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. (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