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What Do You Make Of TNA Currently?

Discussion in 'Wrestling Forum' started by Jamster26, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. Jamster26

    Jamster26 Well-Known Member Subscriber

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    I know not allot of people on here watch TNA but for those who do, and for those who have been checking the spoilers; what have you made of TNA; so far in 2012?

    I think it’s looking quite strong, this year. The guys that you want to be pushed, are being pushed.

    We have a fresh “young” heel champion who is definitely something different, an excellent and very talented X – Division champion in Austin Aries, brilliant Tag Team Champions, in Samoa Joe and Magnus and the ideal womens champion; in Gail Kim.

    So, the foundations are there for me; for TNA to really kick on. I’m hoping the days of the “old guard”, where TNA were known for giving the established stars more air time, than the younger guys. (Steiner, Booker, Nash, Angle etc), are now moving away, and TNA’s, if you like, home-grown guys are getting the air time, and establishing themselves as main stays in TNA.

    So what are your opinions on TNA, this year?
     
  2. Omega

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    Everything that goes "right" in TNA is so much against the grain of all the really sh*t stuff they do. Roode has been good but everything around him has been booked so awfully it almost doesn't matter. By all accounts Russo has been out the writing picture for a while before him leaving TNA and the product hasn't picked up. Lagana was brought in to write for Ring Ka King so I can't see why TNA will kick on and get any better.

    Aries has been great but they've had to wait for Shelley to come back before we've got a decent feud brewing. Whilst the new guys have shown some promise they've only pushed Ion with any great strength and he's been average at best.

    The tag division is dead. Joe/Magnus may be an excting team but they are up against two massive planks of wood in Crimson and Morgan.

    The womens division might be the only thing that has improved now that we've moved away from Sky/Love/Winter as the main attractions.
     
  3. Jamster26

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    Yeah, I think the tag team division could do with some work. It actually looks like Crimson / Morgan maybe coming to an end as a tag team; given the recent friction between them, which leaves us with…Joe / Magnus. :lol:

    I think the tag team area was always going to suffer in the long run. We’ve lost Team 3D, Beer Money, The Motor City Machine Guns have been injured, Mexican America haven’t done anything really and Inc Inc looked promising before the Mohawk guy left.

    So yeah you’re right, they need to replace these tag teams somehow. When Chris Sabin comes back, we should have the MCMG’s again, so there’s a start.

    With regards to the main event scene, can I ask, what is it that TNA have done recently, that you didn’t / don’t like?
     
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    Pretty much all the actual booking beyond keeping Roode champ at all costs. Sting's involvement for a start has been contrived to say the least and the fact he's turned into an opponent is even worse. Jeff was a bore really and an utter waste to throw him back into the title picture so early when a really build could have been made if they would have had him go on an insane winning streak but Roode kept on dodging the match. Instead we got a quick pop and now..... nothing.

    Storm has been wasted against Angle when really he should have simply carried on against Roode and that should have been the feud that ignited both their singles careers. I know Storm was injured but instead of using Angle why wasn't Roode responsible? It makes no sense other than they need to keep Angle sweet but that's just hurt Storm more and realistically Storm is the better long term bet.

    Plus it's all run ins and twists for no reason still. Bully Ray is rubbish as a 'partner' for Roode and it's actually exposing him more than when he was the head boy in Immortal and had a genuine reason to be the douche bag of Immortal. I don't think Bully Ray is a great singles guy but he looked a lot better before the whole Roode thing came along.
     
  5. John Hancock

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    I make very little of it. I gave up to the point of no longer even reading the results after they blew the Roode/Storm angle by having them wrestle every ten minutes. It's going to take something big for them to regain my interest.
     
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    It’s funny, I think Bully Ray has been hilarious. Especially his “pretty boys have abs, real men have calves” moto. :lol: If we could enter the wresting mindset for a moment, it looked like Bully Ray was “using” Roode to get a shot at the world title and I don’t think they’ve been seen together since. I did prefer him as the figurehead of Immortal though, I agree. Where he was the leader of something.

    I can’t argue with the Angle / Storm thing. I know yourself and Jimmy were annoyed with their match up and the lack of “storytelling” in the match. The Bar – room Brawler V The In – Ring Technician, so to speak. It really should have been Roode who attacked Storm, as there’s obviously more reasons for Roode to attack him, than Angle. (Looks like he’s done the same thing again, with Hardy instead?).

    So yeah, I can’t disagree with them two points. I’ve still enjoyed the main event with Roode on top though. Sting’s been funny at times and I’ve liked the varying tactics that Roode has used in order to slither his way to retaining the title; at the expense of Hardy, Styles and James Storm. I liked the story in them matches, if that makes sense.
     
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    I don't blame you for that, John. I still think, if you're going to watch any sole part of TNA, the X - Division, in particular Austin Aries; would be your best bet for "enjoyment" because he and his matches, have been nothing short of quality.
     
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    Like I said Roode himself has been excellent which makes it even more crazy that he's not been trusted to build his angles more. I mean, roode isn't a jake roberts or Rocky on the mic but he's good enough but his been totally pigeon-holed into the Selfish generation box all the time that he can't be dynamic. It;s like the writers are so desperate to push a slogan they've forgotten to give Roode anything meaningful to say.
     
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    Yeah, he's a pretty decent promo guy, I agree. What if he thought of doing this whole selfish generation, I'm the "It" factor of professional wrestling etc? Leader of the selfish generation.
     
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    I think it's so overly contrived as to actually be a hinderance.
     
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    dsrchris Am disappoint, son Subscriber Senior Moderator

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    I'll tell you what upsets me about TNA. The Impact Zone "fans".

    They suck any good feeling out of a match instantly by being completely silent smarky motherf*ckers. Alex Shelley vs. Austin Aries would have been a fantastic match in front of any other crowd ANYWHERE on the planet, but the Impact Zone fans are too busy doing their "duelling chant spot" to actually, y'know, give a damn about what's going on in the ring. And it's always the same damn faces you see at the front, looking like fools. Even when Aries and Shelley were visibly trying to gee up the crowd, they get like zilch reaction. These guys aren't even trying to play along, which just makes the show look like dross.

    If TNA stands any chance of coming off like any kind of big deal then they need to take the show out on the road. Everything I've seen from the house shows they've done is almost instantly 10 times louder than the Impact Zone. They get more reaction, mainly because the folks out around the country don't have the opportunity to see the same TNA guys every 2 weeks, so they actually give a damn about what's going on in front of them.

    Add to that lots of tourists who just seem to have wandered in accidentally/been suckered in with no intention of watching a wrestling show.

    I'm sorry to say it, but TNA live fans in the Impact Zone suck. WWE may be full of kids, but at least you can rely on kids to make noise in the right place, not just stand there waiting to chant "THAT WAS AWE-SOME!" to anything, regardless of how "awesome" it actually was. They need to sort it out, because the worse the live reaction is, the suckier it seems on TV.
     
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    Yep. Fans who will shout for Scott Steiner tirelessly through a ten minute match whilst he;s the heel need to be flogged publically and told to be better human beings.
     
  13. Jamster26

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    Yeah, agree. It's amazing the difference the crowd can make. You only need to compare the atmosphere between the impact zone and when TNA did the UK Tour recently; it was just a much more exciting and lively atmosphere; which gave the matches an extra buzz about them.
     
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    The problem is that the TNA fans seem to think they're part of the show in the worst possible way. They're acting how they've told themselves TNA fans act, doing the snarky chants, cheering the heels, booing the WWE, thinking Kurt Angle isn't shit, like a weird sort of hybrid between RoH fans and ECW fans, but, somehow, the hybrid has suffered some freakish mutation during the incubation process, and all it's genuineness, authenticity, spontaneity and fun has died.
     
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    I blame the internet personally. It's fostered an idea that you can't be a mark or at least act like a mark at a wrestling show. You have to show how much you know it's all a big pretense but f*cking with it at every turn. TNA Impact zone fans are in gfact the real life equivelent of Bronies. MLP:FIM is kind of awesome in a way but by simply embracing it too much at every possible turn it's just... sh*t.
     
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    What's stopping TNA from doing WWE do? Doing tours all the time, in different parts of the world. Surely, the time has come to move away from the Impact Warehouse for good? From what we've all said in the thread, it makes perfect sense to me?
     
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    Money.
     
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    Half the fun of going to wrestling show is playing along. You boo the bad guy, you cheer the good guy, it's all a bit of fun and pantomime, you go home. How is that so difficult?

    EDIT: You say money, but I imagine they're gonna have to go on the road to start earning some money? They may lose it at first, but if they can get the interest up again surely they'd stand to make some?
     
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    Becuase you've got to show you're smart to the game Chris, isn't that the point of going to a wrestling match so you can show everyone how you knwo how it works?
     
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    Yeah, I gotta say, Ring Ka King really shows what TNA could be like with a decent crowd, and it's way, way better than with the current crowd. I'd either shoot Impact in India (one week in India, shoot 8 weeks of Impact) or take it on the road. The Impact Zone is killing a product that would, for the most part, be acceptable otherwise. Most of us can swallow a lot of shitty booking and angles if the live fans are hot for it. If nothing else, the Attitude Era taught us that.
     

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