Originally Posted by That's irrelevant
I really wish Hogan would stop making these WCW and TNA comparisons.
Also, I don't see anything wrong with TNA staying as a little powerful company. They have a loyal fanbase and continue to put out some solid shows so it's really nothing wrong with staying as a little powerful company that has a loyal fanbase that enjoy's their product. Like Shepard said, they shouldn't rush what they are doing just to compete with the "big dogs". Hogan should understand by now that greatness doesn't happen overnight, especially during the TNA vs Raw Monday Night Wars fiasco back in 2010.
If they expand and are successful at it, wonderful, but what you say is SO TRUE, and what I've been saying ad nauseum is that some people cannot let TNA stand on its own and not compare it to anything else, which people tend to do even if it's only subconsciously. For some people, if they're not trying to compete with WWE (whether they admit that's what they mean/feel or not) then they're dismissible a la "They will never beat WWE" (which I don't believe for a second). So many times people have used the word "legitimate" about TNA's changes. How were they not legitimate before is what boggles my mind. Let's not fool ourselves here: "legitimate" means having what WWE has or close to it, because if that was not an issue then those people would think TNA was already legitimate. I've thought they're legit in the Impact Zone, and the crappiness of the crowd - which can happen and does
happen in any
promotion - didn't take away from that. The size didn't; the IZ sets didn't; the dang rope colors and turnbuckle logos didn't. Change all of it, okay, that's good, but they were still a wrestling company
before they did.
So while I see where Hulk is coming from, while I have faith that TNA could become as big as or bigger than WWE, I identify with your statement. It is the nature of man to compete, so this is natural progression, but what is "natural" is not always what is meant. We'll find out one way or the other. But that WWE has to be the measuring stick to which TNA has to hold it self up is regrettable in my view, because they've had so much going for them by being different. I want them to grow and prosper, but if they start over producing and changing the target audience for their product then I won't have either show to watch. I don't fear their failure at all; I fear them becoming like WWE is today, which would mean the end of everything I came to love them for. That, too, is natural progression for a company that wants to maximize its results: appeal to families. Nothing wrong with that; the most money is in that, but that means the product has to change. So I say again, I want them to grow; I just don't want them to change
(as in their content, the way they do promos, etc.) I want TNA to win, but at their own game. No need to look over WWE's shoulder. They should know how to do things by now. I think they do.