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Old 10-13-2010, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What If...


The basis of this entire btb is based around....what if TNA pretty much fell down to it's death in late 2010? What if the Hogan/Bischoff regime had counted it's losses and just left TNA high and dry? What if TNA had lost their deal with Universal Studios and had to find another place to run their wrestling shows? What if SpikeTV upon hearing about Universal Studios stopping negotiations with TNA, what if Spike TV had pulled out of their television deal with TNA, leaving Dixie Carter along with Panda Energy no other choice but to close down TNA or go bankrupt? All questions that might have been the reason why the company that Jeff and Jerry Jarrett founded just 9 short years ago, ended up finally falling down. With WWE as the huge marquee in American professional wrestling, would there ever be another chance for another mainstream wrestling promotion to come into the spotlight?


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I am going to write this as not just a typical match/results be the booker. I am going to more so write it as journal entries or a book of some sort about the revamping and resurrection of TNA. I had gotten this idea originally from another guy who was doing a WCW BTB like this on another forum, but this is going to have it's own little spin on it, focusing a lot on what happened behind the scenes to possibly revive TNA. I am starting from scratch in a sense, because the Bischoff/Hogan regime is over. The SpikeTV and Universal Studios deal is over. And even Dixie Carter/Panda Energy is over. However, I am still keeping the same relationships and history of TNA intact. Everything that has happened up until now (in the actual TNA) has actually happened in my btb. The only thing that I am changing about the scenario is what is going to happen in the future for TNA. Because TNA pretty much having to start over at step one and the Jarrett's having to find a new source to fund the company, many to most of the talent has left, while a few others have stayed around because of their loyalty to the brand (mostly made up of the guys who were there from the very beginning). This is beginning on December 1st, 2010 and will be spread out over months as separate journal entries.

I will have more posts and replies to this thread coming up soon and I hope to get this started as soon as I can!


TNA 2010: The Diary Of A Legacy
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Old 10-14-2010, 04:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A BTB revolving around the Fall and Rise Again of TNA would certainly be interesting. Of course, I'm sure that TNA could find somewhere else to do their shows, but if they went on the road they'd probably get WCW 2001 attendance rates. I'll follow this.

If I could give you some sort of suggestion, you should mention the failed talks Dixie Carter had with Paul Heyman. It'd certainly be good to add it.

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Thanks my man! Yeah I was definitely planning on addressing that to an extent. But you gave me even more ideas with the Heyman thing (:

I appreciate it. The first journal entry should be up tonight. =]
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TNA Champions




TNA World Heavyweight




Jeff Hardy
Won: October 2010
Previous Champion: Rob Van Dam





TNA Television




AJ Styles
Won: July 2010
Previous Champion: N/A





TNA World Tag Team




The Motor City Machine Guns
Won: July 2010
Previous Champion: Beer Money





TNA X Division




Jay Lethal
Won: September 2010
Previous Champion: Amazing Red





TNA Knockouts




Madison Rayne
Won: October 2010
Previous Champion: Tara





TNA Knockouts Tag Team




Hamada and Taylor Wilde
Won: August 2010
Previous Champion: The Beautiful People (Lacey Von Erich/Velvet Sky)



All of these are the official TNA champions as the month of October, 2010 ends.
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Total Nonstop Action





The Prologue: A Dust In The Wind




2010 was a crazy year for the world of professional wrestling, it was especially a crazy year for WWE rival (using that term loosely) TNA, Total Nonstop Action. With TNA being a fairly young company, only 8 years to be exact, TNA has definitely went through it's fair share of ups and downs. In the beginning, TNA was founded by legendary wrestling promoter Jerry Jarrett and wrestling superstar Jeff Jarrett. TNA was founded in part because of the demise of WCW and the creation of a professional wrestling monopoly by WWE CEO Vince Mcmahon. TNA's first official show was then held at TNA's famous "Asylum" in Nashville, Tennessee on June 19, 2002 (Nashville, Tennessee became the site where TNA was based from). In the beginning, The Jarretts worked out a licensing deal with the NWA and they affiliated their promotion with the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and NWA Tag Team Championships, in which they withdrew from the NWA in 2004 (and finally withdrawing from using the NWA title belts in 2007). TNA was originally intended to be shown through weekly pay per views, but it soon had to change so that they could get national exposure through cable. FOX Sports Net was the very first to pick up, and on June 4th, 2004, TNA aired it's first official network television episode which would take the name "TNA Impact!". The Impact name would carry on through TNA's many trials and tribulations. After TNA's contract with FOX Sports Net was not renewed the following year, this forced TNA to be without a television network to broadcast their show on and they would be forced to broadcast their television show on their website. TNA later secured a deal with Spike TV and aired it's first episode in October of 2005. TNA has remained with Spike TV since then and has had many peaks and valley's along with it.


TNA with the Spike TV deal had secured themselves with being the formidable number two promotion in the United States, behind the WWE. As time went on TNA would try to pick up on big names in the wrestling business (mostly guys who were working with the WWE, had worked for the WWE, or had worked for the then defunct WCW). TNA would capitalize by signing names like Sting, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Booker T, Christian, Scott Steiner, Mick Foley, Dustin Rhodes, Konnan, Kurt Angle, and many others. But the one problem that they faced is that no matter how many of these “big names” that they brought in, they would still serve no real competition to the WWE. The entire world knew what the WWE/F was, but only a small minority of the general public even knew that TNA existed, which is something that WCW during the 90’s never had to struggle with. TNA couldn’t realize that bringing a big name in during the territory days might have been able to jumpstart the entire promotion. But now since most to all the major territories were long gone, this formula wouldn’t work because now everyone was overexposed to a degree with national programming like the WWE and WCW had. TNA would begin to try and build their entire promotion around Kurt Angle, another former WWE guy who they had brought in to jumpstart the promotion. Unfortunately for TNA this never seemed to happen and even with the big names that they brought in, they were still unable to get anywhere close to the WWE numbers (both television ratings and attendance rates). As time went on though, former WWF and WCW writer Vince Russo booked TNA in it’s many different reincarnations, with TNA getting sucked into the same “Russo Created The Attitude Era” illusion that WCW did back in 1999. TNA continuously promised change and innovation to the professional wrestling fans, but it never seemed to live up to the hype that TNA built it up as. With mediocre soap opera like storylines that tried to copy the format that WWE had mastered, and tons of false hope from TNA authorities, one could see that TNA was soon on it’s path of demise.


Now let’s fast forward to the end of 2009. The Jarretts have lost major control of TNA to business entrepreneur Dixie Carter (now president of TNA) and Panda Energy who own a controlling share of TNA. It was then that one of wrestling’s biggest announcements would take place. The huge announcement that wrestling legend and superstar Hulk Hogan along with former WCW Executive Producer Eric Bischoff. Eric Bischoff was notable for leading WCW to almost a 2 year straight television ratings victory over the WWF in the late 1990’s. Bischoff was also responsible for creating the NWO, one of, if not the greatest wrestling story line to ever hit the United States. The fact that TNA was now getting two legends like Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff to come into the fold, it would be destined to rejuvenate TNA and bring back quite possibly the hottest time professional wrestling has ever seen, The Monday Night Wars.
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Heh, I take it when you said it was based on another BTB in a different forum you were talking about mine, I'm flattered lol. Anyway, I love the concept, as you can kinda carve the promotion into the way you want, if wrote well, which I'm sure it will be, it could be very very interesting, so I'll follow. Good luck.
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October 2010: The Beginning Of The End






But as the Bischoff/Hogan regime took effect, the hype was there, but the quality of the show wasn’t. After the very first show under the Bischoff/Hogan regime hit a TNA all-time high television rating, it continued to go down in the ratings in the following weeks. Upon Hogan and Bischoff coming to TNA they signed wrestlers who were either well past their prime or guys that the WWE didn‘t want anymore, such as The Nasty Boys, Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, Mr. Anderson, and maybe the biggest liability yet…Jeff Hardy. With all of the older guys coming in it would seem like the company that supposedly thrived on being cutting edge and utilizing the young talent to take the ball and run with it, would soon become the land of old timers and WWE rejects. TNA had been held together in the past by their own home grown talent, like Samoa Joe, Beer Money, The Motor City Machine Guns, Abyss, and quite possibly their biggest star of all…AJ Styles.

At the time of the Bischoff/Hogan regime AJ Styles was the TNA World Heavyweight Champion and he was set to defeat Kurt Angle at the next pay per view “Genesis” for the TNA World title. This pay per event would be the first pay per view that the Bischoff/Hogan regime would take on, in which it would be highlighted by AJ Styles turning heel and aligning himself with professional wrestling legend, Ric Flair. The fact that AJ Styles was turning heel was a risky move at the time, but it was perceived that Ric Flair would be able to give him that rub to allow AJ to shoot to the moon and be one of the best heels in the business. That didn’t actually manifest itself, because AJ did not turn into the greatest heel in the business, he just turned into the greatest Ric Flair impersonator in the business. Jay Lethal might have even gotten a little jealous at first. But AJ Styles would not just be a heel, but he would be almost a carbon copy of the Ric Flair heel persona back in the 1980’s.

At another attempt from Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan to try and compete with the WWE, they would decide to start airing their wrestling show head to head with the WWE’s flagship program Monday Night RAW, just as WCW had done 15 years prior with Monday Night Nitro. Only difference was, this was a much different time. The WWE was not the multi billion dollar publicly funded corporation that they were in 2010, and TNA was light years away from being the corporation that WCW was in 1995. Mere weeks after Spike TV agreed to give TNA a Monday prime time slot against WWE RAW, they would have to reconsider that compromise and move TNA back to Thursday nights. This would prove to be a crushing blow for TNA and would break a lot of the momentum that they had early on in this Bischoff/Hogan regime…or at least the momentum that they thought they had.

It wasn’t until Rob Van Dam came into the company that Hogan and Bischoff decided that they needed a new face for TNA, and that face would be none other than 39 year old Rob Van Dam. He would defeat AJ Styles for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship belt on an episode of Impact in April. The crowd buzz in the Impact Zone at first seemed to be very positive of RVD becoming the new face of TNA, but as weeks came and went, RVD became just another face that TNA would try to force down our throats, instead of utilizing their own home grown talent.

Another misfortune for TNA would come when creative would decide that Abyss’s monster character did not have enough depth to it, so what would be the best way to give a character more depth and originality? They could give him another cheap imitation carbon copy persona like they did with AJ Styles and Ric Flair, except this time they would turn this barbaric, sadistic, and ruthless monster Abyss and turn him into Hulk A Mania 2.0. This would turn into another let down for the TNA fans and ratings would continue to plummet even further, back down to dangling on the 1.0 ratings range.

TNA desperate with getting SpikeTV’s approval would try to bring back even more wrestlers who were well past their prime and they would try to hold another half assed reunion show for the defunct ECW, which had little relevance during the WWE’s first reincarnation in 2005, and had little to no relevance in the year 2010 for TNA. This would continue on for months as TNA would try to paint the ECW guys as the baby face team against the super heel group led by Ric Flair and many of the TNA originals. The only problem is….the fans didn’t want to see a bunch of 40 year olds with their bellies hanging out of their jock straps. The TNA fans wanted to see the group of guys who brought them to the dance, the guys who aren’t old enough to remember the Gerald Ford administration as the ones who are “protecting TNA“.

Months would pass by and TNA would still be looked at as the second rate wrestling program with meaningless story lines and no real baby faces that the fans could get behind. TNA would continue struggling to get up to a 1.0 television rating. Not only would TNA fans start getting more and more frustrated with TNA’s product…but so would SpikeTV and their response with the plateau’ing television ratings for TNA. This would be enough for even Dixie Carter to realize that maybe Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff weren’t the saviors of TNA wrestling that they had been painted up as being.

Dixie Carter would realize that she would need someone with an innovative mind and someone who would know how to come up with booking ideals that could change the face of professional wrestling. And what better person for the job than former ECW booker, Paul Heyman. Dixie Carter would try to negotiate a deal with Paul Heyman, but it would be to no avail. Heyman would give her an ultimatum that if he was to come into TNA to “turn it around”, he would require that she would give him full creative control and control over all business of TNA. Dixie Carter would be hesitant to give in to Heyman’s demands, and would in the end say “no” after talking it over with business partners Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan. Only thing is…Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan were more concerned with keeping their jobs and their inflated contracts than with helping the TNA brand. Dixie Carter would go back to try and ask Heyman once again by offering him a huge contract and other benefits, but Heyman would reiterate what he said before by telling Dixie that not only would he want full control, but his first plans in TNA would be to get rid of all the guys whom he felt were draining TNA for the worse. Heyman told Dixie that TNA would have a hard time separating themselves as the innovative non stop action promotion when they have guys like Hogan, Flair, Sting, and even Jeff Jarrett running around the promotion with the air time. This would turn out to quite possibly be the biggest mistake that Dixie Carter would ever make for TNA by simply just listening to the political games that the Bischoff/Hogan gang was spewing at her, along with current TNA wrestling writer Vince Russo.

As the television ratings continued to plummet down to ratings around the 0.7 range by early October, SpikeTV would decide to give TNA president Dixie Carter an ultimatum that if television ratings did not rise back up to at least a 1.0 within the next 3 weeks of programming, that they would have no other alternative then to not renew their television deal with TNA wrestling on November 1st. Things would certainly not be getting any better.




OOC: Sorry, it took me so long to post up another journal entry. But I can promise that more will be coming...and at a faster rate (: Thank you all for reading!

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Heh, I take it when you said it was based on another BTB in a different forum you were talking about mine, I'm flattered lol. Anyway, I love the concept, as you can kinda carve the promotion into the way you want, if wrote well, which I'm sure it will be, it could be very very interesting, so I'll follow. Good luck.

Yeah man hahah. Were you BigPapa who was doing the one about WCW? If so, then yes I did get it from you (:

Either way, thanks for reading man! I really appreciate it!
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