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    Posted: 07/May/2011 at 03:07
Here's how I would fix tna...warning...long read.
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There are so many wrestlers on the roster that I enjoy watching wrestle.  The problem is that TNA has been so hell bent on competing with WWE that their storylines got in the way of the wrestling and the overall product.  I took the time to map out a plan for TNA to recover from their current downturn and how they can get back on track to compete with WWE.  They will NEVER be WWE’s size, but they can at least fix things so that they aren’t in jeopardy of disappearing.  The indies are quickly catching up to TNA and if TNA continues to fail they will not be the number two wrestling company in America.

Here is the current list of talent that I took the time to compile:

Male Wrestlers:

Abyss-A.J. Styles-Alex Shelley-Amazing Red-Anarquia-Brian Kendrick-Brother Devon-Bully Ray-Chris Sabin-Christopher Daniels-Suicide-Crimson-D’Angelo Dinero-Desmond Wolfe-Douglas Williams-Eric Young-Gunner-Hernandez-James Storm-Jeff Hardy-Jeff Jarrett-Jeremy Buck-Jesse Neal-Kazarian-Kurt Angle-Magnus-Matt Hardy-Matt Morgan-Max Buck-Mr. Anderson-Murphy-Okato-Orlando Jordan-Ric Flair-Robbie E-Robert Roode-Rob Terry-Rob Van Dam-Samoa Joe-Scott Steiner-Shannon Moore-Sting-Tommy Dreamer

Female wrestlers:

Angelina Love-Madison Rayne-Mickie James-Ms. Tessmacher-Rosita-Sarita-Tara-Velvet Sky-Winter

Other on-air employees:

Hulk Hogan-Eric Bischoff-Cookie-Karen Jarrett

 

Alright, now when reading over that list my eyes ALWAYS light up cause there is some AWESOME freakin talent in this promotion.  The problems comes in the utilization.  Here is my timeline of events .

Timeline:

Make it clear to all viewers that this is a WRESTLING show.  This plays right into the fact that WWE does not want to be associated with the word wrestling any longer.

Phase out the characters of Flair, Hogan, and Bischoff.  Do they bring instant name recognition? Of course they do, but at this point they have enough guys that can do that for them.  Also, these 3 no longer have positive connotations associated with their names.  The sooner the better for their disposal.

Have a meeting with all talent following the release of these 3.  Assure all talent that they will receive payments on time and in full from now on.  A huge part of this process is to get the locker room back on track. There has been a lot of turmoil lately and this needs to end in order for the best product possible to come out.

Get rid of the “network”.  It is an annoying rip off of the Raw GM.  It is stupid and unnecessary.  Have a battle between Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett to decide who becomes the “GM” of the show with Dixie Carter making sure things go smoothly.  I think using a guy that can still wrestle, that has name recognition, and that has a VERY vested interest in the success of the company should be in this position.  The feud between these two could end with them deciding that the future of the company they love is more important and that they need to settle their personal difference outside of the ring.  This gets all the family bullshit over with because it really is distasteful.

Next you start rebuilding each division.  Get rid of the Knockout tag team titles. Get rid of the TV title.  Stick with the world title, a secondary title, the tag titles, and the knockouts title.  TNA needs to make the titles worth more and have a greater importance.  There needs to be a way to determine who gets shots at the title that is more legitimate than a non-wrestling personality or “the network” just saying here’s the number 1 contender…go!  The way I would do this is by having matches in each division and the winner of the match receives points.  I am borrowing this from Chikara because I truly believe it is the best way to do it.  When a wrestler receives a certain amount of points they can challenge for the title.  It would be 3 wins for a secondary title shot and it would be 5 wins for a world title shot.  3 wins for a knockout title shot and 3 wins for a tag title shot.  If you lose a match you go back to 0 points and have to work your way back up the ladder.  IN this way the wrestlers now earn the right to fight for the title and the title matches become SOOOOO much more important because the right to have it wasn’t just handed out.  Imagine if two guys going for a world title shot both had 4 points and they had their match for the 5th point at a PPV.  The stakes are huge and the crowd would be SO freakin into it.  This makes the titles worth more and it makes the champions defend against guys that earned it and that have huge momentum.  When the champion can stop the momentum they become even better champions.  I think this add realism in the sport and that fans would absolutely eat it up.

Once that whole restructuring is completed you now have a show that is based upon wrestling.  The entertainment part of it can still be there and there can be matches that are based on just storyline and not title contention.  There would be matches worth points at house shows and whatnot and fans would have to visit tnawrestling.com in order to keep up and see the point totals for their favorite wrestlers.  The GM can then make matches based off people point totals because two guys that are 1 point for a title shot are gonna fight like hell to win and it will be believable to the crowd.

Here’s my division restructuring.  I would want Dreamer, Steiner, and D’Von to be enhancement talent or managers.

Heavyweight Title Picture: Sting – Champion for now.

Abyss, AJ Styles, Bully Ray, Christopher Daniels, Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, Mr. Anderson, RVD, Samoa Joe, Matt Morgan.  That’s 10 guys.  Styles, Daniels, Angle, RVD and Joe as faces.  Abyss, Ray, Jarrett, Anderson and Morgan as heels, subject to change.

Secondary title picture: Kazarian- Champion for now.

Amazing Red, Kendrick, Desmond Wolfe, D’Angelo Dinero, Matt Hardy, Crimson, Gunner, Robbie E, Doug Williams, this is 9 guys who all have great wrestling ability that can put on fantastic hard hitting, high flying, fast paced action.  These are all guys who are proven on the indy circuits then I am certain can put on 3-4 star matches every time out.  Most people are familiar with everyone on this list…but I hear a lot of hate toward Gunner and Robbie E.  These guys can wrestle.  Gunner went by his real name in the indies, Phil Shatter…check out his match against Davey Richards and then lemme know if you still think he can’t wrestle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY3JIILB3io

Tag Team Title Picture: Beer Money- Champions for now.

Sabin & Shelley, Moore & Neal, Young & Jordan, Max and Jeremy Buck, Murphy & Rob Terry, Hernandez & Anarquia.  This would create a tag division, something that is extremely lacking in the big 2 promotions.  Tag team wrestling is a lost art in the major promotions and I think the division I have created here can definitely do a great job with it.  Imagine a Motor City Machine Guns vs. Generation ME match with both teams having 2 point going for a title shot, it would be AMAZING.

I think the womens division is going along alright for the moment.  They need to get their focus back on in ring action because these ladies all have phenomenal wrestling ability.

So as great of an idea as this is it would be tough to do with only one two hour show.   I think it can be done, but I think they should find a network to show another 1 hour show that will be focused entirely on wrestling and gaining points toward title shots.


Wrestlemania 30 main event....Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins for World Heavyweight Championship....I can dream damn it!
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Damn, that was a long read.
 
I've read similar articles before.  Honestly, TNA's problems have almost nothing to do with the talent in the ring.  Their biggest problems are all in the offices.
 
I would rather hear who you would want on the booking team, and as road agents.   Many people think the Knockout division was at its peak under agent Scott D'Amore.  So it's important to know who would be in place backstage to make it easier for the in-ring talent to perform.
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Originally posted by thundarr2000 thundarr2000 wrote:

Damn, that was a long read.
 

I've read similar articles before.  Honestly, TNA's problems have almost nothing to do with the talent in the ring.  Their biggest problems are all in the offices.

 

I would rather hear who you would want on the booking team, and as road agents.   Many people think the Knockout division was at its peak under agent Scott D'Amore.  So it's important to know who would be in place backstage to make it easier for the in-ring talent to perform.


Speak that truth brother!

The backstage has 2 be all properly orientataed for the workers to preform. As you said, the problem damn sure does not lye in the ring, but the back.

And it pains me to see because a lot of those guys deserve a better crowd than they get. It has become so predictable that their own home crowd won't pop right for spots or chant stupid shit during the show. They have been getting better with the build for sacrifice but long term you had 2 know Hogan and Bischoff were not the answer. I give them all the credit in the world because the ship runs, but this isint the 90's and all they stuff they do is a WWE re hash or an "answer back" to WWE that goes unheard.

TNA needs new blood in that Office, remember, Bischoff and Hogan RAN WcW into the ground and a lot of the same faces are around now. I wonder deep down what the Stinger thinks of all this. He know its not right.

My personal pick would b Paul E. Heyman as top dogg.

He may not be "new blood" exactly, but I feel he has a better grasp on the back stage politics and I feel he would be more in tune with the workers and the fans. Paul always knew what people wanted, just look at the rising star that was ECW. The man is a genious if you ask me and I definitley think this guy would get the job done better than these 2 clowns. Hogan is a camera hog, and bischoff isint far behind him in that department.

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Heyman would be a good choice to handle the wrestling side of the business, but someone else should handle the books. I think you could pull off having Dixie managing the books and Paul handling running the company, if theycould agree to it. Also, I think TNA's advertising department could use some tweeking, considering they don't air many commercials for their Pay-Per-Views and it catches people off guard during PPV week.


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True words. Dixie and Heyman could make a monster Impact pardon the pun.

They do need to put more "oomph" into their PPV sales pitches. If they should take something from VKM it should be pumping it all towards the PPV. The big events and must see things. Also, id save some of the storylines for the actual PPV event. Too many times TNA has pulled the trigger early and gave us great shit we should have payed for.

But again, if this were a dream world and everything came to be it would impress me. And I don't doubt that day will come, they just need to figure out the right chemistry, keep dipping that foot in the wather before you go all in. The shock could kill you.

That's what gets me tho moon. Hogan and Bischoff should KNOW better! Smh ... like really? Really? Mr. Eat your vitamins and say your prayers can't cash in on basically "owning" his own company?! 20 years ago, people would have a Hogan ran show thru the roof, but then again he would still be preforming sooo ... Double standards, ill tell ya!

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He can't cash in because the fans are alot smarter now than in the 80's. Almost evey fan who grew up in the early 90's and up know how Hogan and Bischoff operate now. They promise to bring in the big ratings, but at the end of the day, they can't deliver because they expect the same things to work over a decade later. With decades of experience between them, they really should know thier ideas won't work with the fans.

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Originally posted by MaNonTheMoon MaNonTheMoon wrote:

He can't cash in because the fans are alot smarter now than in the 80's. Almost evey fan who grew up in the early 90's and up know how Hogan and Bischoff operate now. They promise to bring in the big ratings, but at the end of the day, they can't deliver because they expect the same things to work over a decade later. With decades of experience between them, they really should know thier ideas won't work with the fans.


Yet they keep trying. Ill give em that.

I am excited for next weeks show being the "mystery woman" is someone with experience and I really like the way that feud between Jarrett and Angel has evolved, and the network exec. spot needs to be done right, they've invested 2 much time into this one for it not 2 pay off!

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With the promo Roode cut on thursday, the have no choice but to deliver. Otherwise, everythn's gonna blow-up just days before Sacrifice.

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Roode definitley showed me something with that promo. And they better deliver is right. With these workers, I don't and will never doubt it. The crowd kills em tho. Getting out of the impact zone and on the road all the time will be a MAJOR factor in the evolution of the TNA brand.

That and having a champ that won't be coked up at your ME on PPV will greatly improve the TNA life length. I believe and will never stop appreciating the hard work these men and women do for the company.

Now that company just needs to believe in the talent they have in front of and behind that curtin and they'll be fine!

Gotta love "Bobby Roode" ... I never believed him as the snob ... this blue collar gimmick could work for him. The crowd sure ate it up, and @ the end of the day, that's what matters!

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They trust the talent, they just don't know when and how to use the them to their full potential. The Joe-Pope fued is a good example of this.


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