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It’s time for TNA to take Paul Heyman’s advice

I really want to like TNA, I do. I've been following the company since it started and there has always been flashes of the things I like about wrestling that WWE wasn't offering. I remember ordering one of the early Nashville shows for an AJ/Lynn/Low Ki match and briefly believing that Ron Killings was going to be a thing. I remember when Raven showed up and proclaimed that it was his destiny to win the NWA World Heavyweight championship. Raven was motivated and I believed his destiny would be fulfilled and... Jarrett won. I remember watching when Dusty Rhodes would hang out with all the hot girls on the show in the back of his pickup with some hay in it. ajstyles(Seriously, what was that?) I remember watching them on Fox Sports with the timer for all the matches (was that real wrestling show on before or after?), Triple X vs. AMW, the Pounce, Apolo, the ROH breakup, Samoa Joe's debut and everything else. Throughout it all one thing has remained the same: TNA has disappointed me.

My favorite things in TNA were always the non-main event things. In the beginning it was the X-division, because of course it was. Then it was the tag division. Eric Young. The X-Division again. The tag division again. The Knockouts. Eric Young again. Samoa Joe. Bad Influence. Joseph Park. These things were and are great, but they were never the focus. The focus was on Jarrett or whatever former WWE guy was on the roster at the time. To TNA's credit, they have fixed this a bit over the past couple of years by pushing homegrown stars and keeping the title on their own guys, but it is still missing something. It still feels like a rehash of something else. It's not fresh or original or good, really. It's just TNA.

Of course, none of this is news. I am not breaking the lid off the problems with TNA. They are well documented and everyone has their opinion as to why things are the way they are. I'm not here to outline how to fix the problems that TNA has, but instead to offer some advice: It's time to listen to Paul Heyman. Read more

TNA: Push This, Not That

When my son was first starting to eat regular food, his mom gave me a book called Eat This, Not That which was basically a guide to what is healthy/unhealthy at chain restaurants. You know, because I am an idiot who thinks 2-year olds should eat McDonalds for every meal. The premise was simple. Don't eat a Big Mac, eat a grilled chicken sandwich. Don't eat ice cream, eat a salad. It was so stupid, but in a way where you could see someone reading it and actually being surprised and then being disappointed in the human race. The target market for this book is not the smartest bunch to say the least. I recently came across this book while cleaning and it made me think of TNA.

I want to like TNA, I really do. I like so many people on their roster and I like how they aren't slaves to a specific look or style like WWE is. Their in-ring product is often better, but their everything else isn't and their desire to be like WWE is their ultimate downfall. Still, it's the closest to WCW we're ever going to get. Unfortunately, they always seems to take up the worst qualities of WCW, but just like WCW no matter how terrible it gets there are always a few bright spots. How can anyone hate a company that employs AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Robert Roode, Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe? I can't. It's impossible. So I'm always watching from afar. I'm always peeking in and hoping for better, but they always let me down. This must be how my parents feel about me.

TNA has actually gotten a lot better about who they use. Jeff Jarrett is gone. Robert Roode, James Storm and Austin Aries have all made giant leaps while AJ, Joe, Daniels and Kazarian are all important parts of the show. That's huge, but at the same time 3 of the 4 major titles are currently held by former WWE guys whose best days are behind them. That's not good. They're better than that.

So let's try fixing TNA with some small This/Not That changes. Read more