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TNA announces next Impact tapings amidst more rumors of financial issues

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First, the good news.

On their website, TNA announced they'll return to the Universal Studios backlot, aka the Impact Zone, for four nights of tapings from Thursday, April 21 - Sunday, April 24. While there won't be a tape-delayed "live" broadcast as has been the norm for the company of late, they are promoting a "press conference and weigh in for a Slammiversary main event match scheduled for the June Pay-Per-View event" - which is a new type of segment for the company, and means they're doing a PPV.

Now, the bad news.

Well, I wouldn't even call it "news" since it's not much changed for the last weeks, months and years worth of reports about the company's financial health.

The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required but recommended) is again talking about TNA's search for investors. Despite a stalemate with the most promising new partner over control of the company (the new person or group wants 55%; Dixie Carter is not wanting to sell more than a 49% share), it's possible the new player is already contributing funds to make ends meet.

One reason for the dim financial picture so soon after landing on a new network home is revenue sharing with POP TV is described as "bleak" due to the difficulty in selling ads to run specifically during Impact Wrestling, and ratings being below what network executives had hoped.

It's believed the company is surviving on international television revenue, and they did recently sign a deal with Fight Network in Canada for distribution there, but that money is only allowing them to survive at their current level and doesn't allow for any growth in talent acquisition, touring or promotion.

Late April tapings will provide content into the Summer... at which point we'll probably go through another rounds of reports just like these.

Stay tuned.