Ever since Easy-E and Hogan came in, TNA has been getting bashed even more than usual. All because of a few changes like Ric Flair guiding AJ, Abyss having this OCD gimmick, them on TV all the time, no new stars in the limelight. I am going to explain why these are not bad things in the long run
First, Flair guiding AJ is not a bad thing as it will bump him up to the next level. He has got good wrestling skills, but he is lacking in the talking department. That is what could be the biggest rub for AJ. I remember when they had him be “Prince AJ.” The promos were alright, but no where the level that they need to be. Flair has both wrestling and mic skills and he also has the star power AJ needs to finally be considered a true main eventer. He is also lacking in the technical skills as well. He doesn’t have the chain wrestling skills like Angle, Flair, Benoit and Bret Hart. Sure he has a good High Flying game, but he could very well be the best in the world if he could add some technical aspects to it. Imagine how much better he could be if he had a drop toehold, chicken wing or a German Suplex in his arsenal. Just small things like that could help him tremendously.
Next is the Abyss gimmick. Go back a couple of years ago when James Mitchell “revealed” their little secret. Abyss began acting like a child and begging Mitchell not to reveal it. Then with the Dr. Stevie thing, he was going there for help. He was acting like a mentally retarded person. Now as of the time of this writing, he has not changed a bit. He may not be a monster, but that was because of James Mitchell behind him. Now Abyss is “evolving” into his own character. Quit living in the past guys.
Third is Hulk and Eric on TV all the time. Remember back when WCW was beating RAW week after week. Those two were on TV constantly and usually at the beginning of the show. Now they are on the show, and now they are using their mic skills to their advantage to hype the show for the crowd. Quit jumping on the “TNA is doing exactly what ruined WCW” bandwagon.
The last thing is one that people going to simply have to get over. The new talent that are still around are Orlando Jordan, RVD, Shannon Moore, Anderson, Jeff Hardy, Flair. Orlando is doing this controversial gimmick, RVD is the TNA World Champion, Shannon is in the X-Division title hunt, Anderson just got off a feud with Angle, Hardy is in the World Title hunt, and Flair is helping AJ. None of the “TNA Originals” have been featured recently other than Beer Money, Moore, AJ, Homicide, and Hernandez. That is a very short list, but one thing you have to understand is that they are trying to showcase the best in the company. Sure MCMG are good, but right now they are using familiar faces to draw in the casual fan.
This is just my opinion.