Joe Burgett wrote an awesome article about TNA's "Blueprint," Matt Morgan, and his recent Impact speech about concussions, found here:
This is my first TNA specific article, and despite many of my readers knowing that I'm pretty brand loyal to WWE, this is not merely an attempt to slam Total Nonstop Action. There is some definite positive to where TNA is headed, regardless of the negative that even many TNA fans admit to seeing in both Impact and ReACTION.
I've been watching since somewhere around January or March of this year (because my fiancee isn't recording anything on Thursdays and our DVR can accommodate it), and even though I've missed out on much of what interested me about TNA in years gone by, I've been keeping up with what TNA is up to mainly out of curiosity. Some has been pretty bad, some has been pretty impressive, but one major difference that I've noticed between watching WWE and TNA programming is the promos that get shot.
WWE is sticking to a reliable formula when shooting backstage promos. Typically, we'll see a competitor either in a locker room, walking down a hall, on their way to a match, or on their way out of a match, with their front aimed slightly toward the camera. Eventually, someone will come up to them and start a conversation or exchange, that usually brings out some little tidbit of info or plot that may or may not develop into something more meaningful down the road.
TNA, on the other hand, is going in a completely different route during the past year or so.
Whereas they used to have regular interviews by the likes of Christy Hemme and Jeremy Borash backstage, nowadays their promos are shot almost exclusively in a reality show format. There's probably a catchy term for this, but I prefer describing it this way as it's the easiest format to relate their newer style to.
The likes of Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan, EV2, Fortune, etc., will be dealing their dealings backstage, while the camera angle shooting them is slightly obstructed by a door jamb, pillar, pipe, or other such structural shape, to give the illusion that the cameraman is lucky enough to have caught something secret that is going on backstage.
In essence, I believe it's supposed to make the action look more organic. Like it's really happening, the camera operator just happened to be in the right place at the right time, in the same way a tabloid photographer catches candid snapshots of celebrities making fools of themselves.
This isn't the only way TNA is changing its format, however. Many of TNA's superstars, in fact, the majority of their top talent especially with the ReACTION program helping this factor along, seem to blur the line between reality and their TV characters.
In WWE's past, most fans could decipher the obvious differences between The Rock and Dwayne Johnson, Stone Cold and Steve Williams...hell, even Hulk Hogan and Terry Bollea. In WWE, this isn't quite as prominent, but with it prominent in TNA, I decided to look below the surface at the possible negative and positive underneath.
After all, sometimes this format works great for TNA, other times, it really hurts...