My Opinion of TNA and How to Possibly Fix It.
by, 08-13-2011 at 06:48 PM (5136 Views)
May I just say first of all I am not a TNA hater. I watch TNA and from the period 2005-early 2011 I prefered TNA over WWE. I am a firm believer that TNA succeeding will benefit the overall business of wrestling. I also understand that having Hulk Hogan and RVD in TNA no doubt increases the profile of TNA. However after watching the last two weeks, all I can say is ugh.
TNA is being run by a faction called Immortal, run by Hulk Hogan(Non Wrestler), Eric Bischoff(Non Wrestler) and Ric Flair(Non Wrestler). The biggest active stars in Immortal are Kurt Angle? and Bully Ray (Who is one of the only credible heels in TNA). The Leader of the active wrestlers has changed from Jeff Hardy(-March), Jarrett(-June), Anderson(-August) and now Kurt Angle. I understand that the Jeff Hardy situation was out of their control. But why add Anderson to Immortal only to leave a month later? That brings me to my next point.
Mr. Anderson is one of the best entertainers in the world. In 2011, he has won the world title twice. Both times it seemed the ball was given to him to run with it, yet both times, the ball was dropped. I would have been much more intrueged by having Anderson lose the belt to Angle than Sting. With Sting vs Hogan pretty much set for Bound For Glory, why have him win the World Title?
I believe TNA unfortunately has one year left to save their product from becoming a joke. Now is the time to take a risk. Take away the older talent, use them as managers. Fire Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Sting, Jeff Jarrett, Devon, Steiner. Even though he doesnt deserve a lot of criticsm he gets, fire Russo, let this be a new dawn for TNA. Let Kurt Angle go away to the Olympics for a year. Bring in talent that can help to put over the younger stars. Have Joe take out Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam to make him the monster again. Turn Xplosion into one hour of X-Division Action with Rob Van Dam the shows big star. Rehire Jay Lethal, Petey Williams, Amazing Red, Homicide, Devine, Lance Hoyt and Daivari. Bring in stars from ROH, Mexico and Japan to fix the roster, like Jack Evans, Low Ki, Davey Richards, Roderick Strong, El Generico, Briscoe Brothers, Eddie Edwards, Koba Ibushi and even Generation Me. Have Ric Flair form a faction to face Fortune with Richards, Edwards, Evans, Low Ki and Ibushi. Let the new stars make a name for themselves by battling the TNA originals.
With Fortune battling Ric Flairs new faction, have the main event picture feature Samoa Joe(who unfortunately i see quitting very soon) as the monster with Anderson chasing. Give the Pope a program with Jay Lethal. Let The Hardys earn their way up the TagTeam Division by having a program with each of the tag teams, eventually facing Beer Money. Bring back Dr. Stevie with Roderick Strong at his side to fued with Abyss. Have Matt Morgan face Crimson to decide who the next top star should be. Include not one, but 2 or 3 X Division matches on each PayPerView. The knockouts division should become a force with possible signings like Melina and Gail Kim. Within a year, TNA should have a new fresh roster with young stars and unpredictible match ups with the eventual return of Kurt Angle on the horizon. Also, take TNA on the road. Decide on 5 cities other than Orlando and do half the tapings there each month along with the PPV at a nearby city. Do a month of tapings over here in Ireland and the UK with 6,000-10,000 paying fans.
Like I said at the beginning, I enjoyed watching TNA. However, unless changes are made, the decline of TNA is not far away. They cannot afford yet another mishap like Victory Road. They cannot afford to have Sting, Hogan and co. outshine AJ or Anderson any more. A line must be drawn between an increase in main stream knowledge and new talent coming through. A complete overhaul needs to be put down. I see Paul Heyman being the only person who can possibly do it. Make his contract full of share options, % of merchandise, % of ticket sales and other bonuses to encorage him to grow TNA. Do cross overs with UFC to increase TNAs profile. There are ways to save TNA, and even make TNA a power to be reckoned with with 5 or 10 years, but the more time wasted, the more time it will take.
"Anything is possible if you have the intelligence and the willpower to make it happen"