Last week Dixie Carter said in a tweet that changes are afoot for TNA in 2013. This will hopefully lead to a more stream lined product and a real push to establish fresh stars within the company. Carter has made remarks like this before which have led to some minor changes, but this time I have a positive vibe for what she means.
The first thing I would seek to change in 2013 would be a real injection of new storylines and young, exciting talent into the oft neglected X-Division. I feel at the moment, by having RVD as champion, the division is lacking the high intensity feel that made it so unique to TNA in its early years. That’s not to say Rob doesn’t have his upsides such as dependability (shocking to think of a guy stripped of 2 world titles in WWE for smoking pot), name value and a plethora of experience. However, these attributes are also reasons against him holding the title as fans know him inside out, he has been around for years and his experience maybe lessens the sense of spontaneity and risk in an X-Division match up. In my opinion it would be great to have a young guy like Kenny King really humble RVD and take the title from him on a heavily hyped Impact. King should then issue an open challenge to any wrestler in the world who thinks he could take the title from a guy who beat the legendary “Whole F’n Show”. I would build the division around King, Zema Ion and a fresh batch of wrestlers brought in from developmental and other organisations.
The next thing I would do is phase out the veterans like Sting, Angle and Hulk Hogan. I would ensure guys like Christian York, Jesse Sorensen and Robbie E (with a new gimick) have the ring and mic skills to slot into a revamped heavyweight title picture alongside AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode and James Storm. This would hopefully entice fans back to the product who are fed up with seeing the old guys hog the spotlight.
Dead weight would need to be got rid of as well. Guys who no longer perceivably have the potential anymore like Mr Anderson, Robbie T and Doc. With less unnecessary flab TNA could afford to spend more time on the stars who matter and who will lead the company into its next phase of development. Hand in hand with this would be ther re-hiring of bonafide talent such as Awesome Kong, Petey Williams and maybe a reinvigorated Monty Brown who could work with younger talent to bring the best out of them.
I’m sure many of you could add a few ideas as to changes needed and I welcome your input. Happy New Year!!