I did this last week with the WWE and now it's time to keep moving forward with this concept and I will be covering two other companies along with TNA in the coming weeks so stay up for that. But right now we will be looking at the current state of TNA wrestling much like last week I will be looking at one thing they are doing well and one thing that they could be doing better. I know I seem very critical of TNA in videos but I really do like TNA and hope they succeed as a company for the sake of the business.
I know some of you that are very against TNA at least point don't think they are doing anything well, but most of you who feel that way also haven't seen an episode of Impact in years. Things have gotten better on that front recently for TNA and that is what I am picking because it seems that over the last year or so TNA has really fallen back on Long Term Planning!!! I put so much emphasis on that phrase due to the fact that if there is anything that I push to much it is the importance of long term planning, because you can tell when a company doesn't bother to plan in advance and for the longest time that was TNA. But in a perfect example look at Matt Hardy and how he has changed since the beginning of his "Broken" gimmick; though I am not a fan of the gimmick he has done a pheonminal job of adapting and keeping the gimmick fresh. Also TNA has done a great job of investing in the gimmick and giving Matt the freedom to explore and make his own gimmick over the long term instead of rushing things.
Where there is positives there are also negatives and I will not be taking a shot at TNA and instead I will be more or less pleading with them. One thing I never understood with this company is the lack of promotion they have and the lack pushing their talent in the mainstream. Now I know "Oh nobody wants a TNA guy because he isn't a known face." That's true most mainstream talk shows wouldn't be interested, but last time I checked their are other ways to get someones name out their in the public eye. For example, they still have Mike Tenay under contract with the company so why not put a familar face to good use and give him an interview space on Youtube where he can have sit down "shoot" interviews with talent as a way to get more eyes on people and create some character development. Because without depth to the characters they are all the same nobody is different or can be looked as different which is also a big problem for wrestling as a whole everyone looks to similar as far as there characters.
Finally it seems like things maybe cooling down for TNA wrestling after months and months of bad press and lots of questions about the future of the company. Following the lawsuit of Billy Corgan against Impact Ventures the future of the company once again came in doubt or at least we new that new questions could be answered. But then the judgement came in and ruled against Billy Corgan which just meant that he wouldn't be gaining complete control of his company like he wanted.
At this point now the company has gone through some changes in upper management, because after the judgement from the recent court case Anthem Sports & Entertainment has become the majority owners of TNA Wrestling. Thus far the only changes that maybe taking place for the company is that of some creative changes, but it wouldn't be getting rid of members of the team but more so expanding the team back to the original number they had a few years ago which was three.
As far as where we go from here wit the process I honestly think that it maybe to early to tell considering the fact that I believe Anthem only took over the company about two weeks ago so I don't think they could have any plans long term or short term right now as they are likely going over the company as a whole before they can repair or change the small things.
There was a time when TNA was home to numerous talent who called the company home for a very long time and in many ways they had some groups of long time talents. One those "founding fathers" per say was Eric Young. EY was one of those long time employees that had a home in TNA wrestling for many years under many different guises. Young had been everything from the comedic joke, to the overly comedic baby-face.
In many ways due to his loyalty to TNA he would become the TNA version of Tommy Dreamer. Though some of you may see this as a bad thing I for one view loyalty as a positive thing rather than the idea that EY only held the World title due to the fact that he was the only guy left. Now I will allow the interview to take the control and speak for me:
Normally I don't know go back to back days but this is a special set of circumstances due to the fact that the card featured below is a very special card to the history of TNA wrestling. For those who don't know the history of TNA wrestling I will explain that in the early days of the company they were on a weekly PPV schedule instead of being on a specific channel. Because of this PPV schedule the concept of a monthly PPV was really unneeded.
With that being the case TNA didn't touch the concept of a monthly PPV did come to be until actually this day 12 years ago. On this day 12 years ago TNA held their first PPV event and though they don't have many PPV's anymore that doesn't dilute the legacy that this important event holds in the history books of TNA wrestling.
Hector Garza def. (pin) Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, D-Ray 3000, Frankie Kazarian, Jason Cross, Jerrelle Clark, Kazunari Nosawa, Kazushi Miyamoto, L. A. Park, Matt Sydal, Michael Shane, Mikey Batts, Psicosis, Puma, Shark Boy, Sonjay Dutt, Sonny Siaki, Spanky, The Amazing Red Gauntlet
Erik Watts & Johnny B. Badd & Pat Kenney & Ron Killings def. (pin) Andy Douglas & Chase Stevens & Dallas & Kid Kash 8-person tag
Mascarita Sagrada def. (pin) Piratita Morgan
B. G. James & Konnan def. (pin) Bobby Roode & Eric Young NWA Tag Team Titles
Trinity def. (pin) Jacqueline
Monty Brown def. (pin) Abyss, Raven "Monster's Ball" (three-way)
Petey Williams def. (pin) A.J. Styles NWA X-Division Title
Chris Harris & James Storm def. (TKO) Christopher Daniels & Elix Skipper "Last Man Standing" (elimination tag)
Jeff Jarrett (c)def. Jeff Hardy Ladder Match NWA World Heavyweight Title
I actually first put this post up one year ago today so when I was looking for a post to do this week for So Far Back Sunday this one felt like the perfect choice.
Though they may have limited schedule for the reminder of 2015 Impact Wrestling is still a thing and well I'd love to be in touch with modern times, but another old joke. Right now the plan would be for the company to return to the Hammerstein Ballroom, but why can't I see you right now. The company would likely run the tapings in either March or February.
The current plan is set to see a few episodes taped in England and some taped in India as well which is the reason why the those could be taking place a little later to start 2016 then some expected. This also proves that TNA will continue to tape until they are out of business as I'm not sure anyone really thought they'd be making plans for places to hold TV tapings, but maybe things will start going TNA's way in this aspect. This would be the first time TNA held events in the Hammerstein since the beginning of 2015 so nothing like keeping with tradition.
So things have been anything but easy recently for TNA Wrestling as talks of the company being in bad financial shape have been dominating the internet world and if that wasn't enough talks of the company sold were just as talked about. Now the company has been sued by assumingly former employee Billy Corgan for complete control of the said company which would take control away from the Carter family.
In late September, Billy filed a restraining order against TNA and officially took TNA's parent company, Dixie, Serge, and others to court. Mr. Corgan stipulated that he has been lied to and kept out of the loop per-say by those in charge of the company since he began with the company and due to his investment and interest in the company he feels that is in violation of the agreement he and Dixie signed back a few months ago that made him President of the company. As of last week Billy tried to prevent TNA from operating without him, but a court has ruled against him which allows TNA to operate without Billy Corgan and this likely spells the end of Billy in TNA.
So what happens next? Well apparently the company Anthem Media (the parent company of the Fight Network) financed the last set of tapings before Bound For Glory and is likely going to be the ones who finance the upcoming set of tapings. According to the latest report if Anthem does in fact finance the tapings they will gain majority control of TNA. This would mean that Anthem would hold 85% ownership in the company while Aroluxe would maintain a 20% stake and that would leave Dixie with a 5% share of the company. I know they aren't reading this but if someone from Anthem does happen to read this follow the lead of Billy Corgan and repackage TNA as that is the only way to save this once potential ridden company. For more on this subject confer with your local dirt-sheets or you can wait and hope for the best like the rest of us.
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