TNA still hasn't found a new TV deal in the United States, and many of the long-time TNA veterans have already abandoned ship. Things certainly don't look good for the No. 2 wrestling promotion.
You would think WWE officials would be happy about something like this, but the fact of that matter is that TNA staying in business is good for WWE.
It's hard to say exactly why TNA hasn't found success. They've had some great minds writing the shows over the years and top talent working the matches.
They've done a good job mixing future stars with wrestling veterans. They are even featured on a major cable network that focuses on so-called "Manly programming."
TNA has never been a threat like WCW was, but they don't have to be. They don't just provide an alternative, they provide a complement to WWE.
You may be asking yourself "How does this help WWE?"
They Provide a Training Ground and a Second Chance
WWE has their performance center to train and mold wrestlers, and they also have NXT to get them ready for the main roster. However, there's only so much room in developmental.
TNA provides an alternate stage for wrestlers to get the kind of experience that will help them eventually land a job with WWE. It may not be everyone's goal to jump from TNA to WWE, but there is no denying that most wrestlers want to end up working for Vince McMahon.
There are countless little promotions spread out across the country, and there are a few with some name recognition like Ring of Honor or Dragon Gate USA. But TNA gives wrestlers the experience of performing in front of a large audience watching on television.
Some Superstars have even left WWE, improved themselves in TNA, and then gone back to WWE better than when they left.
However, some wrestlers leave WWE and find a comfortable living wrestling for TNA. Jeff Hardy and Kurt Angle are just a couple of the former WWE Superstars who have become TNA mainstays.
Kurt Angle has technically been with TNA longer than he was with WWE. It might not bring in the money like Vince McMahon's promotion does, but it allows for a lighter travel schedule and more days off, which are important for the longevity of a career.
Bully Ray even reached main event status as a solo act after being considered a tag team specialist for over 20 years. TNA can breathe new life into a wrestler's career, even if they have a smaller audience.
It's an Alternative and a Complement
Fans who are not satisfied with what WWE has to offer can always check out TNA for something different. When you strip it down to the nuts and bolts, it's the same product, but the presentation is tweaked enough to make it a different experience.
TNA has a very devoted following who will defend their beloved brand until the end. Many of these people also watch WWE, but a few of them have completely abandoned the leader in wrestling for the No. 2 promotion.
This is actually a good thing. Someone who stops watching WWE, but continues to watch TNA, is far more likely to check out WWE again than someone who stops watching wrestling completely.
They operate in a similar fashion as WWE, but the product is completely different. They have many smaller wrestlers who perform a more devil-may-care style in the ring.
Even if the storylines are often carbon copies of things we have seen before, they have some wrestlers who can do things no WWE star is capable of.
Even though smaller brands like Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Evolve Wrestling offer some great action, the casual fans either don't know they exist or do not want to put in the effort to find them.
TNA staying on a major cable network is what needs to happen. If they lose all TV distribution in the United States, wrestling as a whole will suffer.
Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, TNA and WWE have a symbiotic relationship, and it's one that needs to continue.
What do you think? Is TNA staying in business good for everyone in the end? Does WWE suffer by having them as a competitor? More importantly, do you even watch TNA?
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