What a difference one night can make for TNA Wrestling.
Although Impact! Wrestling struggled to see a rise in viewership on this past Thursday's edition, which earned 1.41 million viewers, TNA displayed not only one of its finest shows in months, but the large setting around it helped the company elevate itself to the major leagues of professional wrestling.
Impact! Wrestling, which aired live Thursday night from the Sears Centre Arena in Chicago, Ill., saw an impressive crowd that was extremely loud and eager to watch TNA's product. No matter what the viewership numbers might say, TNA truly made the best decision in its company's history to take Impact! Wrestling on the road permanently.
The arena setting itself sold Impact! Wrestling as the No. 1 promotion in professional wrestling, with people flocking in to see the show. Although most know that the WWE holds that No. 1 position, TNA took itself to a whole new level and raised many eyebrows Thursday night.
Many received tremendous reactions from the crowd, as this provided a sign of new life for its characters and storylines. Bully Ray and the rest of Aces and Eights emerged as the top heel figures, as the audience gave strong reactions to their recent actions. Despite Hulk Hogan's good ovation toward the end of Impact! Wrestling, Sting was TNA's biggest figure of the night, as his main event match with Austin Aries proved to be an exciting one to watch.
What was extremely impressive was TNA's new production look and feel, which featured a new entrance way and television graphics. All that TNA tried simply worked, and the Chicago crowd helped lift the show in many ways with its enthusiasm.
More work may need to be done, but TNA should be proud of itself on where the company is heading. Getting out of a tiring venue like the Impact! Zone and airing shows from arenas that can fill thousands of people, 2013 may be the year TNA breaks out of its shell and gives the wrestling industry a true alternative to the WWE.