As we all know by now, TNA is going on the road full-time, which is a move that has been a long time coming in the so-called second wrestling company.
There is no denying the fact that TNA has a lot to offer. They have a roster of highly gifted wrestlers, with a healthy mix of old and new talent.
Taking their product on the road will increase interest in the brand, much like how WCW flourished after taking themselves out of the sound stage they were recording in.
At one point, the flagship show for WCW was WCW Saturday Night, which was filmed in a tiny sound stage that made the Impact Zone look like a major arena.
Once Nitro took over and they took the show national, they began to compete with WWE on a very real level.
TNA might not be able to steal as many fans away from WWE as WCW did, but these days they do not have to.
Thanks to the digital revolution we have online viewing, on-demand options as well as DVRs to record every wrestling show without having to choose.
The reason TNA has always seemed like the smaller company is because they are, by a very wide margin, but that could all change in the next few years.
TNA already has a strong international presence and increasing their exposure in their home market is the first step towards becoming a global leader in the sport.
Many fans may have been turned off by TNA over the years due to a lack of chances to see them live, whereas WWE comes to each state regularly. I know I was one of them.
But, being able to go and see guys like AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels perform in person will certainly give some fans an incentive to watch the show again, or for the first time.
Dixie Carter @TNADixie
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For the time being, it appears as if TNA will still pre-record their shows, which will allow for their superstars to still enjoy a less hectic schedule than that of a WWE superstar, but they should prepare for what is ahead.
Many of the stars in TNA have never been on the road with WWE and might now understand what it is like the way guys like RVD and Jeff Hardy do, who have both cited the easier schedule as major reasons or their involvement with TNA.
Dixie Carter had a hard decision to make in taking the show out of its comfort zone, but it was the right move and it is one that will undoubtedly help.
TNA might not be the next WCW, which is probably a good thing, but they will see growth from this move without a doubt.
I, for one, am looking forward to more opportunities to see TNA in Chicago on March 14th.
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