In a recent appearance on the V2 Wrestling podcast, TNA announcer Jeremy Borash was asked what he would do differently if he were in charge of TNA, here is his response “Move it to London. The fan base is a huge missed opportunity. The production in the UK is miles ahead of anything that is in the U.S., and I have no idea why, but I am a huge fan of the production values over here. I would use that production, and take advantage of how passionate the crowd is.”
That answer was not only emphatic but it really made me wonder if TNA moving to the UK was a possibility or even realistic and of course what may happen if it were to happen.
No doubt JB has some great points regarding the crowds that the UK produce. Lots of TNA talent have claimed that the UK shows are their most enjoyable to work. James Storm, in a recent podcast with Steve Austin, spoke about how much louder British audiences are compared to the US. From that point of view it would make sense but it must be remembered that TNA only visit the UK once a year. Would the crowds be as hot if say it were weekly or even monthly? Also while I agree the Impact zone doesn’t always have the hottest crowds they sometimes have sat through maybe 3 -4 tapings. Any crowd, UK based or not, would lose enthusiasm after that amount of wrestling. It would appear that while the UK crowds are hot they are also given every reason to be. One last point is the upcoming New York tapings will be a good gauge of how crowds in the US outside of Orlando respond to TNA shows, these may well show that its not only the UK that are passionate about TNA.
As for production values being better, I am far from an expert in this field but I would state that TNA already has good production and a professional look. If Britain does have better production values I highly doubt it would increase viewership or help change the perception TNA has.
As majority owners of TNA the decision would be down to the Carter family if this move were to ever come to fruition. However there are other issues aside from the TV product, which include costs and talent. First up the costs alone to move the whole operation over to the UK would be huge. At a time when TNA are trying to be more solvent, it would hardly be prudent to spend vast sums just to relocate when there is nothing wrong with the current base of operations.
The last issue and this would be the most problematic is the talent and staff. How exactly would TNA get its staff to relocate to a smaller, colder country which has a higher cost of living? How could they ask the talent to move all their families and who would meet these costs? It simply wouldn’t happen, I fail to see 1 person off the roster wanting to make the move and I include Magnus and Rob Terry in that sentence.
At this stage if TNA really want to capitalize on the UK scene then adding an extra tour later in the year would be the ideal solution because moving here simply wont happen no matter what JB would do if given the keys to the kingdom.
Not only is TNA moving to the UK a pipe dream I’m not even sure if its the right move. I fail to see any significant proof that it would be beneficial to TNA as a company or from a product stand point. Staying where they are and investing in good talent and working on an overall better TV show is what will make crowds electrified. Not crossing the Atlantic I am afraid.
What do you guys think?
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