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TNA’s Situation Summed Up in One Sentence

Out of all the wrestlers on TNA’s roster, the personalities who attract the most attention on social media are… Dixie Carter, Dewey Barnes, and Norv Fernum. We’re not listing AJ Styles because he has “left” TNA as the “Real World Champion.”

Who doesn’t love good jobbers? The Mulkey Brothers. Steve Reeves. Omar Atlas. Pat Rose. George South. The Libyan. Jobbers used to make the world go around in the 80s on super-long TV tapings. However, jobbers are meant to be jobbers. They’re not meant to be your most popular wrestlers on the roster. They’re not supposed to draw the same kind of elation as, say, Brooke Tessmacher twerking on Youtube. And, yet, this is the predicament TNA finds itself in right now.

TNA doesn’t know which guys to push as leaders who can draw money and fan interest. If they want to be successful in 2014, they must find a solution to this problem. Unfortunately, Dixie Carter doesn’t seem interested in listening to your helpful suggestions.

“I never have to go around proving myself because [of my instincts].

“Lord have mercy how right I am. It has proven my point that no one, except myself of course, is irreplaceable. Listen, this is a business, people. That’s what you don’t understand. It’s about what have you done for me, lately. Period.”

And then she proceeded to forget Chris Sabin’s name when name-dropping Jeff Hardy winning a Full Metal Mayhem match in her title tournament. Chris Sabin, the guy who was her TNA heavyweight champion months ago.

After proclaiming Beer Money to be the best tag team in the history of TNA, Dixie celebrated another tag team being split apart by pushing Samoa Joe vs. Magnus. Joe ripped Dixie for the title tournament a week after Sting said that the Main Event Mafia needed to split apart only months after it’s reunion.

It’s like no one in TNA can keep up with their own angles from week-to-week, let alone at their own TV tapings for one night. The only thing they’re consistent at is picking the wrong guys to consistently get behind.

There were two shining examples of this policy at work on Impact — Ken Anderson and Joseph Park/Abyss. Two guys who will not draw a dime on PPV. Two guys who are not great wrestlers. Two guys who are mildly above-average promos. Two guys who the fans can’t figure out what to make of them and what their purpose is.

Anderson clearly is getting the push as the destroyer of Aces & 8’s. His babyface work comes across as awkward and his heel work comes across as boring. So, you get this tweener vibe from him and you’re never sure why you should be cheering for him. Nevertheless, Anderson said that he would put his career on the line against Bully Ray if it meant that Aces & 8’s had to break up if Ray lost in a singles match in Orlando. This led to Bully Ray saying he wanted to pile-drive Ken Anderson’s pregnant wife. Anderson had a match with Knux that was anything but charitable. This is who TNA wants to count on as a top babyface? Why would anyone believe in the credibility of a TNA stipulation?

As a main eventer, Ken Anderson isn’t going to draw substantial money. Neither is Joseph Park/Abyss. The most damning indictment of the Park gimmick is that Fernum & Barnes, the two TNA prime time jobbers, immediately got over on social media & television for being goofs trying to hang with the wrestlers on the TNA roster. That’s the whole point of Park’s gimmick. Abyss’s alter ego is the lawyer who can barely function in the wrestling ring. How much television time has TNA spent trying to push the Joseph Park gimmick over and over again in hopes that it would draw big fan support? It’s a total failure and Fernum/Barnes unwittingly exposed it. However, that’s not stopping TNA from giving oxygen to a dead-end gimmick that is going nowhere and will never draw a PPV buy. Even worse, Park now says he’s going to wrestle Abyss (himself) next week.

Dixie Carter can’t remember the name of her former TNA world champion from a few months ago but has no trouble remembering to give numerous quarter-hours to guys with limited or no upside. whatsoever. As long as they continue to job out guys like Austin Aries in submission matches where he’s attempting 450-degree splashes & marry veterans like Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian in programs with dead-enders like Joseph Park, TNA is going to struggle making money. By relocating television tapings back to Orlando, TNA is just trying to stop the financial bleeding. Chris Jericho was exactly spot on when he said that it’s hard to recruit wrestlers for an organization that shows no potential for growth & development.

Can Jeff Jarrett convince Dixie Carter to hand the keys of TNA back to him before it’s too late?

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  • Reverend Scurvy

    That was a lot longer than one sentence.

  • TrollNonstopAction

    LOL you can’t even separate between Dixie Carter the President of the second biggest wrestling promotion in the US and the character she portrays on TV??? You’re losing it Zach.
    She acted like she forgot Sabin’s name because all that matters to heel Dixie is results and money, so there’s no place for losers.
    Mr. Anderson and Abyss??? They won’t be in the main event scene in the future, no doubt. They’re just two well developed characters that can add some diversity to TNA’s product, as opposed as being a show with good wrestling thrown around with no interesting storylines or gimmicks, like they’ve tried with no success. They’ll just have some midcard feuds, nothing more.

    BTW, WWE’s situation summed up in one picture:
    Yes, a missing guy is worth a thousand words.

    • Edward Ritlop

      Are u referring to part-timer Brock, less than 5 shows/yr taker or “The world’s most-injury prone fattest strongest man in history” Henry. The only One of them that would draw is Brock if he wanted to work a full schedule. Otherwise no one on their roster interests me for the future

      • TrollNonstopAction

        I was actually referring to Daniel Bryan, the last of the wrestlers that got the recent years’ WWE “indy guy push”, where everyone is so hyped about a new great wrestler coming from the indys with all the tools necessary to become the big star, only to be treated like an afterthought and never getting even close to impressing the powers that bee behind him the way they want to become a main eventer.
        CM Punk lasted quite a while, but only because his time finally came after years and years of false starts and midcard feuds. And even then, these months they’re taking everything away from him again.

  • YoungAngryMan

    While i believe most of that is some story-line of her’s (IDK i don’t watch it), who actually think they will be around another 2 years? Can’t shoot yourself in the foot when you have none left.

    • TrollNonstopAction

      Keep dreaming… 2 years by 2 years by 2 years… it’s already been 11.

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  • YoungAngryMan

    BTW. You guys download the WWE App yet???

  • Sieg

    I think you’re definitely wrong about Anderson, the guy could be draw for TNA if they actually decide where they’re going with his character and stick with it. He’s had too many turns in a very short amount of time which is why TNA isn’t getting what they could out of him and fas don’t know how to react to him. I’m also not sure he’s as motivated as he was when he first joined the roster so some time off TV could do his character some good. Anderson isn’t being pushed as the top babyface, as any top babyfaces and heels are in the tournament fighting to be crowned the new champion which will eventually lead to a big showdown with the real top babyface, AJ Styles.

    Aries doing a 450 would’ve softened Angle up for the Last Chancery as the move seems to focus on cranking the neck and mid section. Also it’s not uncommon in a submission to eventually use big moves to damage your opponent and wear them out -___-

    TNA defo has problems that they need to fix but if they book this tournament, and the subsequent stories that’ll come from it, correctly then we’ll see a solid main event scene with some quality babyfaces and heels. WWE has problems too. Both promotions would do well to sort these issues out.

  • Trey Doss

    tna is still in the state of rebooting it’s program they need to think outside of the box im not talking about not just in storylines but how they make matches how wrestlers come to the ring give the fans something besides the old tna and earlier this year

  • CatchWrestler1

    Can Jeff Jarrett save this company or put himself over again for no good reason? That remains a very serious question…

  • puckdinah1

    There is a future for TNA, it just needs to be bought out or the direction must change drastically. Even if someone were to buy TNA, they can’t bank on the wrestlers they have now. That’s what made TNA competition in the early 2000s, was the inclusion of the X-Division and it was backed by familiar players in the main event. Without something fresh and new, any company will be on its last limbs if they do not change it up

  • Damian Starr

    Anderson as a heel is hilarious, seriously he would have been a better leader of the aces and 8’s than bully! Anderson obviously can wrestle otherwise he wouldn’t have worked in the two biggest promotions in the USA… Abyss/JP can wrestle and is a damn good wrestler, he is portraying someone who is green and goofy but as soon as he gets his mask back on and doing that monsters ball in the one night only i think we will get reminded what we have been missing! And obviously Dixie didn’t actually forget the name of Sabin, she was playing a character… I believe it’s known as keyfabe? And Zach, nice 800 word sentence… did you even pass English at school?

  • Z….

    lol you continue to quote things that Dixie says on tv…Its real to you dammit!

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