Back in October of last year, right when TNA was supposed to be celebrating its biggest event of the year, Bound for Glory, word came down that the company's financial situation was such that the promotion would have to cease its touring schedule in favor of tucking tail back to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
It's far cheaper, makes more sense logistically, and keeps the talent happy.
When asked, TNA President Dixie Carter had the following to say during an interview with Sports Illustrated late last year:
"We went on the road thinking if we could sell 1,500-2,000 tickets, we'd be good. We went in with a very conservative budget. We didn't come out here thinking we'd sell out arenas. The truth is we exceeded those budget numbers. We hit our revenue numbers, but we overspent when it came to loading out of the Universal studio. There was a two-month overlap that cost us... I think we've learned a lot from this. We learned that the show has to be shaken up, not the venue."
In a cruel twist of fate, it now appears Universal Studios is no longer an option for the promotion's home base. According to PWInsider.com, TNA is unable to book a sound stage there thanks to other productions getting there first. So while the company taped almost two months worth of episodes of Impact late last year, it will have to go back out on the road to tape future episodes, starting with Huntsville, Alabama, later this month just before the annual tour overseas.
After that it's anyone's guess.
Anyone else wondering how TNA has managed to keep its doors open this long?