Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to another article by yours truly. There has been a lot of things happening ever since TNA Impact arrived in New York City. It seems reminiscence to the Maximum Impact Tours of the UK. It has been really entertaining with the matches and the in-ring promos. However there has been a constant theme in TNA shows that limits the entire show. This article will review this particular aspect.
The art of wrestling exceeds the physical combat between athletes. It requires the ability to communicate a message to the audience. In what seems as a flaw in being ‘scripted’, wrestling is an organized sport to maximize the weekly based entertainment. To be able to do this, it is fundamental that everyone can comfortably comprehend what is happening. When this is achieved, you can make the show better. For instance, last week’s Impact, after witnessing a lot of serious dilemmas, it was a great side note to have that alternative delivered with The Bro Mans and Zema Ion. It was hilarious when Mr. Pectacular spoke about Robbie E no longer being scared of clowns. Although it can be a serious phobia, it is a comical stance in regards to their recent storyline with the Circus lot. Toss the other side of the coin; we had an epic confrontation between Austin Aries and Bobby Lashley with MVP. It gave that awe of excitement, with MVP sealing perhaps Bobby Lashley’s only flaw which is his phonetics.
To hear and understand what is happening, while obviously having good content, just makes it better. Even though that shocking betrayal by Sanada on The Great Muta didn’t need anything to be said. Just like how it was with Seth Rollins and The Shield, when someone is holding a chair behind their alleged friend, expect a betrayal, yet like the Seth Rollins counterpart situation, it was still shocking for a close bond to be torn especially in regards to the Japanese tradition as referred to by James Storm at TNA Lockdown 2014. With Bound For Glory 2014 arriving in Tokyo, this dilemma could steal the show.
This is all to do with in ring issues. Now here comes the problem. When it is at the backstage Impact365 scenes, the emphasis on the quality of the volume suddenly evaporates. It is meant to give a realistic perception of the TNA talent at backstage. But half or most of it is difficult to hear. It may be just in the UK, but with Challenge TV already having lower quality broadcasts than Sky Sports aka the home of WWE, it is really unclear at times. The backstage footage comes immediately and you can’t even hear what the unknown cameraman is saying. Dixie Carter a few weeks back accused the cameraman of asking her a stupid question, while we wondered what exactly was the question? Yes it was about her going to the ring with Bully Ray issuing her a threat. But it is vital to simplify the message to the audience rather than making it hard. At least try to make it entertaining. Sometimes Bray Wyatt or Roman Reigns aren’t clear consistently in what they are saying, but they emphasize their message effectively in their characters. An unknown cameraman fails to do so, making it difficult for their counterpart. This is at the same time with the Challenge TV product already not being HD quality, so the sound levels aren’t at their best. This further derails the product and I’m not trying to derail the channel or the wrestling company, as I like them both.
TNA is a company that is providing some great TV entertainment. But there are still issues that are just weakening TNA. I have stated this in a previous article, the things that limit the wrestling company are the off ring set up. The TNA bound Josh Matthews could help address the issue, he wouldn’t rush into giving a backstage promo, he would wait for the production team to focus on him whilst then give a short introduction before giving the segment, rather than diving straight into the content. For years, some great promos have been given like this, including in TNA when they used Jeremy Borash to give a traditional style interview. This isn’t a rallying cry for TNA to revert back to this format.
They should just give it a few seconds into the segment rather than immediately divulging into the conversation. The segment with Robbie E during TNA Lockdown 2014 was limited because we couldn’t hear anything from the cameraman. Robbie E was brilliant, the way he would continuously deliberately confuse The Great Muta as a Chinese man rather than a Japanese star, whilst also randomly contemplating the cost of teeth whitening, which aided the comical genius of the segment. But it can’t be forgotten that this was a conversation and with one person not being heard, it just reduces the brilliance. It would be good if you can be louder and clearer. At the same time, do not repeat what happened a few weeks ago, the first New York show, where Kurt Angle truly was a cyborg, instantly transporting himself from Dixie Carter next to the entrance ramp to MVP, Kenny King and Bobby Lashley at the back.
When it comes to backstage segments, there’s no harm for a mic check… One Two…
By Sean Prem