Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the latest installment of my articles. There’s a lot of buzz in the Impact Zone. We are around the most important months in TNA’s calendar. The road to Bound For Glory. This isn’t any usual situation as this time; TNA will host their first ever foreign pay-per-view in a country that adores wrestling, Japan! This has the potential of being a slobber knocker. But the key word is ‘potential’. This article will review in what could aid fulfilling that possibility.
The Sunday before last week, I think we were able to experience a ‘Back To The Future’ time travel scenario, as that feeling of complete disgust and despair regarding WWE was unanimous across the IWC, with excitement with the things happening in TNA. At WWE MITB 2014, after watching the MITB Briefcase match, we were mesmerized by the performance of the wrestlers, embodying a spirit that indie/TNA wrestling (as well as CM Punk) has yearned for a long time, give the smaller guy a chance and they will deliver. It was magical with every participant doing well, even if Jack Swagger isn’t technically a ‘small guy’. It made you gasp in anticipation with more exciting wrestlers set to fight in the main event. I’m not ashamed to admit it, but Alberto Del Rio is a top quality wrestler but his Mexican background limits his affiliation with the predominant American crowd, although our British Wade Barrett appeals. Anyways, as you know, with the smallest of contributions to the match, Vince McMahon for the unfortunate reason thought that John Cena should win. I’m a man of principal who will watch his wrestling till the end, regardless of the results, but with WWE refusing to give a youngster a chance, or even one of the other competitors; they resorted to the egotistical John Cena. This led me to switch off the channel immediately, something I’ve only done when Alberto Del Rio ran over Father Christmas, or Santa Clause I should say. If you want ‘U’ level of entertainment, please switch on a cartoon or watch Slam City!
Regardless of what happened at Raw the night after, it showed that WWE was listening to the business of 5 year olds or very odd adults who will invest on John Cena merchandise rather than investing in a new wrestling phenomenon, thus listening to the IWC, who love wrestling. I’m not saying to obey every spontaneous change of opinion, but there were top talent there, come on. So now here comes the more relevant part of the article. Let’s look at what TNA is doing. For a very long time, the Impact Zone have complained over numerous things. When would TNA bring their product to New York? With TNANEWS’ @thebyrontaylor being one of the leading people behind that movement. What did TNA do? During a period of redevelopment, instead of taking the easy path, they listened. That isn’t all, TNA started a scheme of asking the fans, what do you want? A lot of people demanded for the return of the 6 sided ring. Many fans wanted the return of Devon Dudley and Matt Hardy. Basically, TNA have suddenly reverted back to their principals of being the alternative company of satisfying us fans who love wrestling. TNA have succumbed to the realization that it isn’t a competitor to the WWE, but as we are seeing, that isn’t entirely a bad thing. You can still be successful in other ways.
Last year, TNA was in a dire state. There was a change of leadership with TNA needing to resolve their disastrous financial situation. It was symbolic of TNA facing the fact that they can’t challenge WWE, ending the crusade of excess expenditure, which had been present before the arrival of Hulk Hogan. There were a lot of cut backs with TNA being more cautious in renewing the contracts of some stars, with notable big names exiting the Impact Zone. During this period, there were questions where TNA can go, with a lack of future talent, leading to articles by the TNANEWS team perceiving Bound For Glory 2013 as the event to rebuild TNA, such as my previous article. Now with almost a year gone pass, it’s the total opposite. The vocal criticism against Dixie Carter has digressed as she continued to grow. The rise of new stars whilst preventing the current stars from eluding from the spotlight helped TNA to have the resuscitation that they required. We have the rise of the Bro Mans, the arrival of the American Wolves, Magnus finally reaching that main event stature, the creepy b****** Samual Shaw, Ethan Carter the Third, the return of Kenny King and Bobby Lashley mixed with MVP, the rebirth of Samoa Joe and so much more. Actually just seeing Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode together as friends rather than ripping each other’s throats during last week’s Impact was enough to make you interested, as it shows how much of an effect MVP has had, to shift their views upon each other.
Okay, so does this mean everything is now heading to a fairy tale conclusion? Not necessarily, it could end up like WWE MITB 2014. I was glad to see @RealRicSantos writing regularly and in particular a recent article about TNA being in a peculiar situation of having a few weeks of tapings free prior to Bound For Glory 2014 in Tokyo, Japan after the tapings in New York. TNA have to utilize this period very carefully. They can’t be poor creatively and simply emulate a popular theme like they did with Eric Young aka Daniel Bryan 2. It must be something to help build into the event while embracing the sudden change in surroundings from New York to Tokyo. Both regions are wrestling crazy so you need the world to have that excitement. This is the exception where you can take a note from WWE in how they ensure the recent Wrestlemania events have been spectacular. You ensure that you will see things that you will have never have seen before. TNA are familiar with this, but this has to be executed with a lot of build up, like how Hulk Hogan has assisted them in doing so.
A major theme for TNA Bound For Glory 2014 is the Hall Of Fame Induction of Team 3D. It is an unique choice as TNA have turned their attention to honoring a form of wrestling that was fundamental in their rise rather than ‘Heavyweight Singles Competition’ as described in a previous article. It has got many people impressed with TNA also bringing back Devon Dudley and Matt Hardy. Without contemplating anything with their tag team partners being different now with Bully Ray and The Grudge’s version of Jeff Hardy as Willow, you immediately start the excitement of a possible tag team reunion. The theme ‘tag team’ wrestling is already present with many of the Impact Zone in awe of this possibility. Hell not too long ago, we had Beer Money Inc have a brief return with everyone going bonkers!
The WWE recently released a bunch of wrestlers with some of them being talented whilst possessing a decent fan base. In this regard, the most notable stars are Evan Bourne, Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal. The latter wrestlers were part of 3MB and they had a solid fan base among the IWC. They would sometimes operate as a tag team together and had a good system. With the 90 day rule of these wrestlers being unable to compete for the period, it is a perfect time for them to arrive in time for Bound For Glory 2014, during the period that hasn’t been planned for yet. But this has to be in perspective and correlate with a previous article where they must be used correctly. Both competitors may have aspirations to return to WWE or to compete in their native Scotland and Canada. They could do a few appearances just for Bound For Glory 2014, to make some one off matches like we witness in Wrestlemanias. Also not to use them as jobbers or in the opposite end of the spectrum as unbeatable wrestlers who dismantle The Bromans and the American Wolves. They could probably even fight the Motor Machine Guns who could also return. The pay-per-view is meant to be the best possible, mixing ‘the big stars’ with the current regular roster. As long as there is a good blend, it is workable. This could help TNA continue their resuscitation that they had begun last year. Also TNA could try and ask the Impact Zone, “Did Somebody Call My Mama?” with Aksana as a Funkadactyl. I guess sarcasm doesn’t work with written words, of course I’m not being serious with Brodus Clay and Aksana. In the same regards as the tag team situation, the X Division needs some rebuilding with Evan Bourne the perfect solution to help that. Also there could be John Morrison and some stars in Japan to make the one off appearance like Shelton Benjamin. Austin Aries, Manik and Shark Boy fighting these guys could be so good. Then Josh Matthews also making his presence official with him already being backstage at a TNA taping in New York. TNA have always generally had a good wrestling roster, so possessing someone of his caliber could help TNA address these issues.
The Bound For Glory 2014 event is already set to be revolutionary with an American wrestling company ignoring their competitive nature and embracing wrestling fundamentals by hosting a huge event in arguably the second largest wrestling nation after America. It is symbolic that TNA are restructuring their intent from deluding themselves as a WWE rival, to accepting what they are, the wrestling alternative that helps us satisfy our wrestling needs. This will help TNA be successful to an extent. TNA can further use this opportunity by utilizing every resource available. Drew McIntyre isn’t bad at all, in the miniature battle a few pay-per-views ago, he pulled off a sublime summersault over the ropes onto a table but neither the miniature or real commentators applauded him. The ‘Chosen One’ along with Jinder Mahal who can like Sonjay Dhutt does, attract the south Asian audience to further boost the wrestling appeal.
It makes sense for sure; TNA BFG does need 2MB.
By Sean Prem