15 May 2014

TNA Thursday Randomania - May 15, 2014

- Unfortunately, I was unable to contribute to last week's Ringside review due to internet issues but I'd like to briefly share with you my thoughts on the MVP heel turn, which was the biggest topic of conversation this week.  I think from a storyline standpoint, it makes things much more interesting in the world title scene.  We can debate the decision to turn MVP heel forever but the reality is that the world title picture, which had been stale and at times irrelevant, needed a jolt.  Eric Young as a fighting champion was a nice and welcome change of pace after the lame duck status of the previous titleholder but if Young is to leave his mark as a TNA world champion, he needs a feud that fans will look back on as the feud that put him on the map.  I believe a heel MVP who abuses his power could be that feud.

- A heel MVP also drastically alters the dynamic in the main event scene, which will be a much needed boost for several wrestlers.  Since Lockdown, we've seen MVP clash with Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Kenny King, Magnus, Abyss, Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, Eric Young, and Dixie Carter.  I believe this was by design to set up this storyline.  MVP's abuse of power has essentially set in motion a war in which much of the Impact Wrestling roster will have to get involved and ultimately pick a side.

- Speaking of picking a side, I'm curious to see how MVP's biggest allies, the Wolves, will react to his actions.  I suspect that they will not condone his behavior, which would then most likely find Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards caught in the crossfire.  This is definitely something to look for in the next few weeks.

- I have a feeling that TNA will use the next five weeks of Impact to set up the Summer months that will kick-off at Slammiversary and will see the company take Impact on the road, and from what we're told, stay on the road for the foreseeable future.  This is something I feel TNA fans should take into account when evaluating the product.  Does it make sense for TNA to book their top angles or reveal their biggest surprises on a taped show at the Impact Zone or wait to do it in front of an excited crowd in New York City?  I think it's obvious.  That's not to say that TNA will load the shows with filler as I think the writers will give us as much as they can, particularly in the MVP abuse of power storyline, without giving away too much.  In addition, I think now's a good time to fully establish the new characters such as Bram and the Menagerie before Slammiversary and the road tapings.  The next five episodes of Impact serve a much bigger purpose than simply building up the next PPV.  They must get their ducks in a row, just in time for the shows that will hopefully reignite the fans' passion for the product.

- And lastly, it looks like Vince Russo is back in the public eye with his new site and a Twitter account.  I'm not one of those who blames everything that went wrong in TNA on Russo simply because I realize that although he was responsible for many aspects of TNA's booking, he was rarely ever the only one making the decisions.  TNA's Creative has always been, and I believe still is, a consortium of bookers, which many would argue is the problem with TNA's booking.  Unfortunately, Russo gets blamed for the bad decisions but receives very little praise, if any, for the good ones.  Because the truth is Russo was an asset to TNA for a long time.  I've always felt that Russo's strengths were in the development of characters and his ability to use every single member of the roster.  In Russo's TNA, no wrestler seemed expendable.  Unfortunately, it's his weaknesses that anyone ever remembers and to this day his critics will bring up in order to denigrate his legacy.  The reason why I mention Vince Russo in my column this week is because I truly feel that Dixie Carter needs to give him a call and bring him back as a writer.  Although he will not make a huge difference in the booking of matches, which currently feel like TNA's booking circa 2008 anyway, I feel his work would be most evident in the way the characters are portrayed and the storylines are written.  If there's one thing Vince Russo knows how to do, it's give the product the elements it so desperately needs: shocking twists, high drama, memorable moments, and complete and utter chaos.  In this era of character development and storyline-dictated angles, I believe Russo would make Impact must-watch television again.  If that's not enough to convince you, just think for a moment the magic that he can create with such acts like Samuel Shaw, the Menagerie, and some of the other fascinating characters.

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