Big Trouble For TNA, WWE's New Faction, Undertaker's Streak, Cesaro No Longer Swinging

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With Spike TV reportedly canceling Impact Wrestling, what does that mean about the future of TNA as a company? Are these the final days if a TV deal is not reached elsewhere?

The biggest story of the day is without a doubt the future of TNA Wrestling. TMZ broke the news that Spike TV has informed the company they will not be renewing their agreement that is up in October. I followed-up with complete details, explaining how the two parties had actually bridged the gap in negotiations but a major misstep ultimately resulted in the cancelation of Impact Wrestling. You can read that article at this link.

As for what this means for TNA, it's not good. The company has already reached out to executives at Fox Sports 1 in attempt to gauge interest but they must find a new domestic TV partner. If not, they're in big trouble. TNA has clearance internationally, however, it's imperative they remain on television in the United States. I believe there are a lot of workers that are shocked this morning, with a considerable amount of unrest about the company's future.

Today is not a day for celebration, for anyone. I understand there are plenty of "TNA haters" that are brushing the news off but there are a lot of people whose jobs are at risk here. I hope for their sake, TNA is able to find a new TV home.

What is your opinion on the new faction of Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston? Is there any need for another mid-card group following the demise of 3MB?

It's interesting that in the weeks after The Atlantic accusing WWE of a race problem and Mark Henry discussing it, the company has green lighted a faction that has been teased in various forms. I'll embrace any plan to feature Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston more prominently but am not overly optimistic, seeing it as a second-tier faction along the same lines as 3MB. I hope I'm wrong and they're in for a bigger role but I do not see them getting the main angle like the faction of Lashley, MVP & Kenny King has in TNA Wrestling.

I was shocked when Undertaker lost the streak at Wrestlemania XXX. Surely the streak should have been left undefeated. Is there any reason why Undertaker decided to have it broken?

There was mass shock across the industry when Brock Lesnar went over The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX and that's because WWE did a great job at keeping the outcome under wraps. There was literally no talk of the streak ending beforehand and it was a moment where we were all caught off guard. While I was initially against the streak ending, after finding out the full story ,I am OK with it. Undertaker had felt a lot of pressure in recent years over the streak and didn't want to retire undefeated. According to sources close to The Dead Man, he wanted to "do the honors" after so many had done them for him. From what I understand, had he lost it at Wrestlemania 29, he probably wouldn't have even worked Wrestlemania XXX. Now that Brock Lesnar has ended the streak, Undertaker is free from the pressure of competing or "saving the show" if he does compete. Undertaker came out of this year's show banged up and is far from a guarantee for next year.

Why did WWE have Cesaro stop doing the swing? It was great move and it helped get him over with crowd.

I believe Cesaro stopped doing the swing because it was considered a babyface move and WWE currently wants him working as a heel. The abrupt separation from Paul Heyman leaves Cesaro once again a question mark on WWE TV. Will he find a role with The Authority with an elevation inevitable or is it yet another setback?

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2012: Now that Linda McMahon’s political career seems to be over, can Vince move on to make the product more entertaining? - This was the one million… or should we say $100 million question that we knew would come up following Election Day. I honestly believe Vince McMahon is committed to producing a PG product because of the diverse opportunities it provides WWE in today’s marketplace. The only situation I can see the product reverting back to the days of the Attitude Era is if a viable competitor threatens them. Linda McMahon’s political career has certainly impacted WWE’s programming but her loss won’t produce the immediate creative overhaul some are hoping for.

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