The dire excuse of a wrestling company - Total Nonstop Action - airs its Slammiversary PPV live on Challenge TV in the UK tonight.
I would have started off today's post without the 'dire excuse of a wrestling company' bit, but news I read yesterday put paid to that.
TNA is in the shit. There's no nice way of putting it. The company's television show - Impact - appears to be getting pulled from its US channel, Destination America, later this year. What this means I do not know.
What I do know, from the reports I have read, is the staff are late on pay. Not for the first time, might I add.
Hell, I have lost count how many times I have read about wages being delivered after they were due.
The wrestlers are being screwed by the owners and that's bad enough. What I dislike reading, and I have read it a lot from TNA over the past year, is the independently-contracted production crew are having to wait a very long time for the work they have been doing.
It isn't good enough.
You know when these wrestling companies do the 'I love you guys' spiel to the audience and go on and on about how 'we wouldn't be where we are if not for the fans'? Well, I think that's incorrect to a degree. These wrestling companies wouldn't be where they are if it wasn't for the production staff working tirelessly rigging up lighting, recording hours of footage and everything and anything in between. These people are the workers of the business and for them to be overlooked is insulting.
They were told to wait until July for work they done in May and have just completed days worth of tapings and are expected to show up tonight and film three hours of a live PPV with no idea when their cheque is going to come.
I know it's easy for me to sit here and write this, but if it were me, I'd seriously consider threatening to strike an hour before the show goes live tonight.