Originally Posted by Tomsta666
This is so true. I can only imagine what the MagnaJoe vs MCMG match would have sounded like infront of a crowd like the one in the UK. It would have been a COMPLETELY
different match. I do believe that TNA needs to move out of the Impact Zone but when you have flops like this, it's hard to convince them to risk it (thanks Tennessee lol). Personally I understand why they did it to build the idea of Storm returning to Tenn for the match, but they got nothing back in return from the Tenn crowd for it other than the Hardy/Angle match. Events like Lockdown shouldn't be put together in an area in which you are unsure of what the crowd will be like. A Victory Road or Turning Point is more of the PPV that you want to risk this with. I don't know how you would go about testing said market for events like this, however, Slammiversary is in Texas this year (hurray, ringside seats for me!) and I feel that even though this is the 10th anniversary show, that I would much rather see TNA risk it with a PPV like this in an "unproven" area than have them host Bound for Glory in Colorado or something random like that.
As for the production, I don't feel that it's the "glitz and glam" that TNA is missing out on right now. I feel as though they are focusing too much on trying to "put on a show" like the E does, rather than focus on the talent that makes them what they are. The reason the UK stood behind TNA when they were there is that TNAs wrestlers are talented enough to garner respect from one of the most "pure wrestling" appreciative countries. The need to work more on marketing the product to places outside the Impact Zone so that when/if they do take it on the road, they will be able to have a following behind them... Not just a bunch of people who showed up because they needed a place to drink on a Thursday/Sunday night.
TNA has great things going for them in the roster section, but if they keep giving up 20-40 mins of show to segments that are not needed (like on OFN when Hogan kept bringing all the teams to the back to tell them who was eliminated. It could/should have been accomplished in 2 segments. The one to open the show/announce which champ will fight and the one with said champ in the ring, announcing the decision), they are taking away from what proves that it is not production value that is needed. It's thier ability to truly call themselves a "wrestling program" that makes them different from a Raw or SmackDown! These "brands" have virtually ran from the word wrestling whereas TNA has created themselves around the word.
With that said, if they continue to air 45mins of "show" and not wrestling matches, then yes. The added production could help them to be more of a "Show" and less of a "Wrestling Program." My Opinion.