The rumors that surround TNA and its future have been running wild on the internet. Alleged stories of employees not getting paid, TV deals falling through and top talent searching for employment elsewhere have brought many wrestling fans to the conclusion that this could be TNA’s last year as a company. I make it a personal goal to not knock TNA down. They’ve remained the number 2 for over a decade now. A distant number 2, but number 2 nonetheless.
The thing that set TNA apart from competition in their early days was their ability to do something similar and make it their own. The 6-sided ring is the first difference that comes to mind. While the performers hated it, it provided the studio and at-home audience something different. They also had an exciting X-Division, home grown talent and what can best be described as leftover scraps from WWE’s roster. I won’t talk about all the individuals who helped build the company, though.
My intended point of this article is to look at what, if anything, TNA can do to stay afloat for another decade or longer. I think everyone can agree that completion is great for business. It gives us fans more than just the one option. Although that one option is WWE, with production and talent skill both at the top of their game, it can get a little stagnant for some fans. Jaded wrestling fans have always been around; but there has been a resurgence in the past almost decade. Many blame it on WWE going PG, John Cena or even Chris Benoit…that’s not why. Times change. They always have and they always will change. Times are changing now for TNA.
We’re on the edge of a generation change. Many of the big stars from the mid-90s through 2006 are now retiring. This leaves wrestling companies at a loss because they spent so much time building around these megastars. That time could have been divided to groom a new breed (which WWE clearly took notice in by creating NXT and getting it to the level it is at now). TNA isn’t doing that. They have some of the best wrestlers in the world that are rarely on TV.
Losing a TV contract with Spike TV is, what I feel, the beginning of a wave of bad news for TNA. Not building a proper product that can stand on its own two feet is hurting. I can’t count how many times Dixie Carter, or even top stars of TNA, have taken to social media or interviews to try and bury WWE. None of the big WWE guys have ever, publicly, even acknowledged TNA. TNA has wasted so much time creating a company of apologists instead of a company of innovators.
A final point is the talent that does get to be on air doesn’t know how to be on air. If you actually listen to most of the promos done on their shows, one will quickly find themselves trying to find the mute button on their remote control. There are just no good writers in the company. I know that by now, I’m coming off as whiny, or even a WWE fanboy…but I’m not lying or exaggerating anything. The writing, acting and management of TNA is simply abhorrent. If they can’t, within a month or two, get their stuff together, pull their heads out of their asses and put WRESTLING above trying to entertain us with recycled storylines; they will become unforgivably insolvent and dissipate into nothingness.
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