According to a post by the Smyth Casting Agency, Impact Wrestling is paying up to $50 per day for “extras” to appear in the crowd at this week’s Impact tapings in Ottawa. Smyth Casting is searching for 50-75 audience members per day. A post on the company’s Facebook page (see below) says that audience members may be given signs to hold, but they’re also encouraged to bring their own signs.
McMahon’s Analysis: This is obviously a terrible look for a company that’s coming off a pay-per-view that was almost universally panned by critics. Impact defenders will say the media is being “too negative” towards this company, but the wounds are self-inflicted. Give people a product that they can invest in, and care about, and people will pay to see you, not the other way around. Asking for 50-75 people per night isn’t asking to fill up the building, it’s asking for people to show up and be excited. They’re looking for people to hold signs. They want to pay people to be enthusiastic. That should be a major red flag for Impact management. They should be drawing that emotion with their product, not their wallets.
On top of all that, remember, they’re also trying to sell tickets to these events. Why on Earth would anyone pay to see a wrestling show when they can get paid to see a wrestling show, and probably get better seats? Impact’s going to want these excited, paid extras to be the ones on TV. It’s completely backwards. And at the same time, it’s the perfect epitome of the company right now. I genuinely feel bad for the wrestlers and production people who are there and working hard.