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09 January 2014

TNA Thursday Randomania - Jan 9, 2014


"A Genesis of new is coming", Dixie Carter tweeted yesterday.  Never has there been a time in TNA history that the Genesis name meant more than it does now.  Genesis, on January 16th in Huntsville, will be the beginning of the next chapter in the decade-plus long history of TNA.  It's a chapter that will be told without the two men who are arguably the most associated with the TNA brand.  In my opinion, this is a good thing.  It's time for a new era in TNA. 

I'm truly confident that it's going to be the era in which TNA finally unleashes its true potential simply because it's a rare moment in the company's history that the television product isn't run by a megalomaniac.  There is no Jeff Jarrett.  There is no Vince Russo.  There is no Bruce Prichard.  There is no Eric Bischoff.  And there is no Hulk Hogan.  The man, currently, behind the curtain appears to be John Gaburick with David Lagana and Matt Conway as writers - three men who most wrestling fans couldn't pick out of a police line-up.  Gaburick and his staff aren't bound by past allegiances or restricted by the politics of yesteryear.  For this reason, I'm as optimistic about TNA's future as I've ever been.

With a new creative direction comes a renewed focus on new characters, storylines, feuds, and the overall tone of the show.  Although I'm excited about all of those, I'm mostly excited about the new characters.  We've already witnessed the introductions of Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, Samuel Shaw, Lei'D Tapa, Dewey Barnes, and Norv Fernum, all of whom have resonated in one way or another with fans.  EC3, in particular, is probably the most promising new character in several years...in all of pro wrestling, and I have a feeling I'll be saying the same thing about Samuel Shaw in a few months.  In addition to the characters I mentioned above, I expect an influx of more new characters, some of which possibly debuting as early as Genesis.

Speaking of new characters, Ultimate Tiger officially debuted on this week's Xplosion.  The idea to debut him on Xplosion is an interesting one by TNA and one that might seem puzzling.  But I think TNA cleverly featured him on Xplosion in order to introduce him to the UK audience ahead of the Maximum Impact Tour.  I believe he's also on next week's Xplosion - someone please correct me if I'm wrong - so the UK fans will get a good look at him before they watch him live in a few weeks, assuming Ultimate Tiger is on the UK Tour.  For your enjoyment, I've included Ultimate Tiger's match vs Zema Ion on Xplosion below.


And lastly, I want to speak directly to the real TNA fans out there, many of whom are regulars on TNAMecca.  I, like you, see all the anti-TNA hate out there.  It's everywhere - on social media, message boards, the comment sections of wrestling sites and blogs, etc.  Some haters are even feigning concern about TNA's recent struggles in order to point out why the company will close its doors by the end of the year.  The latest attempt to discourage us is their "unease" over whether or not SpikeTV will replace Impact with Smackdown.  It's simply ridiculous.  But keep in mind, folks, as long as we continue to support TNA, watch Impact & PPVs, buy merchandise, etc., the company will continue to have the resources to produce their shows.  Every week, over one million viewers watch Impact in the US on SpikeTV and millions more across the world.  Many also watch Impact online.  It's all about supply and demand.  The reality is that a television program that draws over one million viewers weekly, every week of the year, is a valuable asset to a cable channel like SpikeTV.  In addition, TNA provides brand awareness for SpikeTV via its fans' social media activity every day, not to mention, the countless TNA blogs like TNAMecca.  TNA is in a good place, folks.  Trust me.  They will not be closing their doors anytime soon nor will they be stuck taping Impact in the Walmart parking lot, like one hater suggested.  Genesis will be the start of an exciting new era in TNA, one that's led by a new generation of TNA Originals like Magnus and Ethan Carter III and Samuel Shaw and Zema Ion and Jessie Godderz and Kenny King and many others.  It's an exciting time to be a TNA fan.  So don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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