Wrestling Fans Prove Eric Bischoff Right
by, 07-30-2011 at 11:44 PM (4514 Views)
Since 2007, TNA fans/haters have complained about the lack of focus on the x-division and its wrestlers. They thought it was unintelligent for TNA to put the x-division on the back burner for the former WWE, WCW, and ECW talent because the product was going to end up like WCW and because the x-division was what made TNA stand out and allowed TNA to be an alternative in wrestling.
Last month TNA gave the x-division a shot as they allowed them to have their own PPV with wrestlers such as Samoa Joe, Chris Daniels, AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Low Ki, Jack Evans, and even RVD and Jerry Lynn on it. Granted TNA didn't build the PPV up as an extraordinary show (or anything remotely close) and made the Impact the week after the PPV seem more way more important, but that should NOT have mattered. This PPV was not about how great the content was on the show. It was about sending TNA a message that people rather see the X-division wrestlers than Sting, Hulk Hogan, Ken Anderson, Scott Steiner, etc.
Destination X ended up doing about 8,250 buys, making it now ridiculous and now hypocritical for people to complain about what TNA is doing wrong now since they had a chance to prove to them what they need to focus on more.
Does this mean that the x-division would’ve been used perfectly if the PPV did a monster buy? I mean there's no denying that TNA never listens to their fans and, as a result, has lost a lot of their hardcore fans because of: people's ego in charge, trying to hide that fact that their big accusations weren’t a flop, and Vince Russo, their head writer, trying to emulate his magic that worked a decade ago even though nobody wants to see that style of writing these days.
I mean even Kurt Angle, arguably TNA's biggest signing ever, wasn't drawing as much a TNA's biggest star before him, Samoa Joe. I don't believe these numbers are a coincidence:
35,000 for (2006) Turning Point (Joe vs. Angle)
34,000 for Final Resolution (Joe vs. Angle)
23,000 for Against All Odds (Angle vs. Cage)
36,000 for Destination X (Joe vs. Cage)
35,000 for Lockdown (Team Angle vs. Team Cage)
21,000 for Sacrifice (Angle vs. Sting vs. Cage)
22,000 for Slammiversary (King of the Mountain)
15,000 for Victory Road (Joe and Angle vs. Team 3D)
26,000 for Hard Justice (Joe vs. Angle)
17,000 for No Surrender (Angle vs. Abyss)
36,000 for Bound For Glory (Sting vs. Angle)
27,000 for Genesis (Sting and Booker T vs. Angle and Nash)
Here are estimated buy figures for TNA pay-per-views in 2008:
20,000 for Final Resolution (Kurt Angle vs. Christian Cage I)
30,000 for Against All Odds (Kurt Angle vs. Christian Cage II)
20,000 for Destination X (Samoa Joe, Kevin Nash and Christian Cage vs. Angle Alliance)
55,000 for Lockdown (Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle)
25,000 for Sacrifice (Samoa Joe vs. Scott Steiner vs. Kaz)
20,000 for Slammiversary (King Of The Mountain Match)
25,000 for Victory Road (Samoa Joe vs. Booker T
35,000 for Hard Justice (Samoa Joe vs. Booker T II)
20,000 for No Surrender (Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle vs. Christian Cage)
35,000 for Bound For Glory (Sting vs. Samoa Joe)
30,000 for Turning Point (Sting vs. AJ Styles)
As you see, Joe was their top draw followed by Kurt Angle, Christian Cage (not in the company anymore), Sting and possibly AJ Styles. Right now, Kurt Angle and Sting are still used as top draws, but AJ Styles and Joe are now borderline jobbers.
But still, it gave hope that maybe they would focus more on it. I mean look at the product now: they're signing x-division wrestlers left and right over a mediocre buyrate. Say if this PPV beat their usual shows.... they might have had to focus nearly the entire show around the division, like the did in 2005.
All the speculations and what ifs are completely irrelevant now, though, because the PPV did mediocre at best buyrate, which proves Eric Bischoff ( at least in his own mind) that he was right about internet wrestling fans being tiny demographic who don’t know anything about running a wrestling business and catering to their interests wouldn’t keep the blood flowing and the heart pumping in TNA.
Ultimately, TNA fans and haters screwed up big time. They could have sent a message to TNA and showed a company that's so obsessed over numbers what they wanted. Instead, only 8,2500 out of 1 million people who watch Impact ordered the show, which is pathetic.
On the bright side, a company that I have so much hatred over for being so inept and clueless is one step closer to their demise.