Hi there wrestling fans, Tony Tuco here opining on the state of the rivalry between WWE and TNA.
The competition between these companies has birthed a competition that, while not as dramatic as the original Monday Night Wars, it still makes for compelling discussion and debate.
But not, apparently, better wrestling. While it can be said that competition is good for the business and fans, it has not translated into a better quality show from either company. Here’s how each company can step up a give us, the fans, a better show!
The house that Vince built has become way to dependent on "Screw Job" finishes and outside interference. While excusable to a point on free TV, on a PPV is unacceptable. The feud between John Cena and Randy Orton a ways back, for example, was all but ruined by these screw job finishes and made Randy Orton look like a far weaker champion than he was.
Also, WWE needs a better Tag Team Division. Cryme Tyme? Really? Really? I mean there have been stinkers in the past (anyone remember the Bushwhackers?) but at least there were some interesting gimmicks. Nowadays, the best we come up with is Luigi’s younger Cousin and an Ivan Drago Wannabe…which is entertaining, but that really is, the best WWE has out there.
As well, WWE needs to bring back the Cruiserweight Division. Stars like Yoshi Tatsu, Rey Mysterio, Evan Bourne and even Zack Ryder are left to either wither away, become jobbers or be put up against wrestlers far bigger. We are made to believe they really can beat cleanly on a regular basis these monsters. Hey Rey, Superman called and wants his cape back.
TNA’s problem is that it is (almost) completely ignoring its three biggest strengths: its Tag Team Division, women’s Division and especially its X Division. These were the hallmarks of TNA, what made it fresh and new, and a contrast to WWE. When was the last storyline involving the X Division Title? Or the Tag Team Titles? I mean one that took up a big chunk of the show? Generated buzz. TNA needs to go back to what brought them to this point.
In that vein, TNA needs to stop going after WWE re-treads, unless they are young, exciting and talented like the Pope (Elijah Burke) and Mr. Anderson (Mr. Kennedy). There are places for the Flairs and RVDs in TNA as they are wildly entertaining, but this nonsense with re-living WCW with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff is boring and tedious.
Ultimately, TNA needs to go back to being about young awesome talents like AJ Styles and Matt Morgan, less about booking and more about beating the hell out of each other. It needs to stop being something it is not meant to be and go back to exciting, in your face wrestling. Stop being the place that wants to be WWE, be the place that wants to showcase young talents and smashmouth, technically sound, exciting wrestling
And until all the above happens, a Pox on both their houses!
Your comments are welcome!This is my first article, so please be honest but not too brutal.