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Hold on a second, Bobby Roode didn’t win? – Inside The Wheelhouse

Bobby RoodeLet me preface this blog for you write off the bat. I don’t watch TNA wrestling programming at all. I have been bored by what they have done in recent years and their storylines confuse the heck out of me because of how easy things change in the “impact zone.” Despite all of that I still read and keep up on what is going “down south” in TNA wrestling.

From what I’ve read and watched on YouTube the Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode feud has been deemed by some fans as the “best wrestling feud in 2011.” While I will politely disagree I am impressed that for the first time in a long time, TNA Wrestling wrestling is getting positive feedback from a large group of wrestling fans regarding their product. The talk of the feud had me so interested that I considered potentially trying Impact Wrestling out for a month and following it more closely after Bound For Glory.

That all changed when I read the TNA Wrestling Bound For Glory results.

What do most wrestling fans complain about lately? Whether it is the WWE, TNA or even ROH, what do wrestling fans get upset about? The lack of new stars being developed in this great world of wrestling we so much enjoy.

How did TNA respond to those desire concerns their fans have? They didn’t push Bobby Roode and make him the TNA World Champion as Kurt Angle retained at their biggest PPV of the year.

TNA had their opportunity to strike at the WWE who were coming off of a horrible Monday Night RAW and make fans talk about their product. They could have given a typical amazing Kurt Angle match and still put Bobby Roode over. But they didn’t and it makes no sense to me.

Are creative writers that out of touch with their wrestling fans that they can’t understand that people want new stars? One of the easiest equations in wrestling mathematics is you create a new star by putting him over a huge star at one of the biggest pay-per-views of the entire year. Basic wrestling equations such as that open the door to new fans or fans who want a reason to return to their product, I am one of those fans who want a reason to watch the TNA product.

We have seen these equations happen in the past. Let’s look at some pretty good examples of how we have seen wrestling companies take an up & coming star, put him against a huge star and have them get the victory at the biggest stage of the year.

WrestleMania 6: Ultimate Warrior defeats Hulk Hogan to win the WWF Championship
WrestleMania 12: Shawn Michaels defeats Bret Hart to win the WWF Championship
WrestleMania 14: Steve Austin defeats Shawn Michaels to win the WWF Championship
WrestleMania 21: John Cena defeats JBL to win the WWE Championship & Batista defeats Triple H to win the World Heavyweight Championship

It’s a simple equation to boosting your ratings for the next couple of months, which could lead to the next year, which could lead to a jump in your product. Fans love to see new era’s created in wrestling and new stars to be pushed past the glass ceiling. When they happen at big events whether it is WrestleMania, Starrcade or Bound For Glory it means something. The event is already over with the fans as the “super bowl” of that company and there is no better place to make a star.

I am so confused with TNA’s thinking or lack of strategy on this one. I am not saying Bobby Roode would tear up the wrestling scene but it would definitely get me to tune into TNA wrestling this Thursday night because it would appear TNA would be heading in the right direction with their product. Fans don’t want to see the “same old stuff” on their television screen every week from any wrestling company, when it comes to the TNA World Championship let’s look at the last couple of Champions and find the last time a wrestler who was not established in WWE, WCW or ECW won the title.

1. Kurt Angle – current champion (won on August 7th, 2011)
2. Sting (won on July 11th, 2011)
3. Mr. Anderson (won on June 12th, 2011)
4. Sting (won on February 24th, 2011)
5. Jeff Hardy (won on February 13th, 2011)
6. Mr. Anderson (won on January 9th, 2011)
7. Jeff Hardy (won on October 10th, 2010)
8. Rob Van Dam (won on April 19th, 2010)
9. A.J. Styles (won on September 20th, 2009)

It has been nearly two years since a TNA World Champion was crowned that wasn’t established in WWE, WCW or ECW backing up my theory that this was the best chance TNA had in bridging the gap a bit between themselves and the WWE. They could have easily created a new star in Bobby Roode this past Sunday and didn’t. If you’re a fan who gets upset about Cena & Orton winning Championships all the time then you need to be upset with this statistic as well.

Once again TNA had the opportunity to welcome me and many other wrestling fans back to their product & the dropped the ball. If TNA was looking for new fans as well they won’t get it either. Bound For Glory may have been a good show, Angle vs. Roode might have been a good match too, but when you don’t take the opportunity to make new stars then what is product building anyway?

Same, old, stuff.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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