On June 19, 2002 the wrestling world was given a bit of hope and more importantly an alternative to the monopoly of WWE. Jeff Jarrett seemingly put all of his eggs in one basket in what was a reletively new concept in the world of professional wrestling, a weekly PPV.
Over time this changed into a weekly show now known as Impact and a slate of 12 pay per views a year. Now we know TNA as the little sister to WWE and still all be it sometimes weak alternative to WWE. Has the signing of wrestling icon Hulk Hogan and business genius Eric Bischoff a good thing? Has it helped the overall product of TNA?
In the beginning there was only one real name to the company....Double J. Sure there were a couple names that could be recognized by fans such as Brian Lee, or the Harris Brothers, and Ken Shamrock. But only one real name.
Many even as you read this ask how the product can be better with Jeff Jarrett? The answer is quiet simple....we(fans) got wrestling, real wrestling. With a limited budget there wasnt a possibility of bringing in and overpaying the stars of yesteryear. A problem WCW and Im sure other organizations face in overpaying talent and feeling the need to use them because of their hefty contract. With little invested there is no pressure to use those names.
With the limited budget then NWA/TNA could bring in talent that may not be names but could step between the ropes and go. Most of those guys who many are now known as the TNA originals had only one agenda...to make a name for themselves. To go out and put on a show(something I think is lacking in wrestling today).
NWA/TNA had the abilty to go out and evaluate these talent and begin to build a company. Not to mention the NWA affiliation which would allow them to draw talent from anyone in the NWA.
There was also no flashy video packages to get caught up in. I am in no way saying that video packages are a bad thing but people and sometimes companies tend to get caught up in it. TNA just went out and put on a show.
As time went on TNA continued to evolve into a bigger company adding a weekly TV program, monthly PPVs,and house shows. Now they have signed Hogan and Bischoff to take over the company.
Since this time the focus has been shifted on things other than wrestling. While I am still optimistic I fear for TNAs future. Instead of going out for 2 hours and having good matches and advancing storylines TNA now focuses on flashy production values and over the top storylines that involve and unhealthy mixing of the past with the current and future. Segments that include me and my friends taking bets on who who will bleed first Flair or Hogan and how long it will take.
TNA doesnt focus on new young and fresh talent as a general whole but bringing in guys like the Nasty Boys, Orlando Jordan among others. I feel like if TNA sticks to their roots they can get on the level of WWE. But until then it will continue to be an uphill struggle. I love TNA because it reminds me of WCW but at some point it needs to become and remind me of TNA.