Total Nonstop Action those words are synonymous with something so endearing, the way it speaks and tugs at your heart strings despite all the mystery and ominous clouds surrounding it. Maybe I’m a man of faith and tolerance to assume the worst. But, again do you understand that this company needs a facelift in the business aspect of things. What TNA lacks is growth and I think while solid the show is also becoming a skeleton crew of its very own. Yes we are getting new talent and everyone is working hard to contribute to the company as a whole. But, do we need to see a re-haul of all things TNA? I think we most certainly do with someone who cares for TNA and its history at the helm. And someone who wants to compete, so for this column series I’m going with Viacom as the owners of this new company born from Total Nonstop Action and hoping you will open your minds. Let’s say Viacom has finally got another premiere pastime under their belt in professional wrestling and its lucrative television contracts to also exploit. Thing about TNA and its business side the international market is untapped still in some places and with some places tapped opens up a bigger share. Let’s say TNA previously wasn’t on a big international network as it lacked recognition or backing due to financial woes. Viacom’s marketing department will step in and help us figure out how to expand this new direction of this company. I appreciate if you realize that things aren’t always handed to you, you have to work your butt off and maybe it’ll start to pay off after a year or more. Anyway TNA is on its last legs as Viacom has assured the staff that changes are made. In this column I am brought in towards the buyout and realize that I might not make it in the ownership change. While talking to the who’s who in Viacom they offer me a chance to be Head of Creative on a trial basis with no promises of a permanent position. I will take it considering I always wanted to work for the former TNA and I have ideas for the name as well as direction we should go in. Now they take suggestions on whom to bring in not only creatively but as an overall structure of trainers to talent relations. Now, before we get into the staff I want to elaborate on the name of this new promotion and it is simple. This is the Impact Wrestling Organization.... IWO. Now, the good folks at Viacom like the Impact brand for the premiere brand and this way we keep the show and brand correlating. Also you can keep the Impact Wrestling abbreviation going around in the media and for our website. At first I thought of different names and to be honest it is best to stick with what we know. After coming up with a promotion name we want to stand out on our re-debut on Spike TV with a new entrance theme. I am a fan of all types of music and artists so it was a hard time thinking of a specific type of theme. Although I clearly broke it down as such. There’s a main theme and there will be a song that plays for “This Is Impact” video packages and as well in breaks.
- Main Theme: Back To School by Deftones
- “This Is Impact” Theme: Underclass Hero by Sum 41 and Stellar by Incubus
- Break Theme: Ready by Raphael Lake
With the music out of the way we then go into the key positions of the Impact Wrestling Organization. As this is only the first step in the long overhaul process the roster changes and first show’s booking won’t be fleshed out until the next chapter. Here is the who’s who involved with shaping the brand as it is and giving us one hell of a broadcast week in and week out.
- Executive VP of Television Production: Eric Bischoff
- Head of Creative: David S.K.
- Senior Producer of Talent Development/ Junior Writer : Billy Corgan
- Music Director: Tyler Bates, Harry Fraud and Dale Oliver
- Director Of Talent Relations, Booking and Travel: Jim Ross
- Producers: Ron and Don Harris, Jason Hervey and James Long
- Vice President Of Merchandise: Don West
- Senior Writer: Raven
- Road Agent/Junior Writer: Tommy Dreamer
- Road Agent: Shane Douglas
- Road Agent: Chris Park
- Ring Announcer: SoCal Val
- Play by Play: Jeremy Borash
I think he has the insight and knowledge to add to the broadcast and gives a sense of history to the product.
- Color Commentator: Hulk Hogan
- Head Trainer: Ace Steel
Steel might not be a trailblazer in training talent but he’s a decent wrestler and generally his students have been decent to star studded. I think if a guy with a drive similar to CM Punk and Colt Cabana trains under him they could be great. He primarily would work with talent on American soil. I would let a former student of his and Al Snow keep up the U.K. side of things.
- Co Trainer: Mike Quackenbush
- U.K. Trainer: Al Snow
Guys like Adam Cole and Denny Davis who trained Seth Rollins learned from this man. Again usually the decent or middle tier talents have ended up training some top talent. I think he can do a lot overseas and has the right attitude to push talent to the top.
- Co U.K. Trainer: Aiden O’Shea
Hopefully you like the re-haul of the business side of Impact Wrestling Organization and are interested enough to keep on reading this column. Expect a longer write up as I will combine the roster, PPV line up and first show together more than likely.