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PostSubject: Where Did TNA's Downfall Begin ?   Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:21 pm

Where did it all go wrong for a company that once established itself as the Number 2 wrestling company in the world, I believe that the problems in TNA span from 2010, when Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff joined the roster as shortly after i myself stopped watching regularly after a few months and then went to not bothering. Whilst it would be false and unfair to entirely place the blame on their shoulders, a number of decisions that took place during their tenures, whether affected by them or not, really curtailed their natural progression.

Once given creative reins, TNA began to be run similarly to WCW, without the huge budget that Bischoff had at his disposal under Time Warner. Whilst the company had previously cherry-picked former WWE talent for their roster to supplement their own home-grown competitors, such as Kurt Angle, Christian Cage and Team 3D, these years saw that influx increase dramatically and rapidly. Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, Mr Anderson and Jeff Hardy all signed on lucrative deals, and were pushed to the main event. In the meantime, their heralded “originals” and celebrated X-Division were pushed aside.

Then, their was clearly the WCW mindset of factions, factions, factions. This began with Immortal, a villainous stable that had the completely unoriginal idea of having a heel Hulk Hogan in charge, and across its eighteen-month existence had 22 unique members. This ridiculousness was followed by the critically panned Aces & Eights, a biker gang whose direction and motive appeared to change week after week, and would end up making close to no impact on Impact Wrestling.

Creative decisions were far from TNA’s biggest failing. Also, there was their mishandling of finances, a story that has haunted the company for the last five years. They made an utterly nonsensical decision to move Impact Wrestling to live on Monday nights, directly in competition with the most popular wrestling show on the planet, RAW. This was pronounced a failure almost immediately, and this coupled with their decision to tour the world in a hurry drained their finances and damaged their reputation. With the sheer volume of news stories that appear when one types “TNA financial trouble” into Google, it seems a near miracle they have survived this long.

In truth, a lack of financial power and a fervent desire to manufacture their own success too soon was the downfall of TNA, no matter what people may say about their lack of creativity. That might have contributed to a drop in viewership after a while, but it was the company’s belief that if they spent money to tour the globe and gain a greater following both in America and their overseas market turned out to be unfounded. As a Brit myself I will agree they are very popular, but not enough to be selling out huge arenas that can generate significant income. In the end, they tried to artificially accelerate their popularity in a bid to challenge the dominance of WWE, and this blew up in their face in a huge way.

Over time, some of their biggest draws and wrestlers departed in a bid to escape a sinking ship. Christian, RVD, AJ Styles, Team 3D, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, Sting and Hogan all left, talents that a great deal of effort had been put into. Styles himself has cited that he was forced to leave TNA due to the significant pay cut he would have been forced to take, which is a sign that the company is clearly in a worse financial situation than in past years. Their natural progression had been shortly sped up, but their efforts had worked out so badly that it left them playing catch-up with themselves from prior years.

So, is it time for the Impact Zone to shut its doors for the final time? Unfortunately, I think so, they have provided some wonderful matches and moments during their lifetime. I have a particular love for their treatment of their Knockouts Division, pushing them like women should be if they can prove themselves in the ring. But, in spite of the talent of their roster, which is undeniable, those in charge simply cannot be trusted now to manage TNA back into a state of recovery. It might be easier to just cut their losses and make as clean a separation as possible.

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PostSubject: Re: Where Did TNA's Downfall Begin ?   Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:57 pm

TNA best years were 2002-2008 then turned utter rubbish some of the storylines were utter joke like whole aj styles claire lynch story was awful then aces and eights storyline went on too long and hulk hogan and bischoff being there was utter waste of money and joke dont hogan know that hulkamania is dead and buried. Dixie carter should be to blame as aj styles said" you started spending on guys who shouldnt even be the professional wrestling business" Only good thing about TNA there knockouts division is very good and most of the matches they perform are 10/10 not the piss breaks matches wwe put on. TNA was good but now there on a sinking ship and how long before TNA goes down is approaching
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PostSubject: Re: Where Did TNA's Downfall Begin ?   Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:04 pm

Even the knockout division has gone down and the x division use to be the stand out from all other wrestling companies now that's nothing as well

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