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TNA shifting monthly PPV strategy
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Coming into 2013, it was already confirmed that TNA Wrestling would be cutting back from 12 monthly pay-per-view events to 10, gutting the February and September events.

Thursday, the company took that a step further.

TNA president Dixie Carter announced on the company's website that the company will hold just four regularly scheduled monthly pay-per-views going forward: Genesis in January, Lockdown in March, Slammiversary in June and Bound For Glory in October.

“The Pay-Per-View industry has changed so much in the last decade,” Carter said in a statement. “The traditional pay-per-view wrestling model needed to evolve and we believe this strategy will positively impact not only the pay-per-view events but the weekly television programming as well.”

In the stead of the missing shows, TNA will produce monthly theme pay-per-views titled "TNA Wrestling: One Night Only." This series will debut in April and continue through 2013, taking the place of the previously scheduled shows. The three-hour taped events will premiere on pay-per-view the first Friday of each month.

The first two specials, to be taped this weekend at the Impact Zone in Orlando, Fla., will feature the Joker's Wild Tag Team Tournament and X-travaganza, which will feature the X-Division, bringing back many stars who have left TNA but made a big impact in the division in the past. A match between Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn is scheduled for that.

TNA's pay-per-view events have under-performed during recent years, with many falling below 10,000 buys. With this move, TNA will be cutting major costs associated with flying talent in for an event, not to mention promoting and live satellite time for the show itself.

This switch also should amp up TNA's weekly show, Impact Wrestling on Spike TV. Expect more title matches and stronger builds to feuds with no monthly pay-per-views getting in the way. This should be a positive change for the company.

TNA presents Genesis this Sunday on pay-per-view. The show is headlined by a triple threat match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship with Jeff Hardy defending against Austin Aries and Bobby Roode. Also on the card, Sting takes on DOC in a grudge match, Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez defend the TNA World Tag Team Championship against Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan and James Storm battles Christopher Daniels.

With this new shift being effective immediately, Genesis will be TNA's final pay-per-view broadcast before March's Lockdown, which takes place March 10 at the Alamadome in San Antonio, Texas, and traditionally is one of the company's biggest shows of the year.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@gmail.com. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.