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How TNA’s 10th Year Can Be Its Best

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TNA Impact Wrestling celebrated its ninth anniversary at tonight’s pay-per-view, and while it’s nice that the company has existed for this long, things could be a lot better.

The promotion seems to be running in place from a business standpoint, drawing meager numbers on pay-per-view and the same million-plus fans every Thursday night on Spike TV.

Something isn’t working. Is it the reliance on Attitude Era stars over younger talent? Is it the mindset that fans will watch a TV-14 rated show over the PG-rated WWE? Is it the lack of mainstream recognition of the company’s existence?

Yes, yes and yes.

Wrestling fans are desperate for TNA to succeed. They want an alternative to the WWE brand of “sports entertainment,” even if they love WWE and watch it every week.

Here are some ideas to help make TNA’s 10th year its most successful.



1. Commitment to great wrestling

It’s time to deliver on the name change of “Impact Wrestling.” If fans know they can see two strong 10- to 15-matches on Thursday nights, they will slowly build TNA’s audience.

If fans know they can buy a TNA pay-per-view and see four good-to-great matches, they will build that audience, too.

Why? People like to watch good wrestling matches.



2. Commitment to fresh singles talent.

Here, I mean 10 guys who were born and raised in TNA and don’t have past “Glory Days” in WWE, WCW or ECW to look back on…because we all get older.

The first three guys who should be pushed as the ace wrestlers of the company are AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe. They deserve to take the ball and run with it, while everyone else gets out of the way.

The next three need to be brought back: Low-Ki, Homicide and Jay Lethal. They can have great matches with each other and the first three.

The third group of three should come from the tag team division: Alex Shelley, James Storm and Robert Roode. There’s no need for them and the injured Chris Sabin to keep fighting for the tag team titles when they can go all the way to the top as individuals.

Finally, the 10th man to push is Crimson. They have already given him an unbeaten streak, so they might as well keep it going.



3. Stop destroying the X Division.

No more storylines where some huge guy like Abyss or authority figure like Eric Bischoff is trying to kill the X Division.

Embrace the X Division. Run with it. Bring back the World X Cup, for goodness’ sake. When I turn on Impact Wrestling, I want to see cruiserweights flipping, flopping and flying across the TV screen.



4. Get rid of some titles.

Championships should be prestigious, so they should be few in number. All TNA needs is the World, X, Tag and Knockouts titles. That worked well on tonight’s PPV.

So bye bye to the Knockouts tag team title and the TV title.



5. Push Kurt Angle’s Olympic quest to the moon.

If Kurt Angle can make the US Olympic team at the age of 42, this would a huge story in the world of real sports, on par with George Foreman regaining the boxing world title at age 45.

TNA should follow Angle’s quest on TV and promote him to every media outlet imaginable. Make it clear that Angle wrestles for Impact Wrestling every Thursday night on Spike TV.

That way, clueless media types won’t say he wrestles for “the WWF.”

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  1. nrb6304's Avatar
    Sounds like a good idea but I have some disagreements.

    1.) Keep the TV title. If they'd stop throwing it around like a 2 dollar whore and give it to somebody respectable to hold onto for a while they could make it worth something. The X-Division is it's own Division so guys like "Pope", Crimson, Gunner, Murphy, Abyss, etc. who really have NO RIGHT in the X-Division need a second tier title. The TV title COULD BE that second tier title
    2.) As for your 9 men to push: AJ Styles (Styles is basically already a TNA Legend, I don't understand why everybody says "push him push him!" He gets pushed. TNA is doing a great job of not John Cena'ing AJ Styles down our throats.) Samoa Joe (Yeah Joe needs to be re-pushed back into the main event scene. Daniels (Daniels is barley even WITH TNA right now. So no point in pushing him until he makes a commitment) Low-Ki, Jay Lethal, and Homicide (Big fans of all of them but they'd have to rejoin the company first and foremost) I just don't see James Storm as TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Shelley and Sabin need to help rebuild the X-Division in a big bad way. So Robert Roode is the only guy who really is good out of those.

    My question is: Where's Kaz? Kaz won the very first Ultimate-X. Kaz has been on the brink of winning the TNA World title like 4 or 5 times. The guys gold in the ring. Somebody push THIS guy.
  2. Mikeyboy7777777's Avatar
    if you split up the 2 main tag teams in tna then what kidn of edge in the tag team division do you have man? so with that I dsagree keep mcmg a team and in the x division because that's where they shine they can hold singles gold while being a tag team for the rest I agree i hope beer money does not split yet
  3. THEKEVINBRAND's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeyboy7777777
    if you split up the 2 main tag teams in tna then what kidn of edge in the tag team division do you have man? so with that I dsagree keep mcmg a team and in the x division because that's where they shine they can hold singles gold while being a tag team for the rest I agree i hope beer money does not split yet
    you can keep them as a tag team no doubt but still promote them as singles competitors at the same time
  4. AOF666's Avatar
    They need to take the title from Abyss, they are wasting a good division, and insult to Abyss, he should be at the top fighting for Heavyweight Title. Let the smaller guys fight for the X-division title. Keep Beer Money together, can't picture them as singles. Push Tag division more. Agree no Knockout Tag. Keep TV Title, Top mid carders should be fighting for it. It should elevate new stars. Keep older guys from getting the title unless the are going to help push the younger talent.
  5. A.Jay's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by AOF666
    They need to take the title from Abyss, they are wasting a good division, and insult to Abyss, he should be at the top fighting for Heavyweight Title. Let the smaller guys fight for the X-division title. Keep Beer Money together, can't picture them as singles. Push Tag division more. Agree no Knockout Tag. Keep TV Title, Top mid carders should be fighting for it. It should elevate new stars. Keep older guys from getting the title unless the are going to help push the younger talent.
    No you break up beer money and let Robert Roode finally shine. Staying in a tag team will no help him become a ME guy.

    I like how you say keep the older guys away from the title, because last time I check the only older wrestler to get the belt was Sting and he just put over Anderson last night just like he did with Abyss back in 06, AJ in 09 and last year with RVD in his TNA debut!!!

    Damn atlease watch the show for a few3 weeks and get your own mind about and stop selling the product short.

    Name me the last time triple h put over somebody that wasn't his buddy( Orton, Batista, Sheamus) or better yet who was the last young talent Taker put over?
  6. teacher_on_da_rampage!'s Avatar
    i agree with this great post, ALTHOUGHH!!!
    i like the x division title storyline, its sayin that there tryna push the x division out but mate, its a storyline!!! its inadvertandly pushin the x division!
  7. Bralon23's Avatar
    There's no way that they could have 10-15 matches on a two hour show. That's really not what they're trying to do. You have to somewhat model your company after WWE to stay alive in the wrestling game, which is something that you guys aren't realizing. That means you have to have compelling storylines, which is something that isn't possible if you have 10-15 matches per show. If you only have straight wrestling, then of course we'd be happier with more matches at first, but it'd get stale after a while. You'd just have guys wrestling each other randomly with no meaning, with the exception of title matches. There'd be no need for characters, there'd be no backstage segments, merchandising would go down, and eventually the ratings would drop lower than they are now for TNA, which is something that they can't afford.

    I'm in no way saying that the 30-45 minutes that Bischoff and Hogan take up every week is necessary and that they couldn't shorten those segments and maybe add a match or two to the show. But, 10-15 matches just isn't realistic for the type of show that they're trying put out every week.
    As far as the X-Division goes, I don't see it getting pushed back to the level it was when TNA first started as long as Bischoff is around. I think the idea of cruiserweights carrying the wrestling show has always been something that's bothered Bischoff even going back to the WCW days. He doesn't like the idea that high flying wrestlers and spot monkeys might get higher ratings than he does in his segments.
    Updated 06-13-2011 at 03:32 PM by Bralon23
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