Gleed’s Blog: A plea to TNA heading into the New York City tapings


prowrestling.net
MEMBERSHIP INFO | LOG-IN | CONTACT US | SUBMIT NEWS | ABOUT US
Insider News • Live TV & PPV Coverage • Hitlists • Results • Blogs

HOME | WWE NEWS | TNA NEWS | MMA NEWS | ALL NEWS | TV & PPV | ARENA REPORTS | VIEWPOINTS | PRODUCT REVIEWS | AWARDS



Dot Net App
GOT AN IPHONE, IPAD, IPOD TOUCH, SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB, OR ANDROID PHONE?

THEN BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD OUR NEW FREE APP
(or SEARCH "pro wrestling" in App Store or Android Marketplace)

Dot Net Podcast
CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO DOT NET FREE PODCAST IN ITUNES OR CLICK HERE FOR LISTING OF LATEST SHOWS

Gleed's Blog


Gleed’s Blog: A plea to TNA heading into the New York City tapings
2014-06-05 13:00:23


By Haydn Gleed

I remember the day that I stopped watching TNA. It was on the September 16, 2013 edition of the show. AJ Styles attempted his own version of the CM Punk pipe bomb. Dixie Carter came out to apologize to him, but ended up turning heel.

As I watched that godawful promo by Dixie, I was sitting there praying that no one would walk into the room. I knew that if someone did, the first thing they would say is what the hell are you watching? I sat there watching, and even with no one else in the room, was still feeling embarrassed that this is how I choose to spend my limited free time.

So I stopped watching.

TNA had been pushing me away more and more week by week for months, but this finally tipped me over the edge.

I've kept up on the product through the excellent audio shows here on Dot Net, but as more and more of my colleagues here have been driven mad by reviewing the shows, I've felt very satisfied with my choice to stop watching.

Still, I want to send out a public plea to TNA. We want you to be a decent alternative; we want to get behind you. I am begging TNA to push the reset button after Slammiversary, and with the next set of tapings in New York the time is now.

You will be in front of a brand new crowd, who are not overexposed to the product like the crowds in the Impact Zone have become. You can finish their current feuds at Slammiversary and get rid of the illogical, overbooked, shock and awe style booking, and go back to the basics.

TNA needs to hit a hard reset on the whole authority figure gimmick, and simply not have one. MVP was reportedly injured while wrestling over here in the UK last weekend, and although I would never want to see anyone get injured, it might be a blessing. If he can't compete for a while, it might give TNA the time to re-evaluate his character and repackage him where there aren't massive gaps in logic in his character.

I mean, why would a heel authority figure, who wants the TNA title, not simply take it? That has never been addressed, because the writers tie themselves into so many knots when they do something on the fly for shock value, they don't see the bigger picture or long term. I know it would probably too much to ask for Dixie to go away as well so that we would have no authority figures, but one can dream. We would be left with a wrestling show with just the wrestlers doing what they do best. Novel concept that isn't it?

Wrestling fans simply want two wrestlers, one we like, one we don't competing to prove who's the best. They want the heel to get what's coming to him, and they get angry that the babyface can't because the heel cheats. They don't want to see the two people we are told hate each other to be sat at a bar drinking together. They don't want the babyface to be the one who shows up the heel before they step into the ring.

With the fear that the New York crowd might turn on them after the recent ROH iPPV, I honestly believe that the writers will want to put on the best show they can to try and avoid any embarrassing situations. If it was my company, in the last 300 weeks or however long it has been since the last TV tapings, I would have put the writers in a room and told them to write out these shows in detail. I would have given them enough time to not only write it, but critique it over and over again until they could justify every single action by every single character on the show.

The best product they can put on, especially with the talented, but inexperienced roster they have, is two people having an issue with minimal bells and whistles. They have tried the Vince Russo-esque booking for months, and their ratings have declined alarmingly. They have tried the imitation route, and the ratings have declined. They have tried the heel authority figure over and over again and the ratings have declined. They have tried throwing money at big stars and their ratings have declined or stayed the same depending on the name.

Why not try the simple basics just for one set of tapings and see what reaction they get online, in the building and with the ratings. What exactly have they got to lose?

This is their chance to get back to basics, keep things simple and be a true alternative to WWE. I am going to give them one more shot. I will watch the first show recorded from New York City, but I know I'm in the minority. I want to believe that they want to turn this slump around. I really hope I won't regret wasting two hours of my life.

With the television contract due to expire with Spike in the next couple of months, their chances are starting to run out.

Agree or disagree that time is running out for TNA to save themselves? Hit me up on twitter @haydngleed or shoot me an email to haydn.gleed@gmail.com 

RECOMMEND THIS ARTICLE:


READ OUR INSIDER NEWS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE! BECOME A MEMBER FOR JUST $7.50 A MONTH (or less with a year-long sub) - GET THE FIRST LOOK AT EXCLUSIVE INSIDER DOT NET NEWS, TONS OF EXCLUSIVE AUDIO CONTENT, MEMBER MESSAGE BOARD ACCESS, START YOUR OWN BLOG, AND VIEW THE SITE WITHOUT ANY ADVERTISING: SIGN ME UP (or MORE INFO)



RELATED ARTICLES FROM MGID AFFILIATE SITES...

From Around the Web


MEMBERSHIP INFO
Become a Dot Net Member right now for $7.50 a month or $66 a year ($5.50 a month avg.). Get exclusive audio, first-look insider news, Forum access, member blogs, more...

CLICK FOR SIGN-UP INFO


The Current Must-Read List
5/21 WWE NXT TV Taping SPOILERS for May 27 thru June 17: Kevin Owens vs. Samoa Joe, Finn Bálor vs. Rhyno, Kevin Owens vs. Solomon Crowe, Enzo, Cass, and Carmella vs. Blake, Murphy, and Alexa, The Vaudevillains return, and more
WWE/NXT News: Samoa Joe makes in-ring debut at NXT tapings (SPOILER)
5/21 Barnett's WWE Smackdown on Syfy Live Review: Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, Lucha Dragons, Kidd and Cesaro and more...
Gutteridge's WWE NXT Takeover: Unstoppable Hit List: Samoa Joe debuts, Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Title, Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch for the NXT Women's Title, and Finn Bálor vs. Tyler Breeze
TNA News: TNA statement on cancellation report
05/21 Prowrestling.net All Access Podcast: Ivelisse, Angelico, and Son of Havoc defend the Trios Championships against The Crew in a ladder match, and more
05/20 Dot Net Weekly Audio Show Set List: Samoa Joe makes WWE debut, TNA TV cancellation, TNA's legal issues, full NXT Takeover: Unstoppable review
WWE News: Samoa Joe comments, new t-shirt already available
WWE News: Samoa Joe debuts at NXT live special
TNA News: TNA Impact Wrestling reportedly cancelled by Destination America
ACCESS PREVIOUS MUST-READ ARTICLES

Vote In Our Latest Poll

NXT Poll: Grade the NXT Takeover: Unstoppable event
 
pollcode.com free polls
VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS
VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS

Dot Net Free Podcasts
05/21 Prowrestling.net All Access Podcast: Ivelisse, Angelico, and Son of Havoc defend the Trios Championships against The Crew in a ladder match, and more
05/19 Prowrestling.net Podcast: Triple H takes pro wrestling media questions and promotes Wednesday's NXT Takeover: Unstoppable live special
05/14 Prowrestling.net All Access Podcast: Lucha Underground audio review: Johnny Mundo turns, Jack Evans debuts, new medallions, and more!
05/13 Prowrestling.net All Access Interview: Lucha Underground's Ivelisse on intergender wrestling, winning the Trios Championship, and more
05/12 Prowrestling.net All Access Interview: Lucha Underground's Son of Havoc on winning the Trios Championships, working masked, and more
05/07 Prowrestling.net All Access Interview: TNA's Mr. Anderson on Impact Wrestling's live broadcast and return to pay-per-view
05/06 Prowrestling.net Podcast: Billy Corgan talks with the pro wrestling media regarding his new role in TNA
04/30 Prowrestling.net All Access Podcast: Sami Zayn vs. Alex Riley, Hideo Itami vs. Adam Rose, Bayley vs. Dana Brooke, live special details, and more
04/24 "All Access" WWE Smackdown audio review – Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins and Luke Harper, Rusev vs. Ryback, final hype for Extreme Rules
04/23 Prowrestling.net All Access Podcast: WWE NXT audio review: NXT Champion Kevin Owens vs. Alex Riley, Bayley vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte in a No.1 Contender match, and more
CLICK FOR FULL LISTING OF ALL PODCASTS

Latest from Our Affiliate Site

_pwtorch.com_
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PWTORCH HEADLINES

© 2008-2012 LAST ROW MEDIA LLC • ALL RIGHTS RESERVED -- PRIVACY POLICY