TNA decided to revamp the X-Division with a new stipulation: the individual pinned in an X-Division title match would be eliminated from another title shot and would have to start over. Also, a permanent match type: all matches are triple threat matches. Now, the newest innovation to take the X-Division to the next level is a camera strapped to the head of a referee. Really?
Dixie Carter announced that a special camera would be attached to the referee’s head for the X-Division match on last night’s Impact Wrestling broadcast. This would give the viewer a unique perspective of the action. On paper, it sounded like an interesting feature but seeing the action through the cam last night, I am confident in speaking for everyone when I say that it was not innovative and, possibly, useless.
It was strange watching last night’s X-Division match from the usual television viewer perspective (clear and organized) to the Ref Cam perspective (discolored and shaky). The presentation came off as silly. TNA is trying a little too hard in presenting themselves as a unique wrestling promotion. It’s fantastic to have your own identity in this business, but TNA should have thought this one through a bit harder.
I’m sure when the ref was out there with a camera on his head, the initial reaction for some in the crowd was of confusion. They understood the purpose of it later on, but the live crowd is left out of what is happening until they see the playback. There is no incentive for the live crowd. Also, we the wrestling fans, just honestly don’t care for it. The high spots are close enough and clearer with the regular camera crew. It almost looked as if a cell phone camera was used, which makes TNA look a bit amateur.
Flipping the coin, it can work with a little more understanding of the feature and how it can flow properly for the television audience.
Instead of having a switch of views during the match, as bouts are chaotic and fast as is, present the Ref Cam as a highlight feature after a match. Along with the usual replay, give us the referee’s view of high impact spots and any verbal exchanges from competitors. This better utilizes the Ref Cam perspective and eases our eyes from the back and forth during a match. It also can build a certain anticipation to see how a spot looks through the eyes of the referee.
It could be a neat idea to use a Ref Cam but it’s non essential and more of a visual headache if TNA improperly uses it. Here’s an idea: Why doesn’t TNA bring back Ultimate X? How about making one episode of Impact Wrestling a Final Destination special? This is more in line with what the TNA wrestling fans want to see from the X-Division.
How do you feel about Ref Cam? Do you think it will make a return next week? Has it’s 15 minutes of ring time run out? Sound off below and let us know what you think.
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