November 30, 2010 Leave a comment
One of my harsh realities is that I am a fan of TNA. While I often scream at its ridiculous plotlines week in and week out, I do tune in every week to see what Hogan and Company have in store for me. And I really do wish TNA could turn the ship around and become a competitive force against the WWE. I, like every other wrestling fan of the time, miss the Monday Night Wars of the late ’90s. But there are some things that TNA does over and over again that hinder their product. So here, TNA – five things that would immediately make your show better.
1. Give Immortal a mindset and stick with it.
One of the more frustrating aspects of TNA since the Immortal takeover at Bound for Glory is their rapid-fire changes in motivation for what they’ve done. As the whole thing was supposed to be one big heel turn, it can be safely assumed that both Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan took control of TNA because they are egotistical power-mongers who aren’t happy unless they have control of the organization. They lack care for the company itself and are only interested in pushing those who are on their side. This would be backed up by the new intro for Impact showing only members of Immortal and its allied group Fortune.
But being that consistency is not one of TNA’s stronger aspects, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have stepped off the usual path and instead talked about taking TNA to that “next level” (apparently the 17th one they’ve reached since arriving in January) and pushed Dixie Carter out because she was running the company into the ground. These characterizations put both Hogan and Bischoff in a much more positive light, showing that they actually do care about what the company does and were just trying to better it, something the delusional Dixie Carter wouldn’t allow because of her…well, delusions of grandeur. This is backed up by their allowing babyfaces opportunities at various titles, and not going after some of the lesser belts like the X Division or Tag Team titles.
Obviously, these two faces clash with one another. Being that they switch back and forth between them often in the same promos, it becomes glaringly obvious to the fans that are trying to keep up. Are the likes of D’Angelo Dinero, Matt Morgan and Douglas Williams good guys for going against Immortal and sticking with Dixie Carter? Or are they bad guys for trying to stick to the old ways of failure and prevent Immortal’s vision for a better future? The answer to that changes numerous times in each episode of Impact. TNA needs to pick one – preferably the first one – and stick with it. Set your good guys and your bad guys in stone. You can change them later down the road.