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Sometimes you have to make sacrifices for the greater good.  Last year I cancelled my cable so that I could help my oldest child navigate kindergarten.  While he spent the year learning how to read, write, and stand still in line I was learning how to get my “rasslin” fix on YouTube, message boards, and blogs.  We managed to survive the school year so a few weeks ago I decided to get the cable hooked up again.

However, when I finally had an opportunity to catch an episode of Impact I started thinking maybe I should have stuck to the message boards.  A lot has been said concerning the decline in TNA brand.  I heard an interview with Ric Flair last week where he said that “their days are numbered.”  You don’t have to watch the show to see it is struggling but I don’t think it would take too much to get it back on track.

  1.  Forget trying to compete with the WWE– No one is going to beat Vince McMahon.  WCW/NWO gave WWE a run for its money for over a year and when it was over Vince owned the company.  That short run by WCW was the only real competition WWE has had in almost 30 years.  It should be noted that the WCW change happened almost overnight and I don’t think anyone knew what how big it was going to be.  There is a market for TNA and that is where they should put their focus.  People switched to WCW/NWO because it was new and it was fresh, the same reason people started watching TNA to begin with.
  1. Figure out what you do well and do it- TNA started as an alternative to WWE.  It focused on having exciting matches with some of the best young talent in the business.  It was the company where wrestling mattered more than all of the theatrics.  It was small and personal which gave it a little more of an old school feel.  They thought outside the box with the X-division and the 6-sided ring.  WWE already has the market on big and extravagant so stick with what you know.
  1. MMA fighters need to be better- I am not completely against MMA fighters participating in wrestling. Ken Shamrock did ok with the WWE so it can be done.  This is just another area where TNA seemed to try and emulate something that was done in the past without putting to much work into it.  Sure Rampage and Tito are going to get you ratings just based on name recognition, but once they take the mic or have to get involved in a match you realize that they are way out of their league.
  1. Old wrestlers don’t equal success- Using old wrestlers to carry a company only worked one time for a few years before the company went under.  WCW rode Hogan, Nash, Hall, Sting and Luger right into the ground.  They spent so much time building around the old guys they lost the future and the company to the WWE long before Vince wrote the check.  Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, and Chris Jericho all signed with WWE and became superstars.  AJ styles and Bobby Roode still have a lot left in the tank only to spend time chasing the likes of Sting and Bully Ray.  Sure there is some young talent getting a look but these older wrestlers need to be putting over the young wrestlers over to ensure the future of the company.

There is still a lot to be excited about with TNA.  The talent is still there, the fans are still there, the potential is still there.  I just hope that someone with the power to change it will see if before it’s too late.

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Jason Duclos

Jason DuClos has been a contributing writer for CCB since 2013. He is a loving father of three, a devoted husband, part time youth director, and full time fantasy football fanatic. When he is not coaching 1st and 4th grade basketball, teaching, or writing a paper for school is he working on his blog. He is self described as the other side of the coin, someone who lives on the side of devils advocate. Whether it’s fantasy football or wrestling, he will not shy away from controversy. You can read his blogs exclusively on CCB and follow him on Twitter @TSMPDX

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