For a long while, TNA seemed to have an identity crisis. 2010 was the 'year of hell' for TNA as everyone was adjusting to the change in management. During the course of 2011, however, the little company that could seemed to find footing and discovered itself once more. I hope you'll bear with me as I give you who I perceive TNA to be.....
1 Part WWF......TNA has the greatest women's division on the planet. It's a nod to a better time for the big W's ladies. Lita, Trish Stratus, Ivory, Molly Holly, Victoria, Tori, Chyna, and the beginnings of Gail Kim all brought together storyline and character development, making them an integral part of the show. TNA's take is one step bigger, putting a tag title into the mix.
1 Part WCW......The X Division is to TNA what the Cruiserweight Division was to WCW. God Rest Eddie Guerrero as he helped the division as a mainstay. Guys like Dean Malenko, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, and Juventud Guerrera rounded out the division, providing stability and show stealing matches with intensity and pinpoint precision. TNA's spin is their innovation of new matches to put emphasis on each competitor.
1 Part ECW......ECW was known for being a place to be personable with the fans. The fans always came first. In fact, the amount of time the performers gave to the fans was second to none in the business for their time. TNA devotes time to their fans on a level virtually unparalleled.
TNA is their own. TNA is their fans. TNA is no longer under threat of losing themselves in the shuffle as they once were. With a main event that is entirely different from WWF, WCW, and ECW of their glory days, this is something special. While many would complain about the booking of finishes on their PPVs, I would contend that having an interesting finish is something necessary to lead into the weeks' programming to build upon.
I look forward to what TNA's 10 Year Anniversary will bring as the stops will be pulled out and fans will be given something to sink their teeth into. Bet on it.