TNA No Surrender
Last night, TNA Wrestling presented "No Surrender" live from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. This is another pay-per-view presented by the Hogan-Bischoff regime. To say these two have destroyed everything that was unique about TNA would be an understatement. They have abandoned the 6-sided ring in favor of the more traditional 4-sided ring, and they are also providing a much more violent product than WWE's current PG format offers. That's all well and good, but don't complain when you aren't able to sell advertising time to sponsors. Of course, that isn't TNA's job to worry about that. That problem belongs to the folks at Spike TV. Last night's pay-per-view was a complete train wreck from start to finish. Other than the Motor City Machine Guns .vs. Generation Me and Jeff Hardy .vs. Kurt Angle, the entire show was a complete disaster. The in-ring work in TNA has never been an issue, but the lack of logic in their storylines in my main issue with the current product. Wrestling is simple. You have two guys. They have an issue with each other that is built up on the weekly TV show, and it culminates in a match on pay-per-view that your consumer will (hopefully) dish out $44.95 to watch on pay-per-view. It isn't that difficult a concept to comprehend. $44.95? Yikes. With all the entertainment options available to the public these days, you have to give them a damn good reason to dish out $45 every month. And to be 100% honest with you, giving them a main-event with Mr. Anderson and The Pope (the artist formerly known as Elijah Burke in WWE) isn't exactly a good reason. In my opinion, TNA needs to distance themselves from the "sports-entertainment" aspect of professional wrestling and concentrate on the in-ring proponent to differentiate themselves from WWE. Ring of Honor is the only wrestling company offering a viable alternative to both TNA and WWE; giving the audience a more realistic product that is similar to what the UFC is currently presenting. The UFC is using the showmanship of professional wrestling, giving each fight a "big fight atmosphere," and getting the fans to care about the characters. It's a simple concept. If people care about the fights and why they are fighting, they will buy the pay-per-view! IT ISN'T THAT DIFFICULT, PEOPLE! TNA's main problem is they try to serve too many masters. In pro-wrestling, you need to have a two or three-year plan of where you want to be. I'm glad to finally see a youth movement in WWE, and I believe TNA needs to do the same if they want to succeed in the long-term. They have to realize that wrestlers like Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy won't be around forever. They need a long-term vision... and until that vision is implemented, I don't see much success in TNA's future. Dixie Carter needs to realize that Hogan and Bischoff aren't there to help TNA. They are there to fill their pockets with as much money as possible and bail on the company as soon as they see the ship is sinking. Of course, Hogan was smart enough to sign his contract with Panda Energy, TNA's parent company, so if the company goes tits-up, he's guaranteed his money regardless. TNA's savior is Paul Heyman. And until Dixie Carter realizes this, I don't see the situation in TNA improving whatsoever. And that my friends, is true. It's damn true.