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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Rare Opportunity For TNA

Impact's rating for this past Monday night will be telling. No, I am not expecting Impact to approach Raw's rating, however, I do expect to see something more substantial than a 0.6 or 0.8. That's because much like the proverbial "deck" was stacked in WWE's favor on Monday, March 27 with Raw riding the return of "Stone-Cold" Steve Austin as well as WrestleMania 26 fallout, circumstances on April 19 were favorable to TNA Impact.

With no PPV momentum, several roster members stranded in Europe due to valcano-related travel restrictions, and a weak guest host, Impact received a very rare opportunity to grab some viewers on Monday night.

So, did TNA hit a home run? Not quite, but it may have squeezed out a double, which would be miles better than the strike-outs it's been committing on most Monday nights.

I think Impact took full advantage of its unopposed 8:00 pm hour with a hot opening segment, during which Hogan announced a can't-miss double main event: Jeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam in a number-one contenders match and the winner vs. AJ Styles for the TNA World title.

Airing the RVD-Hardy bout a few moments before the 9:00pm start of Raw was smart, as was beginning the title bout just before Raw's unopposed 10:00 hour. For what it's worth, I stuck around for Impact's slight overrun, and I was glad I did.

Most importantly, TNA followed through with a clean title change. Yes, taking the belt off AJ and putting it on RVD may be a bit short-sighted, but unlike WWE, TNA gave its fans what they wanted. Besides, right now, TNA must do something each week to stop the bleeding.

I'll be curious to see whether or not TNA's hot-shotting pays off in the ratings. How about you?

Frank Krewda


Michael said...
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Michael said...

Lockdown was a very good PPV and Impact!, the other night, was awesome as well. I'm glad TNA is doing such a good job. WWE needs some stiff competition.

Le'on said...

As a life long WWE fan,Ill be the first to admit, i havent watch raw in two weeks! But i have been glued in to impact and getting more excitied by the week. Bringing in RVD was the biggest signing since Kurt Angle,and the talent is overflowing. As a life long Hulk hater,i wasnt in love with him coming to TNA, but him and eric have worked on a couple different levels. I look forward to the WWE draft,they NEED to shake things up!

Ben Simon said...

In the mag, why isn't the Superstars rating alongside Raw, Smackdown and Impact!? Does WGN not count? Also, is NXT's rating listed?
-Ben Simon
Saint Louis, USA

Pro Wrestling Illustrated said...


The top 10 ratings for Smackdown and Raw are based on their status as brands, not as TV shows. Essentially, Raw and Smackdown are their own wrestling "leagues," as opposed to Superstars and NXT, which are just TV shows.

Stu Saks/PWI

Ben Simon said...

Stu, thanks for the reply. However, I meant the weekly television ratings. Sorry for not being more specific.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated said...

Oops, I should have realized that!