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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  • http://www.youtube.com/ac1dchr15t ac1d

    Since they copy mostly everything WWE does anyway, they might as well try and make a really edgy TNA style DX for this day and age…and make do the best they can with the PG-14 rating…The wrestling and performances have been fantastic above all so keep that up for sure.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      You’re right, they do have the TV-14 rating….why not use that to their advantage. They rarely show blood and the only skin they’ve been showing for years is Velvet Sky’s entrance.

    • E-Z

      You have a point. I don’t think they need to juice every night or do extreme things like ECW but making it more adult would be good. I thought a few months ago they were doing this by using colorful language from Bully Ray, etc but they seem to always stop.

  • Norman Osborne

    make a truce with vince
    and say you wanna broadcast the show on the network
    thats whats best for business

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      That would be truly groundbreaking.

  • Cody Southall

    I may be wrong, but I’ve heard that Universal Studios wouldn’t allow TNA to charge admission while using the sound stages.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Very interesting. Both of them would make a little bit more cash, right?

  • SomeInternetGuy

    I can’t wait to see what their version of the WWE Network is gonna be like… lol

    • Jeremy-County Roberts


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  • LaParkaXV

    1. Amen

    2. Is a catch 22, they will probably be a more profitable company or close to one if they release them BUT im certain that spike wants stars so if they drop these 2 they could risk losing their tv deal.

    3. Been saying that for years…tna has needed to shake up their roster and instead they brought in Garrett Bischoff Jesse Godderz Wes Brisco’s of the world. Some of the talents listed were already in TNA lol.

    4 Good in theory but TNA then runs the risk of having nobody come to their shows…they only got 3,000 for 6,000 for BFG last year.

    5. Again good in theory but….if Magnus vs AJ is any indication i wouldn’t hold my breathe.

    6. Sort of contradicts #2….It would save them $ though, going with “their” stars but Spike wants star power and Aj Styles is gone apparently, TNA’s biggest star!

    7 I just don’t see it happening they spent 12 years building the crappy brand they have now to start over again.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      You bring a good point with number 2. Didn’t think about it that way. Just trying to cut some ties to provide TNA with some more cash!

      • LaParkaXV

        I enjoyed your article commented on 4-7. Hope TNA does something to save themselves or sells to someone who will.

        • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

          Thank you for your input and for the praise. I really want TNA to succeed, but that’d be a huge achievement. What changes would you like to see?

          • LaParkaXV

            Well if they aren’t completely abandoning ppv’s they should should use 4 maybe 5 ppvs to help build their stars like wwe does. Royal Rumble, MITB for example Wrestlemania are were stars are MADE!. TNA does NOTHING besides trading in their X title for a World title shot.

            I would freshen up everything that is if i had the $. New set, new announce team, Id get Keneley back if possible. new colors.Make the ppv’s look special too.Not exactly like impact.

            NEW talent, again not sure who i could afford on their budget. Id focus on X and tag team stars.

            Either use the TV title or never mention it again.

          • Rated RKO

            Me being a die hard fan of wwe I have to say that TNA just got put through the cell when wwe network was announced, and the fact that Jake the Snake came back on TV and I wont be surprised if NXT had higher viewers then impact. I see the talent on nxt and that right there is the dagger that will kill tna.

          • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

            Good suggestions. WWE also has a world-class production team, not sure if TNA has the money to do what WWE can do with their video packages and the way they make arena’s look, spectacular.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Yes, Dutt and Young Bucks were in TNA. I think they did great and are phenomenal wrestlers and should have stayed.

  • Buzzard Follower

    tna already cut off a lot of bad weight (Hogan bishoff) but also lost its core (aj double j) this really is put up or shut up time

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Huge year for TNA. What changes would you like to see?

      • Buzzard Follower

        continue pushing magnus. bring storm and roode back into title picture. bring in some fresh x division guys things like that

        • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

          I like that. Magnus is a star, gotta push him that way.

  • wwetnadudez

    I agree with releasing Kurt and Sting, they cost too much money and aren’t major ratings/merchandise movers. Jeff Hardy can still both especially when put into a good program. I feel that when Dixie gets off of tv, Magnus should turn face. He can easily be the John Cena of TNA he just has that look and aura in my opinion. The top heel in the company has to be Bobby Roode, the guy is just awesome in the ring and the mic. The secondary heel should be Bully, I keep him secondary because he is not TNA grown and is aging. The #2 face should be Jeff Hardy, the fans love him, he sells great merch and is a good guy to do public appearances.

    The X-Division could easily get revamped. They simply have to what they did before with that tournament where they bring in former TNA stars, indy stars and current tna stars to win the championship at Destination X. Or they could just have guys like Aries, Suicide, Sabin, Daniels, Kaz and Zema build the whole division and stick to it because they are all great workers with experience under their belts, also along with those 6 tna has to sign guys like Rubix and maybe JoMo.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Their contracts are just too much money, plus, I really think Angle wants to finish his career in WWE. The X-Division could improve easily, TNA just needs to promote the division and sign wrestlers that fit the division.

      • wwetnadudez

        Yeah thats true. With trying to be WWE V2.0 TNA forgets that it has something that truely differentiates it from most companies, the X Division.

  • 10YearOldBoy

    tna sucks balls

  • WCWPunk

    Like the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. WWE Tombstoned TNA with the WWE Network.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Any chance of kicking out?

  • Whatsupbb415

    I honestly don’t think TNA is in all the trouble that Sescoops would like for us to think they’re suffering from.
    1.TNA Cut Hogan and Bischoff and programming got much worse!
    2.You have to realize the IWC makes up a very small number of the people who want to watch television. This is why ROH and other small promotions have been so unsuccessful they don’t get the average viewer to tune in.
    3. Spike TV isn’t going to get rid of TNA unless WWE goes back to them which would be a huge investment for Viacom to make and I doubt Vince McMahon wants to lose his relationship with NBC because they play all his specials. If Vince we’re to leave USA I think we might see him wind up on Fox Sports 1 or one of the Turner Networks. We’d have to rule out ESPN due to MNF.

    4. Even if Spike TV wanted to get rid of TNA there would be other networks interested in carrying the company like USA, Fox Sports 1 you see TNA averages a 0.9-1.1 on a weekly basis and you guys may laugh at that but getting 1 million plus people to watch a program weekly is beautiful for a network.
    5. To get high ratings you need Big Names there is a reason why TNA’s biggest star (AJ Styles) left and didn’t even get a sniff from WWE. None of the TNA Originals are any good. Now you guys may not like Sting, Hogan, Foley, RVD, Nash and the host of other who have come to TNA but everytime they’ve brought in a WWE guy it took TNA to another level.
    6. I bet you’re saying TNA can build there own Mega Stars? Hmmm they haven’t been able too! Nobody in TNA has any mainstream name value outside Angle, Sting and Eric Young(he has another tv show) If tna wants to save themselves they need to get into the business of growing viewers and revenue not making themselves a better indy promotion. Why does WWE avoid indy guys because regular casual viewers will Mark out for Jake The Snake more than the debut of Chris Hero. And that’s a fact!
    7. Move to another city besides Orlando I recommend New York or Vegas places where people go to see sort of extravagant shows. People come to Orlando to go to one of the theme parks…

    • A Realist

      Really? Not in bad shape, huh?


      • Bushwald Sexyface

        Whatsupbb415 would like for you to sell him life insurance…

    • LaParkaXV

      Please explain these “another levels” you think TNA reached when they brought in Hogan Sting RVD etc etc.

      #6 CM Punk and Daniel Bryan say hi….

      If there was a market for TNA why have they never left Spike? Their contract has come up for a renewal on occasion where they in theory could of shopped Impact to another network…you know a network that would actually advertise them.

      • Whatsupbb415

        TNA programming improved ratings got better and more casual WWE fans tuned into the program.
        #6 I disagree CM Punk was a huge star before he came to WWE he had a huge indy following. And TNA has nobody on the level of the guys that put CM Punk over. Ditto for Daniel Bryan who didn’t become wildly popular due to a huge push! And a catchphrase well we know about the catchphrase.
        As far as the Market for TNA I’ve been a fan of TNA since they we’re coming on Fox Sports Net at 3pm on Fridays! They’ve come along way from the days of Jeff Jarrett being the “King of the Mountain” I think there would be a market for any program that averages there ratings. And Internationally TNA is very popular with better ratings than the WWE in the UK.

        • A Realist

          Exactly, INDY popularity. That doesn’t translate to MAINSTREAM popularity.

          The average fan did not know about CM Punk before the WWE. Nor Daniel Bryan. Nor Sami Zayn. Not Corey Graves. Nor Dean Ambrose,etc. etc. etc.

          Regardless, your argument is riddled with contradictions. Tidy it up a bit. Either they AREN’T in bad shape, or they’re a sinking ship. Make up your mind.

          • Whatsupbb415

            I don’t think they’re in bad shape! What company doesn’t need to tidy up a bit though?
            If WWE Network fails wouldn’t WWE be in some bad shape or need to tidy up a bit.
            TNA needs to improve many things but that cannot be done without them having some Major Star Power.
            Why does WWE go and get Brock Lesner, The Rock, Brock Lesner, Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin because big stars make the difference.

          • Bushwald Sexyface

            “If WWE Network fails wouldn’t WWE be in some bad shape or need to tidy up a bit”

            No. See: XFL. Also see: WWE before WWE network came along.

          • Whatsupbb415

            I’m aware of the XFL but that was in a much better economy as volatile as the stock market WWE would suffer gretly if a 5-10$ drop in their stock price happened from the failure of their new huge revenue stream. (Don’t think it will happen since there including Mania)

          • Bushwald Sexyface

            The worst that would happen, realistically, is that their stock would drop back down to pre-network range. Hence the “also see: WWE before WWE network”.

        • LaParkaXV

          TNA got a 1.4 once and was getting below 1.0 with Hogan and company on roster…FAIL.

          #6 Chris Hero doesn’t have a Indy following? You are kidding right? FAIL

          “They have come along way” I have been a fan for that long but im not about to say ridiculous things. TNA has not grown their ratings on spike AT ALL! They have been around a 1.0 for years. Hogan and friends or no Hogan and friends 1.0.

          AH one of my favorite TNA fan “praises” WWE in the UK is on a paid channel. TNA is on BASIC cable. If there were a market lol why haven’t they left spike that hasn’t advertised them at all.

          • Cujo999

            Once again, TV ratings aren’t everything. Back then, people were buying PPV’s, merchandise, and tickets to live events.
            As far as Hero and the indy guys goes, let’s be real. For every CM Punk or Daniel Bryan, there’s a dozen Low Ki’s, Roderick Strong’s, Jimmy Rave’s, Sin Cara’s, etc, etc, that fail miserably. When WWE is looking at people that they can build into a top guy, sometimes a Punk or Bryan slips through the cracks, but on the whole, that kind of talent is recognized and scooped up quickly. Look at most of the top guys in WWE history. Stone Cold was signed by WCW after only 2 years in the indy’s. The Rock spent a year in the indy’s before he was signed by WWE. They snagged Brock Lesnar straight out of college. Triple H spent 2 years in the indy’s. Hogan spent 3 years in the indy’s. Hero’s been working the indy’s for 15 years now. If he had what it took to be “the guy” and take a company to the next level, don’t you think somebody would’ve noticed by now?

          • LaParkaXV

            Once again…i didn’t say they were… TNA’s highest PPV buyrate happened in 2008 i think most of their ppv’s do below 10,000. Including ones with the stars on them. Failed miserably? Sin Cara was the mexico’s john cena. WWE ruined him. Low Ki walked out on WWE.

            Daniel Bryan signed with WWE in 2009 10 YEARS on the indy’s. So what Hero has been there 15 years. TNA LOL TNA couldn’t find talent if it sat on their face. Kazuchika Okada? ever hear of him? TNA had him under contract for 20 months playing dress up as a driver RARELY on tv. Fast forward a year later he’s the biggest thing in Japan.

          • Cujo999

            In 2008, Angle and Sting were still legitimate main eventers, and they had enough talent on their roster to create interesting feuds. WWE didn’t ruin Sin Cara. He was injury prone and couldn’t work with anybody without botching horribly. Low Ki left WWE because he couldn’t handle life on the road and wasn’t handed a mega-push on a silver platter. Of course, Low Ki did very little during his runs in TNA, as well. He just wasn’t that good. Okada was NEVER under contract to TNA. He was sent to TNA by NJPW for a developmental tour as part of their talent exchange. It would have been pretty stupid for TNA to give him a massive push just to send him back to NJPW. Sure, D-Bryan is the exception to the rule, but he’s a rarity, and though he’s been highly successful, he has not become “the man” yet, and may never be that. Being honest, Punk has never been “the man”, either, as Cena was still main eventing PPV’s and Punk’s record title reign often came second during that run. In any case, Hero was not even good enough to be the champion in RoH, for pete’s sake, so what in god’s name makes you think that he can save TNA? He’s bounced through a ton of different companies, and has never taken any of them to a higher level that when he got there. Hero, if he got a big break, would be a mid-carder, at best. He’s not the caliber of guy that can carry the promotion

          • LaParkaXV

            Again you can’t seem to read lol…I NEVER SAID Hero was going to save TNA…jesus….Since when are champions decided by talent? It’s fake not sure you get that or not. HOW DO YOU KNOW? Hero never got a big break, If Magnus can be TNA champion why can’t Chris Hero! LOL again Okada was on TNA’s roster and they DID NOTHING! with him.

      • Cujo999

        Well, to be fair, when they brought in guys like Sting, Hogan, RVD, Angle, Christian, etc., they were able to sustain doing live monthly PPV’s, which is more revenue coming into the company. They also sold a fair amount of merchandise for many of those guys, at least a good deal more than they do for the current roster. Finally, TNA’s gate at their live events was much better, and they could actually come close to filling venues for their PPV events instead of having a sea of empty seats. I mean, you can look at TV ratings and say that TNA is on the same level now as back then, but it’s simply not the case. Hate to say it, but back then, people would actually pay to watch TNA and support it’s talent, not just flip on Impact because there’s no other wrestling show on Thursday nights. TV ratings isn’t why the company is dying. Lack of income from live gates, PPV buys, and merchandise is.

        • LaParkaXV

          Until they had those guys and were most likely losing $ and were no longer to afford everyone. No where in my post did i say they are dying because of TV ratings. Their lack of TV ratings though indicates they aren’t growing.

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    • Kevin G. Wolfe

      5. You need big names, remind me how did those names get big? They didn’t just poof out of nothings as big names. No those names and legacies were created.

      6. They haven’t been able to because they suck at booking! You know why casual viewers mark out for Jake the snake, first because he was created when it was closer to 50-50 real vs fake, second he was created by booking and events. What they need is a bunch of wrestlers with interesting gimmicks, it may be stupid but sometimes stupid works.

      • Whatsupbb415

        I don’t disagree with you that the booking is sad and puzzling but the same can be said for WWE booking and wrestling booking in general these days.
        Those big names got big off other names though.
        Stone Cold gets huge because of an amazing promo but also because of Jake The Snake if Jake The Snake isn’t huge and doesn’t have the religious gimmick it doesn’t happen. And he’s still a mid carder!
        The Rock springboarded due to the Nation!
        HHH because of backstage politics mostly- Hunter Hurst Helmsley was a horrid gimmick…
        If you’ve got hot stars u can build other guys! But the megastars are the ones who change the game. WCW isn’t relevant without stealing Hogan, Macho, Hall, and Nash and then building Goldberg and Page and Booker.

        • Kevin G. Wolfe

          True the WWE should be doing a lot better than it is, but their booking doesn’t determine their survival and that’s the big difference here. TNA needs to take risks. Their biggest mistake was not dropping Angle and Sting for AJ Styles he is their only home-grown star.

          True but the names they got big off of had to have gotten big somewhere. No one pops up with a big name, unless you’re a generational.
          I disagree with Austin. He was in the right place at the right time and McMahon was desperate to win the monday night wars and Austin stepped up to the plate as Anti-establishment.
          And my point is all those megastars were created. Probably because they had more creative control over their characters back then. Non-the-less all those characters got created in the WWE. they weren’t destined for it, they were built up and created.

          • Whatsupbb415

            When you say dropping Angle we assume his contract isn’t guaranteed money. (Meaning if you release you still have to pay him similar to many top level WWE deals)
            With Sting I know he signs year to year and his deal is not only with TNA but Spike TV so Spike would have to sign off on them canning him.

          • Kevin G. Wolfe

            They need to get out of those contracts ASAP it’s bleeding them.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      If Spike TV is contemplating signing a new deal with TNA, I don’t think ABC and Fox Sports 1 would be interested. We’re TNA fans, as highlighted by the second paragraph. Everyone knows TNA is going downhill, just wanted to shot out some suggestions on how to improve to company.

      • Whatsupbb415

        TNA is one of the highest rated programs on cable. Side note the NFL is going to be selling some of there Thursday night games. Whichever network gets those Thursday night games ovibously would be out on TNA. But it could open an opportunity for them to go to a new network desperate for “Sporting TV”

        • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

          TNA is not one of the highest rated programs on cable, unfortunately.

          “The Thursday, January 2 edition of Impact! Wrestling failed to land a spot on the top 100 cable television shows list that evening, per TV By the Numbers. Failing to make the list, which tracks the top 100 shows of the evening ranked among adults 18-49, is certainly not a good sign for TNA to kick off the new year.”

          • Whatsupbb415

            Do you think Spike would allow TNA to release Angle or Sting?

  • TheFaceOfSeScoops

    He looks like a bum and needs to spend more time in the gym. How does he look like a star?

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Compared to the way he looked 4-5 years ago, he looks phenomenal. Lost more weight, gained more muscle.

  • Bushwald Sexyface

    Frankly, at this point, it doesn’t matter what they do or don’t do. They’ve been a sinking ship for a couple of years now and nothing will stop it.

  • Pfc Mark Kevin Apalisok


    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      They already have NXT, so I don’t see that happening.

  • Jamie

    Yet TNA is still more talked about than any of the other 20,000 wrestling promotions in the world.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      I think they are the most talked about promotion right now because they are almost out of business.

      • Jamie

        Oh shutup, people having saying that for a decade.

        • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko


  • Doug

    The only one I don’t agree with is getting rid of Kurt Angle and Sting. TNA doesn’t have a lot of established talent right now. If you get rid of your biggest names, you are going to have a lot of people stop watching the show. There are some former WWE guys that could come in and be an immediate boost to their roster; John Morrison, Carlito, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, MVP, Ted Dibiase, Matt Hardy, Rhino, and if they really want to reach for the sky RVD and Chris Jericho. Of course they should also give A.J., whatever he wants. I’m all for adding top indy guys, and promoting your homegrown stars, but when you have a bunch of nobodies beating each other, it doesn’t have the same impact, as when you beat someone the fans are familiar with.

  • J’vo

    Dixie Carter is not Stephanie,even she wants to be like her as the evil boss,Stephanie already been in this wrestling industry since she was young so made her know this business inside out,something that make Dixie need learn from basic what the wrestling business is

    About young talent,WWE already did with their NXT,i’m so sure the history will repeat again if TNA
    learn from the mistakes made by WCW in the past,not giving chance to young talent,stuck with N.W.O things with Bischoff as “director”,meanwhile WWF start move fast with “Attitude” products and give opportunity as much as possible to their superstar which at that time most of them have not had a big name after Bret Hart walked out from WWF,HBK got injury after battle with Undertaker

    And be more creative,do not copy the same old crap from WWE storyline

  • wrestlingminute

    Number 4 they can’t do. Universal Studios won’t let them charge admission because they’d be charging their park goers twice (once to get into universal studios, another time to get in the “impact zone”). It’s been that way going all the way back to WCW Saturday nights. Not saying I agree with it but that’s why they don’t/can’t charge.

  • Nicolai

    Remember when TNA tried to start a MONDAY NIGHT WAR!?? Baahhahaahhaahahaahahahhhhha

  • Fantasma George

    The real problem with Dixie Carter is everybody is now tuning in to Impact out of bile fascination. Everybody is well aware that this show is on its last legs and she’s standing in the middle of it in-character looking more like a troubled coke addict dancing as she panhandles at an intersection instead of a heel trying to generate the heat. So obviously she’s getting the wrong message, and there’s no way you can ever get the camera off an attention starved middle-aged female with money. I can even imagine that her family, blissfully unaware of these problems and the business, are actually proud of her every night they see her on TV and are very encouraging and loving people. So it’s just doubly impossible.

  • Anders

    I agree with all of this. Great article. I like TNA quite a lot, but it’s been at its absolute worst the past couple of months.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Thanks a lot. I want TNA to succeed and they need to make some drastic changes.

  • raVen

    Dixie on screen has been better, it’s Dixie in the office that is the real problem.
    Chris Hero, Kevin Steen, Young Bucks, Sonjay Dutt aren’t going to help any promotion anywhere.
    This entire article is fluff the one true problem is the carter family and their terrible business and wrestling decisions.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      I agree Dixie is a big problem. I think bringing in new talent would help. AJ Styles leaving the company hurt them.

      • raVen

        Love that you are in the comment section trying to make your articles better and expanding on anything that people don’t agree with or fully understand. Keep it up

        • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

          Thanks. I’m currently studying Journalism here in Michigan and I’ve always been a wrestling and writing fan. Always interested in what people have to say. What’s the point of writing articles if you don’t interact with your readers? Know what I mean lol.

          • raVen

            Dude you had me at Michigan!
            Go Blue!!! Bleed Maze!
            my man!

  • dae

    Looking at TNA, a lot of paper champions who had help to gain the strap and has help to retain the strap
    Orton = handed the title by Triple H, has help or “cheated” to retain the title (OK, no DQ, I get it, but would’ve liked to have had a cleaner finish).
    Raw = too many flashbacks and fillers in a three hour show. Plus, a lot of the matches feel like filler material than storylined.
    SmackDown = I would say, the better of the two big shows for WWF. Not as much crap. I watch Smackdown off the DVR in as much time as it takes to watch a Raw off the DVR.
    Main Event = unless there was a title match, I don’t consider watching. Two quickie matches an a lot of talk in the first episodes has turned me off.
    Impact = I can actually watch this live, like I could watch SmackDown if there was nothing else on, but TNA seems like it wants to be the WWF by being the WWF. Bring back the six-sided ring an innovation!
    All-in-all, I think TNA could compete if it had the dollars and the talent. It just seems like the recent purge of talent and high salaries of some stars in their twilight have sapped this little promotion.
    Plus: could these guys go back to the way it used to be? No commericals during a match. Or at least, no commercials during the main event. That’s half the reason it’s not as entertaining as it used to be.

  • Riscaf

    I think they need to have an ECW kind of creative going for them. Let the wrestlers kind of devlepoe there own idenity and what not. Bully Ray is a great exmaple of what the other guys need to be. Magus and James Strom as well are great examples. Extentions of their own personalities. Thats what made wrestling great in the mid to late 90’s. TNA also has the abilty to have great in ring matches if they just le them work. Dixie is killing her own company. Don’t be WWE be TNA. I said it once I will say it again they should have hired Heyman when they had the chance. I think Bully Ray can be the next great booker/creative force if they let him and if time is not up for TNA. I think the reaper is looming for them but they can ward off death with the right partnership.

  • scott

    Week to week TNA’s shows are just hard to watch. I think the wrestling and matches are sub-par. I just don’t find any feuds interesting. Not even Angle and Roode. Dixie is doing too much and shes not great on the mic. She often comes off as screechy and shes not trying to be. AJ Styles is gone I mean its all just a nightmare. They just need to start over from scratch honestly. keep a few pieces and just get rid of the highly paid guys and start completely over. Its pretty much a done deal anyways

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      I remember when TNA had better overall matches week after week, but over the past two years, the quality has gone down a bit.

  • Forceton Banfodder

    #8 Change your promotion’s name because TNA has nothing but negative connotations attached to it now.

  • E-Z

    I think for TNA to be successful they need to FORGET about WWE! They will never win trying go head to head with the wrestling giant. What needs to happen is similar to what they did in the beginning – create different reasons for us to tune in, like their X Division, Knockouts Division or creating a franchise player like AJ or Jeff Jarrett. Create new stars we have not seen and if they want to use former WWE talent give us a reason to care (possibly making former WWE midcarders the main eventers we knew they could be). By going back to their basic ideas and re-branding themselves it could work.

    • Johnson

      They should forget about WWE. Because TNA can’t even match 1998 ECW.

      • E-Z

        I personally cannot agree because I was never an ECW fan in 1998. I thought the company was too over the top and took away all the “shock” factor so I only watched it sparingly.

  • BDS

    couldn’t agree more with this list

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      I’m glad you agree. Which changes would you like to see?

  • Dixie Carter

    HAHA some loser on the internet writing this crap up. Dude keep to your lil crappy website writing about stuff while we continue to make the money and pay talent, while you hate on us. TNA ratings are fine. Your just repressed that your overweight and fugly and writing for a website in your basement living off mummy and daddy!

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Try reading the article next time

      “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”

      Go back under your bridge and come back with a better attitude, Dixie. I expected a better, more creative comment from someone like you.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      TNA ratings are fine?

      “The Thursday, January 2 edition of Impact! Wrestling failed to land a spot on the top 100 cable television shows list that evening, per TV By the Numbers. Failing to make the list, which tracks the top 100 shows of the evening ranked among adults 18-49, is certainly not a good sign for TNA to kick off the new year.”

      They didn’t even crack the top 100. 100! What is your explanation for that?

      • Dixie Carter

        You know how much tv channels are on tv? You know how much context is broadcast on tv? You know how to find a real job than live in your basement writing stupid comments saying TNA is going out of business and WWE is better. Sure you prefer one over the other but why do you feel the need to hate on another human being and be disrespectful?

        I don’t go around complaining that you have quite a pathetic life in your basement going around websites saying WWE is better. Get a F-N LIFE!!!

        • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

          No I don’t know how “much” TV channels are on TV, please tell me. All I know is Impact not cracking the top 100 is pathetic, almost as pathetic as me living in my moms basement.

          I’m a TNA fan. Read the second paragraph of the article. There is no harm in suggesting ideas to help TNA. Other people who commented did the same but instead, you resort to this type of thing. If you can do better and don’t live in your moms basement, where are your articles? I’d love to see one. Or do you just go on wrestling sites and have a temper tantrum on every article that displeases you?

          I’m writing articles, have a full-time job and am making money and you’re commenting on articles telling writers to get a life? Ironic.

          • Dixie Carter

            Your mums basement is not getting 1million viewers a week. TNA is. Your basement is having stench from your body, that’s about it.

  • Evelyn L. Ford

    What a very beautiful man in Rockstar Spud- so very strong and muscular, too; mmmmm; such strength he has! :) Big man trapped in small but beautiful body!

  • Shawn Myers

    bring back the 6 sided ring it was more exciting I think that was the 1st mistake getting rid of that

  • grapler

    TNA should scour the indie circuit for not only new talent but fresh talent with new gimmicks. They should look at what WWE is doing then figure out how to be different a real alternative. One way i think they can do that is by going old school. What I mean is that wrestling didn’t look so choreographed as it does today. Also It was called professional wrestling not sports entertainment. It seemed the guys back then worked harder to sell a match and it just looked more real heals were heals and faces were faces and even after the shows they stayed in character. Get back to what made wrestling great and work on storylines that actually look like they could happen in real life. Some of the stuff they were doing was pure cornball.

  • Jono “The Doc” Fisher

    TNA is trying to improve, they’ve signed the The American Wolves, two new X division wrestlers in Sanada and Tigre Uno and having them compete with current X division wrestlers Kenny King and Zema Ion. They need more guys (Paul London, Brian Kendrick, Sonjay Dutt etc.) and they also need to keep guys like Austin Aries who is the one of the last TNA originals now that Kazarian has left. They need more main eventers (I don’t mind that they’ve given the World Title to Eric Young after Magnus had a long run) guys like Gunner, James Storm, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, signing new talent such as Kevin Steen or Chris Hero (although Hero doesn’t want to sign just yet because it will ruin his chances of returning to WWE). Since Lockdown Dixie hasn’t come out as much (even though she is currently involved in the Bully Ray screwjob angle) and I think they’re putting her in the head office and only bringing her out once in a while. Ken Anderson has been putting Samuel Shaw over in their rivalry at Lockdown but Anderson went over him at Sacrifice which ruined Shaw’s run. Currently The American Wolves and The BroMans are the only tag teams in the division so TNA need to sign more teams that can actually wrestle. The women’s division is holding it’s own for now with Angelina Love returning and winning the Knockout’s championship and also with the signing of new Knockout Brittany. Resurrecting the Beautiful People was a stroke of genius with Velvet and Angelina attracting so much heat from the fans which allows them relive the glory days when the Beautiful People were first formed. Although, we haven’t seen ODB for a while, Lei’d Tapa and Mickie James left and Gail Kim appears occasionally. James Storm has put over Gunner many times in brutal matches that in my opinion have stolen the show. Kurt Angle has put over Ethan Carter now it’s time for him to leave, which is what I think TNA is going to do seeing that Angle currently has an ACL injury which will keep him out for at least a year (seeing him to the end of his current contract). Sting has left which is good because it allows TNA a little more money to sign new talent which they have with The American Wolves, MVP, Sanada, Tigre Uno and Bobby Lashley. TNA have also started having matches from WWE’s Attitude Era with the violence and blood that should be in wrestling which is good because people are tired of that PG stuff WWE has.I don’t know if TNA are charging admission into the ImpactZone! but that would bring in desperately needed money. So in conclusion I think TNA is putting the ball in motion, let’s just hope that they do it quickly so they don’t go out of business.

  • ?•†?!pl?b2k1•? – WGU

    the author is clueless


    TNA was such a great wrestling company the reason why TNA is falling a part is they are not listening to the fans they can bring Christian back because we all can give him some credit he helped raising the bar in impact but thy have great talents they can use like bobby Roode kazarian storm Aries bully ray Samoa Joe the asshole Mr. Anderson and draft some of WWE s stars like drew McIntyre Curtis axel and support Justin Gabriel but TNA is acting like an old boring billion dollar company an keep screwing people and they don’t have the right to do that and bringing Jarrett back would be a nice idea the reason why spike TV is still with TNA is they lost WWE and wrestling is successful business on TV these guys that I mentioned are all over
    30 exept for drew but TNA can still use theme before is too late and while looking for new talents from the indies

  • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

    My article lost credibility because you don’t think Chris Hero “looks” like a star? I think he does, he’s 6’4 230. Great size for a wrestler if you ask me. It’s a preference. Vince McMahon thinks Ryback looks like a star and not Daniel Bryan.

  • Whatsupbb415

    I think Chris Hero has a look I just don’t think TNA has anyone that could actually be booked against him to bring him to “higher level”…
    Your article seems to want to make TNA more indy! And I think Spike TV would almost certainly pull the plug!

  • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

    I just want the promotion to survive! Just writing out some suggestions.

  • Cujo999

    Well, the issue with axing top guys like Sting and Angle and replacing them with a bunch of indy talent is that you’re losing a lot of drawing power. TNA is already hurting for drawing power, and as much as many IWC fans like guys like Steen, Hero, and Elgin, they point blank couldn’t fill a high school gym. TNA can try to pillage RoH’s talent roster, but let’s be honest, why would a guy like Steen or Elgin who has a top spot in a stable[by comparison] company leave that spot to jump to a sinking ship and try to save it? Being honest, TNA will not survive long enough to build these indy guys into top draws.

  • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

    That’s true. However, I do think TNA needs new talent. The Bromans aren’t cutting it for me.

  • had2makeanaccount2comment

    Steen can draw, all he would need is one good feud with Sting and people would pay to boo him. Bam their is your new TNA breakout star within 2 months. They need to push new talent ASAP. It’s all about taking risks and making it fresh again now for TNA. Also they need to seriously get Dixie and Spud off TV oh god that is a risk they need to give up on.