WWE has been on fire as of late. The Cult of Personality has defeated any notion of TNA surpassing them with their “Wrestling Matters” slogan.
WWE has created incredible storylines to mask its glaring weaknesses. These are their five biggest weaknesses they should improve on to propel the company to new heights.
1. They do not focus on the Divas who can wrestle
2. A lack of main event draws not named Cena or Mysterio.
3. Pay-per-view main events seen on Raw or Smackdown the next day.
4. The inability to follow through with storylines.
5. TNA's house shows are far better than WWE's.
Nevertheless, Raw is a far superior program than Impact. The storylines in the WWE are typically better than TNA. No matter what these aforementioned four things TNA is head and shoulders above WWE in.
1. Knockouts Far Superior than Divas
Let's face it WWE fans: The Divas division is underused. Kelly Kelly is the only Diva being consistently pushed. She is great to look at in the ring but almost unwatchable in it. She desperately needs to take acting classes, in my opinion.
Her idea of selling moves is screaming as if Michael Cole were parading around nude in her locker room.
She is the only Diva featured on a regular basis. Divas with great in-ring ability like Melina, Gail Kim, Beth Phoenix, and Natalya are not being utilized to their full potential. It's a shame to say the least.
On the other hand, the Knockouts division is being utilized much more than the Divas. Velvet Sky is a much better wrestler than Kelly Kelly.
Mickie James, who was fired from WWE in part due to her look, is the reigning Knockouts Champion. James is great in the ring and decent on the stick.
Madison Rayne is a tremendous heel with a great gimmick. She is the top antagonistic female wrestler in either WWE or TNA today. Don't forget the talents of Winter (in the WWE as Katie Lea Burchill) and Angelina Love.
But my main point is TNA actually uses storylines for its Knockouts division, whereas WWE never has any meaningful Divas feuds outside of the respective championships.
The Velvet Sky and ODB/Jackie feud is a prime example of a Knockouts feud not involving the Knockouts Championship. For WWE, the Laycool feud had promise, but it was ultimately designed to write Michelle McCool off TV.
Do I even need to compare the tag team divisions?
2. TNA has more main event draws than WWE
This might be a bit of a head-scratcher. Hopefully my main point will make things clear. Right now TNA has multiple main event guys, while WWE has only one or two.
A lot of this can be attributed to the fact a lot of the TNA main event stars were previously in the WWE as main event draws.
Obviously Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, and Rob Van Dam left the WWE due to the rigorous travel schedule. As for Hardy and RVD, we know another reason why they left.
For example, CM Punk, John Cena, and perhaps Rey Mysterio are the only three definitive main event stars. Punk became a star due to WWE finally recognizing his incredible work. Like them or not, Cena and Mysterio are top draws in the wrestling business. But they are the only ones.
TNA has guys who have been the face of the company (WWE or TNA) before. Jeff Hardy (inactive due to drug issues), Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Rob Van Dam, and even Sting have all been top draws for their respective past promotions.
Mr. Anderson was well on his way to becoming the face of TNA until TNA felt the need to turn him heel for some inexplicable reason.
Anderson does not need Immortal. Immortal needs Anderson.
WWE has stuck to the formula of building a show around one or two guys on Raw and Smackdown. John Cena is the man WWE builds around currently. CM Punk is about to be the man WWE builds around. Randy Orton is the man on Smackdown.
This is problematic for many reasons. Injuries and burnout from these top draws are the primary two reasons.
This formula of pushing these guys nonstop was a reason why Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy left. But WWE does have a dependable workhorse in John Cena to be the face of the company.
Theoretically, John Cena decides to take some time off for three months.
Raw has a lack of main event stars since they only invested in Cena as the face of the company. Rey Mysterio is the only other major draw on Raw.
WWE has a serious void they must fill immediately.
On the flip side, let's now say Kurt Angle leaves TNA to train for the Olympics. TNA can turn to guys like AJ Styles, Sting or Rob Van Dam to fill the void of the top face on Impact.
We have already seen this with Edge's unexpected retirement. Smackdown had to bring in Randy Orton to fill the void. Smackdown ratings have gone down in part because Orton is not as big of a draw as Edge was.
We have also witnessed this in TNA, where Jeff Hardy was forced to take a leave of absence due to drug and alcohol problems. Impact as a show has not felt the void left by Hardy, as opposed to Smackdown trying to fill the void left by Edge.
In short, TNA has more main event draws than WWE. They just aren't using them properly. Mr. Anderson should immediately leave Immortal and become that new anti-hero to combat CM Punk's recent success.
3. Following through on storylines
Before the whole CM Punk-Triple H-John Cena-Vince McMahon angle, there was an agonizingly eternal angle known as the Anonymous Raw General Manager.
This computer (or piece of paper) would send orders via email to that drunken hobbit. This angle was designed to cement Michael Cole's heel turn. It was an overwhelming success. Only problem is it was the wrong king of heat.
The reason why the GM angle was hated was not because Michael Cole was good at drawing heat; no, the reason why the GM angle was hated was because the angle took forever!
WWE could have found countless candidates backstage willing to be the on-screen figurehead of Monday Night Raw. It would not have been a stretch to see Triple H and Vince McMahon jointly appoint Stephanie McMahon as the Raw GM.
It would have been repetitive, as Stephanie had been the GM several times. But it would have gotten the job done.
In my view, the Raw GM should have been not only the leader of the Nexus but revealed by Summerslam. At the absolute latest, the GM should have been revealed at Survivor Series last year.
TNA on the other hand has done a decent job of following up on storylines, although some of the storylines aren't very good.
They revealed angles such as "They" and "Network" in a timely manner.
Even though the results weren't necessarily satisfactory, TNA did a good job of building up some suspense.
Abyss' nonsensical rants about "They" paved the way for Immortal to form. The "Network" was a way to shed some dead weight (Foley wasn't really needed anymore) and to have some kind of resistance for Immortal.
Again, I think Immortal isn't really needed or wanted. The Network was a waste of time. However, it is not about how good the storylines are. It is about them being revealed in a timely fashion. But TNA has done a better job of following through on storylines than WWE in recent months.
4. Fewer repetitive matches
What I mean by this is TNA doesn't show the same thing a billion times, except for Sting vs. Anderson. WWE has been notorious lately for recycling feuds and matches.
For example, in 2010 Smackdown's top mid-card feud was Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Championship. In 2011, Raw's top mid-card feud was Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship.
It almost took a riot to prevent Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship this past Raw.
With the Bound for Glory series TNA has done a good job of keeping matches on Impact and house shows relatively fresh. All kinds of combinations can be made with the twelve contestants in the Bound for Glory series. These combinations prevents matches to be seen too many times for that series.
We saw Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler on every single Smackdown in between the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber. The repetitive nature of that feud made people regret paying their hard-earned money to watch these two at the Royal Rumble. This makes no sense business-wise, and it is extremely frustrating to devoted WWE fans buying the pay-per-views.
For example, the Capitol Punishment main event between R-Truth and John Cena was replayed on Raw just a week later. Before that R-Truth faced John Cena on Raw leading up to Capitol Punishment. In addition CM Punk vs. John Cena has been seen on free TV before.
Even the Wrestlemania main event was replayed on free TV a few weeks after! This is terrible business for the WWE unless if their pay-per-views aren't profitable.
TNA does a better job of not repeating the same matches every week than WWE.
5. TNA house shows better than WWE's
Even the staunchest TNA critics such as The Wrestling Observer's Brian Alvarez admit the TNA house shows are great.
I have heard nothing but positive reviews on these shows. According to Alvarez, sometimes the heels play the faces and vice versa.
On the flip side, WWE has a stale house show business. The excessive number of total shows dilutes the quality of the overall product.
I once read an article by Marc Mattaliano talking about his experiences at a WWE house show in New Jersey. According to Mattaliano, the building was near empty, plus the fans were generally apathetic to the WWE superstars.
TNA's house shows are simply better than WWE's house shows. They are much more innovative. Now if they can just translate that onto TV.
TNA is without a doubt better than WWE in their use of the women's division, a greater depth of top draws, saving their best matches for pay-per-views, and revealing storylines in a timely fashion.
This does not necessarily mean TNA is great in those four areas either. The Knockouts Division needs to focus more on wrestling rather than high school drama.
TNA is a much smaller company, so the need to have a huge draw on the roster is not as big of a need as WWE's need for one.
WWE simply replays their pay-per-view main events on free TV. It is great for the fans but terrible for business.
Quite frankly TNA's storylines aren't very good, but they are revealed in somewhat of a timely manner. On the WWE side, the storylines are better, but the ending is sorely lacking. Think the Nexus and Anonymous Raw GM storylines to get my point.
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