From a recent interview with the TNA Chief:
What has kept professional wrestling relevant through the years?
Wrestling has been around for centuries. It encompasses action-drama, good guy/bad guy, and good and evil. When you combine all of that with some of the best wrestlers in the world, itâ€™s a recipe for success.
And has how TNA changed with the times?
Weâ€™re not just a wrestling company anymore. We do our own booking. We do our own promotion and public relations. Weâ€™re a licensing company. We have toys, Halloween costumes, trading cards. We make our own music. All of those things are sold and promoted around the world. But we still do more than 500 hours of television a year.
How has TNA been able to keep up with WWE?
I donâ€™t care who you are, competition makes you better. Thereâ€™s a reason thereâ€™s a Loweâ€™s across the street from every Home Depot and a CVS across the street from every Walgreens. I think weâ€™ve made WWE better, just as theyâ€™ve improved us.
Is there a misconception about professional wrestling that you would like to explode?
Besides that wrestling is fake, which is certainly isnâ€™t. Just the way the industry has treated sponsors, the media or just people in general. Wrestling had a bad reputation for a while. People thought it was trashy. But thatâ€™s changing. I went to a legitimate sports network and the head of the company said, â€œAre you kidding? We have the Lakers and everything else.â€ I popped in a tape and he said, â€œOK, letâ€™s talk.â€
Whatâ€™s one of TNAâ€™s ongoing challenges?
When a company first starts out, you have to do whatever you can to get into the business. Then, once youâ€™re established, you spend a lot of time getting out of all the bad contracts that got you into the business. Deals with companies, bad partnerships or licensing deals. Weâ€™re still working through some of those now that weâ€™ve found our footing.