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TNA Wrestling Trying to Make Wrestling Matter Again

The one thing we can say about TNA’s Impact Wrestling is that business has picked up a bit thanks in part of the signing of MVP, the former WWE Intercontinental Champion as the company’s “Secret Investor.”

[adinserter block=”1″]That does not mean we will see less of Dixie Carter on screen (damn), but it means we may be seeing more of what TNA has been known for in the past as a niche wrestling operation with ties to the idea of mat wrestling and more competition instead of the overdrama that is played out week after week on screen in Vince McMahon’s circus in Stamford, and across the country.

Hallelujah and praise the Lord!

About two years ago, TNA embarked on this notion that “Wrestling Matters” with stars such as Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode and even Carter herself giving us reasons to believe that wrestling was what the fans deserved and the gospel spoken by the greats like Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk, The Briscos and Arn Anderson would live on in an “NWA-like” promotion – born and bred on the concept that Kayfabe lived on and the needs for completion within other brands was all but nonexistent.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still plenty pissed at the way the operation – which has seen changes since it was started by the likes of Jeff Jarrett and others – has been used to whet the whistle of fans, tease us with great wrestlers like Roode, Austin Aries and Angle, and then at times, drop the ink and paper as though it had forgotten how to write a wrestling script or program.

I have at times thought I could do better in the dark with a wet paper bag.

But realistically, TNA does things we do not see as much in the big, bad world of the WWE. It works with its cruiserweights and makes them stars. It makes the Knockouts center of attention. And when the moment is right, it allows Angle, Samoa Joe and James Storm kick a little ass over and over again.

There have been failings of late. The “Aces and Eights” angle was a slow work that turned into a slow bleed then a hemorrhage. Losing the likes of Matt Morgan and allowing Tara to leave left indelible marks in the company that have not been filled yet.

Now that there is a new star in Florida and the storylines figure to change, maybe we will see some of the “old school” wrestling program we have come to love. If the company is to take another step forward, then here are a few things to consider.

– Find a suitable challenger for Magnus. The angle of the Authority was taken by the WWE, but that did not mean the writers at TNA wanted to let it go. Magnus is a good-looking star with as much athleticism as anyone on the roster. But there must be a new challenger to face him. Somehow, I wish that someone was Morgan.

– Stop stealing from the WWE. The ladder matches, the briefcases with contracts, the casket matches. Everything must stop. Bring back the six-sided ring and try new X-Division matches and tournaments. Bring back the likes of AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels. Make wrestling matter.

– Give Abyss a manager – AGAIN. Where are you James Mitchell? The promo Thursday night on TNA with Abyss/Joseph Park was pretty good. I could see Mitchell as the man who “helps” Abyss get through this problem.

[adinserter block=”2″]Continue the programming of free pay-per-views. I love the concept and it should continue. More fans want to see more high-quality matches with titles on the line. Also, find a way to make the Bound for Glory series the main attraction of the year.

I am no expert, but I wanted to share my two cents. I am a fan, after all, and want to see the best this business has. And although TNA has taken its share of abuse the last year, it looks like it may be back on track to making wrestling matter once again.

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  1. I wish Dixie would stay off screen. She is not an interesting authority figure. It’s not 1999 anymore, wrestling authority’s aren’t cool anymore.

    I respect TNA making it about wrestling again, hopefully they continue to go down that direction.

    Very good column!


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