5 Ways TNA Can Improve and Compete Against WWE
It's a constant conversation among wrestling fans who want to see competitive wrestling companies going all out against each other every week – what has to happen for TNA to get on WWE's level.
Some fans think TNA has better wrestling and more enjoyable of a product, and at times I think there are positive samples and showing from TNA.
Bottom line, TNA isn't there yet. While I think their product is getting better, WWE is the established company that's been around for decades. There is a reason why WWE is called “the machine.” The span of their resources and operation is bigger than any wrestling promoter could have ever imagined.
I put together a list that can help TNA elevate to the next level to better compete against WWE.
Hire Jim Ross
The reason Ross has been embarrassed and treated the way he has by Vince McMahon is because he can run much of the wrestling operations better than Vince. Ross knows more than Vince about wrestling and that isn't what Vince wants to hear. Vince knows the business side of promoting and handling a large company but when it boils down to wrestling, Jim Ross knows best.
Jim Ross taking control of the wrestling operations of TNA would make a huge difference. Look at his track record of scouting and recruiting talent. Anybody brought in from about 1995 until 2004, nearly all decisions on what talent to discover or sign from other places was courtesy of Jim Ross, who worked with the talent roster.
This was perhaps WWE's brightest period with names such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Edge, Christian, Kurt Angle, The Rock, just to name a few, were all signed on the clock of Jim Ross.
I think Ross has been contacted by TNA before, but TNA won't give Ross one very important power – the ability to hire and fire. It's a must if you bring in Jim Ross and expect Jim Ross results. On a moment's notice, Ross has to be able to control the talent roster. If he has to go to Dixie Carter or some kind of board for approval, TNA's overall product and rate of time it take to improve won't be fully aided.
Hire Paul Heyman
After Jim Ross, the next best hire to change the direction of the company would be Paul Heyman. Either one would be a value to the company. Could you imagine if both worked for the company in power positions!
I don't think Paul Heyman should have full control of TNA, but I think he would be a good guy to have as one of the final says on creative. Paul Heyman has shown, most notably in the years of the original ECW, he can take nothing and make it something. He is used to working on a tight, primitive budget. TNA has money, but Heyman's efficiency will help make sure the company gets the most out of each dollar spent. Whether that be getting the most out of talent being paid, planning for expenses such as travel, or some crazy gimmick for a storyline – Heyman will make full use out of every dollar based on his experiences of working on a shoe string budget.
It has been documented by Heyman that TNA has reached out to him in the past, but one of the things he was adamant about was having an entire roster under 30-years-old except for one guy. Heyman has talked about how you keep one guy who is the veteran of the roster and the locker room. He noted Terry Funk was that for ECW getting off the ground. Obviously TNA didn't go for it.
100 Percent LIVE
Right now, TNA Impact is currently live on SpikeTV during the summer. They have done two episodes so far and there is a noticeable difference in the pace of the show. The fact you know it is taking place as it happens, gives a more organic and unpredictable feel in the whole production.
In today's era with the need for information to be immediate via technology – taped productions won't get you to the top. There are many episodes of Monday RAW that the audience will accept. It isn't the greatest episode but isn't the worst. Odds are, if we were able to hear about it before, it would have been a terrible episode when you watch it. The only reason we accept it is because we're on the edge of our seats watching as the episode unfolds.
Stop the Reality Show
Stop filming everything like a documentary.
I give TNA credit for trying something new but it doesn't work. If wrestling television was shot like a documentary 25 years ago when the general audience didn't know the inner workings of pro-wrestling, it could have been cutting edge. Today, the general audience has been exposed enough to the fact it is an entertainment show. This is almost insulting and makes people roll their eyes when TNA tries to push how real they are.
WWE shoots their segments first hand, up close, with no peaking behind corners or crazy zooms and focus camera maneuvers. WWE doesn't try to go to that level of being real and I think the audience appreciates that. WWE has problems in the creative department but that doesn't have anything to do with the way they shoot things. WWE was on top of the world shooting right up in the wrestlers faces, yes they knew the cameras were there, but if the content is entertaining enough, the audience suspends their disbelief.
Less Is More!
TNA needs to decrease the amount of pay-per-views a year.
WWE needs to do this too. This is a chance for TNA to be ahead of the curve and bring back the old fashioned time lines for good wrestling feuds. TNA has a big roster and frequently finds themselves not using guys for weeks or months because they have nothing for them. If they cut somewhere between three and six pay-per-views a year, it will allow time for more storylines to be used and developed between big shows.
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