WWE: Why WWE Needs TNA to Become Much More Successful in 2012
If the title makes you wish you could fling virtual shoes at my face (hypothetically, but fling nonetheless), then I'd humbly request you to read this article before you resort to such nasty deeds. Because you might change your mind, and also because I don't like being hit—not even hypothetically.
So what makes me say this in a world which is competition-heavy, a world which once saw a raging battle between WWF and WCW (and culminated in the sorrowful demise of one) and a world which WWE has dominated for a long, long while—what makes me say that a rival company's success would benefit WWE?
Applying all concepts of commerce and logic, it shouldn't right? Right?
In a 2005 WWE, it shouldn't. But in a 2012 WWE, it will. The excess of reasons to follow aside, one big mean reason is that WWE will get that much-needed, much-anticipated (even more anticipated than Gobbeldy Gooker's return to the ring) and well-deserved kick. Trust me, they need one. Maybe two. Or one big Knockout Punch from Show.
So why do I want TNA to become bigger and better? Is it because I like to watch Christy Hemme regularly? (I do) Or because I like to watch Karen Jarett a lot? (I don't) Or because I'd like WWE to open their eyes to talents like Austin Aries? (well, yes...somewhat)
But the biggest reason I want TNA to become a WCW is not centered around any kind of love for TNA because let's face it, I can't watch TNA because I get enough nonsense from WWE as it is. No, it's centered around WWE's insolence.
WWE is now an empire—an empire that stretches way beyond the squared circle. It is, rather fortunately and unfortunately, the Ring Ka King (king of the ring) and beyond.
I don't want to unnecessarily involve tech debates into this piece, but Microsoft is a strong validation of this point, insofar as that once you monopolize a field, your insolence and overconfidence downright costs you. This fan, being a bit of a commercial sadist, would like WWE to get that plunge of doom.
Simply said, I'm tired of trying to get hyped over PPVs with three to four matches on the card. Ever since SummerSlam 2011 (and random PPVs here and there), we've had horrible cards for PPVs. This lack of effort is a solid hype killer, and it also, coincidentally, influences my next tiring point.
I'm tired of the whole blame game. If Survivor Series wasn't built and marketed well, blame it on The Miz. If WWE failed to make profits in 2011, blame it on WWE Studios. If RAW fails to draw ratings, blame it on CM Punk or Zack Ryder. In the midst of this complex and childish and awfully stupid blame game, they fail to realize that the entire blame lies with the pampered WWE Creative and no one else. Not even Teddy Long and not even Michael Cole.
I'm tired of them playing with us, and I'm tired of WWE taking us for granted. They threw a Funkasaurus our way as a punishment for a worker, and then took him away because the "punishment" didn't go according to plan, and they realized that there was potential and talent in a certain fat man named Brodus Clay that they couldn't have tapped into on their own.
Do you think TNA will help WWE overcome it's overconfidence?
I see personal favourites in the form of Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes, and while they've got all the talent in the world in the ring and on the microphone, they're missing some necessary tweaks in their gimmicks. Maybe all Ziggler needs is a few nicknames, a pretentious outfit and lots of pyrotechnics to make him a big heel, and if he does, then why isn't #heel getting those?
CM Punk forcefully grabbed his own shot to fame, and he gave the world one of the best storylines—complete with intrigue and suspense—over the summer. How did it end? By Kevin Nash sending a text to Kevin Nash and then competing in a match with not CM Punk, but Triple H while CM Punk suddenly became a docile babyface—something he pledged he would never be. What happened to the whole suspense-filled story of someone at the back not wanting him as champion?
Incomplete storylines, half-worked gimmicks and lazy booking are on the top of a list as tall as The Great Khali. And trust me, seven feet of complaints is not joking material. Not even for some Zack Ryder jokes.
So where does TNA come in this? Simple, really. Remember how WWE strived to give out the best main events and best shows during the whole Monday Night Wars era? They saw their best ratings in history, incidentally, at a time when a rival company was holding daggers at their neck, waiting for an opportunity to slit their throats.
More than the sadistic pleasure of having Vince McMahon lose all his hair in worry, it's for that same desire to outshine themselves that I believe TNA needs to give WWE competition. WWE needs to come to terms with the fact that if they keep handing us half-baked crap, there will come a day when we won't bother anymore.
And no Rocky returns will ever be able to pull us back. Not even if they buy-out TNA and do another invasion storyline. In a world where you're blatantly breaking kayfabe barriers and stubbornly sticking to PG, this will be the end of the world as you know it.
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