Is there an identity for TNA?

troy smithContributor IIIFebruary 27, 2011

I ask this question because the IWC always complains about TNA copying WWE. In many cases those complaints are justified. But, one thing they say that always leaves me puzzled is “TNA needs to be TNA” 

Well, what does that mean?

An identity is unique. I am my own person and I don’t let others dictate who I am.
It seems as though whenever people talk about what TNA should be, it is dictated by what WWE is.

Is that it? Do you just want TNA to do whatever WWE isn’t doing? How can they grow as a company with that mentality?

Some say that TNA should give us what the WWE doesn’t. Well what happens when the WWE starts giving you that thing? I hear a lot of people say to emphasize the X-Division because WWE doesn’t have that. Well, what happens if WWE decides to bring back the cruiserweight title and bring in a lot of  guys to make the division great? Where does that leave TNA?

What if WWE decides to start putting more focus on tag teams? What should TNA do then?  

WWE is PG so I hear a lot people say that TNA should be “attitude”. But what happens when WWE decides to go “attitude” again? Is TNA then supposed to go PG? Or what if WWE decides to make Raw PG and Smackdown more adult? Then what is there for TNA to be?

Is that what the wrestling fans want? For TNA to just do the opposite of WWE no matter what. Does it not matter to you what TNA does as long as it is different from what WWE does?

In my last article, I talked about why I felt an “attitude” era wouldn’t work for TNA. That left me thinking about what would work. I don’t think they can take the 18-30 male demographic from UFC. But, I also don’t think they can take the kid demographic from the WWE. Although , I think they would have a better chance getting kids from WWE than adults from UFC. From personal experience, I know that little kids love the X-Division.

Could a company be successful marketing wrestling towards women? You’d think there would be more female fans. What with all of the good looking muscular men. Plus, if you portray the women as tough wrestlers that can go just as hard as the men, other women might see them as role models.

Maybe if Orlando Jordan were not being portrayed as a gay stereotype, you might even attract a small LGBT audience.

I could toss out suggestions all day but I want to hear from you. What do you want TNA’s identity to be? What do think their identity can be?