Just watched this weeks TNA, actually still watching, currently RVD vs James Storm and every single character looks like main event material. Not a single midcarder was seen so far that would get pops lower than The Rock. Now I know that their audience is vocal, but they're looking like a whole stadium full of Tonys from what I've seen lol.
Raising my question. Why is that? How can a 2nd rate company produce stars this popular? It's like every heel gets booed out of the building while every face gets mainevent level pops. This show made me feel like TNAs roster was full of Rocks, Hogans, Cenas and Austins. Gotta give HUGE props for the London fans for making the show as enjoyable, they made every match look like a Wrestlemania event, I don't recall when the last time was when fans were THIS vocal. Grats to you guys.
How big was the audience btw?
English fans don't get to see much wrestling, so when they do see it they enjoy it more. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that. TNA is a company that wrestling fans care more about as they have more of an underdog feel going up against the corporate giant WWE and as fans we genuinely want them to do well as a company and hope Vinny Mac doesn't swallow them up. As for the wrestlers, the have all been built with credibility...
Storm: Been part of the title picture for 18 months, just hasn't had a clean break but wins the majority of his matches convincingly.
RVD: Been X-Div champ for months, wins most of his matches.
Roode: Longest reigning WHC.
Aries: Beat Roode clean for said title.
Magnus: English and being given a push which everyone knows he deserves.
Joe: One of the originals, consistant and loved by crowds everywhere.
Angle: Wrestling legend and treated as such in TNA with serious gimmick.
Daniels: Evil, dastardly heel who had a flirt with the title. Has been the best heel in wrestling for a year.
All in all, the booking has been great, the English fans are great and the show was well put together. It was always going to come across as having a PPV feel.