I realize this will make the second or third time I've talked about Lockdown and I promise, this will be the last time. This is a focus on a piece of information I just read today. Apparently, the Hogan/Flair segment went longer than expected and, as a result, the rest of the matches had to be cut to fit the time in the show....this tells me one thing.....Hogan and Flair need to step away. I truly wouldn't say anything if I thought things were going to change, but I feel confident in promising that things won't change so long as the focus remains on them and not on the performers putting themselves on the line each night.
Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair are two of the greatest of all time. Throw Sting in and you have the trifecta of legend. Without a doubt, the appeal of having them all in one place is enough to make the hardcore wrestling fan salivate, but too much of a good thing turns a good thing into a VERY bad thing. You want an example? Have a look at TNA's 2010 year. A-W-F-U-L. You know what I say? I say make Sting a feature attraction much like The Undertaker is for WWE. Keep Hogan in his office UNLESS there is a darn good reason for him to make his presence known. Relegate Flair to a manager role or give him a shot at the announce table as a part of a three man team. Truth be told, I haven't seen much of Flair from the announcers microphone. Listening to him play off of Tazz and Tenay might be refreshing.
I would like to thank the correction of my error concerning the King of the Mountain Match. Since the last match was a couple of years back, I had forgotten it WAS 5 competitors. HOWEVER, since WWE's Money in the Bank Match is so successful, and each TLC Tag Team Match was historic in their own right, I see no reason not to put in 6 guys OR design a brand new gimmick match. I feel completely in my rights to remind people that Eric Bischoff was the man who crafted the Elimination Chamber. AND since he is still a top executive with TNA despite being written off of TV, it seems to me that he could work more magic.
Here's a thought that might make newer TNA fans intrigued.....BRING BACK THE 6 SIDED RING!!! That little piece of TNA history just might brings back some fans in and of itself by separating TNA from WWE even further. It's been almost a year since I started this column and, in that time, I've yet to truly delve into the possibilities of the 6 Sided ring. Fact of the matter is, the 6 sided ring was every bit as much of a character to TNA as any wrestler on their roster. Genesis 2010 was among TNA's worst PPVs of all time. Why? Because the 6 sided ring was replaced WITHOUT WARNING and WITHOUT EXPLANATION. Had there been some kind of story to go along with replacing it and it had been put right back once the story had run its course, it would have been no problem, but since it didn't come back, I say it's high time it did. Just saying.....