jump to example.com

Analysis: How can TNA survive with tiny house shows?

tnaMore wrestling news online at www.TopRopeProWrestling.com.

The first report on the TNA Impact house show at a middle school in Bristol, Tenn., Friday night had 300 fans in attendance. Two other reports have surfaced online, one estimating a crowd closer to “three-quarters full” in the 1,000-seat gym, another saying that “turnout was much better than I expected.”

So let’s put the crowd at anywhere between 300 and 700. Either way, how the hell does TNA stay in business?

For background, know that I’m writing this with the perspective of being a wrestling promoter who books shows and then worries about how ticket sales are going and how bills are getting paid. It’s not a business for the faint of heart, to say the least.

Two shows we did last year illustrate that. One in January in Lexington, Va., with a loaded card (Goldust in the main event, Daivari, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Angelina Love on the undercard) was a total bust, drawing about 600 fans to a 5,000-seat venue.

Our next show, in April in Waynesboro, was the boom to the bust, drawing 1,900 fans to a high-school gym to see Kevin Nash, X-Pac, Robbie E, Robbie T, former Ohio Valley Wrestling champ Jamin Olivencia, and a special guest appearance from this guy you might have heard of named Jake the Snake Roberts.

Did you notice, by the way, that I said that the show that drew 600 was a bust? And it was. But guess what? That’s pretty much what TNA drew last night with a loaded card, including Sting in the main event against TNA World Champ Magnus, and pretty much everybody else from the TNA Impact TV roster.

Impact draws 1.2 to 1.4 million viewers a week on TV. The company has more than 1 million fans on Facebook, and more than 300,000 followers on Twitter. And they can’t get 700 people to a middle-school gym in Tennessee, their home base, on a Friday night, with Sting in the main event?

I’ve not been able to find any detailed economic data on TNA, a privately-held company that doesn’t have to share its numbers akin to the way WWE does. So I have no idea how it does in the aggregate with its house shows, meaning all I can do is say, the house show part of the business, anyway, can’t be going well.

And then to add this: I feel bad for Sting that he is winding his time down in pro wrestling in front of a few hundred people in a middle school on a Friday night instead of doing it in WWE with a WrestleMania payoff in the offing.

Column by Chris Graham

   
Discussion
 
Highlights

Another new poll gives Northam big lead in Virginia governor race

One Virginia governor race poll released yesterday had Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie tied.

Poll: Trump unpopular in Virginia

President Donald Trump is well under water among Virginia voters, according to new poll results released by the University of Mary Washington.

UVA alum Chris Long to donate first six NFL game checks to fund scholarships

The Chris Long Foundation announced today that Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long will donate his first six game checks of the 2017 NFL season to fund two scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville.

Events Calendar

Upcoming events in the Shenandoah Valley, Central Virginia and statewide from the Augusta Free Press Events Calendar. Don't see your event listed? Email augustafreepress2@gmail.com.

Game Preview: VMI, Chattanooga look to get back on track on Saturday

VMI knew the 2017 football season was going to be a rebuilding year. Chattanooga, coming off a playoff appearance in 2016, had its usual high expectations.

Game Preview: UVA has a chance at Boise State

Vegas and the ESPN Power Index don’t give UVA much of a chance to win at Boise State on Friday night.

Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: First look at UVA-Boise State

Chris Graham and Scott German take a first look at the UVA-Boise State game set for Friday night.

The Petty Hearts bring Tom Petty tribute to Wayne Theatre on Sept. 22

Tom Petty tribute band The Petty Hearts are coming to the Wayne Theatre on Friday, Sept. 22.

Web Design, Marketing

Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.

   
Recent Posts
   
Your One-Stop Media Shop
Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, magazine/brochure, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.
  • Web Design

    You want a new website, but don’t have the first clue as to how to build one. That’s our job. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design and content development. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.
    Learn more about AFP Web Design services.
  • Graphic Design

    The staff at Augusta Free Press Publishing has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association for excellence in layout and design. Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.
    Learn more about AFP Graphic Design services.
  • Marketing

    Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.
    Learn more about AFP Marketing services.