29 May 2015

TNA Friday Randomania - May 29, 2015

- When I sat down today to prepare for this week's Randomania, I looked back on everything that has happened in the last two weeks and although I was tempted to recap it all for you, I decided against it. I felt it was unnecessary.  I will, however, share with you my thoughts on a couple of things that happened. Firstly, I'd like to address the rumor that Destination America is planning to cancel Impact in September. I think it's important to understand that this is a rumor until someone within TNA or Discovery confirms it. As for the rumor, there has been no evidence presented by the original source that indicates to me that this is true, because let me be clear, the onus is on the source of this story to report the facts and present his evidence. And he hasn't done that. Some have said the onus is on Destination America to release a statement denying the rumors. That's preposterous. A cable network is under no obligation to, nor should they, publicly refute any rumors by a dirtsheet writer especially when this particular writer makes statements such as this "I even made it clear the story was still ongoing...", when he's come under heavy criticism by those within TNA. Don't shoot the messenger, he suggests. Unfortunately, the messenger in this case has shown that he's wrong about TNA more times than not, and nothing that I've seen since he reported this story convinces me that he's right this time.

- Secondly, I think it's important to clarify something that happened this week when Destination America announced the premiere of Ring of Honor. The moment the announcement was made, the attacks on TNA immediately followed by the usual suspects and not surprisingly, they were quite predictable. One troll after another tweeted some variation of "ROH is replacing TNA!" and unfortunately, they made this day about TNA when it should have been about Ring of Honor. And quite frankly, about pro wrestling, because this week's announcement in my opinion was monumental. Destination America has essentially invited TNA and ROH to come together and form a unique relationship that benefits everyone involved, especially the wrestling fans. If you're a wrestling fan, it doesn't get much better than Wednesday nights on Destination America, starting on June 3rd. In my mind, the possibilities are endless for a potential working relationship between TNA and ROH but at the very least, it will bring out the best in both promotions. A little competition can go a long way and if TNA and ROH are smart, they will make Wednesday nights on Destination America can't-miss for wrestling fans.

- As for the speculation that Destination America plans to replace TNA with Ring of Honor, there's absolutely no indication that that's the plan. In fact, based on what ROH COO Joe Koff said this week, Destination America had been talking to ROH about a possible deal since November, shortly after the deal with TNA was announced.  This leads me to believe that Destination America had been planning a wrestling night for quite some time, and that includes both TNA and Ring of Honor.

- And lastly, Impact returns tonight with a new episode and honestly I couldn't be more excited. Tonight's show promises to at least deliver some good wrestling with Kurt Angle vs Eric Young in an I Quit world title match, Match #2 between the Wolves and the Dirty Heels in their tag title series, and Taryn Terrell vs Gail Kim in a steel cage for the Knockouts title. I'm also feeling much better about TNA's direction after the May 15th episode so I'm curious to see how things play out, particularly in the world title scene as we approach Slammiversary.  I realize it's difficult for some to put aside everything that's happened in the last two weeks, and I can sympathize, but at the end of the day, we are fans because we enjoy the television product. I've always said that the television product is a true indicator of how well a promotion is doing, not the unsubstantiated backstage rumors that seem to infiltrate wrestling sites these days. And for the last year or so, TNA has produced the best wrestling show on television in the United States, in my opinion. So I go into tonight's show, not worrying about what might or might not happen in September, but worrying about the things that should whether or not the Dirty Heels will win tonight to tie the tag title series or will the Wolves have a commanding 2-0 lead by the end of the night? Or will Kurt Angle force Eric Young to say "I quit"? Or whether or not Ethan Carter III will be able to defeat Mr. Anderson on his own? Because that's what it's all about. That's why we're wrestling fans. And that's why we're TNA fans. Just relax and enjoy the show.

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