24 October 2013

TNA Thursday Randomania - Oct 24, 2013

- This week, I'd like to begin with the recent John Hennigan (WWE's John Morrison) interview in which he indicated that he'd be open to signing with TNA or, at the very least, talk with them.  However, I'd like to comment on the guy who conducted the interview, Fred Richani.  At one point during the interview, he asked Hennigan if TNA had contacted him.  Hennigan responded with a simple, "yes".  To which Richani replied, "And I'm assuming you told them 'Thanks but no thanks'."  Seriously?  My jaw literally dropped by the lack of professionalism shown by Mr. Richani.  But what happened next was simply fantastic.  Hennigan, who appeared a bit put off by Richani's assumption, cut him off with an emphatic, "no".  Richani was visibly embarrassed because he clearly hadn't expected Hennigan to disagree.  In any case, Hennigan went on to praise TNA and claimed that he would absolutely be willing to talk to them.  Part of me would like to see TNA sign John Hennigan, whom I feel can be a nice addition to the roster.  However, I still contend that TNA needs to start creating their own stars.  Hennigan, unless he undergoes a transformation like Bully Ray's, will always be associated with the WWE.

- I've been thinking about TNA's decision to return to the Impact Zone, although it has not been confirmed by the company, and admittedly, I'm not as upset as I was upon hearing about it.  I decided to think about all the positives in such a move and I was surprised to discover that there were quite a few.  I will briefly discuss three of them.  Firstly, a move back to the Impact Zone will be the end of the awful walkway to the ring.  I've never warmed up to it and I feel that it inhibits the action around the ring area.  Secondly, the pyros will return.  I'm not much for style over substance but the pyros are a pro wrestling staple that I rather enjoy.  It's a nice tradition that is missed on the road.  And thirdly, the problems with editing will hopefully end.  It's obvious that TNA production is in their comfort zone in Orlando so I'm hoping to finally get back to shows that aren't as disjointed as last week's Impact was.

- Oh, and one more reason why a return to the Impact Zone would be a good decision: no empty seats.

- This week, we saw the much anticipated debut of Ethan Carter III.  Unfortunately, I was unable to watch BFG due to Time Warner Cable shitting the bed but luckily, TNA posted his match on Youtube.  I liked what I saw.  Michael Hutter has a good grasp of his character and he did an outstanding job bringing EC3 to life.  As much as his performance impressed me, it was his finisher that truly stood out.  After the show, the typical anti-TNA crowd accused Hutter of stealing the move from Dean Ambrose.  I don't watch NXT so I can't respond to those accusations but I did, however, ask a reliable source, who informed me that Hutter had used the move long before Ambrose ever did.  Case closed.

- I haven't been excited about the Knockouts Division in quite some time; to be exact, since Taryn Terrell was last seen.  I thought her feud with Gail Kim had finally given the division some much needed momentum after months of uninspiring action.  Taryn Terrell vs Gail Kim was the best feud in women's wrestling this year.  I can't imagine anything will top it, at least not in the WWE.  TNA, on the other hand, still can and that's due to the newly-formed duo of Gail Kim and Lei'D Tapa, whose alliance has all of a sudden made me take notice.  I think it's a brilliant move by TNA to link Tapa to Gail Kim, forming what should be a dominating force.  Unfortunately, I don't see a babyface on the roster who can match them in a feud or be the perfect foil right now.  Perhaps this is why TNA has shown interest in Candice LeRae lately.  Could she possibly fill that role?

- And finally, it saddens me to see TNA be the target of so much hate from those who ultimately want to see the company close up shop.  And let me be clear...these individuals want to see TNA go out of business.  By individuals, I mean so-called wrestling fans and many who work in the industry.  On one side, there are the WWE "brand whores", as my colleague Andre Corbeil calls them.  They are the WWE fans who have no interest in giving another wrestling promotion a chance but from afar are envious of some of their talent.  If TNA were to go out of business, many of the talents would have no choice but to consider signing with WWE, at least if they want to continue making good money while still living in the US.  Others, I'm sure, will opt for Japan or Mexico but the majority will end up in the WWE.  On the other end of the spectrum, there are the indie fans and those who work for the top indie promotions.  They have a resentment for TNA...for making the choices that Ring of Honor and others never could.  There's a belief within this community that if TNA were to call it a day, there'd be an open spot for a new #2 promotion in the US.  Perhaps even a potential TV deal with SpikeTV.  In fact, just yesterday, a fan asked the PW Torch writers if ROH could replace TNA as the #2 promotion in the US.  This is real, folks.  It's not a conspiracy theory.  This is the position TNA find themselves.  A difficult position, made even more difficult when you consider that there are some in the media who feel this way.  Thankfully, TNA has a core following worldwide, that's just as passionate, who want to see the company succeed.  As long as we continue to support TNA, we will continue to enjoy a product that's not ashamed of its old school values.  A company that's never afraid to try new things.  A company that hasn't conformed to a certain style simply to appease its shareholders or sponsors.  And yes, a company that genuinely cares about each and every single one of their fans.  I defy you to attend a WWE show, a TNA show, and a ROH show and not come away feeling as if TNA, of the three, was the promotion that treated you like a human being and not simply a ticket stub.

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