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Early note on last night’s attendance for TNA’s Lockdown

According to Dave Meltzer, TNA had about 2,000 fans in a 9,000 seat arena in Nashville last night for the Lockdown PPV.

(source: rovert via Twitter)

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6 Responses

  1. dave says:

    2000 is a good number. The problem is TNA isn’t even a national company. Its regional, whichever way you look at it.

    They tour and venture into the bigger world a few times a year.

    The overhaul in TNA needs to be steady and progressive with somebody at the helm who can mentor a younger person to continue the progress for years and years to come.

    Imagine Cornette or Heyman running the show with an Al Snow or Kurt Angle learning beneath? Where Hulk, Bischoff and co are long gone…

    Damn, I was having a good dream there. Why book a PPV at a 9000 seater arena when you will only fill less than a third.

  2. Sean says:

    It has a bit better than regional reach. I was at Lockdown 2008 in Lowell, MA. I believe they filled a better percentage of those seats and greater number overall. So it can draw outside the South in major wrestling cities. Of course, this is a while ago, so maybe their product now has lost a lot of cred with smarks and indy fans up here.

  3. A_FAX says:

    I’m actually kind of surprised that they drew that many people. But overall looks like a typical TNA ppv on the road. They may have drawn even more than they typically do. If you look in the lower lefthand side of the picture you can see that the bleacher seats are full three quarters of the way around the ring. So roughly it would appear that three quarters of the arena is filled. At last years Lockdown ppv in cinci the bleachers where only about half full or full halway around the ring. At slammiversary in detroit the entire upper bowl was tarped off and the entire lower bowl was full. I’m not sure if that looks better or not. Either way I’ve been to plenty of wwe ppv’s that had the hard side completely empty or the entire upper bowl tarped off and that’s including a Survivor Series ppv and a hbk/hhh hell in a cell. What I don’t understand is that when they take impact on the road they always fill smaller arenas. I can’t understand why for a ppv they wouldn’t run a smaller venue and have it sell out. It would look a lot better. But I guess that there’s lots of things TNA should be doing.

  4. Andrew says:

    I was there in person last night. I guess TNA has a hard time drawing the numbers.

  5. rob says:

    Lockdown 2008 also had an established indy wrestler in Samoa Joe battle Kurt Angle in a dream match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. I remember buying that PPV because it featured such a stellar main event.

    TNA couldn’t ever book these two together in a dream feud because they’re exhausted and played out. WWE was able to do Rock vs. Austin and Taker vs. HHH three times a piece because they kept their talent fresh.

    TNA sucks. Would be great if they could get Paul Heyman or Jim Cornette to revive their brand. If not, I am fine with sticking to Dragon Gate USA and Ring of Honor.


  6. steve says:

    Looked more like 5000 to me there.

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