With Immortal whithered down to virtually nothing, and with the sheer amount of wrestlers that are either being misused or not used at all, it would seem like a good time to come up with another company-wide angle.
Of course, many will disagree with me on this, but hear me out.
TNA is at its best when its telling a company-wide story. By that, I mean when TNA creative is functioning in its most well-known environment.
They've done these before.
Eric Bischoff with the NWO, Vince Russo with Degeneration X or the Corporation or the Ministry (or the Corporate Ministry).
So let them do what they do best.
Since TNA has proven themselves to be only marginally sucessful with building up new talent and getting mid-carders to the main event, why not resolve to lift up the young talent, use the high-level talent correctly, and give the main-eventers something to do besides going for the world title?
So what's my suggestion? It's a little of this and a little of that, really.
It's a little WCW/NWO, which of course, has been done to death several times over, but perhaps they can put a unique spin on it.
Call it: TNA.
As in Tru North Alliance.
That's right, use the brand name of the company as a force that's trying to take it over.
Not invade it, mind you (well, not completely), but take the wrestlers, both men and women, that used to wrestle in the WWE (i.e. in the north), and create a legit faction with them, complete with T-shirts that have the TNA logo in WWE lettering (if possible), a TNA World Title, etc.
Make it seem as though Eric Bischoff is trying to create a sub-company within Impact Wrestling becuase he no longer runs it.
Maybe he uses his money, old friendships and promises to try and regain power. Then uses his first converts to convert others over time.
The original goal is for separation.
Bischoff convinces these former WWE wrestlers that TNA is the minor leagues, that their careers have been tarnished by having to "wrassle" the likes of A.J. Styles, Kazarian, Beer Money, etc.
He will come out and say that he wants to add real major league level wrestling and class to Impact Wrestling and he'll extol the virtues of Vince McMahon and his genius leadership, etc.
All of the members of the group will praise the WWE for being a pioneer in wrestling and talk about how their lives have worsened since coming to TNA since being at the pinnacle of the profession up north and how Dixie begged them to join her ragtag little company.
Bischoff will start off by saying that he's creating a group that doesn't want to take over, but simply show Impact fans what real, elite wrestling is all about.
Over time, as the company changes its name to TNA/Impact Wrestling, the goal changes to getting rid of the Impact Wrestlers and removing them from the company by injuring them, trying to get them fired, etc.
Imagine, not a faction, but a whole segment of the company that features the likes of Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Matt Morgan, Ken Anderson, Rob Van Dam, Brian Kendrick, Team 3D, D'Angelo Dinero, Ric Flair, Scott Steiner, Shannon Moore, Tara, Mickie James, Winter, Gail Kim and Angelina Love with others to be added as well including Carlito, Chris Masters, John Morrison and Melina.
An angle like this would create new rivalries that could take place over a prolonged period of time, with TNA and Impact Wrestling becoming almost like political parties that disagree with one another at their core.
It'd be less about heroes and villains and more about one sides view versus the other.
I'm sure that there are a lot of WWE fans that watch TNA, who might actually side with a group that's pro-WWE, even if they can't say the name.
Imagine the possibilities.
What if Matt Morgan joined this faction while being one half of the tag champions with Crimson?
Perhaps they feud over who gets to have both belts?
Or maybe over time Morgan realizes that he joined the wrong side and goes rogue?
What if the TNA Knockouts started calling themselves something similar to Divas and as a group, tried to get rid of Velvet, Madison, Brooke Tessmacher, ODB and ther rest of the Impact Wrestling women?
Plus, this means that major feuds that develop will need to be between the TNA wrestlers and Impact Wrestlers like A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, etc., perhaps enemies form alliances to stop TNA from killing Impact Wrestling down the line.
But regardless, this angle should not be used to put over aging talent, but rather get everyone over, as much as humanly possible.
This isn't the NWO beating up WCW jobbers for 100 weeks in a row.
Obviously, this might sound a lot like the NWO versus WCW, or Main Event Mafia versus the Frontline, or Immortal versus Fourtune WWE's SmackDown/RAW brand extension, and in a sense, its all of those things, but I would do this in a way that's more systematic.
Split the roster in two. Make the other group legitimate. This idea even runs in to my next slide, which has an idea that most TNA fans should agree with.
But regardless of the similarities, TNA is at its best when there is a large-scale conflict because it draws in a lot of talent that the creative team is otherwise not very good in utilizing.
It might sound derivative, but if done correctly, it could be something fun and unique for wrestling fans.
TNA should make a 2012 resolution to create a new and compelling angle that utilizes all of its talent in an exciting and unique manner.
Even if it's not all in the same angle, they should really strive to get each and every wrestler over as much as possible.
It's insane that I even feel the need to type that, but given how far some of TNA's stars seem to fall at times, one has to wonder how well creative prioritizes talent at various points in time.