What Is Wrong With WWE/TNA? I'll Tell You.

Justin GerhardtContributor IJuly 2, 2010

UNCASVILLE, CT - AUGUST 3:  Actor Jeremy Piven guest hosts WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' at Mohegan Sun on August 3, 2009 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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First things first, THIS ARTICLE IS MY OPINION.  IF YOU DISAGREE, TOO BAD, BUT I AM OPEN TO DISCUSSION.  Now, with that out of the way, let’s get down to business.


Even though I understand the reasoning behind the “PG Era,” doesn’t mean I have to like it.  In fact, I can’t stand it.  Wrestling without blood, is equal to what the NFL would be without pads.  It enhances the story of the match. If you don’t believe that each match should tell a story, then why do you even watch?  And then to take it a step further, stopping a match because someone has a minor cut is insane.  It takes all the emotion out of the match and makes it hard to stay in the moment.

 Wrestling is supposed to be a sport where men settle things with violent acts, whether it’s in a cage, a cell, or just a good old fashioned street fight, a “slobber-knocker” if you will.  And then have an “Extreme Rules” PPV on top of that?  How extreme can it be without blood?  Just ridiculous.

 While I’m on the blood topic, WWE please bring back Bryan Danielson.  I don’t care that you needed a scapegoat.  The WWE would benefit greatly from having him.

Now onto a problem the WWE has had for many years now.  Stop giving us the same old matches and rivalries.  I know it seems the WWE is trying to fix that with the whole NEXUS angle and the push Jack Swagger has gotten, but do we really need John Cena in the title hunt at all times?  Hell, do we even need Randy Orton in the title hunt at all times.  The same can be said about Jericho, Edge, Big Show, Triple H, and more that I can’t think of right now.

 Push someone like Morrison.  Push the younger talent, please.  You can rehash some of these rivalries down the line, just not all the time.  Use people like you did in the 80’s and into the 90’s.  Continue to push new talent, while keeping your established stars fresh.  You can have a Cena/Orton rivalry; it just doesn’t have to be for the world title every time.

Example: Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage feuded for many years, but only 1 year or so of that had them actually fighting each other night in and night out.  Just keep things fresh, and use new faces to keep it fresh.



Unlike most of the wrestling community, I don’t hate/dislike Bischoff.  I actually believe that Eric Bischoff is one of the best minds in professional wrestling.  The only problem I can see with this equation is that Dixie Carter is letting them, meaning Bischoff and Hogan, do whatever they want based on reputation.  They’re basically making TNA WCW part 2.  It’s a shame that Hogan has as much pull as he does.  Best thing TNA can do is get rid of Hogan and let Bischoff run the show like we all know he can.

Second thing that really peeves me about TNA is the fact that they have a more talented roster than the WWE, but they use their talent just as bad, if not worse. (If that’s even possible.)  Well, apparently it is possible when you have Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting as a main event match at PPVs.  I’m sorry, I love you Sting, but please retire.  Jeff Jarrett, I never liked you, but please retire.  Kevin Nash, please retire.  Sean Waltman, aka Syxx Pac, please retire.  In fact, you can just fall off the face of the earth.  Ric Flair, retire, or just stick to managing.  Please TNA, roll with what got you here in the first place, great wrestling from great athletes.

The X Division used to be a thing of beauty, now….well, I don’t even know what to say about it.  Please go back to what brought you to the dance.  I guarantee if you do that, you’re ratings will improve and maybe, just maybe, people will start looking at you as a legitimate threat to the WWE once again.  There is no reason why people like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Desmond Wolfe shouldn’t be main eventing.  Just go back to what made you famous, what made you prominent.


As far as ROH and any other promotion I haven’t talked about, I have one question for you.  What have you done to make me want to talk about you?

So that is a quick view of the state of our great sport through my eyes.  Questions, comments, concerns?  Let me know what you think.