What is it what professional wrestling nowadays? Maybe the one problem is there is no professional wrestling, it today’s world it is sports entertainment, and as a fan you really only have two choices of what to watch. You can watch WWE or TNA, but both of those have lacked any pop for quite awhile now, but let’s look at the good things.
Kurt Angle going to TNA had me interested for awhile. Watching Angle debut in TNA gave me chill bumps and his wrestling style fit’s the TNA brand, his feud with Samoa Joe is good, but already I tire of big marquee matches between the two. It could be worked out better, stretch out the times between the meetings of the two, build anticipation for the match instead of just trying to get buy rates.
Kevin Nash does a wonderful job with his promos with the X-Division guys. The only thing I look forward to when watching iMPACT is a gray haired Nash pretty much acting like he’s thirteen. After I watched my first ever X-Division match I thought about it for a second. What I just watched was twenty minutes of high spot after high spot. Small guys doing flippy flying moves, doing things that would seem to kill you, then getting right back up. There was no real psychology to the matches, just total nonstop action. I can’t hate on the X-Division though, that is what TNA created to be different from the WWE. They could have easily just called it the Cruiserweight Division, but with the X-Division, Kevin Nash will be able to win the title. Which would be some entertaining television just for the pure aspect of it. You would have true athletes like Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal going up against the larger, more entertaining, slower opponent, the legend Kevin Nash.
Abyss going full circle and becoming the good guy is something I really like. Abyss has the potential to be one of the biggest monster faces in the wrestling business today. The Abyss/Jim Mitchell/Sting angle can be really interesting and I am hoping TNA takes the time to truly develop this story, and it will not end with Abyss being reborn as a Christian. Or will it?
Christian Cage makes a decent World Champion. Not really, but he will work for now. At least he has enough charisma to make the crowd dislike him, not hate, but dislike. When Jeff Jarrett was the World Champion the crowd booed him not because they hated what he was saying, but because they just didn’t want to hear him, he lacks entertainment value. Jarrett taking a break was long overdue, and when he returns, in my estimation as a face, aiding Sting, it will add freshness to his character.
Robert Roode is someone TNA should push to the moon as a serious star for the company. He is the complete package. In the wresting business you need three things: the look, the in-ring skills, and mic skills. Roode has it all. Turning on Erik Young eventually after he joins up with Roode will Robert some heat, but he doesn’t need it. Just let him do his thing, he will work the crowd.
TNA stands as the “wrestling” show. They do focus on actual wrestling on a regular basis instead of the entertainment. TNA is still a young company and is moving up. Securing a two hour time slot is crucial, and I feel it can be locked down in the near future. I don’t care for the six-sided ring, but just like the X-Division, the ring is a TNA staple.
Sure TNA makes mistakes, hiring Christy Hemme just because, not getting rid of Lance Hoyt, and many others, but they are going in the right direction. The only way for them to even compete with TNA is if a billionaire comes around looking to throw his money away. I don’t have a crystal ball but I don’t see that happening any time soon.
Check back next time when I write about the WWE. The fed smarks love to hate, but really is the best thing going today.