TNA cutting number of PPVs update:
TNA wrestling have confirmed that they’re cutting the number of PPVs they produce each year from 12 to 11. In a press release yesterday the company announced that they will focus their product around 4 main live PPVs.
These are January’s Genesis ($34.95), March’s Lockdown ($34.95), June’s Slammiversary ($39.95), and October’s Bound For Glory ($44.95).
The remaining 7 PPVs will be pre-taped specials that will air on Friday nights, each priced much lower at $14.95.
“The Pay-Per-View industry has changed so much in the last decade,” says TNA President Dixie Carter.
“The traditional Pay-Per-View wrestling model needed to evolve and we believe this strategy will positively impact not only the Pay-Per-View events but the weekly television programming as well.”
TNA’s new model will significantly reduce the costs associated with running 12 live PPVs a year, while hopefully increasing buys due to the lower prices for the smaller events.
Similar to WWE’s old In Your House, TNA’s second tier PPVs will be named TNA Wrestling: One Night Only
The first two specials will feature the X-Division and are titled Joker’s Wild Tag Team Tournament and X-travaganza.
International markets such as the UK will continue to get all of the PPVs for free.
How Kofi Kingston became Jamaican:
Former WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston recently spoke with Arda Ocal about a number of topics, including why he was originally billed as being from Jamaica…
“I trained up in Boston. At the time, the rumor was, ‘if you want to get signed by WWE you have to be a character, they are looking for characters right now.’ I didn’t really know what that meant at the time, then one of the guys, [ROH referee] Todd Sinclair said to come up with a name and character otherwise I’d get stuck with a silly name.”
Tyson Kidd out for 6 months:
In some unfortunate news it is believed that Tyson Kidd will be out for about 6 months rehabbing a leg injury.
Not much is known about the injury but he’s thought to have torn his right Meniscus over the holiday house show period.