A little bit earlier today, Eric Bischoff posted a comment regarding last night’s Macon, Georgia tapings on Facebook. In his comment, he noted that the crowd last night was hot and the television tapings were great. Also, he suggested that taking iMPACT Wrestling tapings on the road full-time will help grow their brand faster than folks may think. The full text of his comments are listed below:
Headed back to Cody. Great TV’s last night. Crowd was super hot. Special thanks to the team @ TNA that promoted the market. The crowd were the stars of the shows!. Taking Impact on the road full time will grow this brand faster than anyone knows. Now is the time!
My personal perspective is that Bischoff is correct regarding live tapings and how they help grow the brand. Not only are the on-screen atmospheres more fun to watch during the live tapings, but when you can cram 3,000 – 5,000 people into a local civic center and get that place hot with excitement for the brand of iMPACT Wrestling you only serve to increase the likelihood of those fans coming back for a future taping (with friends). That’s how you build momentum. Oh, and I think even the most hateful internet critics have to admit that having a few thousand paying fans at a taping versus about (or slightly under) 1,000 non-paying fans in the iMPACT Wrestling Zone is a no brainer in terms of generating more revenue.