Now a few days ago I did a ten ways to improve the WWE product. It was a wild smash, so I figured I'd introduce my ten ways to improve the TNA product.
Now as I've said before, I am an equal opportunist as one gets. I am a bigger TNA fan then WWE, but at the heart, I'm still just a wrestling fan and I want to see all wrestling improve.
It is with that, that i must look at what is and isn't working in TNA; past my personal opinions and into the harsh reality of things.
So I hope respect just how hard this one is.
Now all the things in this list isn't about all that's bad, but more so what they can do better to improve the overall things.
This is one that's fine now, but could be amazing soon.
You have Generation Me, Motor City Machine Guns, Beer Money, Matt Morgan and his random partner of the week, Team 3D and The Band. To be honest, all very good tag teams.
Generation Me are so similar to the Hardys I think Jeff should and the boys should get a paternity test to see if their related.
Beer Money is the best tag team in wrestling at the moment.
The Guns are great wrestlers but they need to identify a strong character base for their team so they can have more then just fan boys and high spot marks interested in them.
Matt Morgan's angle is interesting as hell, I just wish they'd put it on at Lockdown.
Team 3D and The Band are the best older tag teams on the circuit.
Some tips? Keep Nash and Hall in the tag team division, they have the ability to be worth something, just don't keep them apart.
But I'm going to ask something risky.
TNA get's slammed for letting go of guys like Daniels and Lethal, guys who lack the charisma needed to be main event guys, but what TNA should reconsider is bringing back some other talent.
My first choice is Chris Harris. Why? Well James Storm is good, hell he's really good; but Robert Roode is ready. Storm might be a main eventer, a future world champion one day, but he's not there yet. Roode however is ready, and as you'll see later on, Roode is someone special. However if you up Chris Harris and James Storm together in a big emotional reunion, then you'll have all the emotion you'll need. As long as Harris is in shape.
Also you have so much talent on this roster, why not start a new tag team with some of the talent you have?
If you put Brutus Magnus as a cocky heel and add him a body guard type partner, like say Tomko, there you go. You have a great young talent in Magnus and a veteran tag team veteran in Tomko. Or better yet bring in two new people to replace the guys that have been outed by TNA as of late.
Tomko and his new partner (or old) Giant Bernard, his former partner from Japan.
And Magnus's new partner Kenn Doane. They can form this young guns tag team that is constantly trying to one up each other due to their cultural differences, but work well due to their mutual respect.
So think of this line up
Team 3D, The Band, MCMG, Generation Me, AMW, Magnus/Doane, Bernard/Tomko.
A nice combination of old and new.
Not counting any of the announcers, refs or managers, TNA has give or take 50 wrestlers to show case. WWE over 60. And they have 4 shows.
I'm not saying roster split or brand expansion, because I think that is over kill.
But what I am saying is that you have enough stars a week that your not highlighting on Impact, or sticking on your internet shows.
The Spin Cycle, Hermies Hot Seat, and throw in 3 matches and you could easily get an hour or 2 out of it.
Why not maybe put it on regular tv. I hear MyNetwork T.V. has an open slot in October.....
It'd be a combo of WCW Thunder, WWF Sunday Night Heat and WWF's Saturday Morning Raw recap show.
Showcase one knockout's match, a tag team match, an x-division match and a mid card match.
It'd work I guarantee you.
Go to TNAwrestling.com. Decent looking site yeah?
Why is it though, that when it comes to TNA news....it barely has any, or you have to look for it.
Now I expect this with the WWE, but TNA you've gotten from weekly ppv's to now BECAUSE of the internet's word of mouth. And your telling me that their's a good reason why you can't keep up your site?
For you to take a week to remove or put up profiles is a bit of a joke. On another to another point, why not actually make those profiles something to look at.
For a site that really does get a lot of hits on it's youtube video's why is it so hard to get the site to be something worth looking at.
I get the Feast or Fired concept. It however is no longer worth running the way it is with the addition of the Global Title. Change the TNA World Title Shot for the Global Title and it'll be something worth doing again.
However....that's about it. I can understand the idea of a Diva Lock Box challenge, but honestly, if you already have the Feast Or Fired idea, then why do both?
The Deuces Wild Tournament is a good idea, easy concept, winner of each match moves, last man standing title shot. Make's perfect sense.
Over the top rope battle royal....sorry reverse battle royal.
It's always worth trying to find something new to promote, but sometimes old school is just as fine.
Johnny Fairplay, Sterling Marlin, Dennis Rodman, Dustin Diamond, Ace Young? All bad.
Brian Urlacher, Tito Ortiz, Chris Rock, Zakk Wylde, Toby Keith? All good.
For every Kyle Vanden Bosch & Frank Wycheck theres an Adam Pacman Jones.
TNA can really benefit off of celebrities if used right. I loved AJ A.J. Pierzynski and David Eicksteins feuds. But they need more great appearances from celebs to show case in later shows.
Last I heard the writing staff consisted of Ed Ferrara, Matt Conway, Hulk Hogan, Abyss, Terry Taylor and everyone's bane Vince Russo.
1) Not everything is Russo's fault
2) Russo can block a show very well
That being said, rumors are that he's burnt our writing and that he's inquired about moving to another part of the company, which is a win win. You keep his mind for creative angles and you are able to reduce the size of the team.
Ed Ferrara doesn't have any real value, so while I don't want to say fire him, I think removing him from his position is a must. Abyss should no longer be sitting on the meetings nor should JB.
Honestly with all things considered, Bischoff, Terry Taylor and Matt Conway should be the only three men pitching ideas. TNA is trying to be the nice guys buy giving everyone a voice, but the issue is this, that's causing problems.
If TNA's a train wreck, it's because TNA is allowing to many people to speak.
I'm not saying that men like Brian Kendrick, Shannon Moore, Jeff Hardy and Ken Anderson all have criticisms against them.
But to be honest, they all have more pluses then minuses in my mind.
Orlando Jordan is a question mark, but Nasty Boys, Sean Morley and others they've signed are definitely not in the same boat.
TNA needs to understand that dropping a ton of money on people who aren't more then a stop gap or a one feud type of guy (see Dr. Stevie) isn't good for long term business. If you can get them cheap and eventually use them for something else in anyway then good.
But signing guys like The Nasty Boys, an out of shape Dustin Rhodes, or botching guys like Judas Mesias and currently Rhino, well it's just frustrating.
TNA is 60/40 on getting good signings. But in free agency in pro wrestling you can't have that much of a big gap in failures.
TNA hits big names well, Sting, Cage, Angle even Nash, RVD and Hardy, you know the big names that are no brainers.
And TNA has hit some gems, Syxx Pac is blowing people away, The Pope, Tomko's first run and of coarse Matt Morgan.
But TNA needs to know that if they invest in a free agent, that they have the ability to sustain success and can contribute in both in the ring and out of the ring.
I feel like all three the divisions are constantly being changed with what TNA wants to do with them. I feel that the congested writing staff has something to do with this.
It's one thing to change direction in a division,but to keep changing direction every few months needs to stop.
Right now The Beautiful People dominating the Knockout's Division (spoiler for Lockdown! I'm calling a BP reunion), Douglas (NOT DOUG!) Williams and Matt Morgan's single handily holding the tag team titles are all great directions. So lets hope the creative team decides that their good to go as is.
They can't keep revamping the idea of the division every few months.
But the three specific divisions aside, TNA also needs to establish the Global Title more effectively.
Rob Terry is so far doing a far better decent job then I'd ever expect. But right now he's only had any real wins over Mr. Anderson.
I think his notable wins include Homicide, Brutus Magnus and Eric Young.
Young is still a guy that needs a nice build too, as does Magnus, so to say that Terry has big wins already is kinda like saying a two game hit streak in the Major Leagues is something to be impressed with.
Terry has the opportunity to be something special, Goldberg-esq really.
But in order for them to succeed with that, they need to be consistent.
The one thing they do well is promote the TNA World Title, but they need to spread that success down from the top.
Right now the Tag Team, Global and X-Division titles are showing positive signs of growth but they need to sustain that.
Crazy ass backwards statements. See I love wrestling surprises. I love them.
Bobby Lashley showing up in TNA was crazy, no one saw that coming.
Kurt Angle at No Surrender 06? Top 20 greatest moment in wrestling history.
But I was talking to an indy guy, and he made a great point.
Hypothetically, if TNA signed Shawn Michaels, how should they debut him?
Well hyping up a surprise debut on PPV, show a video and then build him up for the next 2-4 weeks on Impact. I was taken aback because it would so work.
Now that's not to say that an occasional surprise would be a bad thing, when it's a closely guarded one like Angle. But if everyone knows he's coming, why not just announce he's coming and cash in on that?
TNA signs hidden gems.
Like crazy. If I told you in late 2005 that little known Elijah Burke and wash out Matt Morgan would be, not only to the point they are now in a company, but in wrestling in general is a testimate that TNA does in fact know how to book talent.
TNA does push women as wrestlers
While some angles are head scratcher's in the KO division, they have as many WTF on all the other sides of the company, not just the KO's.
Great in ring work
Honestly how great is some of these workers? A.J. Styles, Kurt Angle, Pope, Generation Me, Hernandez, and others are just awesome.
TNA does a lot of good things, and i you haven't watched them , I encourage you all too.
TNA's biggest problem is the fact that the crowd in Orlando takes away from just about everything that happens in TNA.
And it's a clear sign that the fans in Orlando are the internet's clear declaration that they know exactly what the fans want. Someone told me that it's the fans in Orlando that accurately determine who should headline. But half the times, the fans there chear for no reason, hoot and holler for guys that end up hurting the ratings, and try and upstage the actual product.
Some of these fans are just trying to get themselves over.
That being said there are other positives, traveling with Impact would really help get the crowds to come out if it was life and they put on a good show.
TNA has gone as far as possible in Orlando and it's time to move on.
Every ppv needs to be in a different arena, tv shows need to be live from somewhere else.
TNA needs to capitalize on their strong foreign numbers too. Why not film an Impact in London?
The point is this, it's time to move on and go out traveling. They've played it safe long enough.
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