4. Charge Admission at the Impact Zone

The only thing worse than having a wrestling show take place in the same location every week is having a wrestling show that allows non-wrestling fans attend and watch the product for free. Not only does it hurt TNA financially, but it hurts the overall product. The Impact Zone is just a side-show attraction to tourists at Universal Studios, and I’m not a big fan of that. I don’t know about you, but when something massive or important happens during an episode of Impact Wrestling, it’d be nice to get a positive (or some sort of) reaction from the crowd. Yeah, they chant “TNA” or “this is awesome” once in a blue moon, but charging admission to get into the Impact Zone would get actual wrestling fans into the building. More importantly, it would generate a little bit of money and help with the entire atmosphere. The Impact Zone isn’t dead every week, but atmosphere helps the wrestlers in the ring feel proud of their work and also encourages the viewers at home to get invested in what’s happening on their TV screens. [caption id="attachment_95489" align="alignright" width="275"]TNA Champion Magnus TNA Champion Magnus[/caption]

5. Book World Champions Strongly

TNA has an interesting list of historically bad World Championship reigns. Kurt Angle holding the title for a day (2007), Mick Foley (bless his soul) signing a short-term deal with the company and winning the title from Sting at Lockdown 2009 and James Storm’s disappointing eight day reign in 2011 are amongst the worst in TNA history. Right now, TNA made the right move by putting the gold on Magnus, but my fear is that they will book him poorly, which will hurt his reign and Magnus as an overall wrestler. I understand that heel champions are supposed to take the easy way out, win by cheating and by any means necessary, but at this point in Magnus’ career, he should be winning matches cleanly (most of the time) and decisively. Guys like Bully Ray have been around the business a long time and can get away with using “heel tactics” each and every match, but Magnus is not a proven star just yet and I’ll be damned if he doesn’t have the most potential on the current TNA roster. TNA should have the Brit look impressive in his non-title matches and when the gold is on the line, then have him resort to cheating. Magnus needs a strong, convincing reign in order for fans to get invested in him because as of right now, he isn’t as over as he should be. The same theory goes for any other superstars that become the TNA World Heavyweight champion in 2014.

6. Push/Promote Home-Grown Stars

In order to create new stars, TNA needs to put championships on guys like Magnus, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels and other home-grown stars. Have them compete and defeat superstars such as Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy because victories over those two superstars brings instant credibility. No shenanigans, no short-cuts, just one-on-one matches that can showcase and promote TNA’s home-grown talent, not former WWE talent. Jeff Hardy will sell tickets, but everybody is well aware of his overall accomplishments. Something like a James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy program would be something I could get behind and invested in. It’s astonishing that Christopher Daniels has never won the TNA World Heavyweight Title and Samoa Joe has only won the major championship once, back in 2008. Joe is a perfect example of TNA wasting their talented roster. Bobby Roode, on the other hand, was the longest reigning TNA champion in history. Remember when Roode finally lost that Title to Austin Aries? The roof blew off the building and TNA finally did something right. Hell, Aries’ victory even had CM Punk talking.

7. Rebrand the Company

To help TNA’s 2014 survival, they need to rebrand the company by creating original storylines and putting more focus on the X-Division. I mean what the hell happened to the X-Division? It seems like there are only two superstars in that division, Austin Aries and Chris Sabin. Over the past two years, TNA has been trying way too hard to be like their “competition”. Take a look at these recent similar storylines/concepts: “The Wheel of Dixie” = Raw Roulette. AJ Styles and Claire Lynch catastrophe = John Cena and AJ Lee scandal. Magnus and AJ Styles holding the TNA World Championship = CM Punk and John Cena holding the WWE Championship. TNA is desperate to make more money and achieve higher ratings. Creating new, original storylines, signing new tag team wrestlers (Young Bucks, Briscoe Brothers, World’s Greatest Tag Team) and X-Division talent (Paul London, Sonjay Dutt) is what can help them achieve that goal. 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1. Get Dixie Carter off Television

Dixie Carter is no Vince McMahon circa 1999 and the heel “Authority” angle has run its course in professional wrestling. The WWE is currently guilty of bringing back a similar angle with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon wreaking havoc on the babyface superstars on the WWE roster and TNA can be different by distancing themselves from similar storylines. Just because Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff aren’t with the company anymore doesn’t mean you have to turn Dixie Carter into a heel authority figure. We’ve already seen this sort of thing multiple times in TNA and it’s just not working this time around. Obviously, Dixie’s mic work does not compare to Vince’s and with AJ Styles actually gone from TNA for the first time in 10+ years, there is no true Stone Cold Steve Austin-esque hero to take down the big bad boss. Perhaps TNA has figured this all out already, having Jeff Hardy return from his hiatus to exact vengeance on the boss and her henchman, but will fans really pay attention, and more importantly, pay extra cash to see Hardy fight the odds? Don’t get me wrong, Hardy is one of the company’s top assets and an extremely talented superstar, but we’ve seen this too many times before. Dixie Carter should be removed from television as soon as possible if TNA wants to start 2014 off on the right foot. Sure, she can still be showcased every once and a while in backstage segments like she used to be, but she is definitely being overexposed. A good start in resolving this situation is to stop having the boss open the show with an underwhelming/uneventful promo each and every week on Impact. [caption id="attachment_95487" align="alignright" width="275"]It's been a good run. But you're too expensive. It's been a good run. But you're too expensive.[/caption]

2. Release Sting and Kurt Angle

Due to TNA’s money/budget issues, releasing Sting and Kurt Angle would be a smart move by the company. This suggestion may be a bit of a shocker to some of you, but their big-money contracts may in fact be hurting the company as a whole. What’s left for ‘The Icon” Sting to do in TNA Impact Wrestling? He’s 54 years old, put over the current TNA champion Magnus last year at Bound for Glory, played a key role in exterminating the Aces & Eights and can never wrestle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship again. Much like Hulk Hogan, Sting’s contract with TNA is costing them more than it is helping them. Kurt Angle will go down as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, but in my opinion, Angle is inching ever so closer to the end of his career, and it seems as if he wants to eventually bring his talents back to the place that helped make him who he is today, the WWE. In a recent interview, Angle said that his TNA contract expires in eight months and that he can’t say that he’ll never return to the World’s number one wrestling promotion. Sting and Angle are two of the most famous names on the current TNA roster, but both superstars have paid their dues, won numerous championships and have helped put over younger talent. It’s time to move on. [caption id="attachment_95488" align="alignright" width="275"]Ready for Prime Time Kevin Steen: Ready for Prime Time[/caption]

3. Sign Top Independent Stars

TNA has some impressive home-grown talent – Bobby Roode, James Storm, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Christopher Daniels, Fankie Kazarian, etc. Now, by “home-grown”, I mean non-WWE talent. TNA should keep up the tradition of signing Ring of Honor and other independent talent because the roster right now seems very thin. While there are plenty of independent guys that deserve a chance to have the spotlight shine on them, here are some wrestlers that I think would be a great addition to TNA: Kevin Steen: “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen is one of those athletes that loves the professional wrestling business and has never been showcased on WWE or TNA television. Steen is a decent talker and a phenomenal worker that can get under the crowds skin in an instant. Steen is a born heel and has received high praises from the Texas Rattlesnake Stone Cold Steve Austin. Bringing Steen to Impact Wrestling would be a wise choice and would bring a section of new hardcore wrestling fans to the promotion. Chris Hero: Chris Hero is an Indy sensation and a current free agent that would bring more viewers to TNA if signed to a contract. Hero was recently released by WWE and never made it onto the main roster despite being one of the more talented superstars on the NXT roster. Hero has the look to be a major star and his in-ring skills have been finely tuned by the WWE to be a sports entertainer. The Young Bucks: The Young Bucks, known as Generation Me in TNA, put forth entertaining and consistent performances ever since their run in TNA from 2009-2011. They had some great matches with the Motor City Machine Guns, but due to poor booking decisions and monetary issues, the brothers left the company. The duo would be realistic signings because it seems that they are on good terms with the TNA promotion. Despite being eliminated in the first round, the Bucks competed in a TNA One Night Only PPV just last year. These two are in the prime of their careers and signing them to a TNA contract would undoubtedly help TNA’s now-struggling tag team division. Sonjay Dutt: Sonjay Dutt is an easy choice because he is a world-renown athlete and continues to be showcased on Impact Wrestling time and time again. Dutt made his debut with TNA in 2003 and wrestled for the promotion until 2009. Recently, he’s made a few special appearances, but isn’t signed to a contract with the company. As Mike Tenay has said in the past, Dutt is the most talented wrestler to never win the coveted X-Division Championship. While he may not be the next Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dutt is a reliable worker that is energetically entertaining and would most definitely help the X-Division reclaim its glory days. Michael Elgin: I’m not an avid follower of Michael Elgin, but from what I’ve seen and read, the dude can put on top-notch performances that will make your jaw drop. Last year in ROH, Elgin had a must-watch, five star rated match with Davey Richards. If you want to help your wrestling promotion, it’d be smart to hire someone that can wrestle a five star match, right? Of course, there are other independent stars that I didn’t list that would fit into TNA’s landscape and help them become a better promotion. Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards are two names that come to mind, but word on the street is that they are in talks with WWE at the moment, so I left them off of the list. Which independent wrestlers would you like to see TNA sign in 2014? Why do you think they would help the promotion? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

4. Charge Admission at the Impact Zone

The only thing worse than having a wrestling show take place in the same location every week is having a wrestling show that allows non-wrestling fans attend and watch the product for free. Not only does it hurt TNA financially, but it hurts the overall product. The Impact Zone is just a side-show attraction to tourists at Universal Studios, and I’m not a big fan of that. I don’t know about you, but when something massive or important happens during an episode of Impact Wrestling, it’d be nice to get a positive (or some sort of) reaction from the crowd. Yeah, they chant “TNA” or “this is awesome” once in a blue moon, but charging admission to get into the Impact Zone would get actual wrestling fans into the building. More importantly, it would generate a little bit of money and help with the entire atmosphere. The Impact Zone isn’t dead every week, but atmosphere helps the wrestlers in the ring feel proud of their work and also encourages the viewers at home to get invested in what’s happening on their TV screens. [caption id="attachment_95489" align="alignright" width="275"]TNA Champion Magnus TNA Champion Magnus[/caption]

5. Book World Champions Strongly

TNA has an interesting list of historically bad World Championship reigns. Kurt Angle holding the title for a day (2007), Mick Foley (bless his soul) signing a short-term deal with the company and winning the title from Sting at Lockdown 2009 and James Storm’s disappointing eight day reign in 2011 are amongst the worst in TNA history. Right now, TNA made the right move by putting the gold on Magnus, but my fear is that they will book him poorly, which will hurt his reign and Magnus as an overall wrestler. I understand that heel champions are supposed to take the easy way out, win by cheating and by any means necessary, but at this point in Magnus’ career, he should be winning matches cleanly (most of the time) and decisively. Guys like Bully Ray have been around the business a long time and can get away with using “heel tactics” each and every match, but Magnus is not a proven star just yet and I’ll be damned if he doesn’t have the most potential on the current TNA roster. TNA should have the Brit look impressive in his non-title matches and when the gold is on the line, then have him resort to cheating. Magnus needs a strong, convincing reign in order for fans to get invested in him because as of right now, he isn’t as over as he should be. The same theory goes for any other superstars that become the TNA World Heavyweight champion in 2014.

6. Push/Promote Home-Grown Stars

In order to create new stars, TNA needs to put championships on guys like Magnus, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels and other home-grown stars. Have them compete and defeat superstars such as Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy because victories over those two superstars brings instant credibility. No shenanigans, no short-cuts, just one-on-one matches that can showcase and promote TNA’s home-grown talent, not former WWE talent. Jeff Hardy will sell tickets, but everybody is well aware of his overall accomplishments. Something like a James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy program would be something I could get behind and invested in. It’s astonishing that Christopher Daniels has never won the TNA World Heavyweight Title and Samoa Joe has only won the major championship once, back in 2008. Joe is a perfect example of TNA wasting their talented roster. Bobby Roode, on the other hand, was the longest reigning TNA champion in history. Remember when Roode finally lost that Title to Austin Aries? The roof blew off the building and TNA finally did something right. Hell, Aries’ victory even had CM Punk talking.

7. Rebrand the Company

To help TNA’s 2014 survival, they need to rebrand the company by creating original storylines and putting more focus on the X-Division. I mean what the hell happened to the X-Division? It seems like there are only two superstars in that division, Austin Aries and Chris Sabin. Over the past two years, TNA has been trying way too hard to be like their “competition”. Take a look at these recent similar storylines/concepts: “The Wheel of Dixie” = Raw Roulette. AJ Styles and Claire Lynch catastrophe = John Cena and AJ Lee scandal. Magnus and AJ Styles holding the TNA World Championship = CM Punk and John Cena holding the WWE Championship. TNA is desperate to make more money and achieve higher ratings. Creating new, original storylines, signing new tag team wrestlers (Young Bucks, Briscoe Brothers, World’s Greatest Tag Team) and X-Division talent (Paul London, Sonjay Dutt) is what can help them achieve that goal. Maybe they can even bring back the six-sided ring if they want to really differentiate themselves. Dixie Carter’s Impact Wrestling is going downhill. They used to be an alternative to WWE, but within the past few years, it seems like they’ve been a cheaper, straight to DVD version of the world’s number one wrestling promotion. Is there any hope for TNA Impact Wrestling? 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1. Get Dixie Carter off Television

Dixie Carter is no Vince McMahon circa 1999 and the heel “Authority” angle has run its course in professional wrestling. The WWE is currently guilty of bringing back a similar angle with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon wreaking havoc on the babyface superstars on the WWE roster and TNA can be different by distancing themselves from similar storylines. Just because Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff aren’t with the company anymore doesn’t mean you have to turn Dixie Carter into a heel authority figure. We’ve already seen this sort of thing multiple times in TNA and it’s just not working this time around. Obviously, Dixie’s mic work does not compare to Vince’s and with AJ Styles actually gone from TNA for the first time in 10+ years, there is no true Stone Cold Steve Austin-esque hero to take down the big bad boss. Perhaps TNA has figured this all out already, having Jeff Hardy return from his hiatus to exact vengeance on the boss and her henchman, but will fans really pay attention, and more importantly, pay extra cash to see Hardy fight the odds? Don’t get me wrong, Hardy is one of the company’s top assets and an extremely talented superstar, but we’ve seen this too many times before. Dixie Carter should be removed from television as soon as possible if TNA wants to start 2014 off on the right foot. Sure, she can still be showcased every once and a while in backstage segments like she used to be, but she is definitely being overexposed. A good start in resolving this situation is to stop having the boss open the show with an underwhelming/uneventful promo each and every week on Impact. [caption id="attachment_95487" align="alignright" width="275"]It's been a good run. But you're too expensive. It's been a good run. But you're too expensive.[/caption]

2. Release Sting and Kurt Angle

Due to TNA’s money/budget issues, releasing Sting and Kurt Angle would be a smart move by the company. This suggestion may be a bit of a shocker to some of you, but their big-money contracts may in fact be hurting the company as a whole. What’s left for ‘The Icon” Sting to do in TNA Impact Wrestling? He’s 54 years old, put over the current TNA champion Magnus last year at Bound for Glory, played a key role in exterminating the Aces & Eights and can never wrestle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship again. Much like Hulk Hogan, Sting’s contract with TNA is costing them more than it is helping them. Kurt Angle will go down as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, but in my opinion, Angle is inching ever so closer to the end of his career, and it seems as if he wants to eventually bring his talents back to the place that helped make him who he is today, the WWE. In a recent interview, Angle said that his TNA contract expires in eight months and that he can’t say that he’ll never return to the World’s number one wrestling promotion. Sting and Angle are two of the most famous names on the current TNA roster, but both superstars have paid their dues, won numerous championships and have helped put over younger talent. It’s time to move on. [caption id="attachment_95488" align="alignright" width="275"]Ready for Prime Time Kevin Steen: Ready for Prime Time[/caption]

3. Sign Top Independent Stars

TNA has some impressive home-grown talent – Bobby Roode, James Storm, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Christopher Daniels, Fankie Kazarian, etc. Now, by “home-grown”, I mean non-WWE talent. TNA should keep up the tradition of signing Ring of Honor and other independent talent because the roster right now seems very thin. While there are plenty of independent guys that deserve a chance to have the spotlight shine on them, here are some wrestlers that I think would be a great addition to TNA: Kevin Steen: “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen is one of those athletes that loves the professional wrestling business and has never been showcased on WWE or TNA television. Steen is a decent talker and a phenomenal worker that can get under the crowds skin in an instant. Steen is a born heel and has received high praises from the Texas Rattlesnake Stone Cold Steve Austin. Bringing Steen to Impact Wrestling would be a wise choice and would bring a section of new hardcore wrestling fans to the promotion. Chris Hero: Chris Hero is an Indy sensation and a current free agent that would bring more viewers to TNA if signed to a contract. Hero was recently released by WWE and never made it onto the main roster despite being one of the more talented superstars on the NXT roster. Hero has the look to be a major star and his in-ring skills have been finely tuned by the WWE to be a sports entertainer. The Young Bucks: The Young Bucks, known as Generation Me in TNA, put forth entertaining and consistent performances ever since their run in TNA from 2009-2011. They had some great matches with the Motor City Machine Guns, but due to poor booking decisions and monetary issues, the brothers left the company. The duo would be realistic signings because it seems that they are on good terms with the TNA promotion. Despite being eliminated in the first round, the Bucks competed in a TNA One Night Only PPV just last year. These two are in the prime of their careers and signing them to a TNA contract would undoubtedly help TNA’s now-struggling tag team division. Sonjay Dutt: Sonjay Dutt is an easy choice because he is a world-renown athlete and continues to be showcased on Impact Wrestling time and time again. Dutt made his debut with TNA in 2003 and wrestled for the promotion until 2009. Recently, he’s made a few special appearances, but isn’t signed to a contract with the company. As Mike Tenay has said in the past, Dutt is the most talented wrestler to never win the coveted X-Division Championship. While he may not be the next Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dutt is a reliable worker that is energetically entertaining and would most definitely help the X-Division reclaim its glory days. Michael Elgin: I’m not an avid follower of Michael Elgin, but from what I’ve seen and read, the dude can put on top-notch performances that will make your jaw drop. Last year in ROH, Elgin had a must-watch, five star rated match with Davey Richards. If you want to help your wrestling promotion, it’d be smart to hire someone that can wrestle a five star match, right? Of course, there are other independent stars that I didn’t list that would fit into TNA’s landscape and help them become a better promotion. Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards are two names that come to mind, but word on the street is that they are in talks with WWE at the moment, so I left them off of the list. Which independent wrestlers would you like to see TNA sign in 2014? Why do you think they would help the promotion? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

4. Charge Admission at the Impact Zone

The only thing worse than having a wrestling show take place in the same location every week is having a wrestling show that allows non-wrestling fans attend and watch the product for free. Not only does it hurt TNA financially, but it hurts the overall product. The Impact Zone is just a side-show attraction to tourists at Universal Studios, and I’m not a big fan of that. I don’t know about you, but when something massive or important happens during an episode of Impact Wrestling, it’d be nice to get a positive (or some sort of) reaction from the crowd. Yeah, they chant “TNA” or “this is awesome” once in a blue moon, but charging admission to get into the Impact Zone would get actual wrestling fans into the building. More importantly, it would generate a little bit of money and help with the entire atmosphere. The Impact Zone isn’t dead every week, but atmosphere helps the wrestlers in the ring feel proud of their work and also encourages the viewers at home to get invested in what’s happening on their TV screens. [caption id="attachment_95489" align="alignright" width="275"]TNA Champion Magnus TNA Champion Magnus[/caption]

5. Book World Champions Strongly

TNA has an interesting list of historically bad World Championship reigns. Kurt Angle holding the title for a day (2007), Mick Foley (bless his soul) signing a short-term deal with the company and winning the title from Sting at Lockdown 2009 and James Storm’s disappointing eight day reign in 2011 are amongst the worst in TNA history. Right now, TNA made the right move by putting the gold on Magnus, but my fear is that they will book him poorly, which will hurt his reign and Magnus as an overall wrestler. I understand that heel champions are supposed to take the easy way out, win by cheating and by any means necessary, but at this point in Magnus’ career, he should be winning matches cleanly (most of the time) and decisively. Guys like Bully Ray have been around the business a long time and can get away with using “heel tactics” each and every match, but Magnus is not a proven star just yet and I’ll be damned if he doesn’t have the most potential on the current TNA roster. TNA should have the Brit look impressive in his non-title matches and when the gold is on the line, then have him resort to cheating. Magnus needs a strong, convincing reign in order for fans to get invested in him because as of right now, he isn’t as over as he should be. The same theory goes for any other superstars that become the TNA World Heavyweight champion in 2014.

6. Push/Promote Home-Grown Stars

In order to create new stars, TNA needs to put championships on guys like Magnus, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels and other home-grown stars. Have them compete and defeat superstars such as Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy because victories over those two superstars brings instant credibility. No shenanigans, no short-cuts, just one-on-one matches that can showcase and promote TNA’s home-grown talent, not former WWE talent. Jeff Hardy will sell tickets, but everybody is well aware of his overall accomplishments. Something like a James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy program would be something I could get behind and invested in. It’s astonishing that Christopher Daniels has never won the TNA World Heavyweight Title and Samoa Joe has only won the major championship once, back in 2008. Joe is a perfect example of TNA wasting their talented roster. Bobby Roode, on the other hand, was the longest reigning TNA champion in history. Remember when Roode finally lost that Title to Austin Aries? The roof blew off the building and TNA finally did something right. Hell, Aries’ victory even had CM Punk talking.

7. Rebrand the Company

To help TNA’s 2014 survival, they need to rebrand the company by creating original storylines and putting more focus on the X-Division. I mean what the hell happened to the X-Division? It seems like there are only two superstars in that division, Austin Aries and Chris Sabin. Over the past two years, TNA has been trying way too hard to be like their “competition”. Take a look at these recent similar storylines/concepts: “The Wheel of Dixie” = Raw Roulette. AJ Styles and Claire Lynch catastrophe = John Cena and AJ Lee scandal. Magnus and AJ Styles holding the TNA World Championship = CM Punk and John Cena holding the WWE Championship. TNA is desperate to make more money and achieve higher ratings. Creating new, original storylines, signing new tag team wrestlers (Young Bucks, Briscoe Brothers, World’s Greatest Tag Team) and X-Division talent (Paul London, Sonjay Dutt) is what can help them achieve that goal. 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With Jeff Jarrett and AJ Styles departing, major budget issues, their Spike TV Contract renewal coming up, a lot of questions need to be answered as to how the company will survive. It's not unrealistic that TNA will cease to exist in its current form this year. Without a doubt, TNA has some talented wrestlers that can put on consistent performances night in and night out, but a lack of talent isn’t the only problem that needs fixing. We here at SEScoops like TNA and want them to succeed. It’s refreshing that there is an alternative wrestling company on network television aside from WWE, but unfortunately, it looks like they're going off a cliff and they need to make drastic changes in order to survive. Here are five suggestions that may help TNA Impact Wrestling make it through 2014: [caption id="attachment_95484" align="alignright" width="275"]Please get off my TV. Please?? Please get off my TV. Please??[/caption]

1. Get Dixie Carter off Television

Dixie Carter is no Vince McMahon circa 1999 and the heel “Authority” angle has run its course in professional wrestling. The WWE is currently guilty of bringing back a similar angle with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon wreaking havoc on the babyface superstars on the WWE roster and TNA can be different by distancing themselves from similar storylines. Just because Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff aren’t with the company anymore doesn’t mean you have to turn Dixie Carter into a heel authority figure. We’ve already seen this sort of thing multiple times in TNA and it’s just not working this time around. Obviously, Dixie’s mic work does not compare to Vince’s and with AJ Styles actually gone from TNA for the first time in 10+ years, there is no true Stone Cold Steve Austin-esque hero to take down the big bad boss. Perhaps TNA has figured this all out already, having Jeff Hardy return from his hiatus to exact vengeance on the boss and her henchman, but will fans really pay attention, and more importantly, pay extra cash to see Hardy fight the odds? Don’t get me wrong, Hardy is one of the company’s top assets and an extremely talented superstar, but we’ve seen this too many times before. Dixie Carter should be removed from television as soon as possible if TNA wants to start 2014 off on the right foot. Sure, she can still be showcased every once and a while in backstage segments like she used to be, but she is definitely being overexposed. A good start in resolving this situation is to stop having the boss open the show with an underwhelming/uneventful promo each and every week on Impact. [caption id="attachment_95487" align="alignright" width="275"]It's been a good run. But you're too expensive. It's been a good run. But you're too expensive.[/caption]

2. Release Sting and Kurt Angle

Due to TNA’s money/budget issues, releasing Sting and Kurt Angle would be a smart move by the company. This suggestion may be a bit of a shocker to some of you, but their big-money contracts may in fact be hurting the company as a whole. What’s left for ‘The Icon” Sting to do in TNA Impact Wrestling? He’s 54 years old, put over the current TNA champion Magnus last year at Bound for Glory, played a key role in exterminating the Aces & Eights and can never wrestle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship again. Much like Hulk Hogan, Sting’s contract with TNA is costing them more than it is helping them. Kurt Angle will go down as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, but in my opinion, Angle is inching ever so closer to the end of his career, and it seems as if he wants to eventually bring his talents back to the place that helped make him who he is today, the WWE. In a recent interview, Angle said that his TNA contract expires in eight months and that he can’t say that he’ll never return to the World’s number one wrestling promotion. Sting and Angle are two of the most famous names on the current TNA roster, but both superstars have paid their dues, won numerous championships and have helped put over younger talent. It’s time to move on. [caption id="attachment_95488" align="alignright" width="275"]Ready for Prime Time Kevin Steen: Ready for Prime Time[/caption]

3. Sign Top Independent Stars

TNA has some impressive home-grown talent – Bobby Roode, James Storm, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Christopher Daniels, Fankie Kazarian, etc. Now, by “home-grown”, I mean non-WWE talent. TNA should keep up the tradition of signing Ring of Honor and other independent talent because the roster right now seems very thin. While there are plenty of independent guys that deserve a chance to have the spotlight shine on them, here are some wrestlers that I think would be a great addition to TNA: Kevin Steen: “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen is one of those athletes that loves the professional wrestling business and has never been showcased on WWE or TNA television. Steen is a decent talker and a phenomenal worker that can get under the crowds skin in an instant. Steen is a born heel and has received high praises from the Texas Rattlesnake Stone Cold Steve Austin. Bringing Steen to Impact Wrestling would be a wise choice and would bring a section of new hardcore wrestling fans to the promotion. Chris Hero: Chris Hero is an Indy sensation and a current free agent that would bring more viewers to TNA if signed to a contract. Hero was recently released by WWE and never made it onto the main roster despite being one of the more talented superstars on the NXT roster. Hero has the look to be a major star and his in-ring skills have been finely tuned by the WWE to be a sports entertainer. The Young Bucks: The Young Bucks, known as Generation Me in TNA, put forth entertaining and consistent performances ever since their run in TNA from 2009-2011. They had some great matches with the Motor City Machine Guns, but due to poor booking decisions and monetary issues, the brothers left the company. The duo would be realistic signings because it seems that they are on good terms with the TNA promotion. Despite being eliminated in the first round, the Bucks competed in a TNA One Night Only PPV just last year. These two are in the prime of their careers and signing them to a TNA contract would undoubtedly help TNA’s now-struggling tag team division. Sonjay Dutt: Sonjay Dutt is an easy choice because he is a world-renown athlete and continues to be showcased on Impact Wrestling time and time again. Dutt made his debut with TNA in 2003 and wrestled for the promotion until 2009. Recently, he’s made a few special appearances, but isn’t signed to a contract with the company. As Mike Tenay has said in the past, Dutt is the most talented wrestler to never win the coveted X-Division Championship. While he may not be the next Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dutt is a reliable worker that is energetically entertaining and would most definitely help the X-Division reclaim its glory days. Michael Elgin: I’m not an avid follower of Michael Elgin, but from what I’ve seen and read, the dude can put on top-notch performances that will make your jaw drop. Last year in ROH, Elgin had a must-watch, five star rated match with Davey Richards. If you want to help your wrestling promotion, it’d be smart to hire someone that can wrestle a five star match, right? Of course, there are other independent stars that I didn’t list that would fit into TNA’s landscape and help them become a better promotion. Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards are two names that come to mind, but word on the street is that they are in talks with WWE at the moment, so I left them off of the list. Which independent wrestlers would you like to see TNA sign in 2014? Why do you think they would help the promotion? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

4. Charge Admission at the Impact Zone

The only thing worse than having a wrestling show take place in the same location every week is having a wrestling show that allows non-wrestling fans attend and watch the product for free. Not only does it hurt TNA financially, but it hurts the overall product. The Impact Zone is just a side-show attraction to tourists at Universal Studios, and I’m not a big fan of that. I don’t know about you, but when something massive or important happens during an episode of Impact Wrestling, it’d be nice to get a positive (or some sort of) reaction from the crowd. Yeah, they chant “TNA” or “this is awesome” once in a blue moon, but charging admission to get into the Impact Zone would get actual wrestling fans into the building. More importantly, it would generate a little bit of money and help with the entire atmosphere. The Impact Zone isn’t dead every week, but atmosphere helps the wrestlers in the ring feel proud of their work and also encourages the viewers at home to get invested in what’s happening on their TV screens. [caption id="attachment_95489" align="alignright" width="275"]TNA Champion Magnus TNA Champion Magnus[/caption]

5. Book World Champions Strongly

TNA has an interesting list of historically bad World Championship reigns. Kurt Angle holding the title for a day (2007), Mick Foley (bless his soul) signing a short-term deal with the company and winning the title from Sting at Lockdown 2009 and James Storm’s disappointing eight day reign in 2011 are amongst the worst in TNA history. Right now, TNA made the right move by putting the gold on Magnus, but my fear is that they will book him poorly, which will hurt his reign and Magnus as an overall wrestler. I understand that heel champions are supposed to take the easy way out, win by cheating and by any means necessary, but at this point in Magnus’ career, he should be winning matches cleanly (most of the time) and decisively. Guys like Bully Ray have been around the business a long time and can get away with using “heel tactics” each and every match, but Magnus is not a proven star just yet and I’ll be damned if he doesn’t have the most potential on the current TNA roster. TNA should have the Brit look impressive in his non-title matches and when the gold is on the line, then have him resort to cheating. Magnus needs a strong, convincing reign in order for fans to get invested in him because as of right now, he isn’t as over as he should be. The same theory goes for any other superstars that become the TNA World Heavyweight champion in 2014.

6. Push/Promote Home-Grown Stars

In order to create new stars, TNA needs to put championships on guys like Magnus, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels and other home-grown stars. Have them compete and defeat superstars such as Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy because victories over those two superstars brings instant credibility. No shenanigans, no short-cuts, just one-on-one matches that can showcase and promote TNA’s home-grown talent, not former WWE talent. Jeff Hardy will sell tickets, but everybody is well aware of his overall accomplishments. Something like a James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy program would be something I could get behind and invested in. It’s astonishing that Christopher Daniels has never won the TNA World Heavyweight Title and Samoa Joe has only won the major championship once, back in 2008. Joe is a perfect example of TNA wasting their talented roster. Bobby Roode, on the other hand, was the longest reigning TNA champion in history. Remember when Roode finally lost that Title to Austin Aries? The roof blew off the building and TNA finally did something right. Hell, Aries’ victory even had CM Punk talking.

7. Rebrand the Company

To help TNA’s 2014 survival, they need to rebrand the company by creating original storylines and putting more focus on the X-Division. I mean what the hell happened to the X-Division? It seems like there are only two superstars in that division, Austin Aries and Chris Sabin. Over the past two years, TNA has been trying way too hard to be like their “competition”. Take a look at these recent similar storylines/concepts: “The Wheel of Dixie” = Raw Roulette. AJ Styles and Claire Lynch catastrophe = John Cena and AJ Lee scandal. Magnus and AJ Styles holding the TNA World Championship = CM Punk and John Cena holding the WWE Championship. TNA is desperate to make more money and achieve higher ratings. Creating new, original storylines, signing new tag team wrestlers (Young Bucks, Briscoe Brothers, World’s Greatest Tag Team) and X-Division talent (Paul London, Sonjay Dutt) is what can help them achieve that goal. Maybe they can even bring back the six-sided ring if they want to really differentiate themselves. Dixie Carter’s Impact Wrestling is going downhill. They used to be an alternative to WWE, but within the past few years, it seems like they’ve been a cheaper, straight to DVD version of the world’s number one wrestling promotion. Is there any hope for TNA Impact Wrestling? What changes would you make in order to help TNA survive 2014? ) [post_excerpt] => Array ( [0] => Let's face it - 2014 could be a make or break year for TNA .. Here are our suggestions of what TNA must do to make it through the year ) [to_ping] => Array ( [0] => ) [ping_status] => Array ( [0] => closed ) [newcategory] => Array ( [0] => New Category Name ) [newcategory_parent] => Array ( [0] => -1 ) [_ajax_nonce-add-category] => Array ( [0] => 7e3b9993eb ) [post_author_override] => Array ( [0] => 18027 ) [_thumbnail_id] => Array ( [0] => 89284 ) [publish] => Array ( [0] => Publish ) [_wp_original_http_referer] => Array ( [0] => http://www.sescoops.com/7-things-tna-must-survive-2014/ ) [add_comment_nonce] => Array ( [0] => e716aea288 ) [_ajax_fetch_list_nonce] => Array ( [0] => 17d6babc67 ) [tax_input] => Array ( [0] => a:1:{s:8:"post_tag";s:222:"Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, Chris Hero, Christopher Daniels, Dixie Carter, Frankie Kazarian, James Storm, Kevin Steen, Kurt Angle, Magnus, Michael Elgin, Mick Foley, Samoa Joe, Sonjay Dutt, Sting, The Young Bucks";} ) [_status] => Array ( [0] => publish ) [sticky] => Array ( [0] => sticky ) [_inline_edit] => Array ( [0] => 1f5d383171 ) [post_view] => Array ( [0] => list ) [screen] => Array ( [0] => edit-post ) [edit_date] => Array ( [0] => true ) [post_date] => Array ( [0] => 2014-01-12 18:47:19 ) [post_date_gmt] => Array ( [0] => 2014-01-12 23:47:19 ) [hidden_post_sticky] => Array ( [0] => sticky ) [dsq_thread_id] => Array ( [0] => 2114380894 ) [wpb_post_views_count] => Array ( [0] => 707 ) ) -->

7 Things TNA Must Do To Survive 2014

4. Charge Admission at the Impact Zone

The only thing worse than having a wrestling show take place in the same location every week is having a wrestling show that allows non-wrestling fans attend and watch the product for free. Not only does it hurt TNA financially, but it hurts the overall product. The Impact Zone is just a side-show attraction to tourists at Universal Studios, and I’m not a big fan of that.

I don’t know about you, but when something massive or important happens during an episode of Impact Wrestling, it’d be nice to get a positive (or some sort of) reaction from the crowd. Yeah, they chant “TNA” or “this is awesome” once in a blue moon, but charging admission to get into the Impact Zone would get actual wrestling fans into the building. More importantly, it would generate a little bit of money and help with the entire atmosphere.

The Impact Zone isn’t dead every week, but atmosphere helps the wrestlers in the ring feel proud of their work and also encourages the viewers at home to get invested in what’s happening on their TV screens.

TNA Champion Magnus

TNA Champion Magnus

5. Book World Champions Strongly

TNA has an interesting list of historically bad World Championship reigns. Kurt Angle holding the title for a day (2007), Mick Foley (bless his soul) signing a short-term deal with the company and winning the title from Sting at Lockdown 2009 and James Storm’s disappointing eight day reign in 2011 are amongst the worst in TNA history.

Right now, TNA made the right move by putting the gold on Magnus, but my fear is that they will book him poorly, which will hurt his reign and Magnus as an overall wrestler. I understand that heel champions are supposed to take the easy way out, win by cheating and by any means necessary, but at this point in Magnus’ career, he should be winning matches cleanly (most of the time) and decisively.

Guys like Bully Ray have been around the business a long time and can get away with using “heel tactics” each and every match, but Magnus is not a proven star just yet and I’ll be damned if he doesn’t have the most potential on the current TNA roster. TNA should have the Brit look impressive in his non-title matches and when the gold is on the line, then have him resort to cheating. Magnus needs a strong, convincing reign in order for fans to get invested in him because as of right now, he isn’t as over as he should be.

The same theory goes for any other superstars that become the TNA World Heavyweight champion in 2014.

6. Push/Promote Home-Grown Stars

In order to create new stars, TNA needs to put championships on guys like Magnus, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels and other home-grown stars. Have them compete and defeat superstars such as Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy because victories over those two superstars brings instant credibility. No shenanigans, no short-cuts, just one-on-one matches that can showcase and promote TNA’s home-grown talent, not former WWE talent. Jeff Hardy will sell tickets, but everybody is well aware of his overall accomplishments. Something like a James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy program would be something I could get behind and invested in.

It’s astonishing that Christopher Daniels has never won the TNA World Heavyweight Title and Samoa Joe has only won the major championship once, back in 2008. Joe is a perfect example of TNA wasting their talented roster. Bobby Roode, on the other hand, was the longest reigning TNA champion in history. Remember when Roode finally lost that Title to Austin Aries? The roof blew off the building and TNA finally did something right. Hell, Aries’ victory even had CM Punk talking.

7. Rebrand the Company

To help TNA’s 2014 survival, they need to rebrand the company by creating original storylines and putting more focus on the X-Division. I mean what the hell happened to the X-Division? It seems like there are only two superstars in that division, Austin Aries and Chris Sabin.

Over the past two years, TNA has been trying way too hard to be like their “competition”. Take a look at these recent similar storylines/concepts:

“The Wheel of Dixie” = Raw Roulette.

AJ Styles and Claire Lynch catastrophe = John Cena and AJ Lee scandal.

Magnus and AJ Styles holding the TNA World Championship = CM Punk and John Cena holding the WWE Championship.

TNA is desperate to make more money and achieve higher ratings. Creating new, original storylines, signing new tag team wrestlers (Young Bucks, Briscoe Brothers, World’s Greatest Tag Team) and X-Division talent (Paul London, Sonjay Dutt) is what can help them achieve that goal. Maybe they can even bring back the six-sided ring if they want to really differentiate themselves.

Dixie Carter’s Impact Wrestling is going downhill. They used to be an alternative to WWE, but within the past few years, it seems like they’ve been a cheaper, straight to DVD version of the world’s number one wrestling promotion.

Is there any hope for TNA Impact Wrestling? What changes would you make in order to help TNA survive 2014?

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