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How "Wrestling Matters" Backfired on TNA & Impact Going Live

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Hey guys Knox here. I blog all the time about issues and problems within WWE & TNA. I know I'm viewed as a TNA hater but I generally watch the product but I have a hard time enjoying it. I know TNA has the most loyal fans so don't take this blog as bashing TNA. Point blank, they screwed up the "Wrestling Matters" gimmick and I'll tell you why.

Wrestling Matters was in response to WWE banning the word "Wrestling":
Ok Vince banning the world Wrestling was the dumbest idea ever seeing as their not fighting, boxing or performing karate in the ring. Their wrestling in that damn ring and cutting the word is spitting in the face of the greats of this business.

TNA attempted to feed off this and come up with "Wrestling Matters" in response to WWE cutting the word "Wrestling". Its clearly obvious that this was the case as TNA is known as a company that pays close attention to their competition and just loves to bring up their name.

So where did "Wrestling Matters" & TNA screw up?

How in the hell do you make that mistake? TNA's Reaction had more wrestling than Impact currently does (that was a joke).

Bad Business Bad Business Bad Business:
Who's really pulling the strings in TNA? This company has some of the worst execs and I can bet not too many in people have a degree in Business Management, Finance or Marketing.

Who's the guy cutting the wrestling time to showcase Bischoff & his son's stupid ass angle?

Who's the guy pulling the strings that decides to treat the TNA World Title as a TV Title since Roode & James picked up the belt. Back when 87 year old Sting & Kurt Angle were champ, the belt was the treated like an actual title.

TNA not having the "Finances" to go LIVE:
This is because they pay Hogan $2 million a year and pays these wrestlers over 40 huge money so of course they won't have the funds to go live. But does it ruin ratings? Hell yeah

Knockouts Salaries:
So the beautiful and talent Knockouts are anonymously the highest rated segments on Impact. How do TNA execs reward them? Easy, they pay both Mickie James and a chick that doesn't even wrestle by the name of Christy Hemme over $100,000.

But Knockouts like Angelina Love and Velvet Sky are getting around $400 an appearance. That's a big issue.

The Best Era of TNA: The Jim Cornette Era
TNA was at an all time high with the six sided ring and Jim Cornette in control. This was around the time when Angle made his debut and had one of the greatest feuds in wrestling history with Samoa Joe. It was a very well booked feud.

The way AJ Styles was put on as the top guy was just phenomenal (no pun intended). Now that isn't the case any longer.

Dixie Carter, Eric Bischoff, Vince Russo & Hulk Hogan = Cancer to Wrestling
They took this company and literally ruined it with bad business decisions, bad booking and just an overall lack of knowledge of the business. I think these guys are so obsessed with competing with the WWE that they let the product die.

They're afraid to take risk which is unbelievable. Bischoff was a huge risk taker back in those WCW days and that's what made them a huge force. Hogan is just an egomaniac.

Russo still books every match with the same nWo style ending that he did every freakin night in WCW. The guy is a cancer to this business. I won't even mention Dixie.

TNA's Biggest Mistake: Not Bringing in Paul Heyman
Biggest mistake ever. They were close to a deal but Dixie disliked Heyman's idea of cutting the old guys loose like Scott Steiner and the others. Heyman wanted the company to be put in the hands of the homegrown and younger talent. This was an awesome idea but not in Dixie's mind.

They missed out on a huge opportunity. We can pretty much assume that Brock Lesnar will return to the WWE in some form of fashion even if its as a special referee. The WWE & Brock Lesnar recently broke bread with the WWE 12 game which was setup by Heyman.

Couldn't Heyman have easily booked an angle in which Brock showed up on Impact for a month or two. Hell, the history that Brock & Kurt Angle have is enough right there to start something big. I think Brock could've gave TNA a huge ratings boost.

TNA Enabling James Storm to Perform with a Concussion:
Jesus Christ TNA DOES SOMEBODY HAVE TO DIE BEFORE YOU GUYS WAKE UP? Is risking a man's life worth selling an angle? James Storm should not be wrestling, one botch and a shot to the head could knock him unconscious or even kill him.

TNA has enabled guys for years including Jeff Hardy. Hell read Goldust's book. These guys don't give a damn about the health of their wrestlers. People come to TNA just because they know the rules are not enforced.

Hell guys like RVD can smoke as much pot as he wants. Something he was busted for damn near every month when he was in the WWE. These people wanna sell an angle and that's it.

But it's the WWE that gets all the negative views by society. The WWE funds rehab for former employees but they still are under grief. Would someone send the FBI to investigate TNA?

I love TNA & I want them to do good. The wrestling business needs competition. But when you have the dumbest execs and the worst business people running a company then this will not be achieved. They have to wake up and push the X-Division and do whatever it takes.

Thanks guys for reading and any feedback is welcome. If you wanna bash me its cool, we're through a computer so my feelings shouldn't be hurt too bad. This is opinionated but any real wrestling fan can agree if they look at the situation unbiased.

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Updated 11-07-2011 at 10:06 AM by Frank



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  1. Amerinaine's Avatar
    As far as the wrestling matches are concerned, they are as a rule on par with the WWE. They also seem to have gotten away from the whole Wrestling Matters thing for the moment too. However, they might be doing live tapings from various cities instead of just the occasional getaway from Orlando. (Actually, they are doing more tapings away from Orlando than they have in all the previous years.)
  2. toobeastly33's Avatar
    well Knox you did it again. Damn near took the words right out of my finger tips...

    The thing is i have always wanted to love TNA, but they make it so hard. Just when they start to get things right, they mess it all up. For me they almost have to go live. I might try and see it more often if it was not so easy just to read about it. Which goes along with the fact that the product is weak.

    I follow whats happening but the fact is they make it easy not to care. Im not saying WWE is perfect because it's far from it. All i am saying is that TNA needs to make me care
  3. wrestlingfan66513's Avatar
    Bischoff is supporting going on the road, I think he needs more power in my opinion. Hogan should only be used to help the guys learn about getting their name's out to the public by helping them get talk show guest spots and promoting TNA (which is rare in his case) events. Russo getting demoted has been ok so far, but I still don't like his booking. The 4 sided ring was an improvement. Wrestler's have complained about 6 sides before and just makes more sense. James has earned her pay in my opinion since she is a good draw and also has a music career to help get fans but Hemme is awful. Just because she won the diva search and was on playboy doesn't mean she should get that much. Her ring announcing is awful, they could get JB to do that easily.
  4. HungOver's Avatar
    Great read mate.Cornette days where by far the better,Correct me here but wasn't that even the reason he left due to Russo backstage politics.

    As a fan of both companies i really liked Tna back in the asylum with Jarrett and Cornette running things (loved Jarrett as a heel back then also)They had something fresh with the six sided/x-division and the odd legend showing up every once in a while.

    Here's a question though,If Haymen took control would it really booster ratings,I love your idea involving Brock but if that fell through and Haymen getting rid of the wrestlers over 40 what would be next for Impact.
    What i'am trying to say is i still think TNA need Hogan/Flair and co it's just there needs to be an overhaul involving production and for them to be used better.

    Everything else you said was spot on and it is just a shame TNA couldn't hire you
    Looking forward to your next blog.Keep it up
  5. Amerinaine's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by wrestlingfan66513
    (Hemme's) Her ring announcing is awful, they could get JB to do that easily.
    Actually, it has gotten tons better. She still isn't worth the money TNA is paying for her.

    I think advertising during the announcing of the Wrestlers of the bout is stupid way to make money. It is all over the ring pads, ring apron, and we get the commercials. I don't need to hear JB do a 5 Hour Energy plug while announcing what James Storm or Austin Aeries weigh in at. Dumb.
  6. Abs's Avatar
    Love your blogs, TNA really.....Enough said.
  7. Slickman69's Avatar
    Agree with everything you said on this blog man. In all honesty I think TNA can only get good once they fire Eric, Hogan, Russo, and somehow get rid of Dixie. Those guys just don't know what they are doing. Hogan was a big draw in his day but that doesn't mean he knows how to run a wrestling company. Russo was always a talent-less snake oil salesman, and Bischoff by all accounts has always been spineless. He might have come up with the NWO angle, but what else has he done ? That's right nothing of note.
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