Monday, July 30, 2012

Hardcore Justice.....

The next PPV on tap for TNA is Hardcore Justice, which seems appropriate considering the circumstances surrounding each major storyline. The tagline for the PPV reads "12 Tortured Souls in 3 Hardcore Matches...". Could this mean 3 Fatal Four Way matches? The scoring structure will have to be established well in advance so as not lost fans in the process of trying to build hype. No matter what the points distribution, though, you can be confident that TNA will put the best matches together combined with the rematch of Bobby Roode and Austin Aries.

There are signs of wearing down in the Knockouts Division with losses of Angelina Love and Velvet Sky to contract disputes. This comes on the heels of contract revisions being done once the most current contracts have run out. Is there enough money involved in the contracts to account for all the wear and tear done to their bodies and mentally? Is the job still fulfilling? I may be the only one saying this, but I don't want to see the same four Knockouts from week to week. Mickie James can afford to take some time away, as can Gail Kim. Both have had more than their share of time in front of the cameras and would do well to step into the Knockouts Tag Division or to simply drop off TV for a time and give fans a chance to miss them.

With the waxing and waning of the roster, TNA needs to find some solid ground in order to move forward in their quest to the number one spot in the wrestling world. Having said this, the idea is that we need to be thinking even further into the future than we are. Storylines are only a piece of the puzzle. Another factor is what will be selling in the future as a result of said storylines. For example, if the current plan is to put the World Heavyweight Title on Crimson in the next year, it would be a good idea to move him into that sphere on the card in the coming months and be sure to sign him to a long term contract to solidify his earning potential for the company.

Now, back to the PPV at hand. Tessmacher will quite probably be defending her belt against Gail Kim in yet another bout. My hope is that she'll retain and be able to move on to a brand new program involving a brand new contender for the belt. Zema Ion will assuredly be up for a program with whomever is on tap after this week's Impact.

I look VERY forward to the revitalized Tag Team Division led by Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez and the interesting team of Gunner and Kid Kash and the current champions Daniels and Kazarian. That's 4 teams that are now in the hunt for gold. This is where TNA has ALWAYS excelled, making their divisions look pretty decent regardless of how short-handed they are.

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