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Five Things TNA Needs To Do In 2012 To Improve
TNA has been through many ups and downs in the past couple of years without much in the ways of gaining headway. When your main show competes with Smackdown for top ratings, there is a big problem. The company has been doing a lot to increase their brand awareness but changing over to IMPACT! Wrestling didn’t help. Somewhat recently, TNA has been ramping up their house show schedule which is a great idea to help gain recognition for their company and wrestlers. What else does Dixie Carter need to do to make TNA a force in 2012? Let’s look.
1) Make sense of your creative team.
Dixie is a very loyal boss. When she hires someone, she does it for a reason and she sticks with her decision. I like that. It breeds a kind of stability in the backstage area and increases a chance that your staff team will enjoy their jobs. However, Dixie seems to be too loyal to those who are hampering her company’s growth. We’ve all seen the reports and videos of people begging Dixie to get rid of Vince Russo. We’ve also seen Paul Heyman saying that he would help TNA if given full creative lead. To be quiet honest, and I know I’m not the only one, right now Dixie’s best chance is Heyman. Russo is a cancer to wrestling. Prichard hasn’t proven to lead this team to glory and Bischoff is too close to the TNA board to make the right decisions. Heyman is a neutral party with a great mind for wrestling. Heyman understands the importance veterans but knows that to move forward you have to look at the future – young talent. Which moves me onto point number 2.
2) Stop being WCW 2.0.
There are way too many past-prime faces hogging up air time that I feel like I’m back on TBS watching the nWo show. No body wants to see ten, twenty, thirty minutes of Eric Bischoff or Hulk Hogan. Bring back the focus you had on the younger talent. Before the whole Hogan-Bischoff era, TNA did everything they could to enhance their young roster’s exposure. The Tag Team division was red hot (still kind of is), the X Division was in the prime (and the central marketing point for the company), and the old past-primers you had to worry about was Jeff Jarrett and the occasional Mick Foley (note: I still love me some Foley skits).
3) Stop relying on WWE’s leftovers.
There are plenty of indie stars looking to make a career out of professional wrestling that are lighting up the small stage. TNA doesn’t need to wait for someone to be let go from WWE to grow their roster. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try and pick some up some wasted talent that WWE didn’t use right. Before the Hogan-Bischoff era began and well into it, TNA had a tendency to give their top titles to any former WWE talent that walked in the door. No need to do that. Give them a job, TV exposure, and throw them in line with your CURRENT, LOYAL roster. Nothing hurts morale more than a rising star being trumped by a guy who just lost his job at a competitor.
4) Restore the X Division to… well the X Division.
What did they do to the X Division? It’s been reduced to normal singles matches between cruiserweights and somewhat smaller guys. What happened to the great Ultimate X matches? The last couple were so-so to horrendous while a lot of the X Division championship matches have been not-so-great. I believe that the division was hampered when the six-sided ring was abolished and the focus to older, more accomplished stars began.
5) Bring back the six-sided ring!
This gave TNA such a unique aspect to them and the way talent utilized the extra ring posts and ropes were exciting. The matches with Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, and AJ Styles were some of the best TNA matches I’ve watched. I felt that the different ring made it interesting to watch. When the change happened, it felt (feels) like a second-rate WWE instead of a different wrestling show.