TNA Wrestling Announces Huge Pay-Per-View Changes For 2013

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TNA Wrestling just released information about their upcoming 2013 pay-per-view schedule and it is a huge change in direction. There have been reports for months that TNA would be cutting their PPV shows. Some speculated four and others went up to six.

We now know there will be 4 pay-per-views this year. There will also be pay-per-view specials. TNA will hold 7 of these specials throughout the year and they will be held on the first Friday of the month. The specials start in April. Below is the official statement from TNA:

TNA IMPACT WRESTLING today announced a new worldwide Pay-Per-View programming initiative for 2013. The 52 annual episodes of IMPACT WRESTLING on SpikeTV will lead to four, live epic Pay-Per-View events commencing with “Genesis” on January 13th, “Lockdown” on March 10th, “Slammiversary” on June 9 and “Bound For Glory” on October 13th.

In addition, seven Pay-Per-View specials that will be branded as “TNA Wrestling: One Night Only,” series will debut in April 2013 and continue throughout the year during the additional months. The 3-hour taped Pay-Per-View specials will premiere on the first Friday of each month. The first two “One Night Only” specials will be “Joker’s Wild Tag Team Tournament” and “X-travaganza” which will feature the X-Division.

“The Pay-Per-View industry has changed so much in the last decade,” says TNA President Dixie Carter. “The traditional pay-per-view wrestling model needed to evolve and we believe this strategy will positively impact not only the Pay-Per-View events but the weekly television programming as well.”

The company will continue to produce TNA Wrestling’s “Unfinished Business”, which are one-hour programs available on a Video on Demand (VOD) basis. The monthly titles continue to focus on the history of a rivalry or a specific past PPV event. These titles are available for two months at a time.

  • GuyLandau

    So I take it the Destination X concept of cashing in the X-Division title is scrapped?

    • Unless they place it into the “X-travaganza” PPV special.

  • Chris

    Pay per view specials on Friday nights … will be interesting to see how well they do and if they affect the Smackdown viewership.

  • Kenneth

    So… they’ve effectively just gone from 12 PPVs to 11. The only real difference is that some are taped and on a Friday instead of a Sunday. Maybe the PPVs can compete better with Smackdown than they would with a WWE offering.

    I guess taping them beforehand will cut down on the costs of live PPV, but will people actually pay for taped PPVs? TNA and taped shows generally haven’t had a good relationship over the years. Hopefully they won’t be taped too far in advance otherwise too many people will have had too much chance to spoil the results for themselves.

    I hope it works for them whatever happens. I like TNA. I don’t love it but Ilike it, and I think it has potential for the future if they don’t screw things up. I’d hate to see them go bankrupt or for Vince to buy them out. The WWE needs competition, even if it is as distant as TNA currently is.

  • Vince won’t be happy that TNA is airing pay per views on Fridays. Who knows, he might finally move Smackdown back to Thursdays to screw with TNA.

    • John

      Have you seen TNA PPV numbers? Vince McMahon won’t be losing any sleep over this news!