TNA is returning to pay-per-view. The fledgling wrestling company made official today its plans to return to traditional pay-per-view with Slammiversary on Sunday, June 28.
This is TNA’s 13th Slammiversary and advertised for the show are Kurt Angle, Ethan Carter III, Taryn Terrell, the Beat Down Clan, the Rising, and Matt and Jeff Hardy.
The show airs live from Orlando, Florida, and the real question is if wrestling fans will still shell out big bucks for old-school pay-per-views in the WWE Network era. I wouldn’t count on it as there are plenty of fans who complain about paying $9.99 for the Network. And for under $10, they’re getting a month of access to WWE’s pay-per-views, NXT, special events and hundred of thousands of hours of on-demand archival content. Seriously, how can any wrestling fan not see the WWE Network as a value buy? NXT alone is worth that price — and probably more.
Despite putting on better shows of late, TNA doesn’t have a lot of momentum behind the product, banished to the Siberia of cable networks, Destination America.
Maybe Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan lead the turnaround, but I wouldn’t count on it.