For ****’s sake, TNA…

Posted: May 3, 2012 by Kick Out At 2! in Shane D

Honestly, I try not to be a TNA hater.  I really do.  Ever since WCW and ECW went under back in 2001, a second major wrestling company has been on my Christmas list.  Competition breeds a better product, and when there are times I’m not particularly fond of the current product from WWE, it’s nice to want there to be a second company there to turn to.  That’s why I ordered NWA-TNA’s first weekly PPV back in June of 2002.  That’s why I ordered their first monthly PPV in 2004.  That’s why my VCR was set to record their TV show at whatever odd hour it was on Fox Sports Net back in the day.  I’ve watched Impact for years and have even ordered and watched TNA PPVs over the last few years.  Heck, my girlfriend and I went to a TNA house show back in February for my birthday.

I say this because I want to show that I’m not just hating on TNA for the sake of hating on TNA.  There seems to be a lot of that on the Internet.  A lot of people seem to form an opinion on it whether they’re watching it or not, for any number of reasons, and I don’t want it to seem like that’s the kind of operation I’m running here.  There are a ton of things I’m a fan of when it comes to TNA.  As we were driving to the house show, I was breaking down TNA for my girlfriend, since she’s really never seen wrestling outside of WWE and the few odd Chikara shows/clips that I’ve shown her.  One of the things I mentioned was that, at the moment, I’m more of a fan of TNA’s roster than I am of WWE’s.  That’s the honest truth.  I absolutely love AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels.  I’ve become a big fan of both Bobby Roode and James Storm over the years as well.  I dig Eric Young.  Austin Aries, Mickie James, Gail Kim…honestly, the list of people that I like in TNA goes on and on.  In my mind, they have the roster to make a really good push, with a good mix of young stars on the verge of breaking out as well as established starts to get people to tune in.  On paper, TNA should work.

Sadly, it doesn’t.  Sometimes I feel that I watch their show more out of habit or out of some kind of “it’s wrestling, and I am a wrestling fan, so I have to watch it, right?” mentality.  I shouldn’t feel that way.  I don’t want to feel that way.

Over the last few days, a lot of stuff involving TNA has been coming out, and each time it just makes me shake my head.  It seems that TNA’s motto shouldn’t be “Wrestling Matters,” as “Change Matters” is more of a fitting description lately.  Over the last year or two, I’ve seen more tweets from Dixie Carter, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff involving “change” than I can count.  Big changes, it seems, are always right around the corner in TNA-land.  Thing is, I never see anything change.  I’m watching the same terrible show that I’ve been watching for a long time now.

Take Hulk Hogan’s latest “major change” which basically involved down to telling fans to take a picture or film their favorite TNA star when they meet them.  How is it change if that’s something that people are already doing?  I’m almost certain that if I met AJ Styles or Christopher Daniels out somewhere, and decided to actually introduce myself, I’d ask if it were cool if I could take a picture with them.  So, now I have Hogan’s permission to do so?  How does that change TNA?  How does this change their ratings?  I’m lost…

Or, take for example Dixie Carter’s latest revelation that it’s the fact that they’re only on the air for two hours that is driving down their PPV buyrates.  Not the terrible shows, no.  Not even the fact that almost every PPV main event ends in some screwy ending that tells people to tune into their FREE show on Thursday to find out what happened.  Stuff like that is why no one buys their PPVs.  There’s no incentive to.  You’ve shown in the past you’re not going to deliver on our money’s worth.  When you treat your PPVs like $40 advertisements to your free television show, people stop paying $40 for what is essentially a 3 hour episode of Impact.

Dixie’s way of fixing this?  To add on another one…possibly TWO…TV shows.

Really?  So, your way of asking me to pay $40 for 3 hours of wrestling in a month is to give me between 16 and 20 hours of free programming in the same time period?

Sure, I know that WWE basically gives this and asks the same in return, but honestly I don’t think that’s right either, but that’s another blog for another time.

TNA…I want to love you.  I really do.  I just really believe that the people steering this ship have no idea how to drive.  It took a long time to get Vince Russo out of that company, and honestly, the show is a lot more watchable without his greasy paw prints all over it, but Russo wasn’t the disease, he was a symptom.  Hogan and Bischoff, honestly, are two big tumors that need to be removed from that company.  Since they came in ratings have basically stayed the same, if not dropped a bit, and their PPV buyrates have plummeted.  Something’s not working there.

I do believe that Dixie Carter has TNA’s best interests in her heart.  She wants that company to flourish.  What she needs around her are people who understand the wrestling business today and how to go from there.  TNA needs to change, don’t get me wrong.  However, isntead of building up said change on Twitter and then not delivering…or, worse, delivering something stupid like asking fans to send in cellphone videos of their favorite TNA stars.  Change it internally and allow that to make it out into the final televised product.  Don’t tell us it’s going to change and then flash a gimmick at us.  CHANGE IT…and then let us be pleasantly surprised to see said changes.

I’m not going to cry doom on TNA, as the company  has been around for probably nine years longer than almost everyone thought it would be.  From what they started out as (somewhere for Jeff Jarrett to work) to what it is today, it has grown up and matured…but it’s not fully an adult yet.  Time to get this thing off to college where it can find out what it wants to be.

Shane

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