TNA Wrestling: Seven Ideas for Improvement

Jesse EricksonContributor IApril 5, 2010

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27:  TNA President Dixie Carter and wrestler Hulk Hogan attends the launch of his book 'My Life Outside the Ring' at Madison Square Garden on October 27, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
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Many critics have been quick to point out the many failings of Hulk Hogan regarding his influence in TNA. If you look at the current TNA ratings, it is difficult to dispute that the Hulk effect has indeed been a failure. Here are some ideas I have for TNA to improve their ratings and their show.


1. Consolidate Championships

There are too many belts in TNA.

Really, who cares about the Global title? I love the X-division, but I don't understand why they need to be separated from the other competitors if someone the size of AJ Styles can be the TNA Heavyweight champion anyway.

I say unify the Global and X-division championship, live on TV—after plenty of advertisement—then leave it as one belt instead of two.

Which brings me to part two.

2. Create a Television Championship

That's right.

After unifying X-division with Global it needs a name change. The thing is, TNA regularly has the world champion wrestle non-title matches. How boring is that?

Considering that AJ has lost to two different competitors as champion, it makes the belt mean nothing.

I say create a Television Title that gets defended every week . No exceptions. Let the TV belt get put on the line each week. It doesn't have to be exclusive to Mondays—it can be defended on pay-per-views, too—but singles competitors need a belt that matters, and fans want to see a meaningful title defense.


3. Reduce the Number of Competitors in Most Matches

TNA has a real problem with lumping eight people in one match, and they do this all night. Wrestlers are stripped of their identities, becoming  just another wrestler in a big group.

The X-division has been the biggest victim, as they all come out and leave together. Individual personalities hardly exist, and this makes it hard for the casual fan to become a hardcore fan.

Put the emphasis back on singles matches and standard tag matches, and get rid of the big tags and alliances altogether.


4 . Increase Wrestling Time, Decrease Talking Time

How can this be called "Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling" when most of the two hours are wasted listening to Eric Bischoff talk about suits with Mick Foley?

Lower the talk time, and increase the wrestling time. There needs to be a shift. A little talk is good, but too much talk isn't action-packed at all.


5. Reduce the Roster

Not just for the sake of costs, the locker room needs to be cleared out so we can get into individual characters who have enough air time to actually become relevant.

However, getting rid of Christopher Daniels was a mistake. When I say reduce the roster, I mean cut out the bad portion of the meat: the old fogies. I would severely limit "the Band," for example, in place of talented performers.

This would be a good thing for TNA because they doesn't need the baggage. There are so many talented performers on the TNA roster that rarely get the chance to perform due to having so many idiots around.

I'm glad Sean Morley is gone. Same for the Nasty Boys.

Now, lets take it another step.


6. Get Rid of Vince Russo

Of all people, why does Vince Russo have a monopoly on booking pro wrestling? Surely there are other talented people out there who can do a vastly better job, or at least provide a fresh alternative.

Even the highest-rated TV shows rotate writers to change things up now and then. Let's do the same for TNA.

Let's give someone else a chance to do the booking.


7. Reduce Emphasis on Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff is one of the most tired personalities in wrestling.

What would be wrong with bringing in someone we've never seen before that plays a similar role? Someone young and interesting?

Even if Bischoff isn't replaced, his emphasis should be reduced. Way too much time is given to Eric Bischoff on Monday nights, while some of the greatest wrestlers in the roster don't always appear.