More On Bad TNA Rating, Former WWE Star To ROH

Brian Cantor

— In what makes matters worse with regards to the TNA Primetime Special’s disappointing rating, reports that the Jarrett vs. Rhino match actually drew a smaller audience than the first quarter hour. Since growth from start to finish is typically viewed as affirmation that fans are enjoying the program and anticipating the conclusion, the figures reflect a medicore endorsement of the main-event (and the show as a whole).

Although Spike TV (and TNA) was hoping for a number in the 1.5 ballpark, it still intends to give TNA more primetime specials. The 0.9 rating was a 23% spike from what the network had been previously doing in that timeslot, indicating that there is some benefit to these events. What Spike will not do at this time, however, is grant TNA a permanent primetime slot. Considering the stigma attached to professional wrestling, Spike TV would need to see much stronger ratings to shape one of its nights around TNA.

— Lance Storm will make his Ring Of Honor debut on 12/3 at the promotion’s next Manhattan event. He will also be filming a DVD for the “Straight Shootin'” series.

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