Everyone likes to look at the past and see all the good that was in the wrestling world like the Attitude Era, Territories, Monday Night Wars, Ruthless Aggression era, etc. But nobody ever seems to look back at the bad, like WCW near the end and I am not talking about WCW 1999, I am talking about WCW near the end of 2000 or early 2001. For years people wondered why WCW depended so much on the proven winners and never invested in new stars until it was too late. You might say Scott Steiner, Goldberg, Jeff Jarrett, Booker, T, and Diamond Dallas Page were made by WCW, which is true, but in the end what happened to Goldberg he became a joke. That leaves four people, from 1992-2001 the WCW brand only made four people from the ground up that's it. Now fast forward to see who has TNA made I bet you can count their home grown stars on one hand much like you could for WCW. TNA has made AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Austin Aries, and Bully Ray, now I ask out those guys whose still in the Main Event picture. Just Bobby Roode is still in the Main Event picture why well my guess is as good as yours meaning I have no idea. Now let's explore:
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WCW to TNA How Similar Are They:
Back in the early days of WCW the new faces began popping up like Kevin Nash, Bobby Heenan, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and later we saw others. But where or where this talent did come from....... the WWF does that sound familiar, investing in stars who were already made by someone so you have it easier and don't have to make your own stars. Everyone knows the story of WCW and how for years the same veterans were on top of the company, but now is when I say the same can be said for TNA. The likes of Sting, Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, and other polluted and held the Main Event picture captive for years that were until things began to change. But who could forget people like those mentioned above and others like: Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz, Pacman Jones, The Band, The Nasty Boys, Sean Morley, and many others wasting TV time on Impact. Because much like WCW, TNA didn't want to invest the time in developing new stars. That is why most people had been under the assumption for years that TNA would follow WCW, and end as just another statistic in the past.
WCW & TNA: They Are Different
Then things started to change in TNA when people started not signing back first it was AJ then Hulk Hogan then Sting then Bad Influence then The Dudley's and now it's Samoa Joe. The only difference here is that TNA was able to change and move away from the established stars to begin making their own. WCW was never able to do it either because of how much money their Main Eventer's were making or because of the day of the week they were on. Around the end of 1999 WCW began to change from a glorified retirement home to the home of young talent. This changed started to take shape at Sold Out 2000 when Chris Benoit finally won the WCW World Title. But as everyone knows Benoit, Guerrero, Malenko, and Saturn all would walk out on the company the next day. Then WCW would proceed to take around 11 steps back (just a figure of speech) from January to April. Why I chose is because that is when a booking change took effect and the Vince Russo-Eric Bischoff era was under way and this also when the Young talent really started to get pushed. WCW was giving guys like Mike Awesome, Billy Kidman, David Flair, Buff Bagwell, Shane Douglas, Tank Abbot, and others a chance in the spotlight. But in many respects how WCW handled most these pushes were rushed, to soon, not taken seriously, and done too little too late.
In TNA on the other hand, they have started doing the same thing, only with them it may not be too little too late for TNA like it was in WCW. Because since around 2012 TNA has been starting to push new stars, they have started to make their own talent instead of just taking the alumni of the WWE. With home grown talent like Bobby Roode, Eric Young, James Storm, and Samoa Joe (Before being let go) finally coming out of their shells. Also with talent like Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, The Knockouts, Sanada, Tyrus, and others finally being given an opportunity to shine it makes TNA look so much different in a good way. The future could still be bright for TNA wrestling if they stay on track.
In my opinion, it seems like TNA has woken up seen what everyone had been saying for years and that was TNA needs to be the alternative to the other major company. Though right now I wouldn't consider TNA a major company I firmly believe they are going through the changes that WCW never did or did too late. I don't know about anyone else, but I for one hope that TNA isn't doing this to late like WCW did and that even though TNA moved to a less TV company the company is still healthy.