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29 May 2014

TNA Thursday Randomania - May 29, 2014


- If you read my Ringside review of Impact, you'd know that I loved last week's show.  I'm not one of those who typically cares whether or not we get lots of wrestling.  I'm fine with either actually.  But I feel that a wrestling show is most successful when good storylines and feuds are the focal point, not the matches.  To me, pro wrestling has always been about two men wanting to kick the shit out of each other by any means necessary, whether it's in the ring or not.  That's what I've enjoyed the most.  Somewhere along the way, wrestling fans convinced themselves that pro wrestling needs to be about competition in order to be successful.  I don't disagree completely as I do believe there are instances when competition should be highlighted and that's when a championship belt is involved.  But again, I do think in this case that storylines serve a purpose.  

- As a TNA fan, I've witnessed my fair share of heel factions come and go and although some might have faction fatigue, I don't mind them if they are executed well.  I was a fan of the original Main Event Mafia, although the storyline fell apart simply because the writers never seemed willing to book the heels in a position where they had to put over the babyfaces.  I was also a fan of Fortune, the heel version, but unfortunately they were short-lived in order to fill a void left by the company's inability to secure a face stable to battle Immortal.  Conversely, I thought Immortal was a disaster.  I found the whole storyline tedious and it even caused me to stop watching TNA in early 2011.  Equally as disastrous were the Aces and 8's, although I felt the premise was not bad.  It was the execution that completely fell apart.  Which brings me to my point...nobody knows how MVP's faction will fare but I will say this, I can't remember the last time a heel faction was made to look this dominant so early.  I genuinely believe that the trio of MVP, Bobby Lashley, and Kenny King can kick ass.  I can't say I necessarily felt that with other heel factions in TNA's history, who always seemed to be booked so poorly or simply never came across as dominant.  Money Power Respect are off to a great start.  I hope it continues.

- I'd like to address all the blatant negativity that I'm reading on wrestling sites, much of which coming from site owners or employees, and social media.  It seems that some have bought into the hype that TNA are going out of business and that the company's demise is inevitable.  Some have even claimed that TNA is acting like a company in its last days.  Well, let me enlighten those people.  TNA is not acting like a company that's going out of business, they're acting like a company that's starting over.  There's a huge difference.  Based on what I've seen, from the roster changes to the taping schedule to the choice of venues, TNA have made the necessary changes to sustain long term success as a promotion.  Yes, you can constantly harp on the ratings drop or the fact that no TV deal has been announced but neither will matter much if TNA can not properly manage their finances.  In fact, fans should respect TNA even more for making the difficult changes in a year when their TV deal expires.  It's a gutsy move.  With that said, I can't imagine that TNA made any of these changes without consulting to a certain extent with SpikeTV.

- So the current main event storyline involves Eric Young, MVP, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, Bobby Lashley, Kenny King, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, (possibly) Samoa Joe, and to a lesser extent, Bully Ray, Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, and Dixie Carter.  If I had mentioned this just one year ago, do you think the reaction would have been as negative as it is now?

- And lastly, judging by what I've seen so far, Slammiversary is shaping up nicely with the main event of Eric Young vs MVP gaining quite a bit of momentum the last couple of weeks.  In addition, Bully Ray vs EC3 should be a fun match, especially if it involves Rockstar Spud, Dixie Carter, and tables.  Those I believe are the only confirmed matches but it looks like we're getting Bobby Lashley and Kenny King in either a tag match against the Wolves or in singles matches against Austin Aries and perhaps a returning Bobby Roode or Samoa Joe.  If the latter is true, then that leaves the Wolves without opponents so it'll be interesting to see who steps up and challenges the tag champions.  It looks like we will also get Mr. Anderson vs James Storm, most likely in a hardcore match.  Does Storm even wrestle traditional matches anymore?  Hopefully, tonight, TNA will announce at least two more matches in order to get a better idea of how the line-up will look.  But overall, Slammiversary will be a very interesting show because it's the beginning of TNA's Summer tour so I fully expect the company to start the season off with a bang.  I have a feeling there will be quite a buzz coming out of this year's Slammiversary and with shows in Bethlehem PA and New York City coming up, it will be an exciting time for TNA fans.

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