If you’ve been following the business of pro wrestling, then you’ll know that there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the TNA Wrestling Network (TRN).
The company, which is owned by independent wrestling company World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), announced on March 2 that it would be launching its own streaming service on April 7, 2018.
As of today, TRN is live on the WWE.com platform, as well as in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon, and Roku devices.
In a press release announcing the launch, TRP president and CEO Paul “Triple H” Levesque described TRN as “a network that allows fans to discover and connect with the hottest wrestlers, talent, personalities, and events in the industry, all in one place.”
In order to launch TRN, TNA must first establish a platform that is not owned by WWE.
This means that WWE has to buy its way into the TNN platform.
It’s not as easy as just saying that TNA owns the rights to the WWE brand.
Since TRN does not own the WWE trademarks, it has to have a different trademark.
And unlike the WWE, it does not have to get approval from the trademark office.
The only way TRN can establish a trademark is if the TRN brand is used in any way to sell merchandise or services to the public, and that trademark can only be used for a single use per year.
TNA has to first acquire a license for its brand and then, according to the company, make sure that TRN has the right to use the name in its product.
It can then sell merchandise to consumers, but if it wants to sell it to fans, the brand has to be registered with the TR Network.
To do this, TNR needs a trademark.
“Traditionally, the trademarks of the two companies are assigned by the United States Patent and Trademark Office,” the TRP website states.
“This process takes months, and sometimes even years.”
TRN and WWE have never been able to come to an agreement on how to work out the details of the trademark, which has resulted in a lengthy and sometimes confusing process.
To date, the only agreement has been a one-year agreement that has only lasted three months.
It also didn’t end with the TNR signing on with the WWE to make TRN a WWE-branded service.
This agreement was set to expire on February 12, 2019.
“In the meantime, we’re continuing to negotiate with the rights holders and continue to seek a long-term solution that will allow TRN to be the first TRN-branded streaming service in the U.S.,” Levesque said.
“We are hopeful that a resolution will be reached before then.”
According to the TRT, there are several hurdles to overcome before TRN’s network is ready for prime time.
There are still several months to go before the TRNs debut.
The TRN must first receive approval from WWE’s trademark office, which could take between six and 12 months.
To secure the approval, TRNC has to show that it is “good and reliable” with its business plan.
This is an important step, because it means that the WWE will have to sign off on TRN if the company wants to get a license.
There’s also the issue of how much money TRN will have.
Currently, TRPN has about $2.5 million in the bank.
That money is to be split between TNA and the WWE for marketing, sponsorship, merchandising, and other expenses.
If the company can get approval for the WWE and TRN licensing fees, the amount could be $6 million to $10 million.
That amount is still an increase over what TRN had been paying before.
According to a WWE representative, the company is currently evaluating the business plan and has no final figures for the amount it is willing to spend.
“TRN’s launch has generated tremendous buzz, but we remain committed to our vision of transforming TNA into the premier wrestling network in the world,” WWE president Kevin Kay said in a statement.
“Our goal is to give our fans the best possible wrestling experience.”