01 February 2015

3... 2... 1... Impact!

Breaking the 4th Wall: This column will not contain my usual dialogue, so I do apologize for those who enjoyed the fan-fiction. I assure you that it shall return for my next! I have been going through some personal turmoil; I shall not bore you with the details. Nonetheless, Impact had an explosive return, establishing who the heels are and who the faces will be to oppose them in the months to come. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, made for adult, wrestling action painted our televisions screens, and was presented with an old-school feel that had us reminiscing about a time when wrestling truly mattered. Well, it matters once again.

Despite what hacks like Dave Meltzer profess, TNA is not where wrestlers go to die; in contrast, it is where young athletes can go to make a decent wage doing what they love - performing in a wrestling ring, regardless of how many sides it consists of. Many may not earn a paycheck as large as some of those northeast of TNA, but TNA management does not hire actors, they hire and develop wrestling talent. If you want to see where wrestlers go to die, please tune in to the USA network on Mondays, 9:00 PM EST. You will witness several wrestlers die while wearing gimmicky garb, you will see wrestlers die shamelessly plugging the network, you will watch wrestlers die starring in poorly written movies, and you shall crushingly bear witness to wrestlers die jobbing to half-pint, costumed bulls and talent-less mounds of muscle. One thing is for certain, you will see wrestlers struggle with the incongruence between wrestling as an art-form and wrestling as another company's perception of entertainment; ultimately, you will certainly see wrestling die.

Now there is plenty of solid wrestling in the highly journeyed independent circuit, but not everyone is either aware, or local, enough to be privy to it. Ready for a weekly televised alternative? TNA presents Impact!, a two hour program designed to cater to the wrestling fan who may like doses of external entertainment; not a three hour program catered to agonizing entertainment with doses of wrestling for the short attention-spanned adolescents of the IWC. In addition, TNA is, at the very least, every bit as good, and mostly better than the independent federations that the inter-web smarks seem to regurgitate every chance that they get. Why do they feel the need to insult the TNA product? Well, it is the trendy thing to do. Like a flock of pigeons pecking at dried bread crumbs on the polluted Jersey shore, these fools are afraid. They are afraid to starve, while being devoid of the negativity that has them finally feeling like they belong to a group; because they need that. 

TNA is the best thing that happened to professional wrestling since the WCW Nitro/ WWF Raw wars of  the late 90's. With a fluid, and always evolving, Heavyweight Title picture that other organizations lack, TNA keeps the top of the food chain fresh and unpredictable. Who does not want unpredictable wrestling? I am not professing anything other than what most of you already acknowledge; this is merely a reminder that, as TNA fans, we have it better than others. Our wrestlers tell stories in the ring, while straying from over-the-top tactics to lure the rated G masses. TNA is hardcore, not in the sense of it's Monster Ball matches, but in the way that they are unfailingly dedicated to putting on high-quality matches every week. Moreover, TNA is the best thing that happened to professional wrestlers. Sure, wrestlers are farmed in the independents for years in order to gain in-ring experience, and for exposure within the sport; however, the objective is to be performing in front of the largest audience possible. Many young wrestlers aim for the perceived creme de la creme, but 99% of them do not make it. The individuals that do make it to Connecticut have their wrestling styles inhibited, their grittiness subdued, and their hard-worked personas trashed.

Silly little Meltzer. TNA is not where wrestlers go to die. It is where wrestlers go to wrestle.

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