The question that I now have is why in the hell should we care or take interest in anyone on the roster anymore? The day that I write this very sentence right here is the day it was announced about the PPA deals and releasing most of the roster from their contracts, the previous sentence was my stopping point from last night. The PPA deals were actually something that I planned on addressing but it's a whole new reality now. However, first I am going back and addressing another point as to why it is so hard to want to care or take an interest in anyone. This creative team under Gaburick has so frequently used someone or built them up and them dropped them out of nowhere for no purpose. The best example has to be Gunner. In 2014 they built Gunner up huge, I think it looked pretty clear they were hoping to build this guy into becoming a champion some day. They had Gunner go over one of the absolute best guys in the company in James Storm three times to zero similar to Triple H doing that for Batista. Gunner was part of the future: he won a One Night Only special where the winner was to get a future world title shot, and then for some reason they downgraded him to a feud with Samuel Shaw that led to literally nothing due to Spike not renewing TNA and Santana Garrett leaving TNA. He was used sparingly in 2015 on DA and then was released after a couple of months of not doing anything. Are you fucking kidding me? We were all supposed to buy into this guy as the future, and while I didn't think he was ready to be champion, I thought he may have had a chance to in the future, but he was clearly over and established upper mid-carder to utilize for years to come and then they have nothing for him and released him from his contract? But, TNA has shit for Chris Melendez and Grado to be involved in? Is there any way to see if Gaburick is continuously depositing checks written to him by Vince McMahon?
Havok was another example too. She came out of nowhere and dominated a stale Knockout's division and became champion real quick. She pretty much dominated the division until dropping the belt to Tarym (I believe it was a three way match) and then we got a big showdown with Kong that was unexpected. THIS IS AWESOME! We got one match where Kong beat her and that was it, we never saw Havok again. Is there no possible way to have two big, bad ass females on the show? I feel there should have been at least two more matches between the two. An alliance between the two where they ripped through the Knockout's would have been great and think about the rub and credibility the girl that actually beats one of them would get?
Other, less successful examples but promoted hard nonetheless, were Samuel Shaw and The Menagerie. Both acts were pushed extremely hard (though they failed) and I do think fans could have still remained a bit interested in Shaw but creative not only ruined any hopes of him working but then doing anything with him. American Horror Story wasn't the only TV show to ruin a carnival or circus act in 2014 because TNA was even worse at it. The Menagerie was something I was happy to see go (in fact, more than words can ever describe) but I still think it could have worked if they were reintroduced at a later time as heels, and in a scary type of way. Instead, we're left with a crazzy clown on the roster who I don't think has ever won a match for some reason and a really hot girl rarely used with a white trash carnival type of name.
Side rant: The replace talent A with similar looking talent B is the worst thing ever, and I absolutely hate seeing some fans on here defend it or even embrace it like it's something that comes natural or should be done. It's completely killed the talent and depth of the roster, killed a lot of momentum, and prevents expansions of feuds and a more diverse range of potential wrestling matches. Saying Gunner should be replaced by Bram because they have similar builds, or Havok with Kong because they're built similar is an awful mentality and it shows. They should have both talents, some people kind of look alike especially in body types. They should have been adding talents to their roster instead of just trying to replace one talent with another. There was too much great talent out there for them to pass up on while leaving some crappy talents on the roster or just replacing someone else with the other. While that idiocracy was happening we kept seeing the best available talents not signed by WWE either show up on either ROH or NJPW TV.
Pay Per Appearance
These Pay Per Appearance contracts are not a good thing, they aren't good at all. Especially when you consider how piss-poor TNA management is, how bad of a job they are with scheduling dates to work out well with TV and special events (Slammiversary this year), and how much TV they tape at one time. Here are just a few things that come to my mind right away: almost all wrestlers are lame duck and can come and go, and never be seen again making it even harder to be invested in wrestlers on the show than i is right now; we've seen how TNA wastes PPA wrestlers before in the past with guys like Petey Williams being advertised for a return which was like three meaningless shows and then nothing after that and no purpose was served or just brought in for a couple of ONO shows and also lead to nothing and benefits TNA in no way whatsoever; it's extremely hard to be confident in putting a championship belt on someone who is not under contract, and if they're only going to put the belts on those under contract to them then it makes everything extremely predictable; there is a very real possibility that important contributors to the show will be signed to exclusive deals elsewhere (honestly WWE could just ruin TNA and go sign every single released talent to NXT and put them out of business tomorrow if they wanted to); TNA has already done a horrible job writing people off of TV as it is knowing their contracts are expiring, just imagine what can happen now; They tape so many shows at one time that it's very likely someone will get picked up and into a contract while in the middle of an important feud or storyline on TV; a person who is a champion in one of TNA's divisions could possibly get signed to a contract by another organization while remaining champion and throw the TNA championship away on TV and this management team is incompetent enough that it is probably more likely to happen than not (just honestly think Gaburick actually is or was getting paid under the counter by Vince?); an undefeated TNA world champion EC3 goes out and wrestles a match against Joe Somebody for PWG, CZW, Evolve, W-1, AAA, or some random dude running out of a Wal-Mart parking lot in your town wants him to job to his top guy and loses. What does that do to TNA and their roster?
THIS IS A BAD DECISION, DIXIE!
BOTTOM LINE ON BIG
We all should have known from the start that this guy wasn't the answer. Literally everyone with the slightest amount of knowledge of pro-wrestling or TNA can see he isn't the answer. Somehow, Dixie Carter can't see it. I keep expecting any minute of any day now (especially since the Hernandez fiasco) that Big has been released from his contract but he isn't. TNA is only going to continue to take steps backwards as long as Dixie and Gaburick are in charge, and I really do worry that the end is near. Honestly, the announcement of PPA deals and most wrestlers getting released from their contracts feels like the beginning of the end. I have to assume a lot of the talent released is going to wash their hands of TNA now. Dixie and Gaburick only have themselves to blame for the extreme failure that has taken place. I can't see TNA ever recovering. I feel it's too late because she's kept this fat idiot in charge for so long. Dixie Carter should have seen the red flags and got rid of this guy the second he said that he saw more value in the Bro Mans than he did in Bad Influence, that's as honest as it can get. Anyone who felt that way should have never been put in charge or given a job in this company to begin with.
Before I criticize I want people to know my feelings on Billy Corgan. I am a big fan of him and The Smashing Pumpkins. I consider myself to be a bit of a music historian but a legitimate music snob. Going back from the sixties until now, I feel the 1990's were absolutely the best era of music hands down. I also feel that grunge and the post-grunge era were the best of the 1990's (along with the industrial metal movement: Manson, NIN, Zombie, Coal Chamber, etc and gangsta rap) and I feel that The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the absolute best of that genre and that period of music period, although I will probably never be able to willingly listen to "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" again. When I was about eleven or twelve years old in 1995/1996 and first really got into music I not only bought "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" but also bought a poster of the band to hang on my wall...sadly that's also the last time that The Pumpkins were all that relevant. Needless to say I am a big fan.
That said, while Billy Corgan is a huge fan that ran an independent promotion that went out of business, an indy-fed without TV time doesn't have a whole lot of creative storylines being written (though I may be wrong, I never watched anything they did). Truthfully, Billy Corgan doesn't have any more credentials or credibility than most of us fans on here. He just has more money, musical talent and fame. He's a big wrestling fan like us who would love to help TNA. The jury is out on him, but it's very hard to think this guy is going to be the savior or a huge success. I'm not sure how much power he has. I know he is on the creative team, and I've heard some say he's the guy in charge. TNA's on-screen product was not what was really damaging TNA. If he did in fact come in and be in charge of creative from day one that's a bit absurd and yet another shake up.
By some comments I read on here, it seems like expectations were incredibly high and he was expected to be the guy to elevate TNA to the next level with his creative genius. If this were music then I would buy into it. It's been arguable as to when his influence would actually take effect, and it was likely in full effect during the "Reign Of Carter" episode, and if that's true the Corgan era probably shouldn't have started. The shows have declined in quality over the past three weeks. Was Corgan the person behind the Mickie James train track segment? Magnus has said that the only person who liked the angle was the person who wrote it. If that was Corgan's idea then that looks even worse for TNA. While so many were sold on Corgan for reasons unknown I reserved judgment. I mean, what if Corgan's vision begins to resemble what we got from January-June of 2014?
I'm not saying that Corgan was a bad hire. I'm not saying it was a good hire. I'm just saying that his resume doesn't scream must hire and his ideas may not even be better than one's of any of us. The verdict is clearly still out and time will tell. But, TNA has sure taken away a lof talent for him to work with.
WWE HAS TRIED TO KILL TNA; TNA DOESN'T NEED TO HELP THEM OUT VIA SUICIDE
While WWE clearly doesn't fear TNA becoming competition at this time or in the foreseeable future...probably ever; only the most delusional of the WWE sheep don't think WWE feared TNA's potential at one time. During the Donald Trump vs Rosie match on RAW, we could all audibly hear the the "T-N-A" chants in the crowd. While TNA wasn't pushing them for ratings, they showed potential for the future and could have easily been there some time in the future.
I mentioned earlier that TNA was honestly a very easy fix in January 2010 and again in late 2013-early 2014. The only things hampering TNA taking the next step were marketing, Jarrett under-cutting all champions, and of course some really stupid booking, angles, gimmicks, and storylines from the mind of Vince Russo. Shockingly, we've all watched that small fix become a huge fix, and watched a catastrophic freefall of constant failure and distancing themselves from their former fans, and the foundation that built their company. So much so, that TNA clearly doesn't respect or care about their fans enough to try and bring back the million plus fans that they've lost and no longer tune in. That's extremely insulting and extremely stupid. TNA has slowly killed itself over the last few years that they're back to square one and are now an independent wrestling organization.
The facts are this: the WWE will acknowledge ROH but refuse to acknowledge or mention TNA at all; WWE has prevented TNA from running shows in certain buildings or arenas by refusing to go back there if they allowed TNA to run events there; and worse it's become clearly evident that the chances of WWE signing talents that have been with TNA are extremely rare and limited. While Samoa Joe is the first in a long time and the jury is still out (they are acting like ROH is the company he's been with for so long) I think all the talents they have signed have been jobbed out, humiliated, or made an example of. WWE is the big time and the big money so for top indy talents or even ROH talents wanting to move on, TNA has become a last resort or something they wait for depending on what options they have with WWE in the future. It makes it extremely hard for TNA to get talent. They basically have to only get new talent (when they actually rarely do get new talent) that has been released from WWE or WWE NXT, or indy talents that WWE has already passed on and closed the door on a return. The most frustrating part is that in late 2009 TNA was primed and ready to take the next step up and become a bigger name and a place for talents to go and not care about WWE refusing to sign them because TNA was a very suitable option but we all know how that sad story ended.
Side rant: It's even more frustrating because after the ROH/DA deal rumors came about that WWE was no longer going to have interest in any talents that were too established of a name elsewhere, true or not, TNA failed to capitalize...they did the complete opposite. It's also disappointing because TNA and ROH had a huge opportunity to work together and do something huge for the industry that's never been done; something that may have brought in more viewers and attracted fans of both companies to the other that normally wouldn't have tuned in. They had an opportunity to even possibly stick it to the WWE who is the real enemy of the two companies not each other. TNA could have gained access to more talents and opened some doors and gained some more respect from many fans and other factors or talents in the business. ROH could have had a good chance to stick it to WWE and prevent them from continuously raiding their roster and using them as another NXT where they just take whatever talents they want from ROH whenever they want to. But, ROH declined this and the industry continues to suffer and be slaves to whatever WWE wants to happen.