE, and is very serious about branding itself in that manner.
“Impact Wrestling” recently debuted on Destination America. Despite the Friday night time slot, which many have considered to be an imminent problem, TNA has re-branded the show with a new look, new talent and even a new announce team. Per the report, the company is set to put more prominence on the team of Josh Mathews and Taz as well going forward.
Viewership for the debut of “Impact” was not where the company would have ideally started, and the current champion is out with injury. Nonetheless, it is said the ship will continue to push itself as the other avenue for wrestling.
Nothing against “Impact,” but I’ve watched other wrestling out there, and there’s a leg up outside of TNA.