A Chaotic Theory
I have to admit, that I have always been one of the toughest critics when it came to the subject of TNA. When I first started watching it, I immediately fell in love with the energy and the atmosphere that TNA was providing. The in-ring action was setting a new precedent, by living up to its own name, total non-stop action. To watch stars like the Motor City Machine Guns, Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Jay Lethal do what they do best, I felt like, was a huge honor. It wasn’t until the Hogan/Bischoff era did the bad taste in my mouth start to develop, I wasn’t a fan, never have been and it only tarnished my image of TNA as a whole. But like most writers out there, I wasn’t focused on the good that Hogan could do for TNA, but rather focused on the bad that I felt like could occur. I quickly gained an opinion about their motivations and wasn’t too happy about the direction of the company, I felt like history was going to repeat itself by comparing the “new” TNA to the “old” WCW.
It took me a while to understand what exactly Dixie and Jarret had planned for TNA and how Hogan and Bischoff would each play their own intricate parts. I realized that, although I may not like the Hogan persona, I still had to judge him while trying to remain neutral and see how he could ultimately affect the growth of this company and to be honest, I like what direction the company is in. I know, like I said before, I have been a very harsh critic of the new changes but things have really developed well and I am excited to see what is going to happen next. I still think Hogan has been using TNA to launch his name, but I came to the realization that when Hogan’s name gets bigger so does TNA’s. With every new fan that joined Hogan, they also joined TNA, which in turn brings more ratings and revenue. I will be the first to admit that I just didn’t see the big picture.
By no means am I implying that TNA is perfect and there is no room for improvement, because there is, a lot. TNA is still a young federation and they haven’t been competing on the national market for that long and I am sure they are well aware of their own opportunities for improvement. I think the Knockout’s division should be one of their main focuses, along with developing new talent and moving forward with their main storylines in a consistent manner. I love the new changes that have taken place so far and it has been a long time since I can remember watching wrestling on television and being so hooked into the storyline that I couldn’t wait for more, iMPACT! is doing that for me now. I just wished it would be more consistent, if you’re going to move forward with the Abyss as the main storyline, the keep it that way. Don’t run the story one week throughout the show, and then the next we only see about two minutes of its relevance at the end of the show. I know that TNA has other stars that also deserve their own fifteen minutes, but just don’t have me captivated one week and then the next is just, ok.
All in all I think TNA, without a doubt is heading in the right direction. I like being a fan again and I think that the position that the company is in now is probably the best I have seen it in a long time. By continuing to bring in bigger names throughout the years, they continue to draw in new fans and grow larger and it’s exciting to watch what used to be, to what is now. You are always going to have your skeptics and critics, hell I can’t promise you I won’t criticize their every move, because I will, that’s what I do. I guess next time I hope I have the brains to search for the bigger picture, no matter how bad it gets or how great it will become. Then again that’s just my chaotic theory….
A Chaotic Theory