The more articles that I read in various places throughout the internet in regards to TNA and the Hogan/Bischoff regime, from the lowliest of fans (i.e. me) up to the true insiders, bloggers, and opinion-makers, the more I see a trend developing that almost smells like solidarity.
You don't have to even read the next sentence to know what's coming: The Hogan/Bischoff regime simply isn't working.
I've read articles detailing their failures in everything from set changes and "new" additions to the roster, to TV time slots and plotlines. The amazing part to me, however, is the fact that so many people are on the same page in this regard.
So what does TNA do about it? Or will TNA do anything about it? My gut feeling, without any knowledge of contract lengths or inside info, is that if Hogan and Bischoff (and Russo, for that matter) continue on their current course much longer, I sincerely doubt these three will still be employed by the company when 2010 comes to a close.
That's just my own, completely half-baked theory, but say what you want about TNA, they've been listening to their fans lately, perhaps more than ever before in this company's brief but storied history.
The fans wanted Bubba the Love Sponge gone and it happened, even in spite of his close friendship with Hulk Hogan (regardless of the issues with Awesome Kong). The same can be said for the Nasty Boys. Anyone with a pulse knows that Orlando Jordan and perahps even The Band could be next.
Of course, the biggest evidence that TNA is listening to the fans, but more importantly (and more likely), learning from their mistakes, was their recently announced return to Thursday nights after conceding defeat to the WWE after only a few months.
Wrestling fans that enjoy TNA simply didn't want to divide their attention, and it was both nearsighted and foolish of Hogan and Bischoff to believe that simply having a better product on a network with a much smaller reach than USA would actually help them pull in more fans.
With so many losses under their belts now in TNA (the Monday debacle, the six sided ring, destroying the X Division and the Knockouts Division, burying Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, and others, placing AJ and Abyss in horrible storylines, the list goes on) and so few victories (RVD, Jeff Hardy, and Mr. Anderson are all that come to mind) can Hogan and Bischoff continue down their current path?
Where do they honestly think that path will ultimately lead?
As more and more fans, from the most followed bloggers and wrestling websites down to your average couch potato with a computer and an opinion, find themselves increasingly disenchanted with TNA's matches, pushed wrestlers, and the overall focus of the product, can Hogan and Bischoff continue putting themselves, Ric Flair, the Band, and Orlando Jordan on top at the expense of Desmond Wofe, Samoa Joe, the Knockouts (that's a whole other can of worms), MCMG, Generation Me, Amazing Red, Homicide, and so many others that are far more deserving?
My feeling is that if the fans don't start seeing better, more sustained storylines, more youth (and less Hogan, Bischoff, and Flair camera time), longer and better matches as well as an overall shift in philosophy—away from crash TV—the community of die-hard fans will, in no uncertain terms, let Dixie know exactly what's wrong with her company.
To put it another way: TNA wants fans to "Make the Change." I'll tell you what...
So what do you think? Do you believe that Hogan and Bischoff are safe and if so, for how long?
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