Monday, August 1, 2011

Rebuilding an Empire.....

The critics will not be silenced by history lessons. Insurmountable evidence will not convince them that there were outside and inside factors that killed the WCW empire. The AOL/TimeWarner merger, top star monopolies, creative control clauses, and even simple disconnect from the desires of the fans killed the titan, not a writer, an executive producer, and a superstar. I cannot convince the critics of that the powers that be didn't want a wrestling program on their station anymore. And while people will believe whatever they feel they must, it seems a shame that those feelings can't be redirected into a positive place.

Vince Russo, Eric Bischoff, and Hulk Hogan, who have professionally had their differences in the creative processes of WCW, though never had all three been present at the same time, now have had an opportunity that, up until now had never been open to them. They have the chance to rebuild an empire. Do I believe this opportunity is real? To quote Kurt Angle, "It's real..." While the opening days of their collaboration may have lost a following of the inevitable closed minded critic, who hadn't the stomach or the will to press through the fumblings in order to get to the Immortal turning point.

In my opinion, the formation of Immortal marked a turning point in the creative direction of the TNA product. Some have a problem with the moves TNA has taken away from the 6 Sided Ring Era. I can sympathize as I, too, miss that ring product, but what must be understood is that this couldn't last forever simply to cater to the loyal fanbase. There was a world of potential fans who had difficulty accepting the additional sides to the traditional ring. In order to wrangle those fans in, they had to put together a more familiar product.

Choosing writers and support cast to put together a new era of TNA history required a template to operate from. Why not pick the era that garnered the most success? A great deal of the supporting cast of the new regime of TNA is now comprised of former WWE employees who lost their jobs when they re-branded their product to a more "family-friendly" product. The Attitude Era was over and these people, who still had a great deal to offer the wrestling world now had no place to write with the freedom open to them during that era. It makes a lot of sense, when you think about it.

I've covered the necessity of competition in the wrestling marketplace, but now I must communicate the necessity to bear with the youth of the newly christened product. Also, being patient with the inconsistencies with full knowledge that time will build a better product as they learn to graft old tactics with a new cast of characters to ply their trade in a revised market.

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