Speaking of the World Title Series, its a good concept. I would prefer it be a bit smaller in scale (much like the BFG Series was years ago). I like storyline development with my wrestling so having this tournament fill 100% of the show for over a few months is a bit much. The backstage analysis, commentary and roundtables are unique. I would like to see the WTS become an annual tournament. Maybe next year they drop it down to 16 competitors and have other content that isn't exclusive to the tournament.
While the WTS has filled IMPACT the past few weeks, it is Bound for Glory that is a real indicator of where the company is at; both good and bad. Seeing guys like Andrew Everett and Trevor Lee show up along with Aiden O'Shea is some of the new blood I was hoping for. On top of that, some of the younger talent (Shera, Godderz, Drake) were featured as well. I truly enjoyed BFG and feel that it teased some things that will happen with TNA in the new year. Tyrus as number one contender, Shane Helms celebrating with Tigre Uno, Manik and DJ Z double-teaming.
This form of BFG also shows what state TNA is in as the crowd was much smaller than before. I feel this is something that TNA fans should get used to. TNA isn't the company they used to be. This doesn't mean its the end of the world as they still have a diehard audience along with people still willing to give them a chance.
TNA looks forward to their India tour which may or may not have TV Tapings and a ONO taping. The One Night Only: Mumbai show could be a very interesting night for TNA. I think they should treat it as a major show perhaps with a title change or two and some surprise appearances. I feel that TNA should capitalize on using Great Khali and the wrestler formerly known as Jinder Mahal. I am sure the Indian crowd will be loud for TNA and make the company look major league. As John Gaburick said, TNA will be focusing more on their international audiences going forward.
I think TNA knows that the near future for American TV deals doesn't look too bright. There is always hope that they land on a good network but I am making a fearless prediction that their new destination will be even smaller than Destination America. Hopefully wherever they land gives them stability and potential to grow. I have mentioned MavTV before as it has connections to TNA's Canadian TV partner Fight Network and their CEO. Its smaller than Destination America, isn't available to everyone and would probably earn them less than what they get now but at least the network has potential of growing and the owners are very loyal to those they get behind.
*ONO: Mumbai should be how TNA treats their future ONO events. Either tape them close to their air date or make them live. Make these shows matter. They don't need buildup but they can be consequential. Giving these shows importance could elevate themes like Gutcheck, World Cup, Joker's Wild and more. Its a smart move.
*TNA would really benefit by strengthening their X Division. Right now you have Tigre Uno, DJ Z, Manik, Rockstar Spud and Mandrews. Add in new signings such as Andrew Everett and Trevor Lee along with some others and you could have an interesting X Division and Tag Team Division. DJ Z and TJP, Spud and Mandrews, Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett and finally the Wolves. You could do some fun things across the divisions.
*I found it strange that Micah didn't have a role at Bound For Glory. The other notable absence was Rockstar Spud but at least he got mentioned elsewhere. I have no doubt that TNA still is into Spud but Micah's status is up in the air.
*Speaking of interesting, having Pope, Tommy Dreamer, Al Snow and Shane Helms as the special surprises for BFG really shows what TNA is willing to spend. They really have tightened their budget and are operating as a skeleton crew. Some would say that this should have happened years ago.
*Again, TNA needs to run an interpromotional One Night Only event with GFW. While GFW has lost some star power I do think both companies have perfect rosters for an event such as this.
*To close this column, I will make another fearless prediction. In 2016, TNA won't experience significant growth yet they will have a stable year. In reality, stability is almost as important to them as anything else. They will tape well in advance, trade roster members, be criticized by the wrestling population and deliver solid shows.