22 July 2015

TNA Wednesday Randomania - Jul 22, 2015

- It's been an interesting week here at TNAMecca, a week in which many of our members expressed their frustrations with some of the recent issues that have arisen due to poor decisions by TNA management. These decisions have begun to affect the television product in many ways and fans are simply not happy about it. Obviously we're not privy to the behind the scenes matters and we may not completely know the facts but we don't have to. I've always said that the status of a wrestling promotion should be judged not by the happenings backstage but by those on television, and unfortunately Impact has lost its way in recent months. I won't rehash the reasons why simply because I've pointed them out in previous columns but I will say this: TNA needs to put everything that's happened in the last couple of months behind them and start fresh with the tapings that are set to begin tonight in Orlando.

- TNA are going into this week's tapings with a clean slate, or at least they should be. As far as I can tell, the Hernandez mess is no longer an issue, the departures are hopefully done for now, and the tapings will not be affected by a lame duck PPV. In other words, there are simply no excuses. This is a good opportunity for TNA to come up with a new plan and strategy that puts the focus back on the wrestling, featuring young stars such as Ethan Carter III, Drew Galloway, Bram, Eli Drake, Jessie Godderz, Kenny King, Tigre Uno, The Wolves, and many others. For some reason, TNA strayed from a format that truly worked last Summer - a wrestling product with subtle hints of storytelling - and it has backfired on them. The reality is that their current tapings schedule, the venue they tape in, and their new policy on talent contracts are not conducive to a product with long term and overly complicated storylines. I genuinely hope they get back to basics and simplify things by focusing on personal feuds and rivalries, real competition, and wrestling matches with clear winners and losers.

- I don't think it's a possibility but the current landscape in TNA screams for the return of the Bound for Glory Series. It would solve so many of TNA's problems right now. I would simply pick ten or twelve of the company's top wrestlers (and perhaps a couple of newcomers like Chris Hero) and let them battle it out in a round-robin tournament for the next few months.

- And lastly, even though the next three episodes of Impact might feel like lame ducks, there are still things to look forward to. EC3 is still our world champion who will defend his title against either Matt Hardy or Bobby Roode, and presumably be victorious. I suspect that Hardy will win tonight and move on to challenge EC3 and although I don't feel that Hardy is main event worthy at this stage of his career, EC3 needs opponents to defeat. And Matt Hardy fits the role. It's still early in EC3's title reign so I have to think that his opponents will improve with time but for now, Hardy will suffice. Of course, Matt Hardy shouldn't be defeating Bobby Roode in a one-on-one match in 2015 but it is what it is. The ultimate goal is to put over Ethan Carter III. There's also the Eli Drake vs Drew Galloway situation and it appears that Drake will speak tonight on the reasons why he turned on Galloway. This should be a fun feud. And finally, there's the feud between Bram and Mr. Anderson, which officially started two weeks ago when Bram bashed Anderson's face in with his own mic. Some are critical of Mr. Anderson's place on the roster but I think he serves a purpose as a mid-card veteran who puts over younger talent. So it's not as bad as it seems for the next few weeks.  The above three angles should be entertaining as well as anything we get from the X Division, the Knockouts, and other feuds such as Jessie Godderz vs Robbie E (if it hasn't ended) and Eric Young vs Chris Melendez. 

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