I think we can all agree that we are not real happy with the product that WWE delivers on a weekly basis. For a couple of weeks it seemed that Friday Night Smackdown was run by a different company, but now it seems like it too is going down the same road as Raw and Superstars...like a scary rerun of the 1980's.
We can pass blame to who we want whether it is the passing of the buck to the kids, Linda sitting on the Board of Education, but I can pinpoint exactly the reason why they have fell so far.
It is lack of competition—no, really.
Think about it, when Vince ushered in the whole attitude era, it was for pure survival. WCW was trouncing them, and he was almost broke. Then he did WCW in for good by releasing Vince Russo, knowing that WCW would not supervise or edit him like Vince did, and Russo would put the final nail in the coffin.
WCW folds, and now here we are. No pressure whatsoever to perform, and we get this combination of cartoon and soap opera on Monday nights.
Then along came TNA.
Man I was excited...Jerry and Jeff Jarrett and Jim Cornette!—with money from Dixie Carter and a new contract with Spike. Fresh faces, and even a new ring.
So much potential. This was a win-win for us true blue wrestling fans. WWE would have to get better to compete, and anyone who watched the old Memphis wrestling knew Jerry Jarret could both promote and book really well.
With WWE going PG-13, TNA could really expand their market share here. They have a good audience, are making money, and actually have fresh new talent. Any businessman with half a brain could have TNA actively competing with the watered down WWE...
But they didn't.
I kinda became suspicious when they started hiring the old has-beens from WWE and WCW. But I will admit that Kurt Angle, The Dudley's, and Sting were big money makers, and they would do whatever was asked to make the company better.
But then there came the rumour that Kevin Nash was starting to book and be involved with creative. For those that remember, Kevin was the one who helped start WCW's fall, as far as the wrestling side of the business went.
Flair and Hogan didn't do anyone except themselves any favors either. Eric Bischoff was hamstrung by the suits at Turner, and then Vince Russo arrives.
The rest is history.
If you haven't read Eric Bischoff's book, or even Flairs, Foley's, or really anyone who worked for WCW (especially Bischoffs) you know there was more to it than this, but these were the final blows to a reeling giant.
TNA is going exactly the same way right now. Vince even refuses to take them seriously, telling us major stock holders that he perceived them being bankrupt and out of business in the next 18 months. He claims not to watch the shows, and could care less about the young talent there because, in his words, "they have been ruined by a rotten system."
TNA could easily do a turn around while they are still somewhat profitable. Get Foley, Nash, and Russo as far away from the creative team as you can. Bring Cornette in as booker (even though he claims not to want it) and tell the talent to tow the line or go to the Independents.
Keep your legends happy, but use them wisely by making them help the young guys learn the ropes. Push the hell out of your good talent...use Vince's old adage where fresh talent should make up 70 percent of your roster.
This will save you both time and money and keep the ones that can still draw; like Angle, Foley, and Sting and quietly retire the ones that cannot wrestle anymore, or are so big headed that they do not care if they drive another company into the ground.
So come on, for the fans, pick up this fumble and run with it. But alas, they won't. And WWE will be Disney on Ice before we know it.
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