16 May 2014

It's Time to Say Goodbye to Mike Tenay

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a POV on this new era in TNA and how it's not new in the way we think it is.  It's not a new creative direction nor is it a new booking philosophy.  TNA are simply changing the cast of characters.  It appears that the objective is to replenish the roster with a new set of wrestlers, essentially discarding the long time veterans who were no longer moving the needle yet were paid to do so.  Simply put, TNA is changing the faces.  I've already gone on record as to say that I think TNA are making the right decision, both from a creative and financial standpoint.

However, I think the company needs to go one step further.  You can't as a brand change the faces that are associated with the product's past and yet keep on its voice.  In pro wrestling or sports entertainment, one could argue that the voice of a product is as important as the faces in the ring.  In TNA's case, Mike Tenay has been that voice since its inception, minus the few months that Todd Keneley was hired to do play-by-play.  I like Tenay and I respect all that he has brought to the announcer's booth, including his vast knowledge of the industry but I feel that it's time to relieve him of his duties.  Or simply add a new play-by-play guy and allow Tenay to be the insightful third member of the crew, where he can share with the viewers little details about the wrestlers, their career, etc.  In other words, allow him to be the Professor Mike Tenay.

I won't denigrate the man's performance because, like I said, I have a lot of respect for him but TNA has an opportunity to freshen up the product in ways that will make a real difference.  And replacing Mike Tenay with a passionate announcer, who shows the same excitement about the product that the new talents do, will do exactly that.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, with the departures of Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Sting, and others, the genie is out of the proverbial bottle and unfortunately, TNA can not afford to look back.  It's a new era in TNA, one in which the familiar faces have been replaced by new ones.  It's time the company did the same with its ol' familiar voice.

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