Thursday, December 25, 2014

3 and Three.....

So here's to the launch of TNA's new hope coming in the first week of January and the ten hour marathon lead-in, but here's ALSO to the second show and ALSO to the now THIRD show, putting Impact onto the small screen in a way that would make WWE jealous. This brand new announcement broke just last week. Destination America will now feature THREE shows dedicated to TNA, making good on the notion of them building the network around the little company that could.

In the newest show, TNA's greatest matches will be put on display. This is an AWESOME idea as it would expose people who know virtually nothing of the brand to a new way of looking at the business as a whole. It's no secret that I believe TNA's talent roster and match quality trumps virtually everything in WWE's wheelhouse across the boards, but this show is where you look for the proof. I have to say, this TV deal is quite possibly the best thing to ever happen to TNA and I doubt very much we'll EVER see another company given this much airtime and immediate exposure to the casual wrestling fan.

With this "Best of" show on the weekends at around midday, the Impact broadcast on Wednesdays and Impact: Unlocked in a Tuesday or Thursday slot, we're looking at a pretty powerhouse schedule with plenty of opportunities for the name and talent to get some good traction out the gate, provided that viewers can latch on quickly. This is a job for TNA creative to work on. Good writing and booking= good match ups and rivalries.

With WWE looking to bring Sting into the fray of their programming come the Royal Rumble on the Road to Wrestlemania, TNA is going to have to up their game and put their best foot forward to move ahead. To that end, I've been thinking about a topic for the last few columns of the year AND that of the one to roll into the big quad 1000th column. I think I have an idea.

I'm thinking of doing another WWE vs. TNA column with another twist: I'm looking at a Legends version, with the idea of pitting the long standing members of TNA against some of WWF's best. I don't need to say it, but I will anyway; each face off HAS to be declared against two who have never squared off before AND each member of each organization MUST never have been a wrestling member of the opposing roster. I've picked a list of fan favorites from each and I say we have a war.

From TNA:

Bobby Roode
Samoa Joe
Magnus
James Storm
Austin Aries
Angelina Love
Velvet Sky
Samuel Shaw
Eddie Edwards
Davey Richards
Abyss

From WWF:

Steve Austin
Shawn Michaels
Triple H
The Rock
Trish Stratus
Lita
Edge
Christian (I WILL explain)
William Regal
The Undertaker
Mankind



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