First of all, wrestling fans, I would like to thank you for reading and responding to my "Assassins E-mail Revealed" article. It evidently sparked the reaction I was looking for. With more than 20 comments from prominent writers in the B/R Wrestling Section.
It showed the true diversity of opinions here on B/R. I believe that is the core of what we as wrestling journalists here on B/R stand for—letting our voices be heard. Thanks again to all parties involved.
Now, to the main subject at hand—Total Nonstop Action. I haven't written a piece on them yet and I feel TNA really deserves a lot of credit. I really enjoy watching TNA Impact. I get to see a lot of familiar faces and I like the action.
One familiar face is di capo de tutti capo (Boss of Bosses) of the Main Event Mafia, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle. In my mind, the Main Event Mafia is the most powerful faction in professional wrestling right now. How can you go wrong with Angle, Sting, Nash, Booker, and Scott Steiner?
I really respect TNA and their programming. They have veteran play-by-play man Iron Mike Tenay, the best in the business besides "Good Ol' JR." They also have an array of really great wrestlers such as A.J. Styles, Jeff Jarrett, and Samoa Joe among others. Also the familiar face of James E. Cornette is a big plus.
All of these extremely gifted people have a great knowledge of the business and adds a lot to TNA's programming. Personally, I'd much rather watch TNA Impact than WWE any day. Kurt Angle in my mind is the best professional wrestler in the industry. The only man I feel can compete with his in ring ability, charisma and intensity is WWE's Randy Orton.
I feel that WWE is still trying to find their groove as far as their programming goes. With the PG rating it's obvious they want to change directions. Even though TNA isn't the marketing empire that WWE is I believe it has already found it's groove.
TNA's programming is focused on showcasing talented professional wrestlers. Sometimes it's programming reminds me of WCW when they were winning the ratings war with the WWF. Who can't get a kick out of the "Black Machismo" character?
It's simple little things like that that are thrown in to make you realize it's all about fun. There is a certain innocence to it. It's a more pure programming, not a big spectacle like WWE.
I respect that because I remember a time watching WCW Saturday Night (which was in a little studio, not a huge arena) and loving every minute of it because it showcased some really talented wrestlers that could talk good and wrestle even better. It wasn't about a bunch of foolishness and trying to top one sleazy, degrading, stunt with another.
That's what TNA's got. I watched last night as my favorite wrestling faction, the Main Event Mafia, tried to sort out it's dissention among the ranks. The teams two top dogs, Angle and Sting, are at odds. With a match set for next week.
I would like to also commend Kevin Nash on a great backstage promo. He referred to the actual Cosa Nostra and spoke of solving problems by taking someone out to the desert and digging a hole, problem solved. He was very convincing and was dapperly dressed as though he were an actual "wise guy."
I think TNA really has a good thing going with the Main Event Mafia. They are the best faction in the industry, besides Legacy. I think Main Event Mafia all play their parts well. And as a unit they still have a lot to offer the wrestling industry. Because, let's face it, Steiner is still built like a brick shit-house but he doesn't get around as good as he used to.
Last night's TNA Impact climaxed with the Legendary Sting doing what he does best, getting into the head of the opposition. And it showed Angle doing what he does best, getting fired up with that intensity. "Come on!" he screamed as he and Sting's promo reached it’s peak.
Then it was on, the two went at it but where broken up by fellow mobsters Nash and Steiner. Steiner held Angle back and Nash held Sting as Angle, the groups front man, got back on the mic. "Next week on the Impact zone the Main Event Mafia will be here...and I will win your career." At that point, both men jumped back into action with Steiner in between them and Nash throwing his hands up in the air and walking off.
The show went off the air with security and Steiner breaking up the scuffle. This building the heat for next weeks match-up with Sting and Kurt Angle. I can't wait to tune in next week to check out this match-up between two wrestling titans.
That's what I mean by "finding it's groove." TNA has always kept me tuned in. Their action reminds me of what wrestling should be. They also can't go wrong with the Legendary Sting, someone who was not one of Vince McMahon's creations.
I think that the match between Sting and Angle will be a classic encounter. Although it will more than likely end in a DQ or a "schmaz," with the Main Event Mafia running in to break it up. Which will more than likely lead up to a match on pay per view to finally settle the score.
Now the question lingers in my mind: Is this the beginning of the end for the Main Event Mafia? Personally, I hope not. I really like the group and I see them as a vital part of TNA as a unit.
I know one thing, there is a major beef that must be settled between Sting and Angle. And that beef has the fate of the Main Event Mafia looming in the realm of the unknown. Something has to be done. All we can do is tune in next week to see how these events unfold.
As always, this is about you—the wrestling fans. I set up the polls to get your opinion on a red-hot question looming in TNA. Please vote and let your voice be heard on this matter.
How do you feel about TNA in general? Do you think TNA Impact's program quality matches that of the WWE? Where do you see this storyline going? Do you like the Main Event Mafia angle? I'm anxious to here your thoughts on this subject, folks. Please leave a lil' feedback and let your voice be heard on this situation.
That's all for now, but there's more where that came from.
This has been a Ryan Simon article :)