I've said it before. I've stated my distaste for Vince McMahon's new world, a world where children are the target for the programming. And with the man who single-handedly shipwrecked the Cruiserweight Division, Hornswoggle, being revealed as the Anonymous GM of Raw, it seems clear to me, WWE is bleeding. I once called them dead, but this is somehow worse. Why? because TNA is very much operating with momentum. Having come off of two straight winner PPVs and swaying critics right and left, the little company from Nashville is finally on the offensive.....and without firing a single shot at their rival.
Suddenly, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff aren't as useless as the critics have led some to believe as we see WWE continue to withhold their best for the hype of the 1000th episode of Monday Night RAW in a couple of weeks. A fellow blogging colleague made a good point just yesterday... what makes the episodes of RAW that follow the 1000th so special? He makes a good point. No one seems to be hyping the 1001st episode of RAW. With WWE emptying their pockets for the one time appearances of Mick Foley, The Rock, and a host of other former ongoing RAW talents, there is nothing to compel those not already watching RAW to give it a chance once the landmark episode has run its course. In fact, I'm completely satisfied simply watching highlights on YouTube with the full knowledge that I've denied WWE the satisfaction of giving them 3 hours of my time for the possibility of 6 minutes of enjoyment.
Why do I bring all of this up? Because there's blood in the water, folks. TNA hasn't been doing anything out of the ordinary. They've been focused on themselves and making their product better. That is what's making the difference here. They aren't focused on taking jabs at WWE anymore. Instead, they're keeping their eyes on the ball and putting on strong shows each week. This is the changing of the tides, guys. This is, quite possibly, the most critical moment in the history of TNA up to this point in time. TNA is pushing their newer talents. They're introducing new faces and making alliances with independent organizations and outside sources.
It was nice to see Diamond Dallas Page and Sid Vicious and even Doink the Clown, but I noticed something that I doubt the rest of the WWE Universe did. When each man came out of the curtain, there was a pause before the crowd reacted. Why? Because the audience consists of children who got their parents to buys tickets. When the legends came out, the kids had to ask who they were. THAT'S what's killing WWE. Nostalgia only works when you have people who know their history because they were there. A 10 or 12 year old kid has no clue who Sid Vicious was....or Diamond Dallas Page, for that matter. When you consider that, Doink the Clown isn't such a stretch. They may not have seen him before, but a clown goes over well with kids no matter which era you find yourself in.
There's blood in the water. TNA is turning into something far more dangerous to WWE. TNA has a champion who hasn't needed retraining to be put on display. In fact, not only is their World Champion an independent hero, their X Division Champion proved me wrong and could very well follow in the former champion's footsteps if TNA plays his cards right. Their solution to the summer month slump is working and it's making each match a must-win situation for the competitors involved in it. The top storylines are moving as they should be, with patience and enough twists to keep people engaged and invested. TNA is becoming the shark that the professional wrestling world has needed since the fall of WCW.