Thursday, March 2, 2017

What Gives? Woe is Me....

Just when I thought the world was conspiring to put TNA back where they wanted to be, TNA loses some of their best talents. The Bennets, The Hardys, and Drew Galloway have all cut ties with the little company that once could. The sad part of this story is really two-fold.

On the one side, Jeff Jarrett, who is now serving as a chief officer of sorts wasn't a big fan of the "broken universe" stuff, which arguably has been the most differentiating aspect of TNA television in the past 5-6 years. That said, it should be mentioned that in a shocking turn of events, not only was the entire set of performers low-balled on contractual pay, in the case of the Hardys, there was a clause stating that TNA would receive 10% of everything they earn OUTSIDE of TNA while under contract for 2 years.

On the other side of things, it has been reported that a significant amount of money was offered to Jarrett should he be able to convince significant players to take cuts in pay. In other words, "we'll pay you to take money away from the people putting on a show."

I am not at all pleased with this development and it casts more than a negative shadow on all things TNA and, while I'm a fan of the product, I find myself hoping more people leave to prove a finer point: you can't take money from people who are putting their livelihoods on the line a few times a month for a paycheck. This isn't a carpenter or a plumber or another craft you can simply find cheaper replacements to do the same quality job. No, this is something VERY different. TNA will never again see another AJ Styles or Bobby Roode or Samoa Joe or anyone else who could do the same work or better for the price point they operated under. Not possible.

As for the rest of the story? The devil is in the details and those aren't things I am privy to, so I won't speculate, but suffice it to say that Jeff Jarrett and company has made a very large tactical error and I can only hope he is able to learn from that before it's too late to correct it.

If there is any kind of silver lining, this might be it or maybe not. Feelers have been sent out of Rey Mysterio, Matt Morgan, and others who either worked for TNA in the past or have been courted by the, in the past few years anyway. While I'm not opposed to using these guys to help fill spots left by the other players, it doesn't excuse the kind of disrespect for the craft put on display so far. That said, I DO want to see some these players come in or back as the case may be from a purely selfish perspective of just wanting to see what TNA could do if finally giving Matt Morgan the proper push and a run at the top of the company.

Maybe I'm overreacting to all of the news coming out of TNA these days, but I get this ominous vibe coming out of there these days and with WWE FINALLY getting over this stigma of former TNA talent contributing details to the bottom line and allowing their talents to shine where they may, maybe this is TNA's swan song.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Well Oiled Machine.....

WWE.com has just announced the most recent inductee into the Hall of Fame for the Class of 2017 and the man they've chosen was the face of TNA for just over a decade.....Kurt Angle. When Angle came to TNA in 2006, there was never a bigger name to bring into the fold and since that time, he has put in HUNDREDS of amazing matches that have every reason to be called classics. With foils like Desmond Wolfe, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, and Sting; only one man has been consistently able to pull a great match out of even the toughest of acts and to that effect.....Angle is in some rare company.

3 Stages of Hell
Iron Man
Lethal Lockdown
Elimination Chamber
Hell in a Cell

There hasn't been a match in the WWE OR TNA archives that Angle hasn't tackled AND knocked out of the park and with over 30 different titles to his name, there are few who can claim to be his equal. The TNA Enforcer in me is in awe of who this man has become to the industry and how much of an ambassador he is to whatever company he finds himself a part of.

On behalf of THIS site, I send Kurt Angle MY sincerest congratulations for yet another title to add to the legacy of this well oiled machine....the cyborg.....the Olympic hero.....

Monday, January 16, 2017

Did I Say Something About Rebranding?

I have been talking about TNA getting a rebranding for a while now and some little evidences that COULD prove it's being done. That said, AT LEAST one of those is happening right now.


LIQUIDATION SALE.

Yep. Seriously, folks, we're talking a HUGE deal on the Brown Bag Special, which normally contained a few DVDS and a T Shirt, but NOW, they've upgraded the number of DVDs by 1, added in another t shirt AND tossed in 3 random items for TWENTY BUCKS! Seriously, I have been telling people to buy it up when it happens, but now that it IS, I'm shouting it out.....BUY BUY BUY!!!!!

SO, as for OTHER signs of the sale?

1. Dixie is gone. I defended her, sided with her, and all around jumped on her bandwagon trumpeting her swan song for a long time. It wasn't until the thing behind the scenes fell off the rails altogether with Billy Corgan that I became ABSOLUTELY certain that if she didn't go, everything would come apart at the seams, leaving nothing....absolutely nothing left to salvage. And so she has, but her successor was something ELSE I called for.......

2. The return of Jeff Jarrett. I called for this back when the story about the mystery investor was running and I wanted it back then quite badly. I knew Jarrett was a far more capable negotiator than Dixie and have always known it. Even when he negotiated buying company back from Dixie behind the scenes, I was for it. THIS, however, is something slightly different from what I had in mind. I would have wanted to see TNA fold into the Global Force Wrestling banner, but what it looks like right now, is that it is far more likely that Global Force Wrestling AND TNA will take full advantage of the new branding as Impact Wrestling, which has been the more prominent label anyway. Jarrett may try and twist things, but he also may not and simply use Global Force as maybe even a developmental league, which would do the brand a WORLD of good.

3. New investors is a HUGE deal. Once Dixie was gone, there was only one thing left to do, find someone ELSE to sit at the helm. With ANTHEM Entertainment ALREADY as a partner AND the fact that they believed TNA's bones were good enough to shoulder the amassed debt Dixie and company had accrued over the past number of years, it seems like TNA has a good partner in them for at least the short term. Bringing back Jarrett was the best business decision they could have made and with the return of Jarrett, also brings back merchandise mover Don West, who brings this column full circle.

As for other changes within? The bulk of those remain to be seen, but the general feeling is that the whole enterprise being made is intended to bring the company back to the roots that made them a boom from 2003 all the way to 2008, when "TNA" chants were happening at WWE events anywhere in the country. It was THAT era, folks, that made WWE nervous. IF TNA puts the wrestling of that era with the CURRENT storytelling, you WILL have a force to be reckoned with.....make no mistake.