Help Me Solve my TNA Mysteries
by, 10-13-2010 at 05:46 PM (3552 Views)
Let me get this out of the way: I'm a WWE guy. Always have been. Which is what leads me to having a multitude of questions about TNA. I've followed the product enough over the years to gain some sort of knowledge about what's going on over at TNA but I'm not what some would call "die hard."
There was a point where I did follow TNA for few months. Of course, I still remained loyal to the WWE but I wanted to "cross the line" before crossing the line was cool.
(Time-out: I'm still completely baffled about this slogan. The clear inference is that TNA wants the WWE viewers. Duh. But I can't ever remember when crossing the line was beneficial to me in any part of life. But hey, whatever works for them, right?)
Anyway, back to my brief stint as a TNA'er. It was 2005 and the only thing that gave me any interest in the show at all was Jeff Hardy. He was one of my favorites in the WWF/E and was always entertaining to watch. I even ordered the TNA Jeff Hardy DVD and almost bought a t-shirt, but resisted the urge. I did, however, order TNA Bound for Glory '05 and from what I can remember, it was a pretty good show. What I recall most from that pay-per-view was the Monster's Ball Match between Rhyno, Abyss, Sabu and Jeff Hardy. Entertaining match, but a horrible plot. I refuse to believe those four were held captive without any food or water for 24 hours. Unbelievable claim by TNA.
After that pay-per-view, I kept following it for a few more weeks before it just faded out of my weekly television watching. However, I would tune in every now and again to see who were the champions, which former WWE employee(s) had jumped ship, which misfit NFL player that was suspended for a season decided to join TNA and go on to the win the tag-team championship or to see if TNA had finally moved out of the "iMPACT Zone," or better known as a soundstage in Universal Studios.
But then about a year ago, rumors began swirling about Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan joining TNA. I will admit, I was semi-shocked. Not surprised that former WWE employees want to destroy the evil man that once signed their paychecks.
Once it was official that Hogan and Bischoff were with TNA, I became intrigued again. I was anxious to see how they were gonna play it. We all know what Bischoff and Hogan did in WCW and, for a short period of time, was successful. And then TNA put on its big boy underwear and decided to go head-to-head with RAW. A mega, three-hour special that celebrates the new era in TNA. So what does Vince do? He appoints Bret Hart as the guest host of RAW the same night TNA challenges them. Brilliant.
(For those of you who watched both RAW and iMPACT that night, did anyone else pick up on what TNA did? They sent out Hulk Hogan to make his first TNA appearance at 9 p.m., just in time to try and spoil the beginning of RAW. Classic move, but didn't work. Sorry.)
Which leads me to my first question: Why did TNA think that a 1.5 rating would be enough to consistently go head-to-head on a weekly basis?
That grand plan folded faster than the XFL — which is quite the feat. Now, TNA is back on Thursdays with not only iMPACT but Reaction, whose cameras shoot with the same suaveness as the Blair Witch Project. Next, TNA was on a mission to get everyone that once for WWE and hire them. Tazz, Mick Foley, Jeff Hardy (again), Ric Flair (this especially pissed me off because I attended the 2008 Hall of Fame in Orlando and went to WrestleMania XXIV and saw wrestle his "last" match against Shawn Michaels), Val Venis, Rob Van Dam, etc.
Leading to my second question: Why did TNA insist on bringing in old guys instead of developing new ones?
I turned on iMPACT last Thursday and saw a bloody, saggy Ric Flair facing Mick Foley who's never looked like an athlete. And I started thinking that I'm currently watching two guys whose combined age is 106. I was also thinking about my third question: Why is TNA still broadcasting out of a soundstage in Orlando? (It literally felt like I was watching WCW Pro Wrestling, where the ring spun in circles during the wrestler's entrances. That was always fun.)
Here are two more questions to round it out to an even five:
4. Why is Jeremy Borash the ring announcer? He was easily the most annoying kid in high school.
5. Why did TNA decide to put the title on Jeff Hardy? Sounds like a perfect fit to lead the company, considering he was running a pharmacy out of his basement and got caught. Way to go.
So please, if anyone who reads this has any of these answers for, I would love to read them. I'm not trying to dog TNA, but there some things that confuse me (see above). Thanks for reading.