Much like in pro sports and free agency, we hear all the time that a player is visiting and team and that the team will not let that player leave their facility without signing a contract. College football players sign verbal commitments and then back out all the time before their letters of intent get signed, it sucks but there's nothing illegal about it. If TNA had a signed contract then they should move on and get some sort of compensation, but if not then they never should have approached things the way that they did. Even if TNA has a case, and the contracts got revoked from the WWE, and those three talents then went to TNA now, what would TNA expect the performance and morale of those three to be? It would make Booker T and RVD look like AJ Styles and Daniels from years ago.
The fact is, nobody has screwed TNA and their fans over in the past five years than TNA themselves. Dixie Carter has done a lot of good but she has trusted and empowered the wrong people to run things in her company for six years now. The first new regime changed the ring shape, they got rid of the fans at the live shows that made the environment so great, centered everything around themselves, bled money out of the company, and decimated the three divisions that made TNA so great to start with that made up for all of the previous flaws. Then when they were removed, John Gaburick took charge and promised a new regime. He ruined the hand-picked champion, put out a product that drove even more fans away and hit all time lows in ratings for a reason, even when the product turned around it was too late. But, what made things worse were the decisions to push the wrong people and run the wrong talents out, then a mass exodus of most of the best talents left in the company, and the three divisions that made TNA so great were somehow worse off than what the previous regime reduced them to being. The fact is: AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bad Influence, Austin Aries, Low-Ki, Jay Lethal, Young Bucks, Mickie James and Magnus, Motor City Machine Guns, James Storm, and plenty of others should have never been allowed to leave in the first place. TNA screwed TNA more than these three ever have, and they need to turn the corner and rebound from this with other talents fast.
I had dropped it from here, and then on Monday night I read that AJ Styles said on RAW that "this is where I belong, this is where I should have been the whole time." Now, I understand that WWE basically makes sure nobody says anything without them writing it in a script, and I can also understand emotions and anger towards TNA, but I don't think that he was forced to say that on the air. So, from the bottom of my heart, fuck AJ Styles. It's one thing to stab the company in the back, but this is an insult to every fan that followed and supported him all the way to the machine he works for now. There were TNA fans who would never watch WWE who suffered through RAW just to see him wrestle, and then got to hear him say that bullshit. If Styles thinks for one second he would be at the level he's at right now as he started with the WWE had he stayed there and not went to TNA or even ROH, or NJPW he's as delusional as it gets. If he was more successful than Hurricane Helms he'd be lucky, not kidding there either. Oh, and AJ...cut your fucking hair, you look ridiculous!
My last thing is this, over the weekend leading into Impact it felt like a war was started, and that TNA may have caused a shit storm they never expected to happen. It seems as if WWE is now sweeping the other organizations similar to the territory days, and it's scary. I thought it was time for TNA to sign some talents out there (which I still do) and that they needed to adapt an us against the world mentality, and go full-blown ECW. Not saying hardcore wrestling only, but I meant to offer not only hardcore wrestling, but an adult product, a product that has attractive women that can wrestle very well, an amazing tag division, and something nobody else has in the X-Division and to showcase it well. While signing more talent is step one, the second step would have been to do what ECW did which was tell their audience the truth, to come out and take some shots at WWE on air, tell the world why you have the best product in the world, and every once in a while tell your audience why WWE sucks in comparison. Basically come out, grow a pair of balls, and say if you want to kill off the business, we are not going down without a fight.
But then...Tuesday night came and I watched Impact. I had this bad feeling that the show was going to be bad, that ratings would drop, and after the weekend, I just felt TNA HAD to be live this week with this new attitude. But, the show was great, the ratings increased, and like Mr. Shues said last week, just sit back and enjoy the ride.
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