The Impact Wrestling universe has years of history. As a fan, you watch as the wrestlers climb towards the glory of championship gold while also settling personal feuds along the way.
This editorial is about secondary shoulder programming that could expand the Impact Cinematic Universe. It is based off of concepts that Impact has done within the past two years.
TNA on AXS TV
This limited series would be a trip down memory lane as the stars of Impact Wrestling battle the ghosts of TNA's past. This series would feature available TNA alumni as they are on the road to the finale, "Cross the Line."
This would be a nostalgic trip for fans of TNA. It would feature between 10-20 TNA Alumni that have either been announced or promoted for this Spring's "No Place Like Home Show." I would tape these shows over two days at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. It would feature the return of Ultimate X, The Six Sided Ring and King of the Mountain, as well as other original TNA concepts. The limited series would air on Thursdays and would be three 1-hour specials followed by the 3-hour "Cross the Line" special.
The Journey to the Undead Realm
One of the more divisive concepts from the past two years has been the Undead Realm segments. The Undead Realm has been described as a place where "people lose their minds to find their souls." Featuring the likes of Rosemary, James Mitchell, Su Yung, Havok and new and original characters.
Some have loved and some have hated the Undead Realm. The b-movie style cinematics, the cheap effects and the over-the-top nature of the concept has built a following. Jimmy Jacobs has talked about wanting to possibly have a show based entirely on the Undead Realm and giving him a 1-hour special on AXS seems like it could be a fun way to expand of the product. The "Journey to the Undead Realm" would debut new characters of a dark nature that would move over to the main Impact product.
Impact Provincial Wrestling Federation
This past Thanksgiving, Impact debuted a retro-style show called Throwback Throwdown. IPWF (or Impact Provincial Wrestling Federation) was a parody of 80's wrestling. Taking place in a studio, the old-school look and retro approach to wrestling felt like something different.
IPWF was a major hit last year with many on this site asking for them to make it into a series. I completely agree. A limited series on AXS featuring Champion "Downtown" Daddy Brown, Colt McCoy, The Rough Riders, Xcessive Force and many new faces, this show could be an expansion that fans have been asking for.
Gutcheck is fresh in the mind of fans as the latest episode wrapped up recently. Gutcheck has always been the place where free agents worked their way into a TNA/Impact Wrestling contract.
Personally, I don't think the concept has ever been fully utilized. Its most popular inception in 2012-2013ish was when their were three judges and participants needed to win a match to earn their praise. Unfortunately, more often than not, the judges passed on great talent while also bringing in some flops. Some names that they passed on included Brian Cage, Ivelisse and Adam Pearce.
During the years of the One Night Only Series, Gutcheck was a tournament where the winner earned a TNA contract. Micah was the one who benefited from this while names like Dalton Castle, Eli Drake and Pepper Parks were passed on.
For the past two years, we saw an adaption of "Global Forged" where possible prospects trained at a gym. It was a reality TV style approach to the concept. Shogun Jackson Stone ended up winning this year's version while Rohit Raju won the one before.
If I brought Gutcheck back, I would treat it as a hybrid of British Bootcamp (season one) and the ONO version of Gutcheck. I would focus more on the characters of the Gutcheck participants. It would be a mix between reality, promos and matches to move forward. This limited series would feature a tournament where the winner earns an Impact contract.