TNA Executive Comments on Competing with WWE & Wrestlers Switching Companies

Posted by Steve Carrier on Saturday, December 14th, 2013

tna2

TNA Executive VP of Licensing and International Television Distribution Andy Barton was interviewed by IndianTelevision.com. Here are some highlights:

How they are competing with WWE: “Let me give you a global perspective; we at TNA play the long ball and this strategy relates to the entire world. If we look at the UK market – we have pushed ahead of WWE there and our show is watched more in comparison to WWE week in, week out. Ditto for Germany. In the US of course, it’s going to be tough to carve a space when there is already such an old and established brand and the same is with India.

“But looking at the history of the wrestling business, there have been a lot of brands that have come and perished like Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and obviously World Championship Wrestling (WCW), that was tremendously successful but it just boggles your mind that a company that was making that kind of money and was hugely popular went bust.

“There is healthy competition and WWE’s product is different from ours and it’s all going to come down to hard work and it is imperative that we sign on an Indian talent. We have earlier ties with India when we produced ‘Ring Ka King’ with Colors which gave us production capability in the country. We also opened a wrestling school in India. As far as professional wrestling in India is concerned, there isn’t a lot that is happening in this space. I think if we can help with the infrastructure and help the people in India who are interested in getting into professional wrestling.”

Wrestlers moving between WWE and TNA: “Well, it’s something that depends completely on the superstar, in Kurt [Angle]‘s case – he has been with us for an equal amount of time that he was with WWE. Similarly, Gail Kim too was earlier with WWE, then made the shift to TNA, went back to WWE for a short stint, and has ever since been one of our leading superstars.

“Such movements don’t generally work for everyone, but if you take a look at our wrestlers compared to WWE, we are more on the road than them. So it is really encouraging for young talent that wants to be on the road for 300 days a year. And at the end of the day, it’s all about promoting young talent for the industry and keeping the roster fresh to keep the audience hooked to the show.

“That said, there comes a time in every wrestler’s time when he has fought everyone and there is no storyline left for him to play either the good guy or the bad guy. That’s when they plan to move across to other brands and refresh their own identity and again strike a chord with a newer set of viewers.”

Photos of Brooke Topless Before She Joined WWE and TNA…




  • DW

    The only reason TNA is watched more in the UK is because it’s on a channel you don’t have to pay for, where as WWE is not. If they were both on the same channel it would obviously be a different story.

    • Negatist

      TNA is competition for ROH, but that’s about it.

  • Negatist

    TNA, go play your “long ball” with a sell-out to someone that cares. Because in the end, no one cares about your damn product. You’re competition to WWE is like the moon’s orbit around the Sun. You’re spinning circles around a planet. You’re a joke. The WWE is your Sun. There is only one brand in sports entertainment.

  • Ivan

    “but if you take a look at our wrestlers compared to WWE, we are more on the road than them” – excuse me?!?!? Since when?!?!?
    I’m a huge TNA fan and old-school WWF fan, but TNA wrestlers are NOT on the road more than WWE wrestlers.

    Why do you think older wrestlers like Sting, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, et. al decide to wrestle for a company that DOES NOT travel as much as the circus that is the WWE and give them a limited schedule so they can be at home and tend to their personal lives?!?

    Hardy has said so, as have others (i.e. RVD) who have come to TNA from up North.

    Andy Barton, what are you smoking?!?!?



Recent Headlines

undertaker2

Major Backstage Update – The End Of Undertaker’s Streak (04/24)

 

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter UPDATE: Despite reports to the contrary, it was not Undertaker’s decision to end his legendary undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX … Continue reading
daniel-bryan

Daniel Bryan-WWE Update + The Latest ‘WWE Inbox’ (Video) (04/24)

 

– As previously noted, Daniel Bryan was listed as questionable for next week’s edition of WWE RAW, which takes place in St. Louis, Missouri. It … Continue reading
TNA Impact Logo

Various News: TNA iMPACT! Matches, NXT Tapes Tonight (04/24)

 

– Current GHC Heavyweight Champion (NOAH) Yuji Nagata turns 46 years old today. – ESPN Classic has three hours of Global Supercard Wrestling tonight. The … Continue reading
WWE Network

WWE Network Makes A Big Splash For Online Streaming (04/24)

 

WWE has made a big impact in the online streaming business in the first two months of the WWE Network. WWE material is now second … Continue reading
paige

WWE To Strip Paige Of The NXT Women’s Title (04/24)

 

WWE has filmed a segment that will be added into tonight’s NXT show where NXT General Manager JBL strips Paige of the NXT Women’s Title. … Continue reading
sting 2012

The Very Latest On Sting’s WWE Future & Debut (04/24)

 

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Here is your latest update on Sting and WWE. According to reports, it has not been confirmed if he has … Continue reading
mick-foley

Report: WWE Officials Upset With Mick Foley (04/24)

 

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter UPDATE: Several top WWE executives are reportedly upset at Mick Foley. This is due to the blogs and tweets he … Continue reading
ajlee

Backstage News: AJ Lee’s Return + New NXT Announcer (04/24)

 

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter – The new WWE NXT announcer Rich Brennan (real name Rich Bocchini) was originally the announcer for Booker T’s “Reality … Continue reading
reymysterio

A Correction On Rey Mysterio’s Injury Inside Here (04/24)

 

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter UPDATE: In a correction to previous reports, Rey Mysterio is not out of action with a knee injury. Mysterio is … Continue reading
220px-Roh-new-logo-crop-small

The Updated ROH-NJPW War Of The Worlds Event Card (04/24)

 

Here is the updated card for the May 17th ROH-NJPW War of the Worlds event… Adam Cole/Kevin Steen winner from Global Wars vs. Jushin “Thunder” … Continue reading
MORE POSTS