No Tears Should Be Shed for TNA Wrestling

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Lately, there has not been much good news for TNA Wrestling. Recent reports indicate that Spike TV does not plan to renew the TV deal with TNA Wrestling once the current agreement expires. Many fans are ready to start digging the grave of the promotion.

According to reports, one of the major factors was a Spike TV’s dislike of booker Vince Russo. TNA President Dixie Carter went so far as to hide Russo’s involvement with the company from Spike TV executives. Apparently, this changed when Russo accidentally sent a creative team e-mail meant for the announcers to a wrestling news website. If this is indeed the ultimate end of TNA, no tears should be shed for such a horrendous, incompetently run organization.

It is unfortunate that some truly talented wrestlers will lose their jobs if TNA Wrestling closes. For many able wrestling talents, TNA was, once upon a time, a decent organization for other guys to work, get paid and utilize a style they probably would not be able perform with in WWE. However, TNA has let go some of its best and most consistent workers in favor of keeping the likes of Hulk Hogan, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash, Sting or others on the payroll. None of the old-timer legends truly moved the needle in TNA or were able to incite long-term growth with the company.

TNA did not fight to keep A.J. Styles, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Nigel McGuinness (Desmond Wolfe in TNA), Alex Shelley or Chris Sabin. All of those wrestlers were talented or tremendous workers in their own right. If in years past, TNA focused on building a roster based on those talents, coupled with the likes of Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode and James Storm, then TNA could have had a flourishing organization with some fresh faces to promote. However, whenever TNA had the chance to create new stars or main eventers who were fresh and interesting, they squandered those chances. Case in point, Monty Brown in 2005. Brown was getting hugely over as the “Alpha Male.” TNA wasted its chance with him. Even if Monty Brown failed as champion, why is that so terrible? TNA’s over-reliance on old, broken down stars did not work out in the long run either.

The worst offence was the misuse of Samoa Joe in 2006. Samoa Joe had a rocket on his back after he debuted in TNA. Joe was working great matches every month and was having some buzz-worthy feuds. However, TNA completely wasted a money match between Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe by booking it right after Angle’s defection to TNA. Joe was significantly damaged by the feud, and his gimmick and character never recovered. When TNA finally did pull the trigger on Joe as champion, it was far too late.

TNA very well could have been a great wrestling alternative to WWE or a viable place for wrestlers to work. However, after the mistreatment of the company’s most talented workers, the failure to pay wrestlers on time and other unprofessional behavior, the company no longer deserves to exist.

Jeffrey Harris is a Wrestling and MMA writer for RantSports.com. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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  • Joe

    A WWE sheep fan at its best right here. TNA doesn’t deserve to be a company because of some mistakes they made? Look at all the mistakes WWE has made over the years. A lot worse than anything TNA has done. All the layoffs in WWE, Wrestlers not getting paid on time, not getting bonuses, refs not getting paid on time. Instead of bashing TNA why dont you people of the WWE Sheepiverse out there worry about your own damn shithole called WWE that is ready to go under.

    • Jeffrey

      Because this article was about TNA’s poor business.

    • Andrew Adams

      Listen, I’m still a TNA fan, and I hate half of the shit that’s being said about TNA … HOWEVER, I do feel this article is really well written, and I feel much the same as the writer. TNA has made horrible, horrible choices. I sincerely hope they can reach a deal with Spike before it’s all said and done, or some other network. They still have so much talent, it would be a shame to see them go under.

      • kev

        I Agree I’ve been a TNA fan since there Asylum Years and Still am but over the Last few years TNA Management and Dixie Carter Has made a lot of stupid Choices such as Hiring Hogan and Bischoff and Trying To go Head to Head With WWE Monday night Raw ,Taking away the 6 sided ring (which is what Made them Different From WWE ) Dwindling down and less focusing on the X division matches ,Creating Stupid Storylines like Immortal,Fortune and Aces and Eight’s Giving Dixie more screen time and the overuse of older Wrestlers and not younger talent.This Article does have a lot of Meaning to it as there is some truth behind it and recently it was revealed Dixie hid Russo’s involvement with the company which pissed off Spike Executives lol soo im really hoping they can come up with a good deal with Spike otherwise we’ll be stuck once again with WWE’s PG Bullshit

  • Patrick Ruth

    look they had a lot of poor decisions but if you don’t want me to feel sorry for joe sabin, velvet & the WRESTLERS, you obviously you never watched it much less went to a show

  • John Thomas

    My favorite times as a wrestling fan was when Nitro and Raw put out their best every Monday night to try and beat the other in the ratings. Both put out pretty damn good shows. I was sad to see WCW go. I will not be if TNA goes in the shitter, because it never reached WCW-like status and despite DVR’ing Impact each Thurs night, I fast forward through much of it. Dixie Carter deserves the vast majority of the blame, because she has some incredibly talented athletes on her roster. She is proof that just being rich doesn’t mean you should be given a multi-million dollar entity to fu** up. I knew TNA was doomed a few years back when Bully Ray, a WWE mid-card at best guy in WWE was “the guy.” Maybe this time Vince could buy out another organization, but not send the best of that roster packing. They have several talented guys/gals that could make Raw and Smackdown and PPV’s much more interesting than they are now. Those three hours of Raw can be treacherous to get through. Thank God for the fast forward button on the DVR. This is by far, to me, the low point in pro wrestling since I started watching in the early 1980′s.