Since his debuted in TNA under the mysterious mask under name of Suicide and then later known as Manik. Now almost 2-3 years after debuting under the mask and remaining under the mask for all of that time it has lead TJ to want more. It was a few weeks ago when TJ started his campaign to get TNA to allow him to become TJ Perkins in TNA and dropped the Maink gimmick. So basically he wants to unmask and be himself as a way to repackage himself get rid of the gimmick he's had for almost 3 years. I do that it is time to drop that gimmick all together in my book when they changed his name from Suicide to Manik I thought it was a good time to drop the gimmick and let him be TJ, but TNA chose to keep him masked and just change his name.
Now even though TJ would like a name change it is being that said that he's being ignored by TNA management in his efforts to get his name changed. In general if TJP never had been unmasked or was making a lot more money because of his mask then he could without out it those would be good reasons for him to keep the mask on. However, TJ has been wrestling for over a decade at this point and is only still in his early 20's which tells you the type of career this kid may still have ahead of him. I think letting TJ be himself in TNA would allow for a fresh set of idea to go TJ's way as he would be portrayed as a new face even though he had already been with the company. But we shall see what happens as you never what TNA will do next. Even though TJ isn't showing much in the WWE right now, he still is young enough for them to right the ship and for TJ to realize whatever potential he may have.
For almost the entire second half of last year we heard about seemingly never ending bad news that plagued Impact Wrestling. Near the end of the year it was reported that Dixie Carter had officially sold TNA Wrestling to Anthem Sports and Entertainment. Once the new company began to take over they brought back Jeff Jarrett to take care of the wrestling side of the company.
Double J was once the leader of the company before being sent home but in many ways he was also the one responsible for the original success of TNA in the first few years. Soon after Jeff would announce a name change for TNA to Impact Wrestling which is taking us back to the rebranding that was attempted a few years ago. But as I mentioned a few months ago the attempted rebranding wasn't really working and that they lost a good chance to stabilize the company.
Recently, it was announced that the company would be rebranding again this time as Global Force Wrestling. Once the champions of Global came to the company I think everyone knew that it would only be a matter before they shrunk the number of titles back to a smaller number. When TNA got repackaged I thought that they should've picked a name totally different from what they had to start fresh and new. I for one need to say that I hope that this "new start" for the company gives them the right place to stability.
Every superstar starts somewhere and some are lucky enough to develop their skills on a national stage and get noticed. Even though in Samoa Joe's case he had become a star in ROH it wasn't until his stay in TNA that he would become a nationally known star. I remember seeing Joe for the first time and thinking how unique and gifted in the ring he was and still is.
Though at this point Samoa Joe is slowly becoming a bigger star than any of us thought possible with his run thus far in WWE. But for this we focus on his run in TNA and I thought that no match would be a better pick than the one that highlights the height of his run in the company.
At first TNA the PPV schedule was very small with only a nine set for the whole year as this is before they would expand to a full 12 month event list. This card is so early in the history of TNA that they had just held their first PPV event back in October of 2004 with Victory Road taking that title. Now back in June 2002 the company held their first event ever and didn't start to expand for two years and really started to expand in 2005. The special part of this show is that it was the first time that TNA celebrated their third year anniversary. The main event of this show was the second King of the Mountain match in the history of the company.
TNA Slammiversary 2005
Shark Boy def. (pin) Delirious, Elix Skipper, Jerrelle Clark, The Amazing Red, Zach Gowen
Shocker def. (pin) Alex Shelley
Ron Killings def. (pin) The Outlaw
Andy Douglas & Chase Stevens def. (pin) Eric Young & Petey Williams NWA Tag Team Titles
Samoa Joe def. (sub) Sonjay Dutt
Bobby Roode def. (pin) Lance Hoyt
Chris Harris & James Storm def. (pin) B. G. James & Konnan
Christopher Daniels def. (pin) Chris Sabin, Michael Shane NWA X-Division Title
Raven def. A.J. Styles, Abyss, Monty Brown, Sean Waltman "King of the Mountain" (5-way)NWA World Heavyweight Title
At this point the argument over the "Broken Universe" has yet to dislove and come to a close as both parties have not relented and have stuck to their guns thus far. Fact is that this gimmick was an extreme success and one of the few reasons that TNA gave fans to tune in so when they lost Matt it was up to them to cover their tracks and prevent and other company from being able to use said gimmick. Now I will not get into what has been said and either end due to basically my dissatisfaction at this point with this whole situation. So this will be the final time I open the book on this situation.
Truth be told the WWE is taking the best approach to this situation as they are staying out of it and even though they do see money with Matt's Broken gimmick they know that a company stepping in to purchase a gimmick they had nothing to do with would set a bad precedent for companies. Even though it is pretty clear that nobody in Anthem actually has any understanding of the wrestling at all.
In my opinion the best thing for all parties would be for all involved in this situation to move forward from this issue. If I could give a little bit of advice to Impact Wrestling management that would be to focus on those are still with the company and look to build a more stable place for the boys to work rather than focusing on a mistake that they made. This is the last time I will speak on this situation as there is a lot more we could speak about and I do think it's time to move forward for all of us and leave this petty misstep alone and focus on things that we can control.
Back in the early days of TNA, everyone who was anyone was given an opportunity to make an impact in the company (no pun intended.) Over the course of his first tenure under the NWA-TNA banner it lasted for a little over a year. Sydal would return to a televised wrestling show as a member of the short lived Wrestling Society X, of course then his biggest run would happen for the WWE from 2008-2014.
Recently, for the first time in over a decade Sydal would make his return to the company now known for Impact as one of the few fresh faces that have done well in the company since re-launch. At this time it is unclear what his position in the company will be, but all that is known is that he will be a regular for the company going forward.
Back at the beginning of March, Impact Wrestling went through a facelift and the start of new talent coming into the company. One of the first new faces to walk through the door was former World Champion Alberto El Patron who was honestly a shock in my book. Though his momentum was basically killed right when he first arrived due to the finish of his first match against Lashley.
However, this is suppose to be a cause for celebration and not a "normal" post about the company. One of the highlights of Impact has been the commentary of The Pope as he seems to be the only person that actually is meant to do his job and that is make the action in the ring the focus of the show. This is the first time that I have tried to list this type of post in a different section of the site so I thought I would see how this works.
Back a few years ago in the early days of Global Force Wrestling an "invasion" angle kicked off with them entering TNA and gaining limited, but much needed momentum. However, once the angle finished the momentum for the company completely dropped off and by 2016 interest was all but gone in the company. Throughout all of 2016 rumors would run around about the possibility of Impact Wrestling getting sold to a new party. At first it was Billy Corgan, but that fell apart and Corgan was replaced by Anthem Sports and Entertainment that would end up buying the company.
Soon after the announcement of the sale of TNA we started hearing about former TNA champion and founder of both GFW and TNA Jeff Jarrett was back in the company handling the creative once again for the company. Jeff brought both Dutch Mantel and Scott D'Amore back to the company with him to help the creative. At first we saw the likes of Cody Rhodes and Magnus bringing in their Global Force Wrestling championship titles.
The company has officially become defunct and merged into Impact Wrestling and was no longer an active company. Global was founded in April 2014 and has gone through ups and downs as a company and hit the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and for the last few years things have been rough for the company. This merger announcement isn't shocking as many wondered what happened to the company once Jeff was announced as the leader of creative. After losing all momentum and interest it is pretty clear that the company belongs in the past. Hopefully, the former World Champion can help stabilize the company he helped found back in the day.
Almost two months ago at this point the company formerly known as TNA Wrestling decided it was high time to drop the TNA name and move onto a new brand name. The higher ups decided that the Impact Wrestling idea deserved another shot and so they changed the companies name to Impact Wrestling. This began an overnight elimination of anything having to do with the TNA name including names and titles the whole nine yards. Starting I believe it was on March 6, everything was to begin to change in the new Impact Wrestling.
There is only one problem and it's one that the higher ups didn't think about is you can't eliminate the negative feeling that some fans have associated with TNA just by changing the name and expecting everything to be different. The reason why the saying "Distance makes the heart grow founder" is a true is because when you have something you start miss and want it back. But if you can never miss it then you never get the chance to want it back. The best thing that they could've done with TNA is sent away for a few months and repackaged the company in a different way by taking a few months to develop a new identity for the company. It might be clear why they could have done this, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't have worked better the re-branding that they decided to do.
Also my last point is that the show has been called Impact since 2005 when they debuted on Spike TV so it's not like it's a new name. This is another reason why I feel like if they took longer to re-brand then it would've been better off for the company because everything could have been brand new instead of a lazy name change.
The list is growing ever so long with talent walking away from the Impact Wrestling and now we can add another name to that list as former Tag Team Champion Crazy Steve is leaving the company. As of this writing it seems as though Steve may have opted out of his deal with Impact Wrestling and unlike his former co-workers it wasn't the companies doing as much as it was Steve's. Actually Impact had an option to renew Steve's contract but decided not to when he asked for his release.
At this time it seems more likely that Steve will be taking a short stint on the indies before even coming close to debuting in WWE due to an agreement they reached with ROH. This means that for at least 90 days he will be a free agent and then once that times passes he will likely join the WWE. In my opinion, with the fact that it seemed as though they were already scrapping the Decay faction with the return of Joseph Park it may have been a good thing that Steve left. Also Steve seems to be one of the few amicable departures in the companies long list of departures since the change in power.
I do think that under a new guise and with a new character Steve will do well in the WWE and I just hope that Impact Wrestling looks to a lesser known talent to replace Steve rather than a former WWE star. The best way to replace someone is by making someone new and not by reestablishing a former star.
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