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Change...for the better?

Change...for the better?

The crowd at the Impact Zone in Orlando booed the hell out of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff and the new (gasp!) traditional four-sided ring during Sunday’s Genesis PPV, so TNA director of production Scott Small delivered an impassioned plea to the fans gathered for Monday night’s TV tapings, urging them to consider themselves as “cast members” who can help–or hinder–the company’s storytelling. (I love the guys in the crowd who can be heard saying, “Where’s our checks?” and “Pay us then!”)

If Small wants more effective storytelling, I suggest he start with getting rid of Vince Russo and Bischoff. If he wants the loyal (admittedly, to a fault…some of these marks scare even me) TNA fans at the Zone to respond with cheers, then kindly ask Hogan to refain from shitting on the foundation on which the company was built. OK, I understand that loud cursing and vulgar chants/signs are out of order and can be pains in the ass during the editing process, but you have to understand that these Orlando fans have invested a lot time and energy in this promotion for years–they most likely feel a part of it. And now the new management comes in barking “change.” That’s the kind of political rhetoric that a lot of Americans in the South are tired of hearing in their everyday lives…and now you’re gonna “change” their rasslin’ too? Yikes. It’s no secret that Hogan hates the atmosphere of the Impact Zone and wants to move the tapings to “jam-packed arenas,” which is not only ridiculous from a cost standpoint, but also because the company can’t even fill the small venues it currently runs.

For the record…four-sided ring, six-sixed…who gives a damn? Just give me an alternative to McMahon that features logical angles and programs with stars who display the natural charisma, passion and sincerity that I need to believe in them. If you don’t want to piss off the people who show up to support your PPVs, then don’t bury the guys who have carried the company on their backs to make room for guys like Former Fed outcasts like Val Venis, who got a win over former X-Division champion and recent World title contender Daniels at Sunday’s event. Be careful with chokeslamming Hogan’s cronies like the Band (the regurgitated NWO) and the Nasty Boys down our throats–name recognition with casual fans is one thing, but building around the late ’90s WCW roster is suicide. And if you’re still not happy with the crowd’s “performance,” then by Gotch treat them as extras and pay ’em. I’m sure well-behaved sheep like those from the days of the WCW/Disney tapings–who woke up just long enough to respond with boos and cheers when prompted–roam Universal Studios today. But good luck keeping those rowdy marks out of the Impact Zone; after all, if a drunken goof like Scott Hall can find his way into the building, anybody can.

  1. Old School sammy
    January 20th, 2010 at 07:39 | #1

    I think tomorrow’s (Thursday’s) Impact will see a marked drop in the ratings, they are totally going down the wrong path at the moment. Want to watch a well-booked feud? The Miz/MVP has been the best one BY FAR in the past couple of weeks.

  2. admin
    January 20th, 2010 at 08:40 | #2

    Yeah, I really like the Miz…I wish they’d pull the trigger and put him with Maryse, as I believe they could be one of the hottest acts in wrestling together. This is make or break for MVP…I really think the timing was right two years ago for him to win Money in the Bank and ascend to the next level. Instead, they saddled him with a losing streak gimmick…the kiss of death. If they don’t come through with this push, they’ll never convince the fans he’s a legit Tier 1-type guy. A new look and finisher for MVP wouldn’t hurt, either.

  3. DW
    January 20th, 2010 at 14:14 | #3

    The end of TNA as an alternative to WWE started with the signing of Hogan. TNA was going down the right path to start with, and, yes I do understand the corporate theory of more money, quicker, but this is going to backfire. I, and I think many fans watch TNA as an alternative to Vinnie Mac and the east coast boys. Having WWE/WCW from the late 90’s forced down our throats is insulting. It’s everything we tuned away from. I really don’t care how many sides the ring has. No biggie. I do care about the over-the-hill gang riding again. It sucks.

  4. CC
    January 21st, 2010 at 05:10 | #4

    I disagree….WWE’s product has sucked since the purchase of WCW. The elimination of competition is never good for the fans. I like TNA, they are going through growing pains…you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. TNA has, by far, better wrestling matches. They need help with their production and storylines. Give it a chance and a little time…the competition will be good for the fans.

  5. William Burnett – Little Rock
    January 21st, 2010 at 07:38 | #5

    Why is it so simple to see from the fans standpoint the poor booking, outdated/stale angles, over-the-hill wrestlers — but company management can not ??

    The only way I can make my feeling known is to NOT support the product — be it WWE or TNA — by NOT watching the TV show or buying PPV’s.

    Ratings & non-support of sponsors ads/products will [one day] have their effect.

  6. David Fullam
    January 21st, 2010 at 09:12 | #6

    Never liked TNA, but this was beyond lame. I hope the fans stick it to the top brass and continue to do their own thing. And the ring, guess Hogan is too old to learn to wrestle in a new way and needs to keep it old school for his eventual title run (and oh yes, you know it will happen).

  7. Robert Logan
    January 21st, 2010 at 09:38 | #7

    Loved TNA Till Vince Russo showed up. I Havent Watched TNA Since. Him And Hogan and Bischoff, Killed WCW. Tna Will be next. I feel for the fans. I Watch dvds from Mephis , only good wrestling left. R.I.P. TNA.

  8. Robert Logan
    January 21st, 2010 at 09:40 | #8

    Sorry bout the typo. I Meant Memphis. lol

  9. admin
    January 26th, 2010 at 07:22 | #9

    So much for that Miz/MVP buildup for the U.S. title. Show squashed MVP last night, and then Miz was beaten clean by Kofi in a nontitle bout. Oh, the anticipation of seeing these two superstars clash to determine the champion. This was anti-booking at its finest: two losers on a collision course for a worthless belt. I can’t even begin to grasp the psychology behind that.

  10. Old School sammy
    January 26th, 2010 at 19:41 | #10

    Anti-Booking is something WWE has been turning into an artform since Steph took over as head writer, and the company turned to “Episodic Television writers” to handle the scripts. Put the book in the hands of Paul E or Cornette for a month and the shows would be 10 THOUSAND times better!

  11. PG-13
    January 30th, 2010 at 00:53 | #11

    gotta agree with there Old School, I would love to see Cornette in an active role such a great talent

  12. admin
    February 2nd, 2010 at 13:49 | #12

    I see they pulled the trigger on the MVP/Miz title bout…impromptu and unannounced ahead of time in promoting the Rumble. Genius. Of course, after that disaster of a buildup down the stretch, why the hell not? Match didn’t mean anything at that point anyway.

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