Disclaimer: this article contains part humorous and part serious aspects. I am not a WWE or TNA hater and I watch both on a semi-regular basis.
After writing a quasi-fantasy pay-per-view for Lockdown, I felt a special urge to write another TNA article.
By the way, the Lockdown article can be viewed here.
TNA's previous pay-per-view, Victory Road, resulted in significant and justified backlash on TNA after Jeff Hardy, the anointed face of the company, wrestled Sting while under a foreign influence.
The Sting-Hardy match only lasted a minute in order to protect both Sting and Hardy.
But you already know that.
I have coined a term for TNA haters, Total Nonstop Haters, or TNHs for short.
TNHs are often right in their assessment of the current state of things in TNA.
Their chief problem with TNA is it's a "ripoff" of WCW during its dying days.
Similarities such as older wrestlers occupying the spotlight, storylines with illogical endings, and controversial endings have been associated with TNA and WCW.
Further justifying these similarities are men who are involved extensively in both promotions: Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo. To a lesser extent Jeff Jarrett can be thrown into this discussion.
Do you like TNA?
But there is a line between dislike and hate. TNHs have crossed that line with their constant criticism of the product while overlooking the flaws of rival promotion World Wrestling Entertainment.
Judging from a detached point of view, it appears it is not a personal hatred of TNA, but a professional dislike of the product.
Conspiracy theories aside, I will address the possible reasons why TNHs run their mouth about why they hate on TNA.
1) Too many old wrestlers hogging up the spotlight.
Well maybe you got me on this one.
Hulk Hogan is at a robust 57 years of age and only appears once every two segments on Impact.
Ric Flair is at a youthful 62 years of age and has only lost 95 percent of his mind since he joined Immortal. Not to mention he calls himself God. Not a god, the God.
Other veteran performers include Scott Steiner (48), Sting (just turned 52 on March 20), Jeff Jarrett (43), Bully Ray (39), Tommy Dreamer (40), and Mick Foley (45).
I did not mention Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam (both over 40) because they are absolutely awesome in the ring and should not retire anytime soon.
On second thought, Jarrett and Steiner have a few more years left. Don't forget to throw in Bully Ray as he is a tremendous heel.
Oh okay some of the senior citizens can still wrestle.
But TNA needs to shift its focus from washed up has-been legends like Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair to present stars like AJ Styles and Mr. Anderson.
Hogan and Flair are certainly assets to the company, as they give TNA star power and recognition.
However, instead of hogging the spotlight they should share it with the up-and-coming stars who built TNA. There is no reason why AJ Styles or Mr. Anderson cannot carry a promotion.
TNA has been much-maligned for signing former WWE stars such as Matt Hardy, Mr. Anderson, and others. To compound the problem, TNA pushes these former WWE superstars as opposed to TNA originals such as Samoa Joe and AJ Styles.
For everyone's sake, let us not mention Jeff Hardy.
Nevertheless, star power is important for a promotion in desperate need of some recognition.
TNHs need to realize it is better to be a visible disaster than an obscure perfect promotion.
Nevertheless, TNA needs to shift the majority of the spotlight from Hogan and Flair to Styles and Anderson.
Which Era/Style do you prefer?
2) There are too many promos and not enough wrestling on Impact.
Yet another good point by the TNHs.
All Vince Russo and TNA is trying to do is to recreate the glory of the cherished Attitude Era.
It is a double standard criticizing the apparent Attitude Era revival of TNA while clamoring for a rebirth of that same era in WWE.
TNA has a man who thrives in this kind of era, Mr. Anderson. Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan are certainly no slouches on the mic.
Ric Flair was good on the mic until he lost his mind.
But who else is known as a great talker in TNA? There are far more great wrestlers than talkers on the TNA roster.
The problem is Total Nonstop Promos is forcing a square rod into a round hole.
Instead of recreating an era not necessarily suited to their roster, TNA should focus on putting on great matches.
Guys such as Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, RVD, Samoa Joe, Robbie E, and countless others can put on consistent five-star matches every single week. And that's just the main-event players.
Notice I put Robbie E in that category? Why aren't you laughing?
Instead of focusing on promos, they need to re-establish the X Division and focus on booking wrestling segments instead of constant promos and interviews.
So for the most part, I agree with the TNHs on this issue.
3) Dixie Carter is an idiot.
Well, at least she's hot.
4) They are trying to copy WWE.
Is this really an excuse to hate on TNA? Really?
Of course they are trying to copy WWE. At least it's better than copying WCW.
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff cry as they read the last sentence.
5) The young, talented guys (codename AJ Styles and Samoa Joe) are not pushed enough.
I agree with that sentence.
In my opinion, AJ Styles should be the top face of TNA. Styles and Anderson need to headline Impacts instead of Hogan or Bischoff.
However, there is a point where established veteran names need to stay on top.
For example, if you walk on the street and ask "have you ever heard of AJ Styles?" You will likely get a puzzled response.
But if you pose that same question about Hulk Hogan or Ric Flair, and the person answering your question will likely be familiar with those names.
It's because established names tend to draw.
For example a Hulk Hogan autograph session will draw more fans than a Samoa Joe autograph session. It's not because Samoa Joe is not any good. It's because Hogan is internationally recognized for his past glories.
But what TNA should do is to establish younger wrestlers such as Mr. Anderson and AJ Styles as the undisputed faces of the company, so fans can associate TNA Wrestling with those two names.
On the other hand, WWE attempted to rejuvenate its roster in 2010 by going young, pushing wrestlers such as Wade Barrett, The Miz and Alberto Del Rio.
We all saw how that worked out.
Pay-per-view buys and ratings were at an all-time low in part because there were few established main-event wrestlers not named John Cena at the time.
Legends such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had to return to draw WWE fans back into the fold in time for WrestleMania (or should I say SnookiMania).
The reason why established names are pushed in any wrestling promotion as opposed to less-established names because name recognition sells, plain and simple.
But TNA should focus more on specific medium and long-term goals than the short-term pop they seem to be craving.
6) The pay-per-views are terrible.
With the Victory Road debacle not withstanding, the recent TNA pay-per-views have actually been very good.
You can snicker all you want but from personal experience I thought the TNA pay-per-views (Against All Odds and Bound for Glory) were WAY better than the WWE pay-per-views (Summerslam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble).
Which promotion has better feuds/angles?
Reflect on that paragraph, TNHs!
7) They are a threat to WWE.
Yeah an emerging promotion that can't even tape shows once a week is a threat to a billion dollar wrestling conglomerate.
WWE has a monopoly on the wrestling business and this won't change anytime soon.
8) Story lines are terrible.
Come on TNHs can you give TNA some credit for writing some compelling feuds?
For example, Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle have had the best feud in 2011 in the wrestling business.
The second-best feud goes to Bully Ray and Brother Devon due to the sheer emotion of the feud. Bully Ray throwing one of Devon's sons through the table was a raw moment rarely seen on TV.
Fortune splitting from Immortal was the right thing to do.
The only problem with the whole "They" thing was it was far too stale by the time Bound for Glory came around.
Just imagine the staleness when Crimson did it a second time.
You can criticize me all you want in the comment section, but I believe TNA storylines are superior than WWE's.
To summarize the article in a sentence, TNHs have raised some excellent points about the weaknesses of TNA but ultimately fail to acknowledge the strengths of TNA.
These strengths include a loaded roster, compelling story-lines (Jarrett-Angle is a much better feud than Cena-Miz), and a much more relaxed schedule (and drug policy) allowing the older wrestlers to have a longer shelf life.
Another bold thing I will say is TNA has more overall roster talent than WWE.
If you have any other valid reasons not named Dixie, Vince, Eric, or Hulk why you dislike TNA, let me know by writing a comment.
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Thanks for reading.