IS PAUL HEYMAN WORKING WITH TNA RIGHT NOW?!
I know i know, the title makes you think it's some breaking news, however, this was my belief. Based on the story line's that TNA has right now it I was going to write a blog specifically about how I feel Heyman is writing for TNA & why I believe it. However, based on reports that the meetings have been stalled between the two sides I don't consider that the case any longer. So why has Impact been so good these past several weeks? Well, simple, every ten years or so Russo actually writes something that is compelling. Either that, or, someone else altogether is writing the shows and TNA is sliding Russo out for the possible Heyman shift.
Unfortunately for TNA I believe that we will see, yet again, that these great Impacts will be for naught, and another story line that flops, proving that it IS Russo writing. Now I am a TNA fan, and a wrestling fan. Why do I like it? Well, it's simple, it's entertaining to watch, and I love watching good matches. Simple. Like most of you out there, I could care less about half of the story lines out there. That is what I think is the problem. TNA needs to realize that the wrestling fans out there like their story lines, short, sweet, and simple. Not long and drawn out. We lose focus. We care more about the matches. I mean jeez, The Hardy Boyz vs Edge/Christian was an amazing ladder match. What was it about, a contract to have Terri as a manager, lol. I mean no one cares, as long as it’s a good match. Now, a drawn out story line can be good, but it has to be some Epic Story line.
Let's start out with the Main Story line in TNA. Now, I don't mean Sting, that WAS the main story line, until they took focus off of it like they do. The problem with TNA (and I know this site has listed an abundant amount of them) is that they write story lines and don't know how they end. It's the truth, right now I'm hearing that they wrote this current story line with Heyman in mind, and they haven't even gotten him yet!!. Crazy. Either that, or, the ending of the story line is wayyy too long away for any one to care by the time we get to the completion. In interviews with Russo he stated that all his work has completion and that the audience needs to be patient to see it through. Well based on some of the story lines he has written he is right, however, the problem is when he gets to it, No One Cares! and they Tune Out. If any one has a chance look up Jim Cornette's latest interview, if you haven't seen it. He proves that we aren't crazy fans that don't know what we're talking about. Here is a man on the inside saying things that we have been saying for years about Russo.
Anyway, I'm losing focus. Now, on to why some story lines have been drawn out and why some might not even work. Oh I hope TNA proves me wrong. ALERT PREDICTING SPOILERS:
First the main storyline…Abyss
What a good storyline to make people tune in to. People love seeing Abyss heel, and we like the whole mystery behind “they”. BUT, my belief and it’s a strong belief is that Abyss’ “they” has nothing to do with Heyman or ECW invasion. Why? Well the simple fact that Taz said this past Thursday if the “they” is Dreamer and the ECW guys. That alone took the storyline out the window and they did that on purpose. I also felt that maybe the “they” is Foley, “they” meaning the multiple personalities in his mind, or both their minds, or whatever. But I don’t think that’s the case, even though it wouldn’t be a bad storyline. My belief is that Abyss’ “they” is the same people Sting is trying to have Dixie stay away from. Hogan/Bischoff. Why do I believe this? Well some fans have already pointed out that Abyss never attacked Bischoff and that he may be working with him and that Hogan doesn’t know what is going on. However, I do believe Hogan is in on it and that he is pretending. One major give away to this is that Abyss went from wearing Red and Yellow to now wearing Black and White (Hollywood Hogan style), did anyone catch that too.
If this happens then this will blow chunks. Why? Because everyone is so geared toward the ECW thing that even though people have ripped that angle to shreds, anything other than that will be a bore. I think that the ECW thing is its own separate entity.
HOW TO CHANGE: Simple, at this point the best thing to do is make it an ECW invasion. Or like I said bring in Foley and have it as Abyss doing his dirty work to take down the company that fired him.
Next, the Sting storyline.
It was great to first hear Sting making these cryptic messages and that he will reveal the truth. BUT, where is the reveal. This has completely run its course, I mean this is way too long at this point and people want him to just spit it out. It was good to see Bischoff stop him and end with Sting being suspended. But why do I have the feeling that this is because the writers really don’t know where to go from here, and not that it was part of the storyline the whole time. We already know that he is speaking of Hogan/Bischoff so just spit it out.
HOW TO CHANGE: The best thing to do is just spit it out already. Reveal this…whatever it is. Or have Sting basically say what we want that they were sent here to destroy TNA and Jeff Jarrett was in on it bc he wants his company back or he was a pawn.
It was great to see Desmond Wolfe get a push into the Four horsemen type group. We could see it would be good for him. BUT, they have destroyed him since then. We all agree, him jobbing to BK on Impact was the nail in the coffin on him.
HOW TO CHANGE: Easy let him have a run for the Title. If not take away the Global Title and give it some meaning with Desmond Wolfe. Right now no one in this company cares about that title. It is horrible. Give it to Wolfe and have him battle another guy for it. I don’t know say Jay Lethal or The Pope...MAYBE CHRISTOPHER DANIELS.
The "We" gimmick he had was actually pretty good. "We" are tag champions was doing well. I was looking forward to him defeating teams with him holding the tag titles alone. BUT, what does TNA do, well, what they do best. They completely ditch a possible good storyline and give the tag titles to The Band which now has been taken away.
HOW TO CHANGE: Well they did it right by taking the tag titles away. It just goes to show how much they actually liked the overpaid, bum that is scott hall, by taking away the titles from the other members bc hall is fired. They should have had Morgan take on MCMG and have them win against him. Or they could have paired him with Amazing Red. I know, what?, but they did that one match with him and red and it went really well and they clicked together. An interesting thing to see, and they could have paired him against Hernandez' return by having them tag against LAX.
This gimmick was good when Angelina was on the B.P. and it was great where they were tuff and did their beauty gimmick. They were working angles with other knockouts and gave good matches with good mic skills. BUT, the problem is that TNA is now just seeing T&A and have pushed out all the knockouts, especially Roxxi in the biggest fan revolt I have seen since they screwed daniels.
HOW TO CHANGE: Well they need to put Angelina back with the beautiful people and have them work matches with knockouts. Bring back the knockouts you let go or have walked away. And for goodness sakes have a Hamada/Sarita match. That would be great.
Doug is a great wrestler and he has descent mic skills. His gimmick where he was gonna bring class to the xdivision was good at first. He would show technical wrestling. It was good timing coming around fans bashing the high flying skills of the xdivision and saying the wrestlers don't have substance, even though TNA's X division has some great wrestlers who also have high flying ability. BUT, this gimmick like I have been saying has gone on wayy too long, and even though most people like Brian K., I don't. I think his gimmick is bad, and I don't see the skills. He reminds me of another Eric Young, an over rated, under rated wrestler. Now I'm not saying Brian K. can't be a good X division wrestler. I'm sure he is, but a champion, I don't see.
HOW TO CHANGE: TNA should have ended this storyline sooner and should have had a formidable High Flyer like Red or someone who they want to push or hey I'll even say if they don't have anyone then Brian K. but they should have done this sooner. But I don't believe Brian K. is a champion and how horrible was Desmond Wolfe tapping out to him, Wow.
Samoa Joe. I'll end with him.
They did so good with him when he was on a title run. Then he was dropped by adding him to M.E.M with a bicycle tire tattoo on his face. Then he vanishes and comes back killing people which was great to see, it was great to see him brought in as the member of Team Hogan. BUT, they have done crap with him since. He has never explained why he was taken and I feel like I'm constantly repeating myself in that TNA has drawn yet another story line way too long.
HOW TO CHANGE: They need to get this Joe kidnapping thing done already. At this point no one cares, but if his kidnappers are the same "they" it would be great. Also have him go on that title run and if not like I said, use him to go with Desmond Wolfe and they can compete for the Global Title.
P.S. Did anyone get that Kurt Angle comment to The Pope with "I must win speech". Yet another cryptic message. I hope that TNA proves me wrong and we continue the great Impact's. Only time will tell