A Chaotic Theory: TNA Pushes Forward
I asked for it and I got it. Recently I went on a crazy tangent, talking about how TNA better shape up before they get shipped out. I dove deep into the average TNA fan’s psyche and basically waged war. I talked about the failing re-launch of iMPACT! and how Hogan and Bischoff were commanding a sinking ship. I said that Vince McMahon was right by referring to TNA as a second class product with no chance of any competition. It was clear to me that if TNA wanted to pull it’s self out of the slump that it was in then it needed a serious overhaul, again. Hogan had to take a step back out of the limelight and control things from the office and not the ring. TNA had to be more productive by producing storylines that are more relevant to the current times. But most of all TNA had to re-establish the stars who made them what they are today, before they all start jumping ship. Well I think somebody was listening, because it has shown that with a little fine tuning and a lot of persistence, TNA is proving that this war has only just begun.
When I first starting writing my column about TNA’s Destruction, I didn’t realize how upset I was about the whole situation until after I had finished. A lot of things plagued my mind, concerning the validity of my opinions. Am I being too quick to judge? Have I not really given them a chance to shine without criticizing their every move? But then I thought, I am a columnist, that’s what I do. I judge, I criticize and I write about it. But just because one week I have a negative opinion about TNA doesn’t mean that in the next week, it couldn’t change and that is exactly what TNA is showing me. They are changing it up again, which is what needs to happen for them or any federation, to be successful. They noticed that their current antics haven’t been impressing anyone and they are losing viewers, so they are making some much needed modifications.
Let’s take a look at some of them, shall we? One of my primary complaints for TNA was the use of Hogan. I felt like Hogan was only there to build up the Hogan brand and not the TNA brand. Well within the last two weeks, things have leveled out a bit. Hogan is still getting his name out there, as he should(It’s what he does for a living)but he is also taking a backseat to the action in the ring, which is good for TNA. Let me explain, Hogan, I am sure has many brilliant ideas just from working in the industry for so long, somethings had to have sunk in. So instead of Hogan impressing us with his memorable moves in the ring, he is now using all that stuff he has learned and trying to impress us with his creative mind and business prowess. We have all seen what Hogan can do and has done in the ring, now it’s time for him to show us what he’s got outside of it. He has already caught my attention with the possibility of a feud between him and Bischoff, I have been dying to see this.
Another thing that TNA did was put their stars who made them back on top. A couple of weeks ago, TNA ended it’s show with the Knockouts opening their winning lock boxes. Now the segment might not have been the best, true, but it’s not really what the segment was about but what it was. What is was, was female wrestlers closing a primetime broadcast for a major professional wrestling promotion. It is something that isn’t seen very often, if this isn’t the first time. That in my eyes is huge, to continue to change how we look at the wrestling world as just a man’s profession is awesome. Another way TNA is pushing their “originals” forward is by putting them in matches. I know it’s a pretty simple concept, but before the last couple of weeks, the “originals” weren’t the ones headlining the shows, it wasn’t really about them too much, I mean you heard things and saw matches, but for the most part, not much. But now, we are hearing a lot more about the match between AJ Styles and the Pope, and Team Flair vs. Team Hogan, with Flair’s team, in my eyes is the one who is truly representing TNA. With stars like Desmond Wolfe, James Storm, Robert Roode and Sting the “originals” are again getting to show the world their talent.
And one of my final concerns for the promotion was it’s lack of new and innovative storylines. My opinion about the level of creativity that TNA had, has changed. With the new storyline and gimmick of wrestler Orlando Jordan, it had left many people scratching their heads, but tuning in for more. Orlando has debuted a new “gimmick”, he is going to be an openly bisexual professional wrestler and I must say, he plays the part well. Now I know that Orlando in real life is an open, bisexual, but the overdone character that he is portraying in TNA is almost brilliant. Putting the bisexual aspect aside, he is just a very unique character that forces you to stay zoned in to what is happening. At first you think to yourself, What in the world? And then it just leaves you confused and curious at the same time. No not curious like that, but the curiosity to find out what he is going to do next. People who have the ability to capture attention like that and leave you are one in a million and no matter how much we want to admit it, this is a storyline that we will all be keeping our eyes on.
Well all and all I would say that TNA has made huge leaps from where they were two months ago. I am not saying it’s perfect, there is still a tremendous amount of work to do. What I am saying is that TNA is keeping me glued to my TV set once again. Gone are the days where I am flipping back and forth between the promotions to see which is offering the better product, hopefully they never return. Then again that’s just my Chaotic Theory….
A Chaotic Theory: TNA Pushes Forward