Addressing the Hatred Towards IMPACT Wrestling
This is a topic that has been bothering me for sometime now.
It's been itching away at me for so long now that I feel the need to get this burden off my shoulders.
I'm talking about the constant bashing of IMPACT Wrestling.
I only use two sites for wrestling news and articles: Bleacher Report and WrestlingInc.com. Both sites bury IMPACT.
Whether it's as simple as changing a tab from "Wrestling Home" to only "WWE" or the constant bashing in the comment section.
People claim to be "real" or "true" wrestling fans.
A true fan would watch for the wrestling. IMPACT, WWE, ROH, NJPW and whatever wrestling you get your hands on.
I'm tired of hearing about how much "IMPACT sucks" because in reality, it does not.
Consider this my shot back to all TNA haters and WWE fan-boys.
Hiring WWE "Cast-Offs"
First off, I dare you to call Matt Morgan, Mr. Anderson, Kurt Angle, The Pope, Team 3D, the Hardys, RVD, Mickie James and Tara cast-offs to their face.
Why has it become such a crime to sign former WWE talent?
WWE stupidly released some of the best talent they never used for stupid reasons. Pope, Anderson and Morgan can all put on a hell of a show and deliver. They're great talents.
They were released and IMPACT gave them, some of your favorite wrestlers, a second chance. You're going to hate them for giving your favorites a second chance?
Pope and Anderson are two of the most entertaining guys in wrestling. Would you rather have them be in IMPACT or find another line of work?
This is a double-edged sword, however.
WWE has definitely signed TNA "cast-offs."
Monty Brown, Christian Cage, Low Ki, Awesome Kong, Chris Harris, Lance Hoyt, Gail Kim and plenty of others. One thing they all have in common, they were used like crap.
At least IMPACT picks up the ex-WWE guys and uses them to their full potential at times. WWE just lets them sit on the sidelines and rot.
Here's my favorite part.
You WWE fans are drooling over the idea of Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and James Storm all jumping ship to WWE.
Oh, wow, Samoa Joe is interested in wrestling for the biggest wrestling organization on the planet. I'm interested in getting a job in WWE doesn't mean I'll get the damn job, especially after this article.
Why would Joe, Storm and/or Roode even want to work there after looking at WWE's past with many other ex-TNA talents?
Pushing "Old" Guys
Another complaint is pushing old guys.
"Why is Sting and Kurt Angle champion? I want AJ Styles."
Kurt and Sting may be old, but they can still work a damn match.
I don't care if a guy is 162 years old. If he can still work a match and put on a show, he's fine in my book. Isn't working a match what really matters.
The funny part is, WWE fans are again drooling over the ideas of the Rock and Stone Cold returning to the ring.
Rock and Stone Cold haven't wrestled in what, seven-plus years?
At least you know Sting and Angle can work a match. It's better than taking a gamble with Austin and Rock.
Kurt and Sting may be old age-wise, but Cena and Orton are an old product predictability-wise.
Cena and Orton are always in the main event, in the title hunt and in the spot light. They have to have everything handed to them.
When was the last time either one lost cleanly?
Not Pushing Homegrown Talent
If homegrown talent isn't being pushed, then answer these questions:
Why is AJ Styles the longest World Champion in company history?
Why has Beer Money been Tag Champions since January?
Why is Madison Rayne the longest reigning Knockouts Champion in company history?
Why is Eric Young Television Champion?
Why is Bobby Roode and James Storm in the top four for the BFG Series?
Not Pushing Younger Talent
This is another stupid topic.
Young talent not getting pushed? Are you watching the same show I am?
Crimson is in his mid 20s. He has been undefeated since January and leads the pack in the BFG Series with 50 points.
Gunner is in his late 20s and has victories over former World Champions such as Sting, Mr. Anderson and AJ Styles. Gunner is also a one-time TV Champion.
Madison Rayne is a mutli-time Knockouts Champion and is in her mid 20s. She is the longest reigning Knockouts Champion in history.
Rosita is only 20 years old and is already a former Knockouts Tag Team Champion.
X Division Is Weak
The X Division was weak earlier this year.
Anyone who thinks the division is still weak obviously didn't watch Destination X this year and certainly didn't witness five, maybe six, new X Division talents receive a contract on IMPACT.
I just think WWE fans are jealous of the X Division because their Cruiserweight division was killed by a leprechaun. It's true.
The Knockouts Are Weak
The Knockouts are better than the Divas.
When was the last time the Divas were relevant?
The Knockouts had an entire show devoted to them. The Divas are lucky to work a five-minute match.
"Blame Russo! Blame Russo!"
That's all I hear.
Blame Russo for the run-in or double count-out!
Who do we blame for some of the terrible endings in WWE matches?
A little kid threw water in R-Truth's face to cost him the WWE Championship at Capitol Punishment? Really? This little kid basically defended John Cena's title for him.
Christian spits in Orton's face and Orton kicks Christian in the nuts with the referee standing right next to them? Great idea.
How about all the pin-falls with someone's foot on or under the rope?
Who do we blame for that?
A perfect example would be Jeff Hardy at Victory Road.
Really? The guy that was busted for having over 500 pills in his house was caught using drugs again? Shocking?
How about WWE's latest and greatest rookie, Sin Cara?
Hell, even the referees are failing the Wellness Program. Speak to me on this topic when your refs stay clean.
Too Many Title Changes
Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, Jeff Hardy, Sting, Mr. Anderson, Sting, Kurt Angle.
The IMPACT World title changed hands seven times this year.
The Miz, John Cena, CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, John Cena & CM Punk, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio.
The WWE title has been swapped around seven times.
It's a wash...or is it?
The Miz and Cena's first reign this year were both good.
CM Punk won the belt and walked out on WWE so they needed a new champion.
Mysterio won the title on RAW but then lost it in the same night. Not the first time that happened to poor Rey.
At SummerSlam, CM Punk beat Cena to become "Undisputed Champion," but after a Jackknife, Alberto Del Rio cashes in as is new champion.
The WWE title changed hands in less than 24 hours two times this year.
What looks worse now?
Feuds Go on Too Long
A perfect example would be Angle/Jarretts feud, agreed?
While that feud was five or six months long, it produced great matches.
Not to say that Orton vs. Christian didn't produce good matches, but it got stale.
At least Angle/Jarrett didn't wrestle at five consecutive pay-per-views for the World title no less. Orton and Christian has been done at five pay-per-views for the World title.
End the feud and come up with something new.
Too Many Turns
Is Mr. Anderson heel or face?
Another complaint is all the turns recently.
Mr. Anderson is a perfect example. He's heel one week, face the next.
You know how WWE fans are constantly complaining about John Cena needing to turn heel? Or how Randy Orton is boring as a face? Or Christian as a heel isn't working?
At least IMPACT gives some variety. They don't keep one person a face or heel for over five years like Cena has been.
AJ Styles, perfect baby face, was turned heel last year.
Vince McMahon is too greedy to turn Cena heel because of merchandise sales. It's all about the money.
Keeping someone as a face, thus making them boring for years? Or giving someone a face change every so often?
Angry? Want to fire back? Feel free. Let's get to 100 comments!