On today’s show, Russo gives a full breakdown of Matt and Jeff Hardy’s departure from TNA, and explains what the company needs to do in order to move forward successfully.
Russo points out that a lot of fans are criticizing TNA for not re-signing The Hardys, Drew Galloway and other talents. The problem with this is none of these people are looking at professional wrestling as a business, rather they’re all thinking like marks. Russo believes that all wrestlers deserve their money because they are the hardest working people in the world; they’re dedicated and they never phone it in.
From a business perspective however, Impact Wrestling is now drawing 250,000-300,000 people on a weekly basis, and they are going to draw those same numbers without all those talents on the roster. So when you look at it financially, will TNA be able to see a return on their investment if they pay big money to The Hardys and others, and still only draw the same viewership numbers?
As great as the Hardy stuff was, it didn’t really do anything to grow the company. That’s not Matt and Jeff’s fault, rather the company failed to capitalize on the momentum that those two men generated over the last several months.