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What do you think of TNA?

  • 12-03-2016 12:18am
    Closed Accounts Posts: 87 ✭✭

    I know some people make light of it, but I like it. Don't get me wrong its not perfect but its not terrible. There are some areas it could improve on but in general I like it.

    What do you think of it?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,484 ✭✭✭Chain Smoker

    It's completely irrelevant now, surely?

    It filled, and ultimately killed. an opening for a second company with any kind of significant US exposure. There were patches where they done stuff well and the roster often had a lot of talent involved, but between Dixie Carter's outright hopelessness running the company and directives from Spike to focus on old established tat, it's hard to say the company was anything other than a significant net negative to the industry.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,968 ✭✭✭✭chopperbyrne

    It had fleeting moments of brilliance from time to time, but was booked so poorly that I couldn't consistently watch it every week.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,786 ✭✭✭Sirsok

    I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you, too.

  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Music Moderators, Regional Midlands Moderators Posts: 24,124 Mod ✭✭✭✭Angron

    I've had a variety of feelings about TNA over its life. I was only obliquely aware of it being a thing for the first couple of years, and only really became aware of it around 2005/6ish with the rise of folks like Samoa Joe, and Christian jumping ship and actually treated like a big deal. It was doing steady work that I appreciated, but then they tanked it by using Hogan and Bischoff, and ever since I've just not really cared. Dixie was so prominent on TV despite being awful, and looking like she had no idea what she was doing, which culminated in getting them kicked off Spike for hiring the one person Spike told her not to go near, Vince Russo.

    I won't delight in TNA dying should it eventually go under, but I can't say I'd miss it.

  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 12,013 Mod ✭✭✭✭jaykhunter

    Was a massive TNA fan from 06-09 until they repeatedly made poor booking decisions and drove me away a few years ago. They start something with so much potential, but by the end, you're clambering for it to die. Heel factions always win and TNA is worse off. Death knell was Aces & Eights; Bully Ray/Brooke Hogan. To be clear, TNA's roster has always been talented and superb, it's always been the idiot(s) running the show, making the same terrible mistakes over and over. I lost hope and stopped caring. It's the crushing of hope of what TNA could've been that hurt the worst.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 50 ✭✭themick

    Over last year Impact has usually being a better show than Raw. It by no means perfect,but has being more enjoyable than most Rawd

    But unfortunately due to Russo, Hogan/Bischoff era booking and all the stuff behind scenes (talent leaving, emails being sent to wrong people, yearly channel changes,etc), it has left a poor public perception of company ,it has lost fans who are not coming back, with surge of popularity of NXT, Lucha underground, NJPW, they hardcore fans tgey once had, have gone and found alternative products and dont need any more

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,478 ✭✭✭✭gnfnrhead

    I started watching TNA around 2004 when I was hardly watching WWE and had never even heard of ROH yet. At one stage I was even watching Xplosion on a weekly basis despite it only having one match and highlights. I watched religiously until late 2010, somewhere around August I think. Watched Bound for Glory and after that only watched occasionally. A few weeks at a time but never on a consistent basis. Came back full time in second half of 2014 and shortly after that Hogan showed the world his creative control by having Dixie Carter beg him on national television not to leave. Made the decision that if Hogan came back, I was done again. Luckily he didn't. 2015 was up and down but I watched nearly every week. Since the move to Pop they have been great and really deserve a better number than they are currently getting. One of the reasons cited for TNA leaving Spike was Spike not wanting to pay as much as they previously were but TNA insisting they needed the same amount or more. With the way they have cut back over the last two years, I wonder could they have taken the reduced income, agree to whatever Spike wanted, and stayed on a good network.

    The only way TNA can become viable is without Dixie Carter. Because of her history with the company, it doesn't matter how good the shows are, a lot of people won't watch when there is so many other products out there. People will always cite Vince Russo instead but the one time he was given a free reign over the company (he was always previously working under Jarrett) we had AJ Styles vs Christopher Daniels for the World title, with Samoa Joe every now and then to break it up, Beer Money vs MCMG and Kurt Angle vs Desmond Wolfe as the main programs. I personally had no issue with any of those feuds and had it continued, TNA would have only gotten bigger. Instead, Dixie Carter fell for what Hogan and Bischoff were pitching and threw all that out the window so they could run things into the ground instead.

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,404 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy

    I don't think much of TNA in general.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 22,624 Mod ✭✭✭✭Bounty Hunter

    Itssoeasy wrote: »
    I don't think much of TNA in general.

    I'd be in the same boat but mostly because whenever TNA were consistently good for long enough that I was tempted to give them a proper chance (and there were many occasions like this) they had some sort of fiasco that made me decide against it (or regret my decision).

    By this stage as well there have just been one too many Jeff Hardy on drugs, Claire Lynch, Hogans superpowered HOF ring or network changes, people not being payed, accidental emails sent, secret Russo employing etc... for most fans to give them another chance even if they hear good things about them.

    and sure a lot of the main guys everyone liked are either gone from there (Daniels & Kaz / The MCMGs for example) or in NXT / WWE now (AJ, Joe, Aries etc)

    In terms of the wrestling industry I would have them below Lucha underground and Japan as an alternative to WWE these days and tbh most people looking for a Raw alternative actually stay in house with NXT.

  • Registered Users Posts: 45,535 ✭✭✭✭Mr.Nice Guy

    I was a fan in '05, '06 when you had the likes of Sting, Angle, Joe, Styles, Christian, L.A.X, etc. It was worth going out of your way to see back then. I think it was a disaster for them turning to Russo. They had carved out a cool identity and they abandoned it in favour of mimicking a style that had been forged elsewhere, and which by then had become redundant. They turned to Russo, Bischoff, Hogan, Nash, all of the guys that had been there for the demise of WCW and then they scratched their heads when their own company was going down the tubes. TNA cut their own throats years ago and they've been bleeding to death ever since.

    'It is better to walk alone in the right direction than follow the herd walking in the wrong direction.'

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  • Registered Users Posts: 950 ✭✭✭nasty_crash

    agree... loved when angle went to tna and all - fueds with joe were epic! But they lost me when hogan and bischoff came along.... just poorly thoughtout and produced crap - and i never turned it back on again.... kinda sounds like wwe today which is why im going to stop watching it 2 weeks after mania if it stays the same as last weeks raw!

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,166 ✭✭✭Stereomaniac

    I don't watch TNA every week but I watch it a lot more than I used to. I watched it semi-regularly around 2012 I think, whenever Austin Aries has his title reign. I usually find it enjoyable enough and it's good to see the likes of Drew Galloway and Bobby Lashley still working!