Friday, January 11, 2013

Survival Tactix: Pinch Me.....

As noted earlier on, TNA will be doing a series of taped “One Night Only” PPVevents airing the first Friday night of months they are not broadcasting live PPV events. has confirmed with multiple sources the themes for the taped PPVs will be….
TNA X-Travaganza, featuring the stars of the X-Division (airing in April, taping 1/13).
TNA Joker’s Wild Tag Team Special, featuring enemies teaming and a Battle Royal final (airing in May, taping 1/13)
TNA Hardcore Justice 2 - ECW reunion style “hardcore” show featuring hardcore stipulation matches bringing in ECW talents.
TNA “10 Reunion” – Stars from the early days of TNA battling inside a Six-Sided ring.
TNA Knockouts Knockdown – One night Knockout tournament with the first round being all stipulation matches and the final four in a “test of their stamina” to see who the final victor is.
TNA International Incident – One night tournament featuring talent from ” United States, India, Mexico, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Japan & the UK” with the winner earning a TNA title shot.
TNA X-Division World Cup Tournament – four teams of X-Division wrestlers in a one night tournament featuring singles, tag, six man and eight man tag bouts.
TNA World Cup of Wrestling – Four teams, each captained by a TNA wrestler featuring a Heavyweight wrestler, a tag team and an X-Division wrestler battling in singles, tag and stipulation bouts. The finale will be a “two ring, triple chance Battle Royal.”
There are no confirmed taping dates yet for the PPV specials beyond January.

As these events materialize, I find that I'm beside myself. This is HUGE for the progression of the brand. Imagine if WWE were to run an event STRICTLY made up of older stipulation matches (First Blood, Last Man Standing, etc.). Setting aside the PG cape and cowl routine would do the Red and Blue brand some least TNA's deciding to do something about it. Fact is, I'm actually getting excited about this new schedule and, more specifically, how they will incorporate into the televised weekly product. Each event seems better than the last, with the guests potentially overwhelming longer allied fans like myself.
The bringing back of old elements COULD be an OUTSTANDING innovation. I very much hope this is the idea and pitch of the new regime. Why? Because it would just go to show that the most jaded of critic CAN enjoy what ideas 'ol Easy E. and company brings to the table. Since TNA has such a vast and varied palette to pick an choose from, the possibilities of match styles and match-UPS make these "one shots" well worth the price tag each event demands.
The returns of Amazing Red, Petey Williams, Matt Bentley, and Jerry Lynn is just the beginning, folks. Such returns are both welcome and longed for by those who have watched the little Nashville company grow over the years. And those won't be the only ones to make comebacks to interact with the current roster. My sources inform me that the list reads like a Who's Who in the great annals of wrestling's current best. TNA has this colomnist's full attention and, for the sake of all who view TNA with the hope of becoming WWE's eventual full on competition, I want to see this PPV initiative succeed.

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