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TNA Wrestling or How Not to Run a Wrestling Company

Eric Bischoff and Hulk HoganIf you didn’t notice (and if not, I’m hurt), I didn’t post a CCB article last week. Rumors were flying around the Internet, but I can proudly say that no, I didn’t run out of columns on my Camel Clutch Contract for the year of 2010. I was just super-busy and didn’t really have time to even pay as much attention to my own blog as I would have liked. I’d like to pretend that I was just goofing on myself and making up strange stipulations that were totally original and not mimicking anything happening in a real wrestling company. Sadly, I’m not.

Apparently, the TNA Wrestling contracts that guys such as Rob Van Dam, Ric Flair and Team 3D signed with the company contained only a limited amount of dates for the year. Rather than signing them to a yearly contract with unlimited appearances, the contracts signed offered a limited number of dates for the length of the contract, with any extra dates costing large sums of money. This would not be a problem if the TNA braintrust had actually budgeted those appearances to make sure that everyone on those kinds of deals had maximum impact. Yeah, about that…

[adinserter block=”2″]The hot rumor going around was that RVD forfeited the TNA world title because he was out of dates. The reason he ran out of dates so quickly was that he was asked to work house shows as the World Champion. Now, I’m no genius, but I’d think that if you had a guy who figured into your plans enough that you made him World Champion, you’d make damn sure that he stuck around as long as possible, especially when you were getting some of your best ratings of the year with him as a centerpiece to the show.

Then again, if I’m a genius, what are the people in charge of TNA? Well, Dixie Carter is an attention whore of a money mark who’s more concerned about getting the attention of Vince McMahon than running a good wrestling company. Hulk Hogan is just collecting a paycheck at this point. Vince Russo… don’t get me started on him. And Eric Bischoff? Well, apparently, he’s too busy writing rants directed at the Internet, taking us to task for even thinking about liking or defending the WWE.

This is why you have stuff happening that doesn’t make sense. No one seems to care about the product in the ring as much as they care about image. That’s why you get things like these contract lapses, or bringing back ECW wrestlers who steal crap from the locker room and no-show Impact tapings for which they’re integral parts of. No one gives a crap about providing a disciplined atmosphere, which is why Desmond Wolfe doesn’t know why he has heat on him for bitching about guys not being awesome enough workers for him to have matches with or why Samoa Joe feels like he’s justified in bitching out Vince Russo publically and throwing a temper tantrum in the truck. That’s why you get asinine booking decisions like the lockbox challenge for the Knockouts Title or having RVD forfeit the title because he has no dates left instead of making him drop the title in one of his final dates before they ran out.

However, there is hope, not for TNA, but for other prospective wrestling promoters, like Sean Davis and the Wilpon family, who are starting a new promotion in TNA’s backyard. Dixie and her band of blithering idiots are providing the blueprint of how not to run a wrestling company. It is a cautionary tale the likes of which 2000-01 WCW could only dream of producing, and while it seems like a comedy of errors on the surface, it really reads as an afterschool special for would-be promoters. Really, if you want to succeed, you don’t do what TNA has done. You don’t bring in every washed-up wrestler possible and put them over your young talent 100% of the time. You use TV to advertise and not Twitter and Youtube exclusively. You keep track of storylines and don’t drop them within a couple of weeks of their inception. You don’t hire Vince Russo, Eric Bischoff or Hulk Hogan to do anything behind the scenes.

[adinserter block=”1″]It’s sad, but hey, it’s necessary to have cases such as TNA’s. Of course, the fact that they went above and beyond everything WCW did wrong in their dying days proves that sometimes, you can have all the cautionary tales as possible and still people will repeat mistakes like it’s their job. I’ve lost nearly all hope that TNA will ever turn it around. People say that makes me “biased”. You know what? Everyone’s biased. I admit, I’m biased but not against TNA. I’m biased against bad wrestling. TNA is bad wrestling. I’m not going to pump sunshine up your ass about TNA’s positives when they have very few in the name of some false precept of “objectivity”, because objectively, TNA has very few positives.

If they didn’t, then maybe RVD would still be working for them. If they didn’t, maybe they wouldn’t be forced to shell out big bucks for every extra date they’re having Ric Flair appear for. If they didn’t, maybe they’d sell more than 10,000 buys for their monthly PPVs. If they didn’t, then maybe they wouldn’t end up being the paragon for bad wrestling.

Tom Holzerman is a lifelong wrestling fan and connoisseur of all things Chikara Pro, among other feds. When he’s not writing for the Camel Clutch Blog, you can find him on his own blog, The Wrestling Blog.

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  1. 1 – Nice spelling, dude.

    2 – If anything, the people who try and tell me that TNA is better than the WWE are the people who try to say that someone like Vince Carter is better than Jordan.

    3 – Beer Money/MCMGs was a nice series, but you know what? It's like picking a caraway seed out of a heaping pile of feces in terms of ring-work. You're not going to find stuff like Cena/HBK, Cena/Jericho, MVP/Orton, Cena/Punk, Swagger/Orton, Miz/Bourne, Barrett/Christian, Christian/Swagger, Christian/Dreamer, Edge/Christian, DX/JeriShow and a million other awesome matches the WWE has provided on free TV in the last 2 years on TNA.

    4 – I'll take Randy Orton's homosexual snake routine over the skittish booking of TNA any day, bro. Have fun with your ADHD riddled programming. I'll stick with good wrestling, i.e., WWE, ROH, LLUSA, Chikara, PWG, hell, EVERY OTHER FED IN THE COUNTRY other than TNA right now.

  2. LMAO well with all of that said TNA is still alot better then the WWE I can barley watch the PG firework show that is the wwe ….you WWE marks are Ridiculas you remind me of Kobe kids who try and argue Kobe is better then Jordan …..I mean W/E do I think its dumb some of the things TNA does with there money and the choices they make yea of course. But When it comes down to the product I enjoy Impact alot more then raw. I mean do you ever see matches like the beer money and MCMG matches on monday over on raw No you dont …….you say you are a life long wrestling fan well then bro …maybe you have forgot what real wrestling is and it is not the backroom money and politics, its what goes on in ring and TNA has the better wrestlers and matches …… w/e though you can keep watching a randy orton stand in a ring and pretend to be a snake for 10 min then Diamond cut somebody your right that sounds way better


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