In an exclusive update on TNA’s TV deal negotiations for Impact Wrestling, an anonymous TNA wrestler recently told AlternativeNation.net’s Sports section that TNA are not communicating well with talent regarding the company’s TV future. The talent said, “They don’t tell us shit.” They added that they hope TNA airs on a new network, and that the situation should be resolved soon so they can air in January, but they added, “Like I said, they tell us shit. We are the last ones to know.” TNA’s current contract extension with SpikeTV runs out at the end of the year.
Kurt Angle painted a more optimistic picture about TNA’s TV future when AlternativeNation.net’s Sports section spoke to him in late September, “Well at the TV’s we just did, Dixie Carter and ‘Big’ John Gaburick sat the talent down and eased their minds a little bit, because I think a lot of the talent were a little bit confused and nervous regarding what was going on. I had a private sit down with Dixie, she reassured me of what was going on, and what her plans were. It was a good meeting, it was a very positive meeting. She just knows that the next deal that they sign really has to help benefit TNA, in every regard.”
“When it comes down to it, it is about money, and it is also about how you can get promoted on that network. I won’t say that Spike did a bad job, but I will say that Spike could have done better. If it is going to be Spike, and I don’t know, because Dixie really wouldn’t say who it was, they’re going to have to do a better job. I know that that’s where TNA is right now. They’re in a period where they’re budgeting because they don’t have the money from the network to pay for the TV shows. I believe Panda Energy is funding the show right now, so yes, we’re going to have to do TV tapings in the same city 2 or 3 days at a time until we get to the point where we can go live again, and that will be when the TV deal is done.”