My TNA: Changes, Released Wrestlers, and Title Divisions
by, 12-11-2011 at 05:01 AM (6347 Views)
Hello there everyone! For those who do not know who I am, my name is Kyle Dunning and I am a Co-Admin of the official EWN Facebook page.
I have been watching wrestling since the Attitude era, and I like to say I am pretty knowledgeable about wrestling, I know a lot of the facts, seen the majority of the classic moments, and the worst moments in pro wrestling.
In the present we see some promise in TNA, TNA originals like Styles, Roode and Storm are being pushed in the main event, the Knockouts have a good deal of time to showcase themselves, whether it is in a Karen Jarrett storyline, or in a match, they get a lot more exposure then any WWE diva.
Now I am going to list the TNA employees who should be let go, as Johnny Ace would say.. Good luck in all your future endeavors.
Anarquia - He does not give off the vibe "We have to tune in every week to see this guy!" He gives off the vibe that he is second rated and does not belong there.
Brian Kendrick - In the WWE I was a fan of Kendrick, him and London was a hell of a tag team, but in TNA he does not impress me.
Devon - Without his brother, Devon seems second rate, as Team 3D(Dudleys) they were possibly the greatest tag team ever. The guy is getting older now and we will definitely not see greater things out of him, it is time for him to move aside.
Garret Bischoff - He is too green to be wrestling, and it seems he only has a job because of his surname, I would send him to OVW for training or fire him.
Hernandez - The big mexican has had some good runs, most notably with LAX, but he is clumsy in the ring and is a risk to other wrestler's health, also he has little charisma and his ring psychology is lacking, can't see people missing him.
Tara - Now I am a fan of Tara, but who can believe that we have yet to see the best from her? Also it seems she gets frustrated over not being used, and that is simply because of time constraints. Knockouts division should consist of younger wrestler's.
Anthony Neese - Brought in during the X Divison talent matches, but he never gets used, why have him if TNA ain't going to use him?
Mark Haskins - Same Reason as Neese, why have him on the roster if you don't use him.
Jackie Moore - It's pretty simple to me, either make her a manager of someone who needs a mouthpiece, or get rid of her, although I believe TNA already did get rid of her and ain't taken her off the roster yet.
Rosita - She is still pretty young, but it seems she is a Knockouts jobber, and someone to make Mexican America look good, as I have already got rid of Mexican America she has to go.
Vince Russo - How many of you was thinking of Russo the moment I wrote people need to be fired? It has already been noticed how much Impact has changed since Russo has been taken from the Head Creative position, many wrestling fans cannot take TNA seriously because they know the writing has his name all over it. So why keep him? Yes he has made some good storylines in his time, but just like old wrestlers, old writers need to step aside for someone fresh.
So i have stated 10 wrestlers and 1 member of staff to go, lets see who needs to take a back burner or change their whole image altogether as they have become somewhat stale.
Who needs to be changed?
Hulk Hogan - I did not fire Hogan? You may be going crazy right now and thinking, why the hell did I NOT FIRE Hogan?
I would make Hogan into an ambassador, I would say to him that he either promotes TNA on every interview he does, or we don't need him, he should never wrestle again, he should make sporadic appearances and put young guys over, it's either that or he becomes a manager and trainer.
Eric Bischoff - I would tell Bischoff, fair enough if he wants to help with creative go ahead, but he will never get on TV again, he has no place as an on screen personality and should be in the back helping with production and advertising for the show.
Jeff Jarrett - The guy passed his potential a long time ago, he is a good heel and draws heat, but he has become stale and no one wants to see him, he could be used rarely to get a young guy over.
Abyss - He needs a change of image, I believe his strongest run was with the manager James Mitchell, stop Abyss from talking, change his ring attire a bit, give him a manager, turn him heel and use him in hardcore matches, thats what Abyss is good at.
Scott Steiner - He needs a change, the only reason why I kept Steiner is because he can do a lot to further young talent, they could put him in a tag team with a young wrestler, he could be a great mentor.
Ric Flair - I would make him a manager, that is his best role.
Now we have done that, I believe TNA should keep strict rules on which wrestler are in which division(except tag teams, any wrestler should be allowed to go for those), I believe the fans want to know who is after what belt, they should also do statistics like Win/Loss records, Winning streaks etc and keep them up to date on the website, this encourages people to go on the website and see how their favorite wrestlers are doing.
World title contenders.
Bobby Roode, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, James Storm, Jeff Hardy
TV title contenders
Rob Van Dam
Matt Morgan & Crimson
The British Invasion
Bully Ray and Steiner
Motor City Machine Guns (When they return)
Robbie E & Robbie T
Knockouts Tag teams
The Beautiful People - Sky & Love
Gail Kim & Madison Rayne
Mickie James & Sarita
The world title picture is somewhat slim, but that is how it should be, you can't have to many world title contenders as it gets confusing.
Noticed how I stacked the X Division? Imagine a three way between Aries, Samoe Joe and Daniels? The wrestling would be amazing and worthy of the X Division, Kazarian and Kid Kash can work with younger stars like Jesse Sorenson and Zema Ion to put on solid matches too.
A TV Title Division? Why not! The TV title in previous promotions has been the equivalent of WWE's IC title, put in some top talent like RVD and Mr Anderson, accompanied by up and comers like Gunner and Robbie E, and originals like EY and Abyss, and you got yourself a solid division filled with interesting combinations.
As for Tag teams, the tag team division needs established teams like The British Invasion and Ink Inc to shine, as it seems both teams are on the back burner, those two teams could have a major feud over the belts, the Motor City Machine Guns can come back and challenge either for the titles.
The Knockouts division could be more then it is, and I think this is getting the right knockouts aligned with each other.
First of all we need The Beautiful people back, as Faces, because they can push merchandise like no other.
ODB and Winter need to be loners, and their characters need to be heels,
Brooke Tessmacher needs some improvement in the ring, she could turn heel and align herself with Gail Kim and Madison Rayne in a Knockouts stable.
You may wonder why I have put Mickie with Sarita? I remember that they had a feud, but I also remember that Sarita was a great knockouts tag team champion with Taylor Wilde. Mickie is one of the most popular Knockouts they have, she can't always be fighting for the Knockouts title, so she can fight for the tag titles with Sarita in between that.
What else would I change?
Well firstly I have noticed just how little time they have each week to showcase the talent, therefore TNA need a second show.
Impact Wrestling should be mostly for the World title contenders, X Division and Knockouts.
A second show could focus on the TV title and the Tag team divisions, the TV title could be the main title on the show and bring tons of prestige to it, also you would get guys like Rob Van Dam and Mr Anderson headlining the shows and tag team matches, this would showcase the midcard more, and the Knockouts would get some extra time.
I would focus on the UK market, as TNA is strong in the UK, also the shows sell pretty well, a UK pay per view could be set up and I would focus on advertising that a great deal.
Bringing in new talent
Now people will always say.. If you want TNA to become big, you need CM Punk! You need John Cena! You need Goldberg! You need John Morrison Wooooo!
My answer to that is no.. not at all, TNA does not need to pick up every single "Superstar" that happens to become available, what TNA needs to do is focus on building their own talent, and look to promotions like ROH, CHIKARA, SHIMMER, CMLL NOAH and NJPW etc.
Taking stars from other promotions and getting them over is what TNA should focus on, because people will pick up on that and say "Wow I never seen this guy before, he is great!", instead of picking someone like John Morrison up and saying "Another WWE reject, is that all TNA can hire?".
I know many people will not take TNA seriously anymore, that is a shame because TNA has some of the best wrestler's in the world today, and they are really passionate about what they do.
TNA should focus on what they do best, and that is wrestle, story lines will compliment themselves if the matches are classics, and they can have storylines which cater to the full audience, this may bring in new viewers.
That is the end of my first blog here on the EWN forums, if you wish to talk to me you can usually find me on the ewrestlingnews facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/EWrestlingNews