I know that a lot of fans of TNA aren't going to agree with me on this, so before I continue, I would like to make one thing clear - I'm speaking as a TNA fan myself.
At this present time, TNA is suffering a downturn in terms of popularity. A large majority of fans have been complaining about the Mainstream Mafia storyline.
With their dominance week in, week out, it's hard for the young up-and-coming to ascend in the company. I can only relate to this, as not only are the likes of AJ Styles not getting their fair bite of the cherry, but, lets face it, its boring to see the same crap every Thursday. And that's before Scott Steiner's ugly mug is considered.
The fact is, TNA is concentrating way too much on the veterans, and not enough on the young athletes. The torch needs to be passed, but the company seems reluctant to let it.
Secondly, the roster is decreasing frequently. Last year, they lost Christian back to WWE when his contract expired. Since then, Petey Williams and Sonjay Dutt have departed after contract negotiations broke down.
Neither one can't be blamed they left due to lack of opportunity. Expect this list to include Kurt Angle and Robert Roode soon.
Thirdly, there are consistent bad decisions. I mean, Team 3D in the World Title picture? My 2 year old nephew frowned when that match was announced...And not just bad decisions, there have been downright stupid ones too. What were the script writers thinking allowing a star to run riot with a knife?
Rubber or not, it sends out the wrong message to a world where knife crime is rife. Is it any coincidence that the chief writer is Vince Russo, the same idiot that booked the controversial WCW "Finger-poke of Doom"? (Another story for another day).
As it stands, the ratings are descending, fans aren't turning up in the Impact! Zone, and this can only have a negative effect on income. In a position where TNA can't compete financially, and can't afford to tour as much as the WWE, they really need to work hard to prevent any more let-downs.
It just doesn't seem to be happening, however. It's only a matter of time before the company goes into administration.
So, where exactly TNA go from here? Personally, I think it's already too late. Fans are switching off, and it's going to take something huge to grab that attention. It's time to look for a saviour, somebody with the money and knowledge to save TNA's stars from falling into wrestling oblivion. Only Vince McMahon fits the bill.
Rewind back to 2001. WCW was in debt. The Time Warner company were desperate to flog a dead-horse. A company that, like TNA, had made countless mistakes, thus losing stars, ratings, fans and income. WCW was a dying art, and needed saving.
Eventually, Vince McMahon bought the WCW Libraries, thus folding the company. But, it wasn't an end of WCW. Because Vince owns all the rights to the WCW trademark, he can do what he wants with it.
He can release books, DVD's—like The Best Of Starrcade in recent times—anything. If he so wished, he could revive the company as a brand, like he did with another trademark he owns, ECW.
Most of all, in his purchase of WCW, he signed on the cream of WCW's crop. Mr. McMahon wouldn't let talent go to waste. Some could say that, with his purchase of WCW, he didn't kill the company, he saved it. WCW still lives on.
As a TNA fan, I really wouldn't want this to happen. But I'm a realist, this is probably what is best for the brand. Talent will sign for WWE, and DVD's will still be published. The company would not waste away.
TNA would be in safe hands. A little something that cannot be said about TNA today.
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