My Two Centsss - My Interest In TNA Is Fading...
By Super Chrisss
Nov 8, 2013 - 5:02:35 PM
In the final hours leading up to last month's Bound For Glory Pay-Per-View, you would have been hard-pressed to find a columnist here at Lords of Pain that was more excited for TNA's annual 'Wrestlemania' more than yours truly. While this year's card was arguably weaker in terms of star-power, build-up, and dream match-ups than any previous edition, I thought TNA had done enough to convince me to purchase their show for the fifth straight year.
One thing you should know about me is that 99% of the time, I decide whether I'm going to purchase a PPV - TNA or WWE - no more than two days prior to the original air-date. In other words, by 10pm Friday night, I'll have already made up my mind on whether I plan on watching wrestling that coming Sunday, and how. I won't second-guess myself, I won't flip a coin, I don't consult my bank account - I'm either buying, stealing (hangs head in shame), or simply not watching. But whatever my decision, I make it on Friday, and I stick with it.
On Friday, October 18th, I had made my choice - I was going to legally watch Bound For Glory. While the card didn't feel like a big deal, I figured there was enough to get my money's worth. After all, how can you go wrong with an all-star Ultimate X match or Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle?
But then a funny thing happened. I tuned into the BFG pre-show on Spike TV an hour before the PPV, and 50 minutes later, I did something I never did before - I went back on my word. After Bad Influence (who were unquestionably the most over tag team in the Gauntlet Match, despite being heels) were eliminated from the equation, and therefore out of the tag team title match on the main card, you could almost feel the energy fly out of the arena. When The Bro-Mans defeated Eric Young & Joseph Park, I went with my gut and said, "Fuck it, I'm skipping BFG."
As luck would have it, I made the best possible decision by deciding to save my money and watch Animation Domination on FOX instead. I followed the evening's results on LOP and Twitter, but not a single positive comment was being made. When I checked out the BFG replay on Dailymotion the day after, I instantly understood the hate. Every single match on the card was a let-down, especially the ones which I was initially willing to pay money to see. Although Battleground wasn't exactly the best way to spend a Sunday evening, Bound For Glory takes the cake as the worst PPV of 2013 so far (in my opinion).
That being said, I wasn't willing to give up on the company just because I hated Bound For Glory. Battleground was terrible, but I tuned into Raw the next night all the same. I boycotted Wrestlemania 29, but I was excited for the first post-Mania Raw. That's because both companies usually hit their 'reset' button after their biggest show of the year. While I was massively entertained by the April 1st Raw, I certainly didn't feel the same way about Impact two Thursdays ago. Fellow columnist TripleR posted a column tearing the October 24th edition of Impact to pieces, and rightfully so. TNA has a bad habit of making their post-BFG Impact promo-heavy, but airing only twenty minutes of wrestling during a two-hour broadcast is pathetic. I was so bored with the show and disappointed with Bound For Glory that I didn't bother to watch last week's Impact. I didn't watch Impact yesterday either, and I honestly don't feel bad about missing either of them.
I'm not sure why I've felt so indifferent towards TNA lately, but it's most likely an accumulation of several things. For starters, there was BFG, which not only felt like a three-hour edition of Impact, but I don't think I agreed with any more than two of the outcomes from the entire PPV. Lei'D Tapa aligning with Kim, The Bro-Mans being the new tag champs instead of Bad Influence, Roode getting a very shady and confusing victory over Angle? No thanks. Then there's the whole Dixie Carter storyline, where the company seems determined to make her the biggest bitch on the planet. While I don't mind heel Dixie, as I feel she plays her part extremely well, it just seems like TNA's main focus is on Dixie, and no one else. Everything else - the implosion of Aces & 8s, Angle vs. Roode, Aj Styles 'walking out' - feels secondary, at best. Furthermore, when news breaks that the likes of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are no longer with the company (or being paid to sit at home), or that the company is up for sale, you can't help but be more interested in exploring those rumours than tuning into the product. At least, it feels that way to me.
Oh, and let's not forget TNA's recent 'big' announcement, which naturally turned into another let-down: Dixie Carter revealing that - in her words - a "former world champion" would be showing up on Impact this week. Many people got excited, speculating that Jeff Jarrett would finally be returning to the storylines, something that I never thought I would say. Instead we got...Adam 'Pacman' Jones, a former "world" tag team champion. A current NFL player who barely knew/knows any wrestling moves was the big surprise. Sometimes I wonder if Dixie and the rest of TNA simply enjoys trolling the Internet Wrestling Community with these kinds of announcements...
Maybe it's just me, but I can't invest myself in TNA's storylines at the moment. For the past two Thursdays, I've been more looking forward to watching Big Bang Theory and The Millers on CBS and spending the rest of the evening playing Gears of War. I just can't be bothered to watch two hours of Impact, especially with the direction they've been going in as of late. Again, I might be alone in feeling this way, which is possible, since I heard a lot of people enjoyed last night's show.
So I want to know - have you soured on TNA as of late? If so, when and why? Was it before Bound For Glory? After the PPV? Or am I being too negative? Has TNA been producing quality television these past few weeks, in your opinion?
This column wasn't meant to hate on TNA, as I do enjoy many things about their product. I'm just curious to see how you, my readers, feel about the state of the company in comparison to my views.
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