[TNA News] Company Announces New PPV Structure; New Pricing Plan Also in Place
If I ever meet the person who came up with this idea, I am going to kiss them on the mouth (tongue optional). TNA announced yesterday that they are altering their PPV structure for 2013, moving to a “Big Four” structure with additional “niche” PPV events in the additional months. The four main PPVs, which will be built up by the IMPACT Wrestling show on SpikeTV, are as follows:
- Genesis (January)
- Lockdown (March)
- Slammiversary (June)
- Bound For Glory (October)
In addition to these four events, TNA will also release eight PPV “specials” under the name of TNA: One Night Only. Largely unrelated to the main show, these PPVs will be three hours long, released on the first Friday of the non-“Big Four” months and each featuring its own theme. The first of these airs in April and is called “X-Travaganza”. As you can probably surmise it will be X-Division themed and essentially acts as a replacement for the former July PPV Destination X. The second event, airing in May, will feature a “Joker’s Wild Tournament” where enemies will team up with one another in a series of tag team matches that lead into a battle royal final. For you old school fans, this is pretty much the same concept as WCW’s “Battlebowl”. Both of these are being taped this weekend.
In addition to these two, PWInsider also uncovered the six other themes for the One Night Only specials, and if you love tournaments then you are in luck. They are as follows:
- TNA Hardcore Justice 2 – ECW reunion-style “hardcore” show featuring hardcore stipulation matches bringing in ECW talents.
- TNA “10 Reunion” – Stars from the early days of TNA battling inside a Six-Sided ring.
- TNA Knockouts Knockdown – One night Knockout tournament with the first round being all stipulation matches and the final four in a “test of their stamina” to see who the final victor is.
- TNA International Incident – One night tournament featuring talent from ” United States, India, Mexico, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Japan & the UK” with the winner earning a TNA title shot.
- TNA X-Division World Cup Tournament – four teams of X-Division wrestlers in a one night tournament featuring singles, tag, six man and eight man tag bouts.
- TNA World Cup of Wrestling- Four teams, each captained by a TNA wrestler featuring a Heavyweight wrestler, a tag team and an X-Division wrestler battling in singles, tag and stipulation bouts. The finale will be a “two ring, triple chance Battle Royal.”
PWInsider also did some more journalistic work and uncovered that a new pricing plan will also be implemented alongside the new PPV structure. Here’s the breakdown of that:
- Genesis and Lockdown will both remain at 34.95, but starting with Slammiversary the price for these three events going forward will go up to 39.95.
- Bound For Glory, TNA’s Wrestlemania, will also go up in price and now cost 44.95.
- The “TNA One Night Only” specials will be the cheapest option, running at 14.95.
It looks like TNA has finally figured out its PPV strategy has been a failure and is adjusting itself accordingly. I absolutely love this new layout for a variety of reasons (more build time for the main PPVs, cool niche PPVs that could translate into impulse buys, etc.) and I hope that it ends up working out well for them in the end so they don’t panic and go back to the old model. First the Gut Check changes and now the entire PPV structure changes; TNA seems to really be ready to switch things up for 2013 and I’m genuinely interested to see where it goes.