Wrestling gives us both great memories and memories we try and forget, but with the amount of moments worth remembering that have happened we are bound to forget some. The same could be said about some talent that were very much underrated during their career or never at the top of a company during a run this unfortunately makes it easier for fans to forget certain talent. One of those talents was the TNA version of Santino Marella in the masked man from a thousand leagues under the sea Shark Boy. Sharky was a very underrated comedic character in TNA and in my opinion was a great creation on the part of TNA to use him to the best of his ability and the Stone Cold parody was just hilarious.
My Letter to Anthem Sports Part 2
Recently things have been getting better in TNA as the company seems to have a better idea where it's going and it is focusing more on developing new talent as opposed to just signing names that are past their prime. After building a lot of momentum including their most bought PPV in company history which was Lockdown 2008 everything went down from there. By the toughest year being 2010 as everything they seemed to try didn't go well and things started to head south. Now with names like Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Daniels, Kaz, Bobby Roode, and various other gone TNA was forced to start over and build the roster over from the beginning.
Over the last few years TNA has taken the opportunity to rebuild both the Knockouts and Tag Team divisions after a very rough couple of years for both parts of the company. Many fans have encouraged TNA to invest in new stars and fresh talent to help give the company it's own identity and rebuild the company from the ground up.
Though my biggest thing is just to see TNA become stable and even though the company is on their way to stability with the help of veterans like "Broken" Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Abyss, and Lashley leading the way for the company and brining a more stable future for TNA together. New talent, big names, and creative storylines has been what fans have been begging TNA to do this for years as that is what brought TNA to the forefront of the wrestling world and labeled a company with tremendous potential. Unfortunately the company fell off from their tremendous potential and now needs to focus on moving to stability and your company can help that very much by focusing on two certain things:
1) Delegate the power for the company and let those who have knowledge of pro-wrestling how to best the day to day operations of a wrestling company.
2) Make things mean something again!! Due to the last couple of rough years a lot of the titles lost almost all meaning entirely and the things got so bad that the PPV schedule disappeared. But due to the lack of PPV's that writing suffered as they had no way to build feuds. Building to something is a very important to wrestling and with that lacking for the last few years in TNA has been a welcome change recently. Keep building off the momentum that has been coming together recently.
Best of Luck to TNA and a big Thank You to Anthem Sports for saving TNA from the brink of financial and all together going out of business.
My Letter to Anthem Sports Part 1
Dear Anthem Sports,
I know you have recently acquired a majority interest in TNA Wrestling and are trying to repackage/rebrand the company after years of struggling for the company. When TNA was founded by Jeff Jarrett in 2002 the company was considered a potential breakout company with a lot of fresh faces and new blood with names like James Storm, AJ Styles, Triple X, Chris Harris, Abyss and many others. Slowly but surely the company gained stem and the attention of wrestling fans through developing a name for themselves as the alternative of pro-wrestling giving fans something else to watch other than the WWE. Also character development was big part of the company at this point as well with the development of talent like Beer Money, Consequences Creed, Jay Lethal, Kazarian, Samoa Joe, and further development of the veterans saw TNA peak.
Until about 2010, everything was going very well for TNA and looking like the company would become the alternative to WWE if they stayed the course and remained on track. Unfortunately the company would get a little side tracked with a lot of bad business decisions over a short period of time and it would derail their momentum and potential. But at this point that is long in the past and should be put in the past, but not forgotten about yet learned from.
In my time as a wrestling fan I have seen a lot of companies go away and though most of those companies can and do attribute their issues to money troubles but overall instability for the company is a close second for all of the companies. For the longest time TNA has struggled with instability and lacked a clear cut direction, but now with the power struggle a thing of the past and with seemingly a clear direction things finally seem to be heading in the right direction for TNA. The biggest problem has always been that people who had no business influencing the creative side of the company were able to do so, but it seems as though they have learned to avoid that and let those who know wrestling work their magic.
Now I don't mean to come off as someone who thinks I know everything there is to know because I don't know everything, but I do hope that I come off as a knowledgeable and somewhat concerned fan wishing the best for the company. The letter doesn't end here as their is more to come next time around.
It seems like the never ending record that just keeps playing as since last year TNA's roster has been shrinking and shrinking little by little. After losing AJ Styles, Sting, Hulk Hogan, The Addiction, and others last year this year has been just as unkind to the company who's future could be soon in doubt. Another top star and big fish signing has walked away from the company as of a few days ago MVP seems to be finished with TNA. Which adds another main event talent that has walked away from the company.
It seems as though as a result of the Hernandez/TNA/Lucha conflict the company may have lost another big part of their roster. MVP signed with TNA last February as a new Authority figure for the company and was suppose to remain with the company until February of next year. However, after highly pushing TNA to sign Hernandez it seems MVP might be looked at as somewhat of a scapegoat by the company for the conflict that arose with Hernandez and the company. Late last year he actually challenged Eric Young for the TNA World Title, but came up short. Recently his stable the BDC (Beat down Clan) had been feuding with The Rising until a few weeks ago when they had a loser must disband match. It was a few weeks before this match that Hernandez actually returned to the company, but now TNA must scrap all the footage with BDC they have taped due Hernandez & now MVP leaving the company.
Look I know there will be people out there who jump all over this as just a negative post about TNA and that I can't wait for TNA to go out of business. Which couldn't be further from the truth as I want to see TNA succeed, but they seem to be headed in the wrong direction. Losing TNA would hurt the wrestling business overall and it would be a bad time for the business to lose a company with both GFW & HOH in limbo TV wise right now based on fan knowledge. Which means just NJPW, WWE, and ROH would have a ton more pressure due to the lack of other companies for fans to watch. I don't want TNA to go out of business, but they are making it very hard for someone to not think it could unfortunately be in their future
A Story worth Sharing
Normally I don't like to comment on certain stories because of the seriousness of a subject even if the story does have to do with wrestling. But sometimes a subject is worth sharing just to give a little more attention and get more people talking about it. This is why I have chosen to share a story about the subject of domestic violence, but instead of me talking about the seriousness of the subject I will just use the excerpt from an article written by the Huffington Post on Jade's experience: for the full article click here
"Jade’s story is unique because so often the focus around domestic violence and professional wrestling comes when a male wrestler is the abuser. The voice of the survivor is rarely heard. Perhaps the most infamous case is that of Chris Benoit who, in 2007, murdered his wife and young son before taking his own life. It left such a dark cloud over World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that they still often refuse to acknowledge Benoit as part of their history.
Today, wrestling companies seem to be taking swifter action when an arrest has been made. “We have a zero tolerance policy for domestic abuse. Upon arrest for such misconduct, our superstars are immediately suspended and should there be a conviction, that superstar... would be terminated,” Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer of the WWE told The Washington Post. Under this policy, wrestling legend and active WWE announcer Jerry “The King” Lawler was immediately suspended in June after he and his girlfriend were arrested on domestic violence charges. Charges were later dropped.
At TNA, the policy is not as clearly defined, but they have also indefinitely suspended talent who have been arrested on domestic violence charges.
This all comes on the heels of what happened with the NFL and Ray Rice in 2014 when TMZ released disturbing footage of Mr. Rice punching and knocking out his then-fiancée. The NFL faced criticism for its response. Sports leagues now knew they had to update their policies to avoid negative press.
While Jade was happy that companies were now taking a strong stand against domestic violence, she also expressed disappointment that it took such an extreme incident to prompt the change. “If Ray Rice’s wife would have said something about it without the video, how many people would have said we need to change policies? How many people would have believed her? It took her getting knocked out on TV for society to care and actually believe a survivor.”
Almost 30 years at one job is that long enough to have everyone of your co-workers Respect? Well that description doesn't fit the build of the TNA Senior official Earl Hebner. That's right legendary referee Earl Hebner will become the first referee to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of a "Major" wrestling company.
The announcement was made a few weeks ago that Earl would be joining Jeff Jarrett as a member of this year Hall of Fame class for TNA Wrestling. Right now TNA Producer and Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan will handle the induction of Mr. Hebner. Yes I don't understand the idea behind choosing Billy instead of say Earl's son Brian or his brother Dave to do the induction. Especially when Brian is currently working for the same company as his father in the same capacity as his father.
Currently the induction is set to take place This Saturday Night October 3 during the live event in Hebner's state of Virgina which will likely be a very emotional moment for the legendary ref. I for one want to say that if any referee in modern wrestling deserves this honor it's Earl. Congrats Mr. Hebner on your induction into the TNA Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
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