To me, there are three ways that the company can address this issue. 1) Stay exactly where they are. Hopefully, Smackdown wouldn't have much impact on the viewership and maybe even some of Smackdown's fans might migrate to TNA. 2) Move to a different night. Being the only wrestling show for the night without competition may improve TNA's numbers. The open slot seems to be Thursday Nights where they were on Spike. The concern is that switching to yet another day would chip away at TNA's audience even more.
My favorite choice is 3) Keep the day, change the timeslot. The most logical move may be to move IMPACT back an hour to stay away from head-to-head competition. While the show would air later, you wouldn't have to fight Smackdown for viewers. TNA might actually be able to draw viewers who finished with Smackdown to IMPACT airing right after.
Nonetheless, Smackdown's move to Tuesday should concern TNA as it is a live show. You only need a little spark for fans to draw their interest. While Smackdown isn't there creatively, that may not always be the case. They have IMPACT beat in a variety of ways.
As a fan of WWE, I am excited for the Brand Extension to return. I remember in 2002 when this thing first happened. It was very exciting in the beginning. Things eventually got off-track but for the first year, I liked how things were going. I expect that to also happen this year. It will be exciting for a bit.
* I am hoping TNA will be scouting the recent WWE releases and upcoming releases. Names like Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, Alex Riley, Damien Sandow and even Ryback should be evaluated. I don't know what kind of budget TNA has to recruit these guys but they need a few signings to gain interest. Us TNA fans don't get many interesting signings but any of these guys would be interesting signings.
* I understand what creative is trying to do with Matt Hardy. His was destroyed by his brother and has lost his passion and has become an emo dude disconnected with the world. He has taken on a Sweeney Todd/Tim Burton look and embraced the dark side. Unfortunately, his performance this week was sad. I absolutely hated his accent. He felt like a guy who was trying to hard to be something he doesn't understand. He just needed to give a serious promo with fewer words and less emotion and not some sort of accent that can only be compared to what Booker T did years ago in TNA.
* Speaking of embarrassing, pretty much any aspect related to TNA's web presence is embarrassing. Whatever happened to a solid website? Their current website is a mess. Their graphics are amateur and something I would be embarrassed to show anywhere. It may be a better idea to not have anything instead of show what they are doing. Again, it may be budget related but TNA needs to do a much better job hiding their negatives than they are doing.
* Dixie Carter mentioned in an interview recently that the next Hall of Famer would be announced in June. My top three candidates are: Jerry Lynn, Gail Kim and Jeff Hardy. Jerry Lynn is the smallest name of the three and probably has the smallest chance. Gail Kim has meant so much to the Knockouts Division and is seen as a veteran. Dixie likes having big names in the Hall of Fame so I could see her using Jeff Hardy for that role much like Sting, Kurt Angle etc. If this is his last year in TNA, this may be the only real time they could induct Jeff.
* Even though I have my gripes, I do think TNA is doing a good job with the 54 shows that will air (IMPACT Wrestling, Slammiversary and likely BFG). ONO isn't a focal point and neither is Xplosion. With that said, I enjoy what I see on a week-to-week basis. I know many feel IMPACT is too much like WWE but I see enough differences to enjoy both programs. If WWE is Coke than IMPACT is RC Cola. Its a much smaller brand that has its audience and a slightly different flavor.
I am enjoying the mix of storytelling, new characters and solid wrestling. I'm loving the build to Slammiversary. I like how cool Decay is, the EC3/Mike Bennett feud and the awesome feud between Drew Galloway and Lashley. I enjoy covering the show on a weekly basis.
Thanks again for all of your support of the site. Longevity means so much in what we do. Loyalty and support mean so much more. Here's to many more years of TNAsylum.