This past Sunday, TNA presented their annual Destination X pay-per-view live from the Impact Zone. The show primarily focused around the X-Division talents, as well as Austin Aries’ quest to capture the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Bobby Roode.
My hopes were high going into the event, and why shouldn’t they be? TNA had been doing everything right in the weeks preceding the pay-per-view, and Destination X certainly lived up to the hype when it all mattered most.
From a handful of electric X-Division contests to the exhilarating Last Man Standing match between AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels, TNA had once again provided a quality show. However, the package wasn’t fully complete until the main event, where we witnessed the shocker of the year in the form of Aries winning his first TNA World Heavyweight title.
Once the referee counted three and declared Aries as the new champion, it gave me a flashback to how CM Punk captured the WWE title last July at Money in the Bank. Their similar backgrounds, styles, and personas essentially made Aries the CM Punk of TNA, which was yet another sign that giving him the belt was the right move.
After viewing the spectacle known as Destination X, I had an overall positive perspective of TNA and what they’ve accomplished this year. Let’s not forget Slammiversary last month, which also was one of the best events TNA has produced throughout 2012.
No less than 24 hours later, I tuned in to watch Raw on USA Network. By the time it was over, I had such a sour taste in my mouth that I had no reason to look forward to Money in the Bank this Sunday.
This horrendous edition of Raw, however, did have me looking forward to Impact this Thursday since I knew at least one company would entertain me enough to remind me just exactly why I’m a wrestling fan. This has been a recurring pattern for a few months now, but it didn’t reach an all-time low until just this past Monday night.
Given everything that TNA has accomplished this year, from building new stars, to finally going live each and every week, to incorporating actual wrestling into their product, I wholeheartedly believe that TNA is the superior pro wrestling company right now.
Although I don’t watch Ring of Honor on a regular basis, I’ve heard enough reviews of the current product that have led me to infer that they’re not doing too well lately. I’ve watched almost every edition of every show WWE has had to offer the last few years, and, for the longest time, they were the superior company, given TNA’s usual ways of illogical booking and misuse of talent.
However, I can honestly say that TNA has been consistent since the start of the year in actually doing things right. Their pay-per-views were usually less important than the episodes of Impact since rarely anything ever happened at a pay-per-view event that you wouldn’t see on Impact, such as a major title change.
Nonetheless, we haven’t seen a major title change on Impact since last November when Bobby Roode captured the TNA title. Even if the title did change hands on an edition of Impact, it’d be a major shocker, especially since the editions of Impact are now live every Thursday night for the first time ever.
Here’s a fun fact for you: The TNA World, X-Division, Knockouts, Knockouts Tag Team, and Television titles have all changed hands only once this year. May I remind that we’re over halfway through 2012, and each of those titles have only had two different people holding them.
In my personal opinion, Raw hasn’t been the least bit exciting since April when Brock Lesnar returned. There’s hardly anything to look forward to anymore each week on the flagship show, except for the on-going entertaining angle featuring WWE Champion CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and AJ.
Impact Wrestling, on the other hand, hypes a number of things for the following week’s show, almost always giving viewers something to anticipate.
Speaking of such, one major flaw I found in WWE’s recent downfall was the fact that they have absolutely no direction at the moment. Cena has had at least five different feuds this year, being thrown around into random matches which exemplifies the hot-shot booking WWE is known for.
With Bound for Glory in only three more months, the hottest feud heading into the grandest event of the year for them will culminate as Bobby Roode will take on James Storm, or so we hope anyways. That’s the definitive direction they’re heading in, along with the fact that the second annual Bound for Glory series they’re currently holding is also making for some fun matches each week.
Of course, I’m not at all saying TNA is perfect by any means. Their Crackhead Claire story-line featuring AJ Styles, Dixie Carter, and Christopher Daniels isn’t the most logical or realistic thing they have going right now, but we can all agree on the fact that TNA has certainly done worse, and the angle isn’t all that bad. Besides, it finally concluded at Destination X in that fantastic Last Man Standing Match, so I have no complaints.
I do realize that some of the biggest WWE supporters will disagree with what I’ve stated here, but it’s usually because they have yet to give Impact a chance. Moreover, I’m certainly not bashing the WWE, as I surely hope they improve their product for the remainder of the summer. They have their 1000th edition of Raw coming up, so it’ll be hard to go wrong there.
Will TNA ever become the superior company financially? Probably not.
WWE is an empire that will more than likely never be overthrown, but that doesn’t mean that it will always be entertaining. Even through its darkest days, I’ll continue to watch the product, but I’m not going to force myself to enjoy it.
From a wrestling and entertainment standpoint, TNA is the superior company right now. I’ve seen quite a few people give TNA another opportunity and a second chance to redeem themselves after the years of terrible television they’ve produced, and I’m nearly positive TNA will not let them down this time around.
For those of you who aren’t regular viewers of Impact Wrestling, I highly suggest checking it out tonight. With Knockouts title matches, numerous Bound for Glory Series matches, and Austin Aries’ first appearance as TNA World Champion on tap for tonight’s show, there’s undoubtedly a lot to get excited for.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to drop a comment below explaining who you believe is the superior pro wrestling company right now. As always, your criticism and overall feedback is welcomed and greatly appreciated.
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