Unfortunately, all the signs I’m seeing point to a big, fat YES (with all due respect to both Daniel Bryan and Optus). Things such as:
1. The conflicting reports about TNA’s programming possibly being axed from Destination America’s lineup in September;
2. Adding Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan to the creative team (and I don’t mean that as a personal slam, since I like a good deal of his music), since I’m unsure if he’ll be able to translate his songwriting creativity to events in the squared circle;
3. Dixie Carter’s apparent intention to sue Dave Meltzer and other reporters, which would only cement her reputation within the sports entertainment industry as a money mark; and
4. The possibility of Eric Bischoff, his son Garrett, and Eric’s production partner Jason Hervey, suing TNA for unpaid wages;
The greatest irony concerning the reports of the potential cancellation of TNA Impact, though, is in the timing: on the same day, none other than Samoa Joe – who was considered to be the face of TNA during his tenure there – made his WWE debut as part of NXT. Had he remained with TNA, I believe he would’ve continued to flounder, and since he’s being allowed to keep his name by WWE, and is apparently in much better shape these days, it’d be a tragedy if he isn’t elevated to the main roster and given a title run within the next few months. And confidentially, I’m sure that a feud with Kevin Owens on WWE’s main shows would be a major draw, especially with those fans who’ve followed them since their independent circuit beginnings.
But as far as TNA is concerned, if the company was to fold, I can only see Vince McMahon & Co. wanting to acquire selected stars who haven’t jumped ship to ROH or GFW by then, along with TNA’s video library, largely for the purpose of gaining more footage of Sting for a future DVD release. Speaking of whom, I’m betting that he’ll resurface in the weeks leading up to WWE SummerSlam, possibly setting up a victorious rematch with Triple H at that event.