Re: IF YOU WERE THE TNA PRESIDENT?
This comes from no knowledge whatsoever of how importatnt certain individuals are to the TNA brand. Just going on what I think being an outsider.
I would want to give TNA it's own identity. It doesn't even know what it is... is it Impact Wrestling or TNA? Just pick one and that's it.
This identity would be more sports orientated, with the focus on Championships and rankings.
No GM, does the GM of NFL, NBA etc. ever walk out before a game? No, so why can't everything be announced via the commentary and backstage interviewers. Contract signings would only need someone, and that person can be Dixie Carter and some road agents perhaps.
So on the commentary team I would get a good one. Which means releasing Taz. Atleast Don West brought some heart and enthusiasm to the role. Both WWE and TNA commentary teams are either trying to get themselves over or just make you fall asleep. What ever happened to the day when Jim Ross would have heart attacks nearly in every main event when someone would hit a huge move or a swerbe that would impact the storytelling.
Speaking of releases, and this probably wont be popular, but I would get rid of guys like Hulk Hogan. The reason is not because I hate Hogan or he's old, or he doesn't contribute or why because he brinsg so much to the table. My first reasoning would go back to my initial point and that is to ensure TNA had it's own brand, it's on identity. Hogan is Hulkamania, Hogan is 80's WWF and 90's WCW. With Hogan on the show he just doesn't allow TNA to have it's own identity. This is simply my opinion and others can disagree.
The money I pay Hogan ( and others I would release) would go into the marketing department. Start marketing and advertsiing TNA now that an actual identity, mission statement and direction has been decided upon.
As stated before the direction would be more sports focussed with the grudge match feuds type format built in to make people care about each match. Just like people care about the Bound For Glory series. Each match counts, each match even without a feud would make sense.
I would also release dead weight and start pushing hard those who the comapny after big meetinsg would see as the future. The attitude era happened when the glass ceiling was lifted. When Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels left, Austin, Rock and Mankind stepped up and were all pushed to the top. Creating some of the most popular wrestlers of all time. They had the opportunity as there was no top talents to hold them down or for management to book above them.
If Hogan was released, and Sting and Angle put into an Undertaker type role like we saw last year, guys like Roode, Aries and Storm flurished. The emergeance of guys like Aries was a breathe of fresh air and I would continue to do this with guys like Magnus. Give them the ball and see how they do. Give them a strong storyline, see how they do. If they do well give them strong pushes.
Cena is as big a name as he is because he just doesn't lose. TNA once upon a time had Samoa Joe who was matching ti with Angle who had just come off beating the Undertaker a few months earlier. Fans take notice of this. Cheap wins wont help a talent. Look at how over Desmond Wolfe was due to his program with Angle.
Also after I release guys like Anderson who provide nothing to the show, and have some moneyI would take a tonne of it, and give it to Wolfe/McGuinness. I'm not upto speed with his health, but I heard he was healthy again. He just isn't wrestling because he refuses to not put his body through it all if it's not for a big pay day and notoriety. I would give him cash and a top spot. Here is a guy you can build your comapny around. What a super talent on the mic and in the ring. Hire back Shelley and promise him a big push, the guy although small has all the skills to be a big name if given the platform.
I would then try and sign who are the total package like him, but ensure they had different looks. A lucha guy, a big monster type guy in the mould of a Vader/Tensai, gimmicks that would work in today's society. Add some vareity to the roster.
Lastly it would be about match quality. I would want Aries vs. Styles, Aries vs. Angle, Joe vs. Roode, Bad Influence vs. Aries/Roode, Styles vs. Wolfe etc. Big time fight feel matches that are up around 4 star ratings all the time. The X Division would feature prominently again and ensure that title was elevated by big feuds and great matches. Talent like Senshi (Low Ki), Prince Devitt, Kenny Omega, Evan Bourne etc. would all be reached out to with the new direction sold to them and good contracts, so the X Div would be one of the main draws of TNA once again.
That's what I would do. Not perfect, not what everyone else would want, not even sure if it would work. But the OP asked...
Last edited by Lariatoh!; 05-08-2013 at 01:02 AM.