Working For The Dirt Sheets
Join Date: Feb 2006
Re: What made YOU a TNA fan?
Saw an episode of Xplosion in '03 on syndication when it still aired in the US. Saw them as a legit wrestling company at that time (obviously not at the level of WWE, but still a legit company that could have a presence in the future). Was blown away by the fast paced, limitless X-Division (seeing moves that I've never seen before such as the 630, and loving the tag-line that set it apart from a Cruiserweight Division - "It's not about weight limits, It's about no limits") - and I loved that they put this division in the Main Event spotlight quite often (they still had a Heavyweight Division with the historic NWA Title and a slew of former stars from WCW/WWE competing for it, but the X-Division was given the main spotlight more than a few times then - and they used the X-Division to launch stars into the Heavyweight Title Scene (AJ Styles being the primary example)). Great stuff. Was turned away when Hogan and Bischoff first came in (I gave it a chance for a few months) and tried to turn the company into a second rate WCW (it was with alot of the same stars, but taped in a theme park studio instead of live on the road - and with recycled WCW storylines instead of being innovative and fresh - essentially it seemed they were killing TNA in a similar way WCW died but they were doing so prior to them getting a bigger audience and going on the road and going live as often as possible)...... What brought me back was hearing Vince Russo was demoted from creative (still apart of it, but not the leader of it) - I gave it another chance then and it's had better storylines IMO ever since. Then they went live (every week at first, often as possible after that) - and that had me staying (along with better storylines, and the fact that they aren't restricted by a TVPG rating), and now they've announced going on the road/leaving the IZ (and this is all in addition to seemingly having a renewed focus back on the X-Division as we saw last summer). Pretty amped at the thought of some growth for TNA when they go on the road on a bi-weekly live basis.
Pro-Wrestling Events Attended: Pay-Per Views: Elimination Chamber 2012, Bragging Rights 2010, WrestleMania 22, Judgment Day 2005 --- RAW: 12/21/15, 8/17/15, 12/22/14, 2/20/12; 8/29/08; 4/3/06; 11/14/05 --- SMACKDOWN: 9/6/13; 7/22/11; 7/14/06; 11/18/05; 1/22/04; 9/12/02 --- House Shows (RAW Brand): 3/15/15, 4/23/04, 1/31/03 --- House Shows (SMACKDOWN Brand): 7/6/14, 12/28/12, 8/16/03 --- IMPACT: 3/21/13; 3/14/13 --- Ring Of Honor: 4/27/07; 8/25/06, --- Independent: 2CW-7/13/14; MCW-1/26/08