Sunday, February 10, 2013

Survival Tactix: The State of TNA Address.......

Today, I would like to make a few observations, a few comments, and a few suggestions regarding where TNA is right now in their quest of becoming a commanding competitor of WWE. In this analysis, I plan on remaining as objective as I can and, in comparison with the bigger and longer running competition on the subject of each division. SO let's jump right in.....

Knockouts Division.....

This is a sore division because of how little time TNA has given to the division of late. With Tara, Gail Kim, Tessmacher, Velvet Sky, ODB, and Madison Rayne as the only Knockouts given time and Tara, in particular holding the majority of the limelight with Velvet Sky as the runner-up. My question is simple....WHERE IS TAELER HENDRIX?! When does SHE get a chance to DO something?

I LOVE Tessmacher. Her moves in ring, aside from the Torrie Wilson-esque "stink face, remind me of Lita, right down to the Litacanrana off the top rope. In MY opinion, though, Madison Rayne is the single most underutilized Knockout in the entire division. She is VERY talented as a heel and I think her leading the division in that way would put TNA's best foot forward on the heel side of things and, with Velvet Sky and Tessmacher leading the face side, you have a complete picture.....kinda. I won't even give you all my pet peeve with TNA's Knockout Tag Division....really....why beat a dead horse?

X Division.......

I DEFY ANYONE who tries to tell me that the X Division is suffering. Zema Ion, Christian York, RVD, Kenny King.....all GREAT performers. I realize this is only 4, but only a year ago, it was the EXACT SAME WAY. Back then, you had Ion, Sorenson, Aries, and Kid Kash and no one else to speak of. Having the X Division tourney helped a great deal and I fully expect to see something similar this year. Adding Rockstar Spud and even relegating Robbie E. could REALLY help the division.

Tag Team Division......

TNA has not had such a great division since the Motor City Machine Guns and Beer Money led their ranks. The Chavo/Hernandez and Aries/Roode pairings have been terrific and the Ryan/Morgan and Bad Influence has tied everything together. You CANNOT ask for a better collection of heroes and villains on the roster in tag team contention. With Ryan and Morgan potentially parting company and the Aries/Roode team taking their place, I can safely say the division is in GREAT hands.

TV Title Division.......

Samoa Joe, Devon, and the possibility of even Joey Ryan being added to the mix makes me much more confident that this division is going to climb back into the order of titles important to the show. Add in the potential of AJ Styles or Kurt Angle as possible contenders for THIS belt, and you have something special in waiting.

World Heavyweight Title Division.....

Jeff Hardy and Bully Ray are holding down the fort for the time being, but James Storm, Matt Morgan, and my prediction of the year as the breakout stars to come this year.....Magnus and the returning Jesse Sorenson, who will have a big part to play in the next chapter of TNA's forward movement. The grandest thing about TNA is that there are SO many former World Title holders, the World Title could be fought over by ANY one of them at ANY given time and it won't feel terribly rushed. That's the beauty of building the ENTIRE roster in as many ways as there are people to fill in empty spots.

The X Factors and Side Notes.......

The biggest X Factors going into this season of TNA history are going to be the Gut Check Contestants, in my opinion. TNA is going to hear an earfull from a great many upset fans if those who have earned a spot on the roster don't get their just dues. Hendrix, Silva, Shaw, and Bradley have yet to get a real chance to be in the spotlight and earn their stripes with the roster's finest. OVW is a great place for talents to train and refine their skill set, but without the opportunity to test their brass on the bigger stage, it's as useless as a computer to the Amish.

On another level, I'm very curious as to how things will finally play out once the Aces and Eights story has run its course. I have high hopes that those involved will have stories to find themselves in rather than languishing in the midcard. With TNA taking to the road beginning March 7th in Chicago, this is going to be the year of reckoning, with each member of the roster being put on high alert.....be ready to be called up at a moment's notice.

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