Now that he’s been forced out of his job as a TNA consultant, Vince Russo is finally free to speak his mind publicly, which he ensures us all is worth so much more than the dollars he will lose out on. Yeah, he’s shooting brother! Well, for those willing to pay $2.99 a month to gain access to the VIP section of his new Pyro & Ballyhoo website he is.
His first target for criticism is unsurprisingly Spike TV in a blog post where he discusses four potential scenarios regarding the future of TNA and pro wrestling in general on the channel. In the column, Russo blames Spike TV for TNA’s recent lack of growth and claimed that “Spike TV has NEVER correctly promoted TNA since they’ve been on their network for the past 9 years“. It’s also an opinion that, rumor has it, is privately shared by Dixie Carter and other members of TNA management.
However, it shouldn’t be any surprise that Russo knocks Spike TV given that they weren’t fans of his and they didn’t want him back working in a creative position for TNA.
That said, Russo still thinks that there’s a 75% chance of TNA signing a new deal with Spike TV for a reduced rate.
But what Russo really wants to happen is for TNA to find “a prince charming to come riding in on his white horse to save the day“, i.e., a new network that would treat TNA right, lovingly embrace them and promote the hell out of them. The fairytale imagery is apropos as this enters fantasy territory. Where was this Prince Charming to save the recently axed WWE Main Event or Saturday Morning Slam? There doesn’t seem to be any interest from other stations in TNA Impact, at least in the USA, and even if there is, due to the lack of negotiating leverage, the terms will be worse than their existing deal with Spike.
Rounding up his odds making, he thinks that there’s a 10% chance of Spike TV signing a deal with Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling promotion and gives a 50% chance of Spike TV starting up their own wrestling promotion headed by Eric Bischoff (or buys TNA from the Carters), even though this is pure speculation on his part. The latter isn’t impossible, as Bischoff was well liked at Spike TV and they did buy their own MMA promotion with Bellator, but as Dave Meltzer put it in this week’s Wrestling Observer, “there is nothing even to the extent of smoke that we can find in that direction past rumors within TNA“.