It seems like every time the clocks roll over to a new year, so too we, the TNA Fans, roll over our hopeful little hearts and start speculating about what the future holds for this organisation and that maybe, just maybe, this could be the year that management and creative figure it all out and get everything back on track and never look back. In January 2010 it was Hulk Hogan and Eric Biscchoff's arrival, in 2015 it was the move to Destination America and just last year it was the move to POP. Not content to leave it at just a yearly thing, we thought that in the Summer and Fall of 2016 that Billy Corgan was ready to start a new chapter of TNA and without rehashing all of these stories, suffice to say, none achieved the desired reset that many were calling for and now here we are again, readying ourselves for the latest and to say that this time will be different sounds clichéd but honestly, this time will be different.
As of writing this, no formal announcement has been made yet but it is expected that Anthem Sports & Entertainment, the new owners of TNA, are expected to formally introduce themselves as the new face that runs the place (pardon the phrase) with Executive Vice President Ed Nordholm taking the helm of the day to day management of the company. Already some people will cry fowl that this man knows nothing about wrestling but that may be the best thing about him because delve a little deeper into his background and you'll find that Nordholm has a history in businesses specialised in corporate restructuring, financing and acquisitions, all of which are probably reasons as to why Anthem have installed him as the man to direct TNA because he has experience taking over companies and restructuring them into successful businesses. What about the wrestling side of things however? Well, if the word on the street is accurate that may be where Jeff Jarrett comes in. Now let me stress that no one anywhere is saying that Jeff Jarrett is returning to TNA but Anthem management have had meetings with Jeff and reportedly have picked his brain about not just the past of TNA but about where it should go creatively in the future. Again, these could just be meetings but really, if Ed Nordholm is leading the business side of things, Jeff Jarrett returning to TNA to run the creative side could be a pretty good partnership.
Yet again, this is all just speculation but I might as well keep it going so where does Dixie Carter fall in all of this? Well people have her either falling out of the picture altogether or into place as a board member without any power and really, either way it pans out, this is the biggest sign that this "New Beginning" for TNA will truly be the end of the old one. Since Jeff Jarrett was suspended in 2009, TNA has been Dixie Carter's company but from January 2017, TNA will now be Anthem Sports and Entertainments company and what that means right now is anyone's guess. For their part, Anthem, through their Fight Network channel which carries TNA in Canada and who will no doubt have a hand in the new app for UK and Irish audiences, have a vested interest in seeing TNA succeed. I dare say that it's probably only a matter of time before impact and all TNA programming in the United States is controlled via such means as well but that's a story for another day.
So what about TNA 2017? What will it look like? Who will be on it? Hell, what will it even be called? Right now we have no clear answers on any of these but if you check out Talon's previous column looking at the results of an excellent survey he did about what TNA should look like going forward, it gives you an idea at least of what the fans want and what Anthem should listen to. And sure yet again we're starting another new year facing the unknown but maybe, just maybe, for the first time in a long time, there is a new hope to go along with it.