Saturday, April 28, 2012

TNA (+/-) WCW

A good question erupted on Facebook....how does TNA stack up to what WCW was? I say we have a look at the pros and cons.

WCW- With the stacked roster of household names in their youth; names like the Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, and Chris Benoit.....most of which were in the Cruiserweight Division. The top of the card was filled with names that had been established in decades past. Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall....the list was unmatched for a long while. The matches from top to bottom were good, both in terms of technical prowess AND ring psychology.

NOW, before anyone goes and talks about the Russo Era and things leading into that end, I'm considering the lucrative run that made WWF take notice. Where WCW was lacking.....a true Women's Division worth mentioning. While women's matches took place, only one year held an actual title to be fought over by women's performers. Additionally, the top performers in the company had difficulty letting go of their top spots....making it VERY difficult for younger performers to catch a break.

TNA- I am only going to use the years of TNA after the break from NWA, but during the years following that, TNA's X and Tag Team Divisions were THE thing to watch. Sure, the stories were pretty good, for the most part, but the matches were almost always fast paced and fun to watch. Once the Knockouts Division was established, it too, became a feature division to watch. The fact that TNA's Knockouts aren't simply eye candy makes TNA better as a place where women can ply the trade.

The top of the card is a GREAT mix....a blend of veteran performers with established careers and younger, hungry wrestlers still looking for their first taste of championship gold. THAT'S what makes TNA so good. Opportunity. WCW's windows were clouded and small and allowed very few undercard performers to truly break into the main event scene.

Compare? TNA has greater potential as their roster is younger, faster paced, and quite frankly, better written. WCW's nWo MADE them into a powerhouse. Unfortunately for TNA, such a stable would not surprise the current viewer. Granted, the Nexus made quite a first impression, laying waste to the WWE landscape, but TNA's current viewer remembers all of that. Where TNA DOES excell? Creative vision. They are trying all kinds of things to keep in touch with the fans of Wrestling-like products like UFC and Bellator while still maintaining their own distinct style.

The legends should be remembered, and the times of WCW were wax and wane, but ultimately, the lessons need to be learned so that the current products won't go the way of WCW.

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