While there is no doubt that TNA Impact Wrestling has been struggling since their Bound for Glory pay-per-view—both in the ratings and with keeping the fans interested in the product—there is still hope.
TNA has a deep roster full of great wrestling talent. If the company officials could just figure out a way to use the stars they have in a way that doesn’t come off as so illogically booked, the fans tired of the WWE product would have a legitimate alternative.
As of right now, TNA and its creative department are heading in the wrong direction and bringing down the company down with it. The company must turn around how they put on shows and fast, or they will risk losing even more weekly fans.
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla.
When: Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: SPIKE TV
Bully Ray vs. Devon
There is no doubt that TNA swerved the audience with the reveal of Devon as a member of the Aces and Eights gang, but that didn’t move the needle. As seen by the falling ratings, not enough people care about a meaningless swerve.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Why Is Devon a Main Part of this Story?
As much as the fans think they love Devon, he has proven so far during this angle that he doesn’t have the mic skills to carry a feud with Bully Ray. If it wasn’t for the inclusion of the Bully, this storyline would be even worse.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Never-Ending Storylines
With the possible spoiler that this Aces and Eights storyline may continue for six months (see below), there is no way even the hardcore TNA fans can claim that this move is good for business. The gang idea was great at first, but it has gone off the tracks and has become a complete joke.
TNA Rumors: How long will Aces and Eights storyline continue? (TNAWrestlingNews.com)
Open Fight Night
Not only will Bully Ray square off with former tag team partner Devon on Open Fight Night, any TNA star will have the ability to call out any other star on the roster. While this concept is a great way to get some midcard feuds started, TNA doesn’t realize that yet.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will TNA Actually Start to Give Us New Feuds?
Bound for Glory was supposed to clear the slate for the next year of programming—essentially giving TNA a big reset button that they should have pressed—but the company has done nothing to build the hype moving forward to their next PPV.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Spitting Images
As much as Austin Aries is a crowd favorite and an IWC star, the battle with Jeff Hardy has been awful. TNA continues to misuse Aries and force him to be whatever it is that WWE has turned CM Punk into. If TNA wants to build a real star, let Aries do his own thing.
TNA Rumors: Why Ric Flair hasn’t joined WWE (Wrestling Observer via TNAWrestlingNews.com)
With only two hours of weekly programming, there is no better way to spend 15-20 minutes of that show than by auditioning a star wrestler that will never be seen again, especially if they win the whole Gut Check segment.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Why Is Gut Check Real?
Ever since Suck Check started, there has been only one interesting angle developed from the idea, and that was Joey Ryan himself making something out of nothing. If it wasn’t for Ryan, Gut Check would be the worst segment in TNA since Claire Lynch.
Hype Meter: 1 out of 5 Wasted Segments
Even if this week’s contestant, Christian York, is a great wrestler, we will never see him again. TNA has hired plenty of stars from this angle, and it has become blatantly clear that they will never get used. Instead of another Suck Check segment, just give the fans a midcard feud they care about.
TNA News: Who is Christian York? (TNAWrestlingNews.com)
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