Gleed’s Blog: A plea to TNA heading into the New York City tapings
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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