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Will 2013 Be a Breakout Year for TNA?
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TNA Stars at the Hall of Fame Ceremony
Photo by: My 1-2-3 Cents
By Chad Smart
@chadsmart & @my123cents on Twitter
Iíll admit that Kevin and I
donít give TNA the fair amount of coverage we should on the blog. Part of the
reason is because most of the feedback we get from readers centers on WWE. That
is understandable since WWE is the number one wrestling promotion and most
casual fans associate all wrestling as being WWE wrestling. The other main
reason for the lack of TNA coverage is when we talk about other wrestling promotions;
Kevin usually talks about Pro Wrestling Collision because heís associated with
the company while I usually discuss Chikara because thatís my favorite
promotion. I often feel bad we donít write about more companies, but then I
watch cat videos on YouTube* and forget about writing anything for a few days. <>
Most of the blogs I write
are based around concepts I think will get at least two or three comments.
Thatís another reason why I tend to write about something that is popular or
mainstream. However, if I would write more about happenings in the wrestling
world that excite or interest me, I would write ten blogs about TNA to every
one blog about WWE.
Honestly, while there are certain aspects to WWE
programming I like at the moment, I havenít been able to watch a full episode
of RAW in over a month. On the other channel, while not a perfect show, I am
more intrigued about what will happen on Impact on a weekly basis. <>
Recently, TNA President,
Dixie Carter made some announcements that change the landscape of TNA
Wrestling. Personally, I think these changes are long overdue but at the same
time Iím curious to see if theyíll pay off in the long run. <>
The first dramatic change
was going from 12 pay per views a year to only four live shows. TNA has taped three shows for future
PPV airings, and plan to tape either three or four more in March. These taped
shows will run during months that donít have a live show and will be more or
less stand-alone shows. This is a move I have been waiting to
happen for at least five years. I wish WWE would also follow suit. Twelve pay
per views is too many. By going back to four main shows this should allow TNA
writers to build storylines and feuds to the point of wanting to see the match
instead of rushing something together in 2-3 weeks. Also it should mean no last
minute or unannounced matches added to the pay per view. As an old school fan
who remembers when there was only the Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, SummerSlam
and Survivor Series in WWF and Starrcade, SuperBrawl, Great American Bash and
Halloween Havoc in WCW, I gladly welcome TNA scaling back to just Genesis,
Lockdown, Slammiversary and Bound For Glory. Iíll also admit that I am more
likely to order these shows as shelling out $40 every 3-4 months is a lot
easier on the wallet than paying every month. <>
In the last day or two there
has been rumors that Lockdown (the next TNA PPV) will only feature the top
matches inside a cage instead of having the entire show take place inside the
cage as has been the norm since Lockdownís inception. Again, this is something
Iíve been wishing for since the first Lockdown. There was a time when cage
matches had meaning. The cage was used as an ender to a violet feud or was used
to keep people from interfering. Now cage matches are used as props on a
roulette wheel or as an excuse to see a wrestler perform jaw dropping aerial move.
In addition to not understanding why guys who werenít even feuding were placed
into a cage match, having every match in the cage took away the prestige of the
Lethal Lockdown match. If this is the direction TNA is going with this yearís
Lockdown, I fully support them.<>
Perhaps the biggest news of
the last two weeks was Impact leaving the Impact Zone and taking the show on
the road. My biggest fear is TNA management will think they can sell more seats
than they actually will and thus book large arenas. In my perfect world, TNA
would be content to think of themselves as a modern day ECW and book smaller,
more intimate arenas. My favorite ECW arena was the Madhouse of Extreme in
Queens, NY. If TNA could find someplace like that and realize a rabid, raucous
crowd of 1000-1500 fans can make for a better show than a 20,000-seat arena
full of fans that only care about the World Champion. <>
Chad & Jeff Hardy
Photo by My 1-2-3 Cents
Will these changes help TNA?
Will the audience grow over the course of the year? I donít know. If TNA keeps
on the path theyíve been on for the past 8 months or so, if fans would watch
with open eyes and leave their blind hatred based on something that happened
eight years ago aside, I would think business should grow. TNA isnít
perfect. Aces and Eights havenít
won a meaningful match. The Knockout Tag Titles are still in limbo. Hulk Hogan
is still scaring fans away by saying he wants to be TNA World Champion and the
X-Division is treated like a red-headed stepchild. Overlooking those flaws,
which could easily be fixed, there is a lot of good wrestling, good characters
and freshness in TNA. I will gladly take Jeff Hardy as champion over David
Arquette 2k13 headlining Wrestlemania any day. Changing venues will make Impact
seem fresher, but the writers and wrestlers still have to deliver. Hopefully
theyíre up for the task. <>
What are you thoughts? Will
these changes help TNA? Are you more inclined to watch TNA because of the
changes or will you be watching Community? <>
*I donít actually watch cat
videos. <>

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