OK, I want to talk to you guys about TNA, or Impact Wrestling, to which is your preference, I still and probably always will refer to the company as TNA.
TNA has always had a soft spot with me. I have been watching and been a fan (yes, I said it!) of TNA from more or less the very beginning. As someone who has been a wrestling fan from a young age, I would always and still do watch any promotion I can gain access to, be it watching on TV or getting out to a live event.
When I first came across TNA, it was very new and back before anyone knew the name Dixie Carter. I tuned in, saw my first X-Division match and became instantly hooked! Names like Sonny Siaki, Jerry Lynn, Christopher Daniels, Low Ki, Amazing Red, Chris Sabin, The Phenomenal AJ Styles and even CM Punk, to name a few, peaked my enthusiasm and encouraged me to tune in week after week.
Ok, enough of the nonsensical history, we all know the story of how TNA came to be and this isn’t the reason I wanted to talk about TNA.
My purpose is to address this negative attitude towards TNA, which has sadly gained in popularity.
I can practically hear the sighs of the ICW collective who have rubbished TNA altogether for a long time but, before you all jump to conclusions, this isn’t going to be a one sided opinion!
I have talked to many wrestling fans of both opinions, those of the “TNA sucks” opinion, feel the quality has gone downhill, some felt that since the introduction of the “Bigger stars” a good few years back, it took away from the originals and rising stars within the company and that this hasn’t changed. (This, in my opinion is an isn’t as much of an issue any more but many still state it). Another opinion was some feel that the defining attribute of TNA in the beginning, that made TNA stand out was the X-Division and that for many years now, the emphasis on the X-Division has diminished and at some points, almost forgotten! Although I can see the point with these issues (mainly, the points on the X-Division) I feel the “Bigger stars” overshadowing is not so much an issue any more.
I am very much of the opinion of each to their own, not everyone is going to like the same thing and whilst some of TNA’s creative can be lacklustre, I don’t feel it a fair concept to rubbish the product as a whole! This year alone, I have witnessed some fantastic matches and when it comes down to it, no one can deny the array of talented wrestlers they have on the roster! For instance, Drew Galloway, the man is brilliant! I have nothing but praise for the man! He is one of the best in the world right now, in my opinion… You don’t have to agree with me, just watch the man in the ring! EC3, A guy who, for me and in my opinion, is just going from strength to strength! The knockouts! Gail Kim, a woman I have been a fan of for many years because she is just fantastic! The Wolves, one of the top tag teams around, absolutely captivating to watch! The fact is, I could go on but I would be here for lord knows how long. The point is, TNA, is about WRESTLING and when it comes down to it, the talent they have in the locker room is undeniably high, we tune in to watch good wrestling matches, they deliver!
The fact is, TNA has been around since 2002 and even upon its beginnings, people have been willing it to fail and of late, we have heard rumours and speculation, they’re not listed on POP TV’s fall schedule and also “Financial issues” within the company, but this doesn’t necessarily mean TNA will be going anywhere, other than to a new channel. Last year, I had a guy on Twitter tell me that TNA filming would cease and the company would reach its demise in December 2015, it’s now May 2016 and it’s still around…
In all honesty, I can’t speak for the US, BUT, here in the UK, TNA has a huge fanbase, that is still growing and the UK support for the company is both strong and loyal.
In closing, I want to pose some questions, more in a rhetorical fashion, just something for you to think about…. It’s to the people who are of the “TNA sucks” collective of the IWC….
Do you watch TNA? If the answer is “Yes”, I pose the further question of Why do you still watch? If you feel it sucks, why tune in?, Why go to the events?
If your answer is “no” and you have never taken the time to watch, my further question is this…. How can you rubbish a company, you have never sat and watched? Take the time, watch an episode, make an INFORMED decision about the talented Men and Women and their ability to entertain, not on the internal affairs of the company and not jumping on bandwagons of trashing TNA because it is “Cool” to dislike it!
Either way, whatever your stance on TNA, I wouldn’t be too quick to count them out… Not yet, anyway.