Thursday Thirteen: 13 Things Wrong with TNA Impact Wrestling

English: Brand new title belt before it was pr...

English: Brand new title belt before it was presented to Jeff Hardy by Hulk Hogan during an Impact taping. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am a wrestling fan.  I have been for as long as I can remember and my kids like wrestling too, but they are no longer allowed to watch it since we noticed that the more they watched it, the more they blur the lines between what is seen on TV and what the wrestlers actually do to each other.

Growing up I wrestled with my friends and we didn’t need ads from the WWE (then WWF) telling us not to try these moves at home or at school because we knew it might hurt us, or we may hurt others.  This generation… No clue!

But this post is not about my children or the WWE.  It is about TNA Wrestling which I PVR to watch once everyone has gone to bed.  I’m of two minds about Impact Wrestling, not because they cannot make up their mind what they want to be called – TNA or Impact – but because when they try too hard to copy the WWE and they really cannot compete.   When they try to go it alone, they have potential.

At one point in time which seemed so long ago now, they had an amazing woman’s (Knockouts) division which was the highlight of their show but with bad booking and the release of a few of the women, that division is in disarray right now.

I have to admit, I really feel for the folks at TNA Wrestling right off the bat because “TNA” has always meant “Tits ‘n’ Ass” so they started their organization with a joke of a name which they changed to “Impact” Wrestling.  TNA also likes to bring in WWE rejects, give them title’s right away then let them fade into mid-card obscurity soon thereafter.  I’ve always felt that by doing that, it tells the wrestling fan that a guy released from WWE can easily win a TNA title.  Not very well thought out in the long run.

So instead of griping to myself, I figured I had enough bitching about TNA that would fit into a post, so here it is.

13 Things Wrong with TNA Wrestling:

13. The intro copies WWE.  I get it.  They like fireworks too, but come on… Maybe run down the show, or get right into the action, but the fireworks, then interview is capital “B”, boring.

12. Garret Bischoff and Brooke Hogan – Are there any more relatives of TNA wrestlers or owners who need jobs?    You’ll come in with great fanfare but will eventually fade away because once left on your own, your lack of true talent will shine through.

11. Eric Young as one-half of the Knockouts tag team champion. Might as well shelve the belts – or did Eric Young as a Knockouts tag team champion retire the belts???

10.  Jeff Hardy in general, to be honest – the face paint, the closing of his eyes, but that’s a Hardy thing and not a TNA thing.  The TNA thing that drives me batty is when they show segments where he is thinking, and his thoughts are being spoken for the show.   If I never see this again it will be too soon.

9. Gut Check and Gut Check as a show.  Where are the winners now???  Yawn.  If I wanted to watch journeymen wrestlers against TNA’s best, I’d rather watch a WWE Vintage episode to see Kurt Angle against Iron Mike Shapre or Hulk Hogan against Tiger Jeet Singh.  Or how about Matt Morgan… Oops, he’s with TNA now and still has no charisma.

8.  What they did to the Knockouts division.  Shameful.  Having every ex-WWE Diva come in and quickly win the title makes their division look bad, no?

7.  No continuity in storylines,  One week a guy like Bobby Roode is gearing up for a match with Jeff Hardy and the next week he’s in a feud with a no-name gut check contestant.  What happened to Austin Aries???  X-division champion for so long I thought he was never going to lose, then given the heavyweight title where his character stunk out the joint so bad they put him in a tag team.  And why is AJ Styles walking around unshaven?!?  So very confusing!

6.  Referee’s who hold up the count waiting for the wrestler to kick out or who count without looking.  It’s a TNA thing…

5.  Mike Tenay.

4.  What happened to the x-division?  really, where did it go?

3.  I fall asleep minutes into the show, and recently into a Knockouts match which says a lot about the excitement of their current programs…  Let the pigeons loose!!!

2.  Aces and Eights… What is their point any way?  Are they there to take over or just drink and cheat?

1.  The belts!  The belts!  Please someone do something about the belts!  Thankfully Jeff Hardy’s belt disappeared after Aries trashed it on TV.  Please don’t do it again.

11 comments

  1. I had to double check the date on the article because it felt like it was written six months ago. It’s obvious you haven’t watched TNA in a while because a lot of these have changed. Garett Bischoff is a flunky and rarely gets to wrestle on TV. Jeff Hardy’s been on TV for a month and he hasn’t had a segment like the one you mentioned in at least 3. The Knockouts Title is on Velvet Sky and has been since February. Austin Aries…well, if you don’t know what happened to him, you definitely don’t watch the show at all and you’re missing the most consistently entertaining part of it. The X-division is back with new matches, new contenders, and even a new camera angle.

    Seriously, when did you write this?

  2. Niks, I wrote this 6 months ago. You are brilliant. I did, however, tweak it to make it current.

    I know Garett rarely gets on TV, but when they brought him in they gave him a huge push over some established stars and I did not agree with that, Same with Brooke. It seems like TNA storylines don’t come to conclusions, but just fade away.

    As for the Knockouts, they are dwindling and went from being the highlight of the show to just another segment. The momentum they had is lost, nothing against Terrell, but if she’s knocking off the top heels as a “rookie” that doesn’t bode well for the division.

    I do know what’s going on with Aries, but he was such a great heal and now he’s part of a tag team and I think that’s a waste of his talent. Do you agree?

    I don’t know why Hardy is off TV, and I don’t know where they are going to Styles, or with Aces and 8′s. Any chance you could enlighten me?

    Oh, and thanks for taking the time to comment. Appreciate it, and always nice to get a comment from a real wrestling fan!

  3. Never compared intros.

    Bishoff should have been kept in a tag team with Brisco, would have been better than joining the A&Es.

    Either retire the Knockouts Tag Titles or replace it with something else, probably the former. Doesn’t work with the slimmed down roster of women they have now.

    Hardy, he’s just got the established thing about being freakish and odd and seems to want to milk it like other wrestlers do with their established IDs.

    End Gut Check, too many performers to justify adding more, besides WWE’s NXT is worthless now too.

    ex-WWE Divas getting title shots same as how the Heavyweight Title was treated, not excusing it, just pathetic.

    I am not even sure they have storylines much except the lame attempt with the A&Es.

    Never moticed refs doing this but possibly because refs have done this in other feds.

    They only need 2 commentators, not sure about the third guy myself.

    X-Division seems to be mainly about 3 way matches now, pitiful.

    Oddly, the Knockouts mtaches I view as the best, apparently ratings show this too. Thing is there are not enough heels in it, they had Tara but Kim’s attack makes you wonder unless it was done to explain a possible absence for a while.

    A&Es is just following the lame pattern established with the nWo when it got too big. Factions should be limited to 5 guys or less with somewhat or more developed personalities. Consider what A&Es is based on, nWo was interesting when it was just Hall, Nash and Hogan but then it got too big, so big it did that really bad split story. Is that where A&Es is heading, will there be 2 A&Es factions fighting each other? Get rid of Bishoff, Brisco, Doc, maybe Brown (he became somewhat interesting with the demotion but how long will that last), they only need 4-5.

    Other than Hardy’s belt that is gone and the non-used Knockouts Tag, what else is there to do with them? TV title needs some development into giving it a reason to exist, X-Division needs to fix how they wrestle by going back to what it was. But really, what is needed regarding the Heavyweight, Tag and Knockouts Titles?

  4. Thanks for the comment, Eric.

    I think your comment summed it up perfectly. TNA is at it’s best when it has the X-division and the Knockouts matches on, and when the shows revolve around them.

    The heavyweights are okay, but they lose all credibility when Hulk Hogan gets involved or thinks he can wrestle. He really needs to stay out of the show but we all know that he won’t.

    Either they need a show that’s based mostly in the talent and less on the WWE cast-offs, or they need to keep Impact at 2 hours but also create a show for the x-division and one for the Knockouts and use Impact for the heavyweights, the tag teams and to build the other shows,,, Pretty novel, eh?

    I also have zero time for Gut Check. It became a joke when they had Ric Flair as a judge for 2 weeks, then Al Snow for 2 weeks, then D-Lo Brown for 2 weeks…They would have been better to build it into the Aces & Eights story by having 2 judges part of A&E and by picking only the worst wrestlers for TNA, then have them signed ot huge contracts and then the TNA roster would need to train them to improve to help the show.

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