Some new WWE PPV buyrates were released to the public by the company found in their second quarter financial report.
WrestleMania 25: 960,000 buys.
Backlash: 182,000 buys (down from 200,000 buys in 2008).
Judgment Day: 228,000 buys (down from 252,000 buys in 2008).
Extreme Rules: 218,000 buys (up from 194,000 buys in 2008).
The Bash: 178,000 buys. (formally the Great American Bash)
There has been a lot of talk within TNA Wrestling over how Jeff Jarrett’s situation could both positively and negatively affect those within the company. There are a number of former TNA talent and employees watching the saga closely, as they believe Jarrett was the main cause for their release to begin with. It has been said that TNA president Dixie Carter has a good reputation for reaching out using email or phone calls to people who have been let go and letting them know that it wasn’t a personal decision, and that an opportunity is open for a future return. Meanwhile, there are many current TNA employees watching the saga as they feel their jobs could be in jeopardy. This is the latest Wrestlingdot.com has learned on the latest regarding the status of several major workers in TNA, according to the Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter:
Vince Russo has been telling people he fears for his job and believes TNA president Dixie Carter is on the verge of making major changes. There is plenty of speculation that anyone being perceived as one of “Jeff’s guys” is on the microscope right now. However there are sources within TNA who feel Russo will stick around.
Jeremy Borash is also tight with Jarrett, but the feeling is that due to his solid work ethic and likeable personality, his job isn’t at risk.
Terry Taylor, TNA head of talent relations’ seems to be secure in his position. He’s butted heads with Jarrett many times, and gained the respect of many within TNA by finalizing contracts with several top talents within the last six months. If anything, Taylor could actually gain power if Jarrett doesn’t return.
Matt Conway who has been with TNA for a long time now and a low-profile creative team member is believed to be the only booker who isn’t on the “bubble” right now. Carter added him to the team to serve as her eyes and ears. He ended up become friends with the other bookers. He’s in his 20′s and most of the office feels that he has a better pulse on the target demographic than anyone else on the team.
Don West has made changes in his performance, but despite the recent change, many TNA sources believe his days as a color commentator are numbered. Dixie Carter isn’t high on West, who is a friend of Jarrett, and the assumption is that Taz will take over his position sometime sooner than later. However, there’s still interest in using West in an on air back stage role.
ON an interesting note, though it is a moot point now, people close to Christian say that if Jarrett had been removed from power earlier, Christian may have never left TNA and returned to the WWE.