Rob Van Dam’s TNA Contract Expiring, TNA Attendance & Ratings Drop, Jesse Sorensen, More
– Rob Van Dam’s TNA contract expires very soon (this month). No word yet why officials kept him off the Lockdown pay-per-view. As PWMania.com previously reported, he also revealed he will not be on hand for this week’s Impact Wrestling.
– Not including the UK tour, TNA’s average live event attendance in January 2013 went down 54% to 550 from the 1200 in January 2012. Impact in January 2012 averaged a 1.15 rating and 1.61 million viewers but in January 2013 it averaged a 1.12 rating with 1.53 million viewers.
– Jesse Sorensen was brought to Lockdown but is leery about wrestling, given that he was immobile for three months after his nasty injury. Last year, the plan was to give Sorensen a big push. No word yet what they have planned for his future.
– TNA is currently asking $25,000 for sold shows. They can get casinos but it’s tough for other venues because you have to pay TNA’s fee plus marketing and other costs. Breaking even would be well over 1,000 tickets and TNA live events rarely draw that many.
(Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)