Knockouts Continue to Draw, Video Game News and More
– The TNA Knockouts continue to draw well in the ratings. The Knockout’s Rumble for a title shot on the July 17th edition of Impact gained 264,000 viewers from the previous segment. The segment peaked at a 1.25 rating, which would be the company’s highest quarter hour in months.
– The main reason Bob Ryder replaced Bill Behrens in booking the company’s talent to outside promotions is because TNA looking to get everyone working out of the Nashville office, which they recently have expanded. Behrens lives in Atlanta and does not want to relocate.
– In a related note, Rich Baker; the company’s live event promoter is currently based in Stamford. Baker worked for many years under Ed Cohen in WWF, and is considered very good at his job. TNA currently doesn’t have anyone in Nashville who can replace him, so it looks like he will remain in Stamford and not have to make the choice to relocate right now.
– In some TNA video game news is has come out that TNA has no financial stake in the production of the game, Midway is absorbing that cost. There will be no blood in the game, except for some blood drops in the ring. Midway recently shut down the Los Angeles development house that was producing the TNA game, but their employees, including everyone currently working on the TNA game were given a chance to stay with the company; although they would have to move to the San Diego office. The public reason given was the move makes it easier for the TNA team to work with the San Diego office, and that it will not effect the release date of the game. Midway is looking for big sales number for the game, hoping that the TNA fan base, as well as people looking for something different from the usual WWE game will make the purchase.