Source: The Ross Report
On yesterday’s latest episode of The Ross Report podcast Hall of Famer Jim Ross offered additional thoughts on his comments from last week regarding the basic Orlando audience for TNA’s iMPACT Wrestling. Highlights of the comments from Ross are noted below and I encourage you to download and listen to the entire podcast by clicking here. Enjoy!
Major creative changes are needed immediately. That’s my opinion. There’s too much “WWE Light” going on and an apparent lack of thought being devoted to the logic of many of the iMPACT storylines. In my opinion. I’m not blaming their talents, but upper management in iMPACT has to realize that what they arw doing isn’t resonating with their fan base and certainly isn’t drawing any new fans to the show – or at least hat’s my observation.
Plus, to save cash taping in front of the same basic group of fans is the proverbial kiss of death. You can’t make it good. The same fans come every time you open the doors to tape – they seen it all they’ve experienced it all and they don’t care. It’s just a place to go. It’s almost habitual. These fans are not emotionally invested in the product as their actions and lack of passion at TNA’s last pay-per-view would indicate. That’s what I heard, that’s what I saw! I felt bad for some of the wrestlers who actually had some damn good matches – they got little to no response from the Orlando soundstage crowd. I felt bad for the guys. Busting their ass, physical, bleeding, doing all they could to get an emotion out of the crowd and nothing. The crowd gave them nothing.
It would seem that impact nearing a crossroads in as much as their TV deal with Spike ends this fall. And that’s just a few months away and the company has zero momentum and therefore zero leverage in their negotiations. That’s not good. When one gets themselves into a “We’ll take what you offer” scenario, then it’s a dangerous position to be in. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not an iMPACT hater by any means and I want them to succeed and prosper. But until TNA decides to change their creative approach, it’s almost as if they’ve given up. And they know that their end is near and inevitable. And boy that last statement, I hope that I am dead wrong with that assumption.