I honestly don't get what people's gripe is about the Nation of Violence. He actually had osme character to him other than generici indy monster, and tell me that Joe wasn't booked as a straight up badass. Nation of Violence Joe was looking like a straight up main-eventer. At the time when AJ was looking like TNA's Cena, NOV Joe was like their Batista/Viper Orton.
TNA has improved their booking of Joe ten fold going back to the start of the BFGS. The only thing that creative is lacking in with Joe, is that of a true upper card/main event push and hopefully one is coming.