Was 4 sides the right idea?
When the 4 sided ring came out, nobody liked it. The fans, at the first 4-sie ring PPV, chanted "we-want-6-sides!" all night long. Most people thought that 4 sides was terrible; I was one of them. "What happened to the identity of TNA? Now it's just another WWE. Boring.
However, later on, watching now, being older and more wise, I've realized something.
TNA was going nowhere if they didn't make their program a bit more normal. Yes, their ratings are still not nearly as good as WWE, but this is a lot because of bad writing. The 6-sided ring was just one of things that made TNA the "wacky, backyard wrestling style promotion", when that was gonna get them nowhere. Yes, the TNA marks obviously hated the 4-sided ring, and still do, and I personally prefer 6, but I can't help but think that 4 was a much better marketing decision.