Amongst TNA Wrestling officials, there has been talk of changing the focus from “big name” veteran stars of yesteryear to the younger performers in the organization.
One source stated that the members of Fortune—AJ Styles, James Storm, Robert Roode and Kazarian—would be among the top babyfaces in the company and that “it would be interesting to see” what happens when the contracts of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair come due. However, the source added that while creative is behind the proposition, plans could easily change.
The source feels that Impact’s ratings in the coming weeks will be the deciding factor in whether the company begins focusing on younger talents. “The key is the ratings,” the source stated. “[Dixie Carter] panics when the ratings dip. If it moves two tenths of a point, she’ll panic.”
The source explained that if Impact’s ratings fall one point as they did last week (from a 1.3 to a 1.2), the company’s creative direction stays course. However, the feeling is that Carter tends to overreact when the ratings slide down two tenths of a point.