I wouldn’t consider myself a TNA fan by any means. I consider myself a casual fan of WWE TV these days, and I watch TNA even less. IMPACT is one of those shows that I may watch if I manage to catch it as it’s on freeview here in the UK. I’m pretty indifferent on their product to be honest. TNA figureheads Dixie Carter and Hulk Hogan have made it quite clear in the past that they want to be the number one wrestling company in the world. They made this much clear when they went head-to-head with WWE Raw on Monday nights for a short while in 2010. Of course they want to be the number one company; why wouldn’t they? TNA have been around for ten years now, so what exactly is stopping them from becoming the number one organisation in pro-wrestling?
It certainly can’t be their roster of talent. TNA might not have the quality that WWE has but the company can boast ring veterans such as Sting, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy. Their on-screen General Manager is a household name and the biggest name in wrestling, Hulk Hogan. As well as these wrestling legends, over the years TNA have built a number of their own stars such as AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode. The company is no longer relying heavily on has-beens such as Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett. Sure, the roster could do with names like John Cena, CM Punk or Chris Jericho on the marquee but as it stands they definitely have the talent to attract a substantial audience. The veteran wrestlers attract an existing audience familiar with these characters, in turn making them aware of the less-known members of the roster.
TNA has a massive platform in the United States. Their weekly show IMPACT WRESTLING is at the former home of WWE Raw, Spike. After a successful summer of airing live, the company recently announced that it would continue to run the live format throughout the remainder of 2012. In addition to this, TNA successfully run one pay-per-view event per month. The company have definitely got the right exposure in the United States to challenge for that spot as the number one organisation, with no competition on the nights that they air their show. But still, WWE are able to rake in over twice as many viewers each week.
The company is known for outshining WWE in terms of its Women’s division. Over the years, WWE have been known for hiring models in most cases, as opposed to trained female competitors like TNA. TNA boasts a female roster containing wrestling veterans such as Mickie James, Tara and Gail Kim. As well as its Women’s division, TNA considers itself the innovators of the X Division; a high-flying, high-risk, fast-paced style of wrestling guaranteed to excite the pro-wrestling audience. Although this form is arguably not being utilised to its full extent at present, it’s definitely not facing neglect to the point of nonexistence like WWE’s cruiserweight division suffered years ago.
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This article was first posted on October 23, 2012