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.