With a roster of over 60 wrestlers, a failed stint on the Monday Night Wars, and ratings plummeting… it’s time for TNA Wrestling to shed some of its fat.
TNA has a 60+ wrestling roster which rivals WWE’s 70+ roster. The difference is: WWE has two brands to at least give its roster ample opportunity to showcase their abilities. TNA only has a 2-hour Impact! to work with.
With TNA also hiring an abundance of former WWE wrestlers, TNA is being nicknamed WCW Rewind. Many are actually upset over the fact that TNA President Dixie Carter continues to employ this business tactic. For the record: Pro-wrestling is a business. When wrestlers are released from a company, they become free agents in need of a job. If WWE does not hire, then it is only natural that wrestlers will tread to the No. 2 promotion.
Wrestlers that need to go
Dr. Stevie (Stevie Richards) the former therapist of Abyss and Daffney needs to go. Abyss has been cleansed by Hulkamania; and Daffney, aside from being injured by the very green Rosie Lottalove, is working on her own. Much like Undertaker and Kane no longer needing Paul Bearer, Abyss and Daffney no longer needs Dr. Stevie, and neither does TNA.
Jeff Jarrett needs to go, or at least go off the air. Jarrett may be a 10-time (non-WWE) World Champion and a 6-time WWE Intercontinental Champion, but his days as a relevant on-air talent are long behind him. Sure Jarrett may have co-founded this very promotion with his father 8 years ago, but with recent off-screen affairs with Karen Angle, Jarrett’s hold on the company has diminished to simply a minority shareholder. If TNA co. wishes to keep Jarrett along, then keep him on as part of creative or a promoter.
Jimmy Hart seriously needs to go. “The Mouth of the South” only made one appearance as the manager for The Nasty Boys who are no longer employed with the company. Sure, Jimmy has managed over 40 wrestlers and tag teams during his heydays, but it is over. Currently, Hart is working for the all-female wrestling promotion Wrestlicious. How about TNA makes that a permanent fixture.
Kiyoshi (Akira Raijin) is still listed on the roster. Kiyoshi has not been used since the days of World Elite. With that faction having ended, Kiyoshi has not been seen on Impact! since. Why keep him?
Brutus Magnus hasn’t been seen since losing to Rob Terry for the Global Title at Destination X. Either bring Magnus back to feud with Terry, or just get rid of him.
Orlando Jordan‘s gimmick as an openly bisexual wrestler is not making any news or controversy. Orlando has just become dead weight in the company.
The Raven says nevermore. TNA should also say nevermore to Raven.
Rhino has not been used since Hulk Hogan and Erich Bischoff took over. So why keep him around?
Scott Hall and Sean Waltman are the biggest waste of money. Scott Hall was just arrested for disorderly conduct at a bar on May 14, 2010. Sean Waltman’s wrestling skills have degraded over the years. He can no longer speak coherently on the mike. And he also has a whole slew of problems ranging from suicide attempts, drugs, alcohol, and abuse. And yet, Hall and Nash are TNA Tag Team Champions? When TNA knowingly offsets their tag team matches with another tag team match. At Slammiversary VIII, the TNA Tag Team Title bout has been scrapped in place of Matt Morgan versus “Super Mex” Hernandez. But TNA will have some tag team action, none that will involve The Band. It will be Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson vs. Beer Money Inc. – Grudge Match.
Tomko should have been released years ago. Tomko has gained a considerable amount of weight and has been used less and less. Aside from having Tomko attack AJ Styles as a hooded stranger, Styles’ title retention, and heel turn killed the angle.
Monday Night Wars V.2
In Hollywood, remakes of classic films never do well. The same can be said for the Monday Night Wars. With talk of TNA airing a live episode on January 4th against WWE’s RAW, wrestling fans were buzzing that the Monday Night Wars were returning. TNA accomplished their goal of making a big impact on that day. However, the 3-hour live broadcast was a mess. It provided two title changes within the Knockout Division, a failed Steel Asylum cage match, and story lines that didn’t connect. Aside from that, it provided the least amount of wrestling within the 3-hour broadcast. The only saving grace was AJ Styles against Kurt Angle for the TNA Heavyweight Title as the main-event.
TNA scored a 1.5 in ratings, falling far behind WWE’s 3.6. TNA were impressed with the ratings, while WWE was hoping for a 4.0+ rating for the return of Bret Hart. TNA should have called it quits for the Monday Night Wars and considered it a nice ploy to reel in some new fans. Instead, TNA decided to go head to head with WWE permanently starting March 8th. This lead to a one-sided feud where WWE remained steadily between the 3.0-3.7 ratings and TNA continued to plummet from 0.98-0.5. At the end of the Monday Night Wars V.2, neither promotion gained anything from the other. WWE did not budge from its TV-PG format, while TNA’s wrestling product declined over brash story lines and the excessive use of blood.
Author’s Notes: TNA has only been in the business for 8 years. It cannot compete against the well-oiled machine that is the WWE which has been around for 40+ years. And currently TNA has Vince Russo who has to be the worst booker of all time. His style of booking includes constant heel/face turns, fake retirements, and title changes.
Constant Heel/Face Turns
AJ Styles: Babyface to heel
Daffney: Heel to babyface
Eric Young: Heel to babyface to heel to babyface to heel…
Mr. Anderson: Heel to babyface
Career vs. Career Match: Mick Foley vs. Jeff Jarrett
Rapid title changes (January 4th 2010 – Present)
TNA Knockout Champions: Tara to ODB to Tara to Angelina Love to Madison Rayne
TNA Knockout Tag Team Champions: Taylor Wilde and Sarita to Hamada and Awesome Kong to The Beautiful People
TNA X Division Champion: Amazing Red to Doug Williams to Kazarian to Doug Williams
The bottom line is… Vince Russo, along with Eric Bischoff on creative have to go. Russo is not treating these titles, especially the Knockout Titles as prestigious championships, but as props to get a quick fix in ratings. As we have seen from the ratings on Monday Night Wars V. 2, it doesn’t work. And neither is keeping Vince Russo on TNA’s creative department.