If wrestling matters, then so does the crowd.
The Impact Zone crowd has gotten really bad, and it’s almost as though the more everyone claims that TNA needs to leave the Impact Zone, the worse the crowd gets. Impact Wrestling needs a legit, authentic crowd, not one that yells stuff just to yell stuff. You have dudes in the crowd that chant semi-irrelevant stuff. You have that screaming female that once you hear her, you cannot un-hear her. Ever. You have the crowd falling silent for the X-Division matches… is the Impact Zone crowd the reason why the X-Division fell off the map for a bit?
Ultimately, the Impact Zone crowd is counter-productive and doesn’t accurately represent the fans during mid-card matches. Don’t get me wrong, different areas will give different reactions to different wrestlers. Last year at a house show in New York, we gave Amazing Red an amazing pop, and we cheered Team 3D even though Bubba Ray was heel last year in a feud against Ink, Inc. But that Impact Zone crowd… it’s simply not a good look.
If wrestling matters, then so do the stories.
While I would like to believe that there will be fewer 15-20 minute opening segments of non-wrestling, it is absolutely ridiculous to think that just because of this new slogan, every Impact from here on out will be two hours of nothing but wrestling. Are you really expecting Impact to just ditch every storyline and just wrestle without cause? Do you really think that Immortal is complete finished will not even attempt to retaliate? While that might work with unlimited exhibition matches in video games, it doesn’t work here. Even when wrestling mattered in the WWE/F, there were storylines, promos, vignettes, etc. They’re all a part of pro wrestling, and you know this. Don’t be naïve.
If wrestling matters, then so do the main event conclusions.
I don’t know, maybe it’s me, but the conclusions of the main events ever since Victory Road just haven’t been all that they could be. Actually, let me rephrase that, the TNA Heavyweight Championship matches haven’t had solid conclusions, as the Lethal Lockdown main event was Lethal Lockdown, and it was pretty amazing. Still, I find the conclusions of other wise good matches for the belt have been sort of weak lately. Hopefully, with wrestling mattering again, I’ll notice some improvements.
If wrestling matters, then so does growth.
So this enhances the point of leaving the Impact Zone, but there are more improvements to be made. First and foremost, don’t fix what isn’t broken. Upon that realization, TNA could attempt to make all the titles competitive and important, drop the Knockouts Tag Title until they build up a deeper Knockouts Division, and fix certain aspects of their booking. To me, those aspects include better conclusions to main events/World Heavyweight title matches and better thought with putting together and carrying out certain feuds.
Overall, I like this new direction that TNA seems to be taking. Obviously it’s too early for me to make any solid determination on whether it’s worth it or not, but I like the feel. Maybe it’s simply something to create a buzz (I feel like TNA is really good at generating random buzzes), or maybe it’s something more, something where TNA is seriously trying to make a change that brings them up to the next level. And what is that next level? Only time will tell…